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Free weight workout for women - English conversation

Free weights traditionally are for men.  The picture that I remember when going to the free weight section of the gym is only the big brawny boys grunting and working with the free weights.  I was always scared that one would drop on someone's foot! Well, women are working out with free weights but not in the same way.

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Key Terms
sculpted look
“fail” (you can’t do any more reps)
push up
real results
Beast mode
Plie Squats
Donkey kicks

Which one of these exercises will help a woman who wants to tone her stomach muscles? 
Which one focuses on the legs?
Which one helps with the arms? 
What is the role of a "spoter" during a free weight workout? 
Which one of these exercises is the safetest? 

Five Mental and Physical Benefits of Yoga

Yoga used to be thought of as New Age and very far away from the norms of modern life.  But as research has shown, that too much stress can really manifest itself in the physical body.  Yoga is a tried and tested way to relive stress and have the peace of mind to help you deal with the stress in your life. 

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Key Terms 
carrying the entire world on your shoulders
on the wayside
discharge tension and stress
negative elements
the pink of psychological health
 relaxation, meditation, socialization, and exercise
stress response system
improve respiration
day-to-day tasks
Dharana, otherwise known as the practice of concentration
static noise in your head
psychological disorders diagnosed in teenagers
 physical postures
 the yogis
anger control, improved resilience, and enhanced mindfulness
enemy combatants
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

You and the Road - Mini Project English speaker's class

Since 11th graders can start the process of getting a drivers' licence this would be a good project for them to do, to help them realize the dangers of the road and how to solver these problems.
This is a Mini-project that the English teacher can assign for the end of the year project.  Feel free to make any changes to make the project more interesting for your students.

You and the Road - Mini Project about road safety

Task: Imagine you are the Minister of Transportation in Israel  How are you going to increase road safety in Israel?
Write down at least five different ways which will increase road safety,
Present your solutions for action to the class.

Guidelines: Follow these steps

Think about the different challenges that face drivers.  Poor roads, not proper speed limit, etc.
How should drivers overcome these problems?
Write a first draft
Outline the first problem - how to solve it including details
Do this for each of the 5 problems including details and pictures.
Show th…

Present Perfect Exercise - English Grammar Lesson

I use this grammar lesson to teach about the Present Perfect in English. Some other langugaes have the Present Perfect, but some don't so it is always important for ESL students to learn this verb form.
Present Perfect.
The present perfect tells us about the past and the present. We see things as happening in the past but having a result in the present.

Simple Present vs. Present Perfect Simple Present Tense The earth turns around the sun.
I always wake up at 6 in the morning.
I feel very sad when you are not here with me. Present Perfect Tense We've washed the dishes(They are clean now.)
She has been my friend for so many years, and I still count on her.(She was my friend for a long time and is still my friend)
The aircraft has landed.(It's on the ground now.)   Form:Positive:  have/has + V3 Negative: have/has not +V3, haven't/hasn't +V3 Question: Have/Has+ pronoun+V3? Irregular forms:

Pilates and Your workout

Pilates has been around for a while.  It is not as exotic sounding as Zumba, but it is more than just a set of exercises.  This website has lots of mini sites that tell you about different kinds of pilates exercises. Pick a few and try them out at home and if turns out for you, then go to a Pilates studio and work on!

This site tells us the history of Pilates

Who started the Pilates exercise program?
What was the main focus?
What country was the founder from?
Why did he move to the United States?
What sport did he most like to work with?
What equipment does Pilates use?
To tone up the legs?
Gain better balance?
What are the benefits of Pilates?
What type of equipment does Pilates use?
What does the Reform machine do?
What part of the body does this machine exercise?
How do you use the rings?
What part of the body does this stregthen
How long is a Pilates session?
Does the gym need a special licens…

The oldest Human was 256? English Conversation Lesson

According to the Bible, people seemed to live much longer than they do today.  What is the secret of longevity?  There seems to be some confusion about how old he actually was, but even if he lived to be 197, that's quite an achievement! 

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Key Terms 
martial arts
Fountain of Youth
Dynastic records
 touches on
 vouched for 

Hillary Clinton wants to be President! English conversation lesson

Can the United States finally have a woman President?  Well Mrs. Hillary Clinton thinks so.  She recently announced that she is going to run for the highest office in the land.  She has been in the White House before,  but as First Lady, the wife of President Bill Clinton.

Key Terms
cast herself
kicking off
tough economic times
front runner
take anything for granted
go all-in
email scandal
Washington insider
a trail of secrecy
failed policies
productive debate
launch message

Questions \\\
Was Hillary Clinton a good Secretary of State?
Do you think that she is qualified to be President?
What affect does the scandals with her husband have upon her?
What type of image does she have now as compared to 2008?
What type of voter is going to vote for her?
What is her platform on health care?  Economics?  Foreign Policy?
What does …

Dutch nursing home offers free rent to students in exchange for work

It is not easy being a student at university.  Tuition costs are only part of the iceberg, the rest is food, books, housing, transportation. A Dutch nursing home has been running a program for the past few years to help students and their residents.

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Key Terms
the golden years
positive social interactions
outside world in
 unstructured time
warm environment
social return on investment 

What is new about this project?
How much time does each student have to spend with the senior residents?
What would be more interesting for a student to do, attend a birthday party or unstructured time with the residents?
What are the advantages for the seniors?
What are the advantages for the students?
What are the disadvantages for the students?
Are there any disadvanages for the senior residents?
Would you …