Intensive Advanced 2

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Advanced 2. Video: Living at parents' home.

More and more young people can't afford to buy a house so they have to live at home with their parents. Watch the video (source BBC News) and complete the transcript with one or two words (select to see the answers). Click here


Luke Sibson lives a very modern dilemma. Aged 27, with a degree, he works in London but can’t afford to live here and commutes back every even5ing to his mother’s house in Eastbourne.
“I spend up to five hours a day travelling to and from London for my job. There simply aren’t any employment opportunities in my sector down where I live on the south coast, so I have to come to London. I’d love to live here but I just can’t afford it.”
Getting your own place was always part of growing up, but today’s figures suggest it’s increasingly a luxury for young people. In 1996 2.7 million 20 to 34-year-olds lived with their parents. By 2013 that had risen to 3.3 million. That’s 26% of that age group. They include 24-year-old James Hughes, who doesn’t have a permanent job, and lives with his mother Maura in Belfast.
“It’s not that I’m unhappy living at home but I would like to move out because I lived on my own when I was over in  The Netherlands studying a master’s so I got used to living away from home and I’d like to go back to that plus I think they’d like the house to themselves as well”.
“I just wish he could get a permanent job and be able to make his own way or see a future. Working part-time is very difficult.”
Although they are both earning good wages, it’s taken them almost 12 months to get a mortgage offer of £20,000. Being unable to afford your first home is hardly new but it’s the numbers that are now striking.Campaigners for more affordable housing say the situation was entirely predictable.
“We failed as a country to build the right number of homes for so many years now and we’re supposed to build about 240,000 a year and we’ve built less than half of that for decades now.”
Back from London this evening and at home with his mother Ruth in Eastbourne, Luke Sipson says he never envisaged this life.
“I had set plans to own a house and a car and have a family by the time I’m 30. I’m now 27 and I’m not any closer to achieving that. In fact, in some ways I’ve probably gone back a couple of steps.”
“My generation, we are in a more comfortable position ourselves and are able to support and provide for probably our children more than our parents could.”
Luke’s is a generation caught in limbo, trying to move up but unable to move out.
Reeta Chakrabati. BBC News.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Advanced 2. Personality.

In this recording Rebecca and Todd talk about personality traits. Click here, listen and answer the questions on the right side of the page (comprehension quiz).
To procrastinate: to put off an action until some later time.

Advanced Level. Game: Personality test.

Take the test and find out which US state matches your personality. I belong in Illinois!
Click here

Advanced 2. Writing.

Click here and read about how to describe your family. Have a look at these descriptions and then write a similar one about your family (200-230 words).

Monday, October 2, 2017

Advanced 2. Marriage and divorce.

What are several reasons why some relationships end in divorce? When there is conflict, what are some ways in repairing and enhancing marital relationships? Are there times when a divorce lawyer may be needed to settle family disputes or breakups? (source Click here, listen to the conversation and answer the following questions.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Saint Patrick's Day.

Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17th to commemorate the arrival of Christianity in the Emerald Isle. Today, it is also celebrated by Irish communities all over the world.  If you want to find out more about the origins of the holiday, click here.

Saint Patrick's Day

Today is March 17! For the Irish this particular day is full of symbolism because they celebrate the Patron Saint of Ireland. Click here if you want to know more about Saint Patrick's history.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Just for fun

It all started when a Dutch show presented Donald Trump with a very simple idea: We totally understand it's going to be America first, but can we just say The Netherlands second?
Now the rest of Europe can't stop making similar videos. They can't help trolling Trump. If you want to see them, just click on the links. Enjoy! 
Portugal (jump past the introduction to get to the video at the 2:06 mark)
Germany (jump past the introduction to get to the video at the 1:47 mark)