Pronunciation of -ed endings in past simple – Level 1


  1. Revise past simple & past continuous use

  2. Review types of text and their purpose

  3. Understand who the audience of a text is

  4. Learn more about the tone of a text

Today’s words:

a black hole in space:

a Parker pen:

a handkerchief to blow your nose:

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a punctured football:

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lighthearted adjective

amusing and not serious:

The documentary takes a lighthearted look at theworld of filmmaking.

regret noun [ C or U ]

B2 a feeling of sadness about somethingsad or wrong or about a mistake that you have made, and a wish that it could have been different and better:

I left school at 16, but I’ve had a great life and Ihave no regrets.
The manager expressed deep regret at/for thenumber of staff reductions.
We think, much to our regret (= and we are verysorry about this), that we will not be able to visityou next year.

send (sb) your regrets


to send a polite message that you cannot go to a party, etc.:

We did have an invitation, but we had tosend Graham our regrets.
a jigsaw:
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a saw:
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Personality and colour – Level 2 – 26th September 2016

  1. Colour and personality
  2. Grammar test
  3. Individual Learning Programmes

color idiomsKaplan International English

Today’s words & idioms:


B2 [ C ] a group of words in a fixed order that have a particularmeaning that is different from the meanings of each word on itsown:

To “have bitten off more than you can chew” is an idiom that means you havetried to do something which is too difficult for you.

green with envy

Fig. appearing jealous; appearing envious. (*Typically: be ~ become ∼.) My new car made my neighbor green withenvy. Bill was green with envy that I won first place.
in the black
phrase of black
 not owing any money; solvent.

Adjective order & collaborative writing – Level 2 – September 2016

BBC Trending story: “Why the green great dragon can’t exist.


  1. Create sentences using correct adjective order

  2. Test your knowledge with a Kahoot! quiz

  3. Collaborative writing exercise – ‘Life in Level 2’

  4. TED Talk & discussion

  5. Level 2 Grammar test

  6. Individual Learning Plan

About Adjective order:

English Grammar | LearnEnglish | British Council | order of adjectives

Adjectives: order – English Grammar Today – Cambridge Dictionary



easier –

Student’s sentences:

  1. An extraordinary, tiny, oval, modern, turquoise, Italian, Georgio Armani, crocodile skin handbag.

  2. A beautiful, large, rectangular, brand-new, gold, Chinese, Lenovo, aluminium smartphone.

  3. An amazing, small, flat, new, cerise, Japanese, Toyota copper car.

Today’s words:

household name
 a person or thing that is well known by the public.
  1. “he’d never become a household name, unlike his famous younger brother”

“Van Gogh should be a household name,” said Muluken.

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How baby names have changed over the past decade and why:

How people traditionally got their surnames in Great Britain (and other countries):

for example – Margaret Thatcher’s family were most likely previously employed as thatchers – making dried grass roofs for cottages:

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reputation noun [ C usually singular, U ]

B2 the opinion that people in generalhave about someone or something, or how much respect or admiration someone or something receives, based on pastbehaviour or character:

The company has a worldwide reputation forquality.
She has the reputation of being a good doctor.
His reputation was destroyed when he was caughtstealing some money.
The hotel has a bad/good reputation.

maiden name noun [ C ]

A woman’s maiden name is the familyname she has before she gets married.

dwelling noun [ C ]

a house or place to live in:

There is an estimated shortfall of some five million dwellings across the country.
Social animals are those animals which interact highly with other animals, usually of their own species (conspecifics), to the point of having a recognizable and distinct society.
spotted or polka dots:
a pink colour – cerise:
the colour and a precious stone – turquoise:

infer verb [ T ]


C2 to form an opinion orguess that something is truebecause of the information that you have:

What do you infer from her refusal?
[ + that ] I inferred from her expressionthat she wanted to leave.

the gist noun [ S ]

the most important pieces ofinformation about something, or general information withoutdetails:

That was the gist of what he said.
I think I got (= understood) the gist ofwhat she was saying.

frumpy adjective

(of a person or their clothes)old-fashioned and notattractive:

I felt fat and frumpy.
a frumpy cardigan

lump verb

lump it – “like it or lump it”

to accept a situation ordecision although you do not like it:

The decision has been made, so if Tom doesn’t like it, he can lump it.

cut and dried adjective

already decided and unlikely to be changed:

We need a cut-and-dried decision by the end of the week.

simple and easy to understand:

Most fire investigations are pretty cut and dried, but this one has left morequestions than answers.

outlandish adjective

strange and unusual anddifficult to accept or like:

an outlandish hairstyle/outfit
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cut and dried adjective

already decided and unlikely to be changed:

We need a cut-and-dried decision by the end of the week.

simple and easy to understand:

Most fire investigations are pretty cut and dried, but this one has left morequestions than answers.

the top of the tree

  (British & Australian)

if someone is at the top of the tree, they are at the highest position in their job or in an organization Who would have guessed that she would get to the top of the tree before her clever and talented brother?

“Mistakes are proof that you’re trying!” Quotes about language learning

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Level 2 Group 3 – Reasons:

  1. To speak to the GP and others without an interpreter
  2. To go to higher education – to have a better future, to get a better job
  3. talk and chat with neighbours, people who live in the UK – including other students
  4. to help solve day-to-day problems
  5. to feel confident
  6. to teach your children to speak English
  7. to understand written communication
  8. to discover and enjoy British culture
  9. to help you travel – English is an international language
  10. to improve your writing – to be understood and to express your feelings and ideas.

the top 10 ways to learn English

  1. Attend an English class
  2. watch movies & TV.
  3. read books, newspapers and websites.
  4. use social media – i h8 u. lol. 🙂
  5. grammar exercises, pronunciation exercises
  6. Use Canvas – the college’s Virtual Learning Environment
  7. speak to native speakers and other students in English
  8. find an English speaking romantic partner
  9. be confident – be prepared to make mistakes
  10. teach and learn other languages

Today’s words:

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impressive adjective

B2 If an object or achievement is impressive, you admire or respectit, usually because it is special, important, or very large:

That was an impressive performance from such a young tennis player.
an impressive collection of modern paintings
There are some very impressive buildings in the town.


B2 If someone is impressive, you admire or respect that person fortheir special skills or abilities:

She’s a very impressive public speaker.

proud adjective

proud adjective (SATISFIED)

B1 feeling pleasure and satisfaction because you or peopleconnected with you have done or got something good:

You must be very proud of your son.
We’re particularly proud of our company’s environmental record.
When she received her prize I think I was the proudest parent on the face of theearth.
[ + to infinitive ] I’m very proud to have been involved in this project.
[ + (that) ] I was so proud (that) my son had been chosen for the national team.

daring adjective

brave and taking risks:

a daring escape
This is a daring new film (= one willing to risk criticism) by one of our most originalmodern directors.

wealthy adjective

B2 rich:

He’s a very wealthy man.
With their natural resources they are potentially a very wealthy country.

More examples

Welcome to your ESOL class – introduce yourself – September 2016


  1. Icebreakers

  2. Induction

  3. College tour

  4. getting to know your class

  5. Diagnostic tests, BSKB & online ILP.s

Today’s words

possession noun

C2 [ U ] the fact that you have or own something:

The possession of large amounts of money does not ensure happiness.
formal I have in my possession a letter which may be of interest to you.
formal He was found in possession of explosives.


B2 [ C usually plural ]something that you own or that you are carrying with you at a particular time:

Please remember to take all your personal possessions with you when you leavethe aircraft.

influence noun [ C or U ]

B2 the power to have an effect on people or things, or a person or thing that is able to do this:

Helen’s a bad/good influence on him.
He has a huge amount of influence over the city council.
Christopher hoped to exert his influence to make them change their minds.
At the time she was under the influence of her father.

ideal adjective

B2 perfect, or the best possible:

the ideal employer
She’s the ideal person (= exactly the right type of person) for the job.
The television also comes in a compact 36 cm screen size, ideal for bedroom orkitchen use.
It’s the ideal opportunity to meet people.
In an ideal world no one would go hungry.

More examples

an ice-breaker ship in the Arctic
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idiom noun


B2 [ C ] a group of words in afixed order that have aparticular meaning that is different from the meanings of each word on its own:

To “have bitten off more than you canchew” is an idiom that means you have tried to do something which is too difficult for you.

icebreaker noun [ C ]

icebreaker noun [ C ] (ACTIVITY)


a game or joke that makespeople who do not know each other feel more relaxedtogether

Hello class! Please, introduce yourself! – Mark’s Entry 1 ESOL class – 12th & 13th September 2016

First I want you to introduce yourself like this student has on the Padlet:

Entry 1 Group 1:

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  1. Get to know your classmates

  2. Get to know the college

  3. Listening Test – Charlie XCX song, ‘Boom Clap’

  4. Diagnostic tests – Maths and English

  5. Kahoot! quiz about the news + Mark + Salford City College

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A picture of my favourite animal – a little angry dog

This is NOT my favourite sport: snowboarding:

Now another Listening Test – listen to this Charlie XCX song, ‘Boom Clap’ and fill in the missing words: