CAE writing a book review | Tim's Free English Lesson Plans This is a lesson plan to set up students for the review writing task in part 2 of the CAE writing paper. To begin with go through the following conversation questions either as a class or split into small groups. Did you enjoy reading when you were growing up? Which book made the biggest impression on you when you were younger? Where / When did the events of the book take place? Describe the plot. Describe the characters. Why did you enjoy the book so much? Have you reread the book now that you are older? Will people still be reading books in 50 years? How do you think reading culture will change? Ask students for the titles of some of their favourite books, put them on the board and brainstorm the plot, characters etc. Tell students that for home work this week they are going to write a review of a book which had a profound affect on them when they were growing up. Here is a link to my prezi which will talk the students through how to go about it. Like this:
KS2 sentence building Vocabulary Games, English Vocabulary Word Games CAE | Tim's Free English Lesson Plans Image credit: Follow me on twitter @RobbioDobbio This is a lesson based around Pamela Meyer’s TED talk “How to spot a liar” on the subject of dishonesty in society. You will need the annotated transcript, the vocabulary exercises and the discussion questions: Pamela Meyer TED Lesson Plan Pamela Meyer TED transcript Pamela Meyer worksheet 1 Pamela Meyer Vocabulary Homework Note: These classes were designed for a two hour post proficiency conversation class. Warmer – Two truths one lie The old classic activity. I met Leo Messi and Mascherano on the beach.I collect comic books.I used to be a builder before I was a teacher. Give students two minutes to ask you questions to try and catch you in a lie. Now give students five minutes to do the same; write three sentences about themselves, two true, one false and continue the game. Who was the best liar? Vocabulary Matching Give out the vocabulary matching sheet and the transcript. Key: Discussion Questions “We’re all liars” Homework
Word Spy Order of Adjectives in English One of the easiest ways to identify a non-native English speaker is by the incorrect order of adjectives in a sentence. For example: A red big ball – INCORRECTA big red ball – CORRECTA velvet new comfortable dress – INCORRECTA comfortable new velvet dress – CORRECTAn old ceramic lovely coffee mug – INCORRECTA lovely old ceramic coffee mug – CORRECT If you can master the correct adjective order, your English will sound very natural! In general, the correct order of adjectives in English is: Note: Not everyone agrees on this order, and there may be exceptions It’s rare to use more than 3 adjectives. A big (size) red (color) ballA comfortable (opinion) new (age) velvet (material) dressA lovely (opinion) old (age) ceramic (material) coffee (purpose) mug Here are some examples of each type of adjective: Opinion Adjectives General Size Adjectives big / huge / tall / long / enormous / giganticsmall / little / tiny / short / miniscule Shape Adjectives Round / square / triangular / rectangular / flat
Participle Clauses – English Grammar Introduction Participle clauses are shortened dependent clauses that use a present participle or a past participle. We use participle clauses very often in written English. In this way we can include a lot of information in a sentence without making it too long or complicated. Usage We mostly use participle clauses in written language. Participle clauses can be constructed using the present participle, the past participle, and the perfect participle. With the present participle (ing-form) we show that both actions are taking place at the same time.Example:Holding the hair-dryer in her left hand, Susan cut her hair with the scissors in her right hand. Construction There is no subject in a participle clause. (for tips on constructing participles, see the chapter on Participles) Participle Clauses with a Different Subject In certain exceptional cases, the participle clause can have a subject that is not the same as the subject of the main clause. Example:
Time expressions in English There are many words and expressions to refer to time. You can use these to sequence events and to make stories and anecdotes more interesting. The present – permanent Use the present simple tense to refer to permanent situations in the present. I now live in a small town.Nowadays I live in a small town.These days, I don't have much of a social life. The present – temporary Use the present continuous tense to refer to temporary situations in the present. At present / At the moment I'm living in a small town.For the time being I'm living in a small town, but I hope to move soon. Talking about a period of time in the past My mother started work as a nurse in the 1960s.In those days she lived in London.Back then nurses were badly paid.At that time, nurses lived in special accommodation. Talking about a single event in the past At one time she lost her door key and had to stay in a hotel.On one occasion she nursed the son of a famous politician. Sequencing events in the past Get FREE English Updates
If vs. Whether Is it a condition or an alternative? A Condition vs. an Alternative Alternative (n.) – being one or the other Polar condition – yes/no, + / – Also see Indirect Speech: Yes/No Question Clauses Pop-Q "If / Whether" Two Options for Expressing Alternatives Alternative (n.) – being one or the other Polar condition – yes/no, + / – After a Preposition After a Preposition *Yellow highlighted words are examples of incorrect or not preferred usage. Before an Infinitive Before an Infinitive Embedded clause Indirect / Reported Questions See Indirect Speech: Yes / No Question Clauses Formal Context If vs. Sentence Position Sentence Position Whether vs. if Related page Yes-No Question Cls Traditional and Linguistic Description Advanced Traditional and Linguistic Description Functions: Subject: Subject, Predicate: Predicator (V) Complement: elements required by the verb: object, indirect object, predicative complement Adjuncts: (optional modifiers) Adj, Adv Resources Azar, Betty Schrampfer, and Stacy A. Beach Rules
45 ways to avoid using the word 'very' Three Telling Quotes About ‘Very’ Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be. ~Mark Twain‘Very’ is the most useless word in the English language and can always come out. More than useless, it is treacherous because it invariably weakens what it is intended to strengthen. If you enjoyed this, you will love: If you want to learn how to write a book, join our Writers Write course in Johannesburg or sign up for our online course. by Amanda Patterson © Amanda Patterson
Random Idea English: Confusing verbs - consist, include, make up, comprise and constitute etc We can use several verbs to talk about the parts that form or make up something (the whole). Some can be a little confusing, and with one, not everybody agrees on all its uses. Read a bit about them and do a short exercise. (Hat-tip to Peter Harvey at Lavengro, whose post gave me the idea - see links). Talking about the parts of something or how it is formed When we want to talk about the parts of something, or how something is formed, we can use several expressions, the most common being consist of and include: to talk about the whole and then all of its parts, we commonly use consist of:The class consists of students from different parts of Asia. If we use consist of and talk about only some of the parts, we need to add a phrase that mentions the other parts to complete the wholeThe class consists of students from Vietnam, Laos and other Asian countries. Alternatives to consist of There are a few other ways we can talk about the whole consisting of all its parts: Active or passive? 1. 2.
25 Superb Optical Illusions For Kids An optical illusion (also called a visual illusion) is characterized by visually perceived images that differ from objective reality. The information gathered by the eye is processed in the brain to give a perception that does not tally with a physical measurement of the stimulus source. There are three main types: literal optical illusions that create images that are different from the objects that make them, physiological ones that are the effects on the eyes and brain of excessive stimulation of a specific type (brightness, color, size, position, tilt, movement), and cognitive illusions, the result of unconscious inferences. Source Wikipedia. These optical illusions for kids help them in increasing concentration power and sharpen their focus. Advertisement Pink Dots If your eyes follow the movement of the rotating pink dot, the dots will remain only one color, pink. Bird in the bush A Bird in the the bush How many human faces can you find in this picture? The Man in the Coffee Beans Colors
CAE Reading Test part 4. Free Practice for the First Certificate exam This page will let you practise for the Certificate in Advanced English exam (from Cambridge ESOL). This is the format of the 4th part of the reading section. This is a Multiple matching exercise. The questions focus on specific information, detail, opinion and attitude. AHoward Bloom, Author: Even though most people are convinced that peak oil has already passed, to me, peak oil is just a hypothesis. BMichael Lardelli, Lecturer in Genetics at The University of Adelaide Nothing exists on this planet without energy. CJeroen van der Veer, chief executive of Royal Dutch Shell People are understandably worried about a future of growing energy shortages, rising prices and international conflict for supplies. DCraig Severance, blogger What will it take to end our oil addiction?
CAE Reading Part 3: free practice test The Sahara Film Festival After a bumpy 225km drive from a meagre airstrip in Tindouf, south western Algeria, a sprawling single-story town begins to emerge from the desert’s dust. As the sun climbs in the cloudless sky, visitors are rewarded with their first glimpse of Dakhla refugee camp. It isn’t the most obvious setting for a film festival, but for seven years, just before the glitz and glamour of Cannes, the Sahrawi people of Dakhla have hosted actors and film-makers from around the world for this six-day event. Western Sahara, Africa’s last colony, was taken over by Morocco when the Spanish withdrew in 1976, despite a ruling from the International Court of Justice. Dakhla, home to nearly 30,000 of these refugees, is the most remote of these camps, being located 175 km from the nearest city. The aim of the festival is to raise international awareness on the plight of the refugees. The program of films for this year included over forty films from around the world.