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Activity one Answer the Questions with your teacher. Remember to take notes of all of your mistakes on the class notes page . It is very important to review all new words and expressions!

1How long have you been studying English for? 2. Can you remember when you first started learning? 3. What are you main goals in studying English? 4. What do you find the most difficult and why ? 5. How do you think you can overcome these difficulties? 6. Are you committed to learning at least 5 new words per day? 7. Do you feel you dedicate enough time in learning English? 8. What do you think you can change with you current study method? 9. If you had to set a date to have at least a 30% improvement from where you are now , when would it be? 10. State 5 main difficulties you believe you have in English ?

Activity 2

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Read the article and answer the questions that follow after each tip!

Everyone can speak English clearly


The first thing you should know is that everyone can speak English with a clear pronunciation, everybody has a mouth, a tongue and lips. Everyone can speak every language because there is no difference between human; we are all born with the same mechanism.

Questions 1. Do you agree with the first tip? 2. Which words do you find it difficult to pronounce??

English environment
If you really want to improve your English pronunciation, you should be surrounded by English Every day, which means the best thing is to be in a place where we talk only in English, like the USA or Britain or Australia... If you can't have this situation, you can do it by listening to English every day, you can listen to English radio, or TV, you can also have some CD's in English... 1. How often do you put yourself in an English speaking environment? 2. Do you listen to some form of English everyday? 3. How much time daily can you put aside for English ? 4. On a scale of one to ten , what is the level of importance on this tip ? 5. What did you rate it this way ?

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This is one of the biggest differences between children and adults, you should find the solution to this problem to not only improve your English pronunciation but also your global English learning which means English grammar, English speaking... When someone talks to you or to someone else in English you should not speak at the same time, you should listen, focus on his speaking, his English intonation, which words he stress, which words he doesn't stress... Never speak when listening to English, always focus on listening first, speaking will come later!

Questions 1. Do you try to listen to English ? 2. Would you consider yourself a good listener? 3. Do you think you can listen to English a little more during your week? 4. Would you like to have songs and videos in your class? 5. What do you think of the importance of this tip on a scale of one to ten ? 6. What is the difference between question number five here and on question 4 of the previous tip.

Learn English subconsciously


You must know that you will learn English if you try, you will speak English like a native speaker if you don't stop, but the problem is always the time. Never try to learn English in a short time, listen always to English and be sure that you will speak it one day, you don't know exactly when but you will learn it. Always listen to English and don't try anything else, you will learn English subconsciously, believe me! Questions 1. Do you listen to English subconsciously? 2. If not , do you think you can start doing this? If you think that you cant do it on a daily basis do you think you can imagine this? 3. What have you done wrong in the past while studying English? If you could start all over

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again from the start, what would you do differently? 4. On a scale of one to ten how would you rate this tip? Why

Focus on listening
If you want to learn English or to improve you English pronunciation without listening to English pronunciation, stop right now!! You can improve your pronunciation without knowing what is really pronunciation, and you can't know what is English pronunciation if you don't listen to English. Questions 1. What is the difference between this tip and the tip above? 2. Why did the author make this tip? 3. Do you feel that this tip is helpful ? Why or why not? 4. On a scale of one to ten how would you rate this tip and why? 5. Can you put this tip into your daily routine?

Speak slowly
Never try to speak fast, always try to speak English slowly at the first time, you will get faster subconsciously without doing anything, you should pronounce each word correctly, that's the goal! Questions 1. Do you think that speaking quickly is better than speaking slowly and clearly? 2. Do you feel you talk too fast? 3. Do you think that if you talk slower people will understand you better? 4. When do you think you can put this tip into action? 5. On a scale of one to ten how would you rate this tip?

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Practice English
Always practice your English, read out loud, speak English with your friends, practice English everyday, this will help you to know the correct way to stress syllables. Questions 1. Do you always try to find a way to practice English? 2. Have you ever thought about how much money you have invested in your English ? How much do you think? 3. After thinking about the money spent do you think you can put more effort into your practicing English ? 4. On a scale of one to ten how would you rate this tip?

Speak out loud


Never be quiet, always speak out loud, this helps you a lot if you are shy when you speak English. Questions 1. Do you feel shy to speak English in public? 2. Why do you think you feel shy ? 3. Do you feel shy if people see you speaking in English ? If so why do you think you feel shy ? Do you worry about what others think?

Record yourself speaking English


And compare your speaking with a native speaker, you will see the mistakes you've done, you will improve your English pronunciation. Questions 1. Do you think this tip is useful? 2. Have you ever thought about recording your own voice? 3. Now think of two follow up questions to ask yourself and answer your teacher

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Have some English friends


You should have some friends with the same goal as you, friends trying to learn English, you should practice your English with them, tell them if you find something useful to improve your English or if you find a new method, they will also tell you, they help you when you get bored, it's really one of the best things to improve your English

Basic Questions related to your English Studies:


1. How do your organize yourself before an English class? 2. Do you have a notebook that you use to write your notes? 3. Do you have a special file saved on your computer to save new articles and classes ? 4. Do you think you can send at least three short emails to your teacher during the week? 5. How would you consider your dedication to your English studies? 6. What would you recommend to add to your classes?

Activity 3 Choose the Correct Answer


1 Phone me as soon as you get ........... in house to home at home home

2 We often ............. at this hotel when we're here on business. live rest stay remain 2 Everyone came to the meeting ............ Pablo and Karen. except exclude expect apart 3 Shops lose millions from ............ robbing shoplifting pickpocketing

shoplifting

4 The conference centre is two kilometres .......... from here away far away from here at a distance away from here

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5 Kristin doesn't speak French and ............ Jorge. so does so doesn't yet does neither does 6 Tomorrow will be mild with the possibility of a few ............ in the afternoon. Showers rain hail colder 7 His presentation was very unprofessional and he had no ....... of winning the contract. Luck chance opportunity occasion 8 This cheque is not valid without your ............. name firm sign signature 9 I parked my car but didn't have any money for the .............. parking meter park meter parking machine 10 She works ............. industrial design engineer. Like as an as the same 11 I can't find my office keys ............. nowhere somewhere everywhere

automatic parking

anywhere

12 You can only do your best - everyone has their ............. Ends limits borders edges 13 Send the offer by courier if the customer wishes, - ........... just send it by normal post. so although despite otherwise 14 Her boss wouldn't ......... her attend the seminar. allow let permit admit 15 My boss .......... me to be in the office by 8 o'clock each morning. counts claims waits expects 16 Our company is very ........... about punctuality and insists that we always get to work on time. Strict precise exact straight 17 They started having problems at an early ............ of the project. Stage period part minute 18 We have a beautiful ............ of the mountains from the top floor of our office. Sight vision look view 19 I don't live in the centre, I live on the .............. of the city. Background distance horizon

outskirts

20 We were late for the meeting and decided to .......... a taxi. Order command require ask

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21 ........... the bad economic conditions, our sales figures were very good. Although Despite Even However 22 Shall we take the car or shall we go ............. foot? With at on by

Activity 4 Take a look at the basic preposition rules and so the exercises that follow.
PREPOSITIONS OF PLACE 1 ) AT - IN ON General Information: AT ON

We use at for a point:

We use on for a surface: on the wall - on the ceiling - on the floor - on a at the window - at the entrance - at the door page at the end of the street - at the station - at the top on a cover Bill is waiting for you at the bus stop. IN Have you seen the notice on the notice board?

We use in for an enclosed space: in the garden - in the house - in London - in the water in her bag - in a row - in a town There is nobody in the room. She lives in a small village.

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Special Information: AT 2. We say at with buildings when we say where the event (film, concert,...) takes place:

1. We say that someone is at an event:

at a party - at a pop concert - at a conference - at Where were you yesterday? At the cinema. a meeting Tom is at a party. The meeting took place at the headquarters. 3. We say at someone's house: 4. We say at for a place which is a part of our journey: We stopped at a very nice village. Does the train stop at Nashville?

We were at Bill's house last Thursday. ON 1. We use on with small islands: She spent her holiday on a small island.

2. We say that a place is on the coast / on a river / on a road: London is on the river Thames. Portsmouth is on the south coast of England.

IN 1. We say in when we talk about a building itself. The rooms of Tom's house are small. 2. We usually say in with towns and villages: His parents live in York.

Note these expressions: AT at home - at work - at school - at university - at college - at the station - at an airport - at the

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seaside - at sea (on a voyage) - at reception - at the corner of a street - at the back / front of a building / cinema / group of people, etc. - arrive at with other places or events IN in the newspaper - in bed - in hospital - in prison - in the street - in the sky - in an armchair (sit) in a photograph - in a picture - in a mirror - in the corner of a room - in the back / front of a car arrive in a country or town ON on a farm - on the left - on the right - on the ground floor - on the first, second,... floor - on the way - on the chair (sit) - on the radio - on television - on a horse - on the corner of a street - on the back / front of a letter / piece of paper etc.

2) TO - INTO - BY

TO We say go / come / travel / fly / walk / return / drive / have been etc. to a place or event:

INTO We say go into / come into etc. = enter a room / building etc.:

Last year we flew to London. We went to work He opened the door and went into the room. at seven. BY We say by to say how we travel: We went to Paris by plane. I usually go to work by bike / by car / by underground / by bus BUT: we say on foot we cannot use by if you say my car / the train / a taxi Then use in for taxis and cars. Then use on for bike / public transport.

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1. The headquarters of the United Nations is 2. In the most countries people drive 3. I usually buy a newspaper

New York.

the right.

my way to work. the Swiss Alps.

4. Last year we had a lovely skiing holiday 5. San Francisco is

the west coast of the United States. the window. the front page of the newspaper.

6. She spends most of the day sitting 7. The report about the accident was 8. In the theatre we had seats 9. Write the name and address 10. It's dangerous to play football 11. I'll meet you

the front row. the front page of the envelope. the streets.

the corner of the street at 10. the way to the airport.

12. We got stuck in a traffic jam 13. Look at the horses 14. that field.

the end of the street is a path to our house. your coffee?

15. Do you want sugar

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1. I must go

the bank today to change money. France.

2. He has just returned 3. She arrived

the airport at 6. Ireland?

4. Have you ever been 5. They got 6. We drove 7. Get

the car and drove off. the party Tom's car.

the train. It's going to leave. the shop.

8. The man chased by the police ran 9. The bird flew 10. He has never been 11. We usually go to work 12. We drove the cinema plane. York?

the room through the window. a football match. car. a taxi.

13. They like to travel 14. Does the train stop

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15. What time did you arrive

school?

It is sometimes said that borrowing money from a friend can harm or damage the friendship. Do you agree? Why or why not? Use reasons and specific examples to explain your answer. . Every generation of people is different in important ways. How is your generation different from your parents' generation? Use specific reasons and examples to explain your answer. Some students like classes where teachers lecture (do all of the talking) in class. Other students prefer classes where the students do some of the talking. Which type of class do you prefer? Give specific reasons and details to support your choice. Holidays honor people or events. If you could create a new holiday, what person or event would it honor and how would you want people to celebrate it? Use specific reasons and details to support your answer. . A friend of yours has received some money and plans to use all of it either to go on vacation to buy a car

Your friend has asked you for advice. Compare your friend's two choices and explain which one you think your friend should choose. Use specific reasons and details to support your choice. The 21st century has begun. What changes do you think this new century will bring? Use examples and details in your answer. What are some of the qualities of a good parent? Use specific details and examples to explain your answer. Movies are popular all over the world. Explain why movies are so popular. Use reasons and specific examples to support your answer. In your country, is there more need for land to be left in its natural condition or is there more need for land to be developed for housing and industry? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer. Many people have a close relationship with their pets. These people treat their birds, cats, or other animals as members of their family. In your opinion, are such relationships good? Why or why not? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

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Films can tell us a lot about the country where they were made. What have you learned about a country from watching its movies? Use specific examples and details to support your response. Some students prefer to study alone. Others prefer to study with a group of students. Which do you prefer? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer. You have enough money to purchase either a house or a business. Which would you choose to buy? Give specific reasons to explain your choice.

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