Month: November 2016
Learning to see the other side of the story & describing a process
Seeing the other side of the story – quickly creating pros & cons for new topics
Sequencing words – knowledge review (relates to exam Task 4)
Following a process – folding paper (exam Task 2)
Describing a game show to a partner (exam Task 2)
Listening to a description of a game show (every single task!)
Trinity Level 2 Speaking & Listening exam:
◗◗ Task 4 — Three candidates discuss topics based on an issue of national or global importance.
◗◗ Task 2 — Candidate listens to the examiner describe a complex process during which the candidate asks questions and makes appropriate comments to demonstrate understanding.
It can be difficult to understand opinions other than your own but it’s a valuable skill. If you can see the other side of the argument you can predict what people are going to say and it’s easier to argue against their opinion. Also, it’s mature and sensible to see both sides of an argument and ABSOLUTELY necessary if you’re giving a presentation or writing a university or IELTS essay. LIST 3 ARGUMENTS IN FAVOUR AND 3 TO REBUT THE IDEA.
rebut verb [ T ]
UK – formal
Confidence check. How good are you at following instructions? Green is very confident, amber is unsure, and red is less confident. It doesn’t matter which you choose, it will depend on the task and your past experience. Pair up with someone with the opposite level of self-confidence for this task. Choose someone you don’t normally work with. Don’t worry it’s not rocket science!
3. List all the sequencing words and conjunctions you can think of. Can they be grouped according to function? You will need these words during the next task.
4. Game shows. How much do you know about game shows? What British and American game shows can you name?
Do you know Deal or No Deal? What are the rules? What happens? Hands up if you know the game. Explain it to your partner. Try to use sequencing words and conjunctions. The person listening should ask questions and make appropriate comments to demonstrate understanding.
.Let’s watch to see how accurate your description was:
How about this quiz? What do you think happens in this show?
Now you are going to watch a game show and explain how it works to your partner (without listening to the sound). Watch it once or twice then explain the rules and the explain what happens using sequencing words. Your partner should listen and ask questions and make appropriate comments to demonstrate understanding.
Game show 1
Game show 2
Now we are going to see if you can work in a group of 3 and create your own idea for a game show so that we can all make a million pounds when we sell it to the BBC. I will give you a list of objects to use. This will test your sequencing words skills, presentation skills and your ability to understand, explain and question processes. Good luck.
Seeing the other side + the flip side is … – student ideas:
It’s better to be good looking than intelligent.
- Better chance to get a partner, but an intelligent person might be more charming.
- Appearance is important in society because people accept you more easily but your mind, but personality is the most important thing.
- Jobs look for intelligence, but you need a good appearance in job interviews.
Should some illegal drugs be made legal?
- It’s being sold on the Black Market. It’s available from criminals. If it’s allowed freely criminals won’t have access to it and it’ll fight crime. But if drugs are legal there will be more crimes because when they use drugs people lose control.
- If it was legal young people would be able to have the drugs, but young people will become dependent on the drugs and this could cause problems.
- If they were legal we could tax them, but there is a MORAL ARGUMENT. IS IT MORALLY WRONG to let people have drugs?
- Forbidden things increase the demand.
Is it time to escape the rat race? Level 2 – 17th November 2016
2nd Conditional warmers – could & would
How can we be happier?
Will money make you happier? What is work/life balance?
What could you live without?
Find out definitions for these words: freeganism, forage & road kill.
Read about a life without money.
Work in groups to come up with ideas to make life happier.
The 2nd Conditional explained
The Happiness Formula
Complete these sentences and be ready to explain why you are saying this
a) Happiness is …….
b) Money can’t make you happy …
What is the Rat Race? Is it possible to escape it?
consumerism noun [ U ]
politics the state of an advanced industrial society in which a lot of goods are bought and sold
People are wealthier and happier than 50 years ago.
Consumerism hasn’t made people happy.
Scientists think we should change our way of life
Watch the video and think about these questions:
A) Why hasn’t consumerism (the work+buy ethic) made people happy?
B) How should we change our way of life?
Life without money
Could you live without money? Think of 3 advantages of a life without money.
Look up these three words on your phone: 1. Road kill (noun) 2. to forage (verb) 3. freegan & freeganism
Article in The Independent about a German woman living without money
Listen to an English podcast about the German woman Heidemarie Schwermer who made a deliberate choice to live without money 14 years ago.
Present perfect revision exercises:
the amount of respect, admiration, or importancegiven to a person, organization, or object:
designer label noun [ C ]
UK US MARKETING, COMMERCE
secondment noun [ C or U ]
a period of time when an employee is sent to worksomewhere else temporarily, either to increase the numberof workers there, to replace a worker, or to exchangeexperiences and skills:
shadow noun (FOLLOW)
[ C ] someone who followsanother person everywhere:
assumption noun (BELIEF)
I assume fish and chips is the most popular meal in Britain. No, it isn’t, that’s an incorrect assumption. The most popular meal in the UK is Chicken Tikka Masala.
diminish verb [ I or T ]
C1 to reduce or be reduced in size or importance:
barter verb [ I or T ]
miser noun [ C ]
Writing about an heirloom & the present perfect tense – Level 2 – 7th November 2016
Adverbs of frequency exercises:
Revise rules for adverbs of frequency
Write about an heirloom
Discuss and work in groups to explain present perfect & present perfect continuous
Khalid’s presentation on Global Warming
Write an explanation for how we use the Present Perfect tense:
- Explain the rules, please.
- When do we use it?
- Why don’t we use past simple all the time?
- Can you give examples
- And tell us about any irregular verbs/negative/questions
explanation & games
from time to time
telepathy noun [ U ]
the ability to know what is in someone else’s mind, or to communicate with someone mentally, without using words or other physical signals
thoroughly adverb (VERY MUCH)
B2 completely, very much:
- All the other teachers are thoroughly disillusioned with their colleague.
- I thoroughly approve of what the government is doing.
- She ought to be thoroughly ashamed of herself – talking to her mother like that!
B2 despite what has just been said or referred to:
as a (general) rule
- Characters in this film are entirely fictitious.
- No working environment is entirely stress-free.
B2 all the time or often:
scarcely adverb (ONLY JUST)
C2 almost not:
Mexican Day of the Dead – Level 1 – 2nd November 2016
Mexican Day of the Dead celebration on November 2nd
American vs British English quiz
Should doctors deny health care treatment for smokers and the obese?
Grammar – used to & would for past habits
Download Dictionary app from Google Play Store:
Body Mass Index: BMI