C2 Term 2 Page One


Welcome to a new term

Module One: looking at spoken and written language

This is the first week of term, although this course actually continues from the first term, being an annual one. In the first term we looked at general language and worked on Presentation skills.

Activity One

Learning from past work

Look at the general English test that we did at the beginning of January. There were various language problems that arose from this test so you can do the work on this page to help you learn from this.

January test

What is the C2 Level?
Do this little test to see what "C2" means. (Some of you may have done this before, but looking at it again every now and then is not a bad thing to do.)

A New Term

The main aim of the work this term is to develop academic reading and writing skills and to continue the work on Presentation skills. If you need to look at the work from last term you can access the language and writing work on the earlier pages of this wiki. You can also find supplementary materials for the work this term by following the link below to the former C1 academic English wiki.

Project One

Some reflections on language learning and a first look at an academic text in English
This week, since we are at the start of term, it is a good point to reflect on language learning, study and acquisition, so this is the text we analyse and discuss. If you would like to add your ideas to this discussion use the space in the discussion thread at the top of the page.

Activity One
Look at some language points from the written work we did on this text.
1) Look at the Word document to decide which are examples of good use and which are problematic.
2) Look at the analysis document to see if you were right. Finally take a few minutes to reflect what you have learned from this exercise.

Word document

Analysis Document

If you are not sure what the correction code means look at this document:

Extra infromation from the C1 academic English wiki

Focus on Language One


The Difference between Spoken and Written Language

Look at the first worksheet (or go to this link: http://c1academicenglish.wikispaces.com/WRITING)
In the document below you will find some of the ways in which written and spoken language differ in English. You might like to reflect on this: is it the same in your language or not? Some conclusions:

Worksheet 2

Sometimes people don't get it quite right. What problems can you see in the examples on this worksheet:

Noun Phrases, Nominalisation and "Removing personal pronouns"
Look at the document below to see some of the differences you may have noticed in worksheet 2. Then do the exercises on constructing and extending noun phrases.

Follow this link for the short article on Reality and Perception.
Another Inspirational TEDtalk which is linked to this theme is this one on Choosing your World by the inspirational conductor Benjamin Zander who said:

"Life unfolds in the story you tell..." Zander, B. (European Zeitgeist Talk 2011)

Post your final versions on the Digital Classroom Page.

Our discussion of the second question related to "crime"

Now see if you can do this exercise based on a rewritten version of the "Crime" extract:

Here are some suggested answers:

Here is a quiz on Written English:

Extra work

Look at this site to do some work on writing film reviews. Make sure you read and follow the instructions if you want to benefit as much as possible from this work.
Working with film reviews