Fill in the blanks with slang expressions describing people: A) couch potato catch cold shoulder crush loaded player Jack: Why didn’t you pick up the phone when I called you last night?
Mary: You ignored me in school today and were giving me _____________.
Jack: I thought you were mad at me because you heard I have a _________ on Angela and I’m a real ____________.
Mary: I’m not mad because of that but because you’re such a _________.
Jack: You know that I’m a good ___________ because I’m ____________.
B) screwed crammed bomb all-nighter LiMing, a student from Shanghai, China, arrived on campus for the first day of classes. He overheard the following conversation in the cafeteria:
Pete: How’s it goin’ man?
Andy: Finals tomorrow, so I pulled a/an ____________.
Pete: Me too. I’m so far behind, so I _____________ ‘til way after midnight.
Andy: If I don’t do well and I _____________ the exam, I’ll fail my economics class for sure. Then I’ll be _________ because my GPA will go way down. My mom will kill me.
Pete: I’m in the same boat.
Matching column with slang expressions related to drinking and relationships:
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1)*Work out the meaning of the missing word from the context given (one word fits all the sentences) (Hong Kong University VLC Web Concordancer www.edict.com.hk/concordance/default.htm is advisable)
1. d wide, he squirted the warm white ____ against the roof of his mouth and
2. oat would not. "You're boiling ___ ain't you"? soothing it with his
3. ed in a still room, with a bowl of ___ and a loaf of Indian bread. I can
5. at had to be bought for the baby, ___ and orange juice and vitamins and
*(this idea was borrowed from C.Tribble & G. Jones Concordances in the Classroom, Longman, 1990)
The keyword is “milk”
Here is a random selection of 50 solutions from the 1379 found...
A0P 406 Both were old enough to feel keenly the savage blow, one from which Leonard suffered in particular, albeit outwardly in guarded silence: `;The deeper the sorrow, the less tongue it has,'; said the rabbis.
A6G 1441 Thus Caroline Norton, who was the subject of a trumped up crim. con. suit and who lost the custody of her children, is portrayed as a simple victim, albeit in her case not a passive one.
A75 331 Humans are synchronized to a 24-hour cycle, however, and so time-cues must exist, albeit often artificial ones.
AA9 906 It is a measure of Quisling's obstinacy that he was back as `;premier'; --; albeit the puppet of Reichskommissar Josef Terboven --; within two years, thus ensuring that he shared the guilt for the occupation war-crimes for which he was duly shot in 1945.
ABF 346 Darwin's idea of `;survival of the fittest'; found a home in political philosophy in the form (albeit distorted) of social darwinism.
AHC 1171 Indeed, Mr Voss had last year written to The Daily Telegraph extolling the place --; `;for patrons who wish to relax in comfort and splendour and enjoy the delights of haute cuisine'; --; and complaining that it wasn't fair that Paddy Burt had written about a nearby Dorset establishment (albeit unfavourably).
3) Below are two sets of sentences (part a) that are focused on the differences in meaning between two verbs to ensure and to assure, which are looked at separately. Part b) gives a chance to differentiate between the two verbs in a jumbled set of sentences.
1 as the commune program, which will ensure agricultural poverty for years. Th
2 ollowing from any decision can he ensure attention to the practical details
3 the rights of the individual **h ensure his development **h enlarge his op
4 ponents of single elements tend to ensure predominance of that element witho
5 Good operational intelligence can ensure sound planning, greatly reduce for
Here is another example of a task, which requires the knowledge of a very precise distinction between the given variants (typical CAE task):
4) Using a concordancer, decide which word fits the gap in the sentence
“The _________ of these volunteers for hard work is amazing.”
ability; b) capacity; c) capability
b) is the right answer
5) New forms of words being used in English:
Quitted/ lighted/ waked; (the British National Corpus has found 13 solutions for quitted; 240 solutions for lighted, and only 4 for waked)
Different from / different to/ different than (this is the actual order of frequency of usage)
1. C.Tribble & G. Jones Concordances in the Classroom, Longman, 1990
2. R. Mc Andrew, English Observed, LTP, 1994
COBUILD is the best concordancer around, and allows you extensive control over what you are looking for. The bottom half of the page gives instructions for how to look for various forms of a word, or word pairs or groups. It is also the only concordancer that can search for collocations (which words typically go together with the word you choose). NB: COBUILD uses pop-up windows, so if you have a pop-up blocker, make sure it is switched off: http://www.collins.co.uk/corpus/CorpusSearch.aspx
British National Corpus Concordancer provides you with up to 50 examples of your chosen word or phrase from the British National Corpus. It shows you the whole sentence, wherever the key word is in that sentence. Unlike the Cobuild concordancer, it also shows you how many times the word actually appeared in the corpus: http://sara.natcorp.ox.ac.uk/lookup.html
A FUN WAY TO REVISE GRAMMAR
One of the fun ways to revise grammar with your students, past tenses in particular, was suggested at one of the presentations I heard at Denver TESOL convention. For that you will need a projector, a screen (or while wall), and a computer with internet connection.
Go to youtube.com and type into the search window “Ameriquest funny commercials” or go here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzzMir7zbN4.
Pair the students off, and ask one student to turn his/her face away from the screen, so that he/she wouldn’t see the commercial. The other student’s task is to watch the video and then report what they saw to the pair-mate. Then you play the commercial again and those who did not see the video initially report to the class how accurate the description was, and whether the description included all the intricacies of the script that made it funny. Alternatively, before the second showing of the video you could ask some of the students who did not see it and were only told about the plot of the commercial by their pair-mates, what they thought they were going to see, why it was funny, where the twist of the video was, etc.
Then you change the roles of the students in the pairs and repeat the routine with some of the other funny commercials.
NB! It is always best to take some time and watch the videos before you show it in class. As the degree of explicitness in some of the commercials varies, you might want to select, which of them you would actually like to show in class.