“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:

In the computer room – Entry 3 group 2 – class notes


  1. Complete the reading, writing and grammar test from last week – on paper.
  2. Log onto Moodle Entry 3 and complete a Headway grammar exercise
  3. complete your BKSB initial assessment and check your English language level.
  4. Ruth’s presentation about chiefs in Ghana.

How to log-on

User name = your college ID number

password = the password I have given you

then press the arrow ->

Open up Chrome web browser:

go to http://www.salfordcc.ac.uk/

then choose Moodle:


Then choose ESOL & Community

Clipboard02 and choose ESOL, then Entry 3

We will do the first 2 exercises in the Grammar section.

After break we will do BKSB


Your username is your college ID

your password I will tell you.

You are going to do the English Functional Skills Initial Assessment:


Good luck!

Ruth’s presentation about the role of chiefs in Ghana:


“An apple a day keeps the doctor away” Entry 3 Group 2 – class notes – 27th January 2016

The meaning of an idiom is different from the actual meaning of the words used. “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is a proverb. Proverbs are old but familiar sayings that usually give advice. Both idioms and proverbs are part of our daily speech.


  1. National proverbs and idioms in other languages

  2. Progress test

  3. Homework

  4. Used to – what did you used to do

  5. Abdulmonem’s presentation on the 20th century and listening to Tina Charles for the first time  

  6. So that and ‘so’.

 So and so that

Alice got up at 5:00 A.M., so that she could drive her son to school.
Alice got up at 5:00 A.M., so she could drive her son to school.

If you are wondering about the difference between the two sentences, the first states Alice’s reason for waking up early, while the second implies that she was successful in her intention.

This is not a distinction always observed by native speakers.

It is confusing, because “so” (when used as a conjunction) can mean “therefore” or can be an abbreviated form of “so that” (meaning “in order that.”) In this way “so” has two distinct but similar meanings.

Subjectively I would say that using “so” in place of “so that” sounds a little informal and maybe a tiny bit childish, but is fine in conversational contexts.


use of mightn’t!

lots of conversation in the teachers’ staff room about this. Usually nobody says mightn’t or mayn’t.

Today’s words:


Ruth’s Twi idioms

1.       Russian Слон в посудной лавке An elephant in china shop.
2.       Arabic العصفورة قالت لي إنك ناوي تسافر مصر. A little bird told me
3.       Tunisian Arabic إذا حمرت في العشية خوذ زادك وتهيأـ إذا حمرت في الصباح حط زادك وارتاح Red sky at night, shepherd’s delight; red sky in the morning, shepherd’s warning
4.       Arabic العبرة بالأعمال وليست بالأقوال Actions speak louder than words
5.       Arabic اضرب عصفورين بحجر​ Kill two birds with one stone
6.       Czech/Slovak Chodiť okolo horúcej kaše to walk around hot porridge
7.       Russian Лучше синица в руках, чем журавль в небе A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush
8.       Czech Bruslit na tenkém ledu to be on thin ice
9.       Polish Leje zabami / jak z cebra It’s raining frogs
10.   Urdu دنيا كتنى چهوٹى ہے It’s a small world
11.   Latvian Visi nav mājās nobody’s home
12.   Iran سنگ غلطان خزه. A rolling stone gathers no moss.
13.   Tigrinya Mealtn kelbe key Tsewaekayomyme Tsu Time and the dog come without being called

a bull in a china shop

a flea

an octopus

hobby noun [C]

What unusual foods have you tried? Entry 3 Group 2 Class notes 20th January 2016


  1. Make the questions.

  2. Unusual foods

  3. Blockbusters game revision: might, might not, will, may

  4. Entry 3 progress Test

making Sushi


Mexican burritos


today’s words:

sushi noun [U]

Will you draw a blank or be teacher’s pet? – Entry 3 class notes – 13th January 2016



  1. Revision of vocabulary from previous week

  2. Questions in different tenses revision.

  3. Progress & writing review test

  4. Study skills discussion

  5. Mohammed’s presentation about Iran

The early bird catches the worm

Find someone who:

find someone who went to bed at 2am.

Did you go to bed at 2am last night?

find someone who likes sausages

Do you like sausages?

Today’s words:

achieve verb [T]

prefer verb [T] (CHOOSE)

A2 to like, ​choose, or ​want one thing ​rather than another:Do you prefer ​hot or ​coldweather?I prefer ​redwine towhite.

regret noun [C or U]

B2 a ​feeling of ​sadness about something ​sad or ​wrong or about a ​mistake that you have made, and a ​wish that it could have been different and ​better:I ​leftschool at 16, but I’ve had a ​greatlife and I have no regrets.The ​managerexpresseddeep regretat/for the ​number of ​staffreductions.

resolution noun

resolution noun (DECISION) C2 [C] a ​promise to yourself to do or to not do something:[+ to infinitive] I made a resolution togive up ​chocolate.

neighbourhood noun [C]

UK (US neighborhood) UK  /ˈneɪ.bə.hʊd/  US   /-bɚ-/

B1 the ​area of a ​town that ​surroundssomeone’s ​home, or the ​people who ​live in this ​area:There were ​lots of ​kids in my neighbourhood when I was ​growing up.They ​live in a ​wealthy/​poor/​friendlyneighbourhood.


receive verb [T] (GET)

A2 to get or be given something:Did you receive my ​letter?I received a ​phonecall fromyourmother.They received a ​visit from the ​police 

threaten verb

Are you stuck in a rut? – changing your life – Entry 3 class notes – 6th January 2016


  1. To find out more about your new teacher i.e. me…

  2. Test your knowledge of New Year’s celebrations at: Join the quiz at kahoot.it

  3. Learn 6 Phrasal verbs & idioms

  4. What is your New Year’s resolution?

  5. Read & listen to people talk about changes in their lives

  6. To be able to write 3 sentences using ‘used to’.

  7. To do a ‘dictogloss’ collaborative writing with a partner.

Ask me three questions.

If you want to progress to Level 1 you need to start using a dictionary NOT translating every word! Try this app/website: dictionary.cambridge.org

prepositions of place: at, on, in, under, over, next to, besides, in front of, opposite, behind

prepositions of time: at, on, in, for, during, since

look up – find a word in a dictionary


Today’s words:

idiom noun

UK   US   /ˈɪd.i.əm/

B2 [C] a ​group of words in a ​fixedorder that have a ​particularmeaning that is different from the ​meanings of each word on ​its own:To “have ​bitten off more than you can ​chew” is an idiom that ​means you have ​tried to do something which is too ​difficult for you. [C or U] formal the ​style of ​expression in writing, ​speech, or ​music that is ​typical of a ​particularperiod, ​person, or ​group:Both ​operas are very much in the ​modern idiom.

over the moon

In a state of great happiness.

She is very happy.

a typewriter:

a doll:

leisure noun [U]

UK   /ˈleʒ.ər/  US  /ˈliː.ʒɚ/

B1 the ​time when you are not ​working or doing other ​duties:leisure ​activitiesMost ​people only have a ​limitedamountof leisure time.The ​townlacks leisure facilities such as a ​swimmingpool or ​squashcourts.

bully noun [C]

UK   US   /ˈbʊl.i/

C1 someone who ​hurts or ​frightenssomeone who is ​smaller or less ​powerful, often ​forcing them to do something that they do not ​want to do:You’re just a big bully!Teachers usually ​know who the bullies are in a ​class.

cyberbully noun [C]

UK   /ˈsaɪ.bəˌbʊl.i/  US   /-bɚ-/

someone who uses the internet to ​harm or ​frighten another ​person, ​especially by ​sending them ​unpleasantmessages

“phrasal verb” noun [C]

UK   /ˌfreɪ.zəl ˈvɜːb/  US   /-ˈvɝːb/

B1 a phrase that consists of a ​verb with a ​preposition or ​adverb or both, the ​meaning of which is different from the ​meaning of ​itsseparateparts:“Pay for”, “​work out”, and “make up for” are all ​phrasalverbs.

A1 [I or T] to give ​money to someone for something you ​want to ​buy or for ​servicesprovided:How much did you pay for the ​tickets?I pay my ​taxes.

pay verb (WORK)

B1 [I or T] to give ​money to someone for ​work that they have done:The ​company pays ​itsinterns $4,000 a ​month.We pay €200 a ​day for this ​kind of ​work.Accountancy may be ​boring but at least it pays well.Most of these women are very poorlypaid and ​work in ​terribleconditions.

 rise verb (MOVE UP)

B1 [I] to ​moveupwards:The ​balloon rose ​gently (up) into the ​air.At 6 a.m. we ​watched the ​sun rise (= ​appear and ​moveupwards in the ​sky).

rise noun (INCREASE)

B2 [C] an ​increase:a ​suddentemperature risea 5 ​percent rise ininflation

pay rise noun [C]

UK   US   UK (US pay raise)

C1 an ​increase in the ​amount of ​moneyyou ​earn for doing ​yourjob
preposition noun [C]

B1 in ​grammar, a word that is used before a ​noun, a ​noun phrase, or apronoun, ​connecting it to another word:In the ​sentences “We ​jumped in the ​lake“, and “She ​droveslowly down the ​track“, “in” and “down” are prepositions.

opportunity noun

UK   /ˌɒp.əˈtjuː.nə.ti/  US  /ˌɑː.pɚˈtuː.nə.t̬i/

B1 [C or U] an ​occasion or ​situation that makes it ​possible to do something that you ​want to do or have to do, or the ​possibility of doing something:Everyone will have an opportunity to ​comment.I was never given the opportunity of going to ​college.

career noun [C]

UK   /kəˈrɪər/  US  /-ˈrɪr/

B1 the ​job or ​series of ​jobs that you do during ​yourworkinglife, ​especially if you ​continue to get ​betterjobs and ​earn more ​money:He’s ​hoping for a career in the ​policeforce/as a ​policeofficer.

rhetorical question noun [C]

UK   US  

a ​question, ​asked in ​order to make a ​statement, that does not ​expect an ​answer:“Why do these things always ​happen to me?” is a ​rhetoricalquestion.

idiom noun

UK   US   /ˈɪd.i.əm/

B2 [C] a ​group of words in a ​fixedorderthat have a ​particularmeaning that is different from the ​meanings of each word on ​its own:To “have ​bitten off more than you can ​chew” is an idiom that ​means you have ​tried to do something which is too ​difficult for you.

give up sth

phrasal verb with give UK   US   /ɡɪv/ verb (gave, given)

to ​stopowning and using something:They were ​forced to give up ​theirhomebecause they couldn’t ​pay the ​mortgage.