C1 · C2 · Vocabulary

C1-C2 Adjectives for describing bodies

WE HAVE DEEP ROOTS IN THE GREENWOOD

” I fear those grey, old men of Mocca’s Park,” Wrote Francis Kilvert, the Victorian diarist. “Those grey, gnarled, low-browed, knock-kneed, bowed, bent, huge, strange, long-armed, deformed, hunch-backed, misshapen oak men that stand waiting and watching century after century.”

When it comes to describing something or somebody, it is very usual to notice that a student is not using a wide variety of language. All too often, one constantly hears things like “nice, cool, tall, pretty and beautiful” even in the highest levels. This is normal, as a student usually focuses more on other aspects of the language such as syntax and choosing the right verb pattern. However, even when a message has been put forward efficiently and accurately, if the student failed to produce a juicy selection of collocations, adjectives, verbs and even some odd idiom, they won’t get far concerning grades.

In this activity, you can find and practise some adjectives related to weight, shape and muscles. You’ll also have a couple of tips related to adjectives that are used disapprovingly.

C1 · Learning English with songs · Listening

Muse – Uprising

Muse image from Wikipedia

I love this song! Gives one such a feeling of power and recharges batteries. Maybe you like it as much as I do, so you might enjoy doing this listening activity and at the same time, finding out the meaning of some idioms and synonyms. First do the pre-listening activity and after you can do the sentence completion.

C1 · C2 · vocabulary activity

C1/C2 Vocabulary for crime and punishment

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I already had a quiz created for upper intermediate, but it obviously wasn’t challenging enough for higher levels, so I hope this one does the job as you will find approximately 60 expressions to practise with.

I’m very grateful to Collins Dictionary online where I found loads of helpful examples along with pronunciation videos. It’s a real wonder that more students don’t use this site as a learning tool because it offers valuable information for more advanced students.