Class one

In class two we will talk about learning languages and why they are important.

We will watch the following video and answer the questions below:

Jay Walker, an entrepreneur and inventor, is going to give a talk on the world’s `English mania’. Answer the questions.

1. What kinds of mania does he mention? 

a) b) 

c) d) 

2. How do Chinese students practice English? 

3. How many people are trying to learn English worldwide? 

4. In which grade do Chinese students start learning English by law? 

5. Why do people choose to learn English? 




6. How long does the Chinese Gaokao exam last? 

7. How many students in China have already taken Gaokao? 

8. What other universal languages does Walker mention? 



9. English is becoming the language of ………………….. 

10. What does English represent, according to Jay Walker? 

We will discuss the methods in the video and then complete the activity below. 

We will also complete speaking exam practise related to parts 3 and 4. 

In class two we will begin with a discussion about the UK

Have you ever been to the UK? What did you see?  

What landmarks, objects and people connected with the UK can you see in the picture?  

What else would you add as a symbol of the UK?  

What are the symbols of your country?

How many cups of tea are drunk every day in the UK?

Why is tea so popular?

We will then watch the video and answer the following questions.

Students will then complete the following listening task

We will also learn some idioms and put these into oral practise.

We will end class with a Kahoot all about tea.



Tea is an essential part of British culture. People drink 60 billion cups a year- that’s 165 million cups a day! 

In Britain, people started drinking tea 350 years ago, but the drink’s history goes back much further.

The story starts in 2737 BC. According to legend, Chinese emperor Shen Nung was sitting under a tree when some leaves fell into his bowl of hot water. He then tasted the drink, what we now know as tea. 

Tea came to Europe in the 16th century. It’s possible that Portuguese traders who lived in the East brought tea leaves back to their country, but it was the Dutch who first imported the product to sell. From there, it spread to the rest of the continent.

Tea was first sold in Britain in 1658. A London newspaper advertised it for sale at a coffee shop.

When King Charles II of England married Catherine of Braganza, a Portuguese princess who was also a tea addict, many important, rich people started drinking it. One company, The East India Trading Company, saw that tea had become very popular, and they started importing it to Britain. 

Around the world, many countries have influenced the way we drink tea. Iced tea was first drunk in America in the 1860s. On a very hot day in St. Louis, at the World’s Fair when no one wanted to drink hot tea, a desperate merchant put ice in the drinks he was selling. People queued for a long time to buy the new drink. 

Also in America in the early 20th century, a tea seller decided to put his sample in small silk bags. Instead of opening the bags, customers put them straight into their hot water. And so, tea bags were invented! 

  1. From which country does tea originate?    
  2. Which country was the first to import tea?    
  3. Where was tea first sold in Britain?       
  4. Who helped to make tea popular? 
  5. How did iced tea start?    
  6. What were the first tea bags made of?