Intensive Advanced 2

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Intermediate 2: Chicago, the windy city.

Click here. Listen to the recording and fill in the blanks with one word (select to see the solutions).

Chicago is the largest city in the US state of Illinois. Some of the things it is famous for are pizza, gangsters and sports. This is the Wrigley Field, home to the Chicago Cubs, Chicago's oldest baseball team.
Many American people call Chicago the second city because for a hundred years it had the second biggest population in the country. It was smaller than New York, but until the 1980s it was bigger than every other American city. Today Chicago is a very popular tourist destination. Every year over 30 million people visit the city. They go to the Millennium Park, the newest park in Chicago They walk along the shore of Lake Michigan, the second largest of the five Great Lakes and they admire the view from the top of the Willis Tower. The Willis Tower used to be called the Sears Tower and for 25 years it was the tallest building in the world. In 1969 Sears Roebuck and Company, the largest department store chain in the world at the time, built the tower to use its office blocks. 
Today the skyscraper is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. It is still the tallest skyscraper in the US, but it isn't as tall as the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, or the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur.
Chicago's other famous nickname is the Windy City. People say that it is windier than other major cities but weather experts disagree. In fact, scientists predict that Chicago will have a very different climate in the future. They say that it won't be as cold and windy as it is now but will be warmer and wetter
This will mean many changes but Chicago is further ahead than most other cities in its preparations for climate change. The city is constructing new environmentally friendly buildings, planning more parks and green areas and placing big hedges alongside the city's pathways. Chicago is also investing in new roads and car parks for electric cars.
Chicago is a changing city. The windy city's famous climate is going to become much warmer. Chicago will be a hotter more tropical place than it is today. This will cause problems but at the moment America's second city is one of the first places to properly deal with pollution and climate change. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Friday, May 8, 2015

The British General Election

Here is a guide explaining the British general election for people who are not familiar with the political system in the UK. Click here and enjoy!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Education

Watch this video about schools in Great Britain. Click here.
And now learn more about education in the USA. Click here.
Click here if you want to read about the difference between a college and a university.

Basic 2. Clothes

Listen to the conversation and choose the best answer. Click here.
Glossary:
Pants (USA) = trousers (UK)
To rain cats and dogs: llover a cántaros
Might: podría
Tuxedo: esmoquin

Basic 2. Listening comprehension. Shopping and prices

Listen to the recording and choose a, b or c. Click here.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Intermediate 2. Modal verbs. Translation

As we've been studying the different modal verbs, I thought it would be a good idea to translate the following sentences. You can download both the exercise and the key here.

Basic 2. Listening comprehension. On the phone.

Listen and do the exercises. Click here
and here 
and here
and here
and also here (listen to parts of telephone conversations and choose the best response for each)
And now for a more difficult task... Click here.