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Internet day

Did you know?

Heaven or hell?  Is there life without your laptop, mobile phone, computer and the Internet? Using the Internet for booking flight tickets and train tickets, ordering books and new clothes, or scrolling through the news and funny pictures of cats. We take all this for granted now, but can you remember how it used to be? All that time queuing and travelling to make purchases and finding out information. Yet, it is less than 20 years since our lives changed so much.

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The BBC Proms

Did you know?

The Proms (or to use their full name, The BBC Promenade Concerts) have become a well-established feature of British cultural life since their founding by Henry Wood in 1895. From mid-July to mid-September there are over 90 daily concerts, which are organized and broadcast by the BBC, in the Royal Albert Hall and Cadogan Hall in London, and outdoor concerts ‘Proms in the Park’ events across the UK.

 

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International Haiku Poetry Day

Did you know?

You may remember having a go at writing a haiku at some point in your English lessons at school; it’s the Japanese three-line poem that has a strict 17-syllable count of five syllables in the first line, seven in the second and five in the third. And 17 April is the day for its international celebration.

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Presidents’ Day

Did you know?

The president who was only in office for one month, the one who resigned and the four incumbents who were assassinated in office: all US presidents are remembered on Presidents’ Day which falls on the third Monday in February.

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Sing a song at Christmas!

Did you know?

Do you like singing Christmas carols and other Christmas songs? Then you’re sure to enjoy finding out about their histories.

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World card making day

Did you know?

Births, marriages and deaths are not the only reasons people send cards. There are over one billion reasons why greetings cards are sent in the United Kingdom.

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American Independence Day or Fourth of July

Did you know?

A national holiday of fireworks and celebrations as the United States of America commemorates the day that it came into being in 1776.

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Traditional folk-dancing

Did you know?

Yes, it’s that time of year again, when the bells are dusted, the sticks are polished and flowers are arranged around the straw hats – it’s the Morris Dancing season in England.

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Decimal Day

Did you know?

In Feburary 1971, nearly half a century ago, the United Kingdom and Ireland changed from pounds, shillings and pence and joined the rest of the world’s metric currencies.

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Christmas comes but once a year …

Did you know?

… and when it comes, it brings good cheer.

Well, that’s what the saying claims, but for many people, Christmas and the holiday period can be very stressful. There are the cards to be written, the presents to be bought, the turkey to be stuffed and that’s without even thinking about all the other preparation that needs doing. And that’s not all…

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Making groups in the classroom

Teaching tip

Do you want some new and interesting ways to divide your students into groups? Then read on…

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National Quiet Day

Did you know?

Shhh! Time to take a break from our noisy world on National Quiet Day.

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Make them talk – even more!

Teaching tip

Refresh Now and Let’s Talk Now – both provide great opportunities to motivate your students to talk. Have a look at the activity pages delivered to your letterbox, which focused on page 41 in Let’s Talk Now A2 and page 23 of Refresh Now B1:  

And you can exploit the material even more.

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UK Snap General Election

Did you know?

Not another one! The British electorate are getting fed up with going to the polling stations and making decisions. As Brenda in Bristol said: There’s too much politics going on at the moment!

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Best of NTC: Zero lessons

Teaching tip

Be perfectly prepared for your first lesson with the Network Now Zero lessons.

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Games in the classroom

Teaching tip

Let’s Talk Now A2 has some fun activities including great games – just what you’re looking for in the run up to Christmas.

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Best of NTC: New Year’s Eve

Teaching tip

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something for you!

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Plateau learners

Teaching tip

Are you familiar with those learners who make great strides through the early stages of learning English and then seem to get stuck around A2/B1? They trundle along without making any apparent advance: plateau learners.

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‘Let’s Talk Now A2' Teaching Notes and photocopiable activities - for free at the click of a mouse!

Teaching tip

They’re here! The Teaching Notes and ten photocopiable activities for Let’s Talk Now A2 are ready and waiting to be downloaded: the perfect support and flexibility every teacher would like in the classroom.

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Fun and games in Let’s Talk Now A2

Teaching tip

Let’s Talk Now A2full of material to get your students talking; here we’ll focus on the Extras and Games. Look out for the sample units!

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NEW video tips: Klett Classroom Clips

Teaching tip

Lights! Camera! Action! Get ready for Klett Classroom Clips!

Klett Classroom Clips is our new series of short video clips (just two minutes or so in length) which have been made to show you a host of lesson-fillers, energizers and warmers: simply great and easy ways to get your students talking. And the clips will also include some practical classroom tips to help you be a more resource- and successful teacher. The series will be continued over the next few months and you can see the first two clips, Conversation springboard and Back to the board, online now!

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Best of NTC: No Pens Day Wednesday

Teaching tip

Sometimes, it’s really nice in the classroom to put your pens, pencils and paper away and just let students talk – and if you can have some fun at the same time, then all the better. No Pens Day Wednesday gives you the opportunity to do just that.

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Let’s Talk Now A2

Teaching tip

What do students need to get talking? To feel at ease, to use interesting material and to have the tools to talk. And here’s the book which offers all that: Let’s Talk Now A2.

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Best of NTC: Summer’s coming

Teaching tip

Have a look at what fun you can have in summer in English-speaking countries around the world.

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What can we do to help students to keep talking?

Teaching tip

For some students it’s easy, for others it’s the most difficult skill. So what can we do to help students to keep talking? …

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Best of NTC: A double celebration of June coronations

Teaching tip

Victoria and Elizabeth II – long reigning monarchs of the United Kingdom

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Best of NTC: Victoria Day (Canada) and Memorial Day (USA)

Teaching tip

North America and the beginning of summer: in Canada it is one week earlier than in the USA. Read on and find out some other facts about these two countries.

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Best of NTC: St George’s Day

Teaching tip

23rd April is an important day in the English calendar: it’s St George’s Day …

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Best of NTC: St Patrick’s Day

Teaching tip

From the Network Teachers’ Club archives of material, we’re looking this month at the Emerald Isle and the globally-celebrated St Patrick’s Day on 17th March.

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Best of NTC: Wacky Christmas traditions and events

Teaching tip

‘Christmas comes but once a year, but when it comes it brings good cheer.’ And, just like the saying, we’re hoping to provide you with some good cheer for your pre-Christmas classroom.

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Refresher and Plateau learners

Teaching tip

Refresh Now – it’s different, it’s individual and it’s flexible. And it’s ideal for learners who’ve found themselves ‘stuck’ at a particular level – the so-called plateau learners. And Refresh Now is just the thing for students who want to reactivate their rusty English.

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Refresh Now A2 Teaching Notes

Teaching tip

You’ve chosen well! The Refresh Now A2 coursebook will pep up, activate and extend your students’ English – and the Refresh Now A2 Teaching Notes, available since the beginning of August, will provide you with a helpful guide through all of its 12 units.

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Best of NTC: No Pens Day Wednesday

Teaching tip

Let your students put away their pens and enjoy a lesson exclusively dedicated to those important language skills - listening and speaking. The current event? - No Pens Day Wednesday on 7 October, one of the topics in Did you know? last year.

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Make your students fit for everyday communication

Teaching tip

Refresh Now A2 provides your learners with language at their finger tips in multiple ways in every unit – to give them perfect support in their everyday communication. Read more …

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Pep up your students’ interest in reading

Teaching tip

There’s lots of stimulating reading material in Refresh Now A2. Just look at the last two Focus on pages in every unit.

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Refresh your learners’ knowledge at A2 level

Teaching tip

Look forward to getting more from your A2 learners with the brand new Refresh Now A2.

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Best of NTC: Quirky spring customs

Teaching tip

There’s always something unusual going on in spring in the UK – have a look at these quirky spring customs …

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Best of NTC: Valentine's Day, President's Day, St David's Day

Teaching tip

February can be a cruel month – signs of spring might be hidden under layers of snow and the jollity of Christmas seems ages ago. So brighten up your month with the best of Network Teachers’ Club.

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Network Now Companions

Teaching tip

The Network Now series has been expanded with the welcome addition of four useful Companions – for A1 Starter, A1, A2.1 and A2.2.

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Network Now Resource Book A1 A2 B1

Teaching tip

The Network Now Resource Book A1 A2 B1 is ready to use, so you are ready to teach.

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The Zero lesson

Teaching tip

Most teachers have experienced this problem: the first lesson of a new course and not all students have the coursebook. Don’t worry - Network Now won’t leave you alone in this challenging situation.

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'Now A2.1' - Email and Diary

Teaching tip

'Network Now A2.1' is the third book in the 'Network Now' series and contains all the excellent features of the two previous books, and even adds more. We will look at some of the features of A2.1 over the next few months. This month, it's the turn of Email and Diary in 'Now me'. Click here to find out more ...

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Out and about task

Teaching tip

We teachers are always looking for ways of helping our learners to put their English into practice outside of the sometimes artificial environment of the classroom. To give you and your students some practical and fun ideas, the authors of 'Network Now A2.1' have thought of some tasks for your students to put what they've learnt into practice in their daily lives. Click here to find out more ...

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Warm-up or Round-up activities

Teaching tip

Here are several activities which can be used as 'five-minute fillers'. Keep a list of short activities in the back of your course books in case you need a lively filler!

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Listen in

Teaching tip

As we all know, learners often find listening the hardest skill of all and there are many reasons for this. One of the new features of 'Network Now A2.1' is the 'Listen in' activity, which appears at the end of each 'Language and culture' section. Click here to find out more on how to help your students develop their listening skills with the help of this task ...

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Coping strategies

Teaching tip

The last of our new features for A2.1 is the 'Coping Strategies', which give you tips and tricks for surviving in an English-speaking context.

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The benefits of the Now Teacher's Resource Book

Teaching tip

The Now Teacher’s Resource Books offer not just teaching notes to make the most of each lesson with the Now series, they also provide you with practical tips to be used before the lesson as well as with a lot of additional ideas to help you deliver the best possible Now lesson.

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What's new in Now A2.2?

Teaching tip

This month we take a look at the new features in Now A2.2.
 

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