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1. Telling lies and liars

An interesting subject is "telling lies and liars" We listened to some people telling common lies in class and thought about the most common lies people tell in Italy.In the document below there is a questionnaire for you to do, and then a cloze test. If you were not at class it is a good idea to find someone who speaks English to do the questionnaires with so that you can practise together. If you want you can also use the discussion forum. Click on the link at the top of the page.

2. Review your vocabulary

You should also review all the new vocabulary that we have been learning, because at this level you can start to really build your vocabulary: phrasal verbs, use of prepositions and collocations etc.
This is a little test we did on Monday to practise some of the vocabulary from last week:

3. Collocations

In class we looked at compounds, idioms and collocations. Here are ten examples of collocations:
make an effort (make collocates with effort. This means you can't say "I did an effort")
ancient monument
bitterly cold
make mistakes
have breakfast (You can also "make breakfast" but this means you prepare it.)
pitch dark
powerful engine
strictly forbidden
substantial meal (The opposite is a "light meal")
watch TV

Practice Activity

Here is a document to practise collocations (we did some of this work in class but you can finish it)

4. Michael Portillo

This week we discussed a British Tory politician, Michael Portillo and we listened to his experiences on Real TV when he "became" a single mother of four for a week. We also studied the differences between the present simple and continuous forms related to both dynamic and stative verbs.
Now look at this document:


Language Focus

Present tenses in English

1. If you need to review your present tenses here is another activity downloaded from:

http://onestopenglish.com .

Look at the pictures and decide which one you would use the Simple Present to describe and which one the Present continuous.
Then write suitable questions for the answers on the second page. (If you are not sure of the forms of the present tenses (which auxiliary to use etc.) you should review this first.)

2. Practice Activity 2
For more practice look at this activity:

To do the activity listen to the song and watch this video if you want to. It is a remix of the original:

Here are the notes from our language analysis: