Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Mock Exam. Use of English 1. Vocabulary

Use of English
Part I. Multiple Choice Cloze
TEXT A: SMART DOG!
Pitch: how high or low a sound is, especially a musical note. Sp. tono. E.g. A basic sense of rhythm and pitch is essential in a music teacher.
Convey: /kənˈveɪ/ to make ideas, feelings, etc. known to somebody. Communicate. E.g.
He tried desperately to convey how urgent the situation was.
Treat: something very pleasant and enjoyable, especially something that you give somebody or do for them. Sp. premio, sorpresa. E.g. We took the kids to the zoo as a special treat. 
Foe: /fəʊ/ an enemy.
Pack: a group of animals that hunt together or are kept for hunting. Sp. manada. E.g. packs of savage dogs. Wolves hunting in packs. A pack of hounds (dogs for hunting)
Set: a group of similar things that belong together in some way. Sp. juego. E.g. a set of six chairs.

TEXT B: What does every top corporate boss need? Lego 
Range: to vary between two particular amounts, sizes, etc, including others between them. Range from A to B. Sp. oscilar. E.g. Accommodation ranges from tourist class to luxury hotels. 
Rafting or white-water raftingt: the sport or activity of travelling down a river on a raft.
We went white-water rafting on the Colorado River.
Raft: a small boat made of rubber or plastic that is filled with air. E.g. an inflatable raft.
Team building refers to a wide range of activities, presented to businesses, schools, sports teams,... designed for improving team performance.
Corporate: / ˈkɔːpərət/ connected with a corporation. Sp. empresarial. E.g. corporate finance/ planning/ strategy
Ethos: /ˈiːθɒs/ the moral ideas and attitudes that belong to a particular group or society. Sp. valores, comportamiento. E.g. an ethos of public service. The carefree Californian ethos.

Part II. Open Cloze
Swirl: / swɜːl/ to move around quickly in a circle; to make something do this. E.g. The water swirled down the drain.
Syringe: syringes (pl)  /sɪˈrɪndʒɪz/  a plastic or glass tube with a long hollow needle.
Pellet: /ˈpelɪt/ a small hard ball of any substance, often of soft material that has become hard. Sp. bolita, perdigón.

Part IV. Key-word Transformations
Bickering: /ˈbɪkərɪŋ/ a quarrel about things that are not importan.