Level 2 Group 1 – 7th December 2015 – Level 2 Group 2 class notes


  1. Practice listening. Choose AT LEAST 4 videos to watch & listen to from ESLvideo.com advancedHigh-Intermediate Level ESL Video Quizzes (not just Celine Dion videos, please!)

  2. Here are some suggested videos to watch: a) image
    How top Write a Good CV

syoneda: Leonard Cohen: Hallelujah

b) image
Rowan Atkinson – Interview with Elton John; a funny sketch

10 Inventions That Will Make Your Life Easier

TED TALK; Amy Cuddy; Your Body Languages Shapes who you are

Why are there 60 000 homeless in NYC

TED: Lisa Bu: How Books Can Open Your Mind

Honey Bees

Spaghetti Harvest

2. Go onto your online ILP and say how how you think you are doing.

Take a City & Guilds Reading practice exam!

3. Practice grammar for your end of term test! New English File Upper-intermediate Online & Headway Upper-intermediate Online.

3. Go on the Careers website and choose the right job for you. Read it, print it out, keep it and decide what you have to do next. Then make an appointment with Student Support to see the careers advisor.

4. Amina’s Prezi presentation about Green Day:

5. Meetings with Mark

Level 2 Group 2 – class notes – 2nd & 3rd December 2015


  1. To learn more about transitional phrases (conjunctions)

  2. Online quiz 1    Quiz 2 Quiz 3 , Quiz 4

  3. Mixed grammar questions

  4. Work in teams to produce ideas for the speaking exam

  5. Use a writing template to write draft presentations to share with the class

  6. no student presentation today, so instead we’ll watch Janine Shepherd’s presentation and answer some questions  

  7. Bola’s presentation about Nigerian food

In the exam you will be giving a formal presentation, consequently you will need to:

Use Level 2 vocabulary and formal language

Have ideas, quotes, statistics and anecdotes about your topic

Structure your presentation in a logical way and be able to see different points of view

Use transitional phrases to link your ideas from introduction through to your balanced conclusion


today’s words:

strangely enough

B2 used to ​remark that something is ​surprising but ​true:Strangely enough, when it came to the ​test I ​actuallyfeltpretty​ relaxed.

contrary noun [S] (the pronunciation of this is very controversial. The students say I can’t say it correctly!)

UK   /ˈkɒn.trə.ri/  US   /ˈkɑːn.tre-/ formal

the contrary the ​opposite:I was ​worried that it might be too hard for me but it ​turned out the contrary was ​true.on the contraryB2 used to show that you ​think or ​feel the ​opposite of what has just been ​stated:“I ​thought you said the ​film was ​exciting?” “On the contrary, I ​nearlyfellasleephalf way through it!”to the contraryC1 saying or ​showing the ​opposite:For a ​longtime it was ​thought to be a ​harmlesssubstance, but we now have proof/​evidence to the contrary.

presumably adverb

UK   /prɪˈzjuː.mə.bli/  US   /-ˈzuː-/

B2 used to say what you ​think is the ​likelysituation:They can presumably ​afford to ​buy a ​biggerapartment.Presumably he just ​forgot to ​send the ​letter.

likelihood noun [U]

UK   US   /ˈlaɪ.kli.hʊd/

C2 the ​chance that something will ​happen:This ​latestdisputegreatlyincreases the likelihood of a ​strike.[+ that] There is every likelihood that more ​jobs will be ​lostlaterthis ​year.There is little likelihood now thatinterestrates will come down ​further.in all likelihoodC2 almostcertainly:In all likelihood everything will go to ​plan.

see previous days work on transitional phrases 🙂

Level 2 Group 1 – class notes – 1st December 2015

  1. Transitional phrases

  2. Work in teams to produce ideas for the speaking exam

  3. Use a writing template to write draft presentations to share with the class

  4. Ephriem’s & Inga’s presentations

  5. Gender equality in the UK & other countries – statistics

Discourse Markers in speech

Transitional phrases videos

Ephriem’s presentation: What is nuclear fusion?

Inga’s presentation: The Strangest “Sports” In The World prezi

Today’s words:

mind you

a phrase introducing something that should be taken into consideration. He’s very well dressed, but mind you, he’s gotplenty of money to buy clothes. Lisa is unfriendly to me, but mind you, she’s never very nice to anyone.

furthermore adverb

UK   /ˌfɜː.ðəˈmɔːr/  US   /ˈfɝː.ðɚ.mɔːr/ formal

B2 in ​addition; more ​importantly:The ​house is ​beautiful. Furthermore, it’s in a ​greatlocation.

as for

considering or ​speaking about:As for the ​money, we’ll ​talk about that ​later.

optimistic adjective

UK   /ˌɒp.tɪˈmɪs.tɪk/  US   /ˌɑːp.tə-/

B2 hoping or ​believing that good things will ​happen in the ​future:She is optimistic about her ​chances of ​winning a ​goldmedal.

sequencing noun [U]

UK   US   /ˈsiː.kwən.sɪŋ/

the ​process of ​combining things in a ​particularorder, or ​discovering the ​order in which they are ​combined:A ​commonsign of ​dyslexia is that the sequencing of ​letters when ​spelling words may be ​incorrect.

whereas conjunction

UK   /weərˈæz/  US   /werˈæz/

B2 compared with the ​fact that; but:He must be about 60, whereas his ​wifelooks about 30.You ​eat a ​hugeplate of ​food for ​lunch, whereas I have just a ​sandwich.

consequently adverb

UK   /ˈkɒn.sɪ.kwənt.li/  US   /ˈkɑːn-/

B2 as a ​result:I ​spent most of my ​money in the first ​week and consequently had very little to ​eat by the end of the ​holiday.

moreover adverb

UK   /ˌmɔːˈrəʊ.vər/  US   /ˌmɔːrˈoʊ.vɚ/ formal

B2 (used to ​addinformation) also and more ​importantly:The ​wholereport is ​badly written. Moreover, it’s ​inaccurate.

summarize verb [I or T]

(UK usually summarise) UK   /ˈsʌm.ər.aɪz/  US   /-ə.raɪz/

C1 to ​express the most ​importantfacts or ​ideas about something or someone in a ​short and ​clearform:I’ll just summarize the ​mainpoints of the ​argument in a few words.To summarize, we ​believe the ​company cannot ​continue in ​itspresentform.

initially adverb

UK   US   /ɪˈnɪʃ.əl.i/

B2 at the ​beginning:Initially, most ​peopleapproved of the new ​plan.The ​damage was ​far more ​serious than initially ​believed.

Level 2 Group 2 – class notes – 26rd November 2015



  1. Phrasal verbs with out + games
  2. Advertising and International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
    25 November
  3. “You are the teacher” give speaking feedback to your peers.

Today’s words:

Jenny had a new haircut, everyone said it looked great, apart from Bill he said he didn’t think it was very original but I think he’s jealous because he’s bald and he’s just being petty.

The manager keeps criticising my driving skills. He says I don’t go fast enough but I do all my work and turn up on time. He’s just being petty.









Level 2 Group 2 – class notes – 25rd November 2015


  1. Learn more about phrasal verbs

  2. play phrasal verbs naughts and crosses

  3. play online phrasal verb games: http://www.stuff.co.uk/phrasal.htmhttp://a4esl.org/q/j/ck/fb-phrasalverbs.html

  4. Phrasal verbs prezi

  5. Today’s topic – Social media & the traditional media

  6. Presentation about Nigeria by Francis

Nigerian food & plantain:


Today’s words:

hoax noun [C]

UK   /həʊks/  US   /hoʊks/

a ​plan to ​deceive someone, such as ​telling the ​police there is a ​bombsomewhere when there is not one, or a ​trick:The ​bombthreatturned out to be a hoax.He’d made a hoax callclaiming to be the ​president.

hoax verb [T]

UK   /həʊks/  US   /hoʊks/

Francis asks, why is ‘everyone’ a singular noun?

everybody / everyone / everything

It is true that everybody and everyone refers to everybody and everyone in a group of people and everything refers to everything ina group of things. Even so, they are still perceived individually or as a totality, so the singular verb form is still maintained:

  • Is everybody happy with that? Does everyone understand my position?
  • Everything she owns has been stolen.

Everyone, everybody, everything and everywhere are indefinite pronouns.

We use them to refer to a total number of people, things and places. We write them as one word:

His name was Henry but everyone called him Harry.

All your clothes are clean. I washed everything yesterday.

The sand got everywhere, into eyes, hair, tents, cups of tea, camera lenses.

We use everyone, everybody, everything and everywhere with singular verbs:

Everybody knows the truth.

At night, with the lights shining on the water, everything looks different.

We couldn’t get a seat. Everywhere was so crowded.

aggravate verb [T] (MAKE WORSE)

to make a ​badsituationworse:Attempts to ​restrictparking in the ​citycentre have ​furtheraggravated the ​problem of ​trafficcongestion. to make a ​diseaseworse:The ​treatment only aggravated the ​condition.

aggravate verb [T] (ANNOY)

informal to ​annoy someone:Stop aggravating me, will you!

escalate verb [I or T]

UK   US   /ˈes.kə.leɪt/

to ​become or make something ​becomegreater or more ​serious:His ​financialproblems escalated after he ​becameunemployed.The ​decision to escalate UN ​involvement has been made in the ​hopes of a ​swift end to the ​hostilities.The escalating ​rate of ​inflation will ​almostcertainlybring escalating ​prices.

exaggerate verb [I or T]

UK   /ɪɡˈzædʒ.ə.reɪt/  US   /-ɚ.eɪt/

C1 to make something ​seemlarger, more ​important, ​better, or ​worse than it really is:The ​threat of ​attack has been greatly exaggerated.Don’t exaggerate – it wasn’t that ​expensive.I’m not exaggerating – it was the ​worstmeal I’ve ​evereaten in my ​life.

anonymous adjective

UK   /əˈnɒn.ɪ.məs/  US   /-ˈnɑː.nə-/

C2 made or done by someone whose ​name is not ​known or not made ​public:The ​money was ​donated by an anonymous benefactor.Police said an anonymous callerwarned that a ​bomb was about to go off.An ​attempt to ​implant an ​embryo using an ​egg from an anonymous woman donor was ​unsuccessful.He ​received an anonymous letterthreatening to ​disclosedetails of his ​affair if he didn’t ​pay the ​money.For ​reasons of ​personalsafety, the ​informantwishes to remainanonymous.

reliable adjective

UK   US   /rɪˈlaɪə.bl̩/

B1 Someone or something that is reliable can be ​trusted or ​believed because he, she, or it ​works or ​behaves well in the way you ​expect:Is ​yourwatch reliable?reliable ​informationGideon is very reliable – if he says he’ll do something, he’ll do it.

rely on/upon sb/sth

phrasal verb with rely UK   US   /rɪˈlaɪ/ verb

B2 to need a ​particular thing or the ​help and ​support of someone or something in ​order to ​continue, to ​workcorrectly, or to ​succeed:[+ -ing verb] The ​success of this ​project relies on everyone makingan ​effort.I rely on you for good ​advice.[+ to infinitive] I’m relying on the ​garage tofix the ​car by ​tomorrow.B2 to ​trust someone or something or to ​expect him, her, or it to ​behave in a ​particular way:British ​weather can never be relied on – it’s always ​changing.[+ -ing verb] Don’t rely on ​finding me here when you get back (= I might have gone).

fictional adjective

UK   US   /ˈfɪk.ʃən.əl/

C2 imaginary:a fictional ​storyfictional ​characters

peer verb [I usually + adv/prep]

UK   /pɪər/  US   /pɪr/

C2 to ​lookcarefully or with ​difficulty:When no one ​answered the ​door, she peered through the ​windowto ​see if anyone was there.The ​driver was peering into the ​distancetrying to ​read the ​roadsign.

More examples

peer noun [C]

UK   /pɪər/  US   /pɪr/

peer noun [C] (EQUAL)

C1 a ​person who is the same ​age or has the same ​socialpositionor the same ​abilities as other ​people in a ​group:Do you ​think it’s ​true that ​teenagegirls are less ​self-confident than ​theirmale peers?He wasn’t a ​greatscholar, but as a ​teacher he had few peers (= not as many ​people had the same ​ability as him).

Level 2 Group 1 – class notes – 23rd November 2015

  • Vocabulary revision naughts & crosses

  • Today’s topic – Social media & the traditional media

  • We’re going to look through some newspapers and consider the differences

  • Used to, To be used to, could get used to – find someone who

  • 3 different speakers – can you predict the topics?

  • Aimee Mullins (03.18 – 05.34)

  • Nadia Al-Sakkaf (06.42 – 12.15) 

  • Geena Rocero (00.12 – 04.31)

Today’s words:

certainly adverb

UK   /ˈsɜː.tən.li/  US   /ˈsɝː-/

certainly adverb (IN NO DOUBT)

A2 used to ​replycompletely or to ​emphasize something and show that there is no ​doubt about it:She certainly had a ​friend called ​Mark, but I don’t ​know whether he was her ​boyfriend.“This is ​rather a ​difficultquestion.” “Yes, it’s certainly not ​easy.”“Do you ​think more ​money should be given to ​education?” “Certainly!”“Had you ​forgotten about ​ouranniversary?” “Certainly not! I’ve ​reserved a ​table at Michel’s ​restaurant for this ​evening.”A2 used when ​agreeing or ​disagreeingstrongly to a ​request:“Could you ​lend me £10?” “Certainly.”“Did you take any ​money out of my ​purse?” “Certainly not!”

verify verb [T]

UK   US   /ˈver.ɪ.faɪ/

C1 to ​prove that something ​exists or is ​true, or to make ​certainthat something is ​correct:Are you ​able to verify ​youraccount/​allegation/​report/​theory?These ​numbers are ​surprisingly high and they’ll have to be verified.[+ (that)] Under interrogation, she verified (that) the ​tapes were ​authentic.

exclusive adjective (ONLY FOR SOME)

C1 limited to only one ​person or ​group of ​people:This ​room is for the exclusive use of ​guests.an exclusive interviewB2 expensive and only for ​people who are ​rich or of a high ​socialclass:an exclusive ​privatecluban exclusive ​part of ​town

Level 2 Group 1 – class notes – 22nd November 2015


  1. BKSB English diagnostics & individual learning continued ……. 🙂

  2. http://www.tolearnenglish.com/english_lessons/used-to-exercises

  3. http://www.tolearnenglish.com/exercises/exercise-english-2/exercise-english-18091.php

  4. News: ESOL has organised a trip to the Clothes Show at the Birmingham NEC for Tuesday 8th December 2015

    Efrem’s presentation

    Next week we will be looking at the National Careers service website – Action plan – find your career

    level 2 wow factor ideas 2

level 2 wow factor ideas 1

disposable heroes of hiphoprisy, Television the drug of the nation – video clip!

Today’s words:

intrusion noun [C or U]

UK   US  /ɪnˈtruː.ʒən/

C2 an ​occasion when someone goes into a ​place or ​situation where they are not ​wanted or ​expected to be:They ​complained about ​excessivegovernment intrusion (= ​unwantedinvolvement) intotheirlegitimateactivities.His ​phonecall was a welcome intrusion into an ​otherwisetediousmorning.

anxiety noun (WORRY)

B2 [U] an ​uncomfortablefeeling of ​nervousness or ​worry about something that is ​happening or might ​happen in the ​future:Children ​normallyfeel a lot of anxietyabouttheir first ​day at ​school.That ​explains his anxiety over his ​health.

flimsy adjective (THIN)

very ​thin, or ​easilybroken or ​destroyed:You won’t be ​warm enough in that flimsy ​dress.We ​spent the ​night in a flimsy ​woodenhut.a flimsy ​cardboardbox

flimsy adjective (DIFFICULT TO BELIEVE)

A flimsy ​argument, ​excuse, etc. is ​weak and ​difficult to ​believe:When I ​asked him why he was late, he gave me some flimsy excuse about having ​cartrouble.

extent noun [S or U]

UK   US   /ɪkˈstent/

B2 area or ​length; ​amount:From the ​top of the Empire State Building, you can ​see the full extent ofManhattan (= the ​area it ​covers).We don’t ​yetknow the extent of his ​injuries (= how ​bad his ​injuries are).

hound noun [C]

UK   US   /haʊnd/

a ​type of ​dog used for ​hunting

hound verb [T]

UK   US   /haʊnd/

to ​chase someone or to ​refuse to ​leave someone ​alone, ​especiallybecause you ​want to get something from them:The ​reporters wouldn’t ​stop hounding her.


Level 2 Group 2 – class notes – 19th November 2015

phrasal verb

  1. an idiomatic phrase consisting of a verb and another element, typically either an adverb, as in break down, or a preposition, for example see to, or a combination of both, such as look down on.


    1. Phrasal verbs warmer

    2. 19th November is International Toilet Day

    3. phrasal verbs with OUT, TAKE, DOWN, BREAK & UP at the end

    4. Exam practice PRESENTATIONs on the media & newspapers

    5. Exam practice listening

    6. Presentation

    7. Future forms review (homework)

    Phrasal verbs

    1. Some idiot turned off the fridge, and the milk has gone off.
    2. He looked quite convincing dressed as a woman but his moustache gave him away. She looks young but her wrinkles give her true age away. The teacher wanted to know who had cheated in the exam and the pupil’s excellent vocabulary gave away the fact that they had used google to copy their writing.
    3. The game of chess originates from India and goes back about two thousand years. The history of my family goes back all the way to Ireland in the 1820s.
    4. I need a break. All this non-stop work is getting me down. I don’t like all these phrasal verbs, they’re too hard. It’s getting me down all this confusing language.
    5. What exactly are you getting at? Have I done something wrong?
    6. No, darling, it looks terrible, I think you’ll find that purple spiky hair went out decades ago.
    7. I was offered a great job in America, but I had to turn it down because I’m looking after my mother.
    8. I know you’re busy, but can’t you just drop in for a minute and say hello to the guys?
    9. She’s brilliant. We spent weeks on this software problem, getting nowhere. Then she arrived and came up with a solution straightaway.
    10. How can we get round the problem of over-staffing without actually sacking people?
    11. It’s too late to change your mind now. You’ve handed in your resignation.
    12. After my husband passed away I was grief stricken for years – well, weeks anyway.

    Today’s words

    rather adverb

    UK   /ˈrɑː.ðər/  US   /ˈræð.ɚ/

    rather adverb (SMALL AMOUNT)

    B1 quite; to a ​slightdegree:It’s rather ​cold today, isn’t it?That’s rather adifficultbook – here’s an ​easier one for you.The ​train was rather too ​crowded for a ​comfortablejourney.She ​answered the ​phone rather sleepily.I rather ​doubt I’ll be ​able to come to ​yourparty.
    instead of; used ​especially when you ​prefer one thing to another:I ​think I’d like to ​stay at ​home this ​evening rather than go out

    stress noun

    UK   US   /stres/

    stress noun (WORRY)

    B1 [C or U] greatworrycaused by a ​difficultsituation, or something that ​causes this ​condition:People under a lot of stress may ​experienceheadaches, ​minorpains, and ​sleeping difficulties.Yoga is a very ​effectivetechnique for combating stress.the stresses and ​strains of the ​jobstress-​relatedillness

    More examples

    stress noun (PRONUNCIATION)

    B2 [C or U] the way that a word or ​syllable is ​pronounced with ​greaterforce than other words in the same ​sentence or other ​syllables in the same word:The ​meaning of a ​sentence often ​depends on stress and ​intonation.When “​insert” is a ​verb, the stress is on the second ​syllable, but when it is a ​noun, the stress is on the first ​syllable.
    a road bypass – a road that bypasses a town (to keep traffic out of the centre. A heart bypass – a way to send the blood to bypass a problem area in your heart.

Level 2 Group 2 – class notes – 18th November 2015

1 Are you a slave to your mobile?

2 Broadsheet & tabloid newspapers – comparison of Prince Harry story

4 Presentation

3 Compare the styles of broadsheets & tabloids.

4. Exam practice

Words of the day:

spam noun [U] (COMPUTING)

C1 informal disapproving unwantedemail, usually ​advertisements:I get so much spam at ​work.

concise adjective

UK   US   /kənˈsaɪs/

short and ​clear, ​expressing what ​needs to be said without ​unnecessary words:Make ​youranswersclear and concise.

adverb UK   US   /-li/

sensational adjective

UK   US   /senˈseɪ.ʃən.əl/

C2 approving very good, ​exciting, or ​unusual:a sensational ​sportscar/​dressShe ​looks sensational (= ​extremelyattractive) in her new ​dress.C1 disapproving Sensational ​newsreports and ​articles are ​intended to be ​shocking and ​excitingrather than ​serious:Some of the more sensational ​newspapers have given a lot of ​coverage to the ​scandal.

objective adjective

UK   US   /əbˈdʒek.tɪv/

B2 based on ​realfacts and not ​influenced by ​personalbeliefs or ​feelings:an objective and ​impartialreportI can’t really be objective when I’m ​judging my daughter’s ​work.

Opposite: subjective adjective

UK   US   /səbˈdʒek.tɪv/

C1 influenced by or ​based on ​personalbeliefs or ​feelings, ​ratherthan ​based on ​facts:I ​think my ​husband is the most ​handsome man in the ​world, but I ​realize my ​judgment is ​rather subjective.More ​specific and less subjective ​criteria should be used in ​selectingpeople for ​promotion within the ​company.

circumstance noun

UK   /ˈsɜː.kəm.stɑːns/  US   /ˈsɝː.kəm.stæns/

B2 [C usually plural] a ​fact or ​event that makes a ​situation the way it is:I ​think she ​coped very well under the circumstances.Obviously we can’t ​deal with the ​problem until we ​know all the circumstances.She ​died in ​suspicious circumstances.

spam noun [U] (COMPUTING)

C1 informal disapproving unwantedemail, usually ​advertisements:I get so much spam at ​work.

back sth up

phrasal verb with back UK   US   /bæk/ verb

C2 to ​prove something is ​true:His ​claims are ​backed up by ​recentresearch.B2 to make an ​extracopy of ​computerinformation:Make ​sure you back up ​yourfiles.

back (sth) up

phrasal verb with back UK   US   /bæk/ verb

to ​drivebackwards
guinea pigs