Friday, October 30, 2009

Grammar, Vocabulary and 6 Minute English

Good day everybody.
First, a message to this year's Levels 2 and 3 students. If you are not in these categories, please do stay with me because I try to include everyone in this blog.

Level 2. We have recently been studying Defining Relative Clauses. It's well worth doing some extra practice on this, and this link will take you straight to a simple test. When you have finished, go on to the second test, in which you have to put the words in the right order.

When you have finished further practice on Relative Clauses, try some vocabulary. Here's an exercise revising body vocabulary, which we studied last week.

These are all exercises to be found in your book's official web site.

Level 3. We have been studying Conditionals, both 'real' and 'unreal'. This link takes you straight to some further practice on the book's web site. As for vocabulary, how about some extra practice on the language of education?

These exercises are from the book's official web site. These links are also to be found in the list down the right-hand column of this blog. For more grammar and vocabulary sites, check out the 'Practising and Learning English' section.

Please do leave a comment or a message on the Tag Board to say what you thought of these exercises. Were they easy, difficult or Elementary?

Let me remind you that even if you are not one of my Level 2 or Level 3 students, you are warmly encouraged to participate in this Blog by doing the exercises and leaving messages and comments.

Now for Six Minute English. This time it's about Shopaholics and how to control your spending habits. Before you listen, read these questions:

1) Official question: According to some sources, what percentage of the population are shopaholics? Is it:
(a) 1%  (b) 10% (c) 50% ?

2) Complete this definition: "Shopaholics are ........." [use a relative pronoun in your definition.]

3) Listen to shopaholic Helen. What kind of things did she spend money on? Choose from these:
  • cars
  • furniture
  • holidays
  • jewellery
  • shoes
 4) Why did Helen buy so many things?

5) How, according to the expert, can we stop spending money uncontrollably?

Now, listen to Six Minute English. When you have finished, send your answers to this Blog in a comment.

I look forward to hearing from you!
More very soon,
 - Mike


Anonymous said...

Hallo,My name's Savina, I'm a British Council student. I've listened to six minute english about Shopaholics, and my answers are:
1) 10% of the population are Shopaholics.
2) Shopaholics are compulsive shoppers who can't control themselves spending
3) Helen spent a lot of money, twenty-five thousand pounds in a day on forniture for house, ten thousand pounds on diamond earrings.
4)Helen bought so many things because there's a correlation between how she does feel and how much money she spends.Her shopping controls her mood because her self- esteem is extremely low.
5) The expert advices to categorize own spending, writing down on a piece of paper every things it is bought

Mike said...

Hi Savina! This is very good. Your answers are right. One small correction: "on forniture for house" should be "on furniture for the house".

Well done.

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