In our Real English video this month we are talking about Walter Scott, who he was, why he was so popular, and how he helped to shape Scottish identity
Our language focus this month language you can use to help you build an argument. Watch the video and then look at our interactive blog about Walter Scott to work on your reading skills too!
Our language focus this month is modifiers and collocations. Watch the video and then look at our interactive blog about Burns to work on your reading skills too!
Happy Burns night! Well, almost! On the 25th of January, Scots and lovers of poetry around the world celebrate Robert Burns, our national poet.
Burns is best know as the writer of one of the top 3 most known songs in the English language (Auld Lang Syne), however his talents go much further! He was a man ahead of his time, writing poetry and songs about inequality, the value of money over people, and the environment. And of course, love. Rab (as he is often called in Scotland) liked the ladies, as his poetry reflects.
It's traditional to celebrate him with a Burns Supper, a night where we eat haggis, drink whiskey and read and sing his poetry and songs. We have collected some links for you to plan your perfect Burns night and learn all about him, at the same time as practising your English!
The lovely people at Visit Scotland have prepared some brilliant PDF resources explaining all about the history of Burns, and how to plan the perfect night, from selected poems to recipes.
Please click the appropriate link for your level
There is only one thing being talked about in Scotland at the moment, and that is the result of the independence referendum on the 18th of September. On the morning of the 19th, we will know if Scotland has chosen to go it alone or remain part of the UK.
Regardless of personal opinion, it is extremely important to understand how we have arrived at this point and discuss the possibilities. So, we have put together a class all about the history before the referendum with lots of great videos and a selection of useful vocabulary.
These resources are also great for teachers to download if you'd like to use them with your class.
Happy Halloween to you all! At The Edinburgh Experience, we LOVE Halloween and want to share our reason why with you! Most people think of Halloween only as a commercial holiday, but it's so much more than that! Find out today about the history of the day and how we celebrate it in Scotland.
INTERESTING HALLOWEEN FACT - "Trick or treat" is translated in Spanish as "truco o trato", but this is incorrect. The word "treat" in this context means something special which you don't normally have. You could transalte it as "capricho" or "algo especial". This is a great example of why you ALWAYS need to look at the context of language.
THIS MONTH'S LESSON - Please download our PDF where you can read a text about the history of Halloween in Scotland, and also the roots of the tradition in the United States. You can listen and read at the same time, if you press the TEXT AUDIO button.
We also have lots of great vocabulary for talking about fears and phobias. Listen to the VOCAB AUDIO button where you can hear an explanation for each word and match them to the definitions on the PDF. You'll find the answers on page 3.
We've also included a list of discussion questions for teachers to use in class.
And as an extra treat, enjoy Michael Jackson's Thriller below with lyrics!
Until next time!
The Edinburgh Experience Team
However, don’t panic about learning lists of 100s of verbs! Just learn them as they appear. The most important thing is to learn them in context as they very often change meaning. Today we’re looking at them in the context of Christmas! Look at the verbs in the text and see if you can understand what they mean. You can find the answers at the end of the blog post. Don't forget to click on the links to get your little Christmas presents from us!
Learn vocabulary and expressions while you communicate in English! Please feel free to comment on our posts or ask any questions