Sentence Stress Task:
In each of the following sentences, mark the words which are stressed
(Other answers may be possible)
1 The sky is rather grey today.
2 A good dish takes time to cook.
3 He sailed forth in a great ship.
4 He’s a diligent worker, but sometimes stubborn.
5 A good boss cares about all of his employees.
6 Deadlines will be missed and clients may get upset.
7 I like people who mind their own business.
8 We need to get the photocopier fixed as soon as possible.
9 Try to speak at the right pace.
10 Many of us have problems with productivity.
Rationale: Planning early saves time later
Tip 2: ‘Singletask’; don’t multitask
Rationale: You get more work done by focusing on one thing at a time
Tip 3: Delegate tasks
Rationale: You can then focus on things you do best
The Big Picture
1 The speaker began by asking a series of questions. Why do you think she did this?
2 The talk is divided into five parts. How are these five parts structured?
3 “My first tip is this...”
This is a useful sentence starter or ‘signpost’. What other sentence starters did you hear?
4 “Make a list of must-do items.”
This sentence is written as an imperative - a direct command. Why does the speaker do this?
5 How does the speaker end the talk and why does she choose this method?
Change these sentences into passive voice:1 I must finish this project before May.
2 You should take minutes at every meeting.
3 We could replace the logo with something more modern.
4 You can eat these biscuits.
5 We must report this to the authorities.
6 You should check these figures one more time.
7 Someone could easily steal these paintings.
8 People can edit the webpage.
9 You can cook the product in the microwave or in the oven.
10 We should arrange a meeting between the two parties.
Grammar Task 1
(Alternative answers may be possible)1 Have you ever _________ organic food?
2 Have you ever _________ your own vegetables?
3 Have you ever _________ an electric car?
4 Have you ever _________ money to a charity that helps the environment?
5 Have you ever _________ a bus to work?
6 Have you ever _________ a bicycle to work?
7 Have you ever _________ your own bag to the supermarket?
8 Have you ever _________ to use less electricity per month?
9 Have you ever _________ second-hand clothes?
10 Have you ever _________ about ways that you can help the environment?
Based on the listening, are the following statements TRUE or FALSE?1 The speaker is introducing a scheme for renting motorcycles.
2 He claims that his product is fun.
3 ____ One of the selling points is safety.
4 GreenCycles are available in more than one colour.
5 The speaker claims that GreenCycle is a unique service.
The Big Picture:1 How did the speaker structure his pitch?
Looking at context
(Alternative answers may be possible)1 Secondly, I’d like to talk about how globalisation has impacted the local IT sector.
2 Recommendations will be given on how to improve the current system.
3 At only 9.99 per month, it’s a steal!
4 I’m quite an ambitious person and I think you can see that by the promotions I received at my current company.
5 Let’s say we confirm a larger order; would that allow you to bring the price down?
6 This is the Finance Department. You’ll need to submit your claims here.
7 If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to call me at 011-2783 7234.
8 Want me to get you something while I’m out?
9 We plan to have it on the market by mid-November.
10 In other developments, the Finance Minister continues to refuse to resign
11 The next item on the agenda is the upcoming telecommunications conference.
12 I’ve been a loyal customer for many years now. However, recently, ...
2 This is a challenging task.
3 There is an aroma in the air.
4 There is a stench in the air.
5 Sara is outgoing.
6 Sara is loud.
7 Jerry is a really unique person.
8 Jerry is a really bizarre person.
9 This hotel looks pretty cheap.
10 The budget airlines can be really cost-effective.
(Alternative answers are possible)1 Mary is a nice girl.
2 What a good book!
3 It’s an old temple.
4 He said loudly, “Help me!”
5 This is an interesting programme.
6 The event was a success.
7 I’m hungry.
8 Our new office building is very big.
9 This little chip can hold 80 terabytes of data.
10 It’s surprising that your CEO can speak five languages fluently.