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10 things to do during the holidays

June 10, 2014 by Nora Nagy

The holidays are here, and after a busy year at school, and for many of us the challenges of online teaching,  we all need some time to relax. However, after a week or two we begin to yearn for holiday activities because relaxation doesn't mean inactivity, especially for active teens and young adults. Here are ten things for you and your classes to do during the holidays (with printable resources).

1 Visit a new place.
It can be a neighbouring town or a specific place in your own town, choose a place that you have never visited. Look around in town and find a spot you do not know much about.

2 Relax and sleep a lot.
Forget about the alarm clock for a while, and sleep as much as you need!

3 Read a book in English.
Practise English by reading fun books and you won't have to worry about going back to school unprepared. Make sure you choose the right book for your level.

Here is a selection of level tests to help your students decide their reading level:

4 Read at least 10 hours in English.
You can double or triple the hours! Download our Holiday Reading Diary and mark every 15 minutes you read to track your progress.

5 Learn a new word in English every day.
Start learning new words. You can use readers, magazines, Internet websites to learn new vocabulary, and don't forget to take notes.

6 Watch films in English.
You have all the time in the world to watch films, TV series, cartoons! Check out our film tie-in title collection for ideas.

7 Go to the theatre.
Some festivals may have been postponed this summer but catch up on some great plays online. Many of the great theatres are offering free access to their archives of performances.

Keep an eye on these websites for updates on free streamings:

Check out smaller theatre companies and local theatres for online events.

8 Make a scrapbook.
You don't have to be an arts & crafts expert to create a scrapbook. Take a notebook and dedicate it to this holiday. Collect ideas, images, thoughts and memories. It will be so much fun to revisit your holidays when you are back at school!

9 Learn something new.
It can be anything you have ever dreamt of doing: cooking, doing a sport, speaking a new language, playing a musical instrument, putting up a tent, rock climbing.

10 Volunteer for a good cause.
Do you care about animals or parks and nature near you? Do you like your local library? Ask around and volunteer at an organisation. Only few hours a week can make a big difference and you can help a lot!

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