Friday, 10 June 2022

Book 5 2022 A Room with a View

This she might not attempt. It was unladylike. Why? Why were most big things unladylike? Charlotte had once explained to her why. It was not that ladies were inferior to men; it was that they were different. Their mission was to inspire others to achievement rather than to achieve themselves. Indirectly, by means of tact and a spotless name, a lady could accomplish much. But if she rushed into the fray herself she would be first censured, then despised, and finally ignored. Poems had been written to illustrate this point.

Good luck with our fifth book of the year, A Room with a View by E.M. Forster, a classic. It reflects the author's witty and keen insight into social class, values and morality. Here is the worksheet.

Tuesday, 17 May 2022

7 NA C1 2 Topic 12 Free Time & the Summer

Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability. (Sam Keen)

Grammar

     Television     

Language Function

      Evaluating      

Listening

      Reality shows + audio

Reading 

      Reality TV        

Speaking

          Planning a trip           

Vocabulary

      Travelling      

Writing

           TV shows           

 

Monday, 16 May 2022

6 NA C1 1 Topic 12 Free Time & the Summer

Aaah, summer - that long anticipated stretch of lazy, lingering days, free of responsibility and rife with possibility. It's a time to hunt for insects, master handstands, practise swimming strokes, conquer trees, explore nooks and crannies, and make new friends. (Darell Hammond)

Grammar

       Reporting verbs         

Language Function

  Explaining  

Listening

       Holidays audio

Reading 

       A letter of protest          

Speaking

       Silent retreat        

Vocabulary

      Television        

Writing

       Leisure time          

Sunday, 15 May 2022

5 NI B2 2 Topic 12 Free Time & the Summer

The summer night is like a perfection of thought . (Wallace Stevens). 

Grammar

      The Longest Day        

Language Function

   Relating Past Events    

Listening

       Singapore + audio

Reading  

      Summer 2021          

Speaking

      On the move          

Vocabulary 

    Driving       

Writing

     A complaint    

Saturday, 14 May 2022

4 NI B2 1 Topic 12 Free Time & the Summer

Summer break: the time when parents realise teachers are grossly underpaid. (Unknown)

Grammar 

        Sentence transfer        

Language Function

       Making arrangements  

Listening

     Flying + audio  

Reading

      Fun in Spain        

Speaking

      Travelling   

Vocabulary

      Holidays    

Writing 

      A letter    

Friday, 13 May 2022

3 NI B1 Topic 12 Free Time & the Summer

Do what we can, summer will have its flies. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Grammar

  Say & tell   

Language Function

      Reporting       

Listening

      Bad service + audio 

Reading

      Travelling by train      

Speaking  

      Travelling        

Vocabulary

      Travelling by plane        

Writing

       An interesting trip          

Thursday, 12 May 2022

2 NB 2 Topic 12 Home or Away

I love holidays. It's such a wonderful time for the whole family to be together and not have to worry about schedules and that kind of thing.  (Toni Collette)

Grammar

   For & since       

Language Function

      Describing actions     

Listening

       Travel complaint + audio 

Reading

     A trip to England  

Speaking

    Summer holiday     

Vocabulary    

     In the kitchen   

Writing

    Staycation  

Wednesday, 4 May 2022

Book 4 2022 Mrs March

"I want to know where I stand with Johanna."
"Where you stand ..? She's a fictional character!"
"Then why does it feel like she exists and I don't?"

My next recommendation is Mrs March by Virginia Feito. Curiously enough, the author was born and now resides in Madrid, but writes in English; and although the book has been translated into Spanish, you should, of course, read it in its original version! Here is the worksheet

Wednesday, 27 April 2022

7 NA C1 2 Topic 11 Buying & Selling

Well, capitalism is a big problem, because with capitalism you're just going to keep buying and selling things until there's nothing else to buy and sell, which means gobbling up the planet. (Alice Walker)

Grammar

    Reporting verbs    

Language Function

     Expressing emphasis     

Listening

     Shopping centres + audio

Reading 

      Over-consumption        

Speaking

         Advertising          

Vocabulary

     Advertising     

Writing

          Advertising