Celebrating English Language Day

You do know that English Language Day is celebrated on 23 April, right? But why? Well, this day has been chosen because it is thought to be Shakespeare’s birthday and the anniversary of his death.If you are wondering how to celebrate this special day with your students, E-planet is here to help! Take a break from your usual routine and dedicate a fun lesson to the English language!Our EFL Classroom English Language Day is a great opportunity to create a positive learning environment. Just help your young students to create a unique and eye-catching ‘English Classroom Rules’ poster with this helpful worksheet: Our English Classroom Rules! In this way, your English learners can familiarise themselves with the rules and practise their reading and writing skills. Can you think of a better way to decorate your EFL classroom? British English (What else?) Do your students realise that there are many varieties of English? For example, Londoners live in flats and New Yorkers live in apartments. A sidewalk in the U.S.A. is a pavement in the U.K. British people have biscuits with their cup of tea or coffee, but Americans eat cookies. Americans go to centers (not centres) and theaters (not theatres). Encourage your students to understand and embrace the differences between British and American English (you could also add Australian English to the mix!). Our blog post British and American English: We speak the same language, right? is here to help you! Another great idea is to focus on the entertaining side of learning English with fun and mind-blowing facts about the language we all love. For example, most English learners are impressed when they learn that Monday gets its name from an old Anglo-Saxon word which means ‘the moon’s day’ and that in Ancient Britain, girls who were born on Mondays were given the name Mona as this was the Old English word for moon. And all young learners have fun when they try to pronounce ‘pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis’, the longest word in English! Let our blog post 10+1 Facts About the English Language… that will make you say ‘Wow’! inspire you!Discovering Shakespeare's World How much do your students know about the most famous playwright? Do they understand the impact that the Bard – as Shakespeare is often referred to – had on modern-day English? Ask your students to make a list of words and phrases that Shakespeare invented and are still used today. Have your younger learners create a poster about Shakespeare’s life or his most popular plays.You can also take a look at the Teach Shakespeare site and search for resources that will help you to teach Shakespeare by play, theme, language or character.Happy English Language Day! How are you going to celebrate this day? Leave a comment and share your inspiring ideas with us!...

April 19, 2022

5 Winning Strategies for Motivating English Learners

Motivation is one of the most important factors in language learning. And just like any other skill, it can be developed. That’s why having some super engaging activities, ideas and strategies in your back pocket is always a good idea. If you are trying to come up with ideas for inspiring and motivating your English learners, here are some proven strategies!🔖 Gaining knowledge by experienceHave you ever noticed the buzz of excitement when children in a science class do experiments and projects? Well, all students enjoy hands-on learning and creative activities!When we hear the word ‘experiments’, our minds go immediately to subjects like physics and chemistry. And when we think of the word ‘creativity’, we usually imagine art and music classes. But hands-on, creative learning activities can be brought easily into all EFL classrooms. Just motivate your students to create something new: an essay, a story or a poem, a stimulating piece of art or an attention-grabbing construction project!🔖 Embracing pop culture Imagine that you want to help your students practise the past simple tense. Will they be more interested in a boring gap-filling exercise or in that outrageous outfit their favourite actor chose to wear yesterday? Will they eagerly focus on a poem or on the lyrics of a popular song?Bringing pop culture into the equation will help you to keep your students engaged and willing to learn. When keeping English learners focused on what you’re teaching seems like a herculean task, grab their attention with pop culture elements that will help you to build a bridge between what is taught in your classroom and what happens in life.🔖 Using digital toolsAll children, teenagers and adults can easily view English learning as a necessary step in order to access the digital world. In other words, they are motivated to learn English because they want to use technology. So, pull out the big guns: smartboards, computers and smartphones! Making use of technology and combining text, image and audio can always make a lesson much more interesting. And online activities are great allies when teaching English. For example, a WebQuest can motivate all learners (whether they are 8 or 28 years old!). You cannot expect your students to be motivated if they only do endless grammar and vocabulary exercises. Technology can be much more empowering! 🔖 Taking advantage of the competitive spiritNo matter how old we are, we all love competitions and games that help us to beat our peers! That’s why including an element of competition will motivate your students.Fun educational board games, quizzes, crossword puzzles and other fun activities transform learning into play and help your students to revise what has already been learnt and practise their skills in an effortless and motivating way. 🔖 Creating a friendly environmentAvoid overcorrecting and undermining students’ confidence. Bear in mind that praise can work wonders in your classroom. That’s why you should celebrate all the small achievements of your students. Positive reinforcement is essential!Creating a high-quality classroom environment can also spur creativity and help students to feel more motivated to engage in the learning process. Rethink your classroom design, create a horseshoe-shaped formation or flexible clusters and add a splash of colour and motivational posters with success quotes. Even the smallest of changes can make a big difference in a classroom environment!And don’t forget to share your enthusiasm! As Steve Jobs once said: ‘The only way to do great work is to love what you do.’ Think back… When you were a child, how did you feel about a boring lesson and a demotivated teacher? If you get excited about your lesson, your passion will motivate your students. It’s as simple as that!...

March 30, 2022

ELT & International Mother Language Day

International Mother Language Day (IMLD), on 21 February, is a day to celebrate linguistic diversity and embrace multilingualism.Well, we all know that children who are fluent in their mother tongue can learn another language in a much easier way. But we often fail to realise how much the language we use influences our view of the world and the ways in which we communicate.Children and teenagers who are exposed to many languages start seeing things from a different perspective. We perceive and navigate the world through our senses, but we make sense of it through our intellect, which is fundamentally influenced by language. That’s why every language is a window into a new way of thinking! Older students who learn a new language understand their own language and culture better through comparison. And as scientists unlock more of the secrets of the brain, they’re learning that speaking many languages has benefits that extend from childhood into old age. For example, the more languages we know, the less likely we are to experience memory loss or decline of our other mental skills!👉 2022 IMLD: Technology & Multilingual Learning The theme of the 2022 International Mother Language Day, Using Technology for Multilingual Learning: Challenges & Opportunities, raises the potential role of technology to advance multilingual education and support the development of quality teaching and learning for all. Well, let’s admit it: as time goes on, we notice that it is nearly impossible to do any kind of learning without the implementation of technology. That’s why at E-planet Educational Services we are strong advocates of blended education, a method of education that allows students of all ages to combine the traditional classroom setting with self-paced online sessions. That’s why we take advantage of the digital world and embrace e-learning, m-learning and the different ways in which technology can contribute to the learning process. That’s why we firmly believe in effective and flexible education that caters for all learning styles. UNESCO organises a webinar on 21 February, which will focus on enhancing the role of teachers in the promotion of quality multilingual learning and reflecting on the technologies that support multilingual teaching. You can register for the useful webinar here: Webinar – 2022 IMLD.👉 ELT Classroom Ideas How are you celebrating International Mother Language Day this year? Are you wondering how you can transform your ELT classroom into a garden of languages? First of all, get ready to shake things up! To fully reap the benefits of a language celebration, it is essential to involve every student in your ELT classroom in a fun way. For example, you can ask your young students to think of English words that actually come from their mother tongue. To add a little bit of extra excitement, turn this activity into a game and see a smile on the faces of your little learners! You could divide your students into two or three teams, give them a time limit and explain that each team has to come up with as many words as possible.You can also find interesting online activities that will encourage students to learn more about their mother tongue and multilingualism. A good example is the World Language Map (by the University of Manchester) that helps children to explore the different ways in which people speak across the world!Your older students will appreciate tips and tricks on translation techniques. Well, they’ve certainly understood that literal, word-for-word translation often simply doesn’t work! For example, in English they could say that they ‘sit’ an exam, but could they do that in their mother tongue? Help them during their English language learning journey with our Top Translation Tips & Tricks for EFL Learners!Free online resources will also motivate them to explore the importance of languages. For example, they can watch this interesting TED Talk, in which Lera Boroditsky, a cognitive scientist, explains how languages shape the way we think!Happy International Mother Language Day celebrations from all of us at E-planet Educational Services!If you liked this, you might also like to read the article: Learning Foreign Languages – Is It Really a Question of Age?...

February 21, 2022

Teaching English: Tips for Private Tutors of ENGLISH

Whether you are new to the world of private tutoring or an experienced English teacher looking for ways to improve and become the successful educator you’ve always wanted to be, E-planet is here to help! Are you ready? Time to GET, GO & GROW!📌 GET organisedPrivate tutoring can be a very rewarding experience. But starting and getting organised isn’t always that easy... That’s why a new online platform, which has been especially designed for tutors of private lessons, is here to cover your needs!The E-planet Platform provides a host of free materials: weekly and monthly course plans, a series of supplements, access to the teachers’ books you need and a special panel to help you monitor each student’s progress. You can easily store the detailed information you need about all your students, keep records of their scores, check who is using the e-learning program and keep track of online midterm and final tests. Cool, right?Our user-friendly platform is already operating for European countries and it will gradually become available all around the world.📌 GO the extra mileAlways be willing to go the extra mile for your students. As you get to know them, you will find out that there are things they are passionate about and make their eyes light up. Each time they mention a hobby, a favourite film or a new book they’ve read, they offer you an opportunity to prepare an activity tailored to their interests. That’s how you will know what materials and topics to choose in order to make your lessons much more interesting for your students at every stage of their English language learning journey. Our Seasonal Activities & Topical Resources can also help you make learning motivating and enjoyable with ready-to-use materials and active engagement activities for learners of different ages, levels and interests.And when you notice your students getting bored, try a quick game, a quiz or brain teasers. Nothing kills the desire to learn more than boredom, so always be ready to shake things up! Remember that you are the one who creates the routine and chooses how to respond to student behaviour. When learning in a classroom, everything is busy and fast-paced. On the other hand, learning with the help of a private tutor, affords time for a much more personalised and fun approach. Take advantage of it! You could also use educational board games for children or adventurous games for teenagers and adults from time to time to add a little bit of unexpected fun and create a positive and uplifting atmosphere!📌 GROW your student baseConsider specialising in a particular field. For example, teaching Business English could make you stand out. In general, bear in mind that there is always demand for experts who can successfully teach English for Specific Purposes (ESP).Think outside the box. With nearly half of the world’s population using social media platforms, they’re a natural place to reach new students. Gather real-world data and learn from what other teachers do on social media. Create engaging content that students will like, comment on and share. Consider current trends and think: What do people want to view these days? For example, Instagram stories and live streaming have become quite popular. Can you incorporate these trends into your social media routine?Do you have anything you’d like to add to this list? Share your thoughts below!If you liked this blog post, you might also enjoy reading this one: 5+1 Ways to Become a Better English teacher....

January 27, 2022

Time Management& Learning English

Do you have a problem with procrastination? Do you often make up excuses for not studying enough? Do you believe that you can’t make the most of your time? Do you start off studying English but you always end up doing something else? Well, you are certainly not alone. We’ve all been there! The good news is that we can share some useful tips… So, how can you make sure you have enough time for learning English? Let’s get down to business! 💡Setting Achievable Goals Most students tend to leave important tasks until the last minute. But you should always remember that the timeline toward reaching your goals should always be realistic. Rome was not built in a day. And success can’t happen overnight. So, bear in mind that you are not a superhero! The more realistic your study plan is, the more achievable it will be. Trust us, you won’t suddenly start studying for at least 3 hours a day (no matter how committed you are to learning English, chances are you won’t keep your promise!). And when exams are just around the corner, you won’t be able to study everything (no matter how hard you try!). Find out what else you should try to avoid when learning English! 💡The Pomodoro Technique Have you ever heard about the Pomodoro Technique, a smart system that can help you to manage your time? Set a timer for 25 minutes. Start studying. When the timer rings, take a break for 5 minutes. Simple, right? The Pomodoro Technique helps you to separate your time into periods of intensive work and short breaks. So, just start studying and then give yourself a little reward. Get yourself something to drink or eat, stretch your legs, listen to a song you like and clear your head. After your short break (that will increase your ability to concentrate on your next task), reset the timer and repeat the process. Ta-da! You’ve just understood why every second of your time counts! * extra tip: Our business workshop, Time Management, can give you a host of useful time management techniques and tools. 💡 Avoiding Most Distractions From social media to Netflix, you may be faced with many distractions that can easily derail your progress. Many students tend to underestimate how much they are distracted by what’s going on around them. Well, distractions are everywhere. But if you can stay focused when you study, you use your time much more effectively. Turn off your mobile phone. Stop checking your emails and those app notifications. Use noise-canceling headphones. Hang a ‘Do not disturb’ sign on your door. * extra tip: Some background music may help you relax and concentrate, but it should not be too loud. 💡 No Dead Time How would you entertain yourself when commuting, waiting for an appointment or in a mind-numbing queue? If you master the art of taking advantage of your dead time, you’ll be surprised at how much you can learn! For example, in the age of smartphones, listening to English is probably the easiest thing to practise for a few minutes every day. Even just five to ten minutes can be much more beneficial than you think. Listen to a podcast. Watch a YouTube video. Listen to an English song you enjoy. * extra tip: You could also use flashcards that help you to revise useful information and vocabulary. In addition, crosswords and brain teasers in English are great if you want to expand your vocabulary. And reading an interesting article or blog post is a classic and time-tested way to sharpen your language skills! Do you have anything you’d like to add to this list? 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December 28, 2021

Don’t Say It! (5+1 things English teachers shouldn’t say in the classroom)

What shouldn’t we say in the classroom? How can we motivate our students and keep them enthusiastic about learning English? When we know better, we do better. So, let’s get off on the right foot!❌ That’s wrong!We all know that positive reinforcement is essential, right? So, negative remarks won’t help!*What to do: If you ask a question and a student’s answer is wrong, don’t focus on that or provide the answer yourself. Give the student the chance to self-correct. Peer correction can also help to create a positive classroom atmosphere as your English learners realise that you are not the only source of correction and that they can also learn a lot from their classmates. Bear in mind that all students intuitively appreciate teachers who create a supportive and non-threatening atmosphere in the classroom.❌ Do you understand?Well, we really shouldn’t ask our students if they have understood what we’ve just explained. Most students will just say ‘yes’ even if they haven’t understood anything at all!*What to do: Check for comprehension with the help of a game, a crossword puzzle, a quiz or another fun exercise. Help your students put what they’ve learned into practice and grasp a deeper understanding of the English language! Using books with engaging, playful and creative activities can be a great source of inspiration. ❌ You’re so lazy!We’ve all heard parents and other teachers say that children and teenagers nowadays are just getting lazier and lazier. But that won’t certainly somehow magically teach our English learners what it means to try more and study hard!*What to do: Firstly, always remember that you can’t make people behave better by making them feel worse! If your students seem bored and lethargic, they may need a different approach that fits their needs in a better way. Remember that you are the one who creates the classroom routine and chooses how to respond to student behavior. So, be willing to make the necessary changes in your own classroom to create the learning environment children and teenagers need to thrive. Keep being supportive and always keep an optimistic attitude about the outcome. Moreover, bear in mind that if some of your students seem lazy or have to be constantly reminded what to do next, they may deal with a learning disability that is impeding their progress in English.❌ Because I say so.Well, it’s true that these four words can roll off our tongues really easily… But we do know that ‘Because I say so’ won’t work – at least not for long!*What to do: Always make an effort to explain, no matter how tired you are!❌ I’ve already answered that question.Our role as teachers is to motivate our students to ask questions and seek answers. There is no such thing as a stupid question. And it doesn’t matter if we’ve already answered a question!*What to do: If necessary, go over the same points again and again. Do not overwhelm your students with long and complicated sentences when giving instructions or explanations. And always remember to apply the KISS (Keep It Short and Simple) design principle in your EFL classroom (especially when teaching English to newbies)! ❌ Your brother/sister/fellow student is better than you.Comparisons can only lead to trouble. Using other people as great examples may seem like a smart way to inspire our students, but it usually leads to resentment, jealousy, and less effort.*What to do: Praising the effort of a student usually motivates him/her to try harder. in addition, your English learners should have a good idea of your expectations, so you can talk in general about what all students ought to do to make their work stand out.Do you have anything you’d like to add to this list? 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November 25, 2021

How to Teach Your Students about Climate Change

Devastating wildfires. Prolonged droughts. Stifling heat waves. Intense hurricanes. Do you find yourself wondering how can you explain the tough reality of what is going on without terrifying young students? Are you looking for smart ways to draw attention to climate-related issues and spark some interest in the hot topic of climate change? Are you undecided as to which materials to use with your students? E-planet is here to help! Let’s encourage the next generation of climate leaders to change our world!📌Using appropriate resourcesThe first step is to find the right resources. Outdated books and obsolete information will not help. When it comes to climate change, you don’t have to be an expert; however, you have to rely on ESL books which offer high-quality and stimulating content.It’s also important to use age-appropriate materials. The feeling of powerlessness and fear when learning about major environmental problems, known as ecophobia, is a phenomenon that no teacher would like to face, so don’t scare young learners with information that might overwhelm them!Tip: Take a look at our creative Resources for English Teachers in order to find some free, innovative and ready-to-use materials on climate change. And don’t forget to explore our inspirational Seasonal Activities section for smart ideas that can help your students learn more about environmental protection and celebrate World Environment Day!📌Taking advantage of technologyThere are also many free online games, quizzes and amusing activities, which you can use in order to help your students to understand climate science in a fun and engaging way. For example, if you are teaching English to young learners, you can take a look at NASA's Climate Kids website, which tells the story of our changing planet through the eyes of the NASA missions studying Earth. What does global climate change mean? What is the greenhouse effect? What is happening to the oceans? Time to find out…📌Connecting learning to real lifeThe next step is to connect climate change to the real world. Well, it’s true that this topic may seem abstract and intangible… So, what can you do?Challenge your young students to find at least three ways to use less power on a daily basis. Ask older students to consider how their daily actions contribute to climate change. And remember to connect climate change to real stories and people, like Greta Thunberg, the well-known climate campaigner.Tip: Motivate your students to work together with their peers and don’t forget to incorporate teamwork and multiple projects in your lessons. For example, your English learners can give presentations to other students or work on poster campaigns and group art projects, while practising their English at the same time!📌Making a differenceMake sure your students stay hopeful about the future and help them to understand that we can all take action against climate change.Your goal is to inspire them, not scare them! Emphasise that we are not powerless.Challenge your students to influence others; for example, can they persuade their families members to adopt eco-friendly habits, like recycling and reusing single-use plastic items? A smart idea is to inspire them to engage in social activities, like a school recycling program.Ready to empower your students to make the world a better place? 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October 05, 2021

3+1 Habits of Successful English Learners

What do successful English learners do differently from others? OK, the truth is that there is no secret formula to being a great language learner. However, there are some everyday habits that can help!✏️Fake it till you make itPeople often say that children learn languages more easily than adults. But why is that? Well, it is true that most children are not afraid of making mistakes – they are always much more willing to try one more time, and they’re used to receiving guidance. And did we mention that they get really excited when they accomplish something new?So, instead of focusing on every single mishap, error or mistake, be a brave learner and celebrate all your small achievements! Learning English is like learning to ride a bike: you will fall off your bicycle, but you will certainly get the hang of it after a while. Remember, practice makes perfect!Tip: Why not stop thinking of yourself as a student? Just think of yourself as an English speaker and don’t be afraid of taking risks and making mistakes!✏️Take advantage of dead timeHow would you entertain yourself in a mind-numbing queue? Internet is here to help! In the age of smartphones, listening to English is probably the easiest thing to practise for a few minutes every day. For example, you could take advantage of thousands of videos on YouTube, which can help you have fun and work on your listening skills at the same time. Even just ten to fifteen minutes can be much more beneficial than you think.There are also many apps that could help you revise information and vocabulary through flashcards. Well, when retrieving a memory, our brains always ‘revisit’ the nerve pathways created when the memory was formed. So, repeatedly recalling information helps strengthen those connections. Remembering new vocabulary is easier than it sounds!Tip: Always keep your eyes open for phrases, idioms, collocations and oxymorons. For example, having English songs playing in the background when doing the housework or commuting is a great way to get used to idiomatic phrases without feeling pressured. And bear in mind that there are a lot of words in English that look or sound alike but have very different meanings. Keep a list of words you always confuse and learn most of the notorious commonlyconfused words!✏️Find your learning styleWhen you learn something new, do you like to get the information in pictures or sounds and words? Would your teacher agree that you are a visual learner? Do you know what a kinaesthetic learner is?There are lot of options when it comes to learning materials. If a method isn’t working for you, then find another method. As soon as you accept that what works for others may not work for you and you find the right tools, learning English will become much easier!Tip: Don’t forget that you should always focus on all skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. As any English teacher knows, most learners have weaknesses in some skills, but taking a balanced approach always helps. After all, you can’t build a house without a strong foundation!✏️Stay patient and activeBear in mind that perfectionism and rushing will get you nowhere! Learning a language is like trying to lose weight – it takes time and effort. You simply cannot improve at lightning speed – nobody can!And that’s why you should be patient and active: start reading books and magazines in English use Netflix for language learning set up an English-speaking club with other students listen to an interesting podcast in English when you’re bored. Learning a new language doesn’t just happen, so take control of your own learning!Tip: Even if you are not young anymore, don’t be afraid of making learning fun! We all have an inner child inside us who is playful and sees learning as an exciting adventure! There is always a wide range of options, such as adventurous board games and free online resources, which can help.What habits have helped you to learn English? Share your ideas and tips in the comments below!...

August 26, 2021

Staycation & Learning English

How often do you find yourself daydreaming about visiting the exotic or far-flung place on your desktop wallpaper? However, the years 2020 and 2021 have been very strange, to say the least, and our world is still facing a pandemic. Taking a trip abroad and making exciting travel plans is not always easy! But what if you said yes to a staycation?The term staycation is formed by combining ‘stay’ and ‘vacation’, so it is actually a portmanteau word (a term formed by combining two other words). And it sounds cool, doesn’t it? If you just need to get away from it all, that’s your favourite new word in English! So, are you ready to kill two birds with one stone? Look no further! This summer you can stay right where you are, save money and improve your English.📌 Become a TouristHow can you get a renewed sense of the place you call home? Pick up an English travel guide and explore a new site you haven’t visited before. You can always discover (or rediscover) the beauty of the area you live in. There’s so much to see … right on your doorstep!Tip: Are there any nearby popular tourist spots you’ve never been to? Walking tours in English can also help you not only find hidden treasures and secret nooks and crannies, but also meet new people.📌Become a BookwormSummer is the best time to enjoy a great book in English, especially if you are heading to the beach. However, if a good beach near you is not an option, perhaps you can set up a colourful hammock in your garden or lay out a picnic blanket in a park and relax with a new book.Tip: Comics and graded readers are great options if you think that reading a novel in English might be too hard for you.📌 Become a (Board) GamerFamily bonding and board games go hand in hand! Educational board games for children or adventure games for teenagers andadults are here to help everyonemaster the English language.Tip: Not interested in board games? No problem! Crosswords, brain teasers and puzzles are another great way to expand your vocabulary. If you can’t travel abroad, say yes to a 3D puzzle of a famous building or landmark in an English-speaking country. For example, you can build your own model of one of the best-known bridges in the world: Tower Bridge.📌 Become a FoodieCuisine can sometimes offer excellent insights into a country’s history and culture. For example, England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales have their own food identity and, therefore, their own special dishes. So, why not take advantage of this staycation to try your hand at a traditional recipe that will let your taste buds travel without leaving home?Tip: You can also take some time for a special meal that you don’t have to cook. Is there a good British, Irish, Australian or Canadian restaurant in your area? Time to find out!📌 Become a Tech FanWhy not use technology to practise your English? For example, there are thousands of videos on YouTube, which could help you have fun and work on your listening skills at the same time. Netflix and other online streaming services can also be a treasure. Read our blog post ‘How toUse Netflix to Learn English’ , grab some popcorn andprepare to sharpen your language skills!Tip: OK, let’s not forget that getting back to the basics could be useful too. What do we mean? Well, reading magazines in English or watching foreign television series is a classic and time-tested way to quickly improve language learning.If you are wondering how you can help your little ones practise their English too, add these clever ideas, which combine fun and learning, to your cool ‘8 Summer Learning Ideas For Young English Learners’. @font-face {font-family:"Cambria Math"; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:3 0 0 0 1 0;}@font-face {font-family:Calibri; panose-1:2 15 5 2 2 2 4 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:swiss; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-469750017 -1073732485 9 0 511 0;}@font-face {font-family:"Segoe UI Emoji"; panose-1:2 11 5 2 4 2 4 2 2 3; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:swiss; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:3 33554432 0 0 1 0;}p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; margin:0cm; margin-bottom:.0001pt; line-height:18.0pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;}.MsoChpDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; mso-default-props:yes; font-size:11.0pt; mso-ansi-font-size:11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;}.MsoPapDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; line-height:18.0pt;}div.WordSection1 {page:WordSection1;}...

July 28, 2021