Hi guys,

In class one we began by correcting the reading task that had been two weeks ago as I forgot to correct this in last week’s class. We then spoke about the weather and how it affects mood and personality. This led on to a TEDEd about the smell of rain and how rain affects plants, animals and humans.


We moved onto page 26 of the book, looking at an article about the Föhn wind in Switzerland and the Santa Ana wind in Los Angeles. Students then completed exercise 2 (sentence completion) and looked at the various conditionals they contained. We then looked at two conditionals in particular: the 3rd conditional and 2nd and 3rd mixed conditionals. We practised these in a Balloon debate, whereby students imagined the world without prominent figures from history.

Homework: Please complete exercises 4 and 5 on page 27.

In class two we began by picking up where we left off on Tuesday. We checked the homework on page 27, before completing exercise 6 and 7 in pairs. We then looked at exam technique regarding part 4 of the Reading and Use of English: Key word sentence transformation. Students played Reversi against each other to practise and memorise some of the structures common in the exam.

Homework: Essay:

Read the two texts below.
Write an essay summarising 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.

The Financial Costs of Stress
Research carried out by the Health and Safety Council estimates that stress and mental illness continues to be neglected by many businesses, both small and large. And the economic impact of this is huge, costing employers around £26bn a year. Stress at work can lead to a lack of concentration, fatigue and low motivation, all of which will cost the company in terms of low productivity, customer satisfaction and the very reputation of the company itself. Employers are being urged to become more «emotionally intelligent» and to improve the way they deal with stress and mental illness.
Speak up about Stress
Many people find it difficult to talk about their feelings, particularly if we’re feeling weak or vulnerable. However, when suffering from stress it’s vital you seek help. It’s important to feel you can talk honestly with a close friend, a loved one, a work colleague or doctor about what’s going on. Stress is easily diagnosed and there is plenty you can do to successfully treat and manage stress. One of the most effective of these is to share your feelings with those you trust. Remember that accepting help and support is not a sign of weakness. Close relationships are vital to helping you get through this tough time.

Write the essay. (around 240 – 280 words)