B2 Grammar · Vocabulary

B2 Reporting verbs for crime, punishment and blame

I’m certainly not going to teach all these verbs together because it’s far too much and you can bet that students will be dropping off in the classroom, tears in their eyes and yawns to and fro of pure, sheer and utter boredom. Nope, I try not to bore students but sometimes the things we have to deal with can be SO tedious! Anyway, I would much rather split these verbs up into smaller (and somehow more digestible) groups, so here’s the first one that  introduces some of the reporting verbs that we can use in the topic of ‘Crime and Punishment’ Watch the video created using ‘bitable for creating videos’ and after, try to do the interactive activity.

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B2 · B2 Grammar · B2 word formation

B2 Strange laws from around the world

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Hello! Do you like travelling? Have you ever got yourself into a mess due to that you were ignorant of a particular law or regulation from a country you were visiting? To tell you the truth, this activity was suggested to me by one of my workmates and I was really surprised to find out that things such as,  allowing your donkey to have a nap in the bathtub in Oklahoma or passing wind after 6 pm in Florida, actually means breaking the law. I suppose none of these things are on anybody’s mind when planning a holiday,  but just in case, I don’t think it would be a bad idea to check on some foreign laws, just to be on the safe side. 😉

This is a vocabulary and grammar activity that I have adapted from a text from dailymail.co.uk  (thank you dailymail! ), that aims for some Use of English practice. If you enjoy it, feedback is very welcome.

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B1 Listening activity ‘Tiny homes’

The building of ‘tiny homes’ is becoming more and more popular in places such as USA, and the UK. Some people even buy themselves an old bus and reconvert it into the most incredible home you could possibly imagine. Can you imagine getting out of bed and driving to work without so much as putting your foot out of your door? Sounds incredible, doesn’t it? Well, with the recession going on and on, we may have to start thinking about a similar solution because, I really don’t know what buying a property may be like in some countries but in mine, getting on the ‘property ladder’ is becoming almost impossible. Anyway, here’s a listening activity on a beautiful holiday spot in Quebec whose owner  has set up some tiny homes for holiday makers. Wow! I wish I could fly over there for a break! It looks SO lovely and relaxing. Don’t you agree?

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B1 · speaking

B1 Speaking about homes

 

home is where my heart is.jpgWhere do you live? Do you like your home? Would you change anything? Maybe you have some nice and friendly neighbours or maybe they are not so nice and spend uncountable evenings shouting at each other not letting you have your rest in peace. Do you have a cosy, snug corner ‘all to yourself’ or do you feel your home is a bit too cramped with people and furniture? Have you ever heard the saying’ my home is where I lay my cap’? What do you think that means?

Here’a presentation to help you have a nice chat with your classmates (and me too!) about your home.

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