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) 

Thursday, 22 April 2021

NB2 Topic 11 Shopping

Anyone who believes the competitive spirit in America is dead has never been in a supermarket when the cashier opens another checkout line. (Ann Landers)

 Reading

 New shopping mall

 Listening

 Shopping 

 Grammar

 Comprative & superlative

 Speaking

 Shopping (monologue)

Tuesday, 6 April 2021

Book 3 2021 I wish you happy

My parents never come to visit. I fly home every year for Christmas, but in the nine years I've lived here they've never once talked about coming to see me. (Kerry Anne King)

I recommend I Wish you Happy by Kerry Anne King for our next book in April. I hope you enjoy it. Here is the worksheet.

Monday, 5 April 2021

NI B2 2 Topic 10 Offending and Defending

Court room trial: manipulation of the facts by two high-priced salesmen, each attempting to sell his own version of the truth. (Unknown)

 Reading

3 English robberies 

 Vocabulary

Crime and the law 

 Writing

Preventing crime 

 Speaking

Dialogue: community watch 

Sunday, 4 April 2021

NI B2 1 Topic 10 News & Views

Citizens in a democracy need diverse sources of news and information. (Bernie Sanders) 

 Reading

 A Mystery

 Listening

 Mary Celeste

 Grammar

 Modals Deduction Past

 Speaking

 Keeping Informed 

Saturday, 3 April 2021

NI B1 Topic 10 The News

Bad news isn't wine. It doesn't improve with age. (Colin Powell)

 Reading    

 How to spot fake news

 Listening

 5 ways to spot fake news

 Grammar

 Passive voice in headlines 

 Speaking

 News and media 

Friday, 2 April 2021

NB2 Topic 10 Places

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. (Albert Einstein)

 Reading

Incredible journeys to school  

 Listening

My journey to work  

 Vocabulary

Giving directions 

 Grammar

Prepositions of movement  

Thursday, 25 March 2021

Monday, 15 March 2021

NI B2 2 Topic 9 Free Time & Easter

I love football and I believe in fair play, both on and off the pitch. (Ander Herrera)

 Reading

 Sport

 Listening

 Easter Island

 Writing    

 An informal email

 Speaking

 Dialogue: sports 

Sunday, 14 March 2021

NI B2 1 Topic 9 Free Time & Easter

I think the thing about Easter holidays in particular is you don't know what the weather is going to be like. (Kate Garaway)

Saturday, 13 March 2021

NI B1 Topic 9 Free Time II

The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. (Bertrand Russell)

 Reading

Make the most of free time 

 Listening

Holiday plans

 Writing

Holiday advice email

 Speaking

Free time 

Friday, 12 March 2021

NB2 Topic 9 Easter

People respond when you tell them there is a great future in front of you, you can leave your past behind. (Joel Osteen)

 Reading

 Martin's Vacation 

 Listening

 Holiday activities 

 Grammar

 The future 

 Speaking

 Easter 

Wednesday, 10 March 2021

When we cannot control the outer world, it is wise to tend to your inner world. (Adriene Mishler)


Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure. (Oprah Winfrey)