Friday, December 3, 2010

How to Mingle at Parties

Watch the video and prepare for discussion:

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Used to

"Used to" refers to something that you regularly did in the past but don't do anymore.
  • I used to be very messy, but now I'm very neat.
  • Did you use to collect thing?
Yes, I used to collect comic books.
No, I didn't use to collect anything, but now I collect art.
  • What sports did you use to play?
I never used to play sports, but now I play tennis.

Which of these is true for you?

  • When I was a kid, I used to be very messy, but now I'm very neat.
  • I used to have a lot of hobbies, but now I don't have any free time.
  • I didn't use to collect anything, but now I do.
  • I used to be really into fashion, but these days I'm not interested anymore.
  • I never used to play sports, but now I like to keep fit.
  • I never used to worry about money, but now I do.
  • I didn't use to follow politics, but now I read the newspaper every day.
  • When I was younger, I used to care a lot about my appearance. Now, I'm too busy to care how I look.

Think of five more things you used to do before but don't do anymore.

  1. ..........................
  2. ..........................
  3. ..........................
  4. ..........................
  5. ..........................

Modals - Error Correction

In each sentence there is one word which shouldn't be there. Find the odd word.

  1. You shouldn't to have told him that.
  2. Would you have mind helping me with this?
  3. We were been ale to book a hotel room through a travel agency.
  4. Can you please to pass the salt?
  5. He might have had left his waller at home.
  6. You are not allowed it to enter that part of the building.
  7. Sonia should be know about his refusal to co-operate.
  8. They needn't to have spent so much money on redecorating their house.
  9. He may be is waiting for the bus.
  10. Mr Beaumont is to will arrive at 9.00 am tomorrow.
  11. Ellen is likely that to return sooner than expected.
  12. How about we calling him to find out if he has been invited too?
  13. That can't to have been Richard Gere!
  14. You should to go now.
  15. Might does he still be waiting for us?
  16. She will has to make an appointment to see the doctor.
  17. He has had got to borrow money twice already this month.
  18. You mustn't to let anyone know about our agreement.
  19. She may have had given you the wrong address.
  20. Would you mind if my asking you a personal question?

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Relationships and Friends

Qualities people look for in a partner

What do you think are the most important qualities a partner should have?
What are those that you find repulsive enough to make you leave someone?

That's What Friends Are For

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

TV Toy Ads To Go

Take a look at the advertisement below and: a) prepare for discussion, b) write a letter or an essay on the topic following the instructions at the bottom.

News AnnouncementA new law passed yesterday will mean that no commercials for children toys can be shown before 9 pm. The decision has brough an angry response from toy manufacturers who claim that it coul cost the industry millions of dollars in lost sales. Defending the government's decisions, spokesman Gerald Ward said, "Advertisers use increasingly clever ways to target TV viewers. In the case of children, we have a duty to act so that advertisers do not take advantage. This way, parents can have more say in the toys their children play with." Opponents of the new law say that the government has no right to interfere and claim the law is undemocratic.

A. Write a letter to the editor of the nespaper expressing your views. State whether you agree or disagre with the new law. Give reasons.

B. Write an essay: Adverising is often said to be dishonest and harmful. It causes people to buy products they do not need or cannot afford. What is your opinion? Should the government have the right to control advertising? Explain.

Things to consider when writing:

  • the purpose of your letter/ essay and who it is to
  • register (formal/ informal)
  • appropriate language (opening for the letter, useful expressions to begin the letter, list points in the main body, start your conclusion)
  • take a stance (agree/ disagree)
  • points to include to support your opinion
  • come up with a suitable plan

Reading Comprehension Quiz 1

The Benefits of Healthy Eating

We all know the benefits of healthy eating, but there is more to it than most people realize. Although it has been shown that children who eat a regular, healthy breakfast perform better at school, and that families who eat supper together tend to be more stable, children often object to being told when or what to eat. Similarly, they will often say they are hungry between meals when they are tired, unhappy or just bored.
Providing a healthy, balanced diet takes great management skills. For the frustrated parent help is at hand. Experts have come up with suggestions which promote better eating habits as well as family harmony. They advise parents to involve their children more in planning and preparing meals. This way the child feels less of an obligation to eat and is more likely to take an interest in good nutrition. The atmosphere at the dinner table is also of prime importance. The television should be turned off to encourage conversation, which should focus on discussion rather than criticism. Between meals, children should be encouraged to identify exactly how they feel. Chances are that if they not interested in fruit or vegetables, they are not really hungry at all.

  1. According to the passage, healthy eating ...

  2. is more complex than people realize
    is more important than anything else
    is fully understood by everyone
    affects the majority of people

  3. The writer suggests that a child who gets good grades at school, probably ...

  4. had a good breakfast that morning.
    eats well every morning.
    eats with his or her family.
    eats breakfast at school

  5. The author believes that stability in a famly is helped by ...

  6. parents being strict with their children
    fixed meal times
    making supper the main meal
    communal eating

  7. In Paragraph One, the author suggests that children don't like ...

  8. being hungry between meals.
    eating healthily and often
    having their parents dictate meal times
    boring food

  9. What does the passage say parents need?

  10. Organizational ability.
    Expert management.
    To encourage children to eat.
    To be sure of the food children eat.

  11. the passage suggests that children ...

  12. only eat when they want to.
    are always hungry between meals.
    will become good managers if they eat well.
    may eat when they are not hungry

  13. The suggestion in Paragraph Two are designed to encourage better ...

  14. relationships and healthier eating.
    planning and preparation.
    food and conversation.
    development in children

  15. The writer probably believes that some parents ...

  16. are frustrated with their diet.
    also have eating problems.
    would be happy to hear suggestions.
    don't help their children enough

  17. Which of the following does the author not recommend?

  18. Forcing their children to eat.
    Switching off the TV at meal times.
    Talking over dinner.
    Offering their children fruit and vegetables.

  19. In Paragraph Two, what does the word "prime" mean?

  20. Little.

Vocabulary Quiz 2

  1. Mike said she was ... into making the statement.

  2. compressed

  3. Some nightclubs examine the ... of your purse before they allow you to go in.

  4. balance

  5. I had a(n) ... discussion with him about our problems yesterday.

  6. frank

  7. Mary has been ... for her missing brother for years now.

  8. exchanging

  9. Sam ... goes to the theater.

  10. fluently

  11. Do you ... my purse anywhere? I've lost it.

  12. see

  13. Take no ... of Paul. He's just in a bad mood.

  14. attention

  15. I'd hate to live out here. It's just too ... for my liking.

  16. isolated

  17. Sonia was deeply ... by the loss of her dog.

  18. infected

  19. Don't touch that vase - it's ... .

  20. worthy

Friday, November 19, 2010

Vocabulary Quiz 1

Fill in the blanks with the correct word:
  1. The lion was ... again after escaping from the zoo

    ordered to

  2. Just a small ... of spaghetti for me, please.


  3. The swimmer took a ... breath and dove into the pool.


  4. Can you ... the potatoes, while I make the sauce?


  5. I can't cut the meat. This knife is...


  6. The robber ... gun at the bank teller and demanded money.


  7. He always seems ... about my health.


  8. That cake looks ... delicious.


  9. The lawyer gave him some very ... advice.


  10. The view from my building is ... by a tall building.


Conversational Grammar 2

Fill in the blanks with the correct word:

  1. I want all of you ... in your essays by Friday.

  2. handing
    to hand
    have handed
    had handed

  3. “I liked the movie ... that I saw it twice

  4. very
    too much
    very much
    so much

  5. “Mark won first prize in the competition.”--“... to congratulate him?”

  6. have
    to have
    to be having

  7. “Why are you back so soon?”--“Nobody ... at the playground, so I left.”

  8. Don't call us
    Should we call
    Having called
    We will call

  9. ... the people here work part time.

  10. Most
    Most of
    Lot of

  11. I am taller than Bob, ... ?

  12. aren't
    I am not
    am I
    don't I

  13. I missed the party because I didn't know ... .

  14. that it was
    where it was
    it was
    when it was

  15. "Have you been to Spain?" -- "Yes, I ... there two years ago."

  16. had gone
    have gone
    was going

  17. I can't tell you where ... .

  18. it's hidden
    is it hidden
    is hiding

  19. She's not very nice. ... , she's quite rude.

  20. However
    Even though
    In fact

Conversational Grammar Quiz 1

Fill in the blanks with the correct word:

  1. “Can I have a birthday party?”-- “You ... ask your father.”
  2. need
    have toought
    must to

  3. “Are you going to paint your room by yourself?”--“No, I'll ... my brother to help me.”
  4. make

  5. “We've been driving since this morning.”--“We'll stop ... something to eat in the next town.”
  6. have
    to have
    to be having

  7. “Why are you back so soon?”--“Nobody ... at the playground, so I left.”
  8. wasn't

  9. “Which boy is your son?”--“He's the one ... the guitar.”
  10. who play
    he's playing
    is playing

  11. I really hate ... when people interrupt me.
  12. it

  13. I wish I ... told Kim about it. Now she's upset.
  14. wouldn't

  15. What did you say ... for her birthday?
  16. wants Kelly
    does Kelly want
    did Kelly want
    Kelly wants

  17. “Do you like Chinese food?”--“Yes, but I prefer Japanese ... Chinese.”
  18. than

  19. ... the firefighters arrived, the building was already in flames.
  20. By when
    Until the time
    As soon as
    By the time