Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Sports, celebrities and remote travel destinations


Find the mistake in the expressions in bold below:

  • (Two friends about to go hang gliding) You are not about to get warm feet now, are you?
  • (Two coworkers talking about a colleague who just got promoted) He must be in the moon with the news.
  • (A school teacher introducing himself on the first day) Alright, pen and paper out, get ready for a pop quiz. Not! I was just kicking your leg
  • (A couple trying to reach an agreement about whether to buy an apartment or a car) Honey, it just shone on me - the prices of apartments are going to be much cheaper after the Olympics. Let's buy a car and wait things out.
  • (A person confiding to a friend about a close relative) She's been acting strangely the last days, I can't rub my finger on it.
  • (A senior telling his grandchildren of a memorable football game he saw) It was one of the most intense football games I had ever seen. My team won in the very last minute of additional time. It was a gut-squeezing experience I will never forget.

Do the expressions below refer to Sports (S), Celebrities (C) or Travel to remote places (T)?
  1. a change of routine
  2. a life-changing experience
  3. be obsessed with
  4. be well-paid
  5. fair-weather friends
  6. faraway place
  7. far-flung
  8. fun and entertaining
  9. off the beaten track
  10. release stress
  11. take up
  12. to depend on their bodies to make a living
  13. to lower cholesterol
  14. to put food on the table
  15. well-balanced

Now complete the sentences with your own ideas
  1. I keep a well-balanced
  2. It’s hard to put food on the table with
  3. I would never take up
  4. A change in routine requires
  5. You should expect fair-weather friends when
  6. There are several ways to lower cholesterol without
  7. A life-changing experience can be something as simple as   
  8. I never understood why people are so obsessed with
  9. Being well-paid is more important than/as important as
  10. Going to a faraway place can be 

With a little help for the answers, click here

Sunday, October 14, 2012

The teacher holds the power!

This week Brazil remembers one of the most pivotal professions of our modern society:


How does a teacher use the power given to him/her? In many ways.

The teacher

takes CONTROL of the learning process but gradually relinquishes this CONTROL to the students and invites them to share it.
has the ABILITY to deal with the numerous difficulties that come up along the way
makes use of his/her AUTHORITY without being authoritarian
uses his/her INFLUENCE to persuade students to see things in a way they had never thought of before
finds the ENERGY to go on even when the temptation to throw in the towel is overwhelming and when students seem to have no interest in learning

"Good teachers are those who know how little they know. Bad teachers are those who think they know more than they don't know." - R. Verdi

Who in their right mind, would think of becoming a teacher?