Monthly Archives: February 2011

B2.2 Grammar – Structures with wish (2)

Here’s a very short text.  Can you identify the type of text?  Who do you think the speakers are?

Speaker one:  I wish I had been born 1000 years ago!

Speaker two:  Why is that?

Speaker one:  Just think of all the history I wouldn’t have to learn!

The text is a joke and I imagine the two speakers are a pupil at school talking to their teacher or a child talking to a parent.

Which conditional sentence below accurately summarises speaker one’s point of view:

(a) If I had been born 1000 years ago, I would not have as much history to learn.

(b) If I had been born 1000 years ago, I would not have had to learn so much history because then children didn’t have to study history at school.

Grammar point!  The wish refers to the past.  How is the wish different grammatically from the wishes in the texts that were linked to in the previous post:  structures with wish (1)?

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B2.2 Grammar – Structures with wish (1)

Two texts containing the word ‘wish.’  The idea here is to get aware of how this word works in different grammatical patterns by comparing examples in the two texts.

Text 1, song:  I Wish by Skee-Lo

Let’s start with an image:  A T-shirt design inspired by the words of the song I Wish by Skee-Lo.  The images are illustrations of the song’s opening lines.  Click here to see the image – what key words do you think the lyrics will contain?

Now listen to the first 20 seconds of the song by clicking here.  Did you predict any of the words correctly?

Now try the grammar / vocabulary exercise below – choose one answer for each a) b) c) option.

Line Sentence Head Grammar Vocabulary
1 I wish a) I was  b)  I am  c)  I be  a)  a little more tall   b)  a little bit taller  c)  a lot more big
2 I wish a)  I was     b)  I am     c)  I be a ‘baller
3 I wish a)  I have   b)  I had    c)  I was having a girl
 4   a)  which looked good  b)  how looked good   c)  who looked good  
5 I would a)  call her     b)  call to her  c)   calling her
5 I wish a)  I have   b)  I had   c)  I was having a rabbit in a hat with a bat
6     and a ’64 Impala

Finally – check the song and lyrics together to see the correct answers by clicking here.

Grammar point!  Do the wishes in the first verse refer to the present or the past

Text 2, poem: I wish

Read the following three summaries of a poem.  Then read the poem and decide which summary is the most accurate.

Summary 1:  The poet is writing about her ex.  She’s talking about why the relationship ended.  The things she mentions are the reasons her ex gave her for ending the relationship.

Summary 2:  The poet is writing about someone she would like to have a relationship with.  She’s sad because she doesn’t think it’s possible for the person she loves to fall in love with her.

Summary 3:  The poet is writing about someone she hopes to have a relationship with in the future.  The things she mentions are things she anticipates happening in the future when she and the person she loves are together.

Read the poem by clicking here.

Grammar point!  The wishes made by the poet and the rapper in the song are similar.  They both refer to changing present situations so that the present or future might be better for them.  How do the grammatical structures they use show this?

Coming soon!  Come back and check this post to see further comments, answers and language analysis.

References:

 http://www.flickr.com/photos/33597592@N08/4632913822/in/photostream/

I wish poem by Tatiana Cereghino.  Flickr page:    http://www.flickr.com/photos/tatocereghino/3364107370/in/set-72157622568458667/ 

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B2.2 Grammar – revisiting an old text

I was just going through some old notes from our classes and I came across a text I wrote when we looking at structures with ‘as.’  Here is the text represented as a Part 2, Use of English Open-cloze:

For questions 1-7, read the text and think of the word which best fits each gap.  Use only one word in each gap.  There’s an example at the beginning (0).

Example:  (0)  WELL

Madrid is (0) _well_ worth exploring on foot as long (1) _____ you do not mind having to push your way through crowded streets.  This really is the best way to discover the city’s charm.  (2) ______ minute you can be in a busy shopping street and the (3) _______ you might be strolling a long a quiet, narrow back street and discovering a cosy bar (4) _______ you can stop for a bite to eat.  It’s difficult to (5) _______ lost as long as you do not stray too far from the city centre.  As (6) _____ as public transport is concerned, if you need (7) _______, it is fairly cheap and efficient.

You can check your answers below:

Madrid is well worth exploring on foot as long as you do not mind having to push your way through crowded streets.  This really is the best way to discover the city’s charm.  One minute you can be in a busy shopping street and the next you might be strolling a long a quiet, narrow back street and discovering a cosy bar where you can stop for a bite to eat.  It’s difficult to get lost as long as you do not stray too far from the city centre.  As far as public transport is concerned, if you need it, it is fairly cheap and efficient.

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B2.2 – Class vocabulary record

Your space for a class vocabulary record for our course.

On this page you can share your notes on items of vocabulary we have studied in class by adding comments on the page.

Everyone can contribute and I can monitor things more easily to make sure the information is correct and add more examples.

I look forward to seeing your comments.

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BET Course – Unit 6 – Sales (Homework) (Session 18th Feb 2011)

Some links to texts related to sales for the homework activity:  mining a text for collocations and links to concordance data on the web.

An undercover reporter blows the whistle on working practices in a call centre at a major high-street bank:  Mis-selling is ‘rife’ at Barclays (BBC News, March 2007)

Global music sales reports (Jan 2011):  Digital music sales ‘slowing’   Music sales in 2010 decline for 6th consecutive year

Bloomberg Businessweek:  What drives your best sales people? (March 2010)

Selling via Facebook:  French Connection and Dove start selling on Facebook (Marketingweek, Feb 2011)

Ofcom (Independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries) – Mis-selling:  Mobile phone services

Links to concordances on the web:

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B2.2 – FCE Use of English Part Three – Word formation

Four links to sites offering advice and practice for this part of the FC exam:

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C2.2 – CPE Exam Practice Use of English (Part 3) 2

Number two in an ongoing series of posts to practise the one word fits three sentences activity in the CPE.

I’ll put more than three examples so you can see how the featured word(s) are used in more contexts.  Remember, in the exam, there are only three sentences.

Language notes to come.

For the sentences below think of one word only which can be used appropriately in all three sentences.

  1. Gang members used a funeral parlour as a ________ for their drugs operation.
  2. The ________ charge is a bit steep at €15 a head but once inside the menu is good value for money and there’s live music to dance to from a swinging big band.
  3. Wikileaks does not so much expose government ________ -ups, as cast light on the sometimes surprisingly direct nature of memos sent from foreign service officials.
  4. The dense cloud _________ over Northern Europe will disappoint amateur star gazers who were hoping to catch a glimpse of the comet as it comes as close as it will to Earth.
  5. Without appropriate medical _________ travellers are at risk of running up large medical expenses should they suffer from illness or injury during their trip.
  6. When the storm hit the hillside we took _________ in a crumbling, deserted farm-house.
  7. Staff are reminded that they should organise adequate _______ when they take holidays.
  8. That book must have been unputdownable, she read it from _______ to _______ in just one day.
  9. We offer live entertainment on Saturday and Sunday in the form of The Rolly Pebbles who pay tribute to the music of Jagger and Richards with their excellent _______ versions.
  10. The detective went under ________ to infiltrate the gang of drug smugglers and make officers aware of when the shipment would arrive.

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