What’s the logic? – Entry 3 Group 2 classnotes -8th March 2016


  1. Picture quiz (last week’s spellings)

  2. What’s the logic quiz

  3. Purpose of text – matching & reading

  4. Yohanne’s fantastic presentation

  5. Talking about and practising for the reading exam.

 Logic quizzes:

The Doctor:

The Car Park:Brain teaser: This logic problem from a Hong Kong elementary school entrance exam has become a viral sensation, leaving many adults stumped. Children, however, can solve it in 20 seconds The Car Park – solution here

The Waiter

Three men in a cafe order a meal the total cost of which is £15. They each contribute £5. The waiter takes the money to the chef who recognizes the three as friends and asks the waiter to return £5 to the men.

The waiter is not only poor at mathematics but dishonest and instead of going to the trouble of splitting the £5 between the three he simply gives them $1 each and pockets the remaining £2 for himself.

Now, each of the men effectively paid £4, the total paid is therefore £12. Add the £2 in the waiters pocket and this comes to £14…..where has the other £1 gone from the original £15?

The Father

A mother is 21 years older than her child. In exactly 6 years from now, the mother will be exactly 5 times as old as the child.

Where’s the father?

Purpose of text quizzes:

Entry 1 & Entry 2

Entry 3 quiz

Today’s words:


ice hockey:


ice skating:


rollerskates & rollerblades:


International Women’s Day – Level 2 Group 1 – 8th March 2016

International Women’s Day jigsaw reading & discussions

I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was to fulfill my profession which I entered before my husband was in public life. - Hillary Clintonread more about International women’s day


% women in parliaments around the world here

Equal representation?

EU leaders:

Rwandan parliament:Famous women from different countries:

Iran https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farah_Pahlavi

Marjane Sartrapi – writer and artist:

Body language – discussion & reading:

new words:

Image result for to clam up

illiterate adjective

C2 unable to ​read and write:A ​surprisingpercentage of the ​population is illiterate.


knowing little or nothing about a ​particularsubject:computer illiterate​ financially/​technologically illiterate

ignorance noun [U]

tolerate verb [T]

B2 to ​acceptbehaviour and ​beliefs that are different from ​yourown, ​although you might not ​agree with or ​approve of them:I will not tolerate that ​kind of ​behaviour in my ​class.[+ -ing verb] I won’t tolerate lying.

behalf noun

on behalf of sb (US also in behalf of sb, on sb’s behalf, US also insb’s behalf)

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

B2 representing:On behalf of the ​entirecompany, I would like to ​thank you for all ​yourwork.


Connectors quizzes – Level 2 class notes

About connectors: http://linguistics-elenapoparcea.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/an-introduction-to-sentence-connectors.html

Using while and whereas

Although the conjunctions while and whereas have similar uses, there are some differences too. While, for example, can be used to introduce a time-clause. Whereas cannot be used to introduce a time-clause.

Read more at http://www.englishpractice.com/learning/using-while-and-whereas/#bJHD3juyIPUXbhCD.99

test: http://www.learnenglishfeelgood.com/english-subordinating-conjunctions2.html

Stating Cause and Effect

Consequently (adverb) and as a result (prepositional phrase) are connectives that transition the reader from the idea expressed in one clause to the idea expressed in the next clause. These connectives are followed by a clause expressing the effect of situation stated in the clause before it. A comma separates the adverb from the clause.
Because (since, as, though) and  because of (due to, on account of) are connective prepositions that relate additional, nonessential information to the main clause.  Because is complemented by a clause and because of is complemented by a noun phrase (NP) that states a reason (cause) for the effect stated in the main clause.    – read more here



Linking Words in English – Reasons and Results

Linking words in English

Linking words help you connect the ideas in a sentence. In this lesson, you’ll learn some common linking words to express reasons and results.

Linking Words: Reasons

Because / Because of – read more here





You can use the following transitions instead of “So”:

Therefore / Consequently / As a Result / Thus / For this reason

**Note: When you start a sentence with these words, you need to put a comma after them. read more here







More about despite & in spite of: From Rob’s English blog:

Grammar Tip 9: despite/in spite of/even though

Remember that only one of these phrases uses ‘of’:

Despite the heavy weather, the barbecue went ahead.
In spite of the heavy weather, the barbecue went ahead.

‘Despite’ is much more commonly used, especially at the start of a sentence.
Also possible here is ‘regardless of’ and (for those formal occasions) ‘notwithstanding’ .

Remember that both ‘despite’ and ‘in spite of’ can also be used with a gerund (-ing):

Despite reading the whole night, I did not finish the book.
In spite of reading the whole night, I did not finish the book.

Once again, ‘despite’ is more commonly used.

Do not use a subject pronoun – I, you, he, she – and a verb straight after these words. Instead, switch to ‘even though’:

Even though I read the whole night, I did not finish the book.
Even though the weather was heavy, the barbecue went ahead.

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