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level: intermediate, upper-intermediate
aims: practice debating, listening for gist and detail,  introduce / practice adj.+ prep. + obj. + “to” + inf. and verb + obj. + “to” + inf.


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(Note: If you like, you can omit the Listening by skipping Stage 3,  going directly from the lead-in debate in Stage 1 to the reading in Stage 3.) (more…)


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Level: intermediate, upper intermediate

Aims: Practice the use of phrases to structure a narrative, introduce and practice verb + obj. + to + inf., talk about stressful situations at work or school.


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Bits of card with the phrases “to start, plus, finally, on top of all that, but that’s not all, finally, all told”

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Level: intermediate, upper-intermediate

Aims: Review vocabulary for research and experiments (collocations), review past passive, introduce past participle clauses


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Okay, so post number one of my new blog, hmm, this should be a decent place to start: After attending a Lindsay Clandfield workshop on Working with Texts, I tried my hand with this one. The text is adapted from the world-famous satirical newspaper The Onion, and the full-length, unadapted version of the text can be found here.

I made it specifically for a class I have with statisticians who do clinical trials in a local hospital, so it’s of main interest to Medical/Scientific ESP type students, but could also be used profitably with any other Intermediate level students. Generally good for a laugh, or least a chuckle.

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