Lesson & Homework

Breiner Friday 17:30 - 20:30

Updated 9th June 2019

Books: Proficiency Masterclass (OUP); English Vocabulary in Use (Advanced) (CUP); also highly recommended: Advanced Grammar in Use (CUP). The last two are avalable as if you prefer.

Covered in the Lesson


7th June

Answers to reading.

Kahoot quizzes on this module's vocabulary.

Balloon debate.
Thus ends Proficiency as we have known it.

31st May

Answers to homework.

Vocab from units 11 & 12, done as classwork.

Use of English questions from past paper, also done as classwork.

Kahoot on vocab (made by Paul Jackson).
Reading from past paper.

24th May

Use of English activities.

Unit 10 extra material (Entertainment and Leisure). Listening about Jimi Hendrix. Following vocabulary work.

If you would like to revisit the listening, here it is:

Objective Proficiency unit 20.
Un it 20 p170 nos 2-4.

17th May

p117 revision of success/failure vocab.

Three articles jigsaw reading:
Work in groups to find useful vocabulary and note ideas here:

p122-3 reading & following tasks: text analysis; words: road, path, track.

Two-minute talks on a range of subjects.
Article: Space Exploration: what is the purpose and is it worth it?
Complete last week's homework.

10th May

Extra material: speaking, listening, vocab; all on subject of tourism.

Debate about capitalism.

p116 answers to 4 & 5.

p117 listening, vocabulary.
Open close & transformation tasks.
; correction to part of this task:

3rd May

Reading p114-5

Listening: Puma Wrestling Man

See last page of last week's handout.

Went through answers to final task from SA reading.

Unit 12 lead in and activities 1-6, p121.
p116 Text analysis and vocab.

Prepare your own thoughts about capitalism to contribute to a debate next week.

26th April

A Perfect Long Weekend in Porto
Gapped text; work in groups and guess the words; match actual missing words to gaps.

Speaking: 2-minute speeches on a range of topics decided by the class.

5th April

: South Africa - road trip through the Free State.
Watch the video and write in what the numbers signify on the first page of the worksheet, then do the reading activities.

: video and gap fill task.
from Brooklyn
Final task from SA reading.

29th March

Watch the video at the start of this article:

Ecotourism Definition

Jigsaw Reading:

Short articles:
Complete the vocabulary from the last reading task.

Write the essay (see last week's homework).

22nd March


women's suit pic Men's suit pic


Write 100 words about what you think of dress codes at work
Masterclass unit 11, p111, introduction.


Reported speech (sometimes called indirect speech)

Reading & vocabulary p114-6.
Write an essay of 240–280 words summarising and evaluating two of the short texts written by somebody else in the class. They can be diametrically opposed ideas or quite similar. Remember that each text will have 2 main points, and to include your own opinion.

Below this line the module is Ruby

8th March

pp28-9 Obj Prof 3.2 Reformulation.

1st March

Fawlty Towers: Communication Problems

Scene One

Scene Two

p27 Obj Prof 3.2 nºs 4-6.

22nd February

Objective Proficiency 3.1 speaking & listening.

Phrase spot: collocation pairs.
Vocabulary modifiers (3-4).
3.2 article about the effect of winds on mood.
Pictures of reaction to weather: describe and hypothesize.

Write 100 words about your reaction to the Caroline Lucas article.

15th February

text jigsaw reading; read your section; talk to others to find out what each section is about; summarize your section; reconstruct the article.

to collect useful language from the article.

Through homework (17.2 Obj Prof)

17.3 Main points from the the 2 input texts.
. Do task 4 and the idiom spot.

8th February

New Zealand beach culture



Section 17.1 Nº7 from Objective Proficiency
Section 17.2 from Objective Proficiency

1st February

Through homework.

Group with those who listened to the same programme, then regroup to tell partner from the other group about your . Give your own views on the topic.

Sections 17.1 to 17.2 from Objective Proficiency
  • Thinking about what brings happiness.
  • Listening type 4.
  • Idioms: match to situations; why do we use them?
  • metaphrical collocations, eg healthy sense of humour; verbs used metaphorically, eg mushroom.
Write sentences of your own using the metaphorical verbs.
Corrections from homework:
  • writing /'raɪtɪŋ/ written /'ɾɪtən/
  • this /ðɪs/ these /ðiːz/

  • capitals for nationality: Portugal, Portuguese (person, language and adjective)

  • undergo surgery / treatment

  • a highly successful individual or company

  • responsible / responsibility

  • responsibility of ensuring

  • meet targets / goals

  • recommend

  • assistant

25th January


Unit 10 p101 lead in. Reading p102. Grammar p103-4.

What do the two articles say about celebrities? Summarise your views, working in pairs.

Speaking p107.
Complete the last two weeks' homework.

18th January

Listening & vocabulary p94.

Speaking p95: long turn. Then do the activity, record and listen to each other's speech and identify strengths and weaknesses.

Annoying situations speaking activity; talk with a partner for 2 minutes about the situation on the card.

Reading open cloze: Time to get smarter aout stupidity.

Personal qualities adjectives & phrases jigsaw activity.
p93 Grammar.

pp96-8 Reading & Vocabulary.

11th January

Returned exam scripts. Unit 9 p91, all activities.


p92-3 word formation; grammar - passive, causative have (get)

decide on one and invent a history. Imagine they are applying for a job and you are writing a letter of recommendation. What would you write?

p99-100 example letter of recommendation.
You have been assigned to listen to one of these programmes. Make notes and bring them to the next class ready to tell somebody from the other group about what you learned.

The Music in your Brain

You are not a Self

Writing: Letter of recommendation for one of the people in .

4th January

Mock Exam: writing, listening, reading and use of English.
Answer key and useful information about the writing:

This course becomes Ruby above this line

7th December

Complete gapped sentences about yourself; work in groups of 3 and say only the words you have added to a sentence; the others guess which sentence it is.

Kahoot quiz about Christmas, followed by 2 others on similar themes.

Matching two halves of a short phrase (collocation).
This is the end of Amber. Next class is Ruby, starting 4th January.

30th November

Birdwatching in Delhi

Matching discourse management phrases to use in speaking exam. Then do the following task:

Pages 29-30 Essay writing preparation.

Returned feedback from speaking last week.

23rd November

Speaking Test

Answers to test last week.
Speaking test, recording.
Mini debates.
Paragraph gap fill reading.

16th November

Reading & Listening Tests taken from past CPE papers.

Continuation of the short debate topics started last week.
Choose two texts from the and an write essay, summarizing and evaluating the two short texts and adding your own opinion.

Write 280-320 words.

9th November

Our tomorrows:
Complete .
Individual short talks about controversial subjects (to be continued next class).
How would you organise a campaign to stop clothes companies pouring toxic waste into rivers? Work in groups of 4.

Running Dictation activity: pairs; find information on sheets in the corridor.

Write 100 words about industrial pollution. The class is divided half and half to write for and against, ie reasons why industry has to carry on polluting, and reasons why it should not pollute at all.

Please send via wetransfer.com or use this

2nd November

p17 MC options; work in pairs and choose a question; find examples of each of the 4 words in use and post

  1. How has agriculture contributed to global warming?
  2. Why were aerosols banned in the 1970s?
  3. Which is the most powerful greenhouse gas?

p24-6 reading & following exs. See for work on exs 5 & 9.
Choose a controversial topic and prepare notes to talk for about 5 minutes.
Write your own sentences using the words in ex6 (and possibly ex9).
You could also find an article that interests you to use as a paragraph gap-fill task.

26th October

Biometrics: reading, listening, jigsaw reading

Answers to homework.

Unit 2 Our Environment: exs 1-4
Article with questions: Beyond Fingerprinting

19th October

p18 Nº4 idomatic uses of help & give.

Jigsaw reading: 3 articles about different people and places; regroup to tell new group about the article you read and any new language.



p19 Nºs 1-4.
p20 Nº 5

12th October

Homework answers.

Pollution by Tom Lehrer

Jigsaw reading: Former businessman lives on no money for a year and The man who lives without money.

Paragraph gapfill: How I lived by spending nothing for two years

What would you most miss if you went off grid like Mark Boyle. In groups make a list of the three most essential things you would miss.

What sort of person is Mark?

Environment pt 3 speaking tasks.

Write 4 favourite words and phrases from the lesson so far. [These go in a vocab box for future activities]

p17 Talk about the pictures, then MC Northern Light.

p18 listening.

You have chosen one of these to make notes for a two-minute presentation to the class next lesson.
Nº7 google Lucy Gavaghan.

Write a 300-word article about Mark Boyle's money-free life. What are the pros and cons? What do you think of his ideas?

28th September

Students make recordings of suggestions for a tourist destination.

Reading p12-3.
p.12: 1-4 done. p14: 8 & 9 done.




Obed Ramotswe
Complete activities on p14-15, nos 5, 6, 7; 12-15.

Listening gap fill: interviews with Saoirse Ronan and Colm Tóibín

Listen again to the first part of Saoirse's interview to find out how to pronounce Colm Tóibín.

Literature set texts

January 2018 – December 2019 the set books are:

Colm Tóibín: (any edition)
You may study the film directed by John Crowley (2015) as well as, or instead of, the novel.

M.L. Stedman: (any edition)
You may study the film directed by Derek Cianfrance (2016) as well as, or instead of, the novel.

Please let me know if you are interested in either or both of these books. I will cover these in class if there is sufficient interest, and or organize short meetings for you to come and discuss these books.

Why do this?

It gives you another part 2 question to answer in the Writing paper. As CPE students you need to be reading as much as you can, and these books deal with ideas that you can talk about in small groups, improving your range of vocabulary as well as enjoying the intellectual challenge.

The discussion does not presuppose an extensive knowledge of literary criticism, but expects a similar calibre of writing as if you were answering one of the other part 2 writing questions.

This is a collection of material not directly connected with the course, but which you may find interesting. Please let me know if you find further material that I might add.

This is a collection of material not directly connected with the course, but which you may find interesting. Please let me know if you find further material that I might add.



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