Monday, 30 June 2014

Homework 2013-2014

In this blog you will find extra material to improve your English.

Bibliography Advanced 2 2013-2014
Speakout LEAD-IN
Unit 1: Speakout 1.1  Speakout 1.2  Speakout 1.3  Speakout 1.4 & 1.5
Unit 2 : Speakout 2.1: p 20  p 21 & 22  Speakout 2.2  Speakout 2.3 Speakout 2.4 & 2.5
Unit 3 : Speakout 3.1  Speakout 3.2  Speakout 3.3  Speakout 3.4 & 3.5
Unit 4 : Speakout 4.1  Speakout 4.2  Speakout 4.3  Speakout 4.4 & 4.5
Unit 5 : Speakout 5.1  Speakout 5.2  Speakout 5.3  Speakout 5.4 & 5.5
Unit 6 : Speakout 6.1  Speakout 6.2  Speakout 6.3  Speakout 6.4 & 6.5
Unit 7 : Speakout 7.1  Speakout 7.2  Speakout 7.3  Speakout 7.4 & 7.5
Unit 8 : Speakout 8.1  Speakout 8.2  Speakout 8.3  Speakout 8.4 & 8.5
Unit 9 : Speakout 9.1  Speakout 9.2  Speakout 9.3  Speakout 9.4 & 9.5
Unit 10 : Speakout 10.1  Speakout 10.2  Speakout 10.3  Speakout 10.4 & 10.5

Assignments
Unit 1: Personal profile: My English and Me (deadline: 16 Oct) More ideas on how to write personal profiles on page 10.
Unit 2: Discursive essay: choose one of these statements and write a discursive essay. You will get more ideas on how to write an essay on p 25 and here. You will find useful language, here, here , here , here  and here  (deadline: 6 Nov). 
  • Medical advances will soon mean that people will live until they are 200 years old.
  • Individual countries do not have the right to interfere with the affairs of another country.
  • Books will always exist- people like the feel of paper.
  • Students, not the state, should pay university tuition fees.
  • Women should be promoted to top jobs in business and politics before men.
Unit 3: Proposal: write a proposal for a documentary about your country. You can find more details for this task on page 41. Here you can see examples of how to write proposals. Finally, you can find useful language for writing proposals on page 132 (3.3) and  here. (Deadline 25 Nov) 

Unit 4: A problem-solution essay: choose one of these topics and write a problem-solution essay. You will get more ideas on how to write a problem-solution essay on p 49 and here. You will find useful language, here, here , here , here  and here  (deadline: 16 Dec).
  • Human rights
  • Child labour
  • Economic development
  • Intellectual Property
  • Capital punishment
  • Religious freedom
  • Environmental awareness
  • Illegal immigration
  • Civil liberties
  • Free trade
  • Freedom of speech
  • Gun control
Unit 5: A narrative.  Choose one of the two options below and write a narrative. You will get more ideas on how to write narratives on p 58. You will also find useful language   here
A) Write a story which ends as follows: "He picked up the unopened envelope and set light to it with a match. With a faint smile on his face, he watched the remains crumble in the ashtray".
B) Write a scrapbook after Christmas with the activities you did together with family and friends. (deadline: 13 Jan) 

Unit 6: Write a report about the housing situation for young people. Find the details here. (Deadline: 3 Feb)

Unit 7: Make a presentation. Give a 10 minute presentation on one of the curriculum topics. You can find some tips here. Deadlines: before 30 Oct tell your teacher the topic. In February give the presentation.

Unit 8: Article. A series of articles is being published in a magazine you read under the title Tell Me What It's All About. The articles are all attempts to explain something that is currently popular to people who have never heard of it and know nothing whatsoever about it. Readers have been invited to send in their own articles under this title. Write your article, remembering that it must assume no knowledge of its subject on the part of the reader. To see how to write articles click here and also here. On page 97 you can also read some guidelines to improve descriptive writing. Finally, you can find useful language for writing here. (Deadline: 10 March)

Unit 9: Write a review of two books you have read this year.   Useful language .  (Deadlines: before 30 Oct tell your teacher the books you are going to read. In April hand in your review) Click here for a list of readers and more instructions for this assignment.

Unit 10: Character Reference. (deadline: 9 May). Find the details here 

Workbook:
You can do the exercises in Units 1-10 




Monday, 3 February 2014

Speakout Advanced p 126. Use of English practice 2



OPEN CLOZE
1. There were very ___________ people at the party when we arrived but half an hour later, it was crowded.
2. How was I to know that she would have an allergic reaction ___________ the nuts in the cake? She should have said something!
3. Arthritis is a very painful ___________ that affects not only the old but also many younger people making many everyday activities difficult.
4. He said he couldn't come to the meeting because of a previous engagement but I think he is just ___________ excuses.
5. You were driving at over fifty miles ___________ hour and the limit here is only forty.
6. I ___________ to go to school now, otherwise I will be late.
7. I can eat almost ___________ type of fish or seafood except for octopus which I can't stand.
8.                  The city is pretty safe although you may have some problems if you go into certain neighbourhoods ___________ night.

1. I gave up my seat on the bus ___________ that an old woman could sit down.

2. The film was awful. The best thing ___________ it was the photography which was beautiful. The film was shot in Cambodia.
3. What a strange looking dog! Do you know what ___________ it is?
4. ___________ me a favour and pass me the cell phone that's on the newspaper, please.
5. First you will need to go to the post office, ___________ you can buy all the stamps and envelopes you need.
6. If you haven't been to the doctor's for a check for over a year, you ___________ go as soon as possible.
7. Madrid is a wonderful city but it has fewer parks ___________ London which is a shame because of the hot and sunny weather there.
8. Turn the machine off! That alarm means it can't ___________ working properly.











WORD FORMATION

1. The Sultan spent over fifty million dollars making the capital city's main hotel the most ______________ in the country.
luxury
2. Police working on solving the bank robbery have by chance ______________ a plan to murder a leading politician.
cover
3. We should go and eat at "Franco's" which is ______________ a great little restaurant.
suppose
4. I left the house at 8am and stared at the empty garage in ______________. My car was nowhere to be seen. Someone had stolen it!
believe
5. If you have any problems finding things, just ask Roger. He is very ______________ and will tell you where to find what you want.
help
6. You paid $25 for a simple breakfast?! They have certainly ______________ you! You should go back and complain.
charge
7. The gang robbed three banks in the same city and all at about the same time. Not ______________, they were caught by the police during the fourth attempt.
surprise
8.                  Sarina is only my half sister because we have ______________ mothers.
Differ

1. This queue hasn't moved in five minutes. I'm getting a bit ______________!
patient
2. Politicians should spend some time living on the streets like ______________ people have to and then they would understand better the problems they have.
home
3. Carl was calmly taking a photograph as this ______________ large bear walked towards the car. It was a ______________ experience...at least for me!
astonish
terrify
4. If you go walking around the factory, ensure you have ______________ clothing on.
protect
5. Are you sure you have cleaned the kitchen? There is still a pretty ______________ smell coming from it.
pleasant
6. Although it isn't definite we will see you tomorrow, it is quite ______________.
like
7. Be sure not to put more than three ______________ of vodka into the mix, otherwise it will be too alcoholic.
spoon
8.                  Finding a cure for cancer will be a huge ______________ breakthrough for mankind.
Medicine

1. Buying and selling antiques can be a very ______________ hobby if you know how to find a good bargain.
profit
2. We were left without any money for the last part of our holiday because we had ______________ the cost of the train ticket to Norway.
estimate
3. Mr. Transom stared ______________ at the group of students talking in the corner and they shut up immediately.
cross
4. Jennings is so ______________ enthusiastic about the game that his enthusiasm spreads to his team-mates and the result is usually a strong performance.
wonder
5. I think I was ______________ sacked and have decided to bring the company to court.
fair
6. Have you seen my handbag John? It seems to have totally ______________!
appear
7. You know your father is the most ______________ person in the world. He is sure to be wearing one of his old sweaters to the party.
fashion
8.                  People will need to see ______________ provable information before they can believe in something like life on other planets.
science






KEY WORD TRANSFORMATION

1. Many people think Steve stole the money.
believed
Steve ______________________________ the money.
2. The strong winds blew down the two ancient trees during the storm.
blown
The two ancient trees ______________________________ the storm.
3. He doesn't have enough money to buy the computer.
too
The computer ______________________________ to buy.
4. "You should start a new hobby, Mr. Jenkins", the doctor said.
take
The Doctor advised ______________________________ a new hobby.
5. We have been waiting here since half past ten.
for
We have been waiting ______________________________ one hour.
6. The man suddenly realised that the neighbour was watching him.
watched
The man suddenly realised that he ______________________________ the neighbour.
7. I could never have passed that exam without your help.
you
I could never have passed that exam ______________________________ me.
8.                  We paid some people to landscape the garden for us last year.
had
We ______________________________ last year.


1. "How about going to the cinema tonight?", said Anne
suggested
Ann ______________________________ to the cinema.
2. My advice to you is to talk to your parents.
would
If ______________________________ talk to my parents.
3. Barry wasn't strong enough to lift the box.
have
Barry didn't ______________________________ to lift the box
4. They started the company in 1997.
set
The company ______________________________ 1997
5. I think Jean really likes Simon.
keen
Jean ______________________________ Simon.
6. I was made responsible for foreign sales.
charge
They put ______________________________ foreign sales.
7. The brothers really enjoyed themselves in Spain last summer.
time
The brothers really ______________________________ in Spain last summer.
8.                  The Queen is opening the new school tomorrow afternoon.
opened
The new school ______________________________ Queen tomorrow afternoon.


1. Marcus started learning French two years ago.
learning
Marcus has ______________________________ two years.
2. Harry isn't here. He went to lunch twenty minutes ago.
gone
Harry isn't here. He ______________________________ lunch.
3. Do you own that stereo?
yours
Is ______________________________?
4. Look at how black the sky is! There is rain arriving.
going
Look at how black the sky is! It ______________________________.
5. What a shame. There is no food left!
wish
I ______________________________ left!
6. What a shame. They ate all the food.
wish
I ______________________________ all the food.
7. The teenagers were stealing my car when I arrived.
being
My car ______________________________ teenagers when I arrived.
8.                  You use that little hammer to crack the stones.
for
This little hammer ______________________________.




MULTIPLE CHOICE

1. How can you possibly work in a zoo if you are terrified ___________ snakes?
a. at
b. of
c. with
d. in
2. Are you ___________ on foreign language films?
a. enthusiastic
b. excited
c. keen
d. liking
3. This government should be using far ___________ policies in an attempt to beat unemployment.
a. crueler
b. meaner
c. tougher
d. harder
4. Homeschooling, which involves ___________ children at home, is becoming ever more popular.
a. training
b. managing
c. bringing up
d. educating
5. Can you put me ___________ for two days if I come and stay with you?
a. up
b. about
c. in
d. out
6. The floods were caused by two days of ___________ rain.
a. pouring
b. drowning
c. flowing
d. shattering
7. It was only a minor accident and we all escaped without ___________.
a. damage
b. wounds
c. injury
d. hurt
8. By 10pm it was very dark and the black car was ___________ almost impossible to see.
a. so
b. therefore
c. that
d. such



KEY



 
OPEN CLOZE
1. There were very _____few______ people at the party when we arrived but half an hour later, it was crowded.
2. How was I to know that she would have an allergic reaction ____to_______ the nuts in the cake? She should have said something!
3. Arthritis is a very painful ____condition_______ that affects not only the old but also many younger people making many everyday activities difficult.
4. He said he couldn't come to the meeting because of a previous engagement but I think he is just _____making______ excuses.
5. You were driving at over fifty miles ___per/ an________ hour and the limit here is only forty.
6. I ___ought / need / have________ to go to school now, otherwise I will be late.
7. I can eat almost ____any_______ type of fish or seafood except for octopus which I can't stand.
8.                  The city is pretty safe although you may have some problems if you go into certain neighbourhoods _____at______ night.



1. I gave up my seat on the bus ___so________ that an old woman could sit down.

2. The film was awful. The best thing ____about_______ it was the photography which was beautiful. The film was shot in Cambodia.
3. What a strange looking dog! Do you know what __breed / type_________ it is?
4. _____Do______ me a favour and pass me the cell phone that's on the newspaper, please.
5. First you will need to go to the post office, ____where_______ you can buy all the stamps and envelopes you need.
6. If you haven't been to the doctor's for a check for over a year, you _____should______ go as soon as possible.
7. Madrid is a wonderful city but it has fewer parks ___than________ London which is a shame because of the hot and sunny weather there.
8. Turn the machine off! That alarm means it can't ___be________ working properly.






WORD FORMATION

1. The Sultan spent over fifty million dollars making the capital city's main hotel the most ___luxurious___________ in the country.
luxury
2. Police working on solving the bank robbery have by chance ____uncovered__________ a plan to murder a leading politician.
cover
3. We should go and eat at "Franco's" which is ___supposedly___________ a great little restaurant.
suppose
4. I left the house at 8am and stared at the empty garage in _____disbelief_________. My car was nowhere to be seen. Someone had stolen it!
believe
5. If you have any problems finding things, just ask Roger. He is very _______helpful_______ and will tell you where to find what you want.
help
6. You paid $25 for a simple breakfast?! They have certainly __overcharged____________ you! You should go back and complain.
charge
7. The gang robbed three banks in the same city and all at about the same time. Not ___surprisingly___________, they were caught by the police during the fourth attempt.
surprise
8.                  Sarina is only my half sister because we have ___different___________ mothers.
Differ

1. This queue hasn't moved in five minutes. I'm getting a bit ______impatient________!
patient
2. Politicians should spend some time living on the streets like ____homeless__________ people have to and then they would understand better the problems they have.
home
3. Carl was calmly taking a photograph as this ____astonishingly__________ large bear walked towards the car. It was a ___terrifying___________ experience...at least for me!
astonish
terrify
4. If you go walking around the factory, ensure you have __protective____________ clothing on.
protect
5. Are you sure you have cleaned the kitchen? There is still a pretty ____unpleasant__________ smell coming from it.
pleasant
6. Although it isn't definite we will see you tomorrow, it is quite ___likely___________.
like
7. Be sure not to put more than three ___spoonfuls___________ of vodka into the mix, otherwise it will be too alcoholic.
spoon
8.                  Finding a cure for cancer will be a huge ___medical___________ breakthrough for mankind.
Medicine

1. Buying and selling antiques can be a very ___profitable___________ hobby if you know how to find a good bargain.
profit
2. We were left without any money for the last part of our holiday because we had __underestimated____________ the cost of the train ticket to Norway.
estimate
3. Mr. Transom stared ____crossly__________ at the group of students talking in the corner and they shut up immediately.
cross
4. Jennings is so ___wonderfully___________ enthusiastic about the game that his enthusiasm spreads to his team-mates and the result is usually a strong performance.
wonder
5. I think I was ____unfairly__________ sacked and have decided to bring the company to court.
fair
6. Have you seen my handbag John? It seems to have totally ___disappeared___________!
appear
7. You know your father is the most ___unfashionable___________ person in the world. He is sure to be wearing one of his old sweaters to the party.
fashion
8.                  People will need to see ___scientifically___________ provable information before they can believe in something like life on other planets.
science






KEY WORD TRANSFORMATION

1. Many people think Steve stole the money.
believed
Steve ___is believed to have stolen___________________________ the money.
2. The strong winds blew down the two ancient trees during the storm.
blown
The two ancient trees ___were blown down during___________________________ the storm.
3. He doesn't have enough money to buy the computer.
too
The computer __is too expensive for him____________________________ to buy.
4. "You should start a new hobby, Mr. Jenkins", the doctor said.
take
The Doctor advised __Mr. Jenkins to take up____________________________ a new hobby.
5. We have been waiting here since half past ten.
for
We have been waiting ___here for___________________________ one hour.
6. The man suddenly realised that the neighbour was watching him.
watched
The man suddenly realised that he ____was being watched by__________________________ the neighbour.
7. I could never have passed that exam without your help.
you
I could never have passed that exam __if you hadn’t helped____________________________ me.
8.                  We paid some people to landscape the garden for us last year.
had
We ____had the garden landscaped__________________________ last year.


1. "How about going to the cinema tonight?", said Anne
suggested
Ann ______suggested going________________________ to the cinema.
2. My advice to you is to talk to your parents.
would
If __I were you I would____________________________ talk to my parents.
3. Barry wasn't strong enough to lift the box.
have
Barry didn't ___have the strength / enough strength___________________________ to lift the box
4. They started the company in 1997.
set
The company _was set up in_____________________________ 1997
5. I think Jean really likes Simon.
keen
Jean ____is really keen on__________________________ Simon.
6. I was made responsible for foreign sales.
charge
They put ___me in charge of___________________________ foreign sales.
7. The brothers really enjoyed themselves in Spain last summer.
time
The brothers really __had a good/great/wonderful time____________________________ in Spain last summer.
8.                  The Queen is opening the new school tomorrow afternoon.
opened
The new school ___is being opened by the___________________________ Queen tomorrow afternoon.


1. Marcus started learning French two years ago.
learning
Marcus has ___been learning French for___________________________ two years.
2. Harry isn't here. He went to lunch twenty minutes ago.
gone
Harry isn't here. He __has gone to____________________________ lunch.
3. Do you own that stereo?
yours
Is ___that stereo yours___________________________?
4. Look at how black the sky is! There is rain arriving.
going
Look at how black the sky is! It __is going to rain____________________________.
5. What a shame. There is no food left!
wish
I _wish we had some food_____________________________ left!
6. What a shame. They ate all the food.
wish
I __wish they hadn’t eaten____________________________ all the food.
7. The teenagers were stealing my car when I arrived.
being
My car __was being stolen by the____________________________ teenagers when I arrived.
8.                  You use that little hammer to crack the stones.
for
This little hammer ___is for cracking the stones___________________________.




MULTIPLE CHOICE

1. How can you possibly work in a zoo if you are terrified ___________ snakes?
a. at
b. of
c. with
d. in
2. Are you ___________ on foreign language films?
a. enthusiastic
b. excited
c. keen
d. liking
3. This government should be using far ___________ policies in an attempt to beat unemployment.
a. crueler
b. meaner
c. tougher
d. harder
4. Homeschooling, which involves ___________ children at home, is becoming ever more popular.
a. training
b. managing
c. bringing up
d. educating
5. Can you put me ___________ for two days if I come and stay with you?
a. up
b. about
c. in
d. out
6. The floods were caused by two days of ___________ rain.
a. pouring
b. drowning
c. flowing
d. shattering
7. It was only a minor accident and we all escaped without ___________.
a. damage
b. wounds
c. injury
d. hurt
8. By 10pm it was very dark and the black car was ___________ almost impossible to see.
a. so
b. therefore
c. that
d. such