New words added in dictionaries

New words added:

Did you know that new words are added in Dictionaries like Oxford, Urban, Cambridge Dictionaries and so on every year? These new words can be found mostly in social media and are tech-inspired (and ‘buzzworthy‘, according to Oxford).
Two of the words to make their debut in the dictionary, selfie and phablet both featured on our Words on the radar post back in June 2012. At the time, selfie feature primarily in social media contexts, but had attracted media attention after Hilary Clinton apparently used the word in a text message to the owner of a Tumblr dedicated to an image of her texting. 
More words like, omg, FOMO, bitcoin, emoji, MOOC, Internet of things, Srsly, among others have their own story. 
:Today will be looking at the word buzz:
  According to the Urban dictionary buzz is:

  • Anything that creates excitement or stimulus
    “Playing PlayStation is my latest buzz.”


  • The feeling experienced by someone in a stimulated state

   “That’s nothing compared to the buzz I get from speed.”

  • Gossip
     So what’s the buzz about Prince William’s baby? 
  • Used as an Adjective
    6. Short, bald, shaved, cut off, clipped, shorn
  • Example
    Girl 1: “Can you believe Ashley cut off ALL her hair?”
    Girl 2: “Yeah, she got a buzz cut for St. Baldricks to support cancer research! I’ve got to give her a lot of credit. That takes GUTS!” 
    Hope you enjoyed this post. More coming up soon 

Tic Tac Toe Game For ESL classes

I always use a 5-10minutes game when I feel that my learners need a little bit of a break-time, and a fun activity to relax.
Tic Tac Toe (or Noughts and Crosses )
I assume that everyone is familiar with this game. If not it works like that:

1. Draw the board: Draw the board, which is made up of a 3×3 grid of squares
2. Have the first player to start with an ‘X’
3. Have the second player go second with an ‘O’
4. To win you have to creative a row of three (horizontan, vertical or diagonal )

Tic Tac Toe (or Noughts and Crosses )in ESL  

Let’s say we have a group of young learners who are learning adjectives:


First divide the class in two teams. The Team 1 has to choose a word and makes a sentence, if the sentence is correct then you can draw an ‘X’, if the sentence is wrong then the word stays like that without any ‘X’.

Example: The elephant is big. CORRECT, Draw an X
The second team now chooses a word to make a sentence, again if the sentence is correct draw an ‘O’ , if the sentence is wrong continue the game with the team 1.
Example: I have eyes small INCORRECT, Don’t draw anything
The team who creative a row of three wins the game

This is a great game to help learners build sentences and use the target vocabulary in sentences. 
And of course you can use it with different words, with adults and all levels
My learners really enjoy this activity. Hope you’ll too 😀

Extr@ Series

Episode 1
Why Extr@?
Extr@ it’s cool TV series, a funny sitcom, and an English course, all wrapped in one single package to make Extr@, the perfect way of learning natural English having fun.

Annie and Bridget share a flat. Their next-door neighbour Nick is a disorganized, humorous macho fellow. Bridget’s Argentinean penpal, Hector, comes to London to visit her. His limited command of English serves as the central dynamic for the language learning content of the series. His trying to get to grips with the daily English is highly amusing (and enlightening).

You are going to:

  • watch the first episode of the series ‘Extr@ English’ 
  • and complete the following activities. 

You can find the link of the video here. Enjoy 😀

You can find activities here:

Episode activities

Amusement Parks *B1

Amusement Parks/Part 1

You are going to:

  • talk about Amusement Parks in your country
  • watch and listen a YouTube video about a horror theme park
  • challenge your listening skills with a Quiz 🙂

Vocabulary builder:

Check in class the meaning of these words: roller-coaster,  adrenaline, candyfloss, rides, theme park, amusement park, horror ride, scary, attraction, hunted house.


  1. Have you ever visited an Amusement Park? If so, what was it called?
  2. What was your favourite ride or activity?
  3. Are you afraid of going on scary amusement park rides?
  4. What are the most famous amusement parks in your country?
  5. Have you ever been to a horror theme park? 

Pre/Listening question:

  1. What does ‘age limit rating’ means?


  1. Why do you think they have been given an age limit rating?

Quizz time 🙂