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WELCOME TO THE B2 COURSE

TODAY, BECAUSE UNFORTUNATELY I CANT SPEAK


TO YOU I WANT TO DO THREE THINGS:
1) SHOW YOU THE MATERIALS FOR THE COURSE
2) SHOW THE WIKI
3) DO A PROTOTYPE OF THE COMPUTER TEST FOR
YOU TO PRACTISE.
1) MATERIALS FOR THE COURSE
A)THE COURSE BOOK
The book for this course is:
New Inside Out Upper Intermediate (Macmillan) You can
buy it at Quiedit/ The Bookshop or online
www.amazon.iwww.amazon.co.uk
For lessons you need the Students Book but there is allso a
workbook if you would like to do extra language practice.
(Buy the version with the key so that you can work
independently.)
You should try to have the book for next week.

B) THE WIKI
Some of the work we do is also online and there is a wiki that
we use all the time (some of you know this because you used it
last year in B1)
Can you remember the address?

http://www.hartledistancelearning wikispaces com (NOT @)


This address takes you to the home page of the wiki
You can scroll down the navigation bar until you come to
B2 home
That is where you should start
The e-learning site is old. I stopped using it because it has a
vicous firewall which stops me putting videos etc. online. That
is why I am using the wiki
BUT
The old courses are still on the e-learning site, so, if you want
to look at them you can:
Register with your matriculation number and password
The first time you go on the site you will have to put in a
password. What do you think it is?
Haggis (Only the first time)
In fact, however, you dont need to use the elearning site
because I have put the most important material on the wiki.
You can, if you want to but you dont have to.
The third link is the most important because that goes to the
wiki, which we use all the time, both in class and outside class.
The other references are to extra useful materials.
I suggested the macmillan global workbook, because it is very
interesting, you can use it on your computer or print out PDF
files, and there are videos and audio files that you can listen to
on your computer or download to an mp3 player or ipod etc.

HOWEVER
Im not sure if you can buy the workbook separately from the
students book, and if you cant I wouldnt buy both there is
a lot of material in any case in your course book.
The other books are good reference books and the Maximiser
has good exam practice materials.
OK
Those are the materials.
ACTIVITY TO DO FOR TOMORROW:
Apart from buying the book, of course,
Go to the wiki
Look at page B2 1 Home Page
Download this document:
The B2 Exam (Read it to see what is in your exam and come
tomorrow with any questions about things you dont
understand)
OK
Now lets try a prototype of the computer test.
Do you know where to find the test prototypes?
Put any name in for the prototypeit doesnt matter which
Haggis studies all languages so she has the choice of all the
prototype tests

We, howerver, will look at B2. This isnt a test so Im going to


show you the first exercise and you can have 20 minutes (I
have a timer) to do it (You can do it with the person sitting
next to you if you want to (in class not in the real exam)
Learning from each other is a very positive thing.
Part One
Fill in the blanks in the following text using one of the affixes listed
below. You may have to use one more than once, and some will not
be used at all.
"ible" "de" "ex" "tion" "in" "sion" "di" "en" "ly" "a" "th" "able" "o"
"ing" "es" "ed" "ily"
If the worst corporate Christmas card imagin
sits on your
mantelpiece regular
every year, you don't need to
spair because this year it might
actually turn out to be an asset for you. In fact, it could win you a
case of champagne, that will
able you to continue your
celebrations in style in the new year. There's more to come as well:
there will be
nother case of bubbly for the first reader to track
down and send us the second worst card this year.
So don't just sit there, start look
through your Christmas
cards. All you have to do is to post your "worst cards" to our head
office and our
pert team will be the judges. The winners will
be publish
on January ten
. The judges' deci
is
final.

Part Two
Fill in the blanks in the following text. Choose from the following
words,
but you will not need all of them:
"relax" "which" "least" "do" "along" "in" "to do" "heart" "way"
"who" "central" "what"
"will be returned" "nearby" "long" "will return" "at" "relax yourself"
"street" "less"
The school is in Verona in the 1)
of Northern Italy; a
beautiful little city that nestles in the crook of the River Adige, 2)
flows 3)
the valley, curving around as it
goes flowing from the mountains 4)
the north and passing
Verona on its 5)
south.
The city dates back to Roman times at the very 6)
and
history surrounds you on all sides. It is a privilege 7)
your
training in such an inspiring setting, and in your free time at the
weekends you can drive out to 8)
Lake Garda, and you
will be transported into a holiday atmosphere, where you can 9)
, swim, go windsurfing, sample the local wines and icecreams as well as hundreds of other things so that on Monday you
10)
, refreshed to take up your course
with renewed vigour.
Answers
If the worst corporate Christmas card imagin able
sits on your
mantelpiece regular ly
every year, you don't need to de
spair because this year it might
actually turn out to be an asset for you. In fact, it could win you a
case of champagne, that will en
able you to continue your
celebrations in style in the new year. There's more to come as well:
there will be an
nother case of bubbly
for the first reader to track down and send us the second worst card
this year.

So don't just sit there, start look ing


through your Christmas
cards. All you have to do is to post your "worst cards" to our head
office and our ex
pert team will be the judges. The winners will
ed
be publish
on January ten th
. The judges' deci sion
is
final.
Enable = its a verb (It make to make something possible for you.
Studying hard will enable you to pass your exams. (for example)
Bubbly (Maybe you dont know this word???) But you know that a
case of champagne has been mentioned earlier, and you know what
bubbles areso you can imagine that Bubbly is probably a
synonym of Champagne. When you do this type of exercies make the
text work for you. You can often understand a lot of new words
from the context.
(There are 10 auestions and you need approx. 60% to pass. The
percentage is not related to every exercise but to the whole exam
globally, nut it is a good idea to have a goal of 60% for each exercise.
How did you do? ) 60% or more? Less?
"relax" "which" "least" "do" "along" "in" "to do" "heart" "way"
"who" "central" "what"
"will be returned" "nearby" "long" "will return" "at" "relax yourself"
"street" "less"
The school is in Verona in the 1) heart
of Northern Italy; a
beautiful little city that nestles in the crook of the River Adige, 2)
w hich
flows 3) along
the valley, curving around as it
goes flowing from the mountains 4) in
the north and passing
Verona on its 5) w ay
south.
The city dates back to Roman times at the very 6) least
and
to do
history surrounds you on all sides. It is a privilege 7)
your
training in such an inspiring setting, and in your free time at the
weekends you can drive out to 8) nearby
Lake Garda, and you
will be transported into a holiday atmosphere, where you can 9)
relax
, swim, go windsurfing, sample the local wines and icecreams as well as hundreds of other things so that on Monday you

10) w ill return , refreshed to take up your course


with renewed vigour.
In English you relax You dont relax yourself (It isnt reflexive) .
Be careful with these false friends Little differences between one
language and another. (long/along is another example of this)
10) will return because this is a type of prediction of what will
happen after your relaxing weekend at the lake.
The same applies as before, with the marks. Try to get at least 60%.
How did you do? 60% or more? Less? How much? (OK well, dont
despair, keep developing your grammar or vocabulary? Which do you
think causes you more trouble? Maybe the holidays but at this stage
you need to develop your vocabulary and lexical structure perhaps
more than traditional grammar. Youve studied the Present Perfect
three million times so maybe you could look at something elselike
verbs that are relflexive or not (relax is a good example of this)
Look at the reading text online and then well look at each question
singly. So, first of all, just read the text.
OK look at question 1 and see if you can answer it with your partner.
OK, I can see that everyone has had enough for this morning, so well
stop here. Sorry about the silent lesson, but reading is quite good for
you anyway
See you tomorrow.