In class one we began by revising those pesky inverted conditionals. Students worked in pairs to complete various tasks practising 1st, 2nd, and 3rd conditionals sentences. Moving on students peer-taught phrasal verbs in small groups. We then checked understanding of these by completing exercises 1 and 2 on page 60.
In class two we started a new topic- Green Issues. We began with a video from the animator Steve Cutts.
Students noted down all the problems they could see with regards to how the environment is treated, and then completed activity 2 on page 56. We then spoke about the problems from the video and the activity, and put them into order of how serious they were, and how easily they could be solved. Following this we completed the listening exam task on page 56.
We then completed a speaking part 3 exam task in pairs, followed by a group discussion of questions from part 4.
Please complete the exam task on page 58 and 59 as well as the writing task below.
You attended a college debate that discussed ways of encouraging more people to be more environmentally friendly in their energy use and production. You have made the notes below:
How can we take the initiative with regards to the protection of the climate?
- Increase taxes for big polluters
- Expand and improve public transport
- Promote green living on a local level
Some opinions expressed during the debate:
«Governments should be discouraging pollution by hitting big business with even bigger taxes!»
«We need fewer cars on the road, and greener buses and trains.»
«It’s not just the responsibility of big business and government, the individual has to help!»
Write an essay, discussing two of the ideas in your notes. You should explain which idea would help protect the environment most, giving reasons in support of your answer.
You may, if you wish, make use of the opinions expressed in the debate, but you should use your own words as far as possible.
Write your answer in 220-260 words in the appropriate style.