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'Touch wood, cross your fingers, and pop that lucky rabbit's foot in
your pocket - and there will be an almost five-to-one chance that you
will not then be troubled today with paraskevidekatriaphobia - fear
of Friday the 13th.'
(Tim Radford, The Guardian, Friday 13th June 2003)
See Phobia names and etymology (Wikipedia)
the 13th - AUDIO
"Does the phrase "Oh no, it's Friday the 13th!" mean
anything to you?
Does this date fill you with fear, anxiety and foreboding - or is it
simply another day on the calendar?
Whether you're superstitious or not, join us as we try to find out why
Friday the 13th is such an infamous date."
- with the
script and a quiz
INTERACTIVE exercises :
Exercises TO PRINT :
and stairs -
"Write the interview.
The answers are given, fill in the questions.
You are a reporter for the large British paper 'The Independent'.
Recently there have been a large number of accidents relating to ladders
You are interviewing a very superstitious young man.
What do you ask him about?"
Lesson plans :
- Fortune teller
"This lesson, suitable for pre-intermediate students, follows on from presentation and controlled practice of the future ‘will'.
It is an extended role-play activity which is simple to set up and fun for the students."
"Take a look at the article, story, cartoon, word games,
trivia and links."
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