I was getting used to the sun shining every day, but I guess I will have to get used to the rain again – Level 2

Online quizzes:

http://www.examenglish.com/grammar/used_to_would.htm

http://www.grammar-quizzes.com/usedto.html

https://www.englishclub.com/grammar/verbs-m_used_quiz.htm

https://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/115.html

http://www.esl-lounge.com/student/grammar/4g68-used-to-be-used-to.php

https://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/326.html

Class objectives:

  1. Use vague language

  2. Speculate about your classmates

  3. Used to and Would for past habits

  4. Get used to/getting used to

  5. Read about a relationship and suggest a solution to their problem

Can you speculate about why a man is planting a tree in the street at night time?

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Half term break:

Half Term: Monday 24 October 2016 – Friday 28 October 2016

Classes Commence: Monday 31 October 2016

http://www.salfordcc.ac.uk/about/term-dates/

Be used to & get used to

Today’s words:

sibling noun [ C ]

C2 a brother or sister:

I have four siblings: three brothers and a sister.
There was great sibling rivalry (= competition) between Peter and his brother.

 

astrology noun [ U ]

the study of the movements and positions of the sun, moon,planets, and stars in the belief that they affect the character andlives of people

Latvian dancing:
 Book genres:
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science fiction:
a prison cell:

active adjective (BUSY)

B1 busy with a particular activity:

You have to try to keep active as you grow older.

biography noun [ C or U ]

 

B1 the life story of a person written by someone else:

He wrote a biography of Winston Churchill.

Compare

mysterious adjective

B2 strange, not known, or notunderstood:

She’s an actress whose inner life hasremained mysterious, despite the many interviews she has given.
He died in mysteriouscircumstances, and there is still apossibility that it was murder.

apathetic adjective

showing no interest or energyand unwilling to take action,especially over somethingimportant:

Young people today are so apatheticabout politics.

conscientious adjective

C1 putting a lot of effort intoyour work:

a conscientious student

obsessed adjective

B2 unable to stop thinkingabout something; toointerested in or worried about something:

Why are people so obsessed withmoney?

speculate verb [ I ] (GUESS)

 

C2 to guess possible answersto a question when you do not have enough information to becertain:

I don’t know why she did it – I’m just speculating.
A spokesperson declined to speculateon the cause of the train crash.
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Level 2 – present tense verb revision

Present tenses:

Which of these situations go best with present simple & which go best with present continuous?

PERMANENT TEMPORARY HABIT JUST NOW
SELDOM OCCASIONALLY THESE DAYS, BUT NOT FOR LONG CLASS TIMES
SOMETHING YOU DO ONCE A YEAR NEVER AT THE MOMENT THE WEATHER TODAY
  1. ‘How do you prefer to study?’ ‘I _________ about the topic and ______ notes.
  2. ‘What languages ______________?’ ‘Chinese, Slovak and Spanish.’
  3. ‘Who _____________ that violin?’ (violin = musical instrument) ‘My wife.’
  4. ‘Your daughter’s very keen on keep fit, isn’t she?’ ‘Yes, _______ yoga and __________  spinning classes at the leisure centre.’ (spinning class = an exercise class)
  5. ‘Where is she now?’ ‘She _____________ weights in her bedroom.’ (weights = dumbbells – exercise equipment)
  6. ‘Who is  ______________ the saxophone in the flat upstairs? Do they ___________ every night? How do you _________?’ (saxophone = a musical instrument)
  7. ‘What’s that song ___________ upstairs?’ ‘I can’t hear it. Oh, yes, she _______________ to One Direction again. She ____________________ them every day. I really ____________ them!’
  8. ‘I know you like _____________ Arabic, but can we __________ in English in class, please?’
  9.  ‘Do you usually wear that hat?’ ‘No, it’s new, normally I _____________ a baseball cap like Ahmed’s. He usually ______________ that red MAGA red one, but today he _______________ a blue NIKE one.
  10. ‘What a lovely watch!’ ‘It ________________________ I’m afraid – it’s been broken for years.’
  11. ‘Could I use your phone?’ ‘I’m afraid it _________________________ at the moment.’

 

Repeated actions not around the moment of speaking: present simple.

Repeated actions around the moment of speaking: present continuous.

We use the present simple for events – things that happen one after another.

We use present continuous for background – things that are already happening when the story starts, or that continue through part of the story.

  • Write a 3 sentence story using both tenses & read it to your partner.

  • Instructions & directions – what tense do we use to write and give instructions?

  • We use present continuous for changing and developing situations

  • Write 3 sentences to illustrate this use of the present continuous.

The world’s population You Your English Prices
Pandas The company Nokia Teenagers The political situation in the UK
cities Us books athletes
Elderly people The USA traffic Autumn

3rd person singular.

  1. What is the most common way of making the 3rd person singular?
  2. What happens with words ending in vowel + y?
  3. What happens with words ending in consonant + y?
  4. After which consonants and groups of consonants do we add -es?
  5. Which two other common words add – es?

Write the third person singular of these verbs?

Box Brush Buy Complete
Cry Defend Deny Destroy
Excite Expect Fry Guess
Look Pray Reach Receive
Rush Spend Want watch

Verbs we don’t use with present continuous

Try to make sentences using these words in the present tense:

Believe Belong Contain Forget
Hate Like Love Matter
Need Own Prefer Realise
Remember Suppose Understand Want
 ‘see’, ‘hear’, ‘taste’, ‘smell’, ‘feel’ are verbs that describe senses. These verbsaren’t usually used in continuous forms. They are often used with ‘can’.
What is a stative verb in English grammar?
An example of a continuous tense is the present continuous or past continuous. These verbs are called stative, or state verbs. A verb which isn’t stative is called a dynamic verb, and is usually an action. Often stative verbs are about liking or disliking something, or about a mental state, not about an action.

Level 2 – getting to know you questions – present perfect & past simple review

Use past tense verbs to make and answer questions about your life experience.

Level 2 Group 2 wrote and asked each other questions about their lives.

  • Can you spot any grammatical errors in these questions?
  • Do the questions make sense?
  • Can you give a sensible answer to these questions?
  • How do they sound when you say them aloud?
  • Could these questions be asked more simply?
  • Could they be made more interesting with the addition of a secondary question?
  • If you think there is a problem with one of these questions, can you write it differently?
  1. Can you tell me about where you grew up?
  2. What is the most important life lesson you have learnt?
  3. What was the last interesting news you heard recently?
  4. Can you tell me something interesting news you heard recently?
  5. What is the most interesting lesson and best teacher at school?
  6. Have you learned English before you came to the UK?
  7. How fast did you get progress in learning English?
  8. How often do you hear news. From radio or T.V.?
  9. How often do you read newspaper?
  10. What the most fritining thing you have ever felt?
  11. Could you tell me how long you’ve had your phone or computer?
  12. When did you do your school reports and grades?
  13. Have you ever done your school reports and grades?
  14. Could you tell me a place you have never been to but would love to visit?
  15. Did you remember the last big party or celebration you went to?
  16. How long have you been studying English, and whether you’re satisfied with your progress?
  17. What was the best meal you’ve ever to had or restaurant you’ve eaten in?
  18. Who’s you have just met?
  19. What did you remember about your first day at school?
  20. How long had you had a car when you were in your country?
  21. Have you ever tried an activity? But would like to?
  22. Which kind of activity you have not been tried?
  23. Which place have you never been visited?
  24. Did you have any plans for the next 12 months?
  25. How long have you been lived in your present home?
  26. What do you remember from your first or last English lesson?
  27. How long you have known your best friend?
  28. What is the most interesting lesson you’ve studied at school?
  29. Can you tell me what you remember about learning to swim?
  30. Have you already made plans for the next 12 months?
  31. Can you please tell me what have you done last Christmas?
  32. What place have you been going a lot recently?
  33. For how long your country has been independent or existed?
  34. What was your favourite childhood toy and TV programme?
  35. Have you eaten the best meal you have ever had?
  36. Have you met your best friend on carnival?

 

Past tense questions – online exercises:

Advanced Grammar | Past Tense Exercise | esl-lounge Student