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April 15, 2013

Extra Online Practice

Filed under: announcements,extra online practice,self study — richardlstansfield @ 6:52 am

Go to the website below for extra practice.

http://www.cambridge.org/us/esl/touchstone/student/index.html

October 18, 2012

Online Self-study

Filed under: announcements,self study — richardlstansfield @ 12:53 am

Go to the web-site below for extra practice.

http://www.cambridge.org/us/esl/touchstone/student/index.html

April 2, 2012

Extra Online Practice

Filed under: announcements,extra online practice,self study — richardlstansfield @ 6:38 am

Go to the website below for extra practice.

http://www.cambridge.org/us/esl/touchstone/student/index.html

Vocabulary

Filed under: announcements,self study,vocabulary — richardlstansfield @ 6:27 am

afford: (verb) can afford = to have enough money to buy something or enough time to do something

[e.g. I can’t afford a new car. = I don’t have enough money to buy a new car.]

allergic: (adjective) when you have a medical condition in which your body reacts badly to something that you eat, breathe, or touch

[e.g. I’m allergic to cats. When a cat is near, I get a runny nose.]

broke: (adjective) not have any money

noisy: (adjective) when people or things make a lot of loud, unpleasant sounds

can’t stand sby/sth = to hate somebody or something

wreck: (verb) to destroy or damage something completely

work out: (phrasal verb) to do exercises to make your body stronger

gym: (noun) a building with equipment for doing exercises; similar to health club

odd: (adjective) strange or unusual

avoid: (verb) to stay away from a person, place, situation, etc.

e.g. I try to avoid the topic of politics. = I try not to talk about politics.

karate: (noun) a sport from Japan in which people fight using fast, hard hits with the hands or feet

review: (noun) a report in a newspaper, magazine, or programme that gives an opinion about a new book, film, etc.

e.g. The film has had mixed reviews (= some good, some bad).

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

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

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

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

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

celebrity: (noun) a famous person

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

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

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

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

cut down sth: (phrasal verb) to eat or drink less of something, or to reduce the amount or number of something

e.g. My doctor says I should cut down on cigarettes.

give up sth: (phrasal verb) to stop an unhealthy habit or stop having something unhealthy

e.g. I gave up smoking cigarettes.

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

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

Possible Test Material

Filed under: announcements,self study — richardlstansfield @ 6:27 am

* Vocabulary

I give you a definition. You write the word.

Example

__________ : (adjective) when you have a medical condition in which your body reacts badly to something that you eat, breathe, or touch

Answer

allergic: (adjective) when you have a medical condition in which your body reacts badly to something that you eat, breathe, or touch

* Starting a Conversation

How can you start a conversation with a stranger in these situations? Write two sentences.

1. You’re at a party at Jim’s apartment. The food is really good.

2. You’re in a classroom. The new class is about to start. It’s a really cold day.

3. You’re in a waiting room. Someone arrives. He’s wearing a very stylish, fashionable shirt.

4. You’re in a long line at a movie theater. It’s a hot day.

5. You’re at the bus stop on a beautiful day. Someone arrives. You recognize the person. She was at Sally’s party last Friday.

1. Are you a friend of Jim’s? This food is delicious!

* Stopping a Conversation

What are four ways to stop a conversation?

– Would you excuse me?

– Well, I’d better be going/I should be going.

– (It’s been) nice talking to you.

– I hope we get a chance to talk again sometime.

* Rejoinders and Follow-Up Questions

Complete the conversations with a rejoinder and a follow-up question.

Conversation 1

A: My dog died last night.

B: _______________ . ____________________ ?

A: He was a Jindo dog.

Conversation 1

A: My dog died last night.

B: That’s too bad./I’m sorry to hear that./Oh, no!

What kind of dog was he?

A: He was a Jindo dog.

Conversation 2

A: My girlfriend is Tae-yeon from Girls’ Generation.

B: _______________ ! ____________________ ?

A: We met at M-net Countdown. There was a fan meeting after the performances. I asked her for her autograph.

Conversation 2

A: My girlfriend is Tae-yeon from Girls’ Generation.

B: You’re kidding!/I can’t believe it!/Oh really!/?

How did you meet?

A: We met at M-net Countdown. There was a fan meeting after the performances. I asked her for her autograph.

* What’s the question?

Complete the conversations by writing the question.

Conversation 1

A:

B: Red.

Conversation 1

A: What’s your favorite colour?

B: Red.

Conversation 2

A:

B: I enjoy writing. I like to do a bit of creative writing every day –in the evenings mostly.

Conversation 2

A: What are your hobbies?

B: I enjoy writing. I like to do a bit of creative writing every day –in the evenings mostly.

* Verb Forms

Complete the conversations with the correct verb and correct form.

Conversation 1

A: Can you _____ ?

B: No. I never learned how to swim.

Conversation 1

A: Can you swim?

B: No. I never learned how to swim.

Conversation 2

A: Are you interested in ____________________ ?

B: Yes. Karate is really interesting for me.

Conversation 2

A: Are you interested in learning karate?

B: Yes. Karate is really interesting for me.

* Music Genres

Name 10 music genres

hip hop and rap
jazz
country music
folk music
pop music
Latin music
rock music
classical music

acapella
blues
disco
electronica
heavy metal
hymns
new age
opera
punk rock
R & B (rhythm and blues)
reggae
Gregorian Chant

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If, When, and Adverbs of Frequency

Complete the conversations. Use “if” or “when” and an adverb of frequency.

A: I feel awful. I still have this terrible toothache.

B: __________________________________ to the dentist.

A: Thanks.

Possible Answer

A: I feel awful. I still have this terrible toothache.

B: When I have a toothache, I always go to the dentist.

A: Thanks.

March 18, 2012

Extra Online Practice

Filed under: announcements,extra online practice,self study — richardlstansfield @ 7:43 am

Go to the website below for extra practice.

http://www.cambridge.org/us/esl/touchstone/student/index.html

September 19, 2011

Extra Online Practice

Filed under: announcements,extra online practice,self study — richardlstansfield @ 1:29 am

Go to the website below for extra practice.

http://www.cambridge.org/us/esl/touchstone/student/index.html

March 7, 2011

Extra Online Practice

Filed under: announcements,extra online practice,self study — richardlstansfield @ 2:46 am

Go to the website below for extra practice.

http://www.cambridge.org/us/esl/touchstone/student/index.html

October 11, 2010

Self-study listening exercises

Filed under: announcements,self study — richardlstansfield @ 2:28 am

Unit 8 (Page SSL2)

1. Jessica

2. Ben

3. Ben

4. Jessica

5. Jessica

6. Ben

Unit 9 (Page SSL3)

1. False

2. True

3. True

4. False

5. True

6. False

September 27, 2010

Self-Study Listening Exercises: Unit 7

Filed under: announcements,self study — richardlstansfield @ 2:15 am

Answers
Page SSL2

1. b

2. a

3. a

4. b

5. a

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