Advanced C1 listening · B2 · C1 · Idioms

Listening Advanced C1: Do We Really Need the Moon?

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There has been a lot of talk about the moon lately because fifty years ago man set foot on it.  There also seems to be a lot of debate related to whether this actually happened or if it was merely propaganda due to the Space Race. Aware as I am that this information will most probably remain a mystery as well as providing a nice subject for an English class debate, I’ve used a video from BBC Earth to explore the topics of Science and Technology and The Natural World within the subject of space travel/exploration because this is one of the possible questions you could be required to deal with in a speaking test.

As an introduction, we’re going to see some idioms that use the words ‘moon and stars’. Afterwards, as a second step, I’ve posted an activity where you can try to predict some of the reasons why the moon is important for life on earth. A third step implies watching a video and doing a true/false activity related to the information you extract. But we’re not going to finish here, instead we’re going to listen to the same video again (although much more carefully this time), to develop listening strategies for very specific words you hear in the video as this activity is a filling the gap one.

B1 · B2 · Grammar · Grammar activity

Future perfect simple

If somebody asks you something like the samples below…

  • What will you have achieved by the time you reach forty?
  • How many books will you have read by Christmas?
  • How many English class assignments will I have given you by the end of the term ? 😦

…they are using the future perfect and we’d usually answer this in the following way

  • By the time I reach forty I will have set up my own company.
  • By Christmas I will have read three books.
  • By the end of the term my teacher will have given us tons of English assignments because she is very picky.
  • That is: time expression + subject + will + have + past participle

Here’s a fun way to do some language drills.

HOW TO PLAY

  • Pick a partner or ask somebody randomly.
  • Turn the wheel. Say for example you get How many showers (have).
  • Turn the second wheel for time expressions. Say for example you get  ‘in one year’
  • Make a question with these expressions. Example: How many showers will you have had in a year ?
  • Your partner should answer your question.
  • Example: In a year I will have had about ….. showers. (if the partners says he/she has a very low number of showers,  choose another person quickly).

Intermediate open cloze

Open cloze Intermediate B1: Art or Reality?

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British contemporary artist Anish Kapoor stands next his artwork “Descent into limbo” during the opening of his exhibition entitled “Works, thoughts, experiments” at the Serralves Foundation in Porto, on July 6, 2018.  Photo by Miguel Riopa Getty Images.

Can you imagine visiting an art gallery or a museum, seeing something very interesting and then, surprise! What you took for one thing was something quiet unexpected.

Let’s say for example that you visit the Natural History Museum in London. You’re in the creepy-crawly section taking selfies of yourself in front of what you believe is a huge, gigantic, enormous fibreglass model of a scorpion and suddenly it starts to move its pincers and tail. Eeeeks! It’s alive!!!! What a fright that would be wouldn’t it?

Anyway, don’t fret because this post isn’t about gigantic creatures coming to life, but another bit of news  about a man who fell into a hole at a Portuguese museum because he ‘d walked over it thinking it was a dot.
The news is from Huffpost and you will have to fill in the gaps with one of the words on the left-hand side of the activity. I made the activity with a free online application from the website ‘clickschool ‘ just to see how it goes and try out some new learning tools.

Click for open cloze

Pre-intermediate A2 listening activity

Listening Pre-intermediate A2: Mog’s Christmas Calamity

It’s Christmas time and many of the UK’s chain stores create the most incredible advertisements on pets, children and families. The advertisment that we have here is about a cat called Mog. Mog is the main character in a series of children’s books written by Judith Kerr and that somehow always manages to get into different conundrums.

This is a little listening activity based on Sainsbury’s 2015 Christmas Advert  for some practice for elementary and pre-intermediate levels of English and, why not? help you get into  the Christmas spirit.

A2 · B1 · Grammar · speaking

Present perfect: Have you ever…?

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This application from Wheel decide is great fun for practising ‘Have you ever’ structures.

All you have to do is click on the wheel and answer the question that come up. Some of them are quite tongue-in-cheek, but telling fibs is also a way to spice up an English class.

<a href=”http://<iframe src=”https://wheeldecide.com/e.php?c1=won+a+prize&c2=booked+a+very+exotic+destination&c3=met+a+famous+person&c4=lost+your+luggage&c5=lost+your+mobile+phone&c6=made+a+horrible+mistake&c7=forgotten+to+pay+at+a+bar+or+a+restaurant&c8=lost+something+very+valuable&c9=missed+a+flight&c10=visited+the+same+country+more+than+once&c11=been+in+a+disaster+place&c12=seen+a+ghost&c13=eaten+something+very+exotic&c14=missed+a+train&c15=written+a+book&c16=planted+a+tree&c17=rescued+an+animal&c18=helped+a+stranger&c19=found+a+lot+of+money&c20=done+extreme+sport&c21=had+a+crush+on+a+famous+person&c22=lost+your+flight+ticket&c23=bought+something+you+have+never+used&c24=spent+all+you+money+on+something+you+didn%27t+need&c25=experienced+a+natural+disaster&c26=volunteered+&c27=donated+to+charity&t=Have+you+ever&time=5&#8243; width=”500″ height=”500″ scrolling=”no” frameborder=”0″>Click for the wheel here

Advanced C1 listening

Listening Advanced C1: Can You Eat Just One?

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Have you ever felt that you couldn’t control a a strong drive to eat something? Are you one of those people that have to fight against themselves in order to avoid buying certain products on display at the supermarket? Do you often find yourself visiting your refrigerator, at late hours (while everybody is fast asleep), hoping, wishing and keeping fingers crossed that there is still, half a jar of chocolate spread left?

If you identify with these situations,  you could be suffering from the effects of a behavioural addiction called food addiction. This addiction is characterised by a compulsive consumption of high fat and sugary foods that activates the reward system in humans, making them want more and more of the same thing. This doesn’t happen to be a coincidence as the food industry is well aware of this, and consequently, creates food that will be highly palatable for the great majority, despite the adverse consequences that this has on people’s health.

Here you have a listening activity from The National CBC News.

A2 · Listening

Mog’s Christmas Calamity

It’s Christmas time and many of the UK’s chain stores create the most incredible advertisements on pets, children and families. The advertisment that we have here, is about a cat called Mog. Mog is the main character in a series of children’s books written by Judith Kerr and that somehow always manages to get into different conundrums.

This is a little listening activity based on  Sainsbury’s  Christmas Advert 2015,  for some practice and, why not? help you get into  the Christmas spirit.