Teens|Grammar activating|Pre-Int|12. Talents

School marks


How are things at school?

Warm-up

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Speak about your interests and hobbies

Useful phrases:

— I’m the best at drawing/sport.

— I’m good at…

— I’m interested in…

— I’m fond of…

— I’m not very good at…

— I’m learning how to…

Amadou and Mariam

Amadou and Mariam are a Grammy Award nominated musical duo from Mali. Amadou lost his vision at the age of 16, while Mariam became blind at the age of 5. Known now as «the blind couple from Mali», they met at Mali’s Institute for the Young Blind. In 1980 the couple married, and in 1983 they began to perform together.


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Listen, match the numbers to the things they refer to

Sara: What are you listening to?
Evelyn: Amadou and Mariam. They’re musicians from Mali. They play ‘Afro blues’.
Sara: What’s that?
Evelyn: It’s a mixture of African, Indian, Egyptian and Cuban music, with rock and electro.
Sara: Great! How long have they been musicians?
Evelyn: Mariam has been a singer since she was six. Amadou has played percussion instruments since he was two.
Sara: Wow! How long have they played together?
Evelyn: For 30 years. They’re married as well.
Sara: Really? How long have they been married?
Evelyn: For almost 35 years. They met at the Institute for the Young Blind in Mali. Mariam has been blind since she was five. Amadou has been blind for over 40 years.
Sara: That’s amazing. Let’s find a video of them on the internet.


Listen to the track by Amadou and Mariam

They’ve played for 30 years



Complete the sentences


Read and remember

Present Perfect with since and for

We use Present Perfect with since or for to talk about situations that started in the past and are still continuing now.

I‘ve been at this school since 2009. (= I started at this school in 2009. I am still at the school now.)
We‘ve lived here for three months. (= We arrived three months ago. We still live here now.)

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For + periods of time

Since + starting time in the past

three years

two days

twenty minutes

a long time

yesterday

July

2006

last year

I was 12 years old


We do not use Present Simple in these cases.

We live here for three years.
I am at this school since 2006.

We use How long…? to ask questions about situations that started in the past and are still continuing now.

How long has she worked there?’ ‘For three years.’
How long have you known him?’ ‘Since I was five.’

Evelyn Glennie


Look at the facts and complete

A percussion instrument is defined as a musical instrument (including the drum, xylophone, and maraca), which sounds by striking, shaking, or scraping. Percussion instruments are made of many different materials, such as wood, plastic, or metal, and they come in all shapes and sizes.


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Evelyn Glennie has been deaf since she was 12.



Put in the right column, make examples about your life

How long have you…


Make questions and interview each other

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Speak about

  • the person you have known for more than 5 years
  • the sport you have done since childhood
  • the singer or the band you have liked for several years
  • the activity you have done for more than 3 years
  • something you have studied since last year

A famous architect


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Listen and choose True or False

Interviewer: Today I’m interviewing one of the world’s great architects, Sandra Beddoe. So, Sandra, how long have you been an architect?
Sandra: For thirty years.
Interviewer: And in that time, you’ve designed museums, sports stadiums, offices and schools. Do you have a favourite building out of all of those?
Sandra: Probably, the Eldon School.
Interviewer: Tell me more about that.
Sandra: Well, we started it six years ago. It was a school in a poor part of London and we built a completely new school. It was a lot of work, but it opened two years ago. The students love it.
Interviewer: Not only the students. You won a prize for the design.
Sandra: Yes, that’s right. I won the Brown Prize last year.
Interviewer: In fact, you’ve won several prizes, I think.
Sandra: Yes, I’ve been very lucky. Probably, the most important was the Congress Prize in America. That was eight years ago.
Interviewer: So, did you live in America?
Sandra: Yes, I lived there for ten years. I taught at a university, as well as running my business. But then I left and moved to London.
Interviewer: And have you been in London ever since?
Sandra: Yes, I’ve been here for seven years now.
Interviewer: And are you working on any new projects?
Sandra: Yes, we’re building a new swimming centre. We started in July this year. It will be the biggest in Britain. I’m very excited.
Interviewer: Good luck with that, Sandra.


Listen again and answer the questions

Interviewer: Today I’m interviewing one of the world’s great architects, Sandra Beddoe. So, Sandra, how long have you been an architect?
Sandra: For thirty years.
Interviewer: And in that time, you’ve designed museums, sports stadiums, offices and schools. Do you have a favourite building out of all of those?
Sandra: Probably, the Eldon School.
Interviewer: Tell me more about that.
Sandra: Well, we started it six years ago. It was a school in a poor part of London and we built a completely new school. It was a lot of work, but it opened two years ago. The students love it.
Interviewer: Not only the students. You won a prize for the design.
Sandra: Yes, that’s right. I won the Brown Prize last year.
Interviewer: In fact, you’ve won several prizes, I think.
Sandra: Yes, I’ve been very lucky. Probably, the most important was the Congress Prize in America. That was eight years ago.
Interviewer: So, did you live in America?
Sandra: Yes, I lived there for ten years. I taught at a university, as well as running my business. But then I left and moved to London.
Interviewer: And have you been in London ever since?
Sandra: Yes, I’ve been here for seven years now.
Interviewer: And are you working on any new projects?
Sandra: Yes, we’re building a new swimming centre. We started in July this year. It will be the biggest in Britain. I’m very excited.
Interviewer: Good luck with that, Sandra.

1. How long has Sandra been an architect?

2. When did the Eldon School open?

3. Has Sandra won one prize?

4. How long did she live in America?

5. How long has she lived in London?

Sportsmen, musicians

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Complete the dialogue

Use the words from the list: how long, since, never, how long, for, ever, yet, already, have


Complete the dialogue

Interview


Make questions to interview a person you admire

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Now you can


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Now you can:

1. Talk about your talents and activities.
2. Talk about how long you have done different activities.
3. Ask people about their talents.


Wordlist

1. be good at 5. win 9. talented
2. be bad at 6. award 10. famous
3. be interested in 7. blind 11. successful
4. be fond of 8. deaf 12. be excited about

Grammar reference


Present Perfect with since and for

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We use Present Perfect with since and for to talk about situations and events in a period of time from the past until now.

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I‘ve had this cold since Monday.
I‘ve felt ill for three days.


We use since with a point in time (when the situation or event started).

Present Perfect since Point in time
I’ve been here since 7.30 a.m.
She’s played the violin since she was four.

We use for with a length of time (the duration of the event or situation).

Present Perfect for Length of time
I’ve been here for two hours.
She’s played the violin for 20 years.

Present Perfect and Past Simple

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We use Present Perfect to talk about past events when the exact time of the event is either not obvious or not important.

I‘ve finished this book.
Have you ever ridden a horse?
I‘ve never eaten sushi.


When the past time is important, we use Past Simple and an exact time expression. We also use Past Simple when we give extra information about an event.

I finished this book yesterday.
Did you ride a horse at the weekend?
I didn’t do that when I was a child.


We use recently with Present Perfect to talk about events in the near past.

Have you spoken to Frank recently?
I haven’t played much basketball recently.


We often use ever and never with Present Perfect when we ask and talk about experiences.

Have you ever spoken to Frank?
I‘ve never played basketball.


We can also use these expressions: once, twice (= two times), lots of times.

I‘ve eaten Japanese food once.
He‘s climbed that mountain lots of times.

Since or for


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Complete with «since» or «for»


Write the sentences

⇒ They’ve been married for 30 years.

Already or yet



Choose and write the correct expression, then write it in the sentence

Present Perfect and Past Simple


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Complete with Present Perfect or Past Simple


Choose the correct option

Conversations


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— Oh, no!

— What’s the matter?

— I’ve just broken my mobile phone!

— I’ve never been ice-skating. Have you?

— I went a lot when I was a kid. Why?

— Erm… Libby and Paul have just asked me to go ice-skating with them.

— Have you heard about Elizabeth?

— No, what?

— She’s passed her swimming test.

— Oh, that’s good news!

— Hey!

— What’s up?

— Someone’s just eaten my sandwich!

— Oh, sorry… that was me.



Listen and tick the correct answer

1. How long have we been married? For ten years. Have you forgotten?

2. Have you known Freddie since April? No, since March.

3. How long have you been here? What time is it now? Ten o’clock. I’ve been here for forty-five minutes, then.

4. How long have you worked here? Since 2002.

5. How long has the bread been in the oven? Since half past two. It smells good!


I’ve just remembered!


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Write the sentences


Write 5 sentences in Present Perfect about yourself

Use time expressions: today, for a long time, never, just.

Use word combinations: see a rainbow, eat rabbit, use a computer, make a mistake in English, go ice skating, see a spider, go on a bus, fall off my bike, ask someone a question, cook a meal, fly a kite

Example: I haven’t cooked a meal for a long time.

Your talents


Write about your talents and interests

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You can write about:

  • the activities you do in your free time
  • when you started
  • how long you’ve done these activities
  • the competitions you have taken part in
  • the prizes you’ve won
  • why you like the activities

Useful language

  • I’m fond of
  • I’m interested in
  • I’m keen on
  • My special talent is
  • I started…
  • I have played…
  • I have studied…
  • I have never tried…
  • I have taken part in…

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Урок Homework Курс
  • School marks
  • Warm-up
  • Amadou and Mariam
  • They’ve played for 30 years
  • Evelyn Glennie
  • How long have you…
  • A famous architect
  • Sportsmen, musicians
  • Interview
  • Now you can
  • Grammar reference
  • Since or for
  • Already or yet
  • Present Perfect and Past Simple
  • Conversations
  • I’ve just remembered!
  • Your talents
  • Quizlet