C1 2nd Term Page One

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Welcome to a new term

Getting started.

If you did not do the first part of this course look at the work in this wiki for the first term. You can check your level and see useful information about what is in the computer test. Then look at the written exam text types you can do in the exam here. Look at the European Framework of Reference levels to find out what a C1 level student can do when they speak or write. In this way you can see what you can or cannot do and need to work on.


Look in particular at pages 14 and 27 of the Framework


The Language of Money and Conditionals Revision

This forst week we have been revising some key grammar points (see pp 34/35) and working on the theme of money and spending habits(p.28).
Here is a worksheet to extend your knowledge of vocabulary and conditionals:





Extra Listening activities for keen students to do

There is not always enough time in class to do all the work we would like to. If you need to, or would like to practise listening and speaking in a structured way, here are some useful exercises you can do.

Podcasts

Anyone who has an ipod, iphone, ipad or computer can access a whole range of very useful sites and apps to practise listening. Podcasts, which are often radio programmes "that you can save and listen to when you want to" are an excellent way of doing this.
Follow the link below to watch my video introducing some useful podcasts:

Podcasting


Speaking English

If you are attending class you will have some time to develop this skill, but in fact it is often qutie limited so you might like to develop speaking outside class as well.
Splendid Speaking is an excellent site (There is also a community on Facebook) which you can use to develop the skill of speaking by doing "exam type" activities or by contacting other learners and doing activities together. Follow this link:
Splendid Speaking.

Using Skype

You could also use Skype to chat in English with someone else who is in your class. To avoid unstructured conversations why don't you do this:
1. Find another students and arrange a time when you can talk together;
2. Look at this worksheet on "Travel" in advance and think about how you would complete the sentences;

3. When you talk to each other discuss your answers to the worksheet.
4. You could even record your conversation (Using Podomatic and save a copy then posting the link on our discussion thread (see the tab above to the right of the page, so that others (including your teacher) can listen to your conversation).
If you don't want to record your conversation just write a summary of the most interesting points you have discussed.

What can we do next?

Continue meeting in your pairs or in study groups
1. If you want to practise listening and discussion, for instance one of you could choose one of the podcasts I suggested in the video or that other students have posted in the discussions, and prepare a question sheet for the others to do, with key vocabulary etc. This is also an excellent site for lessons related to the news. The BBC is also an excellent site as it has a section called Learning English which has reading, video, audio material with worksheets. Go to: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/subjects/english.shtml

2. Then the organiser should write a summary of the work in the discssion thread for everyone to read