Extra class practice : General English (GE1B)

Here are some useful sites for GE1B:

Select the week you wish to use

  • Week 1 - The climate crisis
  • Week 2 - Lost in translation
  • Week 3 - The straight and narrow
  • Week 4 - Money makes the world go round
  • Week5 - An apple a day

Week 1 The climate crisis
Listening

Saving the Earth. Listen to a 9-year-old talking about what she does to help the enviroment and answer the questions.

 

 

Changing weather. Tim talks about changes in weather he has noticed in his local area.

 

 

Global warming. Christine, from Papua New Guinea, explains how global warming is affecting her island.

 

  Saving energy. Tim talks about three things he is doing to help the environment and save energy.
 

GM Food. Akane and Todd debate the topic of genetically modified foods.

 

 

Earthquake. Simon and Todd talk about a recent earthquake they were in. First do the listening, then the quiz and finally look at the script.

 

 

Hurricane. Alexandra talks about a hurricane. Listen and answer the questions.

 

 

Song: Blue moon. Leonie sings the famous song, Blue Moon. Listen and read the words. Then do the word challenge.

 

 

SBS World News tapescripts. Watch the news tonight on SBS (channel 28) at 6:30 pm. Then check your understanding the next day using these tapescripts.

 

 

SBS World News online. An online news video program from the well-respected SBS World News.

 

Vocabulary

Words for describing the weather

 

 

Environmental words page 1

 

 

Environmental  words page 2

 

 

The global warming process

 

 

Animals

 

 

What are baby animals called

 

Grammar

Review articles

- A, An, The or nothing

- A, An or nothing (57 questions)

- Articles and geography

 

 

Cause and effect grammar (because, because of, etc.)

- Quiz - because or because of?

- Quiz - because or due to

- Explanation and exercise - cause and effect

 

Reading

Aeroplanes and global warming - Read the text and answer the questions.

 

 

Environmental protest groups - Reading with comprehension questions.

 

 

Animal conversation

 

Other websites

The Sydney Morning Herald

 

 

The Daily telegraph

 

 

The Australian

 

 

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Week 2 Lost in translation
Listening

English success story. Peter is  from Sweden and he explains how he learned to speak English fluently.

 

 

Learning languages. Deanne speaks four languages fluently. She gives language learning tips in this listening. First listen, then do the quiz and then read the tapescript.

 

 

Working with languages. It is Deanne's job to work with languages. She talks a little about what she does. First listen, then do the quiz and then read the tapescript.

 

 

English language centre.  A student calls to find out more information about a Language Centre. Listen to the conversation and answer the questions.

 

 

Video talk on culture shock.  Listen to a talk about culture shock and the stages of this event. Then answer the questions.

 

 

BBC learning English: Australian Parliament bans the word 'mate'. Hear about how this Aussie word was banned from parliament. Listen without reading and then use the tapescript to check.

 

 

Learning language (difficult). Listen to a radio program about language learning. Then answer the questions.

 

 

Lecture: why learn languages? (very difficult). One hour lecture from Gresham College (London) on languages. Listen, take notes and then read the transcript.

 

Vocabulary

Top 20 world languages

 

 

Countries, nationalities and languages

 

 

Countries where English is spoken - crossword

 

 

Nationalities

 

 

More nationalities

 

 

British to American English - crossword

 

 

Idioms

 

 

Change idioms to plain English

 

 

Phrasal verbs - speaking

 

Grammar

Verb tenses

- Verb tense review

- Interesting facts (practice with verbs

- Things people do (choose the correct verb form

 

Reading

Bilingualism - read about biligual and answer comprehension questions.

 

 

The meaning of tingo - read about words that can't be translated into English.

 

 

Illiteracy - read and answer the comprehension questions.

 

 

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Week 3 The straight and narrow
Listening

Personal security - theft in the park. A man reports a theft to the police. Listen and asnwer the questions.

 

 

Police in America. Nitiya asks about the police in America.

 

 

Driving road test. Mr. Smith tries to get his driver's licence.

 

 

Crime in the United States. Nitiya and Todd discuss why people kill.

 

 

The death penalty. Listen to six people talking about the death penalty and answer the questions.

 

 

Gangs. Jeanie talks about crime in Philadelphia, USA. First do the listening, then the quiz and finally look at the script.

 

 

The gun debate. Click "Play Audio", listen and take notes and then compare your notes to the transcript.

 

 

Lawsuit settlement (medium). Listen to an advertisement from a law firm and answer the questions.

 

 

Drugs company settles lawsuit. Story from BBC Learning English - Words in the News (27/08/2004) - Read and listen.

 

 

BBC learning English - words in the news. Tons of other great stories to read and listen to.

 

 

Lecture: can maths catch criminals and bring them to justice (very difficult). One hour lecture from Gresham College (London) on languages. Download the lecture notes, listen, take your own notes and then read the transcript.

 

Vocabulary

John robs a corner store: criminal and legal vocabulary

 

 

Criminal offences

 

 

Types of criminals quiz 1

 

 

Types of criminals quiz 2

 

 

Types of criminals quiz 3

 

 

Find the incorrect word: jury duty in the US

 

 

Vocabulary test - estimate the size of your vocabulary

 

Grammar

Passive voice

- Active or passive voice

- Past tense passives and trivia

- A good time to be away

- Space exploration

- Bill Gate's car

- Hurricane

 

 

Review: Prepositions

- Quiz 1: prepositions 1

- Quiz 2: prepositions 2

- Quiz 3: prepositions 3

 

Reading

Gun control - great debate with comprehension questions.

 

 

Vice, investment and the seven deadly sins - read and answer the questions.

 

 

Assassination - read about assassinationa (and don't forget the questions).

 

 

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Week 4 Money makes the world go round
Listening

Shopping. Listen to six people and then answer the questions.

 

 

Shopping for the day. Listen to this shopping conversation and choose the right answers.

 

 

wasting money. Anita and Todd talk about things they waste money on.

 

 

Personal finance. Anita talks about savings, retirement and and sharing money and bank accounts in a marriage.

 

 

Store returns. Listen to this conversation about a man returning something to a store and choose the right answers.

 

 

Listening game: part-time job. Listen to information about six available jobs and answer the questions.

 

 

ABC's of money matters: debt consolidation (difficult). Listen to a man talking about his debt problems and answer the questions.

 

 

Lecture: how can you have too much choice? (very difficult). One hour lecture from Gresham College (London) that talks about consumer choice and other choices. Listen, take notes and then read the transcript.

 

Vocabulary

Clothes and things we wear (with pictures)

 

 

Clothes and accessories (with pictures)

 

 

Supermarket vocabulary

 

 

Grocery shopping

 

 

Bar talk in the U.S.

 

Grammar

"because" or "due to" - an explanation and exercise

 

 

Connectors - test your use of words like in spite of, although and therefore.

 

Reading

Inequality of wealth - read the text and answer the true/false questions.

 

 

Consumer society - read the text and answer the comprehension questions.

 

 

Viral marketing - interesting article (with questions) about innovative marketing.

 

 

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Week 5 An apple a day
Listening

Hospitals. Listen to six people talk about if they are afriad of hospitals and then answer the questions.

 

 

Medical advice: what's the matter? Steve talks about being sick. Listen and answer the questions.

 

 

Staying healthy overseas. Sarah compares staying health in different areas of the world. Listen and then do the Quiz.

 

 

Not doing well... Conrad is sick. Find out what is wrong. Answer the questions and then read the tapescript.

 

 

Going to hospital. Ian talks about his many trips to the hospital.

 

 

A Doctor's appointment. Hear a telephone call and answer the questions.

 

 

A battle with Cancer. Hear about one man's story and answer questions. This is a challenging listening.

 

 

Lecture: Diet and obesity - manna from the Gods or the food of destruction (very difficult). One hour lecture from Gresham College (London). Listen, take notes and then read the transcript.

 

Vocabulary

Body parts (quiz with pictures)

 

 

Body parts 2 (with pictures)

 

 

Body parts crossword

 

 

Ailments and injuries wordsearch

 

 

Illnesses and medical advice

 

 

Phrasal verbs: Illness

 

 

Phrasal verbs: Melanie's trip to the Doctor

 

Grammar

Review: verb forms/tenses

- An accident

- A ski accident

 

Reading

Fat verus fit - interesting reading followed by comprehension questions.

 

 

DNA: the stuff we're made of - A reading with a comprehension activity.

 

 

A HIV/AIDS success story: senegal - the AIDS situation is strongly connected to social and religious values in this country.

 

Other websites

Useful sentences for health care

 

 

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