ESL personality questions based on reading activity and 20 conversation questions with personality adjectives.
1 Warm up. Watch the video and do the personality test. Do you agree with the result?
2 Read the text and answer the questions below.
Personality is the characteristic patterns of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that make a person unique. It is believed that personality arises from within the individual and remains consistent throughout life.
Examples of personality can be found in how we describe other people’s characteristics. For instance, “She is generous, caring, and a bit of a perfectionist,” or “They are loyal and protective of their friends.”
The word “personality” comes from the Latin word persona, which refers to a theatrical mask worn by performers in order to either take on different roles or disguise their identities.
One theory suggests there are four types of personality. They are:
Type A: Perfectionist, impatient, competitive, work-obsessed, achievement-oriented, aggressive, stressed
Type B: Low stress, even-tempered, flexible, creative, adaptable to change, patient, tendency to procrastinate
Type C: Highly conscientious, perfectionist, struggles to reveal emotions (positive and negative)
Type D: Worrying, sad, irritable, pessimistic, negative self-talk, avoidance of social situations, lack of self-confidence, fear of rejection, appears gloomy, hopeless
Research on personality can provide us with fascinating insights into how personality develops and changes over the course of a lifetime. This research can also have important practical applications in the real world.
For example, people can use a personality assessment (also called a personality test or personality quiz) to learn more about themselves and their unique strengths, weaknesses, and preferences. Some assessments might look at how people rank on specific traits, such as whether they are high in extroversion, conscientiousness, or openness.
Other assessments might measure how specific aspects of personality change over time. Some assessments give people insight into how their personality affects many areas of their lives, including career, relationships, personal growth, and more.
Personality type can also have an impact on your health, including how often you visit the doctor and how you cope with stress. Researchers have found that certain personality characteristics may be linked to illness and health behaviors.
I put together a list of free digital and online teaching resources, or resources that now offer premium features for free, that might be useful now when many teachers are overwhelmed by the sudden shift to online teaching, for which many of us aren’t prepared due to the consequences of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Zoom is video-conferencing tool. The users can collaborate on projects, record sessions and share screens. The Basic plan is free and it offers unlimited number of meetings, however it limits the time of the meetings with three or more participants to 40 minutes.
This website is great for practicing writing! Students register for free and submit their word and get instant feedback and tips on how to improve their writing. There are many writing assignments, W&I workbooks: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced and extra category “Just for fun.”
There is also a test zone for IELTS Academic, General training and B2 First Certificate.
This is great for assigning homework. There are lessons based on the videos, students just need to register for free. I then assign videos, they watch it at home, do the Dig deeper and Discuss sections. You can also customize the lessons.
This lovely website is great when students have to study at home. They can practice grammar and vocabulary and I particularly like the Skills section that has online exercises so students get instant feedback.
The Smithsonian offer a lot of online activities not only for the younger kids. On their website you will find the Learning Lab with thousands of resources and Science Game Center with fun games and apps.
Future Learn is another platform that offers free courses. There is one that might be particularly interesting for some teachers, it’s called Teaching English Online. Why not give it a go if you have the time. And let us know what you think!
This fake news lesson plan is based on one of the fabulous teaching resources created by EAVI. EAVI is a non-profit organization based in Brussels. They work to empower individuals to be active, engaged citizens in today’s increasingly challenging media environment.
When teaching news and media vocabulary, one has a great opportunity to teach critical thinking. The online world is full of disinformation, hoaxes, and fake news. We have the power to equip our students not only with language skills but also critical thinking skills.
Students then analyze their content according to each of the 20 points and 1 bonus question using online search tools to investigate(I let students use their mobile phones/laptops, or they can use the school computers)
When they have finished, ask each group to present their content and their findings in front of the class and write their final score on the board
Compare the lowest and highest scores the groups received and discuss how everyone came to their own conclusions about their content
Scientists agree that global warming is a hoax
Russia claims it can wipe out the US Navy with an electronic bomb.
Putin issues arrest warrant for financial terrorist George Soros.
A passenger was allowed onto a flight after airport security confiscated his bomb.
The US government has confirmed that cannabis can kill cancer cells.
Professor Boyle believes that coronavirus is a biowarfare weapon, genetically modified for killing people.
This extensive list contains 47 interactive and online ELT resources that can help English teachers save a ton of time when preparing for lessons.
ELT Resources: SPEAKING
1. BBC Learning English
The site is sponsored by BBC and its divided into these topics: General & Business English Grammar, Vocabulary & Pronunciation, Talking Sports, Quizzes, The Flatmates, Community, And For Teachers. http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/teachingenglish/talkingbusiness/
TalkEnglish.com offers speaking lessons on Regular, Business, Interviewing, Traveling Lessons, along with new Listening lessons, Pronunciation lessons, Basic Grammar, and Intonation and speed of speaking tips. http://www.talkenglish.com/
This is the site for the TESOL International Association. It has many teacher resources such as activities, assessment, lesson plans, teaching tips, virtual seminars and more. You can search by picking the type of resource, audience, and language proficiency level. http://www.tesol.org/connect/tesol-resource-center/explore-the-resource-center http://www.tesol.org/docs/tesol-resource-center/73d51d33-0b1f-4b71-8065-
This site includes activities and lesson plans. It also includes specific LP test sample items, so it is good if you are preparing students for these tests, or great for practicing these skills. http://www.usingenglish.com/teachers/lesson-plans/ http://www.usingenglish.com/files/pdf/bulats-speaking-part-1-topics.pdf
Materials, lesson plans, quizzes, online conversation partners, and links for teachers and students. http://www.eslgold.com/speaking/ss_giving_information.html
6. Digital Story Telling – University of Houston
Teachers can use digital storytelling as a teaching tool in the classroom. Using digital storytelling will assist both the visual and auditory learners. Students can tell their own stories or make up ones of their own and compose them along with pictures, audio, and more. http://digitalstorytelling.coe.uh.edu/esl.html http://digitalstorytelling.coe.uh.edu/movies/aleyda.wmv
An ESL EFL TEFL TESOL worldwide resource for ESL/EFL/TEFL/TESOL jobs, teachers resumes, schools, teacher training courses, private tutors, blogs, lesson plans, activities, and more. http://www.totalesl.com/ http://www.totalesl.com/video.php?id=19
Conversation worksheets, activities, teacher notes for lessons. http://www.englishclub.com/esl-worksheets/conversation/index.htm http://www.englishclub.com/esl-worksheets/conversation/TP_Adventure.pdf
Business English, offers mini-lessons and worksheets. Look under “Themes” for lessons categorized under very precise headings like management, banking, and marketing. It’s straightforward and best for ESL classes that are intermediate and higher. http://www.linguarama.com/ps/sales-themed-english/polite-speech.htm
10. Skype in the classroom
Skype is a free and easy way for teachers to open up their classroom. Meet new people, talk to experts, share ideas and create amazing learning experiences with teachers from around the world. You can have a language interchange and have real-world conversation opportunity for your students. https://education.skype.com/
By a teacher for teachers. This site has content based and cultural lesson plans, teaching tips, resource picks and more. http://www.everythingesl.net/ http://www.everythingesl.net/lessons/favorite_food.php
12. EFL Ideas
Creative resources for ESL/EFL teachers focused mainly on speaking and vocabulary and communicative lessons based on videos. Role-plays, group activities, communicative activities, video lessons, worksheets, teaching tips.
ELT Resources: LISTENING
13. British Council Learn English
This website is sponsored by the British Council and it is for adult learners. It is divided into the following sections: Listen & Watch, Grammar & Vocabulary, Fun & Games, Business & Work, and IELTS. http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/ http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/big-city-small-world/series-2-episode-11-date
The website is divided into the following categories: vocabulary, reading, grammar, listening and speaking. There are songs, quizzes, word games, word puzzles, proverbs, slang expressions, anagrams, a random-sentence generator and other computer assisted language learning activities. http://www.manythings.org/ http://www.manythings.org/mp/m08.html
ESLPod.com provides a great selection of podcasts that are written and read specifically to ESL learners. http://www.eslpod.com/website/index_new.html
Onestopenglish is a teacher’s resource site for English teachers. All materials are written and edited by a team of teachers and authors and are organized into core subject areas. The link sample takes you to the listening skill section, which contains innovative lesson ideas for listening such as an audio soap opera, cinematic listening, live from …authentic interviews, mini-plays, jazz chants, listening lesson plans, and teaching tips. You do not have to be a registered user to have access to these resources. http://www.onestopenglish.com
17. Voice of America
This is a multimedia source of daily news and information for millions of English learners worldwide. Audio programs and captioned videos are written using vocabulary at the intermediate and upperbeginner level and are read one-third slower than regular VOA English. Online texts, MP3s and podcasts let people read, listen and learn American English and much more. http://learningenglish.voanews.com/ http://learningenglish.voanews.com/archive/learningenglish-programs-radio-people-inamerica/latest/978/1578.html
eViews has been designed for ESL to hear authentic English speakers in “natural” conversations. Interviews are recorded at a natural speed, are not scripted, and are spoken by “real” people, not actors. Students are able to practice hearing and understanding native English speakers in a wide range of accents; English, American, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, etc. http://www.eviews.net/ http://www.eviews.net/1349/
ESL and EFL teachers thinking about using songs and lyrics to teach English grammar. Includes worksheet and teacher notes for each song. http://www.tefltunes.com/search/searchall.aspx?name=public
20. Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab
Bank of ESL listening activities. The sound clips have pre and post-listening exercises, and comprehension questions too. Most of the content would suit low-to-high intermediate students, but there are some resources for beginners and advanced learners too. http://esl-lab.com
Offers teacher resources including student activities, computer lab favorites, interactive whiteboard activities, new teacher support, daily starters, Everything you need for: lesson plans, planning calendar, printables, mini-books, and more. http://teacher.scholastic.com/commclub/animal_moves_activity/ http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/bll/nina/home/
BrainPOP ESL uses lively, engaging content to teach English to ESL’s. Lessons are built around animated movies and supporting features that reinforce vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, reading comprehension, and writing skills. New concepts are couched in everyday situations, adding context for learners and helping them master idiomatic and cultural nuances. Versatile and easy to use, BrainPOP ESL assumes no prior knowledge of English, and effectively addresses diverse learning styles. http://www.brainpop.com/free_stuff/ http://www.brainpopesl.com/level1/unit1/lesson1/
Online streaming video program featuring Screen Actors Guild members reading children’s books aloud. Each book includes accompanying activities and lesson ideas. http://www.storylineonline.net/
This program presents the basics of phonics, including rules for vowels, consonants, and blends along with practice pages. Young children and other beginning readers of all ages can navigate the site just by using the hand buttons. Click and hear the sound of each alphabet letter, consonants, vowels long and short, rules, common words, and more. http://www.abcfastphonics.com/ http://www.abcfastphonics.com/letter-names.html
GCFLearnFree helps improve English vocabulary with their Reading program. Fun activities and videos will help you master 1,000 common English words. Reading and listening to texts will improve your ability to speak, read, and understand English. You can even choose your native language to learn English! http://www.gcflearnfree.org/learnenglish http://www.gcflearnfree.org/reading/play/2
26. American English
American English is a resource center for teaching and learning about American English language and culture. This website provides a variety of engaging materials and resources for teachers’ professional development and for students in the classroom. Both teachers and students will find new ways to practice English and learn more about the United States. http://americanenglish.state.gov/materials-learning-english http://americanenglish.state.gov/resources/build-fire-and-other-stories#child-360
This bank of “did they really happen?” stories has a good selection of offbeat reads about topics like animal heroism and dumb burglars. The content reminds me of Reader’s Digest; it’s nothing groundbreaking, but the mass appeal is great for structuring classroom activities. Some stories have a good deal of supplementary exercises for students. Reading articles with vocabulary and follow up questions. http://www.scribd.com/ http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/117748668?access_key=key-25kb6t3j5d1rroeh65nt
28. British Council Learn English Teen
This website is sponsored by the British council and it is for teenagers. The website is divided into English skills practices, grammar and vocabulary, exams, free time, and magazines. http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/ http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/english-skills-practice/read-your-level/la-skaters-interviewlevel-1
You can teach children to read with phonics. Systematic phonics approach, in conjunction with phonemic awareness practice, is perfect for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, special education, homeschool, and English language development (ELD, ELL, ESL). http://www.starfall.com/ http://www.starfall.com/n/comics/lemonade-girl/load.htm?f
30. PBS Teachers
Free Resources for Teaching & Learning for preK-12. Here you’ll find classroom materials suitable for a wide range of subjects and grade levels, thousands of lesson plans, teaching activities, on-demand video assets, and interactive games and simulations. These resources are correlated to state and national educational standards. http://www.pbs.org/teachers/ http://www.pbs.org/teachers/connect/resources/7873/preview/
Colorín Colorado is a free web-based service that provides information, activities and advice for educators and Spanish-speaking families of English language learners. http://www.colorincolorado.org/educators/ http://www.colorincolorado.org/webcasts/reading/
Offers teacher resources including student activities, computer lab favorites, interactive whiteboard activities, new teacher support, daily starters, Everything You Need for, lesson plans, planning calendar, printables, mini-books and more. http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/adventure/spanish1.htm
Lessons, stories to read, coloring sheets, and games. http://www.readinglesson.com/
34. Sesame Street Sesame workshop is the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street. Our projects bring critical lessons in literacy & numeracy, emotional well being, health & wellness, and respect and understanding to children in over 150+ countries. http://www.sesamestreet.org/home http://www.sesamestreet.org/games#media/game_955a4838-3ce1-4029-99f6-e983a3654419
35. Children’s Story Books Online
Illustrated children’s stories for kids of all ages http://www.magickeys.com/books/ http://www.magickeys.com/books/noblegnarble/index.html
36. Free Reading
Free Reading is a high-quality, open-source, free reading intervention program addressing literacy development. Includes a library of lessons in phonological awareness, phonics, vocabulary, comprehension, and writing. The site is also filled with free, downloadable supplemental materials including flashcards, graphical organizers, illustrated readers, decodable texts, audio files, videos and more. http://www.free-reading.net/ http://www.free-reading.net/index.php?title=Introduce_th
With over 250 free e-books, Oxford Owl is a free website built to help you with your child’s learning, It is full of great support for reading and math. Extended to provide practical advice and top tips up to age 11 to help you support your child’s reading all the way through their primary school years. Special Kids’ barn area jam-packed with games and fun activities to make reading more fun. http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/Reading/ http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/EBooks/Big_Game_Adventure/
ELT Resources: WRITING
This website can be an aid for the students to develop their English writing. The site shows most of the grammar, punctuation, and spelling mistakes. Also, it evaluates the word choice and then gives the writer an estimated grade. http://www.paperrater.com/
39. Study Zone
The Study Zone is for students of the English Language. The English-language lessons and practice exercises are created by teachers. The site is designed to support our adult English-language learners. http://web2.uvcs.uvic.ca/courses/elc/studyzone/ http://web2.uvcs.uvic.ca/courses/elc/studyzone/410/grammar/2cond.htm
40. Academic English Café
Learn English online at your own pace in the Academic English Cafe! English language quizzes on grammar and writing topics, practice with real academic vocabulary, read model essays on many academic topics, listen to authentic English language programs. Quizzes, writing, essays, handouts, and lessons. http://www.academicenglishcafe.com/index.html http://www.academicenglishcafe.com/writing-quiz-1.html
41. John Fleming’s ESL Grammar help
College professor’s writing lab. http://faculty.deanza.edu/flemingjohn/stories/storyReader$22
Provides educators, parents, and afterschool professionals with access to the highest quality practices in reading and language arts instruction by offering the very best in free materials. In this writing section you will find lesson plans, student interactive, calendar activities, and printouts. http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/ http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/bear-poem-composing-performing835.html
An online community for sharing instructional videos. Educationally focused, safe venue for teachers, schools, and home learners. Provides anytime, anywhere professional development with teachers teaching teachers. Teachers can also post videos designed for students to view in order to learn a concept or skill. http://teachertube.com/ http://teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=25156
The Hub, a new destination dedicated to bringing kids and families together, is partnering with Discovery Education to support teachers with comprehensive lesson plans, activities and a writing contest to inspire storytelling in the classroom. http://hubforteachers.discoveryeducation.com/storytelling-in-classroom/ http://hubforteachers.discoveryeducation.com/media/pdf/sensory-details.pdf
45. Discovery Education
Provides high quality, dynamic, digital content, interactive lessons, real time assessment, virtual experiences with some of Discovery’s greatest talent, classroom contest & challenges, professional development and more – Discovery is leading the way in transforming classrooms and inspiring learning. http://www.discoveryeducation.com/teachers/index.cfm?campaign=flyout_teachers http://puzzlemaker.discoveryeducation.com/WordSearchSetupForm.asp
46. British Council Learn English Kids
This website is sponsored by the British council and it is for kids. The website is divided into six main sections, kids games, listen and watch, read and write, make, speak and spell, and grammar. http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/ http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/word-games/make-the-sentences/letter-santa
47. Scholastic Offers teacher resources including student activities, computer lab favorites, interactive whiteboard activities, new teacher support, daily starters, Everything you need for: lesson plans, planning calendar, printables, mini-books and more. http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/story-starters/
I came across a funny article about ridiculous complaints by spoiled holidaymakers. That inspired me to create this little worksheet/activity. I used it as a warm-up activity for my students the next lesson in which we covered writing complaints – holiday edition 🙂
Teacher tip: If they can’t come up with any own ideas in the second task, let them use some ideas from the list.
In pairs read the ridiculous complaints holidaymakers made to their travel agent.
Which is the craziest one? How would you have answered if you were in the place of the travel agent?
Why do you think people complain about these things?
Astonishing holiday complaints
1. “I think it should be explained in the brochure that the local store does not sell proper biscuits like custard creams or ginger nuts.”
2. “We booked an excursion to a water park but no-one told us we had to bring our swimming costumes and towels.”
3. “The beach was too sandy.”
4. “On my holiday to Goa in India, I was disgusted to find that almost every restaurant served curry. I don’t like spicy food at all.”
5. “It’s lazy of the local shopkeepers to close in the afternoons. I often needed to buy things during ‘siesta’ time – this should be banned.”
6. A woman threatened to call police after claiming that she’d been locked in by staff. When in fact, she had mistaken the “do not disturb” sign on the back of the door as a warning to remain in the room.
7. “We found the sand was not like the sand in the brochure. Your brochure shows the sand as yellow but it was white.”
8. A guest at a Novotel in Australia complained his soup was too thick and strong. He was inadvertently slurping the gravy at the time.
9. “We bought ‘Ray-Ban’ sunglasses for five Euros from a street trader, only to find out they were fake.”
10. “Topless sunbathing on the beach should be banned. The holiday was ruined, as my husband spent all day looking at other women.”
11. “No-one told us there would be fish in the sea. The children were startled.”
12. “It took us nine hours to fly home from Jamaica to England. It only took the Americans three hours to get home.”
13. “I compared the size of our one-bedroom apartment to our friends’ three-bedroom apartment and ours was significantly smaller.”
14. “I was bitten by a mosquito. No one said they could bite.”
15. “The brochure stated: ‘No hairdressers at the accommodation’. We’re trainee hairdressers – will we be OK staying there?”
16. “There are too many Spanish people. The receptionist speaks Spanish. The food is Spanish. Too many foreigners now live abroad.”
17. “My fiancé and I booked a twin-bedded room but we were placed in a double-bedded room. We now hold you responsible for the fact that I find myself pregnant. This would not have happened if you had put us in the room that we booked.”
18. “We had to queue outside with no air conditioning.”
These complaints are all taken from a survey from Thomas Cook and ABTA, revealing the most ridiculous complaints holidaymakers made to their travel agent.
Think of two similar ridiculous complaints.
Role-play the dialogue with a classmate.
Student A You are an unsatisfied holiday maker and you are going to complain!
Student B You are a holiday representative and you try to be as polite as possible and explain the misunderstanding.
This is a list of my 10 favorite fun ESL/EFL websites which I regularly use when I want to spice things up a bit in the classroom, reward my students or give them some relax time.
These are all great for learning vocabulary, revising, they can be used in various projects, to promote reading, cooperation, creativity. There are soooo many things you can do with these sites, just use your creativity or get inspired by my tips.
With Kahoot, you can create various quizzes and games and if you’re in a bit of a hurry you can use its extensive library of quizzes. It has a number of quizzes on various vocabulary topics, grammar and many interesting topics such as history, geography, pop culture, trivia. My tip:Have your students sign up at Kahoot and create their own quiz. You can assign them a topic based on what you’re currently studying in the class or let them choose their own topic. They love creating their own quizzes, especially those with insider jokes.
I use this site mostly with my younger learners as it doesn’t have many higher level grammar or vocabulary quizzes. My tip:put your students in teams (max number of teams is 4), choose a quiz and let them play the Classic mode with the power up, it’s much more fun!
Everybody knows Jeopardy. So far, I was able to find any grammar or vocabulary revision quiz I needed. Lots of quizzes on many topics, but beware as the quality varies. You can create your own Jeopardy quiz and you can also assign your students a topic and let them create their own quiz to test their classmates’ knowledge.
This is a similar site to now nonexistent Locate street (which I liked better). It uses Google Street View to drop you anywhere on the planet and you must guess your location based on vegetation, signs, people. It’s a funny way to teach the students about interesting and remote places. I sometimes use it as a reward, the kids love it. Tell them to sign up, it’s free and they will avoid the annoying pop up.
I didn’t expect a dictionary website to be this entertaining. There are games, quizzes, videos. They are educational and fun and I love them. My top picks:Name That Thing, there is also the Animal Edition of the game. You have 10 seconds to answer each question, 12 pictures and a lot of fun! How Strong Is Your Vocabularyis also fun and you can repeat after a couple of months to see if your students’s vocabulary has improved. Another game is a challenging puzzle which is described as “anagram puzzles meet wordsearch.” This one can also be downloaded to mobile phone.
How often do you explain the etymology of the vocabulary you are teaching? I do it quite often as many English words come from Latin, Greek, French and it’s easier for the students to remember the words when they see how similar the words can be to words in their own language(this applies to European languages).
Here you can find plenty of simple, family-friendly games. I mostly use theWord Generatorfor charades, pictionary and other games. The great thing is I only need my laptop and I project the words on the whiteboard, so the students don’t need computers.
Sandrine Thuret: YOU CAN GROW NEW BRAIN CELLS. HERE’S HOW.
What part of your body would you like to improve?
If it was possible, would you rather enhance your body or mind?
How can we improve our mental and physical abilities?
Read the sentences and try to work out the meaning of the underlined words/phrases.
And this is especially new and true for spatial recognition –so like, how you navigate your way in the city.
And they will have been helpful to add time to our memory and they will help differentiate very similar memories.
But moreover, if you just block neurogenesis, then you block the efficacy of the antidepressant.
“Sandrine, this is puzzling. Some of my patients that have been told they are cured of their cancer still develop symptoms of depression.”
………………..too much sex leading to sleep deprivation.
Intermittent fasting — spacing the time between your meals –will increase neurogenesis.
So Japanese groups are fascinated with food textures, and they have shown that actually, soft diet impairs neurogenesis, as opposed to food that requires mastication.
Calorie restriction will improve memory capacity, whereas a high-fat diet will exacerbate symptoms of depression –as opposed to omega-3 fatty acids, which increase neurogenesis, and also help to decrease the symptoms of depression.
Match the words/phrases (1-8) to their explanations.
difficult to explain or understand
period of eating and not eating over a defined period
to show or find the difference between things that are compared
the lack or denial of something considered to be a necessity
make something that is bad even worse
understanding where things are in relation to other things
the ability to produce the desired result
TED TALK VIDEO
Watch the video and answer the questions.
How do we call the phenomenon when adults grow new nerve cells?
How many neurons does an average person produce per day?
Why did patients who were cured of their cancer still develop symptoms of depression?
Does learning increase or decrease the growth of new neurons?
What type of food and drinks should we consume if we want to increase the growth of our neurons?
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