Saturday, 27 February 2021

Book 2 2021 In an instant

Her fingers tremble as she reaches out, and that is when I feel it: the last golden thread dissolving as his hand wraps around hers and he helps her to her feet. (Suzanne Redfearn) 

Sorry, C, for changing books at the last minute, but I could not put this one down. In an instant by Suzanne Redfearn is a riveting, thought-provoking page-turner. If you're only going to read one book in English this year, make it this one. Here is the worksheet.

Thursday, 25 February 2021

NI B2 2 Topic 8 Reporting & Viewing

Reporting provides reminders that things are always more complicated than you think. (John Jeremiah Sullivan)

Reading

Work as a TV news producer

Listening

The news

Vocabulary

Newspaper language                

Speaking

Keeping informed 

Wednesday, 24 February 2021

NI B2 1 Topic 8 Law & Order

The first duty of a government is to maintain law and order so that the life, property, and religious beliefs of its subjects are fully protected by the State. (Muhammad Ali Jinnah)

 Reading

 Three famous crimes

 Listening

 Batman brings justice

 Vocabulary

 Crime and punishment

 Speaking

 Forms of punishment 

Tuesday, 23 February 2021

NI B1 Topic 8 Welcome to my Life

Life is what we make it, it always has been, always will be. (Grandma Moses)

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 Reading

 Changing lives

 Listening

 Difficult situations

 Grammar

 Conditional sentences

 Speaking

 Daily life

Monday, 22 February 2021

NB2 Topic 8 Food

If you want to eat well in England, eat three breakfasts. (W. Somerset Maughn)

 Reading

 A restaurant menu

 Listening

 Eating out 

 Vocabulary

 Food and drink

 Speaking

 Food and eating

Wednesday, 10 February 2021

The awesome in me bows to the awesome in you. (Adriene Mishler)

At the beginning of lockdown my son introduced me to Adriene Mishler - not literally of course! I have since become a dedicated fan and rarely does a day go by without a bit of yoga. Here you can read and listen simultaneously to an interview with her. It's great practice for your English and the content is well worth it too.   

Friday, 5 February 2021

NI B2 2 Topic 7 Living & Dying

You're only here for a short visit. Don't hurry, don't worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way. (Walter Hagen) 


Thursday, 4 February 2021

NI B2 1 Topic 7 Self & Society

Society does not consist of individuals but expresses the sum of interrelations, the relations within which these individuals stand. (Karl Marx)

Reading

A paranormal experience

Listening

Coincidences Audio Answers

Vocabulary

Describing people

Grammar

As and like                                   

Wednesday, 3 February 2021

NI B1 Topic 7 Social Relations

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. (Maya Angelou)

 Reading

Social media influencers 

 Listening

Important people 

 Vocabulary

Relationships 

 Speaking

Family ties 

Tuesday, 2 February 2021

NB2 Topic 7 Social Bonds

Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same. 8emily brontë) Topic 7: Social bonds

Reading        

Just married

Listening       

2 Americans living in London 

Writing

Pets

Speaking

Relationships 

Saturday, 23 January 2021

Book 1 2021 Eudora Honeysett is quite well, thank you.

The NHS now had her in their well-meaning grasp, but Eudora had Elsie's wisdom and bloody-minded determination on her side. She couldn't imagine a more potent force. (Annie Lyons) 
We are back on track for a great year of reading in English. So let's get the show on the road with Eurodora Honeysett is quite well, thank you by Annie Lyons. You have exactly one month to read it. I hope you enjoy my recommendation. Here is the worksheet.

Friday, 15 January 2021

Thursday, 14 January 2021

NI B2 1 Topic 6 House & Home

Housing is absolutle essential to human flourishing. Without stable shelter, it all falls apart. (Matthew Desmond)

 Reading

 Living without energy 

 Listening

 Accommodation 

 Writing

 Housing shortages 

 Speaking

 Homelessness 

Wednesday, 13 January 2021

NI B1 Topic 6 Home

You can spend the money on new housing for poor people and the homeless, or you can spend it on a football stadium or a golf course. (Jello Biafra) 

 Reading

 Tree house 

 Listening

 Accommodation 

 Grammar

 too and enough 

 Speaking

 Housing 

Tuesday, 12 January 2021

NB2 Topic 6 A Life

Every man dies. Not every man really lives. (William wallace)

Tuesday, 15 December 2020

NI B2 2 Topic 5 Free Time & Christmas

What I like about Christmas is that you can make people forget the past with the present. (Don Marquis) 

Monday, 14 December 2020

NI B2 1 Topic 5 Free Time & Christmas

Probably the reason we all go so haywire at Christmas time with the endless unrestrained and often silly buying of gifts is that we don't quite know how to put our love into words. (Harlan Miller)

 Reading

 Christmas in Spain

 Listening

 English pantomime

 Grammar    

 Verbs with two objects 

 Speaking

 Climate & weather

Sunday, 13 December 2020

NI B1 Topic 5 Free Time

A lovely thing about Christmas is that it's compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together. (Garrison Keillor) 

 Reading

 Christmas in the UK

 Listening

 Christmas shopping

 Vocabulary

 Christmas activities

 Speaking

 Monologue: Christmas

Saturday, 12 December 2020

NB2 Topic 5 Christmas

If I have to climb to heaven on a ladder, I shall decline the invitation. (Mercedes McCambridge) 

 Reading    

 What's on?

 Listening

 Making plans

 Grammar

 Going to

 Speaking

 Making suggestions