Week 2 August 2018 Adult middle level Class

We studied the following vocabulary in order to understand the video you can find here.


modern (adjective) [mɒd(ə)n] about the present or recent past.

modern history (recent history 1800s – present)

traditional (adjective) trəˈdɪʃ(ə)n(ə)l the way of behaving that has continued from a long time ago. for example It is a long tradition for Japanese people to take their shoes off at the entrances of homes and businesses.

silk (noun)sɪlk a type of cloth that is smooth and soft. It is often expensive.

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million (number) mɪljən 1,000,000 or 10⁶

market (noun) mɑː·kɪt a place you go to buy or sell things

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mall (noun)mɔːl UK English A sheltered walk or promenade

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mall (noun) mɔl US English An undercover shopping area

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UK English: shopping centre.

plant (noun) plɑːnt a living organism that gets food from the ground and water as well as energy from the sun. Typical stationary. Eg tree

tailor (noun) ˈteɪ·lər someone who makes or repairs clothes

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material (noun) mətɪə·ri·əl the things something is made out of. It is also used to talk about cloth or fabric.

Can I buy 1 metre of material?

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fabric (noun) fæb·rɪk cloth

yard (noun) jɑːd 0.933 metres

peek (verb) piːk to look at something for a short time in secret

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show off (verbal phrase)  ʃəʊ ɒf to parade something of yours in front of others to gain admiration.


We watched the video here.

And answered the questions in Stretch 2 page 12


July week 1 2018 Thursday Adult Class

The topic was clothes

First we brainstormed all the words we knew for clothes. Here is what we got:


After that we had to describe an item of clothing using the following phrases:

You wear this when …

eg: You wear this when you are cold.

It is …

eg It is casual-wear.

You wear it around . . . / on . . .  / over . . .

 eg. You wear it around your neck.


It’s a scarf


June Adult Class Thursday Class 2018

Brazilian Dance Capoeira

Before viewing the video, I asked the students to predict what the video would tell us about Capoeira asking them to write down five questions they think the video will answer.

We then watched this video:


The next step was to discuss our own cultures. I shared information about Australian Aboriginal Corroborrees. Although I don’t know a lot about it. I also showed them this video to understand it:


The final step was to talk about Japanese traditions

I used two resources from a local tourist information brochure and the following question list:

What is the name of the activity?

What is the history of the activity?

Why do people do the activity?

Are there any special clothing you need for the activity?




Relationships lesson 1 vocabulary

The next few weeks topic is relationships.

First let’s build up some vocabulary:

Personal relationships:p

Match the words to the pictures:

friends, partner, husband, wife, relatives, roommate

Professional Relationships

First watch this video on the difference between coworker and colleague

Professional relationships:

Match the words to the pictures

boss, customer, colleague, coworker, client


Other relationships

Match the picture with the word

teacher, stranger, neighbour, classmate, administrator

Final activity:

Choose a relationship from each category (personal, professional, other) and write about that person.

How do you know them?

Tell me something interesting about that person.

Planning lesson writing task

This weeks topic was “How do you plan. . . ?”

I noticed that my students didn’t understand what this question meant. They thought it was asking what their holiday plans were at first.

“How do you . . . ” questions are asking for a step by step procedure.

For example:

How do you make rice?

First you wash the rice with cold water. This will remove the starch. Next you let the rice soak in water. The longer it soaks the quicker it will cook. After that you should drain the rice. . . etc

The four questions were:

How do you plan your holiday?

How do you plan a special occasion?

How do you plan a work week?

How do you plan your career?

As an example, my answer to the question “How do you plan your holidays?” is:

First I  decide where I want to go. Then, my wife and I check the calendar to find out when we can go. After that we book the tickets if we need too . . .

After that we discussed various statements about planning methods.

Making lists of things to do is a waste of time.

You should plan your retirement from an early age.

If you make a plan, you should stick to it.

There are some things you can’t plan for.

We had a very interesting conversation about the statements.

For homework I set the task write a paragraph about whether or not you agree with the final statement “There are some things you can’t plan for.”

Here is a sample paragraph from one of the other statements:


Some people say that making lists of things to do is a waste of time. I disagree with this statement for the following reasons. First, making a list doesn’t take much time to do. It shouldn’t take longer than five minutes to make a lists of things you need to do that day. Secondly,  even if you have a great memory, it’s still easy to forget things. Making a list can help you remember. Just don’t forget you made a list. Thirdly, it can speed up the amount of work you do rather than waste it as you can easily see what needs to be done. For these reasons, I often make lists of things to do.


The paragraph has a topic sentence.

three supporting points

a conclusion.

Now it’s your turn.