Since I saw so few of you lately, let me simply remind you about your forthcoming exams that this is your programme and study field for the exam to be found also on the ECGA page.
Students should be able to express themselves in a relatively autonomous manner on familiar topics and in daily life communication situations.
Our English manual is Speakout Pre-Intermediate par Frances Eales & Steven Oakes chez Pearson Longman. It includes a Student’s book and Workbook (Units 1 to 5 +6.3 and 8 to 9).
Revision of the Cycle d’orientation programme
modal auxiliaries (can, must, would, will,should, could, have to)
tenses : present tenses, future tenses, past simple, past continuous and present perfect
construction with the infinitive
comparatives and superlatives
quantities : much, many, a few, a little, a lot, countables and uncountables.
prepositions of place, time and manner
articles (a, an, the)
linking words (and, or, but, then, after, because, so, if, however)
Check the vocabulary distributed and related to daily life topics in your manual.
Daily life, personal information
Feelings and emotions
Places, building, furniture
Travels and Holidays
Leisure and hobbies
Understanding a conversation related to daily life (shopping, time, family, usual activities, occupation)
Understanding instructions or information given by a counterpart (instructins, warning, itineraries, prices, schedules etc….)
Understand the general meaning of a text written with basic vocabulary (Short topical texts, biographies, stories, news items, book summaries )
Understanding most of the information in a non simplified document (personal letter, flyer, user instruction, menu, recipe, city map, train schedule, urban signposting )
The first year programme includes a reading (simplified, stage 4 at least).
En situation de monologue, l’étudiant doit être capable de :
se présenter et se décrire (origine, âge, langue, profession, intérêts, passe-temps)
parler de son entourage ou environnement (famille, amis, travail, logement)
parler d’une expérience personnelle (film, lecture, vacances, accident)
faire un récit linéaire court (résumé d’une lecture, d’un scénario)
parler d’événements futurs (plans, intentions)
faire un récit linéaire (résumé d’une lecture, d’un scénario, exposé)
décrire un lieu
décrire un processus simple, un objet
En situation de dialogue, l’étudiant doit être capable de :
demander des explications, des renseignements ou de l’aide, voire des conseils à un interlocuteur
exprimer son accord ou son désaccord, contredire un interlocuteur, se plaindre
exprimer des préférences, des besoins, des désirs
indiquer quand il comprend et quand il ne comprend pas
mener une conversation simple sur les thèmes abordés en classe (acheter quelque chose, commander un repas, parler de sa santé, etc.)
être capable de rédiger un texte court dans un vocabulaire de base (note, lettre personnelle, itinéraire, biographie, résumé, recette)
être capable de décrire une situation de la vie courante (photographie ou scène de film, scène de rue)
décrire son entourage ou environnement (famille, amis, travail, logement)
raconter ou résumer une histoire (compositions, lettres personnelles, comptes rendus de lecture)
Durée de l’examen écrit : 120 minutes
Forme de l‘examen écrit :
un exercice de compréhension écrite
un exercice de compréhension orale (listening)
des exercices de vocabulaire
des exercices de grammaire
une ou plusieurs rédactions (150 mots)
Durée de l’examen oral : 15 minutes (10 minutes de préparation)
L’examen oral porte sur les thèmes et les situations de la vie quotidienne étudiés pendant l’année.
Forme de l’examen oral : un monologue (présentation personnelle et question générale sur la lecture) et deux dialogues (Thèmes pour les dialogues de l’examen oral : shopping for clothes / shopping for food / going out / planing a holiday / telling about a holiday/ at the doctor).
Homework for Tuesday, February 3d, 2015 ON A SHEET OF PAPER TO BE CORRECTED BY THE TEACHER
- LANGUAGE BANK P. 136 (DIRECTIONS)LOOKBACK P. 56.write an application for the award following the example p. 55 Ex- 7A
- Tuesday, 20th January”To leave” to ” to sit”
SG : I/HE-SHE-IT WAS
PL: YOU-WE-THEY WERE
- What do you usually use ?The tickets are becoming cheaper than beforeyou are in a rush, in a hurryI need to sit for the driving test.Before, I used to take this kind of coach everyday…
ferry is a boat which you can take with your car and that links two coast sides.
to play hide and seek.
écrire Write Wrote written Penser think Thought thought Jeter Throw Threw thrown Dormir Sleep slept slept Sentir Smell smelt smelt Parler speak Spoke spoken Se tenir debout Stand Stood stood Nager swim Swam swum Prendre Take took taken Enseigner Teach taught taught Se réveiller Wake woke Woken déchirer tear Tore torn comprendre understand understood understood Porter des habits wear Wore worn Voler (chiper) Steal stole Stolen.
- King Lear Simplified Act III scene 3 Extremely short scene which takes place in Gloucester’s castle and in which Edmund hands a letter to Cornwall incriminating his father as a spy. He hypocritically pretends to be devastated. Cornwall falls into the trap and admits that “rightly or wrongly” (meaning he isn’t overjoyed at the prospect) it is now clear that Edmund will be the next Earl of Gloucester. He orders Edmund to find his father and Edmund agrees, pretending to be reluctant about it. This convinces Cornwall that the young man is a gentleman and he offers his fatherly love to replace that of the “traitor”. Act III scene 4 Another extremely sort scene Lear is in a very simple farmhouse with Edgar (disguised as Poor Tom) when Gloucester arrives and warns them that there are plans to kill Lear and that they have to run away. Act III scene 5 WHO Cornwall, Regan, Goneril, Edmund and four servants WHERE In Gloucester’s castle WHEN Right after Edmund handed his father’s letter to Cornwall WHAT Upon discovering the “betrayal” of Gloucester thanks to Oswald, both sisters are insane with rage and order Cornwall to kill (Regan) or blind (Goneril) the old man. They capture him and despite Gloucester’s surprise to see his guests behave so ungratefully towards him, they tie him. One of the servants wants to protect his master and dies stabbed in the back by Goneril although he has managed to hurt Cornwall. Then they blind Gloucester and through him out of his own castle, suggesting him to “smell his way to Dover” in France. WHY The ungrateful daughters want to make sure that all Lear’s allies vanish or become powerless. They display their cruelty and meanness. HOW They stab a servant in the back, order to blind a man who cannot defend himself and try to capture Lear who has given them all his possessions. By becoming blind, Gloucester suddenly becomes lucid again and realizes too late that his good son was Edgar and that he had been manipulated by Edmund as Regan reveals him the true nature of his illegitimate son. The act ends with Cornwall’s premonition that his injury is a bad omen
- Act IV +activities till 22 Act IV scene 1 Edgar, an old former servant of Gloucester, Gloucester Edgar explains that he has hit the lowest in his life so he can now hope that things get better. Suddenly, he realizes that the old man with eyes full of blood is his father. He observes the dialogue between Gloucester and the old man and suggest to accompany the desperate Gloucester to France. The old man thinks it’s not a good idea since his poor and mad but Gloucester explains that “in time like these, mad people must help people who can’t see” (29:26-27) Act IV scene 2 Goneril, Oswald, Edmund, Albany In Goneril’s house, Goneril gets the news from Oswald and hears that her husband is behaving very oddly. She is very tender towards Edmund and we understand that the pair is in love with each other. Next, when she meets her husband, Albany blames her for her meanness and explains that it’s only because she’s a woman that he doesn’t kill her as “a villainous heart in a woman is uglier than a villaoinous heart in a devil”. A messenger then arrives and announces Cornwall’s death and Gloucester’s cecity. Act IV scene 3 This short scene takes place near Dover. Cordelia and a doctor discuss her father’s madness and a possible cure. She then is told that the English are attacking and speaks to her absent father, explaining that she hasn’t come to conquer England but merely to rescue him. Act IV scene 4 At Gloucester’s castle, Regan tries to get her sister Goneril’s letter to Edmund but Oswald doesn’t let her get it. Regan tells Oswald that she’s aware that her sister is attracted to Edmund but as she, Regan, is a widow now, she wants to marry Edmund. She explains her plans to Oswald and asks him to tell her sister about her plans. Act IV scene 5 In this long scene which takes place in an open field, Edgar tries to make his father believe they are climbing a cliff and he forgets to alter his voice as Poor Tom. As Gloucester gets suspicious, he lets him believe he’s abandoning him by the edge of a cliff then pretends he’s another stranger who has witnessed Gloucester’s fall, wondering by what miracle . Gloucester mentions his son Edgar but Edgar still pretends not to understand. Lear arrives and behaves like a madman, dressed in flowers, which saddens Edgar. Lear recognizes him and seem to recover his senses. Suddenly Oswald appears and wants to kill Lear, but Edgar kills him instead and Oswald gives him the letter from Goneril to Edmund in which she asks him to kill her husband and marry her. Edgar admits that “Women are a complete mystery” (38:19-21) Act IV scene 6 In Cordelia’s tent near Dover, the sweet and loyal daughter welcomes her father who at first doesn’t recognize her, then tells her that he would understand if she wanted to kill him after all the evil he has done to her. But Cordelia tells him she doesn’t have such feelings towards him. The doctor who has cured Lear tells her to be cautious and that Lear shouldn’t dwell on his past as it would make him mad again.
- In Switzerland, you can’t tag the walls in the street/ the whole country.
- I have to work with children every day at 6 a.m. next week.
- I musn’t use my mobile phone nor eat during an exam. (neither…nor)
- You don’t have to do your homework at the week-end.
- When I learn a language, I must study the vocabulary by heart.
- When you’re driving, you can’t make a phone call
- I have to wake up every day.
- When you’re a child, you don’t have to buy your clothes.
- When you’re a child, you don’t have to wear make-up.
- When you’re a child, you don’t have to pay bills.
To tell someone something…
To say something to someone.
In the previous passage, we saw that Edmund had forged a letter incriminating his brother.
Persona non grata
Thursday, December 18th, p. 41 exercises 5A and 7 A were corrected and we did half of unit 4.3 including the language bank exercises.
Read more about King Lear by following this link-
Tuesday, December 16th ,
We corrected Exercises p. 134 4.1 A and B, exercise 3B p. 38 and 8A p. 39 and studied unit 4.2.
Examples of sentences:
PP I’ve never walked on a beach
PS yesterday, I made a friend
PP I’ve never jumped from a plane
PP I’ve always helped my parents.
PS When I was a child, I sucked my thumb.
To be good at a subject at school
S : when I was at school, I was good at history, literature, science.
when I was at school, I was good at maths, languages and arts.
when I was at school, I was good at maths, history and arts.
To be interested in a topic now
Now I’m interested in science, literature and arts.
Now I’m interested in IT, languages and arts
Now I’m interested in maths, history and arts.
At school, I studied art but I didn’t study online. I liked…I disliked art very much.
Act 2 scenes 2&3. BRING THE 10 SFR FOR THEATER IN JANUARY…THAT’S THE DEADLINE!!!! AND PRACTICE YOUR IRREGULAR VERBS.
PRESENT PERFECT :
PRESENT PAST PARTICIPLE
FORGOTTEN MY KEYS ON THE TABLE YOU HE-SHE-IT
says sentences backwards
he practices all the time.
Stage directions (didascalies)
scene 3 : On p. 19 the two daughters start bargaining down their father’s suite.
On Tuesday, December 9th, we corrected partly the blank test due for December 4th as well as the LOOKBACK p. 36 entirely. We practiced a bit of conversation about what we usually like doing over the week-end and what we are going to do this week-end. Then we made a small test on irregular verbs.
On Thursday December 4th, we made a listening, corrected Act.1, scene 4 and discussed Act 2 scene 1.
ACT 1, Scene 4
Before : in the previous scenes, we have witnessed the unfair share of the kingdom by King Lear, the plot by Edmund against Edgar and in the previous scene, how Goneril gives strict orders to Oswald to behave coldly and unhelpfully towards her father.
At Goneril’s: ‘My house’10:14. She specifies that it’s the ‘home of a princess’ not a ‘village bar’
Lear‘Does anyone here know who I am?’ (10: 24) I thought my name was Lear’(10:25). ‘You were a wise man, but your head has become filled with strange ideas (10: 21-22). He’s on the verge of losing his mind and is a little reassured by Albany’s attitude towards him.
Oswald: he behaves as requested by his mistress.
The Knight: obedient and horrified by Goneril’s servants’ attitude.
Goneril: (10:20, ‘Are you my daughter?’ and also ‘I thought I had daughters! …(10:25), ‘someone as unimportant as you’(13: 6)
Albany: He seems to have retained his calm and sanity and even apologizes (12:20)
Lear has changed, according to Goneril…and people’s attitudes have changed towards Lear according to Lear himself who is bewildered and his staff.
Introduction of the idea that Lear isn’t in the reality, that he’s ‘dreaming’ (10:26) or that he was dreaming before!
Goneril therefore asks her father to send away his knights (10_31) and even shouts at him (12:4)
In response, his father decides to go to his other daughter ‘I still have one daughter’ (12:3).
We are finally reaching the core of the hatred and the real Goneril acting with less hypocrisy towards her father and driving him literally mad.
Lear still would like to blame his son-in-law: Is this all your idea?’.
Albany tries to calm the King who realizes that it is his own daughter who is hateful and dishonest and that she ‘destroyed my love for Cordelia…”(12:12). He tries to calm his wife p. 13 ‘perhaps you worry too much (l.15) and is ‘sad’ and worried about the future (13: 25)
Lear finally opens his eyes to the truth ‘Oh, what have I done’and ‘madness’ (12:14) and these eyes are filled with tears at the end of the scene. He hopes that he’ll become ‘clear-headed’ again when he goes to Regan’s
Goneril announces the next step which is to fight her father and have her sister as an ally and she sends her messenger to this end.
Why: The kind is out of his mind because of his daughter’s attitude and Goneril is planning to go ahead with her plans which is to drive her father totally mad, something which is obviously starting to happen in this scene.
Attitudes and Behaviour: We can see how the knights behave with respect towards Lear (bows, obeys immediately p. 9), unlike Oswald who pretends he didn’t hear (p. 9 l. 23) Lear. The knight even observes how ‘unforgivably rude’ this whole attitude is towards their King if only nominally so now.Goneril even reproaches her father with his ‘strange behaviour’ (10:26). The terms behave or behaviour is recurrent in this scene (10: 10, 17, 26, 29, 12: 10)
Lear on the other hand gets impatient, summons Osward very brutally (You, 9:23, stupid man), ‘angrily’(9:26, 10:32), even ‘shouting’(10:32). He’s ‘confused’, ‘looking around wildly’ (p. 11 and again p. 13)
Goneril also looks ‘angry’ and Lear asks her why (10:13) and she justifies her anger by blaming the knights and even her father who gives them ‘permission’ to act that way.
Calmly: When Albany comes, there’s a sudden decrease in the shouting but Goneril tells him to stop worrying about Lear’s anger as ‘Old people often say wild things for no reason’ (12: 31-32)
This scene is a turning point in the play as the real characters are now revealed and it’s a kind of climax concluding this act.
ACT 2, scene 1
WHERE: in a room in Gloucester’s castle.
WHEN: it’s late in the evening.
Edmund: he’s excited and tricks his brother into believing in his tale about their father.
Edgar: is confused and acts as he’s told by his brother.
Gloucester: is both trapped by his son Edmund and Regan.
Regan: points at King Lear’s knights to explain Edgar’s supposed treason.
Cornwall: he’s surprised about what he’s heard.
Edmund, like Goneril in the previous scene, is developing his plan after the success of its first part (Act 1, scene 2)
Obviously, the illegitimate son is planning to get rid of his legitimate brother and Gloucester falls into the trap quite easily, to the point that he’s determined to kill his own son.
HOW: Edmond acts very skillfully by both appearing as an ally to his brother and his father’s ally. Regan also takes advantage of this situation to try to turn her father’s best friend, Gloucester, against him.
Tuesday, 2nd December
We did UNIT 3.3 and half of 3.4
One is asking for help (c)
A is having a business conversation
B is answering a call and she’s taking some notes, maybe she’s writing a message
D is probably chatting with her relatives or her family.
5th June// June 5th
November 25th, 2014
We finished Unit 3.2 (including the grammar), discussed art and spoke almost exclusively in English, well done students!
We won’t see each other on Thursday but I gave you two assignments for Thursday December 4th and will anyhow see you on Tuesday December 2nd.
Last but not least
the one I like the least/best
what about you ?
I’m not patient enough to visit museums or attend
ASV/ QASV= QUESTION…EXCEPT WITH WHO AND WHICH
Did you see anyone when you went out ?
No, I didn’t see anyone.
No one was there.
There was no one.
No one ever told me I was beautiful.
Who told you that you were late ?Anyone/Anybody could tell you this !
- Where does Bjork come from ?
- Which music became popular in Brazil ? What type-kind of music became popular… ?
- Which Shakespeare’s play is the longest ?What is Shakespeare’s longest play?
- Who continued composing music…. ? Which artist continued…. ?
- Who invented afrobeat ? Which musician invented afrobeat ?
- How many self-portraits did FK paint ?
- What is Fernando Botero’s art famous for ?
- Why are AG’s sculptures famous?
Auxiliary Subject Verb/ Question word Auxiliary Subject Verb= QUESTION…EXCEPT WITH WHO AND WHICH
EX. 3.2 P. 133
TUESDAY, NOV 18TH, EXERCISES 7A-B AND C P. 29 and finish the exercises P. 49 in King Lear.
The present continuous is used for arrangements involving other people and a fixed time and place.
We use to be going to for plans that don’t involve other people.
One of my favourite artists is Van Gogh. I like him because he reminds me of somebody
(painted a region )I love. The best thing he did was called the Sunflowers. I first saw this painting at the Orangerie Museum in Paris. I like it because the colours cheer me up.
They are all very different from the other artists.
King Lear :
5 a- France
6- a- 3, b- 3, c- 3, d- 1
7- abc- personal answers
Thursday, Nov. 14th: GOING TO LESSON.
- I’m going to play football on Saturday
On Saturday, I’m playing football with my friends.
- We are going to stay home and we are watching TV
- Next week-end they are going to the cinema.
- We are having a meeting next week.
I’m not going to do anything
I’m going to pick you up at the airport
ACT I, SCENE 3
Goneril is alone with her servant and tells him that she doesn’t want to
talk with her father because he’s behaving like a child. He’s getting angry
about the slightest things.
She also says that if the King isn’t satisfied, he can go to her sister’s.
At the end, she wants her servant to behave unhelpfully towards her father.
Why : Goneril said already in Scene 1, in her dialogue with her sister,
that they would teach their father how to behave. She’s simply using a pretext
to start an argument with her father.
How : By behaving rudely towards her father, she wants him to be disgusted
and go to her sister.
There are a lot of negative terms :
I’ve had enough
he gets angry
these negative terms convey the impression of hostility on behalf of Goneril.
Small, V is smaller than me, S is the smallest in the class.
- Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, Hamlet
All of these plays are sad but Shakespeare also wrote some comedies
(The merry widows of Windsor, As you like it or Midsummer Night’s Dream)
Romeo and Juliet is a sad love story between two children of families which hate each other. Macbeth is the story of a man who becomes a king by murdering his King and becomes totally mad and Hamlet is the story of a Prince of Denmark who wants to revenge his father’s death.
- People : bastard, Devil, duke, earl, God, knights, servants, villain.
Parts of a play : act, scene.
Things that can kill : devil, knight, poison, sword
In some countries, there are some castles.
In Europe there are several kingdoms.
King Lear is very angry against Kent.
- a- Thoughtful, b-amusing, c- in SW England about the 12th century, d-Shakespeare wrote 30 plays before King Lear, e- Because George the 3d was also mad
On Tuesday, November 18th, I will bring two tests to compensate my two missing sessions of Thursday 20th and 27th.
(1) blank test on units 1 and 2 +irregular verbs+King Lear act 1, scenes 1 to 3 ;
(2) a commentary on 20 lines of kl) to be given to me on December 4th.
Homework for thursday, November 13th:
Grammar 4 and practice 5A p. 29
Tuesday November 11th session:
- Do you like going to the opera ?
I absolutely love it.
- Do you like working at the week-end ?
I can’t stand it.
- Do you like doing the house chores ?
I don’t like it very much.
- Do you like cooking ? Do you mind if I smoke ?
I don’t mind it.
- Do you like swimming in cold water ?
I’m not very keen on it.
- Do you like traveling ?…football ?I like it.
Mind your own business.
Do you mind if I take this seat ?
FUTURE TENSE :
I’m tired, I think I need a holiday….
So am I, shall we go to Spain this summer.
I will go to Poland if I have enough money.
The present continuous has the value of a definite future.
It can be used with :
- going to : Tomorrow, I’m going to visit a museum ;
- present continuous : Tonight I’m having dinner with my partner.
How often do you have a free meal ? Very often at my relatives.
Do you usually go to a club ? Yes, I do, I party every week.
Do you like hanging out with your friends ? Not very much, once in a while.
Do you always eat at lunchtime ? I always eat at lunchtime.
Do you sometimes see an exhibition at the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire ? No, I never visit that museum.
To be To do To have To make Present simples third person sg I AMYOU AREHE-SHE-IT ISWE ARETHEY ARE I, you, we, they dohe-she-it does I, you, we, they havehe-she-it has I, you, we, they makehe-she-it makes Present continuous I am being antisocialyou, we, they are being naughtyhe-she-it is being I am doingyou, we, they are doinghe-she-it is doing I am havingyou, we, they are havinghe-she-it is having I am makingyou, we, they are makinghe-she-it is making Past simpleof irregular verbs I wasyou werehe-she-it waswe werethey were I didyou didhe-she-it didwe didthey did I hadyou hadhe-she-it hadwe hadthey had I madeyou madehe-she-it madewe madethey Past simple of regular verbs -ed after the regular verb Walked (t) Needed (id) amused Homework :Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014ex. 2a, 3a and 4a-b, p. 26Thursday nov. 13thShakespeare questions p. 48
Modus operandi for presentations : PRESENT FOR ABOUT 5 TO 15 MN ON THE ASSIGNED PASSAGE, INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION :
Please give a title to the passage you describe (ex. Act.1 sc. 1 « a gullible father », act. 1 scene 2 « the mischievious letter »)
ACT 1, SCENE 2, « the mischievious letter »
WHO : Edmund, Gloucester, Edgar
WHAT : Edmund was reading a letter and is smiling at the bad trick he’s about to play. He describes how badly he is treated by society because he’s the illegitimate son of the Earl Gloucester.
Then his father arrived and asked him what was this letter which he is hiding behind his back (pretending to hide).
His father asks him to read the letter and discovers that his other son is supposed to have written a nasty letter plotting for his death.
After this Edgar arrives and Edmund pretends to be protecting his brother.
WHERE : in a room in the Earl of Gloucester’s castle.
WHEN : Right after King Lear has divided his kingdom between his two daughters and expelled the third.
WHY : Edmund is jealous of his legitimate brother and is planning to show the world that he is the most powerful. He wants to get rid of his brother.
Why does Gloucester so easily believe Edmund ? One plausible answer is that he likes Edmund a lot but the other reason is that he is fooled with the letter and reacts like King Lear.
HOW : Edmund in fact is the author of the letter. He forged his brother’s signature. He pretends to be a good brother and a good son.
bad things are happening because, not long ago, the moon moved between the earth and the sun. Since then, the King has become his daughter’s enemy, and now a son has become his father’s
Edgar’s arrival is perfectly-timed, like an entrance in a badly written play. I must act a different part, and seem sad and thoughtful.
to get rid
to hold out
My job will be easy. The law won’t give me what belongs to me. So I will use my intelligence.
I’m only trying to protect you.
HOMEWORK FOR Tuesday, November 4th
Ex. 7 A p. 21 (written)
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30TH :
Read King Lear’s introduction and Act 1, scene 1. Refer to the text below (blog) to get the
info and to Shakespeare in the main menu.
ACT ONE, SCENE ONE
A gullible father
King Lear: a old King wanting to retire
the dukes of Cornwall and Albany, his sons in law, respectively married to Lear’s daughters Regan and Goneril.
The Earl of Gloucester, Lear’s friend
The King has decided to retire and share his kingdom between his three daughters. He’s ready to give the one
who loves him most the largest part of his kingdom. His two eldest daughters don’t hesitate to proclaim that
they love him beyond their most precious belongings or beloved, but Cordelia, his youngest and favorite daughter,
refuses to say anything so exaggerate and simply states she loves him.
King Lear had intended his daughter Cordelia to marry the King of France but he is so bitter and disappointed with
her that not only does he dispossesses her but also advises the King of France to find a better wife.
The French king, realizing that Cordelia is honest and disinterested, decides to marry her nevertheless.
The scene takes place in Lear’s palace, in a room with a large table in the middle.
The king is aging and needs his daughters to let him know how much they love him as he is about to give them
all he has on the condition they look after her, but Cordelia, realizing how hypocrite her sisters are, refuses to
display her true affection towards her daughter.
The King of France understands Cordelia’s reaction and in turn reacts in a very fair manner.
In mythical England….
to behave like this
to follow someone
to be followed by someone
to grow older
pointing at something
standing around something
which of you loves me the most
note: the superlatives largest, greatest, oldest,
Unit 2.1 in the workbook.
Unit 2.2. p. 131 in the students’ book.
- In general, adverbs (ad verbum) are placed between the noun or pronoun and the verb :
I always have breakfast at 7:00 am.
She never says goodbye.
- Exceptions :
With the verb to be the adverb follows the verb. Idem for modals (can, must, might, may) and auxiliaries.
ex. I’m always on time.
Adverbs of frequency can also be placed either at the beginning, the middle or the end of the sentence.
LIST OF SHAKESPEARE’S PLAYS that you know
- Romeo and Juliet
- King Lear
the plot deals with….
Tuesday, October 28th, 2014
IT stands for Information Technology
this text, scene deals with a King in England
I agree, I disagree
er than, more….than
Peter is nicer than Paul, but Paul is more intelligent than Peter
He works better : his work is good (better, best)
it depends because each job is different.
As long as they make a living, what people really care for is a job they enjoy.
I tend to agree with this sentence although good working conditions are more important, according to me.
Stake : goal.
I’m half-hearted on the question of teamwork because on one hand it’s fun to work with some
friendly people and share the work but on the other hand it’s harder to concentrate and you can
be more efficient on your own.
For the sake of saying a bigger sentence.
Every person has an idea for a sentence but in the end everyone agrees on the main objectives.
Sometimes the problem is easy to solve on your own or on forums but sometimes it’s better
to get professional help.
The job is motorboy.
It’s a dangerous job because there are lots of accidents because the couriers drive crazily and
often get robbed
The country is Brazil.
The people interviewed are Luis Carols and some car drivers.
Luis’s worst memory was when he was robbed and lost everything and he didn’t even have
any insurance. Furthermore, the company which hired him didn’t give him any support.
The job is mountain rescuers.
The country is Austria.
Their job is very dangerous because accidents can happen in dangerous places and in very
bad weather conditions.
The people interviewed are a doctor, a paramedic and the helicopter pilot.
They rescued some people in an avalanche and they saved everyone, but unsually, they thanked
them six months later.
The job is Jockey.
The country is France. It’s a dangerous job because there are accidents with the horses and jockeys
often break their bones.
The person interviewed is a jockey and his worst story was in an accident where he lost conciousness.
Thursday, October 16th
We’ve just finished unit one, so you should have finished it too in your workbook and checked the keys. If you have a problem understanding your mistakes, we’ll take a moment to discuss them at the beginning of the class. We will also discuss the schedule of sessions regarding King Lear and I’ll bring copies of the issues for those who couldn’t get a copy (10 unless someone who wasn’t present reads these lines and contacts me…)
During the class, we finished unit 2.1 and distributed the schedule of the sessions regarding KING LEAR which we will study from October 30th onwards.
We also discussed the most important things for you in a job.
Tuesday, October 14th, 2014
- exercise 7A and B
- exercises 1.3 A and B p. 129
I’ll probably see you later
I trust you.
a kid / a child
must= have to
kind=nice and sweet friend.
A kind : a type
a guy, a fellow,…
to work indoors/outdoors
the people here are working in open space office.
They are wearing casual clothes
(not formal clothes!)
they are chatting and working on computers.
It could be an insurance company or a pressroom, marketing company, a
communication agency, maintenance agency (trouble-shooting)….
the present continuous is made out of :
- the verb to be at the present tense
- I am, you are, he-she-it is, we are, they are
- the verb at the -ing form
Would you like to work for this company ? Yes, I would. No, I wouldn’t
No, I wouldn’t like to work for such a company because
I hate working in an office !
Yes, I would like to work for such a company because
I love working in a team.
Thursday, October 9th, 2014
- The physical description file I gave you last week.
- the five questions to ask your fellow-students which we prepared on Tuesday.
where did you study before ? I studied at ECG before.
do you have any hobbies ? Yes, I practice racing and biking.
What would you like to do in the future ?
I’d like to be a French teacher in Korea.
Have you been there already ? Present perfect related to experience.
Do you enjoy your time right now ? Yes, I’m enjoying my time learning English//chatting with my fellow-students.
What did you do today ? Today, I didn’t do anything special but I did my homework.
What kind of music do you listen to ? I listen to various types of music but at the moment, I listen often to rock/pop music.
Verbs with prepositions :
To listen to
to write down
to look at….
What do you like to do at the week-end ?
I like to go out with my friends to have a drink.
How long have you been on earth ? I’ve been on earth 24 years.
Where do you go dancing ? I go dancing in bars or at parties.
VOC FILE DESCRIBING PEOPLE :
- curly, wavy
- slim, slender
- smile, chin, beard
- smart, clever
- dark, heavy
- nice, extrovert
- a jumper
- hat, cap
- socks, shoes, boots
- trousers, pants, shorts, jeans,
- scarf, necklace, tie, bow tie
- tights, stockings
- ring, earrings, bracelets.
- Trainers, tracksuit, shorts, sneakers, t-shirt…
- coat, socks, jacket, jumper, scarf, pull-over.
Homework for Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
Write 60 words cf. Exercise 10C p. 11 in the Students’ book.
Notes from the class on Tuesday:
When did you meet someone new ?
I met last week a new person.
Where did you meet him ?
I met him in a disco.
I met him at Fust’s.
Can you describe him ? What/how did he look like ?
We talked about everything.(to talk), cars
I told him about my family….(to tell)
We couldn’t care less !
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Fl : fluency
I’m good at drawing, at playing guitar
man/woman of the world
For Thursday, October 2nd, you should have completed your workbook (unit 1.2)
to get on well with someone : you agree with that person and like being with
1st September (9.11 nine-eleven. The Geneva Fast)
2nd October (October 31st, Halloween)
3d November (Thanksgiving is on the third Thursday of the month of November) November 16th is my birthday !
4th December (Xmas Eve, Xmas Day, New Year’s Eve)
5th (fifth) January (New Year’s Day
8th April (Good Friday, Easter Monday)
9th May (Labour Day)
20th (twentieth) July (4th of July, US national day, Bastille Day)
21st (twenty-first) August (Swiss National Day : August 1st).
1989 : 19 89 Nineteen eighty-nine)
2000 : two thousand
2015 : Two thousand fifteen
to be appointed : to get a position, a new job
we used to celebrate our birthdays together
The vocabulary pages describing people and clothing. You will check by then your irregular verbs and will ask me the meaning of the verbs p. 127.
to grow up, the grown-ups
We learnt how to make questions in the past (about my lost-stolen iPhone, booh….) and made pair works on the dates
For Tuesday, Sept. 30th
Exercises 3, 4 and 5 p. 10. We will work on the past simple. We corrected these exercises and did most of the exercises of unit 1.2 regarding the past simple (regular and irregular). REMINDER: YOU HAVE TO KNOW THE IRREGULAR VERBS AFTER THE AUTUMN BREAK.…You’ll find them p. 127 and can ask me about their meaning.
We corrected the test I gave you for September 18th:
Nationalities: Genevan, Italian, French, Portuguese, Argentinian, Chinese, Hungarian, Morrocan, Lebanese, Egyptian, German, Spanish, South-African, Angolan, Sierra Leonean, Peruvian
Your physical description: tall, dark, beautiful, handsome, light complexion, short, small, overweight, skinny, thin, fat, short-long curly or straight hair, blond, fair, blue, brown, hazelnut eyes, fine features, pointed-nose, crooked nose, beard, clean-shaven, wears glasses, bald, hairy….
Your personality: shy, outgoing, extrovert, patient, smart, impatient, lazy, hard-working, sporty, jovial, clever, street-smart,
I’ve attended two years in the XYZ School.
I’ve travelled to many countries. I went to China. In the future, I’d like (I would like) to visit South Korea.
I learnt Spanish in an immersion school.
Present simple :
This tense is used to describe something that happens usually, a routine, a fact.
Present continuous :
This tense is used to describe something that is happening at the moment we speak (be+V-ing)
Past Simple :
This tense is used to describe something that is already past. It has been completed. I lived in Geneva for 10 years
Present Perfect :
This tense is used to describe something that happened in an unspecified time in the past.
We use it when we look back to the past from the present.
It often represent an ongoing situation : I’ve lived in Geneva for 10 years.
He lives in a house and he has a pet.
He’s living in a house and he has a pet.
She lived in a house and she had a pet.
He’s lived (he has lived) in a house and he’s had a pet.
For Thursday, Sept. 25th, you should have completed your workbook (unit 1.1)
We practice some picture descriptions and dialogues and corrected the grammar exercises of unit 1.1. p. 129. We also discussed how to deal with the Workbook, i.e. you do your exercises, autocorrect them and then ask me what you didn’t understand. We read aloud the text p. 10 and worked on the pronunciations (-ed final in simple past verbs for example).
For Tuesday, September 23d, your homework is:
exercise 1A p. 8 and 7A p. 9 in your students’ book
On Thursday, September 18th, you gave me a double-sided copy with some questions.
We finished the lead-in and corrected the placement test.
On Tuesday, we started with the Lead-in which summarizes what we will be doing this year. We went step by step and finished with the exercise 4 p. 6.
3d person sg at the present simple
usually has an s at the end of the verb :
it falls every year.
What does this mean ? ASV///QASV
5W +H how much, how many, how often, how far
who, whom, whose
what page are we on ? To be : I am
w double you
the aunt, the uncle
I eat everyday.
Do I eat everyday ?
He eats everyday. He ate yesterday
Does he eat everyday ? Did he eat yesterday ?
He doesn’t eat everyday. He didn’t eat.
Homework for Tuesday, September 16th: bring your student books and workbooks for the first lesson.
On Tuesday, September 8th, 2014, we introduced each other, what we do, the languages we speak….and we made a placement test. Then we discussed the programme and our expectations regarding the final exam in first year at ECGA.
My baby is two months old.
16 teen ten teenagers.
I live in Thonex.
Does it bother you if I open the window// I smoke ?