eLessons

  • Pompeii

    Published in August 2004

    On August 24th, 79 A.D., Vesuvius blew its top, literally. Although most of the citizens of Pompeii had already left town, the volcano still claimed 2,000 lives and a further 1,500 from other towns. Since 1748, when excavations at Pompeii started, we have learnt a great deal about life in Roman times. We have also learnt that we are not as different as we might think from the people who lived in those times. Because the ash covered the city so quickly, it’s as if someone took a photo showing us the day-to-day routines of the time that are still so much a part of our lives today.

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    • Student's Worksheets 0.05mb pdf
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    • Teacher's Worksheets 0.1mb pdf
  • Graham Greene

    Published in October 2004

    Writer Graham Greene was born one hundred years ago. For over sixty years he wrote novels, screenplays, poems, articles, plays, short stories and even travel books. His novels are written in a contemporary realistic style, often featuring characters troubled by self-doubt and living in seedy or rootless circumstances. The doubts are often of a religious nature, perhaps echoing Graham Greene’s own Roman Catholic beliefs. This week we celebrate the life of this man, one of the twentieth century’s most distinguished writers.

    • British Versions
    • Student's Worksheets 0.08mb pdf
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    • Teacher's Worksheets 0.09mb pdf
  • The gunpowder plot

    Published in January 2004

    Nearly four hundred years ago, a group of 13 committed men devised a plan to blow up the British Parliament killing the king and all the politicians, something we may all have been tempted to try. However, these men may have succeeded in their dastardly plot had it not been for one man who just couldn’t keep a secret… Read all about it in this week’s worksheet.

    • British Versions
    • Student's Worksheets 0.16mb pdf
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    • Teacher's Worksheets 0.08mb pdf
  • The Night Before Christmas

    Published in December 2004

    Here we are again. Another Christmas and a brief break from all our wonderful students. This week’s lesson focuses on some Christmas vocabulary (in a wordsearch and a crossword) for lower level students. Merry Christmas and see you all in the New Year. There are two pages to print. Click here to get your copies.

    • British Versions
    • Student's Worksheets 0.22mb pdf
    • Student's Worksheets 0.14mb word
    • Teacher's Worksheets 0.23mb pdf
  • Fight for your rights

    Published in January 2005

    What do the following all have in common: actor Russell Crowe, mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary (conqueror of Everest), the movie Lord of the Rings (and its director Peter Jackson) and the All Blacks rugby team? Answer: they were all made in New Zealand. This week New Zealand commemorates Waitangi Day (the country’s national day) on February 6th. Among the many things that New Zealand is famous for, it was the first country to grant women the vote. Many of us take the right to vote (suffrage) for granted but this week we focus on the courageous women who fought hard to achieve equal rights. And the battle doesn’t go as far back as some may think; Switzerland only achieved suffrage in 1971, while South Africa didn’t achieve it until as recently as 1994.

    • British Versions
    • Student's Worksheets 0.09mb pdf
    • Student's Worksheets 0.07mb word
    • Teacher's Worksheets 0.02mb pdf
  • Happy Birthday song

    Published in February 2005

    A song which had originally been published as Good Morning To You was published on March 4th 1924, under a new name, Happy Birthday To You. Since then it has become one of the most recognizable tunes in the world. But who wrote it? Check out this week’s worksheet and find out.

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    • Student's Worksheets 0.07mb pdf
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  • London Bridge

    Published in April 2005

    On April 18th, 1968, Robert McCulloch bought London Bridge. He dismantled it, shipped it back to the United States and rebuilt it in the middle of the Arizona desert. Lake Havasu City is now a thriving tourist resort and boasts a genuine antique as its centrepiece.

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    • Student's Worksheets 0.07mb pdf
    • Student's Worksheets 0.03mb word
    • Teacher's Worksheets 0.09mb pdf
  • London Tour

    Published in May 2005

    On May 31st, 1669, the London diarist Samuel Pepys wrote his last entry and on May 26th, 1703 he died. More than 150 years later, in 1859, Big Ben (the famous bell in the tower next to the Houses of Parliament) started operating. This week’s worksheet was just crying out to be about London. Enjoy the tour. There is one page to print. Click here to get your copy.

    • British Versions
    • Student's Worksheets 0.35mb pdf
    • Student's Worksheets 0.03mb word
    • Teacher's Worksheets 0.05mb pdf
  • Ernest Hemingway

    Published in June 2005

    On July 2, 1961, Ernest Hemingway took his favourite hunting gun into his study and ended his life. This was a dramatic ending to a life full of action and adventure. Read on to find out more about the man, his books, his loves and his adventures.

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    • Student's Worksheets 0.03mb pdf
    • Student's Worksheets 0.03mb word
    • Teacher's Worksheets 0.02mb pdf
  • An unsinkable legend – Titanic

    Published in July 2005

    On July 24th 1986, Dr Robert Ballard and a team of researchers discovered the wreck of the Titanic. This produced a wave of renewed interest in the stories of the lives of the victims and the survivors. Even Hollywood got in on the act, producing an epic tear-jerker. However, this week’s worksheet takes a look at a less well-publicised story, a story written by man fourteen years before the disaster, which predicted the whole event. Interested? You will be …

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    • Student's Worksheets 0.03mb pdf
    • Student's Worksheets 0.03mb word
    • Teacher's Worksheets 0.02mb pdf

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