The Holstee Manifesto -make your own version.

After reading about the German woman who lives without money now it’s time for you to be a lifestyle guru and write your own manifesto for life:

This is your life ………
If you don’t like something……….
If you don’t like your job……….
If you don’t have enough time, ………..
If you are looking for the love of your life……….
Stop over-analysing, ………..
All emotions are ………..
When you eat, ………..
Life is simple.
Open your heart, mind and arms to new things and people, we are united in our differences.
Ask the next person you see ……….
Travel often; ………..
Some opportunities only come once, ……….
Life is about……….            so go out and start creating.
Life is short, ……….    your dream and ………. your passion.”

Learning to see the other side of the story & describing a process

Class Objectives: 

  1. Seeing the other side of the story – quickly creating pros & cons for new topics

  2. Sequencing words – knowledge review (relates to exam Task 4)

  3. Following a process – folding paper (exam Task 2)

  4. Describing a game show to a partner (exam Task 2)

  5. 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.

  1. 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

    She has rebutted charges that she has been involved in any financial malpractice.

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  2. 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.

Good looking

  1. Better chance to get a partner, but an intelligent person might be more charming.
  2. Appearance is important in society because people accept you more easily but your mind, but personality is the most important thing.


  1. Jobs look for intelligence, but you need a good appearance in job interviews.

Should some illegal drugs be made legal?


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. If they were legal we could tax them, but there is a MORAL ARGUMENT. IS IT MORALLY WRONG to let people have drugs?
  4. Forbidden things increase the demand.

Is it time to escape the rat race? Level 2 – 17th November 2016


  1. 2nd Conditional warmers – could & would

  2. How can we be happier?

  3. Will money make you happier? What is work/life balance?

  4. What could you live without?

  5. Find out definitions for these words: freeganism, forage & road kill.

  6. Read about a life without money.

  7. 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

disapproving the situation in which too much attention is given to buying and owning things:

He disliked Christmas and its rampant (= extreme) consumerism.
Black Friday is coming soon – this was the scene in London 2 years ago:

Are these statements true or false:

  1. People are wealthier and happier than 50 years ago.

  2. Consumerism hasn’t made people happy.

  3. 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

road kill noun [ U ]

animals that are killed on roadsby cars or other vehicles:

On average, two crocodiles a yearend up as road kill on Florida’s Highway 1.

forage verb [ I ]

to go from place to placesearching, especially for food:

The children had been living on the streets, foraging for scraps.
The pigs foraged in the woods for acorns.
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freegan noun [ C ]

a person who chooses to eatfood that is not bought from a shop, especially food that other people, shops, or organizationsthrow away, so that food is not wasted

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:

Today’s words:

The two words, hung vs. hanged, are both the past tense of hang but have different uses in a sentence. Hanged refers to death by hanging, whether it be suicide or execution.

the amount of respect, admiration, or importancegiven to a person, organization, or object:

high/low status
As the daughter of the president, she enjoys high status among her peers.
The leaders were often more concerned with status and privilegethan with the problems of the people.

designer label noun [ C ]


a famous company that makes expensive clothes, bags, etc. and that is a well-known brand:

Our aim is to make this one of the world’s great designer labels.

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:

secondment to/from sth My last post in the probation service was a secondment to Bristol Prison.
on secondment Next month Douglas, who has been on secondment from BT, goes back to his old job.

shadow noun (FOLLOW)

[ C ] someone who followsanother person everywhere:

“I think we have a shadow on our tail,” muttered the detective.
Ever since he was able to walk, Stephen has been his older brother’s shadow (= has followed him and copied his actions).

[ C ] uk a person who follows someone else while they are at work in order to learn about that person’s job

commuter noun [ C ]

someone who regularly travels between work and home:

The train was packed with commuters.

assumption noun (BELIEF)

C1 [ C ] something that you accept as true without questionor proof:

People tend to make assumptions about you when you have a disability.
These calculations are based on the assumption that prices will continue to rise.

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:

I don’t want to diminish her achievements, but she did have a lot of help.
These memories will not be diminished by time.
What he did has seriously diminished him in many people’s eyes.
We’ve seen our house diminish greatly/sharply/substantially in value over the last six months.

barter verb [ I or T ]

to exchange goods for other things rather than for money:

He bartered his stamp collection forher comics.
We spent a whole hour bartering withstallholders for souvenirs.

miser noun [ C ]

 Dandelion – can be used in salads:
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Wild garlic
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Writing about an heirloom & the present perfect tense – Level 2 – 7th November 2016

Adverbs of frequency exercises:


  1. Revise rules for adverbs of frequency

  2. Write about an heirloom

  3. Discuss and work in groups to explain present perfect & present perfect continuous

  4. Khalid’s presentation on Global Warming

Write an explanation for how we use the Present Perfect tense:

  1. Explain the rules, please.
  2. When do we use it?
  3. Why don’t we use past simple all the time?
  4. Can you give examples
  5. And tell us about any irregular verbs/negative/questions

explanation & games

Today’s words:

from time to time

irregularly; now and then; occasionally; sometimes; not predictably. From time to time, I like to go fishing instead of going to work. Bob visits us at our house 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

flinch verb [ I ]

to make a sudden, smallmovement because of pain or fear:

He didn’t even flinch when the nursecleaned the wound.

thoroughly adverb (VERY MUCH)


B2 completely, very much:

I thoroughly enjoyed the performance.

More examples

  • 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!

nevertheless adverb

B2 despite what has just been said or referred to:

I knew a lot about the subject already, but her talk was interesting nevertheless.

as a (general) rule

B2 usually:

As a general rule, I don’t readdetective novels.

entirely adverb

B2 completely:

I admit it was entirely my fault.
The company is run almost entirely by middle-aged men.

More examples

  • Characters in this film are entirely fictitious.
  • No working environment is entirely stress-free.

constantly adverb

B2 all the time or often:

She has the TV on constantly.
He’s constantly changing his mind.

scarcely adverb (ONLY JUST)


C2 almost not:

I was scarcely able to move my armafter the accident.
I could scarcely believe it when she said she wanted to marry me.

gradual adjective

B2 happening or changingslowly over a long period of time or distance:

There has been a gradual improvement in our sales figuresover the last two years.
As you go further south, you will notice a gradual change of climate

hardly adverb (ONLY JUST)


B1 only just; almost not:

I could hardly hear her at the back.
The party had hardly started when she left.
He hardly ate anything/He ate hardly anything.
We hardly ever (= almost never) go to concerts.

Mexican Day of the Dead – Level 1 – 2nd November 2016


  1. Mexican Day of the Dead celebration on November 2nd

  2. American vs British English quiz

  3. Should doctors deny health care treatment for smokers and the obese?

  4. Grammar – used to & would for past habits

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Download  Dictionary app from Google Play Store:

Today’s words:

hip replacement:

Body Mass Index: BMI



What have your ancestors bequeathed to you? – Level 2 – 31st October 2016


  1. American vs British English warmer

  2. Vocabulary review from before half term

  3. National news: the child refugees in Calais

  4. The history of Venice

  5. Francesco’s Venice video & listening

  6. Listening to a woman talk about a family heirloom

  7. Writing about an object of significance for you

1. American English quizzes (just for fun):

2. Vocabulary review – take a test here – it’s  very difficult!!!

here is the list: Level 2 October 2016 words

here is the test:

3. You need to start reading and understanding more about International and National news. Read about the child refugees in Calais and try to understand the different points of view. Think about opinions and facts:

here in the Daily Mail: 

here in the Guardian:

here on the BBC website:

4. The history of Venice:

more information here:

5. Francesco’s Venice:

6. A gramophone:

Today’s words: – including bequeath & ancestor.



Grammar schools and used to – what do you know about the British education system – Level 2 – 13th October 2016


  1. Understand ILP targets.

  2. Discuss grammar schools

  3. Use ‘used to’ to talk about past habits and experiences

  4. What makes a good teacher?

  • Prepare and give a 4 minute presentation
  • Take part in a role play to demonstrate negotiation skills
  • Listen and ask and answer questions about a complex process
  • Take part in a 3-way discussion on a topic of global or national interest

Why does Theresa May want to bring back grammar schools?

Today’s words:

chatterbox noun [ C ]

a person, especially a child, who talks a lot:

Your sister’s a real chatterbox!

abstain verb [ I ] (NOT VOTE)

to decide not to use your vote:

63 members voted in favour, 39opposed, and 15 abstained.

elitist adjective

organized for the good of a fewpeople who have specialinterests or abilities:

Many remember sport at school as elitist, focusing only on those who were good at it.

elite noun [ C, + sing/pl verb ]

C1 the richest, most powerful, best-educated, or best-trainedgroup in a society:

the country’s educated elite
a member of the elite
disapproving A powerful and corruptelite has bled this country dry.

tertiary adjective

tertiary adjective (THIRD)


formal relating to a third levelor stage

coeducational adjective

having male and femalestudents being taught together in the same school or collegerather than separately:

Girls tend to do better academicallyin single-sex schools than in coeducational ones.
school assembly:
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In the UK, a PhD stands for ‘Doctor of Philosophy’, sometimes referred to as a ‘doctorate’. It is the highest level of degree that a student can achieve. At some institutions, including Oxford University, a Doctor of Philosophy is known as a DPhil.
A graduate wearing a mortarboard (on his head):
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free school
 (in England) a school set up by an organization or a group of individuals, funded by the government but not controlled by the local authority.
Academy schools are state-funded schoolsin England which are directly funded by the Department for Education and independent of local authority control. The terms of the arrangements are set out in individualAcademy Funding Agreements. Most academies are secondary schools.
How much are Eton fees?
£240,000 for a princely education at Eton. Arguably the most famous of private schools in the UK – both the Princes attended – is Eton. Eton’s schooling costs a whopping £34,434 per year – nearly three times as much as the minimum wage in the UK.

process noun [ C ]

B2 a series of actions that you take in order to achieve a result:

the peace process
Increasing the number of women in top management jobs will be a slow process.
This decision may delay the process of European unification.
The party has begun the painful (= difficult) process of rethinking its policies andstrategy.

negotiation noun [ C or U ]

The agreement was reached after a series of difficult negotiations.
The exact details of the agreement are still under negotiation.
Negotiation for the pay increase is likely to take several weeks.

educated guess noun [ C usually singular ]

C2 a guess that is made using judgment and a particular level ofknowledge and is therefore more likely to be correct

Test the size of your vocabulary & your knowledge of the weekly news – Level 2 – 3rd October 2016


  1. How big is your vocabulary? Watch the infographic video and work it out.

  2. Then test your vocabulary knowledge with the quiz:

  3. This photo is from a newspaper, what is the story? Download the Guardian app & read it daily.

  4. How much do you know about the news? Where do you get your news from? What is happening in the world this week? What is the news in the UK this week?

  5. Complete the news quiz and find out what you know: For the exam you NEED to know what is going on in the UK and the world. You need to be able to join in an intelligent Level 2 conversation about matters of world and international interest.

  6. If you do nothing else – watch a summary of the news – EVERY DAY! 

  7. Discuss giving a  presentation in class and tell Mark what date you are going to give a presentation and the topic.

Guess the famous person

Students’ writing using adjectives to describe someone. Can you guess the person? Can you see any mistakes? How can these sentences and descriptions be improved? Could you add a new sentence to sum the person up more succinctly?

  1. He is very hilarious in very clever way. He is likeable from youngs and adults in every way. He usually makes disasters but at the end everybody thanks him. He is generous British actor, he is very funny. He is cheerful and adorable. He is usually playing comedy movies, he is famous for his role in Black Adder.
  2. He is a talented football player, who currently plays for Real Madrid. He is one of the best players in the world. Last year he was capable to win the UEFA Champions League and the Golden Ball.
  3. He is a lawyer. He is a peaceful man and brave at the same time. He was able to bring to his country independence from colonisation. He is a patient man. He makes new methods to fight colonising known as non-violence.
  4. She was a famous actress in 1950-1960s. She was married six times and she was married twice with one of them, whos name is Richard Burton. She had four children and one of them was adopted girl. She was a very strong willed personality and amazing actress. She started acting from her childhood and became very popular later.
  5. He has a calm deep warm voice who has great experience in making documentaries about nature and animals. He is a well-known person on BBC TV, knowledgeable, productive, skilful, curious about animal life, and sometimes energetic and sensitive.

Today’s words:

succinct adjective

said in a clear and short way; expressing what needs to be said without unnecessary words:

Keep your letter succinct and to the point.

personality noun (FAMOUS PERSON)


B2 [ C ] a famous person:

The show is hosted by a popular TV personality.

capable adjective

B2 able to do things effectively and skilfully, and to achieveresults:

She’s a very capable woman/worker/judge.
We need to get an assistant who’s capable and efficient.

capable of sth/doing sth

B2 having the ability, power, or qualities to be able to do something:
Only the Democratic Party is capable of running the country.
Answers to descriptions:
1. Rowan Atkinson
2. Cristiano Ronaldo
3. Mahatma Gandhi
4. Elizabeth Taylor
5. David Attenborough

Personality and colour – Level 2 – 26th September 2016

  1. Colour and personality
  2. Grammar test
  3. Individual Learning Programmes

color idiomsKaplan International English

Today’s words & idioms:


B2 [ C ] a group of words in a fixed order that have a particularmeaning that is different from the meanings of each word on itsown:

To “have bitten off more than you can chew” is an idiom that means you havetried to do something which is too difficult for you.

green with envy

Fig. appearing jealous; appearing envious. (*Typically: be ~ become ∼.) My new car made my neighbor green withenvy. Bill was green with envy that I won first place.
in the black
phrase of black
 not owing any money; solvent.

Adjective order & collaborative writing – Level 2 – September 2016

BBC Trending story: “Why the green great dragon can’t exist.


  1. Create sentences using correct adjective order

  2. Test your knowledge with a Kahoot! quiz

  3. Collaborative writing exercise – ‘Life in Level 2’

  4. TED Talk & discussion

  5. Level 2 Grammar test

  6. Individual Learning Plan

About Adjective order:

English Grammar | LearnEnglish | British Council | order of adjectives

Adjectives: order – English Grammar Today – Cambridge Dictionary



easier –

Student’s sentences:

  1. An extraordinary, tiny, oval, modern, turquoise, Italian, Georgio Armani, crocodile skin handbag.

  2. A beautiful, large, rectangular, brand-new, gold, Chinese, Lenovo, aluminium smartphone.

  3. An amazing, small, flat, new, cerise, Japanese, Toyota copper car.

Today’s words:

household name
 a person or thing that is well known by the public.
  1. “he’d never become a household name, unlike his famous younger brother”

“Van Gogh should be a household name,” said Muluken.

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How baby names have changed over the past decade and why:

How people traditionally got their surnames in Great Britain (and other countries):

for example – Margaret Thatcher’s family were most likely previously employed as thatchers – making dried grass roofs for cottages:

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reputation noun [ C usually singular, U ]

B2 the opinion that people in generalhave about someone or something, or how much respect or admiration someone or something receives, based on pastbehaviour or character:

The company has a worldwide reputation forquality.
She has the reputation of being a good doctor.
His reputation was destroyed when he was caughtstealing some money.
The hotel has a bad/good reputation.

maiden name noun [ C ]

A woman’s maiden name is the familyname she has before she gets married.

dwelling noun [ C ]

a house or place to live in:

There is an estimated shortfall of some five million dwellings across the country.
Social animals are those animals which interact highly with other animals, usually of their own species (conspecifics), to the point of having a recognizable and distinct society.
spotted or polka dots:
a pink colour – cerise:
the colour and a precious stone – turquoise:

infer verb [ T ]


C2 to form an opinion orguess that something is truebecause of the information that you have:

What do you infer from her refusal?
[ + that ] I inferred from her expressionthat she wanted to leave.

the gist noun [ S ]

the most important pieces ofinformation about something, or general information withoutdetails:

That was the gist of what he said.
I think I got (= understood) the gist ofwhat she was saying.

frumpy adjective

(of a person or their clothes)old-fashioned and notattractive:

I felt fat and frumpy.
a frumpy cardigan

lump verb

lump it – “like it or lump it”

to accept a situation ordecision although you do not like it:

The decision has been made, so if Tom doesn’t like it, he can lump it.

cut and dried adjective

already decided and unlikely to be changed:

We need a cut-and-dried decision by the end of the week.

simple and easy to understand:

Most fire investigations are pretty cut and dried, but this one has left morequestions than answers.

outlandish adjective

strange and unusual anddifficult to accept or like:

an outlandish hairstyle/outfit
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cut and dried adjective

already decided and unlikely to be changed:

We need a cut-and-dried decision by the end of the week.

simple and easy to understand:

Most fire investigations are pretty cut and dried, but this one has left morequestions than answers.

the top of the tree

  (British & Australian)

if someone is at the top of the tree, they are at the highest position in their job or in an organization Who would have guessed that she would get to the top of the tree before her clever and talented brother?