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Mr.Maru: Christmas is almost here Sparky! Sparky: I know I can't wait to open presents. Mr.Maru: Speaking of presents, we need to go Christmas shopping. Sparky: Yes, that's important, but I want food now. Mr.Maru: Well, regarding shopping, I think we should go to the North Mall. Sparky: I'm hungry. Let's eat. Mr.Maru: I don't [...]

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Sparky: What happened Mr. Maru? You look a little sad. Mr. Maru: Well, I've started teaching a new class. The kids in the class are so rude! Sparky: I see. What do they do? Mr. Maru: They throw spitballs at me and never do their homework. Sparky: You should let them do detention. Mr. Maru: [...]

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Introducing Project Green

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We are introducing a new project here at EnglishSpark. We want to give something back to the community. Because we believe strongly in environmental issues. We want to do our part to help the environment.   Project Green will be a place where teachers can share materials, lesson plans and ideas about environmental issues. Teachers [...]

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The Japanese lessons use a variety of speakers with different accents and speech patterns.  They have used over 9 different voice actors (including a 9 year old boy).  Also, the Japanese is not 'textbook' Japanese.  They use a lot of casual words and phrases in their podcasts.  They also include a lot of 3-way conversations [...]

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Crash! Slam! Bang! – Teacher Stumpers

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Sparky: Welcome home Mr.Maru! Mr.Maru: Hey Sparky, did you have a good day? Sparky: Yeah, pretty good. Mr.Maru: Say, what happened to the lamp? Sparky: The cat slammed into it. Mr.Maru: We don't have a cat. Sparky: Yeah. We do. Remember? Mr.Maru: I think you hit your head. Sparky: No, I was having a race [...]

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Discontinuing a Few Services

We're making a few changes to things around here at EnglishSpark.com  Over the next few months, the site will change a little bit.  Don't fear!  The main things you have come to enjoy are still going to be here. The first big change is that we are going to discontinue the teacher listing service.  We [...]

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Sparky: Can you turn down the television? It is too loud. It's effecting my concentration. Mr.Maru: I think it's affecting your concentration not effecting. Sparky: Right. It's affecting me.Mr.Maru: What are you studying? Sparky: Chemistry. I'm studying the affects of oxygen on metal. Mr.Maru: I believe it's effects with an 'e'. Sparky: you are really [...]

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Opposites Board Game – eslHQ.com

A basic board game that practices adjective opposites.

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Santa Claus – Heads Up English

This is a listening exercise about Santa Claus.  Students listen to the passage then answer a few questions and if time allows discuss Santa Claus.  It also includes some vocabulary exercises. Students first discuss Santa Claus before the listen to the passage on the CD.  The passage is roughly 5min long.  Teachers can use this [...]

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Mr. Maru: Your house doesn't look very nice Sparky. Sparky: Yep, it's a real fixer upper. I'm going to make my brother replace the windows. Mr. Maru: Make? That's not very nice. Sparky: Yeah, I'm going to get a carpenter to fix the fence too. Mr. Maru: Sounds good. What about the carpet? Sparky: I'll [...]

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