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A House in the Country

A House in the Country concerns a returnee, Ray, who has made enough money in London to rebuild a house in Colombo. He is helped by Siri, a young man from the country, and together they talk about building another house, in the country. This is set against the backdrop of Sri Lanka's ongoing civil war. When tragedy comes a bit too close to home, everything changes.

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Vocabulary self-study activities

Here are some tips you can give your students to help them with their vocabulary acquisition and self study.

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'The Washing Line' - teaching clothes vocabulary

This is a good vocabulary activity to use with younger learners.

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Hot seat

This is a good activity for getting your students going in the morning. It is also excellent for revising vocabulary.

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Vocabulary box

A small box, such as a shoe box, is a very useful tool in the classroom - it can become a vocabulary box. You also need some small blank cards or pieces of paper.

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Same, opposite or different dictation

This is an activity for advanced or, at least, upper intermediate students.

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Word guessing games

The following games can be played throughout the school year but are also very useful as a round up at the end of term. You can play them a few times.

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Definitions - Get rid of it

This game can be adapted for matching definitions to words or matching opposites.

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The fly swatter game

Here is a lively and distinctive activity to practise vocabulary.

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Snake-word

To check how rich my students' vocabulary is, I have them play the snake-word game.

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