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11th July Don't Judge a book... lesson 6

Listen and see if you like it.

4th July Don't Judge a book... lesson 5

go to the Gender-Science IAT.

Exam Practice:

27th June Don't Judge a book... lesson 4

Are you interested in taking part in a single, one-off class that will include students from Spain and possibly Poland? It will be on Tuesday morning at 9:00 and is free. I need to let British Council Lisbon know by 13:00 today.

20th June Don't Judge a book... lesson 3

Bias Checking

Jigsaw reading

Record a 2 to 5-minute talk about bias, aimed at a young audience in Portugal. Please send it to me before next Saturday. If the file is too big to attach to email, works.

13th June Don't Judge a book... lesson 2

6th June Don't Judge a book... lesson 1

Page 3, nºs 4 & 5.

30th May Sweet Dreams lesson 7

Test 2 part 2

Test 6 part 4

Test 7 part 3

which is really aimed at intermediate level, but would be useful and interesting practice.

And finally, JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books, is publishing a book free

23rd May Sweet Dreams lesson 6

Next activity: Kahoot quiz.

Role Play
Further reading about differences between newspapers:

Please send the self-assessment form to me.

Please complete the g-doc with feedback about online classes. Don't forget to ask your parents what they think too.

Please see the
These have ‘explore online’, ‘away from the screen’ and ‘language practice’ components for each book, plus a ‘best of the web this week’ general feature. You can do as much or as little as you wish.
The book for C1 level is called Ready Player One, and it is available from
There is a live event each week. You are not required to participate; it’s a webcam off, microphone off webinar format (although there might be some online quizzes or features)
The next event is Saturday 16:00. Recordings will be available if you can’t make it at that time. Links to these go out in the newsletter, which will be sent to your parents.
All this information is available at the link.

16th May Sweet Dreams lesson 5

TED talk
Download this diagram before listening to the first part of the talk:

Hay Festival is happening from 18-22 May; link

Write 220-260 words.

9th May Sweet Dreams lesson 4

The writing set from last week is fine as the writing assessment for this half of the term.
I will do the role play again next week as an assessed exercise.

2nd May Sweet Dreams lesson 3

Listening done during the class:

The first group did not do this, as the discussion was longer:

18th April Sweet Dreams lesson 2



Further Reading

4th April Sweet Dreams lesson 1

30th March

You should have received an email from the Customer Service with details of lessons starting this week.

Download a pdf of the magazine
Here is a story you should find interesting: by Paul Jennings.

These stories are not for the faint-hearted! If you like ghost stories they may appeal to you:

14th March

School closed; watch this space for further information.

7th March

Creative art: 3 examples of this. Choose one and write a flyer advertizing it. (p6 magazine)

Speaking exam: ideas & techniques to help you do well; parts 1 & 2.
Video, then try in groups using material from the exam practice books.

The video we watched is here:

Proposal: see p7 of the magazine.

29th February

Language in Action p4-5.

Introduction, listening, transformation sentences & prepositions. MyPractice 3-5.

Prepare presentation about an artist who interests you. Group work.
MyPractice: 1, 2 & 6.

Current magazine keyword: anger

22nd February

No class this week.

15th February

I was ill this week.

8th February

Pair work: question each other.

Evaluate 32 pictures of objects; are they art?

From notes taken in the last activity write 50 words about one of the objects. Make every word count. Keep this work for future revision when you are about to take the CAE (Advanced) exam.

Some information about homophones and the phonemic chart. See homework column.

1st February

Present Crowdfunding campaign.

Writing Competition

25th January

Make a presentation to pitch to investors to support your campaign.
  1. Write a formal letter to inform them about your campaign and invite them to the meeting.
  2. Make a 5-10 minute presentation to persuade the investors. You can use multi-media, music, acting, art….anything to persuade them to donate! Be original, be powerful, be knowledgeable!
  3. BEWARE: this is no ordinary presentation. Other groups will also prepare presentations in the same meeting and will be invited to criticise your ideas. Be ready to defend your campaign!

The investors will look for...

  1. Effectiveness: will it actually help someone or something?
  2. Impact and scale: how many people will it help?
  3. Viral: will the campaign capture the public’s imagination and go viral? (And make the investors money!)
  4. Ethical: can you convince the investors that your campaign is ethical?

Choose an option:

Finish preparing presentation for next lesson.

18th January

Moral dilemmas: talk to each other about what you would do in
Three groups work on different crowdfunding schemes and decide whether they are allowed on the site:

Listening: p4 magazine

Nº5 Look at language p5, & Nº 6 Practise.

Key word for Crowd Support is cause
Answers to cloze test homework set 2 weeks ago
1. with
2. out
3. to
4. to
5. with
6. to
7. when
8. up
9. which
10. on
11. who/that
12. to
13. with
14. what
15. for
16. out
17. where
18. up

Nºs 7 & 8: Write a proposal for a good cause in your community. This can be semi-formal. Write 220-260 words.

11th January

Negotiating activity.

Magazine p2-3 all activities
Imagine you’re helping Mica, Varun or Guillaume write their crowdfunding page.
Write a short paragraph (about 80 words) asking for support.

Password for Crowd Support = cause

4th January

Lead-in activity negotiating swapping/trading items for what other people have.
about trading up to better items. of the talk.
Vocabulary building, using item from the TED talk.
Speaking: decide on a way to raise 10K and present it (record).
Exam Practice
These may be helpful.

14th December

Christmas songs and videos.

7th December


Listen again to the camera's message

30th November

Magazine pp4-5; 6, nºs 1-5; 7-9; p7, nºs 1-5.

gap fill and

Access codes:
Jump for Joy emotion
Big Brother is Watching You privacy
Do p5 MyPractice 5 & 6; p7 MyPractice 7.

16th & 23rd November

Covered by my colleague(s) as I am ill.
Essay: The positive and negative impact of technology on our society.

9th November

Brochure presentation.
Second magazine, Big Brother given out.
Fahrenheit 451

and answer these questions:
  1. Which period does the health report cover and what are its main findings?
  2. Does watching TV promote depression?
  3. What activities might help to lead a happy life?

Speak for 3 minutes; record yourself and bring your phone or a pen drive to class next week.

To what extent are we under surveillance in contemporary society? Is this necessary or desirable? How should government deal with this? What can individuals do to guard their privacy?
Other dystopian novels:
Aldous Huxley Brave New World
Ray Bradbury Fahrenheit 451

[George Orwell's 1984 features in the first lesson of the second magazine.]

26th October

Example brochures:

Reading: answer questions by looking at the brochures attached to the wall.

Design brochure for a teen retreat, working in groups of 3.

Writing types handout. Short article about Brexit songs.
Keep in touch with your group via social media, and bring completed final version of brochure to next class in 2 weeks.

19th October

Language in Action

Write own manifesto in groups of 3, then present it to the class.
Look through these manifestos in more detail:

12th October

Seven Happy Habits: Reading p2-3 of the magazine.

Look at 10 letters and complete information about them.

One group watch and find answers to questions about what makes people happy. The other group find examples of what has made you happy recently. Then regroup and exchange information.

OX game with used in thank you letters.

Write draft thank you letter of your own, c200 words.
After a few days, re-read your draft and make a final copy to hand in next class.

28th September

used in the running dictation today.

we focused on.

: helpful suggestions.

Brainstorm topic: Happy Place for eventual essay. Just first ideas today.

Speaking: getting to know each other; questions about life topics.
Review the brainstorming notes you made on the Happy Place essay.

Review the vocabulary and imagery from the two texts studied in class.

These links are provided as part of the course materials.

Magazine 1

Learn about a class on happiness
Watch a video
Check out the World Happiness Report
Learn more about Bhutan and how they measure happiness
Research features of good surveys
Make an online questionnaire

Magazine 2

Learn more about the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four
Learn more about Edward Snowden
Research some recent leaks
Read about a famous spy listening station
Find out more about mass surveillance
Get some debating tips