Lesson & Homework

Breiner Saturday 9:30 - 12:30

Updated 3rd June 2018

Covered in the Lesson


26th May

Returned test.
Fawlty Towers: Communication Problems; listening for different tenses, modal verbs.
Call my bluff.
Module Test Documents


19th May

Module Test, including writing.
If you were not in class, please contact me to arrange to do the test.

12th May

Work in small groups to find out what you think about this.
and complete

Taboos & Issues: Children who kill.

Answers to p83-4 vocabulary, grammar & transformation.
Revise for module test next week

Reading for 2 weeks' time.
I have assigned you to groups. If you were absent, choose one of these articles to read:

All read

If you are interested in reading more about the issue of children and serious crime, google the story of James Bulger.

5th May

Unit 8 p81 nos 3-5.
p82 speaking part 2 using the pictures. Vocab for different crimes.
p82 reading.

Conscientious objector reading and discussion activity.

Listening p85.
Following vocabulary & discussion.
p81 no6 look up collocations and choose 5, then write your own sentences using them.

p83-4: grammar, vocabulary & exam practice.

28th April

Article Undercover Cop: identifying reported statements and conditionals.

Call my bluff.

Speaking part 3: Changing Lifestyles

p81 Unit 8 Law & Order, no1.

Lesson 9, 19th May, will be a short progress test including writing.
Life as an Undercover Cop

Download the entire interview . Listen to the first 16 minutes for the worksheet; continue with the rest if you are interested.
for no 7, p73 state verbs.

21st April

Listening: miscarriages of justice video.

Jigsaw reading: 3 articles about falsely accused people. Regroup and share stories and vocabulary.

p73 nos 7 & 8
See last week's homework.

14th April

Espionage and undercover policing

p73 No6 Stative verbs.

Read the article again and find examples of:
  • reported statement
  • conditional
  • past perfect
  • can

: read the note and do at least some of the online exercises, so that you get to practise this grammar area.

p73 Nos 7 & 8.

24th March

Check for words synonymous with change. Work in 2s or 3s and make sentences with three of them. Share with class.

Extra materials: gapfill & word formation.

: 2-minute speaking.

Good bad and ugly
Reading about critics of social media: gapfill, word formation, jigsaw reading, final section reading then short discussion.

Listenings about Mercury and the effect of the internet on English.

Final look at some useful vocabulary see:

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Complete the writing (last week's homework).

: read the note and do at least some of the online exercises, so that you get to practise this grammar area.

17th March

Writing (100 words) about technology; own ideas.

Work in pairs and choose two of the texts; identify 2 main points per text; make notes from which to write an essay about tecnology.

Extra materials: railplane invention; listening and then word formation.
Discussion about inventions that have been successful and those that have failed.
Write the essay about techonology using the notes you made in class.

10th March

Introduction to Emerald

Science & Technology

Look at these pictures

Matching activity: old technologies to their equivalents.

Article about a new version of the electric plug. Vocabulary paraphrasing.

This course becomes Emerald above this line

3rd March

Returned tests from last lesson.

Activities referencing paragraphs, gap fill (bingo) and clauses of concession, time, reason and result.

Reading test (now all parts of the exam have been covered in this module).

Borrowed words activity: origin and meaning matching, then use in own sentence.

Borrowed Words:

This is the end of Peridot. The next module is Emerald.


As for the last module, I will send these to you individually. Please email me with a request for the report and I will attach it in a reply.

24th February

Extra materials unit 3: speaking about paintings.

Call my bluff.

Unit test, including use and listeing from past papers.

The myth of student intolerance; gapfill with negative prefixes.
Read the article again, record vocabulary and prepare a few short notes for feedback discussion next lesson.

17th February

What does the word family conjure up for you?

Vocab: close-knit, ruin, in harmony, source, prolong, artificially.

Jigsaw reading in 4 groups

After finding the gaps in your text regroup to talk about what each article says, and discuss the issues facing children and parents today.
Reading & Use p46-8.

10th February

Material from Objective Proficiency

Lead in: p88 speaking about globalisation.
Listening: 3 extracts

p85 Pidgin and Creole reading & multiple choice cloze.
Group jigsaw reading p84 groups answering different questions.

Writing Folder part 2 Article p90: developing a more varied written style.
Write the article no 7 p91.

3rd February

Introvert/Extrovert: first do the quiz, then watch the TED talk and complete the worksheet. Discuss your answers with a partner.

Pushy Parents: lead in discussion followed by jigsaw reading:

Group work on same text: identify main points and form own opinion on what the journalist says.
Regroup in pairs and tell new partner about the tetxt you read. Decide on you opinions on each text.

focusing on emphatic style.

p45 Speaking 3, nos 1-5.
Write an essay about pushy parents, based on the two articles you read and discussed in class.

27th January

Contrastive Stress
Listening to examples then matching to meaning.

1I didn’t say we should kill him.  aI am denying saying it.
2I didn’t say we should kill him.  bWe should kill someone else.
3I didn’t say we should kill him.  cI said someone else should kill him /you should kill him
4I didn’t say we should kill him.  dI said we should take him to dinner /take care of him / send him on a diving holiday.
5I didn’t say we should kill him.  eI said we shouldn’t kill him / we must kill him
6I didn’t say we should kill him.  fSomeone else said we should kill him.
7I didn’t say we should kill himgI implied it / whispered it / wrote it down.

Pair work: make up a dialogue using one of the examples.

Speaking part 3, p40: recording results for me to assess.

p41 Describing behaviour, all exs.

p44 Listening

p49-50 Writing 1: essay.
Write the essay p50.

20th January

Explain these new words:
  1. selfie-stick
  2. showcase
  3. awesomesauce (and what's the opposite)
  4. hoverboard
  5. arrestle
  6. manspreading
  7. faux pas
  8. youtuber
  9. pocket dial (and the American version?)
  10. phablet
  11. lolz
  12. bezzy
  13. checkbox
  14. bingewatch

What was unusual about the Oxford Dictionary's word of the year?

Cockney Rhyming Slang

  1. How do you define a true Cockney?
  2. Who originally used Cockney rhyming slang, and why?
  3. When was it established?
  4. How does it work?
  5. What examples did she give?

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.

Through p36 nos 10 & 11.

13th January

Through homework.

Reading p34-5 questions and text analysis.
Grammar 8 & 9 p36.

Paranormal stories from Speaking and Reading Advanced: 3 groups read different stories and answer questions about unusual happenings and decide how plausible they are. Vocab activities.

Writing p38-9 exs 1-3.
Write a review. Use the question on p39 or choose your own work of art to review.

6th January

Lead in: look at these and describe them. What ideas do they convey to you?

p32 Burne-Jones painting: talk about it, then listen to an art student talking about it, then look at the two pictures linked here and describe as much as you can.

Here is the poem, by Tennyson.

p 33 Use: word formation: Dickens and his world

p33 Prefixes.

p34 lead in: listening.

p 34-5 Reading part 7.
p33 find words that collocate with the adjectives in 3.

Complete reading p34-5; vocab & grammar p36-7

How the Queen's accent has changed: the 2017 Christmas message contains a brief extract of the first televised speech. You can hear similar differences to those highlighted in The Archers extracts.


These are available on the Portal or from me. I can print these for next class, or if you email me I will send them to you.

9th December

Unit 3 Language & Culture
p31 exs 1-4

Current slang words: match with definition.

Listening about how accents have changed over a relatively short time.

in the UK and people's reaction to them. Open cloze and questions.


Speaking part 2 using these
See for details of the set literature texts for the next two years of CPE.

This course now becomes Peridot above this line

2nd December

Reading from Objective Proficiency A sense of humour from Bill Bryson's book; comprehension & idiomatic expressions.
Uses of have, get & go. Phrasal verbs, transformations.
Correcting mistakes.

Brendan Grace Mother-in-law.

Writing folder 10: Articles and letters.
Write one of the articles and letters questions.

25th November

Progress test: vocabuary sections done as a class activity, then listening, use of English and reading individually.

Brendan Grace, the American in Ireland; listening.

Send me the article if you have not already done so.

18th November

Article writing p69-70 exs 1-4.

Speaking activities: Conversation halves; find the other half of your conversation and continue it with partner; record.

Pairs speak about a topic with some words which they must not use; rest of class guesses what those words are.

Groups of 3 or 4: each person has some discourse marker words and a topic to talk about for 2 minutes (part 3 of speaking exam). Also record these for me to give feedback.

Answers to handout activities from last lesson's homework.

Listening p67.

Answers to p66 Vocabulary.
p70 5 & 6.

Write an article. See pp69-70.

11th November

Grammar p65-6 relative pronouns and reduced relative clauses.
Write sentences and look at others’ to see if you can shorten or correct them;
Obj Prof unit 14 workbook material: Listening, grammar (prepositions and articles).
Use of English (transformation and word formation)

Note uncountable nouns: research, news, advice, information, flu, fruit (not always)
p66 vocab expressions with sport
Listen again to the recording from today and do ex 2 of the .
Do the vocab activities from the handout (4 and 5).

There will be a short test in week 9 (24th Nov) in the form of exam type materials based on the themes covered in this module. This is not a pass/fail test, but simply to give you an idea of how well you cope with the material at this stage.

28th October & 4th November

Unit 6 p61. Listening; individuals look up expressions in ex5. Ex6, using some of the expressions.

Reading p62-3.

P64 Lead in images in part 2 type speaking activity.

"Thank you for smoking" trailer from the film. Gap fill.

Material from Objective Proficiency: Reading part 7 and listening .

Words that are verbs & other parts of speech.
p65 grammar

Write own sentences using words that can be verbs as well as other parts of speech.

21st October

Explanation of the for the starter activity, which was matching the first word to the last in the pair, and deciding which preposition links them. Make sentences using the pairs.

from bk4 paper2 (old past papers); developing reading strategy activity.

Fear from Discussions A-Z Advanced.

Nobody needs a gun from Taboos and issues.
Given out: Unusual vocabulary and alternative ways of saying phrases; notes about writing. (Ask me for a copy next lesson if you were absent).

14th October

Think of dangerous situations, write down a short description on a piece of paper, then pass to person next to you. Write your advice to someone in that situation. After 2 or 3 of these, regroup and share ideas about what you think.

Through homework (grammar and vocabulary).

Choose one of the topics from the writing activity during the lesson. Summarize and evaluate both texts and give your own opinion. Write 240-280 words.

7th October

Dangerous Jobs: lead in activity talking about pictures of dangerous jobs.

p51 Ranking activities in order of how much they shorten life.
Listening, vocab ex.
p52 Reading MC. Use of thesaurus to extend vocabulary.
p53 Vocabulary & grammar nº4.
p55 Listening part 3.

p58 Speaking part 3.
Research words that mean different kinds of look, eg glance, glimpse.

p53-4 Vocabulary and grammar.

30th September

Write 250-300 words about the subject of the nanny state. Use the three articles that we read in class, and summarize what they say. Give your own opinion too.

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.



Visual Thesaurus

The British National Corpus

British Council Apps

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