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March 30, 2014

Unit 2: Interests

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College News

Books closed.

Listen to the interview with the new reporter, Brad Hayes.

1. What does Brad like to do?

2. What does Brad hate doing?

Answers

1. What does Brad like to do?

creative writing,

designing cards, drawing, computer graphics, learning new programs,

playing the saxophone, playing the piano, (he’d like to play in a jazz band), singing (but he’s not good at singing),

watching sports on TV, playing pool (billiards), jogging (occasionally)

* hates going to the gym and working out

learning new skills.

2. What does Brad hate doing?

going to the gym and working out

Page 12, Exercise 1, Part B

Answers

4 — Are you good at sports?

3 — Can you play a musical instrument?

5 — Are you interested in learning new things?

1 — What are your hobbies?

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

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Verb Forms

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/’d like + infinitive

* enjoy + gerund

* preposition + gerund

e.g. I’m good at drawing people.

e.g. I’m interested in running a marathon.

Page 13, Exercise 2, Part A

Answers

1. A: Do you enjoy cooking?

B: Actually, yeah. I like making/to make my own food.

2. A: Are you good at reading music?

B: No, but I can play music by ear.

3. A: What kinds of games do you enjoy playing?

Do you like to play games online?

B: No. I hate sitting/to sit at the computer in my free time.

4. A: Are you interested in joining a gym class?

B: Well, I enjoy going to the gym, but I’m not interested in taking a class.

I’d like to start tennis lessons, though.

5. A: How do you like spending/to spend an evening?

Do you prefer being/to be alone or with friends?

B: That’s easy. I love eating/to eat out with my friends.

Pair Work

You and a partner ask each other these questions. Remember to use Rejoinders and Follow-up Questions every time.

* Can you play a musical instrument?
* Do you enjoy cooking?
* Are you interested in learning new things?
* Are you good at sports?
* Are you interested in joining a gym class?
* What kinds of games do you enjoy playing? Do you like to play games online?
* What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
* How do you like to spend an evening? Do you prefer being alone or with friends?

Example:
A: What are your hobbies?
B: I like to raise snakes.
A: I can’t believe it! What kinds of snakes do you like to raise?
B: I like to raise cobras and pythons.

Post-discussion

Tell us some things that you learned about your partner by completing at least three of these sentences.

My partner can/can’t __________.

My partner would/wouldn’t like __________.

My partner enjoys/doesn’t enjoy __________.

My partner is/isn’t good at __________.

My partner is/isn’t interested in __________.

My partner likes/doesn’t like __________.

My partner loves __________.

My partner hates __________.

My partner prefers __________.

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