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March 26, 2012

Unit 2: Interests

Filed under: lessons — richardlstansfield @ 1:39 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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Listen to the interview with Eric and answer the questions.

1. What does he enjoy? What does he want to do someday?

–> He enjoys (creative) writing (in the evening).

He wants to write a novel.

[novel: (noun) a book that tells a story about imaginary people and events]

2. What is he good at?

–> He’s good at drawing.

He designs cards and is really into computer graphics.

3. Can he play any musical instruments? Can he sing?

–> He can play the saxophone. He can play the piano, but not very well.

He would like to play in a jazz band.

He can’t sing.

4. Does he prefer to watch sports or to play sports? Is there a sport that he likes to play?

–> He prefers to watch sports.

He can play pool.

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

5. What does he like to learn?

–> He likes to learn new skills.

[skill: (noun) the ability to do an activity or job well, especially because you have practised it]

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

* can/can’t + basic verb

* like + infinitive/gerund

love + infinitive/gerund

hate + infinitive/gerund

prefer + infinitive/gerund

* would like/I’d like + infinitive

* 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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Page 13, Exercise 2, Part B
Pair work.
Ask and answer the questions. Give your own answers.
If you are similar, use “too” or “either.”
If you are not similar, use a rejoinder and then say something about yourself.
Example:
A: Can you whistle?
B: No, I can’t.
A: I can’t either. Do you enjoy cooking?
B: Yes, I do.
A: Oh, yeah? I don’t.

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Verb Forms (infinitives, gerunds, and prepositions + gerunds)

Part A. Complete the sentences.
1. Can you ______________________________ ?
2. Do you enjoy ______________________________ ?
3. Are you good at ______________________________ ?
4. Do you like ______________________________ ?
5. Can you ______________________________ ?
6. Are you interested in ______________________________ ?
7. Do you prefer ______________________________ alone or with friends?
8. Would you like _______________________________________________ ?

Part B. Work with a partner. Ask each other your questions.
If you are similar, use “too” or “either.”
If you are not similar, use a rejoinder and say something about yourself.
Example
A: Can you whistle?
B: No, I can’t.
A: I can’t either. Do you enjoy cooking?
B: Yes, I do.
A: Oh, yeah? I don’t.

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Page 14, Exercise 1

Other Genres:

Genre 1

acapella

– ballads

Genre 2

blues

Genre 3

disco

Genre 4

electronica

Genre 5

heavy metal

Genre 6

hymns

Genre 7

new age

Genre 8

opera

Genre 9

punk rock

Genre 10

R and B (rhythm and blues)

Genre 11

reggae

Genre 12

Gregorian Chant (also here)

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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

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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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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: bookworm — 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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