Posted by: crisdiaz24 | February 10, 2017

Getting Together – Speaking Activity

GETTING TOGETHER

 

  1. Tell the class all the times you have been together with other people this week?
  2. How often do you meet your friends? On what days do you meet them? What do you usually do when you are with them?
  3. Have you ever been on a blind date? Do you know anyone who has? How would you feel in such a situation?
  4. Have you ever attended formal meetings? What kind of meetings were they? Were they worthwhile or a waste of time?
  5. How often do you have a family get-together? Do they usually run smoothly or are there many arguments?
  6. What are the positive points of having school reunions years after leaving school? Have you ever attended a class reunion? Do / Did / Would you enjoy meeting former classmates?
  7. Have you ever made a conference call? Have you ever skyped with several people at the same time?
  8. What social networking sites do you go on
  • frequently?
  • once in a while?
  • never?
  1. Have you ever used an online forum? If so, what did you want to know about?
  2. When was the last time you were invited to a dinner party? Did you have to wear formal clothes?
  3. Do you know of any dating websites? Would you ever use one?
  4. What was the last celebration meal you have attended? What was being celebrated?
Posted by: crisdiaz24 | February 8, 2017

Writing to a Friend

https://mobile.twitter.com/CorkEngTeacher/status/706763631258681344/photo/1

 

writing-to-a-friend

Posted by: crisdiaz24 | January 28, 2017

TO HAVE / TO GET STH DONE

TO HAVE / TO GET STH DONE

 

  1. What kind of shops can you mention?
  2. What can you have done there?
  3. What can the following people do for you? (Use get —- done)
  • An electrician
  • A gardener
  • A secretary
  • A photographer
  • A window cleaner
  • A seamstress
  1. In pairs, ask each other the following questions:
  2. How often do you usually have your hair cut? Where do you get it cut?
  3. When was the last time you had your eyes tested?
  4. Have you ever had anything stolen? What happened?
  5. Did you have any part of your body pierced? When did you get it pierced? If not, would you like to have a part of your body pierced if you could? Why?
  6. What kind of things do you get done by someone?
  7. What is the thing that you want to get done by someone for you now? Why?
Posted by: crisdiaz24 | January 27, 2017

INTELLIGENCE – Video Activity

INTELLIGENCE

  1. Alfred Binet invented the modern ____________.
  1. He focused his attention on ________________ and _________________, and the ability to understand ________________ and _________________.
  1. He found that ________________ children performed at the same level as _________________.
  1. He assigned a(n) __________________ to each child.
  1. Lewis Terman wanted the test to be expanded to the _________________.
  1. He believed that intelligence was a(n) _________________ fixed characteristic.
  1. Terman’s test would express the level of intelligence in terms of a(n) ________________.
  1. Intelligence tests provide a ________________ summary score.
  1. One of the drawbacks was that immigrants scored ________________ depending on where they came from. Their ___________________ was not taken into account.

10.  What is Wechsler’s definition of intelligence? Complete the following statement.

Intelligence is the global capacity to ________________ _______________,  to ________________ ________________ and to deal effectively with the

________________.

 

KEY

  1. IQ TEST
  2. MEMORY – ATTENTION – SIMILARITIES – DIFFERENCES
  3. THE BRIGHTER – AN OLDER CHILD
  4. MENTAL AGE
  5. GENERAL POPULATION
  6. INBORN
  7. QUOTIENT / A SINGLE NUMBER
  8. SINGLE
  9. DIFFERENTLY – CULTURAL BACKGROUND
  10. THINK RATIONALLY – ACT PURPOSELY (PURPOSEFULLY) – ENVIRONMENT
Posted by: crisdiaz24 | January 27, 2017

GENIUS – WORD FORMATION

GENIUS

 

According to a recent study the best ________________ (MUSIC) are born, not made. _______________ (RESEARCH) at St Thomas’s Hospital in London claim that genes are responsible for up to 80 per cent of our ability to recognise pitch[1], the key to musical _______________ (GREAT). In a “distorted tune test” over 500 twins were played a _______________ (VARY) of popular songs, each _______________ (CONTAIN) a number of errors. A _______________ (COMPARE) of the _______________ (RESPOND) of identical twins with those of non-identical twins revealed that the former were _______________ (NOTICE) better at spotting the mistakes. The results of the study suggest that for some children, music lessons may only go so far in improving musical abilities such as pitch _______________ (RECOGNISE). However, parents hoping to save money on lessons cannot use the test as an early indicator of musical potential: it is _______________ (RELY) for children under 12, who do not have sufficient _______________ (KNOW) of the tunes played.

 

[1] Pitch: Music The relative position of a tone within a range of musical sounds, as determined by this quality.

 

genius

 

 

KEY

 

MUSICIANS

RESEARCHERS

GREATNESS

VARIETY

CONTAINING

COMPARISON

RESPONSES

NOTICEABLY

RECOGNITION

UNRELIABLE

KNOWLEDGE

Posted by: crisdiaz24 | January 27, 2017

THE PASSIVE

THE PASSIVE

 

  1. Complete the following sentences with the passive form of the verbs in the box.

 

Treat, hear, meet, make (2), leave, paint, thank, see, prevent, look after, film, return, kill.

 

  1. She doesn’t enjoy _______________ like that.
  2. All employees _______________ to work hard.
  3. Young Michael looks upset _______________ on his own.
  4. That picture might _______________ by Dalí.
  5. Tourists often expect _______________ like children.
  6. Library books must _______________ within 14 days.
  7. Accidents can _______________ by following the safety advice.
  8. Someone in the audience _______________ to call the speaker a liar.
  9. We have arranged _______________ at the station by a taxi.
  10. We _______________ to wait in a queue for over two hours.
  11. Most of us are pleased _______________ when we help someone.
  12. If we had crossed the road a moment later, we might _______________ by that car.
  13. The thieves managed to avoid _______________ by the security cameras.
  14. An angry player _______________ to make a rude gesture to the crowd.

 

 

KEY

 

  1. BEING
  2. ARE MADE
  3. TO BE LEFT
  4. HAVE BEEN PAINTED
  5. TO BE LOOKED AFTER
  6. BE RETURNED
  7. BE PREVENTED
  8. WAS HEARD / HAS BEEN HEARD 
  9. TO BE MET
  10. WERE MADE
  11. TO BE THANKED
  12. HAVE BEEN KILLED
  13. BEING FILMED
  14. WAS SEEN / HAS BEEN SEEN

 

Posted by: crisdiaz24 | January 27, 2017

HAVE SOMETHING DONE

HAVE SOMETHING DONE

 

  • We use have if it is clear that the person referred to in the subject of the sentence is not responsible for or has no control over what happens.

e.g. I had my appendix removed when I was six.

They had their car broken into again.

In informal speech some people use get in sentences like this.

  • We use get when we say that the person referred to in the subject of the sentence does something themselves, causes what happens, perhaps accidentally, or is to blame for it.

e.g. I’ll get the house cleaned if you cook the dinner. (=I’ll clean the house).

Sue got her fingers trapped in the bicycle chain. (=Sue trapped her fingers)

We prefer have if we want to focus on the result of the action rather than the action itself:

e.g. I’ll have the house cleaned by the time you get home.

Sue had her fingers trapped in the bike chain for half an hour.

 

EXERCISE

 

Complete these sentences with the most likely form of have or get.

 

  1. Carl had food poisoning and had to __________ his stomach pumped.
  2. She left the lights on overnight and in the morning couldn’t __________ the car started.
  3. We always __________ the car cleaned by the children who live next door.
  4. When they __________ it explained to them again, the students could understand the point of the experiment.
  5. I won’t __________ my valuable time taken up with useless meetings!
  6. We __________ the painting valued by an expert at over $20,000.
  7. When he tried to tidy up his desk, he __________ all his papers mixed up.
  8. I won’t __________ Richard criticised like that when he’s not here to defend himself.

 

KEY

 

  1. HAVE
  2. GET
  3. HAVE
  4. HAVE
  5. HAVE
  6. HAD
  7. GOT
  8. HAVE

 

 

Posted by: crisdiaz24 | January 20, 2017

A Tale pf Two Brains: Men and Women

Posted by: crisdiaz24 | January 20, 2017

INTELLIGENCE AND STUPIDITY – Speaking Activity

INTELLIGENCE AND STUPIDITY

 

  1. What does, in your opinion, intelligence consist of? How do you know whether someone is intelligent or not? Can somebody be both intelligent and stupid?
  1. What kind of factors can we take into account when talking about intelligence?
  1. What is “stupidity”?
  1. There is such a thing as “World Stupidity Awards”, which were founded in 2003 and which recognise achievements in ignorance and stupidity. Some of the categories include:
  • Stupidest man of the year.
  • Stupidest statement made by a politician.
  • The dumbest moment of the year.
  • A stupidity award for being most out of touch with reality.
  • Stupidest movie of the year.
  • Lifetime achievement award for stupidity.
  • Stupidity award for reckless endangerment of the planet.

In pairs or groups discuss who you would give three of the awards mentioned above to?

  1. Who have been the most intelligent people of all times in the fields of…
  • Physics / chemistry.
  • The Arts.
  • Medicine / Psychiatry / Psychology.
  • Natural sciences.
  1. Who is the most intelligent person you know? Why do you consider him / her intelligent?

 

 

Posted by: crisdiaz24 | January 20, 2017

Nature vs Nurture

CLOZE TEST

 

Complete gaps 1 to 10 with ONE suitable word.

 

NATURE vs. NURTURE

 

The nature vs. nurture debate is the scientific, cultural, and philosophical debate about 1) __________ human culture, behavior, and personality are caused primarily by nature or nurture. Nature is often defined in this debate as genetic or hormone-based behaviors, 2) __________ nurture is most commonly defined as environment and experience.

The nature vs. nurture debate is an ongoing one. The modern debate often centers around the effect genes have 3) __________ human personalities as opposed to the influences that early environment and development might have. As cultural mores have changed, so have popular understandings of this debate. In the 1960s, for example, psychologists—and pop culture in general—4) __________ heavily influenced by the theories of behaviorism. This theory 5) __________ to the widespread belief that human personality is primarily influenced by experience and training. It was during this time that researcher John Money attempted to demonstrate that gender was a product of early conditioning by 6) __________ a boy, whose circumcision was botched, as a girl. His experiment seemed successful in the beginning, but ultimately was a failure.

In recent years, the nature side of the debate has 7) __________ more attention, with headlines trumpeting newly discovered genes for virtually every behavior. Evolutionary psychology and sociobiology are two 8) __________ of science that attempt to demonstrate the evolutionary roots of human behavior. Books authored by scientists in these fields are 9) __________ popular. However, critics 10) __________ emphasize the important role of early childhood environment, development, and cultural influences, and many have argued that sociobiology and evolutionary psychology are deterministic pseudo-sciences.

http://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/psychpedia/nature-versus-nurture

 

 

KEY

 

  1. WHETHER
  2. WHILE / WHEREAS
  3. ON
  4. WERE
  5. LED
  6. TREATING
  7. DRAWN / ATTRACTED
  8. BRANCHES
  9. VERY / QUITE / EXTREMELY
  10. STILL / DO

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