Listen to this report related to British linguistic politeness and the effects it is having on international politics at the moment. Read through questions 1 to 7. Listen carefully and fill in the gaps with up to three words. You can listen to the whole recording twice.
Coherence and cohesion play a major role whenever you are writing. In fact, they tend to appear as main criteria in most rubrics for marking / assessing written output.
Both of these can be promoted through the proper use of linking words. In the files below you can find a selection of linking words, roughly arranged by communicative function, which could be used for writing tasks in English for levels B1-C1.
Listen to this clip where an expert on online fraud discusses online scams on Black Friday. Then answer the questions below:
- What tools are fraudsters using on Black Friday?
- What is the expert’s advice in the face of such tools?
- How much was lost to fraud on Black Friday last year?
- What should you do if you become a victim of this kind of fraud?
These are the materials and resources we’ve used in our class about travel and holidays:
TRAVEL / JOURNEY / TRIP / VOYAGE: watch the presentation and then try this quiz
Vocabulary- drag and drop exercise:
More travel videos for you to watch: http://watchinenglish.blogspot.com.es/search/label/travel
Watch this video to remember how to use the structure have / get something done:
You may find below the videos and articles we have used in our session about dress codes, along with some extra resources:
- Nicola Thorp- high heels at work:
BBC interview (1)
Opinion articles about Nicola Thorp’s petition and result:
- Woman’s Hour – listening comprehension (from 3:11)- (C1)
- The Sun– Gap-fill exercise (B2)
- Don’t judge a book by the cover – or a worker by their outfit (The Guardian) (C1)- Gap-fill exercise
Follow-up: My Heels, My Choice
You can also read about Donald Trump’s dress code policy, and the debate it sparked on social media:
Donald Trump #DressLikeAWoman: The Huffington Post article
2. Dress codes in schools:
Infants and primary:
- Derbyshire pupils wear slippers at school to get ‘better grades’
- Primary school encourages pupils to wear slippers in class
- Student banned from class for being too ginger
- Natural redhead banned from school for having hair that’s too bright
- Naturally red-haired schoolgirl, 17, banned from lessons until she tones it down because she’s too ginger