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This is a worksheet for CAE students designed to introduce them to a number of expressions that can appear in the use of English part 4 – key word transformations. Download the worksheet and key below:
Put students in pairs and have them complete the worksheet together, then play a game of connect 4 or noughts and crosses to check the answers.
Complete the sentences with the key words from the box.
|ACROSS LOSS RESULT LIKELY TRACK UP LOOKOUT MUCH RATHER LET PART SUCH|
- You need to be ON THE ________ FOR pickpockets in this area.
- Plans ARE BEING DRAWN _________ for a new shopping centre on the outskirts of the city.
- ________TO OUR HORROR, when we got back to the hotel all our stuff had been stolen.
- Would YOU __________ I HAD NOT told them about the party?
- _________ME KNOW if you can come to the party, I need to buy the food tonight.
- Andrés WAS AT A _________ TO EXPLAIN why he was late for class again.
- Failure to show a valid ticket is LIKELY TO ________ IN you having to pay a fine.
- It is HIGHLY __________ THAT THE FILM WILL win several awards.
- Quick ACTION ON THE ________ OF the ambulance crew saved the little girl’s life.
- How can I GET IT _________ TO HIM that I’m just not that into him.
- Don’t be silly, there IS NO _________ THING as vampires.
- I’m so sorry I’m late, I (COMPLETELY) LOST __________ OF TIME!
Complete the expressions with a missing preposition.
- I was _____ the point ____ leaving the house when the phone rang.
- He insisted _____ carrying my bag for me.
- He objected _____ being treated in such a rude way.
- They accused him _____ being careless and irresponsible
- Failure to arrive on time for your flight could result ____ you being unable to travel.
- You can always count _____ Jill to have a clear plan in situations like this.
- The headmaster’s speech will be followed ____ a performance by the school orchestra.
- They congratulated me ____ passing my driving test.
- It’s time for you to make ____ your mind about the course you want to study.
- Everything is going according ____ plan.
- The company is highly spoken ____ in the local area.
- The job offer came ____ a big surprise ____ me.
- I was taken ____ by the size of the phone bill. (surprised)
- I’m not going to put up ____ your rudeness anymore! (tolerate)
- Don’t hesitate ____ call if you have any questions or doubts.
- I sometimes feel that my children take me ____ granted.
- They have put him in charge ____ the marketing department.
- I applied ____ Apple ____ a job in sales.
- I am ____ no doubt that the show will be a big success.
- The little boys took no notice ____ what their mothers were saying.
This is a conversation lesson for higher-level adults and mature teenagers on the topic of everyday sexism. I have used extracts taken from the fantastic everyday sexism project website. Download the student handout, teacher’s notes, discussion language and powerpoint below:
Complete the table
Look at the vocabulary in bold and discuss the meaning with a partner
- Talk over sb = to talk loudly at the same time as someone else
- Talk down to sb = to talk to sb in a condescending way
- Wolf-whistle at sb = whistle in a suggestive way
- Catcall = make unwanted, inappropriate, suggestive comments
- Leer at sb = to look at someone in an obviously sexual way
- Grope sb = to grab someone in a sexual place, often unsolicited
- Gender roles = stereotypical jobs/responsibilities
- Mansplain = when a man explains something to a woman in a condescending, overconfident way.
CAE Part 3 Practice
Give out the collaborative language handout and show students the first slide of the powerpoint. If you want to use it as exam practice have them discuss the questions for 2 minutes, then stop them and give them one more minute to answer the following question:
- In which situation do women experience the most discrimination?
Repeat for 2nd slide then ask:
- Which is the most effective way to combat sexism?
Sexism in Advertising
Show students the examples of sexist advertising, ask them:
- Do you think the adverts are sexist? Why/why not?
- Can you think of any other examples?
Accounts of Everyday Sexism
Have students read the accounts from https://everydaysexism.com and discuss them in pairs or small groups.
I opened the door for another student recently and didn’t think twice about it, until he said to me, “Oh no, ladies first.” A little taken aback, I told him “You don’t need to worry about that, it’s 2017, we’re past that.” “No we’re not,” he said, and held on to the door that I was already holding open and refused to walk through it. That’s not helpful or chivalrous. That’s just being difficult and wasting my time. Just say thank you and keep walking boys!
Oppressed White Male
‘Man up’ ‘grow a pair’ ‘act like a real man’…all comments that personally I have heard almost every female in my adult life say to or about men at some point or another.
Rarely acknowledged but just as offensive as being told to get back in the kitchen.
On a cold and rainy morning having got up on my day off work, solely to walk my daughter to the bus stop. A stranger shouted at me to smile more. It’s a small incident but is another example of how some people feel it’s OK to police women’s presentation of themselves.
I was part of an all female group presenting a project within the architecture school at a very good German University. We were criticized – which is normal, and likely the work wasn’t brilliant – for some window details we had drawn that would have been very difficult to clean in real life. A valuable lesson. Until we were told that as women, we should know about cleaning… and perhaps we should focus on that instead of pursuing architecture.
My boyfriend is a doctor and I’m a medical student. So, one day, we were chatting at his parent’s house and I was saying that I was really interested in surgery and his father started laughing saying I am too small and petite to be a surgeon, while his mother started asking me who would take care of the children if I became a surgeon. I just let go and laughed it off, but I was really sorry to hear such nice people say those things.
You can either show students the original “10 hours walking in NYC as a woman”
Or show them the newer parody version in which a woman responds to the catcalling with funny comments:
Ask students to recount their experience of catcalling and answer the questions on the handout.
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This is a list of 78 expressions from key word transformations in the CAE exam. The expressions are taken from the fantastic quizlet set that someone made. Have students study 10-15 of the expressions for homework and the use the quizlet set to test them in class; great for intensive preparation courses when you’re pressed for time. Download the handout below:
Study the expressions carefully, focus on the prepositions and patterns (gerund/infinitive etc.)
- Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD YOU undo your seatbelt during take-off.
- A new manager HAS TAKEN OVER THE running of the finance department.
- THERE IS NO KNOWING what’s going to happen in the next few days.
- The burglar must HAVE GAINED ENTRY/ACCESS through the bathroom window.
- An ant IS CAPABLE OF carrying ten times its own body weight.
- The news that my favourite teacher was leaving CAME AS A DISAPPOINTMENT TO ME.
- Sometime I feel as if my children TAKE ME FOR GRANTED.
- I need TO GET MY PASSPORT RENEWED before our trip to Greece.
- I WAS WONDERING IF YOU WERE willing to donate some money to our cause.
- I SEE NO POINT IN asking Tina for help, she always refuses.
- Playing video games is JUST AS MUCH FUN AS playing sports.
- The defendant DENIED HAVING SEEN the woman before.
- Everyone’s opinions must BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT before a decision is made.
- It’s IN YOUR INTEREST to take good notes during class, you’ll need them for the final exam.
- I really need to GET that broken window REPAIRED.
- MUCH TO THEIR DELIGHT, Jon and Ana didn’t have to pay to get in.
- The cat REFUSED TO COME down from the tree.
- Georgina SAID SHE WOULD NOT WEAR the yellow dress her mother had chosen for her.
- Don’t FORGET TO KEEP IN TOUCH while you’re travelling.
- You need to be ON THE LOOKOUT FOR pickpockets in this area.
- Plans ARE BEING DRAWN UP for a new shopping centre on the outskirts of the city.
- MUCH TO OUR HORROR, when we got back to the hotel all our stuff had been stolen.
- Would YOU RATHER I HAD NOT told them about the party?
- LET ME KNOW if you can come to the party, I need to buy the food tonight.
- Andrés WAS AT A LOSS TO EXPLAIN why he was late for class again.
- Failure to show a valid ticket is LIKELY TO RESULT IN you having to pay a fine.
- It is HIGHLY LIKELY THAT THE FILM WILL win several awards.
- Quick ACTION ON THE PART OF the ambulance crew saved the little girl’s life.
- How can I GET IT ACROSS TO HIM that I’m just not that into him.
- Don’t be silly, there IS NO SUCH THING as vampires.
- I’m so sorry I’m late, I(COMPLETELY) LOST TRACK OF TIME!
- IN THE UNLIKELY EVENT that the plane lands on water, lifejackets are stored under your seats.
- Katy HAS BEEN MADE RESPONSIBLE FOR the sales department, she’s a bit nervous but very excited.
- Gerald has been PUT IN CHARGE OF finding a catering company for the Christmas party.
- I WAS TAKEN BY SURPRISE/ WAS TAKEN ABACK when they asked me to take over from Jon as finance manager.
- Bob is IN DANGER OF GETTING SACKED/FIRED if his bad behaviour continues.
- In the end they PLACED THE BLAME ON a group of local teenagers for the vandalism to the church.
- Sorry but I HAD THE IMPRESSION/WAS UNDER THE IMPRESSION that this was a permanent contract.
- I WAS LED TO BELIEVE that the salary would be €2000 a month.
- The runner who finished second told the press that she had NO INTENTION OF RETIRING and that she’d be back to compete next year.
- It’s really difficult TO COME UP WITH GOOD IDEAS in such a short space of time.
- The young actress STANDS EVERY CHANCE OF BEING offered a big role soon.
- Dinner WILL BE FOLLOWED BY a performance by the school orchestra.
- No FEWER THAN THREE PEOPLE ARE REQUIRED to operate this machine.
- Please don’t HESITATE TO CALL (US)/ HESITATE TO GIVE US A CALL if you have any questions or doubts.
- John’s failure to answer all the interview questions COST HIM THE JOB.
- We SPENT HALF AN HOUR LOOKING for a parking space in the city centre.
- The pay rise CAME AS A SURPRISE TO me.
- THERE’S NO DENYING MY disappointment at not being given the job.
- Looks as IF TONY HASN’T BEEN sleeping well
- I’m not going TO PUT UP WITH your behaviour anymore.
- I’m really not SURE HOW I WOULD HAVE REACTED in that situation.
- Novak Djokovic BROKE DOWN IN TEARS AS he was given the trophy.
- Would you HAVE ANY OBJECTION TO ME taking the rest of the day off?
- Her LACK OF EXPERIENCE might AFFECT her ability to do the job.
- It (HAD) NEVER OCCURED TO ME to ask my grandfather for help with my history project.
- Oh dear, I think we might HAVE TAKEN THE WRONG TURNING/TURN a few miles back.
- We WOULD LIKE TO HAVE CARRIED / WOULD HAVE LIKED TO CARRY ON playing for a few more hours but it started raining.
- The project will GO AHEAD ACCORDING TO PLAN.
- You really need to MAKE UP YOUR MIND about which uni you want to go to.
- IT’S HIGH/ABOUT TIME YOU GOT your hair cut.
- The school IS HIGHLY SPOKEN of in the local area.
- He was ON THE POINT OF LEAVING the restaurant when she finally turned up.
- I WOULD BE SURPRISED IF they didn’t win this match, they’re far better than the other team.
- I am IN NO DOUBT that event will be a resounding success.
- I’m sorry but I don’t HAVE ANY RECOLLECTION OF meeting you before.
- We had TO PUT IN a claim with our car insurance company.
- They have NO CHANCE OF WINNING after that red card.
- The students TOOK NO NOTICE OF what the teacher was saying.
- The police have almost GIVEN UP HOPE OF FINDING any more survivors.
- It’s just A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE that car breaks down, it’s so old.
- I really can’t SEE THE POINT IN/OF LEARNING Latin anymore.
- The cat MADE A FAST RECOVERY after its operation.
- I DIDN’T USE TO LIKE olives when I was a kid but I love them now.
- He’s really MAKING A NAME FOR HIMSELF in the fashion world.
- We CAN AFFORD THIS HOLIDAY AS LONG AS we save up €100 a month.
- I HANDED IN MY NOTICE at work last week, 4 more weeks until I become my own boss!
- I haven’t got 10 cents, LET ALONE 1 euro.
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This is a lesson plan I designed for Valentine’s day so it’s a bit late but who’s to say you can’t learn about love any day of the year? Download the teacher’s notes and student handout below:
A Love Story – Teacher’s notes
Print out enough copies of the students’ handout for each student and enough copies of the pictures for students to work in pairs.
Step 1: Guess the Story
Give each pair a set of pictures and have them guess the order of the story. Tell them “this is the story of a relationship, you have to put it in order” you might want to put some simple sequencers on the board: “First, and then, afterwards, in the end etc.”
When they’ve finished choose a pair to tell their version of the story to the class, ask other groups if their version is different.
Step 2: Listening
Tell students that you are going to tell them the real story and they have to listen and put their pictures in the correct order. Read the story.
Step 3: Reading
Give out the handout but fold the paper so student cannot see the language focus exercise. Students read the story and check that they have the pictures in the correct order.
Step 4: Meaning from context
Have students try to guess the meaning of the expressions in bold from the context in pairs. Then go through the meanings on the board:
- love at first sight – fall in love when you first see someone
- check sb out – look at someone to decide if you’re attracted to them
- pluck up the courage – be brave
- chat sb up – flirt with sb
- ask sb out – arrange a date
- have a lot in common – have shared interests
- be made for each other – a perfect match/couple
- fall head over heels in love – fall madly/deeply in love with sb
- go out with sb – be in a relationship
- have a row – argue
- have a thing for sb – be attracted to sb
- break/split up – end a relationship
- get back together with sb – repair a relationship
- get down on one knee – kneel on one knee
- pop the question – propose to sb
- tie the knot – get married
- be in the doghouse with sb – your partner is angry at you
- worried sick – v. worried
- on the rocks – in trouble, danger
Step 5: Language focus
Students turn the handout over and try to complete the expressions from memory; they mustn’t look at the text.
Students then unfold the paper to check their answers.
Step 6: Retell the story
Students turn the handout over and attempt to retell the story, using all the expressions, using the pictures as prompts.
Step 7: Personalising
If appropriate, students describe a real relationship from their lives: How did you meet your wife/husband? etc.
Work with a partner, look at the words in bold, what do you think they mean?
Tony and Tina met at a party, it was love at first sight, they were both checking each other out for a while until Tony plucked up the courage to go and talk to Tina. He chatted her up for a while then at the end of the night he asked for her number. He called her the next day to ask her out and she said yes. They went out for coffee and discovered that they had so much in common, they were made for each other! They fell head over heels in love and started going out with each other straightaway. One night, they had a huge row because Tony thought that Tina had a thing for his best friend. It was a horrible argument and they broke up but it wasn’t long before they got back together because they just couldn’t stay apart.
2 years later Tony got down on one knee and popped the question to Tina, she said yes and 6 months later they tied the knot in front of their friends and family. A few years later Tony was in the doghouse for a few weeks because he got really drunk with his friends and didn’t come home, Tina was worried sick. For a few days it looked like the marriage might be on the rocks but she forgave him eventually and they both lived happily ever after.
Over the story and try to remember the missing words from the expressions.
- It was love ____ first sight
- They were both c_________ each other out
- He chatted her _____ for a while.
- He called her the next day to _____ her out.
- They had so much in ______________.
- They were made ______ each ___________.
- They fell __________ over _________ in love.
- Tina had a _____________for his best friend.
- They ____________ up but it wasn’t long before they got ___________ together
- 2 years later Tony got __________ on one knee and ____________ the question to Tina,
- 6 months later they _________ the knot in front of their friends and family.
- Tony was in the ____________ for a few weeks
- Tina was worried ______________.
- It looked like the marriage might be on the _____________ but she forgave him.
Just getting my teeth into Delta module 3, food for thought…
Ahead of his talk at IATEFL Liverpool, Zoltan Rezmuves looks at some of the tough choices that must be made when preparing students for exams.
What’s your main goal in teaching English? You’ll probably say something along the lines of “enabling students to communicate well in English” and perhaps also “developing students to be better people“. But have you ever had a group of students preparing for an examination? Then you know that your success or failure will be measured not by how well they can express themselves in real life, and not even by how well they fit into society. Where there is an important exam at the end of the process, you can only succeed if your students pass the exam. It’s that simple. But what does this mean in terms of classroom practice?
EXAM PREPARATION TO-DO LIST
1. You will have to cover…
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