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Viking words

The English language is the result of many different cultures moving into the British Isles throughout history. One of these groups was the Danes. At first, when this new group of people arrived, it was only for the purpose of plunder or rather, ‘to go a viking’ and this is the reason why these people were eventually called Vikings. The people from the British Isles were terrified by the violent attacks that these people from the north raged on them. However, not all the newcomers were violent and many stayed, settled down and farmed the land peacefully. They built towns, brought their own cultural aspects into the new land and of course, their language too. Here’s a very funny video from ‘Horrible Histories’ giving some examples of these Viking words that are in present-day English.

B2 word formation · Grammar · Grammar activity

B2 Expressions of concession ‘although/despite/in spite of’

Mixed up with these words? They can be a bit tricky when it comes to writing or’key  word transformation’ activities. They also have a very similar meaning which invites us to use them in the same way. What we should bear in mind is that they are used differently and the rules are quite clear-cut. All we need is to notice the difference and a little practice.

  • Although is followed by a subordinated clause
  • Despite and ‘in spite of’ are followed by a noun/ a pronoun (this, that, what, etc) the fact that/-ing form.

Compare

  • Although she had all the necessary qualifications, she didn’t get the job.
  • Despite having all the qualifications, she didn’t get the job.
  • Despite her qualifications, she didn’t get the job.
  • Despite the fact that she had all the qualifications, she didn’t get the job.
  • In spite of her qualifications, she didn’t get the job.
  • I couldn’t eat anything, although I was very hungry.
  • Although I was very hungry, I couldn’t eat anything.
  • Despite/In spite of being very hungry, I couldn’t eat anything.

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B2 word formation · Grammar · Word formation

B2 Word formation

Only a few days to go before my B2 students from the EOI will be taking their mock exams, and yes, it’s only mock which means that we are only testing knowledge for the certificate examinations in June (something like practising and seeing where student’s stand) Anyway, here’s a word formation activity (typical U.E format) on the Topic of Health.

Painkillers could affect your nurturing

B1 · B2 word formation · Grammar

Some Grammar: Passives

Worried about passives? Here’s video made with Bitable.

I must say that I just love creating stuff using different technological divices. I really believe this can make a huge change in how we learn the different contents we have to deal with.  Wow! Don’t I have fun!

 

B1 Grammar activity on Passives

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B2 Grammar activity on Passives

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