NI2 UNIT 2 COMPLEMENTARY MATERIALS

8 Dec

We talked about this in class, but just as a reminder, here are some activities in your book which can be done at home to complement what we have seen in class.

ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT

  • PAGE 43- What can YOU do tho help? Top ten tips  This is just some interesting extra reading and vocabulary
  • PAGE 150 Weather Vocabulary – You don’t have to memorize all this vocabulary but it is a good idea to be familiary with it. Here’s the answer key.

1. What’s the weather like?

Activity A

  1. cool
  2. chilly
  3. freezing
  4. below zero
  5. mild
  6. warm
  7. scorching

Activity B

  1. mist
  2. fog
  3. smog
  4. damp
  5. drizzling
  6. showers
  7. pouring (with rain)
  8. breeze
  9. gale-force

2. Extreme Weather

  1. heatwave
  2. drought
  3. hailstorm
  4. lightning
  5. thunder
  6. blizzard
  7. flood
  8. hurricane
  9. tornado
  10. monsoon

3. Adjectives to describe weather

  1. strong
  2. heavy
  3. thick
  4. icy
  5. clear
  6. bright
  7. changeable
  8. sunny
  9. settled

4. Adjectives and verbs connected with weather

1C   2 F   3 E   4 G   5 D   6 B   7 A

  • slippery: difficult to stand or walk on because it is wet or icy
  • shivering: shaking a little because you’re cold
  • sweating: losing water through your skin when you are hot, ill or afraid
  • got soaked: got very very wet
  • humid: warm and damp
  • melt: (of snow) become water
  • get sunburnt: get red skin because of having spent too long in the sun

 

ABOUT CRIME

PAGES 38  Passive activity

  1. is believed to be
  2. is said to be
  3. is thought that he has robbed
  4. is reported to be

PAGE 39  READING

Activity C

  1. She had to spend the night in the same forest.
  2. They have to choose between having their licence suspended for 90 days or for less time and working for a day as a school crossing guard.
  3. He had to go to a mortuary to view dead bodies.
  4. They had to organize a picnic for primary school children.
  5. They had to spend a day of silence in the woods or listen to classical music instead of rock.

ABOUT OPINION ESSAYS

Page 49 Activity B

  1. nowadays
  2. in most cases
  3. firstly
  4. whereas
  5. secondly
  6. in addition
  7. finally
  8. so
  9. in conclusion

Keep in mind that…

  • ‘firstly’ and ‘secondly’ are used to introduce main arguments, ‘finally’ is used to introduce the final main argument (not conclusion)
  • ‘in addition’ (or ‘also’)  can be used to add an extra point to an argument
  • ‘whereas’ is used to contrast two ideas
  • ‘so’ used to introduce a consequence or result (e.g. I was tired so I went to bed)
  • ‘in conclusion/ to sum up’ are used to introduce your final paragraph where you summarize your opinion.
  • ‘personally/ in my opinion’ are both used to emphasize what you think.
  • ‘for example/for instance’ cam be used at the beginning or middle of a sentence
  • ‘such as’ can only be used in the middle of a sentence

 

 

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NI1 WRITING KEY

10 Nov

Here is the answer key to the activities on page 113.

Activity A

1. Because she is looking for an au pair and Sofia’s friend told Angela she might be interested in working in England as an au pair.

2. Yes, she does.

Activity B

interested    responsible    photography    independent    forgetful

Activity C

1. intelligent, hard-working, friendly, responsible, independent

2. She likes going to the cinema, listening to music, and taking photos.

3. She’s quite shy, a bit forgetful, and her English isn’t very good

4. Yes, she does.

Activity D

incredibly

really

very

quite

a bit

 

NI2 COMPOSITION

9 Nov

Hi,

Here’s your composition topic. Deadline 13th and 14th of November.

NI2 COMPO 1 13-14

NI2 PRESENT TENSES KEY

6 Nov

PRESENT SIMPLE VS PRESENT CONTINUOUS

ACTIVITY 1

  1. are we going to do (= what’s the plan?)
  2. are you looking / am I wearing
  3. I’m looking after / do you want
  4. Drives
  5. I still have / it’s getting
  6. is Sue dancing
  7. looks / is wearing
  8. I’m writing
  9. is not growing / water
  10. do you stay / come

ACTIVITY 2

  1. Where are you staying on Saturday night? FUTURE
  2. George retires at the end of next year. FUTURE
  3. What are we doing when the guests arrive? FUTURE (Future time clause)
  4. I’m trying really hard to understand this book. PRESENT
  5. Wait for me here until I get back. FUTURE
  6. Sue is leaving in the morning. FUTURE
  7. I’m waiting  for the bus. PRESENT
  8. I’m off now, and I’m taking the car. PRESENT / FUTURE
  9. They are showing a Woody Allen film on Channel 4 tonight. FUTURE
  10. I’m going  for a walk in the evening. FUTURE

ACTIVITY 3

 

Dear Aunt Jean,

I ‘M JUST WRITING to tell you how much I APPRECIATE the money you sent me, and to tell you how I AM GETTING ON in my first term at university. Actually, I REALLY ENJOY/ AM REALLY ENJOYING myself! I STUDY quite hard as well, but at the moment I AM SPENDING a lot of time just making friends. I AM STILL STAYING with my friend Sue, and I AM LOOKING for somewhere of my own to live. Only a few of the first-year students LIVE in college here, and I SEEM to be spending a lot of time travelling backwards and forwards. I GO to lectures every morning, and most afternoons I STUDY in the library. In fact I AM WRITING this letter instead of an essay on ‘Hamlet’! I THINK I’ll buy some new clothes with the money you sent. Everything COSTS a lot here, and I AM SAVING to buy a winter coat. It GETS really cold here in the evenings. I KNOW lots of other students and generally speaking we HAVE a good time socially! I AM ALSO LEARNING to drive.

See you soon,

Katherine

A LITTLE HELP FOR PRONUNCIATION

12 Jul

Here are some links you might find useful

TIPS FOR DIFFERENT SOUNDS

AMERICAN PRONUNCIATION PRACTICE

BRITISH PRONUNCIATION PRACTICE

MINIMAL PAIRS

FULL PRACTICAL LESSONS

GRAMMAR BANGING NI2 KEY

28 May

Here is the key for the grammar banging handout

NI2 GRAMMAR BANGING KEY

AS and LIKE

28 May

Here you have some theory about the use of ‘as’ and ‘like’ as well as some activities to practice.

AS LIKE

PRACTICE 1

PRACTICE 2

PRACTICE 3

PRACTICE 4