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

Tests for homework:

  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.

expend icon

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:




“The Minions in New York 1968” – How we used to live – Entry 3 Group 2 class notes – 23rd March 2016


  1. Life in other countries. Michael Palin’s, ‘Full Circle.’

  2. Past tense verbs: past simple & past continuous

  3. “Used to” for past – The Minions in New York 1968

  4. Used to – your childhood in your country – the things we used to do

  5. Mark’s nana’s life story – dictogloss

Michael Palin’s Full Circle:

(kudos to Movie Segments to Assess Grammar Goals blog)


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:


“Paying compliments” + text type & purpose – Entry 3 Group 2 class notes 24th February 2016


  1. Revision quiz

  2. Paying compliments – mental health awareness week

  3. Text types

  4. Purpose of texts

Types of text:

poems or poetry




biography noun [C or U]

B1 the ​lifestory of a ​person written by someone ​else:He ​wrote a biography of Winston Churchill.

autobiography noun

[C] a ​book about a person’s ​life, written by that ​person:Tony Blair’s autobiography was a ​bestseller.

weather forecast
comics or cartoons

persuasive adjective

C1 making you ​want to do or ​believe a ​particular thing:a persuasive ​speaker/​speechYour ​arguments are very persuasive.He can be very persuasive.


adverb UK  

information noun [U]

UK   /ˌɪn.fəˈmeɪ.ʃən/  US   /ˌɪn.fɚˈmeɪ.ʃən/(informal info)

A2 facts about a ​situation, ​person, ​event, etc.:Do you have any information about/ontraintimes?I ​read an ​interesting bit/​piece of information in the ​newspaper.For ​further information (= if you ​want to ​know more), ​pleasecontactyourlocallibrary.
throat lozenge – a medicinal sweet for when you have a sore throat:
You might need a walking guide for going to the Yorkshire Dales: