Teaching Resources for Scuola secondaria di primo grado - April

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Word of the Month

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Clever Clogs

Expression used to describe someone who is annoying because they are always right or always think they are right.
We call people who know a lot and always give the right answer.

Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English 6th Edition.

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Improve your students' vocabulary with a word for every month and activities to go with it! This month: far-fetched.

Far-fetched [adj]

1. Extremely unlikely to be true or to happen.
This story seems to be far-fetched, unreal; yet it really happened.

Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English 6th Edition.


As many words in the English language, also fashionable was first used by Shakespeare in one of his plays. Would you like to know which one? Troilus and Cressida, Act III, Scene III!

“For time is like a fashionable host that slightly shakes his parting guest by the hand, and with his arms outstretch'd, as he would fly, grasps in the comer: welcome ever smiles, and farewell goes out sighing.” - Ulysses 

And with just 11 letters, centuries of debate over what’s hot or not began!

  1. Fashionable: [adjective]: popular, especially for a short period of time [≠ unfashionable]. Strong colours are very fashionable at the moment. It is fashionable (for somebody) to do something. It suddenly became fashionable for politicians to talk about green issues.
  2. Fashionable: popular with, or used by, rich people [≠ unfashionable]. A fashionable resort/area/address etc. He runs a fashionable restaurant near the Harbor. 
  3. Fashionably: adverb. Fashionably dressed women.

Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English 6th Edition.

Idiom of the Month

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To pass with flying colours

When someone obtains a fantastic result in a test we say that they pass with flying colours.
Example: Peter obtained only 'distinction' this year passing with flying colours to the last grade of the high school.

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It’s not rocket science

It’s not rocket science: It’s not difficult.
Example - Jeff: How do I bake these cupcakes?
Emily: Come on, just follow the recipe, it’s not rocket science!

  • Idiom Activities for April
    A worksheet for students at A1-A2 level on idioms related to science and science fiction. With notes and key for the teacher.

It's Greek to me

It's Greek to me: if you say "it's Greek to me", you are admitting that you do not understand something. (This is one of many phrases invented by Shakespeare, which first appeared in his play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar).
Yesterday I received a letter in German.
What did it say?
I don't know, it's all Greek to me!

Reader of the Month

Six Sketches

Norma is always right. But has she got the right train tickets? What happens when Mrs Roberts has coffee with Mrs Price? And is David ready for his wedding? The answers are in these six sketches.

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City of the Month

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