Studio English C1 Level
1st October 2014
Welcome to our page for C1 English! I really hope this page will be helpful for us. I encourage you to get involved as much as possible by commenting, asking questions and sending in anything you think the rest of the class may find useful.
It was really great to meet you all today. I'll be uploading resources from today's class below.
See you all on Monday, have a lovely weekend!
Here's a link to the worksheet from today:
Here's some more info on "would" vs. "used to" when speaking about past habits:
23rd October 2014
Today we saw how the CAE exam is going to be different from January (focusing on the Reading section). Find more info here:
20th October 2014
Today we practised for the Reading part of the CAE exam. Here's some more info:
15th October 2014
I've added the following things below:
- A link to the list of essay topics (remember that I'd like you to give me an essay every Monday, and I'll correct them and give them back by the following Monday).
- A link to the video with the Scottish men in the lift.
Don't forget to write me an essay for Monday! Good luck.
Have a lovely weekend.
13th October 2014
I've finished correcting your essays on globalisation - they were really good overall! I'll be giving them out tomorrow so we'll go over common mistakes then.
I can't send you the link to the exact Use of English exercise we did in class ("What we know about music and the brain"), because you need a username and password for the Cambridge Teachers' page, but I've added a link to a quiz someone has set up with the exact same text below :)
See you on Wednesday!
8th October 2014
Here's the PowerPoint for the food idioms we learned today. They're a piece of cake, so don't be lemons ;)
I've also posted the video with Hugh Laurie and Ellen Degeneres :)
Here's the PowerPoint I used in today's lesson. It includes the preposition revision and the lesson on globalisation.
I've also added the list of essay questions.
According to Wikipedia:
“Globalization" (or globalisation) is the process by which the people of the world are unified into a single society and function together. ‘Globalization’ is often used to refer to economic globalization: the integration of national economies into the international economy through trade, foreign direct investment, capital flows, migration, and the spread of technology. This process is usually recognized as being driven by a combination of economic, technological, sociocultural, political and biological factors.
The term can also refer to the transnational dissemination of ideas, languages, or popular culture.”
- What do you think of this definition of "globalisation"?
- What are the pros and cons of globalisation?
- Why do you think so many people oppose it?
- Do you think it would be a good idea if all barriers to trade were removed from the world and people could freely export and import without customs duties or any other problems? What impact would such a change have?
- Do you think it would be a good idea if people could live and work in any country they liked without restriction? What impact would such a change have?
- How would you react if a multinational employing several hundred people in your area announced they were moving to another country where production costs were lower?
- Would your reaction be any different if that private company had previously received large amounts of public money to set up their plant in your area? Why/why not?
- How would you react if a multinational employing several hundred people announced they were moving to your country because production costs were lower?
- How much cheaper do you think goods are to produce in a developing country than in a developed country? Why do you think this is?
- How should developed countries respond to the challenges presented by developing countries which have lower wage costs?
- "Protectionism" refers to the practice of putting up trade barriers such as import duties so as to reduce or prevent the importation of goods from poorer countries and protect higher cost industries in more developed nations. What do you think of the morality of excluding goods from poor or developing countries?
- Do you think goods that you normally buy are cheaper/more expensive if produced where you live rather than imported?
- Do you think imported goods are better quality than locally-produced ones? Why/why not?
- If your region/country were an apple-growing region, for instance, would you be willing to pay more for locally-grown apples than for imported ones?
- One frequently-quoted example of globalisation is McDonalds. Some people say that McDonalds restaurants are a bad thing because they mean that everybody will eat the same food; others say that they are a good thing because you are always able to eat something you recognise know and like. What is your opinion?
1st October 2014
Here's the "Ice Breaker" Prezi I used today.
P.S. Don't forget the chat-up line (requiebro) that I told you today:
A: Hey, do you know how much a polar bear weighs?
B: Um, no.
A: Neither do I, but it should be enough to break the ice ;)
Adjective + Preposition
Adjectives are used in simple sentences to describe people and objects. For example, She is an interesting speaker. More complex sentences use adjectives + prepositions to make statements about a person's attitude towards something. For example, She is excited about the concert tonight. Here is a list of the most common adjective + preposition combinations to express people's feelings.
Use the following adjectives followed by 'about'. Each group of adjectives has the same or related meanings. Use the verb 'to be' with these expressions.
angry / annoyed / furious about something
Example: I'm really angry about our losses on the stock market!
excited about something
Example: He's excited about his birthday party next week.
worried / upset about something
Example: He's worried about his upcoming examinations.
sorry about something
Example: I'm very sorry about losing your book.
Use the following adjectives followed by 'at'. Each group of adjectives has the same or related meanings. Use the verb 'to be' with these expressions.
good / excellent / brilliant at something OR at doing something
Example: They are excellent at planning fun parties.
bad / hopeless at something OR at doing something
Example: Unfortunately, I'm hopeless at being on time.
AT / BY
Use the following adjectives followed by 'at' or 'by'. Each group of adjectives have the same or related meanings. Use the verb 'to be' with these expressions.
amazed / astonished / shocked / surprised at OR by something
Example: I was amazed at his stamina.
Use the following adjectives followed by 'for'. Each group of adjectives has the same or related meanings. Use the verb 'to be' with these expressions.
angry with someone for something
Example: I'm really angry with John for his total lack of responsibility.
famous for something
Example: She's famous for her watercolor paintings.
responsible for something
Example: You'll have to speak to John, he's responsible for customer complaints.
sorry for doing something
Example: He says he's sorry for shouting at you.
(to feel or be) sorry for someone
Example: I really feel sorry for Pam.
Use the following adjectives followed by 'from'.
different from someone / something
Example: His photographs are very different from his paintings.
I Wish I Had: Expressing Wishes
1. I Wish I Had - Present Wishes
The phrase I wish I had... is used to imagine a present situation. Here are some common phrases with I wish I had...
I wish I had more money.
I wish I had more free time.
I wish I had more friends.
I wish I had a better car.
In the phrase, I wish I had... 'had' is the past simple form of the verb 'to have'. You can certainly use other verbs with 'I wish...'.
I wish I spoke Russian.
I wish I played the guitar.
I wish I drove a Mercedes.
I wish I lived in Seattle.
The use of the I wish I had... is very similar to the second conditional because it expresses a situation which is contrary to fact. Look at these sentences comparing the two forms:
I wish I had a bigger house. = If I had more money, I would have a bigger house.
I wish I knew more people in this town. = If I smiled more, I would meet more people.
I wish I had a driver's license. = If I were 16, I would have a driver's license.
- Grammar Review for ‘I wish I had’
First Subject + Wish(es) + Second Subject + Past Simple
'Wish' + the past simple is used to expresses wishes about the present. Remember to use standard present simple conjugation with 'es' for he, she and it and 'do / does', as well as the negative 'don't / doesn't' followed by a statement in the past tense.
She wishes she had more free time.
Do you wish you had more friends?
Does he wish he lived in Chicago?
They don't wish they were bankers.
Jennifer doesn't wish she went to school.
2. I Wish I Had Had - Past Wishes
It's also common to speak about past wishes with the phrase I wish I had had (done, gone, played, etc.). Here are some common phrases with I wish I had had...
I wish I had had more free time on my business trip last week.
I wish I had stayed in Florence longer.
I wish I had bought that house.
I wish I had invited Tim to the party.
Like the phrase I wish I had... is similar to a conditional form, but this time the past conditional (conditional three). The use of the I wish I had done... expresses a situation which is contrary to what actually happened in the past. Look at these sentences comparing the two forms:
I wish I had known his name. = If I had known his name, I would have said hello.
I wish I had bough Sarah a present. = If I bought Sarah a present, I wouldn't have been embarrassed.
I wish I had thought of that idea! = If I had thought of that idea, I would be rich!
- Grammar Review for ‘I wish I had had’
First Subject + Wish(es) + Second Subject + Past Perfect
Notice that the first part of the sentence is conjugated in the present because a person now wishes that something different had happened in the past. As with the present form, remember to use standard present simple conjugation with 'es' for he, she and it and 'do / does', as well as the negative 'don't / doesn't' followed by a statement in the past tense. 'don't / doesn't' followed by a statement in the past tense.
Jane wishes she had gone to that restaurant in New York.
Does she wish she had spent more time with her son?
They don't wish they had gone to the play.
Jennifer doesn't wish she had bought a present for Tommy.
Links to online resources
Here are the links to some of the resources I told you about, plus some extra ones - please feel free to leave a comment with some of your own! :)
Linguee (words and phrases in context):
Reverso (good for collocations and expressions):
Howjsay: Talking Dictionary
The core and quirks of English grammar
Lots of free activities!
Make your own dictionary or vocabulary list online with Word Dynamo: