Short texts and questions on Religious and Political Holidays and more
Available late 2022
Adrian Wallwork is the author of three discussion books for Cambridge University Press, four business English courses for Oxford University Press, ten books on academic English for SpringerNature (plus five on business English and six on general English), along with six books for the BBC, Scholastic and BEP… Read more
Intermediate and advanced classes of English as a foreign or second language (EFL, ESL) - either in state schools or private language schools.
How does it work?
The material is organized in chronological order - teachers can exploit the material to the full by using it on or near the festival day. Via texts and listening exercises, students are provided with first-hand accounts of world festivals, which they then discuss by answering related questions.
The accompanying listening exerices are downloadable for free from: here. The speakers in the listening exercises include people of different ages and cultural backgrounds, offering the learner exposure to a wide variety of native and non-native accents
What preparation is involved for the teacher?
In most exercises, no preparation is required either by the teacher or students. However, there are extensive teacher's notes explaining the origin of each festival, tapescripts, and ideas for follow up exercises.
What's the duration of a typical exercise?
This depends on the students' level of interest and involvement. Some exercises can be used as 10-minute warm ups or lesson fillers, others may develop into full-blown 60-minute discussions.
Discussion Days is a resource book of skills materials based around particular days in the year (e.g. Jan 1, Valentine's, April Fool's Day, Easter, Women's Day, May 1, Martin Luther King, Ramadan, Thanksgiving). This edition is an updated version of the original Book of Days, which was originally published by Cambridge University Press.