Expressions from class 1st and 3rd Feb 2011

In class on the 1st Feb we read and discussed the recent announcement that Germany and Spain were to recognise each country’s educational qualifications and the interest from Spaniards in filling jobs for skilled professionals in Germany.

Here is a link to a copy of the story we read in class:  Thousands of highly qualified Spanish jobseekers hoping to emigrate to Northern Europe

This link takes you to how the BBC reported the story which gives you further points of view from people considering taking up the offer:  Spain’s unemployed rush to fill jobs in Germany 

Among the topics we discussed were:

  • To what extent do you agree with Alejandro’s description of many Spanish companies as being made up of ’15 family members of the bosses and 15 work-experience pupils’ and to what extent this “enchufe” mentality (nepotism/favouritism/cronyism) and short-term recruitment of one intern after another is ‘keeping Spain firmly in recession with little hope of light at the end of the tunnel’?
  • Does the prospect of a “brain drain” (talented people leaving the country who might not return) give you cause to worry about the future?
  • If you could improve your job prospects abroad, where would you go?

If you want to comment on any of these or other related points, please feel free.  I’d love to hear more of your views.


During our discussion we came across an expression with draw.  Example:  In my opinion, those who go abroad will eventually be drawn back to Spain when the economy improves.  They’ll return sooner or later.

On Thursday we looked at some other expressions with draw.

In which of the examples below can a form of the word draw be used to complete the sentence?

  1. As the meeting _______ to a end it became clear that our boss was unhappy with the contributions we’d offered.
  2. Evidently we __________ to the wrong conclusion when we saw our boss having lunch with one of the directors from a rival company.  It appears she’s not moving anywhere.
  3. Following the presentation we all _________ the same conclusion – it was going to take a big effort from everyone to turn the financial position of the company around.
  4. We can ________ a comparison between people emigrating from Spain to Northern Europe today with the post-Civil War period in Spain.
  5. At the moment we’re __________ up a final version of the contract.  I hope to send you details early next week.
  6. The negotiation was difficult from the beginning and we had to __________ on all our experience to achieve success.
  7. The advertising campaign _______ a lot of criticism from offended viewers.


  1. drew.  draw + to (an end) (with the meaning of move – come to an end)
  2. jumped/leapt.  jump/leap + to + a/the wrong conclusion (mistakenly believe something)
  3. drew.  draw + a conclusion
  4. draw.  draw + a comparison + between something and something else.
  5. drawing.  draw (sthg) up (phrasal verb = write something which needs careful planning)
  6. draw.  draw on sthg (phrasal verb = use a supply of something available to you)
  7. drew.  draw + criticism / a large audience / interest etc.  (attract)

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