“Why did the author write this?” Level 2 Group 1 – class notes – 1st & 2nd February 2016


  1. Everyone needs to complete the level 2 tests & if  you’ve done that you’ll be BSKB-ing. Carry on where you left off last time.

  2. Purpose of text discussion.

  3. Purpose of text quizzes – go to https://kahoot.it

  4. Reading about the community

  5. Complete this term’s Individual Learning Plans.

  6. Half Term: Monday 15 February 2016 – Friday 19 February 2016!

Purpose or reason?

so that or so?

I am on a diet so that I will lose weight.

I ate pizza yesterday so I need to fast today.

I have lost 10kg this year.

Bob goes to the gym in order to lose weight.

Sally cycles to work because it’s cheap and I’ve lost 10kg this year already!

Frank has been ill, he’s lost 10kg in weight.

Tricia can speak French, as she lived in Quebec in Canada for 6 years.

Anita is spending six months in Lyon, in order to learn French.

Today’s words:

so as to

In order to, as in We took off our shoes so as to avoid scratching the newly finished floors. This idiom is always followed by an infinitive. For a synonym, see in order to

since conjunction (BECAUSE)

B1 because; as:Since we’ve got a few ​minutes to ​waitfor the ​train, let’s have a ​cup of ​coffee.

owe verb [T]

owe verb [T] (HAVE DEBTS)

B1 to need to ​pay or give something to someone because they have ​lentmoney to you, or in ​exchange for something they have done for you:[+ two objects] I owe Janet $50.We still owe $1,000 onourcar (= we still need to ​pay $1,000 before we own ​ourcar).I owe you a ​drink forhelping me ​move.I ​think you owe (= should give) me anexplanation/​apology.

purpose noun

B1 [C] why you do something or why something ​exists:The purpose of the ​research is to ​try to ​find out more about the ​causes of the ​disease.His only purpose in ​lifeseems to be to ​enjoy himself.Her ​main/​primary purpose in suing the ​newspaper for ​libel was to ​clear her ​name.I came to Brighton for/with the expresspurpose ofseeing you.

simultaneous adjective

C1 happening or being done at ​exactly the same ​time:There were several simultaneous ​explosions in different ​cities.


adverb UK   US  
  • imperative adjective (GRAMMAR)

specialized language used to ​describe the ​form of a ​verb that is usually used for giving ​orders:In the phrase “Leave him ​alone!”, the ​verb “​leave” is in the imperative ​form.

obituary noun [C]

a ​report, ​especially in a ​newspaper, that gives the ​news of someone’s ​death and ​details about ​theirlife

editorial noun [C]

an ​article in a ​newspaper that ​expresses the editor’s ​opinionon a ​subject of ​particularinterest at the ​presenttime:All the ​papersdeal with the same ​subject in ​their editorials.

editor noun [C]

B2 a ​person who ​corrects or ​changespieces of ​text or ​filmsbefore they are ​printed or ​shown, or a ​person who is in ​charge of a ​newspaper or ​magazine:She’s a ​senior editor in the ​referencedepartment of a ​publishingcompany.Who is the ​current editor of the Times?

way-out adjective

UK   US   /ˌweɪˈaʊt/ old-fashioned informal

unusual, ​especially because very ​modern in ​style:A lot of ​experimentaltheatre is too way-out for me.

weird adjective

B2 very ​strange and ​unusual, ​unexpected, or not ​natural:He was ​sittingalone by a ​window with a weird ​contraption on the ​table in ​front of him.Her boyfriend’s a ​bit weird but she’s ​nice.That’s weird – I ​thought I ​left my ​keys on the ​table but they’re not there.

  • audience noun [C] (GROUP OF PEOPLE)

B1 [+ sing/pl verb] the ​group of ​people together in one ​place to ​watch or ​listen to a ​play, ​film, someone ​speaking, etc.:She ​lectures to audiences all over the ​world.The ​secret to ​publicspeaking is to get the audience on ​yourside.The audience was/were ​clearlydelighted with the ​performance.The ​magic show had a lot of audience participation, with ​peopleshouting things to the ​performers and going up on ​stage.B2 [+ sing/pl verb] the (​number of) ​peoplewatching or ​listening to a ​particulartelevision or ​radioprogramme, ​reading a ​particularbook, or ​visiting a ​particularwebsite:
  • forlorn adjective (SAD)

literary alone and ​unhappy; ​leftalone and not ​cared for:She ​looked a forlorn ​figurestanding at the ​busstop. literary A forlorn ​placefeelsempty and ​sad:This forlorn ​industrialtown has very high ​unemployment.


  • forlorn adjective (UNLIKELY TO SUCCEED)

[before noun] very ​unlikely to be ​achieved or to ​succeed:Their only ​hope now is that the ​outsideworld will ​intervene but it is an ​increasingly forlorn hope.

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