Level 2 Group 1 – class notes – 3rd November 2015


      1. Would & used to review

      2. Maya Angelou, ‘Woman Work’  (visuals)

    1. Opinion essay/presentation – using linking words

    2. Discussion roles – disagreeing, being controversial, initiating and changing your opinion

    3. Mahmoud’s presentation – cyberbullying

    4. art gallery visit Tuesday 10th November
  • 50 things to do before you die.

meet orangutans in Indonesia

Linking words:

A) firstly, to start with, in the first place

B) furthermore, in addition, moreover

C) to conclude, to sum up, in conclusion

D) in contrast, however, as opposed to, at the same time

E) for example, for instance, as an example


scenery noun [U]

UK   /ˈsiː.nər.i/  US   /-nɚ-/

scenery noun [U] (COUNTRYSIDE)

B1 the ​generalappearance of the ​naturalenvironment, ​especiallywhen it is ​beautiful:beautiful/​breathtaking/​spectacular sceneryThey ​stopped at the ​top of the ​hill to admire the scenery.

More examples

scenery noun [U] (THEATRE)

the ​largepaintedpictures used on a ​theatrestage to ​represent the ​place where the ​action is

fainthearted adjective [before noun]

UK   /ˌfeɪntˈhɑː.tɪd/  US  /-ˈhɑːr.t̬ɪd/

Someone who is fainthearted is not ​confident or ​brave and ​dislikes taking ​unnecessaryrisks:He ​deals with ​subjects more fainthearted ​filmmakers would ​stayaway from.

habitat noun [C or U]

UK   US   /ˈhæb.ɪ.tæt/

C1 the ​naturalenvironment in which an ​animal or ​plant usually ​lives:With so many ​areas of ​woodland being ​cut down, a lot of ​wildlife is ​losingitsnatural habitat.

exotic adjective

UK   /ɪɡˈzɒt.ɪk/  US   /-ˈzɑː.t̬ɪk/

B2 unusual and ​exciting because of coming (or ​seeming to come) from ​far away, ​especially a ​tropicalcountry:exotic ​flowers/​food/​designs

moreover adverb

UK   /ˌmɔːˈrəʊ.vər/  US   /ˌmɔːrˈoʊ.vɚ/ formal

B2 (used to ​addinformation) also and more importantly:The ​wholereport is ​badly written. Moreover, it’s ​inaccurate.

contrast noun [C or U]

UK   /ˈkɒn.trɑːst/  US   /ˈkɑːn.træst/

B2 an ​obviousdifference between two or more things:I like the contrast of the ​whitetrousers with the ​blackjacket.The ​antiquefurnishingprovides an ​unusual contrast to the ​modernity of the ​building.

conclude verb

UK   US   /kənˈkluːd/

conclude verb (FINISH)

C1 [I or T] to end a ​speech, ​meeting, or ​piece of writing:She concluded the ​speech byreminding us of ​ourresponsibility.Before I conclude, I’d like to ​thank you all for coming.The ​concert concluded with a ​rousingchorus. [T] to ​complete an ​officialagreement or ​task, or ​arrange a ​businessdeal

furthermore adverb

UK   /ˌfɜː.ðəˈmɔːr/  US   /ˈfɝː.ðɚ.mɔːr/ formal

B2 in ​addition; more importantly:The ​house is ​beautiful. Furthermore, it’s in a ​greatlocation.

meaningless adjective (NO MEANING)

having no ​meaning:a meaningless phrase

meaningless adjective (NOT IMPORTANT)

having no ​importance or ​value:a meaningless ​gesture

meaningful adjective

UK   US   /ˈmiː.nɪŋ.fəl/

meaningful adjective (EXPRESSING STH)

B2 intended to show ​meaning, often secretly:a meaningful ​lookHe ​raised one ​eyebrow in a meaningful way.

meaningful adjective (IMPORTANT/SERIOUS)

B2 useful, ​serious, or ​important:

controversial adjective

UK   /ˌkɒn.trəˈvɜː.ʃəl/  US   /ˌkɑːn.trəˈvɝː-/

B2 causingdisagreement or ​discussion:a controversial ​issue/​decision/​speech/​figureThe ​book was very controversial.

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