Football, film, tone, and the use of commas – Level 2 Group 1 Class notes 3rd May 2016


  1. Review game

  2. Discover and use new football phrasal verbs

  3. Access to Higher Education  event 17th May – 5.30-8.30 at Future Skills

  4. Investigate how tone works in writing

  5. Kinesthetic game : sort tone descriptions into positive, negative & neutral

  6. Use tone to describe today’s class

  7. Commas will have you jumping through hoops.

What is the tone of this video?

And this one?

What is the tone of these images?

Or this one?

How about this one?



Resource File (s) link to Skills Workshop:
Speech Marks:
How many commas in this menu?
Today’s words:

lap something up

1.Lit. [for an animal] to lick something up. The dog lapped the ice cream up off the floor. The dog lapped up the ice cream.

2.Fig. [for someone] to accept or believe something with enthusiasm. Of course, they believed it. They just lapped it up. They lapped up the lies without questioning anything.

lap up something

alsolap something up

1. to enjoy something very much My dogs lap up whatever attention I can give them. Related vocabulary: eat it up
2. to believe what is said or written without knowing or caring if it is true Even if you’re lying, there’s always someone who will lap it up because most people want to believe you.

colloquial adjective

(of words and expressions) informal and more suitablefor use in speech than in writing:colloquial speech

intimate adjective (PERSONAL)

C2 having, or being likely to cause, a very close friendshipor personal or sexual relationship:intimate relationshipsThe restaurant has a very intimate atmosphere.He’s become very intimate with an actress.
  • tone noun (GENERAL MOOD)

C2 [S] the general mood or main qualities of something:I didn’t like the jokey tone of the article – I thought it was inappropriate.Trust you to lower the tone of the evening by telling disgustingjokes, Mark!Both candidates need to raise the tone of the campaign, as the electorate is tired of negative campaigning.He was in a very bad mood when he arrived, and that set the tone for the whole meeting.
  • tone noun (VOICE EXPRESSION)

B2 [U] a quality in the voice that expresses the speaker’s feelings or thoughts, often towards the person being spoken to:I tried to use a sympathetic tone of voice.Don’t speak to me in that tone of voice (= angrily), young lady!It wasn’t so much what she said that annoyed me – it was her tone.

eliminate verb

C1 [T] to remove or take away someone or something:A move towards healthy eating could help eliminate heartdisease.We eliminated the possibility that it could have been an accident.The police eliminated him from their enquiries.

C1 [T often passive] to defeat someone so that they cannot continue in a competition:He was eliminated in the third round of the competition.
[T] slang to murder someone:A police officer was accused of helping a drug gangeliminate rivals.
If you want to find words with similar meanings use a Thesaurus:
funny thesaurus
antonyms for funny

satire noun [C or U]

a way of criticizing people or ideas in a humorous way, or a piece of writing or play that uses this style:political satireHer play was a biting/cruel satire on life in the 80s.

sarcastic adjective

C2 using sarcasm:a sarcastic comment/remarkAre you being sarcastic?


adverb UK   /sɑːˈkæs.tɪ.kəl.i/  US   /sɑːrˈkæs.tɪ.kəl.i/
“Thanks so much for your help,” Tim said sarcastically.

mocking adjective

mocking behaviour involves laughing at someone or something in an unkind way:a mocking voicemocking humour/laughter

ironic adjective

C2 interesting, strange, or funny because of being very different from what you would usually expect:[+ that] It is ironic that although many items are now cheaper to make, fewer people can afford to buy them.

showing that you really mean the opposite of what you are saying:an ironic comment/reply

intriguing adjective

C2 very interesting because of being unusual or mysterious:an intriguing possibility/questionShe has a really intriguing personality.

flippant adjective

not serious about a serious subject, in an attempt to be funny or to appear clever:a flippant remark/attitudeIt’s easy to be flippant, but we have a serious problem to deal with here.I think she just thought I was being flippant.

colloquial adjective

(of words and expressions) informal and more suitablefor use in speech than in writing:colloquial speech

anecdote noun [C]

a short, often funny story, especially about something someone has done:He told one or two amusing anecdotes about his years as a policeman.

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