Friday, 17 September 2021

7 NA C1 2 Topic 1 Language & Communication

If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough. (Albert Einstein)


Thursday, 16 September 2021

Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Monday, 13 September 2021

Sunday, 12 September 2021

2 NB 2 Topic 1 Back to Routine

The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine. (Mike Murdock)


Grammar

Questions  

Language Function

Describing people & places 

Listening

A musician's day + audio 

Reading

A special day 

Speaking

A restless night 

Vocabulary

Travel 

Writing

Letter to a friend 

Tuesday, 7 September 2021

English 2021/2022

Back to routine ....

.... although this blog will be undergoing a few changes. Keep your eyes peeled.

Tuesday, 29 June 2021

Book 6 2021 Shooting Butterflies

For as long as Grace could remember, her parents had been having "words". Those words were either very quiet, seeping out from between clenched teeth, or very loud, jetting out of gaping mouths. But Grace didn't worry because her parents loved each other very much. That's what they said, every time after they had words.


Here is my sixth recommendation for the year, our first summer read. Shooting Butterflies by Marika Cobbold is a book about the dynamics of family relationships and how we stand up to what life throws at us. Here is the worksheet

Friday, 28 May 2021

Book 5 2021 Friends, Lovers, Chocolate

"The difficulty is that this person, this woman I've met, is not somebody I thought I would fall for. I hadn't planned it. I really hadn't."

"Which is exactly what Cupid's arrows are all about," said Isabel gently. "Very inaccurate. They fly about all over the place."

My next recommendation is Friends, Lovers, Chocolate by Alexander McCall Smith. Here is the worksheet.

Saturday, 15 May 2021

NI B2 2 Topic 12 Free Time & the Summer

Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language. (Henry James)

 Reading    

Holidays 

 Listening

Mountain-climbing weekend 

 Vocabulary

Holidays 

 Speaking

A school trip 

Friday, 14 May 2021

NI B2 1 Topic 12 Free Time & the Summer

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time. (John Lubbock)

 Reading

World walker 

 Listening

Surviving a plane crash 

 Speech act

Complaining 

 Speaking

Holidays

Thursday, 13 May 2021

NI B1 Topic 12 Free Time & The Summer

All in all, it was a never-to-be-forgotten summer — one of those summers which come seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going — one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends and delightful doing, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world. (L.M. Montgomery)

ReadingAdventure travel 

Listening

Problems at the train station 

Vocabulary 

Transport and travel 

Speaking

Holidays (Dialogue) 

Wednesday, 12 May 2021

NB 2 Topic 12 Home or Away

No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow. (Lin Yutang)

 Reading

Accommodation 

 Listening 

Holiday accommodation 

 Grammar

Present perfect 

 Speaking

Travelling 

Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Book 4 2021 The Good Liar

Roy ventures out for a stroll, to get out of the house. Betty has commenced her fussy cleaning routine. The racket of the vacuum cleaner and the disruption of his having to move his feet while trying to sit in peace with the newspaper are usually enough to stir him.


Revenge is definitely a dish best served cold. I recommend The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle for this month's reading. Good luck with the hidden identities when identifying the characters. Here is the worksheet

Sunday, 25 April 2021

NI B2 2 Topic 11 Spending & Ruling

The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most people drudge along, paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return. (Gore Vidal)

 Reading 

Politics 

 Listening

Politics 

 Vocabulary

Numbers 

 Speaking

Fair trade 

Saturday, 24 April 2021

NI B2 1 Topic 11 Money & Politics

Show me a man that gets rich by being a politician, and I'll show you a crook. (Harry Truman)

 Reading

Politics UK 

 Listening

Activist Wangari Maathal 

 Vocabulary

Numbers 

 Speaking

Being a good communicator 

Friday, 23 April 2021

NI B1 Topic 11 Money & Shopping

All I ask is the chance to prove that money can't make me happy. (Spike Milligan)

 Reading

Shopping 

 Listening

Shopping cenre visit 

 Grammar

have something done 

 Speaking

Money (monologue)