GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|12. Good weekend vs bad weekend. At the weekend

Warm-up

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1.1 Answer the questions.

1. What time does your weekend start?

2. What do you usually do at the weekend?

Listening

1.1 Listen to a news story about Jack. How did he spend his vacation?

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A news story about Jack

N = newsreader, J = Jack

N: It was the 23rd of January. Jack Alexandrov, an IT specialist from Germany, will never forget that day when he decided to go to his parent’s house in Russia in such a cold winter time during his vacation. The weather was normal for those days and there wasn’t anything bad in his expectations about that travelling. So he got ready and went there on his own car. And after he’d arrived everything bad started to happen: the weather got much worse and it was snowing greatly everywhere. Nothing could be seen during the snow and the level of it was so high during all the week that he couldn’t do anything but stay at home with his parents.
J: I wanted to see Saint Petersburg, too! But I managed to see nothing apart from my parent’s home because of the snow. I had to stay there for so long. Sure, we had a good time together but I wanted to see a little bit more of Russia. On the way back home to Germany, when the weather got better, I stopped twice in some other really beautiful cities so I saw something at least and I’m happy I was on time for my job in Germany.


1.2 Listen again and answer the questions.

1. Where is Jack from?
2. Where did he go?
3. Where did he stay?
4. Did he travel by bus/ by car/ by train?
5. What happened with weather?
6. What city did he want to see?
7. Is he happy about his vacation?

Grammar

1.1 Look at four sentences from the story. Can you remember the missing words? Listen and check.


1. N: The weather got much worse and it was snowing greatly everywhere.
2. J: I stopped twice in some other really beautiful cities so I saw something at least
3. J: But I managed to see nothing apart from my parent’s home because of the snow.
4. N: Nothing could be seen during the snow and the level of it was so high during all the week.

2.1 Complete the rule with ‘people’, ‘places’ or ‘things’.


Use somebody/ someone, something, somewhere with a verb when you don’t say exactly who, what, or where.

• Use anybody/ anyone, anything, anywhere in questions or with a verb.
I didn’t do anything last night. NOT I didn’t do nothing.

• Use nobody/ no one, nothing, nowhere in short answers or in sentences with a verb.


3.1 Complete these sentences with something, somebody, somewhere / anything, anybody, anywhere / nothing, nobody, nowhere.

Pronunciation

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1.1 Tick the correct words according to the sound.


1.2 Listen and answer the questions using negative forms.

Example:

– What did you buy?
– Nothing. I didn’t buy anything.

What did you buy?

What did you buy? (pause) Nothing. I didn’t buy anything.
Where did you go? (pause) Nowhere. I didn’t go anywhere.
Who did you see? {pause) Nobody. I didn’t see anybody.
What did you eat? (pause) Nothing. I didn’t eat anything.
Who did you speak to? (pause) Nobody. I didn’t speak to anybody.
Where did you walk? (pause) Nowhere. I didn’t walk anywhere.
Who did you meet? (pause) Nobody. I didn’t meet anybody.
What did you say? (pause) Nothing. I didn’t say anything.

Reading

1.1 Read the article.

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What are the best ways to spend time at weekends?

Most of it depends on what kind of person you are, your work, and background. However, there are common principles across all ages and likes and dislikes. Something that you should follow is — enjoy during the weekdays, and devote your weekend time to non-work activities. Bringing work home from the weekend is usually a sign of stress or mismanagement, unless you are a workaholic by nature.

⦁ Some people prefer to be left to themselves, while others crave for company for any activity. If you are the former, you may enjoy reading, writing, exercising, enjoying an occasional movie by yourself.

⦁ If you are an extrovert, you can gather a group of your friends. You can go out to a restaurant and try a new dish or go to catch a play or a movie. It’d be good to take a long drive or more. You will create some happy memories for yourself to look back fondly.

⦁ Learn a new language. This skill never goes out of fashion, and is immensely helpful at some point of time.

⦁ Call up that old friend who you’ve been out of touch with, for a long time. You’ll feel that life hasn’t changed much.

⦁ Most importantly, do not neglect your immediate family. Especially parents. Spend time with them, discuss each other’s lives. Your parents are wiser than you, and even though generations change, some things in life remain the same. Love and respect your parents, spend time with them before it is too late.

⦁ This is common for one and all — do not neglect your household chores. Divide most of your boring, not — fun household work into two halves, and devote each half for every alternate weekend.

⦁ Last but not the least, remember that a good weekend helps you stay fresh for the coming Monday. The moment you look forward to both weekdays and weekends in equal measure, is when you’ve learned to balance both professional and personal life.
Enjoy your life!


1.2 What is the article about?


1.3 What other tips can you add to this list?


2.1 What is the best way to spend time at the weekend for you?

Speaking

1.1 Look at the questions in the next exercise. Plan your answers. Answer them truthfully.

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1.2 Answer the questions.

LAST WEEKEND

Friday

– Did you go anywhere exciting on Friday night?

Saturday

– Did you do anything in the house (cleaning, etc.) on Saturday morning?
– Did you work or study at all?
– What did you do on Saturday night?

Sunday

– Did you go anywhere nice on Sunday?
– What did you have for lunch?
– Did you do anything relaxing in the afternoon?

Vocabulary

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Several common adjectives in English have two forms which have different meanings, e.g. tired and tiring.

The -ed form has a passive meaning, which describes a person who feels this way.

The -ing form has an active meaning, and describes the person or thing that produces the feeling.


1.1 Look at these two adjectives. Which one describes how you feel? Which one describes things and situations?


1.2 Choose and mark the correct form of adjectives.

Homework

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Vocabulary

1.1 Complete the sentences with the words from the list.

surprised / tired / boring / interesting / disappointing / bored / depressed / satisfied / shocking


Grammar

1.2 Complete the sentences with something, anything, everything, nothing.


Reading

1.3 Read the text and answer the questions:

The local TV news showed a video of a man dressed in coveralls, a baseball cap, a long-sleeved shirt, and gloves. He was pointing a gun at the clerk. He reached over the countertop and grabbed money out of the cash register. Then he strolled out of the store. (Since they outnumber Los Angeles police by about 1,000 to 1, criminals don’t bother to run anymore.)
The video camera was mounted near the ceiling of the store, so its lens was looking down at the scene. You, as the viewer, could see the clerk clearly, but not the criminal. He was so bundled up that you couldn’t see even the tip of his nose. Because there was no audio, you couldn’t even be sure if the criminal was a man or a woman!
Yet, the TV news announcer earnestly asked all the viewers, «If you have seen this robber or if you know who he is, please call the police.» To be fair to the TV station, they showed the same useless video at least six times in two days. The police got zero phone calls. At other times, the TV news reader will give viewers a much better description: «The suspect is about 5’8″, 170 pounds.» This description also results in no arrests.

1. What is the story about?
2. Where was the camera?
3. Is there a face of criminal on the camera?
4. Is there an audio on camera?
5. Was the criminal a man or a woman?
6. How many times this video was showed on TV?
7. Did police find criminal?


Wordlist

1.1 Learn these words and phrases:


1.2 Guess and write the words according to their meaning.

Урок Homework Курс
  • Warm-up
  • Listening
  • Grammar
  • Pronunciation
  • Reading
  • Speaking
  • Vocabulary
  • Homework
  1. 1. GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|1. Where are you from?
  2. 2. GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|2. Describing people
  3. 3. GE|Adults| Pre-Intermediate|3. Things you wear. Prepositions of place. Clothes
  4. 4. GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|4. How did you spend your holidays?
  5. 5. GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|5. Historical events
  6. 6. GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|6. How to tell a good story?
  7. 7. GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|7. What are you going to do?
  8. 8. GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|8. Old friends
  9. 9. GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|9. Can you explain it in English? Words-helpers
  10. 10. GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|10. Annoying habits
  11. 11. GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|11. Going shopping
  12. 12. GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|12. Good weekend vs bad weekend. At the weekend
  13. 13. GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|13. Life in metropolises
  14. 14. GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|14. Describing a town (city)
  15. 15. GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|15. Are you a healthy person?
  16. 16. GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|16. Pessimist vs Optimist. Choose your side
  17. 17. GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|17. Speak low, if you speak 'Love'
  18. 18. GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|18. Every great dream begins with a dreamer
  19. 19. GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|19. I told her: my house is your house. So she sold it
  20. 20. GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|20. To do what you like is freedom...
  21. 21. GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|21. You don't have to be great to start...
  22. 22. GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|Practical English 1: Check into the hotel
  23. 23. GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|Practical English 2: Going to a restaurant
  24. 24. GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|Practical English 3: In the shopping centre
  25. 25. GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|Practical English 4: At the pharmacy
  26. 26. GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|Revise and Check 1-4
  27. 27. GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|Revise and Check 5-8
  28. 28. GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|Revise and Check 9-13