What would YOU do?

1) Read the article cut out from a British magazine. Which results do you think would be different in Spain?

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Now answer the questionnaire and discuss your answers in the group.

2) Make questions and answer them in the group.

If/ can/ live/ anywhere in the world/ where/ live?

What/ do/ if/ have some free time this evening?

If/ can/ become/ a famous person for a day/ who/ be?

If/ go shopping/ this week/ what/ buy?

Where/ go/ if / have a holiday next year? Who/ go/ with?

How/ your life/ be different/ if you/ be a millionaire? What/ be/ the best and worst things about it?

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3) Read the situations and decide whether/when you would do these things?

Under what circumstances, if any, would you lie to someone close to you?

Under what circumstances, if any, would you walk out of your job?

Under what circumstances, if any, would you give a lift in your car to a complete stranger?

Under what circumstances, if any, would you walk out of a restaurant without paying the bill?

Under what circumstances, if any, would you lend a large sum of money to a friend?

Under what circumstances, if any, would you hit someone?

Under what circumstances, if any, would you steal something from a shop?

Under what circumstances, if any, would you go to live in another country?

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How machines work

Do you consider yourself techie or technophobe?

1) Match the words:

Switch on/off

the button

Plug in

your mobile phone

Press

the vacuum cleaner

Restart

your computer

Turn up/down

your messages

Replay

the volume

Shut down

your laptop

Pause

the batteries

Recharge

the CD

2) Describe to your groupmates how the following machines work. Can they guess your word?

Photocopy machine, vacuum cleaner, Nintendo Wii, DVD player, air conditioner, hair dryer

3) You are going to the desert for a week. Decide which five items you’ll pack from the following list. Try to convince your groupmates about your decision and give good arguments. You must all agree on the final list.

Compass, fan, torch, laptop, camera, mini fridge, water cooler, ice cream machine, mp3/ipod, alarm clock, walky talkie, GPS, car charger

4) Match the sentences and try to guess the situations in which they could be used:

1. I’d like to buy a Toshiba 50 cm screen TV.

2. Do I have to pay for delivery?

3. How would you like to pay, sir?

4. Could you give me your postcode, please?

5. Keep your receipt sir, because it’s your guarantee.

6. Do you want to make an enquiry or place an order?

7. Anything else?

8. How much will it be altogether?

9. Can I send them back if they don’t fit?

a. Place an order, please.

b. 28029

c. I’ll just check that we have one on stock.

d. The total cost of your order, including post and packing, is €42,56. And it should be with you in three to five working days.

e. Ok, and how long is it guaranteed for?

f. By Mastercard if that’s ok.

g. Yes, that’s fine.

h. Yes. I’m afraid it’s an extra €20.

Common mistakes

used for women after take a shower- used by women after taking a shower

it’s an object who- it’s an object which

in your list- on your list

is important have- it’s important to have

come at home one person?- Did someone come home?

I thought in- I thought of

I like to listen something- I like listening to something

compass is more naturally- a compass is more natural

April’s Fool Day

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Vocabulary:

practical jokes (prank), trick, joker, hoax, tease, pulling someone’s leg

1) Read the text about this holiday in the UK and discuss the questions with your partner.

Do you have anything similar in Spain?

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2) Top ten April’s Fool trick. Read about five tricks and then explain them with your own words to your partner. Which one do you consider the funniest? Which one do you think is not funny at all?

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3) Make up your own trick!

Common mistakes

in the 31st of March- on the 31st of March

you prefer that it don’t rain- you prefer that it doesn’t rain

an advert who- an advert which

it had 165 cm- it was 165 cm

February revision

1) Future Perfect and Future Continuous

future perfect and continuous

2) Using modal verbs express how probable you think these things are in the future

Most cars will be electric

Almost all the rainforests will disappear

We will recycle all our bags, cans and paper

Nuclear energy will end

The climate will get worse.

3) Taboo. Try to explain these expressions without using any of the words that appear in them

set aside, rule out, shelf dreams, cobbled street, go sightseeing, skyscraper, go dutch, break up

Common mistakes

if they are telling the true- if they are telling the truth

it’s better that ten years ago- it’s better than ten years ago

a vocal- a vowel

it don’t work- it doesn’t work

this is a play- this is a game

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In the city

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1) Study the descriptions of the cities below. Try to guess the city.

This vibrant city lies on the west coast of the United States. It is the second most populous city in the United States with a population of nearly 4 million people. The city is famous for its movie studios and is the home of many film stars. While the downtown area is generally regarded as safe, the rundown ghetto areas of the east and south of the city are considered to be dangerous, high-crime areas.

This city is situated in South-East Asia. With a population of 7 million people, it is one of the most

densely populated areas in the world and has more high-rise buildings than any other city. It is also

one of the world’s leading financial centres. The city is renowned for its spectacular waterfront views and for famous actors such as Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan.

This capital city has the largest community of billionaires in the world. However, there is also very

high inequality and many impoverished areas in the outskirts of the city. The centre of the city features beautiful parks and historical landmarks. This contrasts sharply with drab suburban areas, which still feature Soviet-era tower blocks. It also has one of the most overcrowded and stressful metro systems in the world.

This European capital city is one of the oldest cities in the world with a history of around 3400 years. It is widely regarded as the birthplace of democracy. The heritage of the past is still evident in the city’s ancient monuments, temples and works of art. The city is home to two UNESCO World Heritage sites and it hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. Today, it is a cosmopolitan metropolis and an economic, financial, industrial, political and cultural centre.

This European city is considered to be one of the most picturesque cities in the world. It is home to an abundance of historic sites, buildings, museums. The city is built on over 100 small islands and has more than 150 canals and 400 bridges. Not surprisingly, it is also known as the ‘Floating City’.

Have you visited any of these cities? Which of them would you prefer to visit?

2) Do these words remind you of famous cities? Which ones?

High-rise buildings, double-decker bus, cobbled streets, heavy traffic, neon lights, pedestrian zone, commercial district, impoverished neighbourhood, deserted areas, rundown district, picturesque views, overcrowded city centre, vibrant area, touristy

3) Americans have different terms for some of the features of their cities. Can you match the American terms to their definitions or equivalent British/Australian English terms?

Am vs BR

Which type of city housing do you prefer?

Where do you go shopping when you are in the city? Which places do you avoid?

Which part of a city do you prefer to live in?

4) Now imagine you are a real-estate agent offering flats and houses for expats. Choose a city and try to describe it as attractively as possible. Use some of the following expressions along with the new words learnt in class:

The city lies on … / is situated in/on …

The city is considered to be … / is regarded as …

The city has a population of about …

The city is renowned for …

The city is home to a number of …/several …/plenty of …/a few …/an abundance of …

The centre of the city features …

Common mistakes

it was good considerated- it was well considered

without nothing- without anything

Madrid in Christmas- Madrid at Christmas

spend money in warmth- spend money on heating

a place where you can save your bike- a place where you can keep yor bike

see sightseeings- go sightseeing

in the weekends- at weekends

The language of love

1) Play the game and answer the questions
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2) Match the idioms and expressions with their definitions

love expressions

Common mistakes

both persons- both people

any of my friends are married- none of my friends are married

if I’m rich, I don’t mind- If I were rich, I wouldn’t mind

I wouldn’t be get married- I wouldn’t get married

Valentines

 

Environmental problems

1) Can you explain the following terms?

smog, pollution, ozone layer, deforestation, global warming, recycling, alternative energy, greenhouse effect

2) Read your card and share the information with the group.

environmental texts

3) Discussion

1. Does Spain suffer from any of these environmental problems?

2. What do you think people and the government should do about them? Do you personally do something for the environment?

3. How succesful are environmental organisations at protecting nature and wildlife?

4. Why don’t we use more alternative energy these days?

5. Do you have any ideas for saving water?

4) How sure are scientists about these statements?

There’s no doubt at all that the earth is getting warmer.

It’s fairly certain that Earth will have heated up by 4 degrees.

There will be many other effects.

The USA and Russia could suffer from drought.

Add these expressions to the line. Some have the same meaning.

Maybe, will definitely, definitely won’t, might, I’m not sure if, probably won’t, will probably, perhaps, it’s possible that, I doubt that, won’t, I’m certain that.

5) Read the sentences and depending on how certain you are about them use different expressions to modify them. Don’t forget to explain your opinion:

1) Most cars will be electric.

6) People will continue to sunbathe.

2) Nuclear Energy will end.

7) The climate will get worse.

3) Alternative energy will be more important than oil.

8) The next generation will care more about the environment than the present.

4) We will recycle all our bags, cans and paper.

9) In elections “Green Issues” will become more important than any other.

5) Almost all the rainforests will disappear.

10) People will destroy the Earth.

Common mistakes

it’s used a lot for politicians- it’s used a lot by politicians

many pollution- much pollution

for doing paper- for making paper

I don’t sure- I’m not sure

the temperature in the Earth-the temperature on the Earth

the layer who protects- the layer which protects

problems in the skin- problems on the skin

another places- other places

electricity make by the wind- electricity made by the wind

with the strong of water- with the strength of water