Adults|Spoken|Pre-Intermediate|1. It runs in the family
Read the statements and say if you agree or disagree with them. Explain your choice
Expressing an opinion
- In my opinion, …
- I think …
- I may be wrong, but I suppose that …
- I may be wrong, but I don’t think that …
- I believe …
- I don’t think …
Read the sentences and match the names with the people in the picture
1. Ann has 3 children.
2. Ann usually spends time with her niece whose name is Emma.
3. Ann’s husband, Jack, loves playing with their youngest daughter Mary very much.
4. Ann’s brother, Ted, usually discusses cars with his nephew Mark.
5. Mark’s best friend is his cousin Nick.
6. Nick, Mark, Emma, Sarah and Mary usually visit their grandparents, Tom and Sophia.
7. Mary has two siblings Mark and Sarah.
8. Mark, Sarah and Mary seldom play with their uncle, Ted, and his wife, Emily.
Read the words in the picture and find their opposites in the list
Complete the questionnaire
Read the text and mark the wrong word
Many factors affect a child’s personality and the adult they become, but the most important one is your birth order, says one of Australia’s leading parenting and educational experts Michael Grose in his book «Why First-Borns Rule the World and Last-Borns Want to Change It».
According to him, firstborn children are more ambitious than their siblings. He also believes that the firstborn child is always the most hard-working child in the family. He also says that such children are kinder and more serious, so they often become the best doctors and lawyers. The negative thing is that they can be too quiet.
Read and complete the rule
We use comparative adjectives when we compare two things, animals or people. We often use the word than when we compare two things. Than often comes after the comparative adjective.
There are a few irregular adjectives.
- good — better
- bad — worse
We use superlative adjectives to talk about three or more things, animals or people.
We use the before the superlative adjective.
There are a few irregular superlative adjectives.
- good — the best
- bad — the worst
Listen to a radio programme and mark the statements as True or False
Complete the sentences
Read the extract from Den’s blog and complete the sentences about the youngest children in the family
Ben Robbins believes that people who are the youngest in their families are self-confident because so many people love them. However, youngest children can be quite lazy. This is because they always have their older brothers and sisters to help them.
One of the brightest characteristics of youngest children is that they are very creative: their imagination is really good!
Make predictions about only children. Then read the text that your teacher will show you and check your ideas
reliable, kind, generous, wise, organised, impatient, talkative
Only children aren’t more reliable than children who have siblings.
Only children are the most reliable people in their families.
Complete the sentences about famous people. Do you agree with these statements? Why (not)?
Look at the pictures of three sisters and read the information about each of them. Imagine how different their personalities can be and compare them
|1. independent||3. reliable||5. hard-working||7. competitive|
|2. creative||4. ambitious||6. self-confident|
Guess your teacher’s opinion on these statements. Then discuss them to check your predictions
Common beliefs — My teacher’s opinion — Was it correct?
- The youngest children are the most creative people in the family.
- Eco-friendly people are more reliable than the ones who are not.
- People who live in the country are more talkative than people from cities.
- Teachers are the most patient people in the world.
Match the sentences with the pictures
Read the text and complete it with the adjectives from the first exercise. There is one adjective you do not need
Write the comparative and superlative forms of the adjectives
Read the text and complete it with the correct form of the adjectives
Listen to the audio and choose the correct option to complete each sentence
Read the task and prepare your 2-minute speech on the topic «Your position in the family and your personality»
Cover the following questions:
- What is your position in the family?
- What are your main personal characteristics?
- Do you agree that someone’s position in the family can influence their personality?
- Do you know people who prove this theory?
- Do you know people who disprove this theory?
Allow your browser the access to the microphone, press the button «Record» and record the speech you have prepared
- A family tree
- A famous book
- Time for parents
- Position in the family
- Celebrities with siblings
- Common beliefs
- Different characters
- Big families
- How do only children feel?
- Speaking task
- Adults|Spoken|Pre-Intermediate|1. It runs in the family
- Adults|Spoken|Pre-Intermediate|2. Just do it!
- Adults|Spoken|Pre-Intermediate|3. Good neighbours
- Adults|Spoken|Pre-Intermediate|4. Honest or diplomatic?
- Adults|Spoken|Pre-Intermediate|5. If you ask me for advice
- Adults|Spoken|Pre-Intermediate|6. Presents
- Adults|Spoken|Pre-Intermediate|7. What a journey!
- Adults|Spoken|Pre-Intermediate|8. Love stories
- Adults|Spoken|Pre-Intermediate|9. Technology addiction
- Adults|Spoken|Pre-Intermediate|10. Borrowing and lending
- Adults|Spoken|Pre-Intermediate|11. It's embarrassing, isn't it?
- Adults|Spoken|Pre-Intermediate|12. Grounds for complaint
- Adults|Spoken|Pre-Intermediate|13. Money matters while travelling
- Adults|Spoken|Pre-Intermediate|14. If you've got a cold