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31.1.12

ESO2: Chinese Year of the Dragon!

Help us fire up Freddy!  
 2012 is the Chinese year of the dragon. Freddy wants to breathe fire like grown-up dragons. Can you answer all the questions correctly to help him?

http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/fun-games/chinese-year-the-dragon

ESO4: Present Perfect exercises

Here you have a good link for keeping practising the Present Perfect: http://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/grammar/present-perfect-simple. (Positive, Negative and Questions).

You can practise this tense in the following text about the Loch Ness: http://www.ego4u.com/en/read-on/countries/uk/tour/loch-ness

If you want more, here you have a text about snowboarding!

A Look at the Intriguing History of Snowboarding

By Keith Kingston
To say who actually invented the sport of snowboarding would be impossible because people have always loved to slide down a snow-covered hill. Soaring through the snow on some kind of seat or board is nothing new. The ways to enjoy the snow are numerous, and people have devised ways to turn garbage can lids and cardboard into snow boards to enjoy an afternoon frolic outdoors. The various ways to glide through snow have become more sophisticated and have evolved into using polished boards or skis in much the same manner as a surfboarder would ride a wave.
There have been many attempts at developing a modern snowboard. In 1965, the Snurfer (a word play on snow and surfer) was developed as a childs toy. Two skis were bound together and a rope was placed at the front end to afford control and stability. Over 500,000 Snurfers were sold in 1966 but they were never seen as more than a child's plaything even though organized competitions began to take place. The year 1969 brought a slightly more sophisticated snowboard based on the principles of skiing combined with surfboard styling.
The Flying Yellow Banana was developed in 1977. This was nothing more than a plastic shell covered with a top surface like that of a skateboard, but at the time it was considered a major advance in the little known sport of snowboarding. The first national snowboard race was held in the area outside Woodstock and was known as The Suicide Six. The race consisted of a steep downhill run called The Face in which the main goal was probably mere survival.
Snowboarding continued to increase in popularity over the next several years. In 1985 the first magazine dedicated specifically to snowboarding hit the news stands with huge success and furthered the popularity of this exciting sport. Hoards of fans began to organize regional events and pretty soon snowboarding events were held in all parts of the world. In the year 1994 snowboarding was finally declared an Olympic event, much to the delight of fans. The not-so-new sport of snowboarding was finally recognized and meant a huge victory for serious snowboarders across the globe.
A collection of snowboarding tricks and stunts was released on video in 1996. Filmed in Alaska, the breathtaking beauty and captivating snowboarding techniques featured in the video exposed snowboarding to a new generation, and by 1998 snowboarding constituted almost 50% of all winter activity. Today, nearly all ski resorts accept snowboarders. There are still a few holding on to the past but this is unlikely to continue as the number of snowboarders continually increases.
From the first crudely built snowboards to the advanced and specialized models available today, snowboarders have carried a bad boy image. This rebel reputation is still common today in spite of the fact that snowboarding appeals to men, women, and children of all nationalities and social groups. At most major ski resorts you can find snowboarding gear, information, and lessons. Olympic and world wide snowboarding events are among the most popular of winter sports and the competition to be the best is fierce.
Retailers nation wide and around the world carry many types of snowboards, and the choice in specially made snowboarding gear is immense. Snowboarders have participated in the X Games and even charity events such as Boarding for Breast Cancer. From its early meager beginnings snowboarding has progressed into a fully recognized sport, and large numbers of people are turning to snowboarding for adventure, fun, and professional recognition.
Keith Kingston is a professional web publisher offering information on snowboards, skiing, ski vacations, snow removal and snowmobiles at all-4-snow.com
Article Source: EzineArticles.com

 And remember: keep revising irregular verbs! http://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/grammar/irregular-verbs

ESO3: Past Continuous exercises

Here you have a good link to keep practising the Past Continuous: Affirmative, Negative, Questions and short answers `the gerund (-ing). Try the tests at the end too!

 http://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/grammar/past-progressive

GAME: These days the Siberian cold weather is affecting us hey... Why don't we try the freezing game? Two groups: one closing the eyes, the other performing the action Teacher says FREEZE, group 2 stays still, group one has to guess what the action was. Let's play!
(E.g. You were playing basketball).

ESO1 & ESO2: Animals!

These animals ran out of the zoo! Help the zookeeper put them in alphabetical order. Learn the names of these animals and draw the one that begins with your initial letter! (e.g. Yusra:  Yak).
What do you think of zoos? I prefer animals in the wild...

 http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/fun-games/animal-countdown
EXTRA: Listening! Animal shelter: http://www.eslyes.com/easydialogs/ec/dailylife051.htm