Teaching Resources for Scuola secondaria di secondo grado - May

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International Day of Families

Families come in all shapes and sizes. On May 15th we celebrate them all with UN's International Day of Families and see just how well we can talk about our relatives in English!

  • My Family Lesson
    A lesson for Biennio and Triennio students with activities to learn and practise phrasal verbs related to family.
  • Romance and Relationships
    Students give their opinions on statements about romance and relationships and then discuss them with a partner.
  • Home Life Lesson
    A lesson with reading, writing, listening and speaking activities to talk about home life and to consolidate home life vocabulary.
  • Family Expressions
    Matching, reading and speaking activities using family-related expressions. Worksheet and Answer Key
  • Extended family
    Reading and writing activites on the topic of extended families.

World travel

The Discovery, excitement, cultural exchange, danger, learning...
All this and more is associated with travelling. From backpacking to luxury travels, take your students on an adventure this month with our resources about World Travel!

May Day

May Day on May 1st is a celebration of Spring. In the UK, May Day rites and celebrations include Morris dancing, dancing around a Maypole and crowning a May Queen.

  • May Day Wordsearch
    A wordsearch for the vocabulary of May Day or International Labour Day with Answer Keys | Biennio - Triennio
  • May Day Celebration
    A worksheet giving practice of vocabulary associated with May Day | Biennio - Triennio
  • May Day Through the Ages
    A worksheet with informative reading text about May Day followed by exercises including Teacher's Notes | Biennio - Triennio

Mother's Day

Mother's Day is celebrated during the month of May in many parts of the world. It is a day when people honor their mother, as well as motherhood and maternal bonds. Mothers appreciate receiving cards and flowers on this day.

May History Events

Anniversaries of events in history in May.

  • May History Worksheet
    Lesson on historical events which happened in May, includes teaching notes | Biennio - Triennio

Summer sports

Summer spectator sports events in the UK.

  • Uk Summer Sports
    An age apropriate worksheet for SSSG, at B1 level, on Summer spectator sports events in the UK - Royal Windsor Horse Show, Wimbledon, Henley Regatta (vocabulary , reading text with comprehension and fun activity). Plus teaching notes | Biennio - Triennio

Author of the month

Emily Brontë (30 luglio 1818 – 19 dicembre 1848)

Though she only wrote one novel, Emily Brontë made an immense contribution to English literature, being the first woman to write about topics considered male-only at the time, such as passion and power conflicts. Wuthering Heights defied Victorian England's stereotypes and societal norms, showing readers that women have unique characters and personalities and are equal to men.

Love and Madness

In July 2018 we will celebrate the bicentenary of one of the most important figures in 19th century English literature: Emily Brontë. A mostly self-educated young woman who grew up in a moorland village in Victorian England, she was nonetheless incredibly courageous and independently minded and gave us one of the greatest romantic novels of English literature.

Wuthering Heights

On the wild and lonely Yorkshire moors, a tragic story unfolds as Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff fall in love. But it is a dangerous love, filled with unhappiness and suffering. When Catherine finally breaks Heathcliff's heart, Heathcliff decides to break everyone else's and plans a terrible revenge.

Jane Austen (16 December 1775 - 18 July 1817)

With millions of fans around the world, it is hard to believe that the renown English author Jane Austen passed away 200 years ago, in 1817. Her timeless works speak to us today with humor and irony about romance, relationships and family life of the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century.

Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility: Elinor and Marianne Dashwood are two very different sisters. Marianne loves excitement and always shows her feelings; Elinor is quiet and has more good sense. They both fall in love and both suffer broken hearts. Will they ever find the right man to love and marry?

Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift was born in Dublin in 1667 and came of age at the height of the Glorious Revolution. He was a great literary figure even in his time, but we know very little about his private life. Swift died in a mental institution struck down by an illness, but he wasn’t mad when he wrote Gulliver’s Travels, a satire on politics, and a timeless book for children.

Gulliver's Travels

Gulliver's Travels: Gulliver travels across the sea from England and has an accident. He arrives in a country of very, very small people. What will they do with him? How will he talk to them? And why are the Big-enders fighting the Little-enders?

Word of the month

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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 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: [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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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!

City of the month


Ancient, mysterious, and arguably the most famous prehistoric monument in Europe, Stonehenge has astouded and confused people for centuries.Who built it? How? For what purpose? Find out more in this video, and you'll understand why this mystical place is also a very popular destination for families with children of all ages.

  • Stonehenge
    Watch this video with your students to inspire them to discover Stonehenge.
  • Stonehenge Worksheet
    Download the Worksheet to use in class together with the video.

The Cotswolds

Traveling the world is not just about visiting famous big cities. It is especially nice to discover hidden treasures in the countryside where ancient customs and traditions are still alive. This month, visit the Cotswolds with your class through our video of the month and discover the outstanding natural beauty of the English countryside.

  • The Cotswolds
    Use this video to inspire your students to discover hidden treasures in the English countryside.
  • The Cotswold Wsorksheet
    Download this Worksheet to use in class together with the video.

Did you know?

Love and family life

Although she wrote a lot about love, marriage, and family life, Jane Austen herself never married. She was only engaged to be married for one night and changed her mind the next morning.

The longest flight 

The longest flight in the world today is from Auckland (New Zealand) to Dubai (United Arab Emirates). It lasts about 17 hours and covers approximately 14,200km).

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