21 December 2016

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

It's a time of celebration, but Christmas day with the family can be nerve-wracking and depressing. We offer some tips on how to cope.

Visiting the extended family for the holidays? Here’s how to keep your sanity in the face of all that good cheer.

How to avoid family arguments at Christmas. Watch this video:

How to behave at the office Christmas party:
And finally an article from THE GUARDIAN

BOXING DAY

In most countries, Christmas begins and ends on 25th December. But in England and other Commonwealth nations, the good times roll on into the next day, known as Boxing Day. Writer Cat Allen shares some traditions and memories from her childhoodCLICK HERE TO READ AND LISTEN TO THIS ARTICLE.

20 December 2016

WRITING A STORY

Write a story (200 words approx.) following the guidelines on page 35 of your student's book,. Choose one of the following titles. Write your story in the comments section below.

  • The luckiest day of my life
  • A day when everything went wrong
  • The most frightening day of my life
  • A day I'll never forget

19 December 2016

HEROES (THAT'S ENGLISH! MOD 11, UNIT 8)

Which of these people is the most heroic? Say why.
1 A climber who reaches the top of Mt Everest without oxygen.
2 A nurse who has never had a day off sick in 25 years.
3 A businessperson who has created thousands of jobs.

Can you think of a self-made man or woman you feel admiration for?
Who would you say are some of your heroes or heroines? Why do you admire them?
What is the difference between a celebrity and an icon?
Which modern icons do you admire?
Can you think of an unsung hero you know? What are they like?
Can you think of a hero you used to admire but who had feet of clay?
What fallen idols can you think of? What happened to them?
What folk heroes are there in your country? 
Who are some of your country’s national heroines? 
Do you think their heroic status is justified?

Have you ever had a moment of glory?

What characteristics do you think a modern-day hero should have? Choose from the list below or add your own ideas.
have a sense of humour
avoid conflict 
be open to bribery
be compassionate 
give up easily 
be resilient
be courageous 
be truthful 
show humility

Jessica Watson, a 16-year-old Australian teen, crossed the finish line of a round-the-world journey in her pink yacht after seven months at sea. She has become the youngest sailor to circle the globe solo, nonstop and unassisted. Thousands of spectators erupted into cheers as Jessica sailed into Sydney Harbour, the finale to an epic adventure in which she battled 12-metre waves, homesickness and critics who said she'd never make it home alive. "She said she'd sail around the world, and she has," a tearful Julie Watson said as she watched her grinning daughter cruise past the finish line from a nearby boat. "She's home." Jessica waved as she sailed past the finish line at the entrance to Sydney Harbour in Sydney, Australia. She gasped, laughed and waved her arms frantically as she caught sight of her parents when they pulled alongside her 10-metre yacht, Ella's Pink Lady. The teen was set to touch land for the first time in 210 days by docking at the city's iconic Opera House, where she was to be greeted by throngs of fans, the Prime Minister and her family.
Thanks to mythatsenglish.blogspot.com 

12 December 2016

PREFERENCES AND CHOICES (THAT'S ENGLISH MOD 11. UNIT 7)



  • Would you rather live in your home country or live abroad?
  • Would you rather be smart or beautiful / handsome?
  • Would you rather be poor and happy or rich and unhappy?
  • Would you rather marry someone plain with a good personality or someone beautiful without much personality?
  • If war broke out in your country would you rather flee the country or fight?
  • Would you rather be rich or famous?
  • If you had to lose one of your senses(sight, smell, hearing, touch, taste) which would you rather lose?
  • Would you rather marry a rich celebrity or a rich CEO?
  • Would you rather have a brand new Mac or PC?
  • Would you rather take a trip to a new country or get a new TV?

  • If you could be another person for a day, who would you be?
  • If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?
  • If you could meet any famous person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
  • If you could solve the problem of hunger in the third world or repair the ozone, which would you do?
  • If you could go back to any moment in history, where would you go?
  • If you were given a choice between being given great wisdom or great wealth, which would you choose?
Here's a talk that could literally change your life. Which career should I pursue? Should I break up — or get married?! Where should I live? Big decisions like these can be agonizingly difficult. But that's because we think about them the wrong way, says philosopher Ruth Chang. She offers a powerful new framework for shaping who we truly are.

INTERACTIVE TRANSCRIPT

5 December 2016

Good Morning America - Toning Shoe Lawsuit


0. A lawsuit claims that the Shape-Ups can cause _________________
SERIOUS INJURIES
1. The Shape-Ups are easily identified due to their ____________.

2. The toning shoes are the ___________ segment in the athletic shoe market.

3. According to Holly Ward, the ________ of the shoes has injured her.

4. In their ads, the company claims that their shoes help you __________ and __________.

5. Ms. Ward wore the shoes during her _____________.

6. Ms. Ward had fractures in both hips, near where they meet the ____________.

7. She broke both of them without being in a/an ____________.

8. It is agreed that the Shape-Ups _________________.

9. Ms. Ward’s lawyer thinks the shoes are dangerous and  the company should have made sure they _______________.

10. Most orthopedists are ____________ about the shoes alone causing fractures.

11. According to some doctors, the shoes have also caused ____________ because people lost their balance.





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0. A lawsuit claims that the Shape-Ups can cause _________________
SERIOUS INJURIES
1. The Shape-Ups are easily identified due to their ____________.
ROUNDED SOLE
2. The toning shoes are the ___________ segment in the athletic shoe market.
FASTEST-GROWING
3. According to Holly Ward, the ________ of the shoes has injured her.
EXTENDED USE
4. In their ads, the company claims that their shoes help you __________ and __________.
GET IN SHAPE/REDUCE PAIN
5. Ms. Ward wore the shoes during her _____________.
WORK AS A WAITRESS
6. Ms. Ward had fractures in both hips, near where they meet the ____________.
THIGH BONE/FEMUR
7. She broke both of them without being in a/an ____________.
CAR CRASH /TRAUMATIC INCIDENT
8. It is agreed that the Shape-Ups _________________.
CHANGE THE WAY WE WALK
9. Ms. Ward’s lawyer thinks the shoes are dangerous and the company should have made sure they _______________.
DON’T HARM THEIR CUSTOMERS
10. Most orthopedists are ____________ about the shoes alone causing fractures.
SCEPTICAL
11. According to some doctors, the shoes have also caused ____________ because people lost their balance.
FALLS


PERSUASION (THAT'S ENGLISH! MOD 11, UNIT 6)


Are you good at persuading people?
How easy is it to persuade you to do things?
Do you ever change your mind once you have decided (not) to do something?
Talk about a time when you managed/didn't manage to persuade someone to do something.

What do you think are common influences which persuade people to do things? Choose your top three from this list.
-advertising 
-the media 
-friends / peer pressure 
-feeling guilty about something
-feeling sorry for someone 
-passion and conviction 
-convincing arguments

Which of the following do you have strong opinions about? Which do you have more of an open mind about?
-clothes and what to wear 
-politics
-ecological and green issues 
-gun control
-food and diet 
-gender roles
-the healthcare system 

How strongly do you think you are influenced by advertising? 
Can you think of powerful or effective ads?
Have you ever bought an item because you had seen an ad?
What campaigns do you remember where the government is/was trying to persuade citizens (not) to do something?
How effective are/were the campaigns?
What effect do sales people and shop assistants have on you when you want to buy something?

Thanks to mythatsenglish.blogspot.com