Level 2 Group 2 – class notes – 4th November 2015


  1. Children and games discussion – what are the potential benefits of computer games?

  2. Used to & would – completed verbs in the past

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

  4. Dictogloss – Mark’s nana at throwww.com

  5. Hamid’s presentation – vitamins

Discussion: The benefits of playing computer games: maths, language, learning to drive, keeps children busy and quiet.

children can develop computer skills like the TalkTalk hacker

to help people’s memories, problem solving, military applications.

today’s words:

memento noun [C]

UK   /məˈmen.təʊ/  US   /-toʊ/ (plural mementosor mementoes)

an ​object that you ​keep to ​remember a ​person, ​place, or ​event:I ​kept a ​seashell as a memento ofourholiday.

give up on sb/sth

phrasal verb with give UK   US   /ɡɪv/ verb (gave,given)

to ​expect someone or something to ​fail:Most ​people gave up on him when he ​dropped out, but he went back and ​earned his ​degree two ​yearslater.

give in (to sth)

phrasal verb with give UK   US   /ɡɪv/ verb [I or T](past tense gave, past participle given)

to ​finallyagree to something that someone ​wants after first ​refusing:If you want them to give in you’ll have to ​offer them more than that.
to ​accept that you have been defeated and ​stop arguing or fighting:After months of ​resisting the ​takeover, the ​company was ​forced by its ​shareholders to give in.

stubborn adjective

UK   /ˈstʌb.ən/  US   /-ɚn/

B2 disapproving A stubborn ​person is ​determined to do what he or she ​wants and ​refuses to do anything ​else:They have ​hugearguments because they’re both so stubborn. Things that are stubborn are ​difficult to ​move, ​change, or ​dealwith:He was ​famed for his stubborn resistance and his ​refusal to ​acceptdefeat.

put sth off

phrasal verb with put UK   US   /pʊt/ verb (present participle putting, past tense and past participle put)

B1 to ​decide or ​arrange to ​delay an ​event or ​activity until a ​latertime or ​date:The ​meeting has been put off for a ​week.[+ -ing verb] I can’t put off going to the ​dentist any ​longer.

neglect verb [T]

UK   US   /nɪˈɡlekt/

C1 to not give enough ​care or ​attention to ​people or things that are ​yourresponsibility:to neglect ​yourappearance/the ​houseHe neglects that ​poordog – he never ​takes him for ​walks or gives him any ​attention.She’s been neglecting her ​studies this ​semester.neglect to do sthC2 to not do something, often because you ​forget:I’d neglected to give him the ​name of the ​hotel where I’d be ​staying.

potentialadjective [before noun]

UK   /pəˈten.ʃəl/  US   /poʊ-/

B2 possible when the ​necessaryconditionsexist:A ​number of potential buyers have ​expressedinterest in the ​company.Many potential customers are ​waiting for a ​fall in ​prices before ​buying.The ​accident is a ​grimreminder of the potential dangersinvolvedin ​North Sea ​oilproduction.

More examples

potential noun [U]

UK   /pəˈten.ʃəl/  US   /poʊ-/

B2 someone’s or something’s ​ability to ​develop, ​achieve, or ​succeed:The ​region has enormous potential foreconomicdevelopment.I don’t ​feel I’m achieving my full potential in my ​presentjob.

children’s games:

British bulldog: throw a ball at people to win.

musical chairs



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