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Auxiliary verbs

Definition, explanation, explanatory videos & online quizzes!

Entry 3 Group 3 writing

Today we are going to concentrate on writing:

  1. Writing practice

  2. Grammar practice

  3. No Canvas today.

Task 1: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=7tj0lr058kq7RgLW0SVltQTViMt5WNxHqWrELED2O2JUN1NLUTdEQ0tJUE42RDhaNkNPN0NJOUpFQy4u

Task 2: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=7tj0lr058kq7RgLW0SVltQTViMt5WNxHqWrELED2O2JUNDNGWjQySE1XNEtUVUc3VkI0TUxDUkVGRy4u

Task 3: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=7tj0lr058kq7RgLW0SVltQTViMt5WNxHqWrELED2O2JUQjZYR1JJUFA0Q0s2NUxTNkxDNkc2TVY1Uy4u

Task 4: https://elt.oup.com/student/englishfile/intermediate/i_games/?cc=gb&selLanguage=en

Task 5: https://elt.oup.com/student/englishfile/intermediate/a_grammar/?cc=gb&selLanguage=en


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
Image result for arctic icebreaker ship

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

You’re 25 & want to travel for a year. Tell your friend about your plans – Entry 3 Group 2 class notes 22nd June 2016


  1. Exam preparation – writing a friendly email to a friend

  2. Grammar revision – imperatives

  3. Adverbs of frequency

  4. Passive quiz

Adverbs of frequency:


making a sentence:

Do you usually play football on Saturday?

How often do you go to college?

  • imperative noun (GRAMMAR)

B2 [S] specialized language the form of a verb that is usually used for giving orders:In the phrase “Leave him alone!”, the verbleave” is an imperative/is in the imperative.


British Council app for phones QR code:

Download from Google Play    Download from iTunes

johnny british council

Today’s words:

a cemetery:

Imperative signs & symbols – road signs & meanings:

a corner shop:

the difference between a couch & a coach:

a couch:

a coach (vehicle):

a tennis racket / a tennis raquet:

souvenir noun [C]

B1 something you buy or keep to help you remember aholiday or special event:He bought a model of a red London bus as a souvenir of his tripto London.We brought back a few souvenirs from our holiday in Mexico.


sailing noun

A2 [U] the sport or activity of using boats with sails:the sailing clubShe loves to go sailing.

ferry noun [C]

B1 a boat or ship for taking passengers and often vehiclesacross an area of water, especially as a regular service:a car ferryWe’re going to the Channel Islands by/on the ferry.We took the ferry to Calais.

backpacker noun [C]

B1 a person who travels with a backpack


Complaining about the weather is a full-time job – Entry 3 Group 2 class notes 8th June 2016

Loud bursts of thunder and brilliant flashes of lightning were captured by residents on mobile phones on Tuesday night as the humid, sunny weather gave way to violent thunderstorms.


  1. Find a fan to keep the classroom cool!

  2. Why do British people always talk about the weather?

  3. Discuss the most annoying things in Britain today

  4. When was the last time you complained?

  5. Formal letter writing style

  6. Write a complaint letter to a restaurant

What is most annoying for you?

Spam email?


Or traffic jams?

Formal letter format:


Today’s words:

insist verb [I]

B1 to say firmly or demand forcefully, especially whenothers disagree with or oppose what you say:[+ (that)] Greg still insists (that) he did nothing wrong.Please go first – I insist!She insisted on seeing her lawyer.

inconvenience noun [C or U]

C1 a state or an example of problems or trouble, oftencausing a delay or loss of comfort:We apologize for any inconvenience caused by the late arrival of the train.We had the inconvenience of being unable to use the kitchen for several weeks.Having to wait for ten minutes was a minor inconvenience.

convenient adjective

B1 suitable for your purposes and needs and causing the least difficulty:Our local shop has very convenient opening hours.A bike’s a very convenient way of getting around.

near or easy to get to or use:a very convenient bus serviceOur new house is very convenient for (= near to) the kidsschool.

reserve verb [T]

B1 to keep something for a particular purpose or time:I reserve Mondays for tidying my desk and answeringletters.These seats are reserved for the elderly and women with babies.I reserve judgment on this issue (= I won’t give an opinion on it now) until we have more information.

B1 If you reserve something such as a seat on an aircraftor a table at a restaurant, you arrange for it to be keptfor your use:I reserved a double room at the Lamb Hotel.
  • reservation noun (THING KEPT)

B1 [C or U] an arrangement in which something such as aseat on an aircraft or a table at a restaurant is kept for you:I’d like to make a table reservation for two people for nine o’clock.

chaos noun [U]

B2 a state of total confusion with no order:Snow and ice have caused chaos on the roads.Ever since our secretary walked out, the office has been in astate of total/utter chaos.

Kickstarter – how easily can you invent something brilliant, useful and original? – Entry 3 Group 2 – class notes – 11th May 2016

Tests for homework:

  1. http://www.learnenglish-online.com/grammar/tests/comparativeadjectives2.html
  2. http://www.agendaweb.org/grammar/comparative-adjectives-exercises.html
  3. Lots of grammar exercises here

Lesson Objectives

  1. Today – for one day only: two for the price of one. Like at your local supermarket; but today we have 2 classes for the price of one.

  2. Creating an alphabet of Comparatives, Superlatives, Adjectives, Nouns & Adverbs

  3. Salford then and now. Looking at Salford Quays where Group 2 will be visiting The Lowry & The Imperial War Museum North next week

  4. Sanjay Dastoor: A skateboard, with a boost

  5. Adverbs review

  6. Create a Kickstarter project

Boosted Boards – TED Talk by Sanjay Dastoor: A skateboard, with a boost

First it was an idea, now it’s a business!

Raising money with Kickstarter

More examples : An easy to adapt Electric Bike: read more here

AiraWear – The World’s First Massaging Hoodie

AiraWear – Kickstarter page here

The first pants that makes sweatpants unnecessary by Christoffer Bak …

Think about what you could create and how you make your first million dollars doing it.

But first you will need to use comparatives, superlatives and adverbs to describe your product.

Part One:

Introduction and Discussion Discuss the following questions

• Do you think that skateboarding is a good form of transport? Why/why not?

• Can you think of any other types of lightweight, easy to use methods?

• Do you think it is important to create new types of transport? Why/why not?

Today’s words:


B1 working or operating quickly and effectively in anorganized way:The city’s transport system is one of the most efficient in Europe.We need someone really efficient who can organize the office and make it run smoothly.

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zestful adjective

full of energy and enthusiasm:Her zestful performance made the film very successful.They symbolized zestful youth.

portable – easy to carry – portable TV:




Complaint letter – Entry 3 Group 2 – 4th May 2016


  1. Review game – articles & superlatives

  2. Review game – part 2 – lots of grammar and vocabulary

  3. Complaining -role play

  4. Composing a complaint letter

  5. Formal writing

  6. Abdulaziz presentation on Charles Darwin

    Charles Darwin:

The journey of the Beagle (Charles Darwin’s ship)

Today’s words:

Faithfully or Sincerely?

Which do you use to sign off a letter?

This is a very useful mnemonic.

The rule is “Never 2 S’s together”

Dear Sir / Yours Faithfully.

Dear Mr A.N. Other / Yours Sincerely.

faithfully adverb

faithfully adverb (LOYALLY)

in a loyal way or a way that can be trusted:He served the family faithfully for 40 years.She promised faithfully (= made a firm promise) that she would never leave him.

Yours faithfully B2 mainly UK

used at the end of a formal letter beginning with “DearSir” or “Dear Madam

sincerely adverb

honestly and without pretending or lying:I’m sincerely grateful.

(yours) sincerely B1 (US also Sincerely yours)

used to end a formal letter that is sent to a particular person

purchase verb [T]

B2 to buy something:Tickets must be purchased two weeks in advance.Except under clearly defined circumstances, it is illegal in Britainfor a company to purchase its own shares.She purchased her first house with the money.

trace verb [T]

trace verb [T] (FIND)

C1 to find someone or something that was lost:The police are trying to trace the mother of a newborn babyfound abandoned outside a hospital.Attempts to trace the whereabouts of a man seen leaving thescene of the crime have so far been unsuccessful.Their missing daughter was finally traced to (= found in)Manchester.
C1 to find the origin of something:The phone company was unable to trace the call.No one has yet been able to trace the source of the rumour.

Money, relative clauses and Elvis Presley! – Entry 3 Group 2 class notes 20th April 2016


  1. Money makers.

  2. Progress review test

  3. Irina’s presentation on Elvis Presley

What do these slang terms for money mean?

dough    fiver   grand    monkey    quid      score       tenner    ton

Money quiz answers:

Monopoly in different languages:

The largest ever Banknote:


The world’s most expensive phone:

Goldvish Le million


Somalia coins shaped like guitars:

One trillion dollar Zimbabwe banknote:

smallest ever banknote:

The first ever cash machine (ATM) in Enfield, North London in 1967:

First ever banknote in China:

Today’s words:

ancient adjective

B1 of or from a long time ago, having lasted for a very longtime:ancient civilizations/rights/lawsancient monuments/ruins/woodlandsthe ancient kingdoms of MexicoPeople have lived in this valley since ancient times.History, ancient and modern, has taught these people an intensedistrust of their neighbours.

informal very old:He’s got an ancient laptop.

convenient adjective

B1 suitable for your purposes and needs and causing the least difficulty:Our local shop has very convenient opening hours.A bike’s a very convenient way of getting around.[+ that] It‘s very convenient that you live near the office.[+ to infinitive] I find it convenient to be able to do my bankingonline.What time would it be convenient for me to come over?


possession noun

C2 [U] the fact that you have or own something:The possession of large amounts of money does not ensurehappiness.formal I have in my possession a letter which may be of interestto 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 leave the aircraft.

“I didn’t use to smoke when I was 10.” Entry 3 Group 2 class notes 30th March 2016


  1. What did you use to do as a child?

  2. Used to exercises & talking

  3. Used to Goyte song

  4. Mohammed’s presentation on William Shakespeare and Martin Luther King Jr.

    Shakespeare and his plays:

In Salford children used to play hopscotch:

Martin Luther King Jr.:

play cricket:


play leapfrog:

Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra) – official video

Ruth used to listen to this music in Ghana:

Today’s words:

School uniform:

Police uniform:

a suit – matching jacket and trousers: