General English (GE1A)

Here are some useful sites for GE1A:

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Week 1 Who's a smart cookie?
 

Taking the plunge. The Sydney Morning Herald covers two people skydiving.

 

Listening

Listening game: Feelings. You will hear how four men are feeling. First do the quiz and then read the tapescript.

 

 

Life down under. Nicola, from Queensland talks about why Australia is cool but different from Japan.

 

 

All about Australia. Mike tells you everything you need to know about Australia.

 

 

English laguage centre. A student calls to find out more information about a Language Centre.

 

 

Haven't we met before? Two university students meet again.

 

 

Personal problems (difficult). Ron talks about a problem he has.

 

Vocabulary

Phrasal verbs - emotions

 

 

Idioms relatred to anger

 

 

Jokes. Use your vocabulary to choose the best answer.

 

 

Word list - people

 

 

Internet vocabulary

 

 

Self-study homonyms quizzes

 

 

First names quiz - man or woman?

 

Grammar

Verb tense review

 

 

Adjectives

- Frustrating

- A good job

- A long walk

- Participle Adjectives

- Adjectives ending in'ed' and 'ing'

- Q&A: 'ed'/'ing' adjective or verb?

 

Other websites

Personality quiz - choosing different colours will reveal your true personality.

 

 

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Week 2 Getting away
 

Lonely Planet - destinations

 

 

The Sydney Morning Herald travel page

 

Listening

Listening game: flags. Learn the flags of 18 different countris and try to guess the one's described. first do the quiz and then read the tapescript.

 

 

Travel arrangements (easy). Listen to a customer booking a trip over the phone and then answer the questions.

 

 

Visiting a Japanese public bath (medium). Listen to two friends talking about the custom of visiting a public Japanese bath and then answer the questions.

 

 

Asia tour: A mountain in Indonesia. Phil talks about going to Indonesia.

 

 

Great trip, great country (medium). Nicola talks about Turkey.

 

 

Hotel check-in (more difficult). Listen to a guest checking into a hotel and then answer the questions.

 

Vocabulary

Transportation verbs (easy)

 

 

Phrasal verbs used to talk about travel

 

 

Karen and Ken catch a flight

 

 

Travel trivia - how much do you know about Europe?

 

 

Travel trivia - how much do you know about the USA?

 

 

Word list - air travel

 

 

Word list - countries and nationality

 

Grammar

Present perfect

- Present perfect review

- Present perfect quiz 1

- Present perfect quiz 2

- Present perfect quiz 3

- Present perfect quiz 4

- Present perfect quiz 5

- Present perfect or past tense

 

Other websites

Quotes about adventure

 

 

More travel quotes

 

 

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Week 3 Piece of cake
 

Food videos form the Sydney Morning Herald website.

 

Listening

Dining around the world. Simon compares going to various restaurants and pubs around the world.

 

 

Dinner time. A father tries cooking for his daughter with some less-than-fantastic results. Listen ans answer the questions. Then look at the tapescript and vocabulary.

 

 

How to be a chef. Rebecca discusses the various ways to become a chef.

 

 

A chef's life. Rebecca talks about her experience working in Australian restaurant.

 

 

Recipe: Cuban chicken. Alex shares her recipe for making a very tasty Cuban dish with chicken.

 

 

Pizza delivery. A telephone pizza order. Listen and answer the questions. Then look at the tapescript and vocabulary.

 

 

Song: "Coffee" by Dean Krippaehne. Great fun! Listen to this song about coffe as you read the lyrics.

 

 

A healthy lifestyle (difficult). A couple talk about health. Listen and answer the questions. Then look at the tapescript and vocabulary.

 

Vocabulary

Things found in the kitchen - with pictures

 

 

How to cook an omelette - verb quiz

 

 

What vegetable?

 

 

Food

 

 

Cooking pasta (vocabulary gap-fill)

 

 

Prepositions often confused

 

Grammar

Zero conditional (eg. If I pay attention in class, I learn more).

- Zero conditionals review

- Zero conditionals quiz 1

- Zero conditionals quiz 2

- Zero conditionals quiz 3

 

 

First conditional (eg. If I study harder, I will get better marks).

- First conditionals review

- First conditionals quiz 1

- First conditionals quiz 2

- First conditionals quiz 3

- First conditionals quiz 4

 

 

Second conditional (eg. If I studied every hour of every day, I would be completely fluent within a month).

- Second conditionals review

- Second conditionals quiz 1

- Second conditionals quiz 2

- Second conditionals quiz 3

- Second conditionals quiz 4

- Second conditionals quiz 5

 

 

Review

- Review of first, second and third conditionals

 

 

If and Unless

- Choose 'if' or 'unless''

- 'If', 'when' or 'unless'

 

Other websites

Quotes about food

 

 

Funny quotes about food and eating

 

 

Quotes about cooking (cooking rule - if at first you don't succeed, order pizza)

 

 

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Week 4 All you need is love
Listening

Song: "It'll be alright" by Heather Sullivan. Great fun. Lsten to this song about love as you read the lyrics.

 

 

Dating. Mark and Mike talk about how to ask a woman on a date in the United States.

 

 

Twins. Nicola talks about her twin. Listen and answer the questions.

 

 

Family roots. Listen to the story of Ana Maria Cavazos, look at the photos and answer the questions.

 

 

Mum and Dad. An American woman talks about her mum and dad. Listen and answer questions.

 

 

Dinner time (medium). Dad cooks dinner. Listen and answer the questions.

 

 

Enjoying the zoo (more difficult). Listen to a father and his young son talking about their visit to the zoo. Then answer the questions.

 

 

Wedding anniversary. Listen to Ashley talking about her grandparents 50th wedding anniversary. Then answer the questions.

 

Vocabulary

Family

 

 

Word list: family and relationships

 

 

Relationship and love idioms

 

Grammar

Third conditional (eg. If I had studied harder when I was a child, I would have learned more in school).

- Third conditionals review

- Third conditionals quiz 1

- Third conditionals quiz 2

- Third conditionals quiz 3

- Third conditionals quiz 4

- Third conditionals quiz 5

- Third conditionals quiz 6 (with grammar information)

- Third conditionals quiz 7

 

 

Past and present wishes

- Wish review

- Present wishes quiz 1

- Past and present wishes quiz 1

- Past and present wishes quiz 2

- Past and present wishes quiz 3

- Past and present wishes quiz 4

- Past and present wishes quiz 5

 

Other websites

Quotes about family

 

 

Romantic love quotes

 

 

Top ten love quotes

 

 

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Week 5 Jog your memory
Listening

How to expand your mind. Mark talks about a passion he has.

 

 

How to stand in Canada. Steven talks about getting into a Canadian University.

 

 

Four language learning listenings. Four great listening exercises from ELLLO.

 

 

Interview with Steve Ryan. Listen to Steve's tips for learning a language.

 

 

Culture shock. Learn about culture shock with this longer video. Then answer the questions. Which stage are you at?

 

Vocabulary

Phrasal verbs - thinking

 

 

Phrasal verbs -speaking

 

 

Phrasal verb practice 1

 

 

Vocabulary for University students

 

 

Idioms with the word 'mind'

 

 

Idioms related to understanding

 

 

Troublesome words

 

 

Similar or opposite - quiz A

 

Grammar

Paragraph gap-fill (like, as, such as)

 

 

Word forms quiz 1

 

 

Adjective or adverb

 

 

What's the correct word order

 

Other websites

Talk to your friends - conversation questions about education

 

 

Talk to your friends - conversation questions about school

 

 

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