GE|Adults|Upper-Int|Revise and Check 3
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Complete the sentences with one word
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Listen to five extracts from Chris Wright’s talk about his regrets. Choose the correct option
Listen to a radio interview in which a dictionary researcher talks about the expression «The real McCoy». Choose the correct option
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Imagine being able to go back in time and have a little chat with the 17-year-old you. We asked two 30-somethings what advice they would give their younger selves.
The problem with most 17-year-olds is not that they are wild or rebellious but that they’re just so sensitive, and so self-obsessed that even an innocent comment might cause them much emotional pain. So, what I’d tell my younger self is to live a little, relax, and take no notice of what anyone else says. At parties, when I was 17, I’d sit in the corner trying to look grown up and sophisticated instead of enjoying myself. I’d soon put a stop to that if I could go back in time. I’d drag the silly girl up and show her just how much fun dancing in an embarrassing way can be! Mind you, I might have a word with her about how a little lipstick is more appealing than layers and layers, and why that lovely flowery dress didn’t suit those awful high-heeled white sandals.
When I was 17, I was constantly worrying about boys. So, I’d tell her to lighten up, forget about them, and spend more time with the girls. I’d love her to know that not having a date on a Saturday night was not the end of the world, and didn’t mean she was a loser. And I’d tell her that if a boy she liked didn’t fancy her, he was allowed to have that opinion, and that following him around, changing hairstyles, or ringing him up and putting the phone down as soon as he answered wouldn’t change anything.
The other thing I’d tell her is that her mother was not an ignorant, embarrassing but loveable idiot, who didn’t know what she was talking about, but rather a witty and forgiving woman who was intelligent enough to be amused rather than annoyed at how arrogant and selfish teenagers can be.
To be honest with you, I don’t think there would be much point in going back in time and talking to me as a 17-year-old, and not because I wouldn’t listen. I was always being given advice, but, at that age, however hard I tried, I just couldn’t take it in. My world was listening to rock music, cleaning my new motorbike and watching football. Everything else seemed irrelevant. I tried to have ambitions and be sensible, but I really couldn’t see why.
But if I did have the chance to talk to tall, skinny, long-haired me, what would I say? Get your hair cut? No, I don’t think so, although I would tell the younger me to try to eat more healthily. Not that I was overweight. On the contrary, when I look at old photos I always envy the fact that I managed to wear such tight jeans. Actually, what I’d really want to tell myself is to think bigger and to not limit my horizons. I don’t think I was encouraged to take risks and to try to find out what I really wanted to do. Perhaps there was pressure on me to conform, to go to college, to get a good job, that sort of thing.
Oh, and the other thing I’d tell the 17-year-old me is to cut up all my credit cards. I wasn’t very good with money and I just didn’t realize how quickly you can get into debt. If it hadn’t been for my dad, it would have taken years to pay off all the bills I ran up.
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- You should never regret what you have done – you should only regret what you didn’t do.
- It’s never too late to be who you might have been.
- A word of mouth is the best advertising medium.
- The pros and cons of using loanwords in your native language.
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Make a 3-minute speech answering the following questions
1. How important are regrets in a person’s life? Would a person be better or worse off without any regrets?
2. Do you ever wish you could travel back in time? What three things would you tell the 18-year-old yourself?
3. What do you think shouldn’t be advertised? Why? Do you think that ads create a desire for more and more material possessions?
4. What kind of company are you working for? Would you like to change anything about its policy and way of dealing with the staff? Would you like to work in your own business?
5. What is your favourite English word? Why do you like it?
6. Are there many words in your language which are borrowed from other languages? Is borrowing terms excessively from English good for a language?
Allow your browser the access to the microphone, press the button «Record» and record the speech you have prepared
If you open the lesson plan you will be able to assign separate pages as homework or all the homework pages at once.
- Grammar challenge
- Vocabulary chase
- Listen and choose
- Reading comprehension
- Can you write?
- Speak your mind