Talking about preferences

What do you like?

What do you enjoy?

What don’t you like?

What do hate?

What’s your answer to those questions?

What’s the difference between something you like and something you enjoy? Or are they the same?

What’s the difference between something you hate and something you don’t like?

Can you finish the following sentences?

I enjoy . . .

I love . . .

I like . . .

I don’t like . . .

I dislike . . .

I am interested in . .  .

I hate . .  .

I prefer . . .

I can’t stand . . .

What type of words did you write after it?

Here’s some examples:

I enjoy reading in my free time.

I love curry.

I don’t like natto.

All of these words are nouns. Notice that we don’t use a/an/the.

Do you know what can’t stand and prefer mean?

If you can’t stand something it means you hate it so much that nothing would convince you to do it. You can also use it to describe situations that really annoy you.

Such as:

I can’t stand long pointless meetings. A short pointless meeting is OK, I can stand that, but a long one. No way.

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Prefer is discussing liking one thing over another thing.

for example:

I prefer Thai curries to Indian curries.

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I wish there was a Thai restaurant in my town.

Now go back to that list of sentences using enjoy, like, don’t like, dislike, prefer, can’t stand, am interested in, hate etc.

Can you give a reason why?

If you can, find someone to talk to, ask them about their preferences and ask for a reason why?

If you don’t know anyone, go back to your list of sentences and write the reason for each one. Imagine you have to convince someone.

Making Eye Contact when presenting

Middle level English Adult Class week 3 August 2018

The goal of this lesson was to practice giving eye contact and why it is important.

The members of the class had to give a speech in front of their group. Every time they looked at a team mate that person would raise their arm.

What followed was a discussion about how the audience members felt when the presenter made eye contact.

Everyone in the class felt happier and more engaged with the speech when the presenter made eye contact with them. They also felt the presenter was more interesting and passionate about the speech.

We followed this by discussing how the presented felt.

As the presented they felt more comfortable and relaxed as they made eye contact with the audience. It made them feel happier and more connected. It felt less like they were giving a speech and more like they were talking.

The conclusion was that making eye contact improved your presenting by making a greater connection between you and the audience.

Week 1 August Middle Level class 2018

Where do you shop?

Vocabulary for this week:

department store (noun) : a single large shop where you can buy many different goods which are placed in different categories.

expensive (adjective) ɛkspɛnsɪv costing a lot of money.

affordable (adjective) əfɔːdəbəl inexpensive; reasonably priced.

fashionable (adjective) faʃənəbəl dressing or behaving according to the current trend.

trendy (adjective) trɛndi very fashionable or up to date.

helpful (adjective) hɛlpfʊl make it easier or possible for someone else to do something by offering them services or resources.

trendier (adjective) comparative form of trendy

If you have a stretch 2 textbook from Oxford University Publishing there is a reading you can do on page 11

Using the vocabulary above and vocabulary you already know fill in the following t-chart comparing department stores with small clothing shops (small clothing shops are independent shops)

  Department Store Small clothing shops


Finally which do you think is better shopping online or shopping in stores?

First make three arguments for why shopping online is better

Now make three arguments for why shopping in stores is better

Now you are ready for a debate. If you don’t have someone to debate with you can do solitaire debate.

To play solitaire debate. make an argument against the six points you wrote above. For example:

I prefer shopping online because you can buy anything online.

I agree you can buy anything online but it can be hard to tell if that is what you actually wanted.


I prefer shopping in stores because it’s more enjoyable to window shop.

Window shopping can be fun but it isn’t fun when the place is too crowded.

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?