Class one

  • Part 3 use of english Exam creation
  • Discussion about appearance

Today we are focusing on life experiences and major changes. To start off we will discuss major life changes in general and then more specifically about our personal changes. We will look at some idioms related to this topic (these can also be found in ‘idiom spot’ on page 9) before completing the listening task on page 9.

In the second class we will start with some questions about our future plans and some novel ways of expressing them. The main activity today though will be word formation. We will briefly review the structure of this exam and some of the bigger changes at the C2 level. The students will then make their own exam task for each other.

The homework is the exam task on page 15

and the following writing task:


Read the two texts below. Write an essay summarizing and evaluating the key points from both texts. Use your own words throughout as far as possible, and include your own ideas in your answers. Write your answer in 240 – 280 words.

Fashion is full of contradictions

It is beyond dispute that fashions plays an important role in social and cultural life today. Since it has such power, it is natural that questions are asked about its role in society. The fashion industry has always said that it gives people the freedom to express their unique individuality, even to experiment with alternative identities. However, critics argue that fashion dictates to society what should be considered beautiful and elegant, and ultimately encourages everyone, especially the young, to dress in similar ways. It is this very ambiguity that makes fashion fascinating and which can also provoke hostility.

Is fashion for everyone?

There will always be those who say that fashion is trivial and that obsession with it is the sign of a second-rate mind. But despite this, it is hard to believe people who say that they are not interested in what they wear. They may mean they are not interested in fashion, and believe that following the latest trends is a waste of time. They look for comfort and a reasonable fit in the clothes they buy, and that is sufficient. However, there is something shallow about asserting you don’t care what you look like, because in your heart of hearts you know it isn’t true. Appearances do matter, when, most of the time, they are all we have to go on.