I wish...
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I wish it were Friday afternoon. I wish it were late April. I wish it were warm and sunny.

Do you?

Nature and the Environment Vocabulary
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1 Plants and animals

A Add THREE more items to each list. Use a dictionary if necessary. The first is done for you as an example:


1 Cereals: oats, rye, maize, barley, wheat
2 Fruit: grape, pear, peach,
3 Vegetables: spinach, radish, carrot,
4 Trees: pine, olive, oak,
5 Flowers: rose, daisy, carnation,
6 Wild animals (mammals): rabbit, tiger, whale,
7 Domestic animals: turkey, camel, goat,
8 Pets: parrot, goldfish,
9 Birds: sparrow, eagle, pigeon,
10 Young animals: puppy, calf, chick,
11 Reptiles: lizard, alligator,
12 Insects: butterfly, wasp, ant,
13 Fish: salmon, shark,
14 Other sea creatures: oyster, octopus, crab,

B Find the missing words to fill the gaps in these sentences. The first one is done for you as an example:

1 Less than 2% of the British labour force is employed on farms in agriculture.
2 In the autumn, at h .............. time, the c ...........s in the fields have to be gathered in and the fruit in the orchards has to be p ..............
3 In the Alps, cows are kept indoors in winter and spend the summer in the m ..........s.
4 The sport that involves chasing or shooting animals is called h .....................
5 P ............... is caused when waste products or p ............s contaminate the environment.
6 According to the weather f........., there will be sunny i.............s this morning.
7 In the early morning there may be thick f................ and motorists should drive slowly.
8 We couldn't see very far from the top of the hill because it was slightly ............y.
9 During the night t.................... will fall below freezing and there will be a f................
10 During the s.......... many trees were blown down.
1 1 Although it was really boiling in the sun, there was a light b ............... from the sea, which made it feel quite pleasant in the s .....................
12 Although the storm passed us by, we could hear the th.................... and see the 1 ..................... in the distance.
13 It's not going to rain all day, it's just a sh ..................... . We'll soon be able to go out.
14 The s ................ in the north of the country is spectacular with deep v.........s and high snow-capped peaks, but the c ............ tends to be cool and wet.
15 The west c ..................... of the country has high c.............s as well as sandy beaches.


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Word and Phrase Search
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As we've covered a wide range of vocabulary I suggest you rake your brain and come up with answers to the following definitions:

1) to figure out where you are and where you're going
2) pay close attention to what is being said (2 var.)
3) make smth easier
4) completely removing yourself from a bad situation
5)to be infected with a disease or obsessed with a desire/idea to do smth
6) have complete control over smb
7) to start to successfully use the skills you've just learnt
8) a large building or group of buildings with thick stone walls, and often a moat (a medieval ______ )
9) a quilified person who teaches you how to drive
10) if you can't say what you mean because you can't remember the right words you're ______ _____ ______
11) if you successfully pass a test or exam with great ease, you pass it _____ _______ _______
12) do things in a completely new/different way

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BREATHE - Taylor Swift
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Following up some pronunciation points with a listening activity, I'd like first to remind you about the difference between BREATH (noun, an act of breathing) and BREATHE (verb meaning "inhale and exhale air") . Hope you know which transcription, [breθ] or [briːð], goes with which word ;)



Taylor Swift – BREATHE

Listen to the song for the first time and answer the questions below:

1) What is this song about?

2) What feeling does the singer express?

3) Who may this song be dedicated to?

4) Have you ever had the same experience?



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Breaking the Ice: Session One Recap
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As an intro, we decided to talk about the students' background in learning English. The students shared their respective experiences and drew similarities and found differences between them. It helped build confidence and we started to feel at ease around each other. I, as a teacher, got some insights into self-study and language acquisition proper since most emphasis has been placed on picking up the language "the natural way" by simply listening, watching and reading.

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FCE Prep Course Kick-Off
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I am pleased beyond words to get to know a fresh batch of students who've signed up for the FCE prep course I am running. They are a rather motley crew but eager to
learn and as bright as two buttons!
I'd like to mark the kick-off of our joint venture with reviving this community and creating an interactive opportunity for those willing to grasp the nettle but
uncertain about how one goes about starting to study for FCE.
I'll do my best to stay on top of things and post updates on a more or less regular basis. This community is mostly student- oriented, so everyone is invited to embark on the exciting journey to better English.

Relative Clauses
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Family Ties
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For Vera's benefit, I post a vocabulary lesson on
FAMILIES

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Happy Birthday!
This happens to be my present ;)

Shopping
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Our dear teacher vivi_sectionist  asked me to share my shopping expearence (considering it to be fun)).
So, it looks like running over dozen of stores and hardly buying two things. Watching and trying on make me happy enough and I also enjoy this way of saving money.
And what about your shopping practice?

Sorry for mistakes)))

Did you know that...
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... the Russian "звонок другу" popularised by many a game (quiz) show is actually "a mobile shoutout" originating from the initially British-import Cash Cab game show whose copycat, the Russian "Taxi", is broadcast on the TNT Channel.

Cash Cab is strongly recommended to boost your general knowledge and improve your listening skills as contestants speak in a variety of accents.

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