“Homes of the future” – Level 2 Group 2 – 10th &11th February 2016


  1. Reading – skimming and scanning

  2. Inferring meaning from context in a text

  3. Read a text about homes of the future and make 5 Level 2-style questions for another team.

  4. Match descriptive words to text types

  5. synonyms – online synonyms

  6. BBC text type quiz

Our ideas for houses of the future:

amphibious houses:

solar panels:

better recycling.

more economical houses.

remote controlled house. voice activated house.

GPS chips in people (controversial)

Today’s words:

amble verb [I usually + adv/prep]

to ​walk in a ​slow and ​relaxed way:He was ambling along the ​beach.She ambled down the ​street, ​stoppingoccasionally to ​look in the ​shopwindows.

stroll verb [I]

C1 to ​walk in a ​slow, ​relaxedmanner, ​especially for ​pleasure:We could stroll along the ​beach after ​dinner.

wander verb

wander verb (WALK)

B2 [I or T] to ​walk around ​slowly in a ​relaxed way or without any ​clearpurpose or ​direction:We ​spent the ​morning wandering around the ​oldpart of the ​city.She was ​found several ​hourslater, wandering the ​streets, ​lost.He was here a ​minute ago but he’s wandered offsomewhere.

inefficient adjective

C1 not ​organized, ​skilled, or ​able to ​work in a ​satisfactory way:Existing ​methods of ​production are ​expensive and inefficient.I’m ​hopelessly inefficient atfixing things.

inefficiently  adverb UK   US   /-li/  The ​hotel is inefficiently ​run.

efficient adjective

B1 working or ​operatingquickly and ​effectively in an ​organizedway:The city’s ​transportsystem is one of the most efficient in ​Europe.We need someone really efficient who can ​organize the ​office and make it ​runsmoothly.

sufficient adjective

B2 enough for a ​particularpurpose:This ​recipe should be sufficient for five ​people.It was ​thought that he’d ​committed the ​crime but there wasn’t sufficient ​evidence toconvict him.


scarce adjective

C1 not ​easy to ​find or get:Food and ​cleanwater were ​becoming scarce.scarce ​resources

premium noun (EXTRA)

[C] an ​amount that is more than ​usual:We’re ​willing to ​pay a premium for the ​bestlocation.Because of ​theirlocation, these ​offices attract a premium.The ​modifiedcars are ​available at a premium of five ​percent overthe ​originalprice.The ​busyshopper puts a premium on (= ​appreciates and will ​paymore for)finding everything in one ​bigstore.

concur verb [I]

to ​agree or have the same ​opinion:The new ​report concurs withpreviousfindings.[+ that] The ​board concurred that the ​editor should have ​fullcontrol over ​editorialmatters.[+ speech] “I ​think you’re ​absolutelyright,” concurred Chris.

neaten verb [T]

to make something ​tidy:She’s ​careful to neaten her ​desk before she ​leaves in the ​evening.Could you neaten up those ​bookshelves, ​please?

flirt verb [I]

to ​behave as if ​sexuallyattracted to someone, ​although not ​seriously:Christina was flirting with just about every man in the ​room.

Phrasal verbs

bingenoun [C]

UK   US   /bɪndʒ/ informal

an ​occasion when an ​activity is done in an ​extreme way, ​especiallyeating, ​drinking, or ​spendingmoney:a ​drinking/​eating/​spending bingeHe went on a five ​daydrinking binge.

expend iconexpend iconThesaurus

binge verb [I]

UK   US   /bɪndʒ/ (present participle bingeing orbinging) informal

to ​eat too much of something:I ​tend to binge onchocolate when I’m ​watching TV.



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