You have probably seen this video circulating on social media:
What do you think about it?
What is OK to ask when we meet someone new and what is off limits? To get you thinking about "culture crashes", we are going to read a text written by Iva R. Skoch who moves to the USA from the Czech Republic. Read the text on page 28-29 and discuss it through the questions on page 180; practice the new words through the exercises on page 181.
In order to develop as a speaker you'll need to take some risks, that is - don't just say things you're sure about and have said before. Rule no. 1: don't worry about making mistakes. Mistakes are inevitable and the main thing is to make yourself understood.
Take every opportunity to speak English. Practice is the key. Speak only English during our lessons, and why not find someone to skype/chat with in English? Everything is possible with the www!
-- you improve your speech by trying to speak rather than being silent;
-- nobody's perfect, so believe that you are good enough;
-- everyone has the right to speak and make mistakes.
Taking part in a conversation. If you're having problems understanding what's being said, don't be afraid to interrupt with a question, for example:
- Excuse me, I'd like to ask something.
- Sorry, but I don't quite follow.
- Excuse me, could you repeat that, please?
- Excuse me for interrupting, but could I ask...?
Express yourself. If you can't think of the exact word, try to paraphrase, i.e. explain by using other words. Use gestures, body language.
Strategies for using new words. Increasing your vocabulary will help you express yourself better and in more varied ways. So put some extra effort into learning and using new words and expressions you come accross through listening and reading.
Listen and repeat. You learn a lot by listening and imitating. By using the Wordmatch and Spelling exercises in our digital textbook you can listen and repeat any words you are unsure of how to pronounce. And the great thing is - you can practice at home as often as you want!
Want more tips? Go to the Resource Section in our book, and read pages 120-121.
Practice these strategies by doing small talk (see page 182 in our textbook).
You are going to listen to ten short dialogues (follow the link in the digital book, page 185). Try to work out where the people are in each one. NOTE: This type of listening comprehension exercise is good practice for the National Tests in English 5.
Superstitions occur in most cultures. In the text you will be reading (page 31) Petina Gappah shows how children in Zimbabwe are disciplined with the use of old superstitions. In order to see if you have understood the text do the exercises on page 186-188.
You will be reading a factual text about the causes for obsessive compulsive disorder and how the condition influences people's lives. Luckily people who suffer from OCD can get help from various organisations, cognitive behavioral therapy, friends and family. Through the text we will be reading (page 32-34) we will also be learning words (mainly adjectives) to do with moods and feelings (do the exercises on page 188-191).
David Beckham is one celebrity mentioned in the text. Watch him talk about his OCD:
Is physical appearance important? Do you judge people by the way they look?
Joyce Carol Oates is a highly productive American author who has published more than fifty novels. She has also written many volumes of short stories, poetry and non-fiction. Two of her most famous novels are Blonde (2000), a fictional story about Marilyn Monroe, and The Falls (2004).
The text on page 35-37 is about the contrast between an attractive, sensual appearance and a rather shy personality. Work with the text by doing the exercises on page 191-192.
This is fun with vocabulary! Chose the correct missing words in the sentences - each correct answer has a letter after it. Put the letters into the numbered boxes below to find the name of a famous novel by Charles Dickens (textbook, page 193).
Our textbook is Solid Gold 1 by Eva Hedencrona, Karin Smed-Gerdin, Peter Watcyn-Jones.
You choose and with some certainty use strategies to rewrite the letter in formal English. In doing so, you express yourself with some fluency and some adaptation to purpose (formal letter), recipient (editor of a newspaper), and situation.
You choose and with some certainty use strategies to rewrite the letter in formal English. In doing so, you express yourself clearly with fluency and some adaptation to purpose (formal letter), recipient (editor of a newspaper), and situation.
You choose and with certainty use strategies to rewrite the letter in formal English. In doing so, you express yourself clearly, relatively freely and with fluency and also with adaptation to purpose (formal letter), recipient (editor of a newspaper), and situation.
You choose essentially functioning strategies in order to some extent solve the problem (rewrite the informal letter into a formal one).
You choose functioning strategies in order to solve the problem (rewrite the informal letter into a formal one).
You choose well functioning strategies in order to solve the problem (rewrite the informal letter into a formal one) and take it forward in a constructive way (i.e. give convincing arguments to the editor).