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In this lesson, you will watch four Premier League stars talk about the fight to stop the killing of elephants and rhinos in Africa. 

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In this lesson, Joe and Amy talk about problems they have with their younger brothers and sisters. You will practise your listening skills and also practise 'used to' to speak about repeated actions in the past.

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In this lesson, David talks about some of the rules of the game. The language focus is about modals of obligation.

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In this lesson, Jack is challenged to identify three people, hidden in photographs. The language focus is on modal verbs.

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In this lesson, David talks about the different countries that Premier League players come from. The language focus is determiners.

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In this lesson, Jack talks about some of the latest news from the Premier League. The language focus is the present perfect.

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In this lesson, David talks about the problems he faced when he tried to go to watch Arsenal play. The language focus is on the past perfect.

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In this lesson, Jack will describe a living legend in the Premier League who has just celebrated 1000 career games. The language focus is on describing people.

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In this lesson, Simon will describe a famous city. You will look at a range of vocabulary and collocations commonly used to describe cities and places.

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In this lesson, David talks about some of the big names from the past in the Premier League and what they are doing today. The language focus is the present simple and the present continuous.

Blogs

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Tarana

Teachers attending a Premier Skills workshop in Azerbaijan

The Premier Skills workshop was held in February in the Park Inn. There were 20 English teachers at the workshop on 23 February. The trainers were Tarana Boyukzada and Fatima Suleymanova.

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Safitry Wahyuni

ENGLISH PREMIER SKILLS WORKSHOP

Safitry Wahyuni - Workshop
7th - 8th May 2012
Grand Jamrud II Hotel
Samarinda, East Kalimantan
INDONESIA

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Mark

One topic which both fans and football writers usually comment on is the position of teams in the "table", so let's look at this vocabulary as we review some of the results from the Premier League at the weekend.

Firstly, "league leaders" Manchester City stayed "at the top of the table" thanks to their 3-0 victory over Fulham. Despite the defeat, Fulham are still "seven points clear of the relegation zone".

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In the Premier League matches over the New Year period, there were lots of goals scored in the last ten minutes. In fact, the results of about half of the 20 matches in this period were decided by "late goals". So let's have a look at some of the vocabulary used to talk about this.

Grant Hanley's late goal gave Blackburn a surprise victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford. Norwich and Everton also scored "late winners" to get victories at Queens Park Rangers and West Bromwich Albion respectively.

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In the reports on several of the recent Premier League games, I notice that the phrase "lay siege" was used. This expression is often used when a strong team is dominating a weak one, so that they keep on attacking for long periods of the match. But they don't necessarily score a goal or win the game! There have been plenty of examples of strong teams laying siege to weak ones in the PL ganes played so far over Christmas.

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Last weekend's Premier League games give me the chance to look at some of the words and phrases which we use to talk about draws -- in other words, when the two teams have the same number of goals, 

Three of the ten PL games last weekend ended in draws. Everton drew 1-1 with Norwich, Wigan and Chelsea also drew 1-1, and Newcastle drew 0-0 with Swansea.

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We use the term "consolation goal" when a team is losing badly and has no chance of winning or even drawing the game, but they score anyway. In everyday language, "consolation" is when something bad has happened to someone and you do something to make them feel better.

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Declan

Editor's note: This week, Declan talks about the games coming up this weekend (December 3rd - 5th). He makes predictions about this weekend's games and talks about the featured game: Wolves v Sunderland

Declan's Predictions 

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Declan

Editor's note: This week, Declan talks about the games from last weekend (November 26th - 28th). He talks about the best game and goals of the week, Instead of a surprise of the week, he talks about the sad death of Gary Speed and explains a football phrase of the week. This week, his football phrase is: pressure.

Declan's Review 

Game of the week

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Mark

Last weekend's Premier League games give me the opportunity to focus on two common phrases used in football reports. When players  "come off the bench", it means they enter the game as substitutes. And when they "see red", it means they receive a red card and have to leave the game.

As usual, lots of players came off the bench in the PL over the weekend, and three of these substitutes scored . Three other players saw red. And one player not only came off the bench but also saw red! Guess who?

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Predictions

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Declan

Editor's note: This week, Declan talks about the games coming up this weekend (December 3rd - 5th). He makes predictions about this weekend's games and talks about the featured game: Wolves v Sunderland

Declan's Predictions 

Featured game

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Declan

Editor's note: This week, Declan talks about the games from last weekend (November 26th - 28th). He talks about the best game and goals of the week, Instead of a surprise of the week, he talks about the sad death of Gary Speed and explains a football phrase of the week. This week, his football phrase is: pressure.

Declan's Review 

Game of the week

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Jack

Editor's note: This week, Zahra was going to make some predictions, but she couldn't get her camera to work so she sent her predictions to me. The featured game this week is Aston Villa v Norwich City. 

Jack and Zahra's Predictions 

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Declan

Editor's note: This week, Declan talks about the games from last weekend (October 22nd - 23rd). He talks about the best game and goals of the week, He also talks about the surprise of the week and explains a football phrase of the week. This week, his football phrase is: top scorer.

Declan's Review 

Game of the week

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Declan

Editor's note: This week, Declan talks about the games coming up this weekend (October 29th - 31st). He makes predictions about this weekend's games and talks about the featured game: Chelsea v Arsenal.

Declan's Predictions 

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Declan

Editor's note: This week, Declan talks about the games coming up this weekend (October 15th - 16th). He makes predictions about this weekend's games and then talks about the featured game: Liverpool v Manchester United.

Declan's Predictions 

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Declan

Editor's note: This week, Declan talks about the games from last weekend (October 1st 2nd). He talks about the best game and goals of the week, He also talks about the surprise of the week and explains a football phrase of the week. This week, his football phrase is: comeback.

Declan's Review 

Game of the week

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Zahra

Editor's note: This week, Zahra talks about the games coming up this weekend (October 1st - 2nd). She makes predictions about this weekend's games and then talks about the featured game, an exciting derby: Tottenham Hotspur v  Arsenal.

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Declan

Editor's note: This week, Declan talks about the games coming up this weekend (September 24th - 26th). He makes predictions and talks about the featured game, Newcastle United v  Blackburn Rovers and then talks about the rest of this weekend's fixtures.

Declan's Predictions

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Newcastle United v Blackburn Rovers: Home win

Saturday 24th September games

Manchester City v Everton: Home win

Arsenal v Bolton Wanderers: Home win

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Declan

Editor's note: This week, Declan talks about the games from last weekend (September 17th 18th). He talks about the best game and goals of the week, He also talks about the surprise of the week and explains a football phrase of the week. This week, his football phrase is: possession,

Declan's Review 

Game of the week

Fans Blog

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First thought: does anyone out there share my frustration at not being able to watch many games from start to finish, live? And by live I don’t mean in the stadium, but on television at the time they’re played, not later. This isn’t because there’s no reasonable cable or satellite TV where I live, or because of the time difference.

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Hi there. My name's Mark and I live in Caracas, Venezuela. I'm starting this blog to share a few thoughts about the Premier League. I'm a big PL fan but don't get much chance to talk about it because most Venezuelans prefer baseball! So I'll use the blog instead and hope that you'll share your thoughts too. Don't worry if your English isn't perfect -- this isn't a grammar lesson! 

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AndyHewitt

Football is now a huge global industry, with the Premier League, La Liga, the Champions League and many more competitions shown on television every week. With satellite TV it’s now possible to watch nearly every game from the comfort of your own home, with all the action replays and live commentary from expert pundits and players. All this has helped the game become more popular than ever and allowed fans to watch their favourite teams wherever they live in the world.

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AndyHewitt

Like many people I’ve watched football at many different times and in many different places. Given a choice I love nothing more than being in the pub on a Sunday with my friends, drinking some beers and watching a game or two. When travelling I’ve watched many games alone, or with friends in cafes, bars, restaurants and a range of houses of welcoming hosts in Asia, Africa, Australia and the Americas. I’ve also been to a range of live games in many different countries. The great thing about football is how it unites people - it really is a global language.

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I’ve been very lucky to be a Manchester United fan, especially over the last 20 years. We have been one of the most successful clubs of all-time, winning Premier League title after title and a whole host of domestic and European cups. We have become very accustomed to winning, and an unsuccessful season for us is coming second in the league or losing in a cup final. I don’t have to watch my team lose game after game, and still give my support and try to be positive every Saturday afternoon - but I have a lot of friends who do.

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I always love this time of year. The weather starts to get better, the winter is over and the football season reaches it’s climax. Most football fans are more excited at the “business end” of the season, and as I am a lifelong Manchester United supporter I can always guarantee that we will be challenging for something as May approaches.

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