Teaching Resources for Scuola secondaria di secondo grado - December

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Words of the month

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Epic

Una parola che fa pensare alle grandi poesie epiche sugli eroi dell'antica Grecia, ma che ha anche un uso più moderno.

1. [adjective] - an epic book, poem, or film that tells a long story about brave actions and exciting events
2. [adjective] - very large, impressive, great, excellent
3. [noun] - a book, poem, or film that tells a long story about brave actions and exciting events

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Stunning

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

Stunning [adjective]:
1. extremely attractive or beautiful
You look absolutely stunning in that dress. A stunning view.
2. Very surprising or shocking
Stunning news

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


Romance

This definition was taken from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English 6th Edition.

1 [countable] an exciting and often short relationship between two people who love each other Hemingway’s romance with his nurse inspired him to write ‘A Farewell to Arms’.
Michelle married him after a whirlwind romance
(=one that happens very suddenly and quickly) holiday romance (British English), summer romance (American English) (=one that happens during a holiday) a short holiday romance.
2 [uncountable] love, or a feeling of being in love The romance had gone out of their relationship.
3 [uncountable] the feeling of excitement and adventure that is related to a particular place, activity etc. romance of the romance of Hollywood.
4 [countable] a story about the love between two people romance novels.
5 [countable] a story that has brave characters and exciting events a Medieval romance.


Carol

This definition was taken from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English 6th Edition.

Carol also Christmas carol [countable]: a traditional Christmas song.

Idioms of the month

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Achilles' heel

A weak part of someone’s character, which could cause them to fail at something
Example: Greg is a good student, but written tests are his Achilles' heel

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder: each person has their own idea of what is beautiful. If something is beautiful or not depends on the opinion of the person who is looking at it.
Example: I don't think Ariana's new boyfriend is very attractive, but I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder.


Jazz Something Up

Jazz Something Up: (informal) to make something more attractive or exciting
For example: She jazzes up a basic muffins recipe with chocolate chips, nuts and dried cranberries.
My friend told me that I should jazz up my wardrobe. 


Break the ice

Break the ice: to make people feel more relaxed and willing to talk to each other in a social situation. Download the worksheet below to improve your students' vocabulary.

Reader of the month

The Odyssey

The great hero Odysseus has been away from his family for twenty years when the goddess Athene decides to help him find his way back to the island of Ithaca. But the journey will not be easy. Odysseus must face storms, monsters and the terrible anger of the sea god Poseidon. And if he succeeds, will he be welcomed home?

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