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)

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