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April 11, 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, singing, watching sports on TV, playing pool, learning new things.

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?

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 __________.

Page 14, Exercise 1, Part A

Answers

1. hip-hop and rap

2. jazz

3. country music

4. folk music

5. pop music

6. Latin music

7. rock music

8. classical music

Other Music Genres

–> acapella

–> blues

–> disco

–> electronica

–> heavy metal

–> gospel

–> new age

–> opera

–> punk rock

–> R & B (rhythm and blues)

–> reggae

–> soul

Books closed.

Listen to the conversation between Alex (the man) and Carla (the woman).

1. What does Carla think of the song?

2. Who performs the song?

3. a. Who is the lead singer?

b. Who does she sound like?

4. Who else is in the band?

Answers

1. It’s good.

2. A new band … some local guys.

3. a. Alex’s friend Lori.

b. She sounds like Mariah Carey.

4. Alex

Object Pronouns

Page 15, Exercise 4, Part A

Answers

1. A: likes … it

B: listens

2. A: them

B: him

A: knows … loves … them

3. A: her

B: her … us

4. A: them

B: writes … him

Pair work.

Have two short conversations. Fill in the blanks with your own ideas.

Conversation 1

A: I like ___ and ___. (music genres) Do you like them?
B: Yes, I like them./No, I don’t like them.
A: Oh, really? Which artists do you like? Which of their songs do you like? Why do you like them?
— or —
A: Oh, really? Why don’t you like them? Which genres do you like? Why do you like them?

Conversation 2

A: I like to watch ___ and ___. (types of TV show). Do you like them?
B: Yes, I like them./No, I don’t like them.
A: Oh, really? Which TV shows do you like? Why do you like them?
— or —
A: Oh, really? Why don’t you like them? What types of TV shows do you like? Why do you like them?

Books closed.

Listen to the conversation between Sarah (the woman) and Greg (the man). Answer the questions.

1. What does Sarah smell?

2. What does Greg like to do in his free time?

3. What does Sarah like to do in her free time?

4. Sarah offers to do something for Greg. What?

Answers

1. homemade lasagna

2. cooking (making pasta dishes).

3. cooking (but not really into it),

a little photography,

has a blog,

posts photos on her blog.

4. e-mail him a link to her blog,

show him some photos.

Page 16, Exercise 1, Part D

Answers

1. Are you into photography?

d. Not really. I mean, I take pictures. But I never edit them or anything.

2. Do you read a lot?

e. No. I don’t have a lot of free time. I look at magazines sometimes.

3. Are you good at fixing things?

a. No, I’m not really good with my hands. Are you?

4. Are you interested in sports?

f. Not really. But I like to watch the Olympics.

5. Do you do any martial arts?

g. No, but my sister does. She does Tae Kwon Do.

6. Do you like to play board games?

c. No, not really. I enjoy doing puzzles, though. Like Sudoku.

7. Can you swim? I mean, are you a good swimmer?

b. No, not really. But I like to go to the pool.

Pair Work

Ask each other the questions from Exercise D, above. Give your own answers.

Post-discussion

Tell us three things that you learned about your partner. Use the sentences below and then add one more.

* My partner is/isn’t into photography. _____ …

* My partner reads/doesn’t read a lot. _____ …

* My partner is/isn’t good at fixing things. _____ …

* My partner is/isn’t interested in sports. _____ …

* My partner does/doesn’t do martial arts. _____ …

* My partner likes/doesn’t like to play board games. _____ …

* My partner is/isn’t a good swimmer. _____ …

Example 1

My partner isn’t into photography. He just takes photos of himself and his friends.

Example 2

My partner doesn’t read a lot. She doesn’t have a lot of free time, though she looks at magazines sometimes.

Page 17, Exercise 3, Part B

Answers

1. fixing up motorcycles

2. hiking

3. collecting baseball memorabilia

4. editing videos

Page 17, Exercise 3, Part C

Answers

1. Sue, Lori.

2. Jeff

3. Lori

4. Bill

Books closed

Listen to the conversation between Lisa and Joe.

1. What kind of web-site are they looking at?

2. Why does Joe like it?

Answers

1. It¡¯s an outdoors web-site.

It¡¯s about hiking and camping.

2. It has lots of good articles.

There are some amazing photos.

There are competitions.

Page 19, Exercise 2, Part B

Answers

1. every week

2. 50,000

3. in different countries

4. bike

5. indoors

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