B2.2 – Vocabulary – Notes from lesson 19/1/2010

In class yesterday we did an FCE collaborative speaking task.  You had to choose how you best wanted to spend a weekend from the following options.

  • a camping trip in a local forest
  • working on a conservation project
  • playing golf
  • going to a grand prix
  • going to a music festival
  • going to a spa and health club
  • going horse riding in the mountains

After your discussion we looked at some expressions that could be used for this type of decision making discussion and to talk about these activities.

(1)  Here are some slightly adapted sentences.  Which sentences can be used to talk about which activities?

  1. It’s a nice, leisurely sport in which you can spend some time outside in the fresh air.
  2. Although it’d be good to help the environment, I’m afraid I’d be bored to tears.
  3. To be honest, even though I love animals, it looks a bit dull.
  4. I must admit that getting close to nature doesn’t exactly turn me on.
  5. I can’t think of anything better than seeing some bands play live.
  6. Personally, I’d jump at the chance of seeing the mountains from the saddle.
  7. Getting a bit of exercise and having a bit of beauty treatment would be a great way to unwind from the stress of work.
  8. It’d be a chance to give something back to the planet.
  9. To be honest, the noise and crowds mean I’d rule out that option.
  10. I’m sorry but I just wouldn’t be able to put up with all the insects.
  11. What a great idea!  Sleeping in a tent in the middle of nowhere – there’s no better way of switching off!

Answers:

  1. Golf – An outdoor sport in the fresh air
  2.  

  3. Conservation project – helping the environment
  4. Horse riding – animals
  5. Camping trip or conservation project – getting close to nature
  6. Music festival – see bands playing live
  7. Horse riding – a saddle is the ‘seat’ you sit in on a horse
  8. Spa and health club – exercise and beauty treatment
  9. Conservation project – give something back to the planet
  10. Grand Prix – noise and crowds
  11. Camping, conservation project, horseriding – insects
  12. Camping – sleeping in a tent

(2)  Focus on words and expressions to talk about preferences for and against something.

For the following sentences decide if the expression in bold text is expressing a positive or negative reaction to the idea.

  1. Although a conservation project would be a good way to help the environment, I’m afraid I’d be bored to tears.
  2. To be honest, even though I love animals, the horseriding  option looks a bit dull.
  3. I must admit that going camping and getting close to nature doesn’t exactly turn me on.
  4. I can’t think of anything better than seeing some bands play live.
  5. Personally, I’d jump at the chance of seeing going horseriding.
  6. To be honest, the noise and crowds at a grand prix mean I’d rule out that option.
  7. I’m sorry but if we went camping, I just wouldn’t be able to put up with all the insects.

Answers:  Positive:  4 and 5

(3)  In sentences 1-7 (above) match the words in bold with these alternatives.

a)  boring, uninteresting   b)  does not sound very exciting  c)  eliminate  d)  I’d immediately accept  e)  very, very bored  f)  tolerate  g)  nothing would please me more

Answers: 

  1. e
  2. a
  3. b
  4. g
  5. d
  6. c
  7. f

(4)  What do the words in bold have in common?

  • It’s a nice, leisurely sport in which you can spend some time outside in the fresh air.
  • Getting a bit of exercise and having a bit of beauty treatment would be a great way to unwind from the stress of work.
  • What a great idea!  Sleeping in a tent in the middle of nowhere – there’s no better way of switching off!
  •  

    Answer:  They all communicate a sense of relaxation.

    (5)  Complete the following extracts of texts with words from this page.

    1. Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola won’t ________ a move to the Premier league – I won’t be at Camp Nou forever says Spaniard.  (www.goal.com 19th Dec 2010)
    2. Staying at a hotel with an outdoor pool where you can relax and ________ in the summer season is a great option when you’re visiting Madrid.  (Madrid tourism – esmadrid)
    3. Madrid says ‘adios’ to smoky bars, cafes eateries – “…Smoker Angel Pena, lighting up a cigarette over a cup of coffee at a Madrid bar, said Spain is playing catchup to the rest of the world and will become more modern with the new law.  “We have to start being civilized,” said Pena, 53.  “No one should have to __________ second-hand smoke.”  (USA Today, 22/12/10)
    4. If you’re new in town there’s never a ________ moment in Madrid.  Between flamenco performances, laid-back terrazas, world-class shopping, sprawling parks, a wild nightlife and a cultural scene most cities can only dream of, Madrid is packed with things to do, see and experience.  (Enforex in Madrid – Spanish language school)
    5. If you’re tempted to become a pilgrim and travel the Way of Saint James, once you learn more about the gastronomic delights awaiting you along your route you’ll ___________ to make the trip. You’ll discover what “pintxos” are, how to serve cider in the traditional Asturian manner… and you’ll be able enjoy some Rioja wine before tucking into such typical dishes as roast milk-fed lamb. (Gastronomic delights – Camino de Santiago, Spain.info)
    6. Originally a private hunting ground for royalty, Retiro Park now attracts all kinds of visitors. Take a ________ stroll down the tree-lined paths, rent a row boat on the lake or visit the charming Glass Palace.  (Retiro Park – Madrid sights (letandgo.com))  (stroll – we saw this word in Monday’s class:  a stroll (also a verb) is a relaxing, slow walk)
    7. If your passions include museums and art, Madrid will be a fabulous city for you (to visit).  If art doesn´t really __________, move on.  (Europe in a month, Lonely Planet forum)

    Answers:

    1. rule out
    2. unwind (or switch off)
    3. put up with
    4. dull
    5. jump at the chance
    6. leisurely
    7. turn you on

     

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