Adult Speaking Class, Level 3. Theme: Causing offence.

3rd February 2020

Hailing a taxi in New York, USA

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This is the normal procedure (way / method) to hail a taxi in NYC. However, this would not be acceptable in Bangkok.

Hailing a taxi in Bangkok

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Notice how the hand points down. In Thailand, people beckon (call) a dog with their hands up, so a taxi driver would think this was very impolite and rude. The driver would be offended; the hand signal would cause offence.

Cultural differences are one way of inadvertently causing offence. However, some people can say, write or do things that upset other people:

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The 45th President is famous for his somewhat un-presidential tweets. He is referring here to the North Korean Leader, Kim Jong-il:

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However, in the interests of fairness, North Korean leaders have made comments that could be offensive to the USA. The former leader, Kim Jong-un:

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And sometimes, within the same country, people can disagree with each. This is all part of a free society. The problem arises when people stop arguing the facts or beliefs, but start to attack people for their looks, religion, ethnic background, sexual orientation. Some times, people can go too far in what they say:

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This is the singer, and animal-rights supporter, Morrissey. He is talking about the treatment of animals in China, which he feels is intolerable. He can object. However, in this quote, he insults the entire country as seeming to be “a subspecies,” that is, not quite human. He makes his point, but do people understand his message, or get offended by his words ?

Vocabulary and expressions

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Collocation – to cause an offence

respect / disrespect (noun) – respectful / disrespectful (adjectives)

insult / offence (n) / / to offend (v) // offensive (adj)

doubt – when you are not sure about something but don’t think it will happen  (will England win the World Cup again ? I doubt it !)

swoop – to grab something quickly – a bird swoops down and grabs the bread.

Expression – to give someone the benefit of the doubt

Expression– in one swoop – something happening very quickly

Expression – to cut ties – to stop having contact with someone.

Practice:

I think Mr Smith took my iPhone but I didn’t see him. Therefore, I have to give him _____________

His comments were ________ to women.

John was talking to Jenny but Peter _____ in and took her away.

I had to __________________ with my colleague after he posted some racist tweets online.

Japanese students are famous for being so _____________ to their teachers. On the other hand, in Viet Nam, some students talk during class which is very ____________________ .

In Asia, it is the custom to show ________________ to old people.

Conversation practice

Time to use these new English words, speaking to each other.

Ask each other questions. Ask for more details (probe) Give full reasons. 

Make people explain their answers.

Use opinion expressions.

Which of these would cause offence ?

A supervisor calls you an idiot – but you know it’s a joke.

A supervisor calls you an idiot – but is serious.

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Your neighbour has a loud party but doesn’t invite you.

You are riding your bike and a taxi honks for no reason.

A foreigner says that your local food is terrible.

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A Chinese says that one day Viet Nam will be part of China again.

A restaurant manager shouts at you to leave as soon as you finish your food.

You buy your girlfriend a present … and she says it’s too cheap !

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Adult Speaking Class, Level 2: Collocations

17th January 2020

Collocations

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Many people ask how to progress from intermediate level to becoming fluent in English. One way is to learn collocations – these are groups of words that usually go together to make a new meaning – and so much of everyday English is made up of collocations, idioms, slang, colloquialisms etc.

Collocations – ‘make’

In the above paragraph I used ‘made up’. This is a good example.

‘Made up’ came means invented (we make up a story to tell children) & it can mean containing (my fb group is made up from people from all over the world). We can use it in the past tense or present – ‘made’ or ‘make’.

You probably know some phrasal verbs; If two people argue then become friends again, they make up. When a woman puts on lipstick, she is using makeup.

Here are some common collocations with ‘make’:

Make up your mind (decide about something).

Make dinner / make a sandwich.

Make time (find some spare time to do something).

Make it through the night (be able to do something after some bad news OR keep working for a very long time).

Make it through a long book (finish it, read it to the end).

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Try these exercise … use make / made / make up / made up.

‘Infinite Jest’ is a very long book but I ……. my way through it.

I forgot my homework, so I had to ………. a story to tell my teacher.

When you come home, can you …… dinner for the children.

My teeth hurt; can you …… an appointment at the dentist for ?

The architect Gaudi never used to …… his buildings with straight lines. 

Should I wear the black or green tie ? I can’t …… my mind.

This is so confusing ! I don’t know what to ……. of it.

Your room is so messy – can’t you even ….. your bed ?

You kids ….. me crazy !

I ………. a pig’s ear of the whole business (past tense – to do something completely wrong).

I did OK in the test, but ……. some silly mistakes.

He drank several coffees to help him …… it through the night shift.

Put

the cat out/ the fire out / on your red shoes /on a happy face

it in your own words / up or shut up ! / it away / it another way

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Get

well soon / over it ! / on with it / away with murder / on the bus /

stuffed ! (impolite) / with the program (US) / some fresh air

Make

a career move / your move / a pig’s ear of something /a wish /

up for lost time / the best of something / fun of someone

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Do

the right thing / away with that old technology / your best /

a funny walk / the dishes / your hair

Bring

it on ! / it to me / “my bow of burning gold” (poem) / about change

it up at the next meeting / a smile to my face / up children well

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Take

turns speaking / it up with the manager / up my trousers a little /

a good look at yourself / a hike ! / medicine / a deep breathe

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What do these collocations suggest ?

Widely available // routine check-up

disperse the crowd // boost employment 

catch up with the news / / catch up with friends

Find longer definitions for these collocations.

Adequate supplies to meet demand

Revised edition

Major turning point

Set realistic aims

Cause insurmountable difficulties 

1) Enough things so that everyone that wants one can have one

2) Know what you want to do but it must not be too much for you to be able to do it.

3) Make problems which people will not be able to solve or cause problems that people are not able to work properly.

4) A very important moment when things changed completely

5) A new book, similar to the old one but with more up-to-date information, or mistakes have been corrected.

Speaking practice

Boss Jim, can I see you for a minute ? It’s about your punctuality.

Jim Sorry, Boss, I’ll make up the lost time after work.

Boss Damn right you will. Now, what was this email about ? I couldn’t make sense of it.

Jim I made a few mistakes because I rushed. I wanted to make sure you read it.

Boss You made a right pig’s ear of it ! Anyway, have you made your mind up yet ?

Jim About the new job ? Well, the other company made me a fantastic offer.

Boss I’m not giving you a raise; I’m not made of money ! Money doesn’t grow on trees.

Jim I’ll make my decision later and let you know.

Boss If you leave here, you’ll be making a big mistake, Buster !

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Adult Speaking Class, level 2

More advanced speaking and writing exercises.

Contents

Christmas (in UK and Germany) / food expressions and dialogue

Cinema (grammar: must or have to)

Coffee in Sai Gon

Collocations (put, get)

Directions, giving and asking

Elvis

Expressions and practice

Holidays

Karaoke (noise pollution)

Listening Practice: 5 weird things Vietnamese do // making a video

McDonalds

Music and vocabulary (Paul McCartney / Talking Heads)

Poland: salt mine, speaking practice, beer guide, travel guide.

Shopping (buying presents, Black Friday)

Vocabulary review

Christmas

Describe these German Christmas pictures

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At Christmas we have decorations, Christmas cards and an excessive amount of food !

We have a Christmas tree. The tree is decorated with fairy lights and bells and also there are presents on the floor around the tree. In the west, at the top of the tree, traditionally there is an angel.

How many free days do you have or do you have to work ?

Christmas Dinner – British traditons

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzSGEeaYvJc

What do you think of the food ? Listen out for adjectives and adverbs.

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Food expressions and dialogue

It’s not to my taste = I don’t like it

It’s a little spicy for my palate

I find it somewhat bland

I’ll try anything once

I like my meat rare / medium / well done

I’m vegetarian / vegan

Speaking practice:

Mick Fancy eating out at lunch ? (Fancy – do you like / want to)

Jack Great idea. What do you have in mind ? (What is your idea / plan ?)

Mick Wanna try that new Indian place ? 10% off promotion this week.

Jack Sounds cool but I’m not into Indian food. Too spicy for my palate. (don’t like)

Mick I could go for some Korean. Sink my teeth into some juicy rare steak !

Jack I prefer my meat well done. Get a side order of kimchi too.

Mick I’ll pass; it’s not to my taste. Too much garlic.

Cinema Choice

Vocabulary

I prefer /choice \ choose /my taste / not my taste / trailer / concession stand /

all-star cast / director / film studio / controversial / family film / book online

What’s on at the cinema ? What’s playing this week ? Not my cup of tea.

What types of film can you name ?

Horror Stories // about people’s lives and emotions

Biopic //Space films, or films set inthe future

Romance Films // about fighting and soldiers

Comedy // Loud, exciting films with explosions and fast cars

Western // Stories about real famous people

Sci-fi // True stories with real people, not actors

Drama // Stories about police or spies or crime

Animation (Anime) // Scary films about ghosts or monsters

Musical // A film about cowboys, set in USA

Documentary //A cartoon, illustrated film

War // Love stories

Thriller // Funny films

Action // Stories with singing and dancing

Look at a cinema listing. Discuss what is on this week, what is playing.

Which films (if any) appeal to you ?

Grammar Note:

must or have to / don’t have to or mustn’t ?

have to = other people tell you // must = your decision

don’t have to = not necessary // mustn’t = is forbidden

You have to have a degree in order to be an engineer

I must stop eating at Lotteria !

You don’t have to bring any beer to the party.

You mustn’t run a red light or use your mobile phone on your motorbike.

Exercises:

The new James Bond film may be sold out. We ______ buy tickets NOW !

I hate comedies ! Do I _____ go ?

You _______ eat too much popcorn; it’s bad for you.

You ________to be over 18 to see this film

You don’t ____ bring your passport to get intoa cinema in Viet Nam.

Coffee in Sai Gon

Describe this picture; use adjectives and opinions.

Highlands Coffee has great coffee, air-con and free wifi. Having said that, the service is a little slow, there are no waiters and the cost is unbelievably expensive !

Vietnam is famous for coffee; coffee shops are ubiquitous. In fact, there are so many, it’s hard to see (difficult to understand) how they stay in business let alone turn a profit.

Be that as it may, let’s use this as a learning opportunity. To practice making longer sentences, and as a warm up exercise, the students can ask each other, “Where do you go for coffee ?”

Tips:

Don’t answer the question directly and immediately; Begin with a short introduction:

Sai Gon has so many coffee shops, some are cheap while others can be quite expensive although they have a wide range of delicious coffee. Personally, I like going to …

Then

Explain:

  1. How MUCH do you like it (adverbs) ?
  2. What kind of coffee (adjectives) ?
  3. What do you think about this ? (opinions)
  4. WHY do you like it (give reasons)
  5. Interesting words, phrases, idioms

Personally, I like Tap Coffee which is an independent shop where I live. I enjoy going there so much because the owner is very friendly and tries to speak English with me. There isn’t a lot of choice, so I order cappuccino with hot, fresh milk. In my opinion, it is good value and tastes delicious. What I like about the shop is the free wifi, the comfortable chairs and the atmosphere. Furthermore, it is usually very quiet and it therefore a good place to read. I love to put my feet up, kick back and sip my damn fine coffee.

Before the exercise, elicit and board as many relevant words and phrases as required. The students have a discourse marker list, so I could insist that they use certain words (moreover, therefore, consequently etc). Additionally, I’ll need to explain vernacular phrases such as ‘kick back’ and ‘put my feet up’.

IF a student doesn’t like coffee, then they can say where they go and what they drink. IF they don’t go anywhere or like anything (yes, I have had that in a class), then they can explain WHY NOT!

Key vocabulary: ambience // aroma //atmosphere

Grammar Note:

In a list of three, use one comma and a linking word (and):

The service is a little slow, there are no waiters and the cost is unbelievably expensive !

In a list of two, just use a linking word (and): 

Mega Mart has amazing choice and is good value for money.

How to make Vietnamese coffee

Tell me: what do I need ? What type of coffee is best ? Where can I buy it ?

New verbs: pour / stir / fill up / 

Make a long, fluent presentation. Useful words or expressions:

Firstly / afterwards / and then / following that /

don’t forget to … / you can always ….

lastly / finally / at the very end …

In your experience, what coffee is best ? Trang Nguyen, Highlands or Milano ?

Watch the happy couple. What are they planning to do ?(0 – 0.43) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvMxbRCBalk&list=PLA1EC9692E5B92C14

How does Pumpkin (man) say why not ?

What happens if you ‘stick up’ (rob) a gas (petrol) station ?

Are restaurants expecting to be robbed ? How does Pumpkin describe them ?

Collocations

Put

the cat out / the fire out / on your red shoes /on a happy face /

it in your own words / up or shut up ! / it away / it another way

Get

well soon / over it ! / on with it / away with murder / on the bus /

back to work ! / with the program (US) / some fresh air

His Thai girlfriend left him months ago. He needs to get ……….

Directions

Giving and asking how to go somewhere.

Useful vocabulary

turn left / turn right / go straight / go as far as / opposite /walk past

take the first left / take the second right / cross the street / go over the road

take a taxi / jump on a bus / order Grabbike / it’s about a 15-minute walk

Example: How do I get from LVT Park to the Post Office ?

Walk along Hai Ba Thang and cross over Dien Bien Phu. Keep walking straight and walk past the church. It is the huge yellow building. You can’t miss it.

How do I get from Ben Thanh Market to the Opera House ?

How do I get from Reunification Palace to the History Museum ?

I’m at the zoo and I need to go to work at HSL. What should I do ?

Where is the best place to get a coffee around here ? How do I get there ?

Elvis

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Elvis (0 – 1:54) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsqwT3oX0rI

What do you know about Elvis ?

  • Elvis was born in Tupelo, Mississippi in 1935

Elvis has sold over one billion records worldwide.

Elvis has had over 150 different albums and singles certified gold, platinum and multi-platinum.

Elvis starred in 31 feature films and two concert documentaries.

Elvis Presley is called the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Elvis’ first gold record was for “Heartbreak Hotel” and was received in 1956.

  • Elvis passed away in 1977 at Graceland in Memphis.

Expressions

New expressions:

a bright spark – someone who is very clever

cooking the books – Writing wrong information in the company accounts

on the lookout – looking for something

same thing, day in, day out – everyday is exactly the same, very boring.

Ken I’ve also been on the lookout for a new job. My job is so tedious !

Chin Mine too. Same thing, day in, day out. But … it’s a job. Oh, Tom was fired.

Ken No ! Why ? I’ve known him for a long time. He’s a bright spark.

Chin He was cooking the books.

Ken You’re pulling my leg !

Chin Yes ! Actually, he went to Boston. He’s going to study at Harvard.

Ken I’ve been to Harvard.

Chin Sure, but to visit, not to study hahahahaah.

Holidays

Choose a holiday – which do you prefer and why ?

I would choose / select ….. because …..

peace and quiet / hustle and bustle / get away from the city / fresh air 

lots of culture / lots places to visit / culture shock / activity holiday

What is good about these places ? What could be a drawback ? (bad, negative)

Karaoke (noise pollution)

Karaoke outside is a form (kind) of noise pollution https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1-W7gz6Znk

blaring = very loud: the music was blaring out, all night. The police siren was blaring.

Listening Practice:

5 Weird Things Vietnamese People Do

weird = unusual / strange

Listening practise: Vietnamese culture(0.23 – end) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBAi_b__l_c

Do you agree with the video ? To what extent ?

BONUS: can you spot any English mistakes ?

I agree totally / I agree to an extent / I disagree / I disagree strongly

She makes a good point / She misses the point

She is spot on / She is way off 

In my experience …

Exercises:

EXAMPLE: People in Ha Noi are very unfriendly

Give your opinion and then qualify it with the reason(s). 

I agree to an extent. People are generally friendlier in Sai Gon but there are many nice people in Ha Noi too.

Vietnam is a great place to live // Karaoke is lots of fun for everyone

Being an engineer is a dream come true // Learning English is such fun

Everyone in Viet Nam really wants to live in USA

Listening Practice: making a video (0.13 – 1.17) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTwIOZD877A

Listen out (phrasal verb) for these words / phrases:

therefore / out and about / footage (what has been filmed) / basically / you see obviously / annoyed.

Listen out for changes in intonation (stressing words in a sentence)

What did he film ?

Why couldn’t he use the footage ?

What did he leave at home ?

McDonalds

McDonald’s is a fast food company that was founded in 1940 as a restaurant operated by Richard and Maurice McDonald, in California, United States.

The first time a McDonald’s franchise used the Golden Arches logo was in 1953 at a location in Phoenix, Arizona.

McDonald’s is the world’s largest restaurant chain by revenue, serving over 69 million customers daily in over 100 countries across approximately 36,900 outlets as of 2016.

Although McDonald’s is known for its hamburgers, they also sell cheeseburgers, chicken products, french fries,breakfast items, soft drinks, milkshakes, wraps, and desserts. 

In response to changing consumer tastes and a negative backlash because of the unhealthiness of their food,the company has added to its menu salads, fish, smoothies, and fruit.

According to a BBC report published in 2012, McDonald’s is the world’s second largest private employer with 1.5 million (behind Walmart with 1.9 million employees).

People who buys things are called customers or …

A big company has many shops. Each one is called a …

When people react against something it is called a …

A symbol for a company is known as a …

When you say something that you heard from somewhere else, you use the phrase …

Which word means when a company or institute began or was established ?

Listening and speaking practice: Ordering fast food.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nk4GGIx-5tI

What would you choose for a McDonald’s breakfast ?

How would you order it ?

Is junk food healthy ? What do you think ? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRZe7AhO_i8

McD Good morning, may I help you ?

Jeff Yes, I’d like a/the ………

McD Sure. That comes with black coffee, is that OK ?

Jeff Can I have beer instead ? No, I’m pulling your leg (I’m joking)

McD Milk and sugar ?

Jeff Oh, yeah, bring it on ! (let’s do it !)

McD Would you like to supersize your breakfast ? Extra fries and super large coffee ?

Jeff Just for an extra 10 000 VND ? Sounds a bargain ! Supersize me !

McD OK, here you are. Enjoy your meal !

Jeff WAIT ! …. this is a damn fine cup of coffee !

Listening Practice: http://www.videosinlevels.com/breakfast-recommendation/

How does the man like eggs ? // What kind of omelets are there ?

What is wrong with a large lunch ? //Why is fruit good ?

Do you know what you want to get ?

Music

Learn vocabulary and listening practice

Listen to Paul McCartney‘s ‘Another Day’. Paul McCartney used to bein the Beatles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vH6v9JS26xc

Every day, what does the girl in the song do ? Does the song mean her life is exciting or tedious ?

What do you think of this video ? (Talking Heads ‘Once In A Lifetime’): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IsSpAOD6K8

The man is: funny / amusing / weird / strange / entertaining / has a screw loose

His dancing is: highly unusual / very comical / somewhat crazy / charming

Poland:

Salt Mine near Krakow, Poland

14 miles from Krakow in South Poland is this deep salt mine. Everything here has been hand-carved from blocks of salt. The mine has nine levels with over 300km of tunnels. Part of the mine is open to visitors. There are 22 galleries from 64 metres to 135 metres underground. Guided tours take about two hours.

There is a chapel here measuring 54 m by 18m and 12 m high. It took two men over thirty years to build. 

There is also an underground lake, and musicians playing brass instruments.

Pope John Paul and Bill Clinton are some of the famous visitors.

New vocabulary

ordinary

valuable

UNESCO

consists

unique

majestic

encounter

Speaking Practice: Three friends are planning where to go on holiday.

Pete Any suggestions ? I’d really like to go to Norway. They have some great sights.

Burt Yeah, I agree, but the weather could be an issue. I hate the cold.

Doug The scenery is amazing, true. However, it’s gonna be incredibly expensive.

Pete I found a tour; it consists of flights, hotels, boat trips and sightseeing.

Burt I’ve heard Norway is terribly expensive. If we go to Europe, I’d prefer Poland.

Doug Sounds good. Great architecture, lots to see and do, and brilliant beer.

Pete Perfect. Let me look up some info on Google … look at this !

Burt That’s so majestic. I’d say we forget Norway and head for Poland

Doug I’d love to see the salt mine, amazingly unique. It’s a UNESCO sight. 

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Krakow, Poland

Speaking Practice: Three friends are discussing their holiday.

Doug This bed and breakfast has a good reputation, as well as being central.

Pete Good point. We don’t want to be in the suburbs, waste time, travelling.

Burt Yeah, keep it simple: good location, good price. Shall we book ?

Doug Go for it ! Wait … damn internet, so slow. Oh, we’ve encountered a glitch.

Pete It’s taking it’s time ! Look, we’re connected. Better be quick.

Burt OK, let me see … three beds for five nights. Arrival date … enter … done !

Doug Poland, here we come ! This is no ordinary trip. Look at these churches

Pete Absolutely majestic ! Maybe we’ll keep going back, every year.

Burt Well, I’d also love to visit Austria, Prague, Barcelona … everywhere !

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Speaking Practice: Three friends are in Krakow.

Doug Man, this place is really buzzing. What shall we do now ? 

Burt We could head towards the Palace, maybe grab some food on the way.

Pete Yeah, I’m up for that. Could use some coffee, as well. Either of you peckish ?

Doug Sure, I’m always hungry. Do you fancy going on the booze cruise ? 

Burt How much is it gonna cost ? 

Pete Surprisingly cheap. But I’m not sure, It’s not really my cup of tea.

Doug Fair enough. Maybe we’ll just chill out later in the old quarter. A beer or two.

Burt Or twenty. We should get a move on;the Palace closes at five.

Pete Take it easy. Let’s hit the Palace tomorrow early. It’s now beer o’clock !

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Polish beers

It’s beer o’clock ! What does our friend think of this Polish beer ?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUjQhsbAi6k

New vocabulary: infamous / indication / originally / generic /bouquet / aroma /synthetic

Instead of saying ‘ let’s smell it’, he says ……..

What does he say before he drinks ?

Just by watching his expression, can you tell if he likes it ?

How does he describe the taste ?

Speaking Practice: Three friends have their last night in Krakow.

Burt Three beers, please. Not Lech ! What a fantastic trip, don’t you think ?

Doug Absolutely, the best. It’s beena blast from beginning to end. Here’s the beer.

Pete Ready ? Twoje zdrowie ! Polish is easy. Easier than English, hands down.

Burt Are you serious ? I can’t pronounce anything. Anyway, ‘cheers’.

Doug What were your personal highlights ? I loved the big square. Always buzzing.

Pete The castle was majestic but I was overwhelmed by the crowds. And .. the beer !

Burt The Gothic altarpiece was incredible and, of course, the salt mine.

Doug Truly unforgettable. The city has a marvellous atmosphere, friendly and mysterious

Pete So where to next year ? Or maybe we don’t go home, we go to Prague instead ?

Listening and new vocabulary (0 – 3.15) and food (4.00 – 5.33) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hivlYF-4Mk8

Do you think they planned their trip well ? If not, why not ?

story of (my / your / our) life / lives / our mood / for starters / hop aboard

simmer down / booze cruise / place was buzzing

Did you notice any superlatives ? (the highest, smallest, most fascinating etc)

What do you think about Krakow ? How does it compare with HCMC ?

Polish food and drink.Would you like to try any of these ?

Were there any expressions you heard ? 

Shopping:

Vocabulary:

range of choice / quality / cost / location / crowded

store layout (what does it look like ? Is it easy to find things ?)

staff helpfulness / average (normal), put themselves out (very helpful) surly (unhappy)

value for money (good quality at a good price)/ on offer / sale /over-priced / bargains

Vocabulary for malls:

lift / elevator/ display /salesperson / free parking /restroom / lost property /receipt

credit cards / take away / fitting room / returns policy / shoplifting /Black Friday

Speaking practice:

When was the last time you went to a mall ? Why did you go ? What did you buy ?

Did you buy more than you intended ? Was it a pleasant experience ? Which do you like and would you recommend them to a friend … why ?

Where would you go to buy these shirts or T-shirts ? How much would you expect to pay ? Can you haggle (argue over the price ?) or are they fixed price ? How would you rate the quality ?

You want to buy a present for your: father / your teacher 🙂 / your young brother / a new friend from a different country. Which would you buy ?


What was the last thing you bought ? Was it for yourself, or a present ?

Don’t you love a bargain ? When is the best time to buy at discounted prices ?

In the UK, after Christmas we have the sales – many items are MUCH cheaper. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSKrVh-3U3E

Black Friday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlPVAUulKZE

What do you think about these scenes ?

Are they dignified / horrific / shameful / appalling / materialism gone mad ?

Dialogue:

Ben Did you pick up anything on Black Friday

James Yeah, one or two things. I got a cool new shirt and shoes, half price.

Ben Sounds a bargin ! I was after a big screen TV but the store was crowded

James Tell me about it ! It was crazy. Apparently, it was the busiest day ever.

Ben I’m not surprised. That’s why I detest shopping; no where to park …

James People screaming and pushing, can’t even get in the lift …

Ben When you do find something, you have to queue for ages.

James I wanted to pay by credit card but the salesperson was really surly.

Ben Must have been rushed off her feet (very busy).

James She could have been more pleasant. Could have smiled once !

Ben What did she look like ?

James You decide … I tried out my new phone camera:

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Vocabulary review

essential /useful / luxury / arrogant / dependable /witty 

A degree in engineering is …….. to work as an engineer.

Tom is so funny, always telling jokes. He is so ……

Ronaldo is a great player but some people think he can be very …….

A Rolls-Royce car is certainly a ………. item

Japanese appliances are known for being very ……….

There are many ……. websites to help you learn English

Exercise 2

ordinary / valuable / consists /unique /majestic /encounter

(sentimental / sentimental value)

You should go to Hoi An; it is a ……… town.

Don’t leave anything …. in your car or hotel room.

I had a terrible … with the new boss

The palace in Krakow is absolutely ……..

So far, it’s been an ……. day.

The course …. of three parts: speaking, writing and listening.

Exercise 3

I feel under the weather because of the air pollution as well as lack of sleep, which makes my body weaker.

You work every day – it’s no wonder you are ill !

shocked / delighted / lonely /frustrated /overwhelmed /surprised / confused/ relieved

snowed under / swamped = too much work

I was delighted when I received your wedding invitation.

Karen was so …….. when Roger popped the question.

Mr Jones was very ……. by the instruction book.

I was …….. at the price ! 

She was so ……. when she found her phone.

I was so ……. at waiting for Grabbike that I cancelled and got a taxi instead.

All the new information completely ……….. the new worker on his first day.

If you travel alone, it can be very ……..

IELTS 5 – 6.5: I come from a land down under.

15th August for 21st August 2019. Pages 10 – 12 (Workbook pp 8 – 9)

Lesson focus: Reading; speed reading to extrapolate information in a limited time.

Theme: Culture shock, specifically life in Australia.

Objectives: Review new vocabulary and phrases and give a chance to practise using them. Continue work on Englishes – how written and standard English can seem to bear NO relation to spoken English.

Today’s reading is centred on life in Australia for non-native speakers so, to set the scene, a warm up song from the Australian band (and one-hit wonders) Men At Work and their chart-topping song, ‘Down Under’.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfR9iY5y94s

What stereotypes are displayed in this video ?

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Language review: The first lesson generated many new words and expressions. The following adverbs should be a part of the students’ everyday vocabulary:

always / usually, normally, frequently / sometimes / hardly ever / never

definitely / probably / possibly / unlikely / definitely not

Vocabulary: precious / arrogant / mug (two senses) / lingua franca /

To ask politely: May I …. (May I ask your name ? May I open the window ?)

Discourse Markers: although / despite, despite that / however / on the other hand /additionally / furthermore

Collocations: To practice law or to practice medicine (a lawyer, or a medical professional)

Expressions: Fair exchange is no robbery / If I’m not mistaken

Idiom: To let off steam / time flies (when you’re having fun)

London slang: well knackered (‘well’ is used to mean very and ‘knackered’ can mean very tired, or broken. EXAMPLE – I’m well knackered = I’m extremely tired.

PRACTICE: Try to use as many of the above by commenting on these photos. This is not a writing test; I only want one or two sentences. I’m more concerned with lexical choice AND delivery – how you use stress, intonation and rhythm.

EXAMPLE:

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These young Asian people are letting off steam by singing their hearts out in a Karaoke room, if I am not mistaken. Very probably there are professionals, maybe they practice medicine because they look very stylish and affluent.

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Book work: today we will be developing speed-reading, that is, reading a large amount of text in a limited time, in order to find specific information. Students will have to scan over the text and home in on what they need to know.

As a break, here’s a little clip about Australian slang:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QCgqQdmr0M

What is this news story about ? How much slang did you hear ?

Group work: Prepare a guide to Sai Gon for tourists.

Allow students access to the class computer for Google images if required.

Students, in groups, can organise an itinerary for two of my friends who will be visiting Sai Gon soon. They want to see all the iconic sights and partake of typical Vietnamese activities. Having said that, their interests differ widely.

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Simon loves culture, history and museums as well as being into sports and physical activities. Therefore he wants to see and try as much as possible. He has heard about snake wine and is very curious.

Jenny finds museums unbearably boring and dull. She is a shopaholic, can shop till she drops. Furthermore she can’t take the heat and is also vegetarian. 

Clearly, they will need to compromise … what do you suggest ? Be creative – think outside the box.

Include 

What to see and do // where and what to eat // what to buy //

What they can do for entertainment 

Travel tips

Safety and scams 

Cultural differences – what should people do or NOT do in Vietnam ?

Use of interesting adjectives to describe the city centre.

Groups can then present to the class, with all students taking turns speaking. I shall be listening for relevance, pronunciation and use of expressions and discourse markers. Furthermore, I may learn some interesting tips.

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End activities:

Just a minute: To practice for the speaking tests, give the students a choice of subjects and let them speak for one minute without repeating themselves, deviating from the subject or hesitating.

Call my bluff: Class in two teams. One team reads a low-frequency word and the team give three possible definitions including examples of usage. The other team has to guess which one is the correct answer.

Adult Class Level 3: Manners, etiquette and culture shock

Tuesday 15th January

Tonight is the last lesson of the four-week block, so will culminate in an oral test: I will listen to all the students individually for three minutes or so, then give a grade and some brief feedback.

The bookwork covers vocabulary, speaking and pronunciation, so that’s a great opportunity to prepare the students for the speaking review.

I’ve just finished a short booklet about how intermediate learners can move up to advanced levels:

The book advocates teaching / learning collocations (which I always teach) and ‘chunks’ of language, or frequently used expressions.

Collocations are words that always go together, for example take a photo (not do a photo, make a photo), jump on a bus, grab a bite to eat, make your mind up etc.

This can be so helpful to an English-language learner, as the words form one unit – ‘take a photo’ is ONE unit, not three separate words. This can really help in reading – instead of seeing a mass of words, patterns will emerge, almost like breaking a code. With practice, students will be able to predict a sentence / phrase just by its opening word/s.

Frequently used phrases are beneficial to make speakers sound more natural (and that should be the aim, in order to progress to a higher level of proficiency), and they are so common, they can be used in everyday situations. On p. 18, Richards quotes some common expressions:

This one’s on me It was lovely to see you I’ll be making a move then

I see what you mean Thanks for coming Let me think about it

I don’t believe a word of it Just looking, thanks It doesn’t matter

I don’t get the point I’ll be with you in a minute You look great today

As I was saying

We’ll talk about how and where these expressions can be used, then do some exercises, role-playing. Classic CELTA-style method: present then do controlled practice (the third stage is produce – to see if the students are able to use the phrases with correct intonation and in the correct situation).

Friends are having drinks in a pub / bar

You go into a shop but not necessarily to buy anything

A customer arrives but you are busy

You meet an old friend

Compliment someone

You don’t understand what someone is trying to prove

You understand what someone thinks (but not necessarily agree with)

Someone tells you a story – you think it is false.

You are asked a question but need time to consider

There is a small problem / Someone upsets you but you want to make it OK

To continue with a conversation that was interrupted. 

Then the students will work in pairs to produce simple conversations, for example: Oh, it’s late, I’m tired / I’ll be making a move then (I will leave).

I’ll then introduce a visual activity, as it’s good to vary the tasks; something I learnt from Eisenstein’s film theory (Sergi Eisenstein, Soviet filmmaker, NOT Albert Einstein, physicist), the ‘Montage of Attractions.’ This is basically having lots of different things following each other, linked together, to maintain interest and constant stimulation. More of this in other posts as it is especially applicable to young learners.

I’ll show a slide of various activities and ask which are acceptable, polite, impolite, illegal. This comes under the umbrella heading of culture shock – different customs, different countries. For example, this friendly gesture in the UK is impolite in Vietnam:

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This, I falsely believed, was the universal sign for ‘good luck’ so, during tests, I (being polite and friendly), wished my students (usually young learners), ‘good luck’. No one took the time to tell me it didn’t mean that in Vietnam; it is, in fact, a representation of female genitalia. Whoops ! What message my students took from my inadvertent gesture is a matter of speculation. Here are some other social no-nos:

Totally acceptable in the west, but an insult in Thailand where hands must be pointed down. My US friends also tell me that they use two fingers, so if the taxi drives past, they can keep one finger up to represent their feelings. We would never do that in Britain … well, almost never.
Street micturition – a ubiquitous sight in Vietnam.
Pregnant woman stands while three men sit.

Lastly, I will conduct a simplified version of last night’s lesson. I show photos of my bad day (it was one of those days). I’ll board some details, times and events, show some photos and ask the students to make sentences, pushing them to employ adjectives, adverbs and discourse markers. The full activity can be found on last night’s IELTS notes

https://thaypaulsnotes.com/2019/01/14/ielts-lesson-3-may-the-force-be-with-you/

Before a test, most students find it hard to concentrate on learning new material, so I’ll use the 90 minutes to encourage as much speaking as possible. Hopefully, they’ll be more prepared for the oral test and will do themselves proud.