Level 2 Group 2 Class notes 23rd September 2015


  1. Vocabulary – definitions & spellings of words used previously in class

  2. Dictionary work – ‘How to Learn English in 6 months’ TEDx Talk

  3. Finding a new flatmate listening

  4. writing an informal email about where you live

How to learn any language in six months – questions about the video:

  1. What is hypnopaedia? Does it work?
  2. What is Rapid Language Acquisition? Can it work?
  3. What is social dislocation?
  4. What does the speaker mean by a) principles and b) modelling?
  5. How have the limits of flight been expanded by watching the behaviour of animals?
  6. What does the speaker mean by ‘immersion’?
  7. “When you (first) learn a language you are like a baby” What do you think about this statement?
  8. What does the phrase, “acquire unconsciously” mean?
  9. What is a spouse?
  10. Do you have a language parent?





 learning by hearing while asleep or under hypnosis.

hypno therapynoun [U]

UK   /ˌhɪp.nəˈθer.ə.pi/  US   /-noʊ-/

the use of ​hypnosis to ​treatemotionalproblems

acquisition noun

UK   US   /ˌæk.wɪˈzɪʃ.ən/

[U] the ​process of getting something:The acquisition of ​hugeamounts of ​data has ​helpedourresearchenormously.

dislocation noun [C or U]

/ˌdɪs.ləʊˈkeɪˌʃən/  US /-loʊ-/

dislocation noun [C or U] (MEDICAL)

specialized medical an ​injury in which the ​ends of two ​connectedbonesseparate:dislocation of the ​ankle/​knee/​wrist

dislocation noun [C or U] (NEGATIVE EFFECT)

a ​negativeeffect on how something ​works:

Rapid Language Acquisition is

principle noun (IDEA)

C1 [C] a ​basicidea or ​rule that ​explains or ​controls how something ​happens or ​works:the principles of the ​criminaljusticesystemThe ​country is ​run onsocialist principles.The ​machineworksaccording to the principle ofelectromagneticconduction.The ​organizationworks on the principle that all ​members have the same ​rights.

principal adjective [before noun]

UK   US   /ˈprɪn.sɪ.pəl/

principal noun

UK   US   /ˈprɪn.sɪ.pəl/

principal noun (PERSON)

A2 US (UK headteacher, head) [C] the ​person in ​charge of a ​school

immerse verb

UK   /ɪˈmɜːs/  US   /-ˈmɝːs/

immerse yourself in sth to ​becomecompletelyinvolved in something:She got some ​books out of the ​library and immersed herself in ​Jewishhistory and ​culture. [T] formal to put something or someone ​completely under the ​surface of a ​liquid:The ​shells should be immersed inboilingwater for two ​minutes

acquire verb [T]

UK   /əˈkwaɪər/  US   /-ˈkwaɪɚ/

B2 to get something:He acquired the ​firm in 2008.I was ​wearing a newly/​recently acquired ​jacket.I seem to have acquired (= have got ​although I don’t ​know how)two ​copies of this ​book.He has acquired a ​reputation for being ​difficult to ​work with.

unconscious adjective

UK   /ʌnˈkɒn.ʃəs/  US   /-ˈkɑːn-/

B2 in the ​state of not being ​awake, ​especially as the ​result of a ​headinjury:She was ​hit on the ​head by a ​stone and knocked unconscious.C2 An unconscious ​thought or ​feeling is one that you do not ​know you have:my unconscious ​desire to ​impress him

spouse noun [C]

UK   US   /spaʊs/ formal or specialized

C2 a person’s ​husband or ​wife:In 60 ​percent of the ​householdssurveyed both spouses went out to ​work.

Words we have previously defined in class. You need to spell and define these words using a paper dictionary

  1. diversity
  2. octopus
  3. superstition
  4. notify
  5. collaborate
  6. harassment
  7. radicalise
  8. trend
  9. stunning
  10. punctual

Today’s words:

flatmate noun [C]

UK   US   /ˈflæt.meɪt/ UK

a ​person who ​shares an ​apartment with another ​person

lodger noun [C]

UK   /ˈlɒdʒ.ər/  US   /ˈlɑː.dʒɚ/ (US also roomer)

someone who ​pays for a ​place to ​sleep, and usually for ​meals, in someone else’s ​house:

landlord noun [C]

UK   /ˈlænd.lɔːd/  US   /-lɔːrd/

landlord noun [C] (OWNER)

B2 a ​person or ​organization that ​owns a ​building or an ​area of ​land and is ​paid by other ​people for the use of it:The landlord had ​promised to ​redecorate the ​bedrooms before we ​moved in.Housing ​associations are the ​biggest landlords in this ​area.

landlord noun [C] (BAR MANAGER)

UK a man who is in ​charge of a ​pub or ​bar
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budget noun

UK   US   /ˈbʌdʒ.ɪt/

B2 [C or U] a ​plan to show how much ​money a ​person or ​organization will ​earn and how much they will need or be ​able to ​spend:The ​firm has drawn up a budget for the coming ​financialyear.Libraries are ​finding it ​increasinglydifficult to ​remain within (​their) budget.B2 [C] the ​amount of ​money you have ​available to ​spend:an ​annual budget of £40 million

fortnight noun [C usually singular]

UK   /ˈfɔːt.naɪt/  US   /ˈfɔːrt-/ UK

B1 a ​period of two ​weeks:a fortnight’s ​holiday

few determiner, pronoun (SOME)

a few

More examples

A2 some, or a ​smallnumber of something:I need to get a few things in ​town.There are a few ​slices of ​cakeleft over from the ​party.

several determiner, pronoun

UK   /ˈsev.ər.əl/  US   /-ɚ-/

A2 some; an ​amount that is not ​exact but is fewer than many:I’ve ​seen “Gone with the Wind” several ​times.Several ​people have ​complained about the ​plans.Several of my ​friends are ​learningEnglish.

handy adjective (USEFUL)

C2 useful or ​convenient:a handy ​container/​toolFirst-time ​visitors to France will ​find this ​guideparticularly handy.It’s a ​nicehouse and it’s handy for (= near) the ​trainstation.informal Don’t ​throw those ​bottles away – they’ll come in handy (= be ​useful) for the ​picnic next ​Sunday.

handy adjective (SKILFUL)

[after verb] able to use something ​skilfully:Jonathan’s good at putting up ​wallpaper, but he’s not so handywith a ​paintbrush.Susannah’s very handy (= good at doing things that need ​skilleduse of the ​hands) about the ​house.

convenient adjective

UK   US   /kənˈviː.ni.ənt/

B1 suitable for ​yourpurposes and ​needs and ​causing the least ​difficulty:Our ​localshop has very convenient ​openinghours.A bike’s a very convenient way of getting around.[+ that] It‘s very convenient that you ​live near the ​office.[+ to infinitive] I ​find it convenient to be ​able to do my ​bankingonline.What ​time would it be convenient for me to come over?


B1 near or ​easy to get to or use:a very convenient ​busserviceOur new ​house is very convenient for (= near to) the ​kids‘ ​school.

Writing exercise

write an email to another student in class describing your current living situation. Include information about:

  • the place where you live
  • who you live with
  • how you found it
  • how you feel about it

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