Teaching Resources for Scuola secondaria di secondo grado - May

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Word of the month

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Destiny

The things that will happen to someone in the future, especially those that cannot be changed or controlled.

Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English 6th Edition

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Madness

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

Madness [noun]

1. Very stupid behaviour that could be dangerous or have a very bad effect
It is madness (for somebody) to do something.
It would be madness to drive all that way on your own.

2. Serious mental illness, insanity
His family has a history of madness.

Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English 6th Edition

  • Word of the Month Activities for May
    A worksheet for students at level B1 on the word 'madness', also exploring the theme of 'love and madness'. With notes and key for the teacher.

Ancestor

Ancestor noun [countable]
1) a member of your family who lived a long time ago → descendant
My ancestors were French.

2) an animal that lived in the past, that modern animals have developed from
Lions and house cats evolved from a common ancestor (=the same ancestor).

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

  • Word of the Month Activities for May
    A worksheet for students at B1 level on words related to family history: distant cousins, great grandparents, descendants, emigrate etc.. With key.

Memorable

Memorable: [adjective]: very good, enjoyable, or unusual, and worth remembering. 
We want to make this a truly memorable day for our mother.

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



Idiom of the month

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Time will tell

Used to say that at some time in the future it will become clear whether or not something is true, right, etc..
Example: Only time will tell if the treatment has been successful.

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There’s method to one's madness

Used to say that even though someone seems to be behaving strangely, there is a sensible reason for what they are doing

Example: Let me explain why I am doing it this way; there is method to my madness.

  • Idiom Activities for May
    A worksheet for students at B1 level on the idiom of the month and related idiomatic expressions. With notes and key for the teacher.

It runs in the family

If something such as a quality, disease, or skill "runs in the family", it means that many people in that family have it.

Example: Emily and her mother are both very beautiful. Good looks must run in the family.

Off the beaten track/path

A place that is off the beaten track is not well known and is far away from the places that people usually visit.

Example: We found a lovely little restaurant off the beaten track, which wasn't touristic at all!

Reader of the Month

The Turn of the Screw

A young woman comes to a big house to teach two young children. It's her first job and she wants to do it well. But she begins to see strange things, the ghosts of dead people. Do the ghosts want the children?

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City of the month

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