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March 21, 2011

Unit 2: Interests

Filed under: lessons — richardlstansfield @ 2:39 am

Watch the video. What are their hobbies?

You should find about 9 hobbies.

1. mountain climbing (at 0:12)

2. martial arts (at 0:20 and 2:39)

3. playing guitar (at 0:30)

4. singing (0:40)

5. playing drums (1:03)

6. dancing (1:26)

7. playing keyboards (1:40)

8. boxing (3:05)

9. surfing (4:04)

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You can see more of this singer here and here.)

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Page 12, Exercise 1

journalism: (noun) the work of writing articles for newspapers, magazines, television, or radio

Part A

Answers

1. What are your hobbies?

2. What else do you enjoy doing in your free time?

3. Can you play a musical instrument?

4. Are you good at sports?

5. Are you interested in learning new things?

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Page 13, Exercise 2

infinitive = to + basic verb

e.g. to whistle

gerund = basic verb + -ing

e.g. whistling

* I can/can’t + basic verb

* I like/love/hate/prefer + infinitive/gerund

* I would like/I’d like + infinitive

* I enjoy + gerund

* preposition + gerund

e.g. I’m good at drawing people.

meditate:
(verb) to think calm thoughts for a long period in order to relax or as a religious activity

martial art:
(noun) traditional skills of fighting, especially from East Asia
e.g. tae-kwon-do, from Korea; karate, from Japan

celebrities: (noun) a famous person

pool: (noun) a game in which two people use long, thin sticks to hit coloured balls into holes around the edge of a table; similar to billiards

genre: (noun) a type of art or writing with a particular style

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Page 13, Exercise 2, Part A

Answers

1. Can you whistle?

2. Do you enjoy cooking?

3. Are you good at skating?

4. Do you like playing/to play board games?

5. Can you swim?

6. Are you interested in joining a meditation class?

7. Do you prefer exercising/to exercise alone or with friends?

8. Would you like to learn a martial art?

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Talking About Interests

Part 1

Complete the sentences.

1. Can you … … … … … … … … … … ?

2. Do you enjoy … … … … … … … … … … ?

3. Are you good at … … … … … … … … … … ?

4. Do you like … … … … … … … … … … ?

5. Are you interested in … … … … … … … … … … ?

6. Do you prefer … … … … … or … … … … … ?

7. Would you like … … … … … … … … … … ?

Part 2

Ask each other your questions. Answer with these phrases:

1. Yes, I can ( … )/No, I can’t ( … )

2. Yes, I do./Yes, I enjoy …

No, I don’t (enjoy … )

3. Yes, I am (good at … )/No, I’m not (good at … )

4. Yes, I do./Yes, I like ( … )

No, I don’t (like … )

5. Yes, I am (interested in … )/No, I’m not (interested in … )

6. I prefer …

7. Yes, I would (like to … )/No, I wouldn’t (like to … )

Examples

A: Can you whistle?

B: Yes, I can (whistle).

–or–

A: Do you enjoy cooking?

B: No, I don’t (enjoy cooking).

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Page 14, Exercise 1

Other Genres:

acapella

– ballads

blues

disco

electronica

heavy metal

hymns

new age

opera

punk rock

R & B (rhythmn and blues)

reggae

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Who are your favorite music artists?

Step 1. Make a list.

#1 = favorite, #2 = second-most favorite, #3 = third-most favorite, etc.

….. Artist ………. Genre

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

Step 2. Talk with a partner.

Example:

A: Who is your favorite artist?

B: Metallica. They are heavy metal/rock.

A: Who is your second-favorite artist?

B: 2NE1. They are electronica/dance/pop/hip-hop/R&B music.

etc.

Step 2. Write sentences.

Example:

….. Gina ………………… Hee-yeol

1. Metallica …………….. 1. Justin Timberlake

2. 2NE1 …………………. 2. Britney Spears

3. U2 ……………………… 3. 2NE1

4. Green Day ……………. 4. Girls’ Generation

5. Girls’ Generation ……… 5. Eminem

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Hee-yeol could write:

–> Gina likes Metallica, but I don’t.

–> Both of us like 2NE1.

–> Gina likes 2NE1 more that I do.

–> Both of us like Girls’ Generation.

–> I like Girls’ Generation more than Gina does.

–> I like Justin Timberlake, but Gina doesn’t.

–> Neither of us like 2PM.

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Page 16, Exercise 1, Part B

What hobbies do Sarah and Mike have?

Sarah

– knitting [knit: (verb) to make clothes using wool and two long needles to join the wool into rows]

– sewing [sew: (verb) to join things together with a needle and thread

Matt

– photography

Page 16, Exercise 1, Part B

1. e

2. a

3. f

4. d

5. g

crochet: (verb) to make clothes and other items using wool and a special needle with a hook at one end

6. c

7. b

Page 16, Exercise 1, Part B

Which words and syllables are stressed?

1. Do you have a lot of hobbies?

1. Do you have a lot of hobbies?

2. Do you like making things?

2. Do you like making things?

3. Are you interested in cooking?

3. Are you interested in cooking?

4. Are you into photography?

4. Are you into photography?

5. Can you knit or crochet?

5. Can you knit or crochet?

6. Do you collect anything?

6. Do you collect anything?

7. Are you good at fixing cars?

7. Are you good at fixing cars?

Ask each other the questions, and use correct stress. Give your own answers.

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Page 17, Exercise 2

Which words and syllables are stressed in these questions?

1. Are you interested in sports?

1. Are you interested in sports?

2. Are you into computers?

2. Are you into computers?

3. Do you enjoy doing jigsaw puzzles?

3. Do you enjoy doing jigsaw puzzles?

jigsaw puzzle: (noun) a picture in many small pieces that you put together as a game

4. Are you good at doing crossword puzzles?

4. Are you good at doing crossword puzzles?

crossword puzzle: (noun) a game in which you write words which are the answers to questions in a pattern of black and white squares

5. Can you do anything artistic, like draw or paint?

5. Can you do anything artistic, like draw or paint?

6. Would you like to learn a new skill, like carpentry?

6. Would you like to learn a new skill, like carpentry?

carpentry: (noun) making and repairing wooden objects

Ask each other the questions using correct stess. Give your own answers using really or not really. (Remember: We use really to make statements stronger and to make negative statements softer. Not really can also be a polite way to say no.)

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Page 17, Exercise 3, Part B

collecting teddy bears –> Eva

gardening –> Phil

making jewelry –> Jeff

playing golf –> Kim

Page 17, Exercise 3, Part C

Listen again and complete the chart.

enthusiastic: (adjective) having a lot of enthusiasm

enthusiasm: (noun) a lot of interest in something and wanting very much like to be involved in it

Also, answer these questions.

1. What kind of jewelry does Jeff make?

2. How does Eva get her teddy bears?

3. What’s Kim good at?

4. What kinds of vegetables does Phil grow?

Answers

Jeff …

–> makes money on his hobby.

–> spends a lot of money on his hobby.

1. He makes necklaces and silver jewelry.

Eva …

–> isn’t very enthusiastic about her hobby.

2. She gets them as gifts.

Kim …

–> spends a lot of money on her hobby.

–> isn’t very good at her hobby.

3. Kim’s good at watching golf on television.

Phil …

–> isn’t very good at his hobby.

4. He grows peas, onions, and tomatoes.

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Page 19, Exercise 2

Part A

Listen to Joe and Lisa talk about a web site.

What kind of web site is it? Why does Joe like it?

Answers

It’s an outdoors web site. It’s about hiking and camping.

It has lots of good articles. There are some amazing photos. There are competitions.

Part B

Listen again and choose the correct information to complete the sentences.

Answers

1. 25,000

2. articles

3. different countries

4. stay home

5. bike

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Part C.

Ask each other these questions. Use correct stress.

1. What’s your favorite web site?

1. What’s your favorite web site?

2. What’s interesting about it?

2. What’s interesting about it?

3. What other web sites do you go to a lot?

3. What other web sites do you go to a lot?

4. Do you ever use web sites for shopping, banking, or doing research?

4. Do you ever use web sites for shopping, banking, or doing research?

5. Do you have your own web page or web site?

5. Do you have your own web page or web site?

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Homework

Page 18, Exercise 1, Parts B and C

Answers

Part B

sushifreak — cooking

literockfan — music

handyman — crafts

petlover — pets

bookworm — collecting

concernedmom — cars

grungeking — fashion

daredevil — outdoors

Part C

To: daredevil — climbing

To: sushifreak — Asian recipe book

To: handyman — advertise your stuff

To: concernedmom — Race Track

To: literockfan — tickets, cash

To: hardback and paperbacks

Vocabulary

recipe: (noun) a list of foods and a set of instructions telling you how to cook something; e.g. “I have a recipe for carrot cake.”

freak: (noun) someone who is very interested in a particular subject or activity [informal], e.g. “My brother’s a bit of a computer freak.”

handyman: (noun) someone who is good at making things or repairing them

bookworm: (noun) someone who enjoys reading very much

daredevil: (noun) someone who enjoys doing dangerous things

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