Seeing the other side of the story – quickly creating pros & cons for new topics
Sequencing words – knowledge review (relates to exam Task 4)
Following a process – folding paper (exam Task 2)
Describing a game show to a partner (exam Task 2)
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.
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
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.
- Better chance to get a partner, but an intelligent person might be more charming.
- Appearance is important in society because people accept you more easily but your mind, but personality is the most important thing.
- Jobs look for intelligence, but you need a good appearance in job interviews.
Should some illegal drugs be made legal?
- 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.
- 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.
- If they were legal we could tax them, but there is a MORAL ARGUMENT. IS IT MORALLY WRONG to let people have drugs?
- Forbidden things increase the demand.
2nd Conditional warmers – could & would
How can we be happier?
Will money make you happier? What is work/life balance?
What could you live without?
Find out definitions for these words: freeganism, forage & road kill.
Read about a life without money.
Work in groups to come up with ideas to make life happier.
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 ]
People are wealthier and happier than 50 years ago.
Consumerism hasn’t made people happy.
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
Present perfect revision exercises:
designer label noun [ C ]
UK US MARKETING, COMMERCE
secondment noun [ C or U ]
shadow noun (FOLLOW)
assumption noun (BELIEF)
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.
miser noun [ C ]
Adverbs of frequency exercises:
Revise rules for adverbs of frequency
Write about an heirloom
Discuss and work in groups to explain present perfect & present perfect continuous
Khalid’s presentation on Global Warming
Write an explanation for how we use the Present Perfect tense:
- Explain the rules, please.
- When do we use it?
- Why don’t we use past simple all the time?
- Can you give examples
- And tell us about any irregular verbs/negative/questions
explanation & games
from time to time
telepathy noun [ U ]
thoroughly adverb (VERY MUCH)
- 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!
B2 despite what has just been said or referred to:
as a (general) rule
- Characters in this film are entirely fictitious.
- No working environment is entirely stress-free.
B2 all the time or often:
scarcely adverb (ONLY JUST)
C2 almost not:
Mexican Day of the Dead celebration on November 2nd
American vs British English quiz
Should doctors deny health care treatment for smokers and the obese?
Grammar – used to & would for past habits
Download Dictionary app from Google Play Store:
Body Mass Index: BMI
American vs British English warmer
Vocabulary review from before half term
National news: the child refugees in Calais
The history of Venice
Francesco’s Venice video & listening
Listening to a woman talk about a family heirloom
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: http://dictionary.cambridge.org/mydictionary/wordlist/1250156/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 on the BBC website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-37654552
4. The history of Venice:
more information here:http://tours-italy.com/venice-tours/venice-travel-guide/history/
5. Francesco’s Venice:
6. A gramophone:
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/mydictionary/wordlist/1762906 – including bequeath & ancestor.
Understand ILP targets.
Discuss grammar schools
Use ‘used to’ to talk about past habits and experiences
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
elite noun [ C, + sing/pl verb ]
tertiary adjective (THIRD)
negotiation noun [ C or U ]
How big is your vocabulary? Watch the infographic video and work it out.
Then test your vocabulary knowledge with the quiz: http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/zs8xj6f
This photo is from a newspaper, what is the story? Download the Guardian app & read it daily.
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?
Complete the news quiz and find out what you know: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37501123 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.
If you do nothing else – watch a summary of the news – EVERY DAY! http://news.sky.com/video/a-round-up-of-the-top-stories-10493578
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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
personality noun (FAMOUS PERSON)
capable of sth/doing sth
- Colour and personality
- Grammar test
- Individual Learning Programmes
Today’s words & idioms:
green with envy
“an insurance company operating in the black will be able to pay for further growth”
synonyms: in credit, in funds, debt-free, out of debt, solvent, financially sound, able to pay one’s debts, creditworthy, of good financial standing, solid, secure, profit-making, profitable;rareunindebted“the company’s in the black again”
in the redFig.losing money. (*Typically:be ~; go [into] ~; as opposed to in the black.) State government has been operating inthe red for five straight years. What with all those car repairs, we’re going to be in the red this month.
once in a blue moonClichévery seldom. Jill: Does your husband ever bring you flowers? Ellen: Once in a blue moon. Once in a bluemoon, I buy a fashion magazine, just to see what people are wearing.
scream blue murder
(British, American & Australian informal) alsoscream bloody murder (American &Australian informal)to shout or to complain very loudly Readers screamed blue murder when the price of their daily paper went up.Someone took the child’s ice cream away and he started screaming bloody murder.
in the pink (of condition)
and *in the pink (of health)Fig. in very good health; in very good condition, physically and emotionally. (*Typically:be ~; get [into] ~.) Herecovered completely from his surgery and has been in the pink ever since. She was lively and active and in the pinkof condition.more idioms here:
C1 too willing to believe that someone is telling the truth, that people’s intentions in general are good, or that life is simple andfair. People are often naive because they are young and/or have not had much experience of life:
UK /feɪt/ US /feɪt/Fate has brought us together.
revolt verb (PROTEST)
BBC Trending story: “Why the green great dragon can’t exist.“
Create sentences using correct adjective order
Test your knowledge with a Kahoot! quiz
Collaborative writing exercise – ‘Life in Level 2’
TED Talk & discussion
Level 2 Grammar test
Individual Learning Plan
About Adjective order:
An extraordinary, tiny, oval, modern, turquoise, Italian, Georgio Armani, crocodile skin handbag.
A beautiful, large, rectangular, brand-new, gold, Chinese, Lenovo, aluminium smartphone.
An amazing, small, flat, new, cerise, Japanese, Toyota copper car.
“he’d never become a household name, unlike his famous younger brother”
“Van Gogh should be a household name,” said Muluken.
How baby names have changed over the past decade and why: https://familyshare.com/24457/parenting/how-baby-names-have-changed-over-the-last-decade
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:
reputation noun [ C usually singular, U ]
infer verb [ T ]