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General English - Advanced level, Part 6 (20 Lessons)

General English - Advanced level, Part 6 (20 Lessons)  


   
 

Lesson 1. Challenges

The theme of this lesson is setting and achieving goals. Students watch Matt Cutts of Google talk about setting himself 30-day challenges. Vocabulary for describing challenges is studied. Students discuss the worksheet topic at the end of the lesson.

   
 

Lesson 2. Travel and holidays

In this lesson, students learn and practise vocabulary related to travel and holidays.

   
 

Lesson 3. Robot comedy

The theme of this lesson is comedy and robotics. Students watch Heather Knight of Marilyn Monrobot Labs giving a talk and demonstration of how a robot can be used to perform stand-up comedy. After watching the video, students study a variety of adjectives for describing different types of humour, comment on the robot’s performance and discuss humour-related topics. The worksheet key includes instructions for playing and pausing the video as well as selecting subtitles.

   
 

Lesson 4. English mania

The theme of this lesson is education and the global ‘obsession’ with learning English. Students watch Jay Walker explaining why two billion people around the world are trying to learn English. Vocabulary related to manias and obsessions is introduced. After watching the video, students learn a number of terms for describing the British and American education systems and talk about their own countries’ education systems as well as discuss the lesson topic. The worksheet key includes instructions for playing and pausing the video as well as selecting subtitles.

   
 

Lesson 5. Personality

In this lesson, students learn and practise vocabulary related to personality.

   
 

Lesson 6. Money

In this lesson, students learn and practise vocabulary related to money.

   
 

Lesson 7. Health and lifestyle

In this lesson, students learn and practise vocabulary related to health and lifestyle.

   
 

Lesson 8. Weather

In this lesson, students learn and practise vocabulary for describing the weather.

   
 

Lesson 9. Colloquial English

In this lesson, students learn and practise a variety of common colloquial terms used in text messages and everyday speech.

   
 

Lesson 10. Crime and punishment

In this lesson, students learn and practise vocabulary related to crime and punishment.

   
 

Lesson 11. A segregated society

The theme of this lesson is society, wealth and inequality. Students read an article about the widening gap between rich and poor in British society over the past 40 years. A variety of words and expressions are studied for describing society and individual wealth. In the grammar section of the worksheet, students learn how to describe trends using different structures. At the end of the lesson, learners talk about changes in their own societies.

   
 

Lesson 12. Weather changes

The theme of this lesson is weather changes and people’s health. Students read an article on how weather changes can cause headaches according to recent scientific studies. In the grammar exercises, modal verbs used for expressing possibility are reviewed and practised in their present and past forms. At the end of the lesson, students discuss the lesson topic further and its importance in their own countries. This worksheet would be particularly suitable for students from countries with changeable weather systems.

   
 

Lesson 13. Common exclamations

This short lesson filler introduces eight typical exclamations used by English speakers to express a variety of emotions. The students learn and practise the expressions through language practice, listening and role play.

   
 

Lesson 14. Born to snooze

The theme of this lesson is people’s sleep-wake cycles. Students complete a questionnaire to discover if they are genetically predisposed to waking up early or late and then read an article to find out how they fit in society and what type of profession would suit them best. The lesson teaches a variety of idioms related to waking and sleeping. Students also learn how to indicate their opinion using a variety of adverbs and adverbial phrases.

   
 

Lesson 15. Global warming

The theme of this lesson is global warming. Students read an article on how low-lying Pacific islands are being affected by rising sea levels as a result of increased global temperatures. Students talk about the potential causes and effects of global warming and discuss the awareness of the issue in their own countries.

   
 

Lesson 16. What if?

This lesson is based on an article that examines what the world would like be if certain past events had or had not taken place. The third and mixed conditionals are studied and practised in the grammar exercises. At the end of the lesson, students discuss hypothetical scenarios in their own countries.

   
 

Lesson 17. Deforestation

The theme of this lesson is deforestation. Students read an article on how our environment is being affected by the global destruction of rainforests and some proposed solutions to the problem. Words and collocations related to environmental issues are studied. At the end of the lesson, students discuss their own country’s contribution to global warming and what can be done to reduce carbon emissions.

   
 

Lesson 18. Problems

In this lesson, students study several nouns used for describing different types of mistake. Through listening and role play, students also learn how to make a complaint, explain a problem, make an apology, show sympathy and promise action.

   
 

Lesson 19. Making friends

In this lesson, students learn useful phrasal vocabulary for talking about themselves and getting to know other people. Through listening, language practice and role play, students also practise asking about someone’s background, work, leisure interests, etc. using a variety of tenses. The lesson plan also includes an animated video version of the dialogue, which can be played instead of the audio file.

   
 

Lesson 20. Discussing opinions

In this lesson, students listen to two friends discussing the cuisines of different countries and study the expressions that are used for sharing opinions, agreeing and disagreeing. Students then practise discussing different topics using the language from the lesson.