|Аims and objectives:
introducing and practicing the vocabulary developing basic skills
Equipment: writing paper, pictures, handouts
The teacher divides the class in 2-3 groups and shows the first picture
explaining that it is not complete, and that the groups are to guess what is
missing by asking "Yes / No" questions. If the answer is
"no", another group takes its turn.
After the students have guessed what is missing, the teacher shows them
the complete picture and asks the groups to create a title to it.
The titles are shared and explained. The best title may be awarded with
a small prize.
II. Main part
1. Checking on Homework
The teacher collects the papers, chooses one student and asks him / her
to randomly read one self-description with the class having to guess who the
person is. If the guess is correct, the student takes his / her turn in
reading. Five or six papers would be enough, the teacher encouraging the class
to guess actively.
Before listening the teacher introduces the words in bold and asks the
students to predict the sentences, in which they are used in the text. The
predictions are noted down.
Listen to the text and find out if you guessed right. A Quiet Life
Felix Catt is a typical resident of Siberia Avenue, Surbiton. He looks
gloomy, but in fact he is quite happy, and he leads a quiet life in this suburb
of London. His wife Gertie looks after him carefully; she cleans the house
regularly, and feeds him daily on well cooked meat and tinned vegetables. There
is always a supply of fresh water for his whisky, and plenty of carpet space
for putting practice, so he is very comfortable and content with suburban life.
Felix is very fond of his old dog, Sam. They go for walks together on
Sundays. Today he is taking Sam to the local vet, because he is afraid that he
is going blind. However, the vet is confident of curing him by means of a small
operation. He is giving Sam an injection before operating on him, so that he
will sleep peacefully the whole time and not feel any pain. There is even a
pretty nurse standing by to comfort Sam in case he feels unhappy and lonely in
the strange surroundings.
In general, both Felix and Sam think that they don't have a bad life,
and they have no desire to change it for anything more adventurous.
After the sentences have been discussed, the teacher asks students to
reconstruct the text using the key words.
3. Vocabulary practice
Analyze the examples of sentences with active vocabulary and make the
ones of your own describing a person you know.
He said the job was hard, but, in fact, it was easy. Good nurses look
after their patients like mothers. Rich people feed their dogs on the best cuts
of meat. Zoo keepers are usually content with their jobs. Our cat went deaf
when he was very old. Tim is confident of finding the picnic spot. You can do
almost anything by means of hard work. A team of surgeons operated on the
patient. The police stood by in case of trouble.
The students produce their sentences and share them with the class.
4. Across cultures
The teacher draws students' attention to the word "suburb" and
elicits the understanding of the difference between living in the sub urbs of
a big city in Ukraine and English-speaking countries. The aim — to be able to
make conclusions about the people's status based on the area they live in.
5. Role-play "Tower
block" (Present Simple for describing habits)
Biochemistry, chemistry, biology, lit. (literature), geography, warden,
philosophy, physics, PhD, architecture, anthropology, sociology, PE (physical
education), engineering, politics, agriculture, oceanography, economics,
geology, technology, saxophone, violin, guitar, double bass, cello, drums,
droning, bleeping, yowling, thumping, vibration, grunt, yell, shouting, cheep,
whistle, swearing, yapping, scream, barking, fitness freak / fanatic, opera
buff, computer buff, folk dancing, unearthly hour, all hours of the day, a
whole bunch, get worked up, just as well, keep the noise down, indescribable,
get on with.
How to use the game
The game can be played with between 7 and 46 students — the more the
merrier! If you have a small class, it's a good idea to combine classes with
another teacher for this game. You will need a fairly large space for this
game. If you don't have a large classroom or hall, it's best done outside.
Copy one role card for each student. The cards are printed in the order
of the 'floors' in the tower block (page 1 = ground floor, page 2 = first
floor, etc.) so if you have fewer than 46 students, make sure that you copy the
cards in the order they are printed in the book (ie. if you have twenty-five
students, use the first twenty-five cards). You will also need to prepare up to
seven large sheets of paper with the words, GROUND FLOOR, FIRST FLOOR, SECOND
FLOOR, etc. written on them (depending how many students, and therefore floors,
you have in the 'tower block'). These should be placed on the ground to
indicate where the floors of the block are: etc.
GROUND FLOOR leaving enough space for students to assemble themselves in
Give each student a role card.
Tell them they are all college students and live in a college hall of
residence which is x floors high.
They have information on the card about themselves and their neighbours
above and on either side of them. Several of their neighbours have annoying
Give them some time to read and absorb the information and ask you about
The object of the game is for the students to use the information they
have about their neighbours to arrange themselves in rows corresponding to the
floors of the tower block.
To do this, they will have to get up and move around the class, asking
questions and describing themselves and their habits so that they find their
neighbours, and then find the right place on the right 'floor'. (On every
floor, there are about half the students who know the exact location of their
rooms: the others should be able to locate themselves using them as reference
When they are in the right places, ask them to complain to their
neighbours about their annoying habits.
You live on the ground floor. You are a biochemistry student and you
play a lot of tennis. No one lives on your left, but in the room on the right
there is a history student who plays the saxophone, very often and very
noisily. Above you there is a chemistry student who is a fitness fanatic and
does early morning exercises at 6 a. m. every morning. With all this noise,
it's hard to concentrate on your work!
You live on the ground floor. You are a history student, but you're very
interested in jazz and you play the saxophone in a jazz band. To your right
there are two art students — you don't know much about them. To your left
there's a biochemist, sporty type, plays tennis. Above you there's a philosophy
student — there's always a group of them there — you can hear their voices
droning on and on late at night — you can't think what they find to talk about
for so long.
You study art and share a room with another art student. On one side of
you there's a student who plays the saxophone and on the other side of you
there's a student who plays the violin. And above you there's a student with a
computer — you can hear the wretched thing bleeping away all night.
You study art and share a room with another art student, on the ground
You are a music student (violin) and live on the ground floor. In the
room next door on the left there are two art students and on the other side
there's an English literature student who has late night parties nearly every
night. Above you there's a biology student who plays the guitar terribly badly.
You're very sensitive about music and you can't bear it. You'd like to move!
You are an English lit. student and live on the ground floor. You hate
this place! Next to you there's a music student who is always practising the
violin and above you there are two students who are always quarrelling. And the
other student next door... you haven't said anything, but you're sure there's
a cat in there — you can hear it yowling sometimes. It's against college
regulations to keep pets.
You study geography and live on the ground floor, in the end room. On
your left there's a very noisy English literature student, has parties all the
time. And above you there's a physics student. You don't know what goes on in
that room, but there are the most extraordinary noises coming from it at all
hours of the day and night. You don't like to complain though, since you have a
secret — although it's against college regulations, you have a pet — a kitten.
You don't think anyone knows and you don't want to be found out.
You're a chemistry student and a fitness freak. You don't know the other
students in the college very well, but there's a philosophy student next door —
usually a whole bunch of philosophy students actually, up till all hours,
working out the meaning of life or whatever. At least there's no one the other
side (you have an end room) and above you there's only the warden who's very
You're a philosophy student and you have a room in between two fanatics.
One is a fitness freak and wakes you up at six every morning, bouncing around
doing exercises and the other is a computer buff and spends the whole time
bleeping away on a stupid machine. As if that weren't enough, the room above
you is occupied by someone very strange, judging by the grunts and yells coming
from that room. You've never met them, and you wouldn't want to!
You're a computer science student and you have a very noisy room on the
first floor. On your right there's a biology student who plays the guitar
excruciatingly badly and on the other side there's a philosophy student who has
earnest and excitable discussions late at night. You can't think what these
philosophy students get so orked up about. And above you there's some kind of
amateur jazz musician.
You're a biology student, but spend most of your time learning the
guitar. In fact, you'd like to give up biology and study guitar. Your room is
very noisy. On the left there's a computer student, spends most of the time
playing with a home computer and on the other side there are two French
students who spend most of the time quarrelling. Above you there's a fitness
fanatic, a PE student who spends the whole time thumping up and down doing
You study French and share a room on the first floor with another French
student. You wish you didn't as you don't get on well.
You study French and share a room with another French student. You don't
get on very well. Next to you on one side there's a guitar player, and on the
other there's a physics student. You don't know what goes on in that room but
there are some extraordinary noises coming from it sometimes. Above you there's
an Italian student who's an opera buff...
You study physics and are doing a PhD in sound and vibration research.
You have two very noisy neighbours in the room on your left: two very
quarrelsome French students — you wish they'd leave each other alone. You have
an end room on the first floor so there's no one on your right, but above you
there's an architecture student who plays the double bass. Just as well you
don't work in your room. Most of your work is done up at the lab, though you do
try out the tapes you need for your experiments back in your room occasionally.
You are the college warden and have an end room on the second floor.
It's pretty noisy in this college and you're often having to tell the students
to keep the noise down. Above you there are two foreign students from Africa —
they play very odd music. And next to you there is an anthropology student —
the noises that come from that room are indescribable! You thought there was
something very odd going on there until you had a word about it and found out
that the noises were tape recordings of grunts and yells of some tribe they're
researching in the Anthropology Department.
You study anthropology (you're doing research into the war cries of
tribes in the Upper Volta) and you have a rather noisy room in hall. On your right
is a medical student who plays jazz very loudly late at night and above you is
someone who plays the cello. At least your other neighbour is quite quiet —
it's the college warden.
You're a medical student and have a room in college. College! It's more
like a zoo! Above you are some very noisy sociology students who have late
night discussions and on your right there's a PE student who does early morning
exercises. Between them they completely ruin your night's sleep. But the worst
is the student next door on the left. You don't know what is going on in that
room, but you've never heard noises like that in your life... At least your
interest (jazz) is harmless.
You're a PE student and have a room on the second floor between a jazz
freak and an opera buff. And above you there's someone learning Chinese,
practises tones all day long... the place is a lunatic asylum!
You study Italian and love Italian opera. You live on the second floor,
between an architecture student who plays the double bass and a PE student who
wakes you up at six every morning with noisy exercises. At least there's no
one living in the room above you.
You study architecture and play the double bass. You live in quite a
musical corner of the college. Next to you, on the left, there's an Italian
student who's an opera buff and above you there is a Russian student who likes
folk dancing. You wish he / she wouldn't practise it on your ceiling though...
You have an end room so there's no one the other side, thank goodness.
You are a Kenyan student and share an end room on the third floor with
another African. Next to you there's a maths student who plays the cello and
above you there's an engineer who has wild parties. You don't mind the noise
You are a Nigerian student and share with another African student.
You study maths and play the cello. You have a rather noisy room and
would like to change it. On your left there are two foreign students who play
odd music and cook strange things and on your right there's a sociologist who
is forever having noisy discussions. You can't understand why people get so
worked up over ideas. Above you there's someone who studies Greek and must be
a fitness fanatic judging from the early morning thumps and thuds...
You are a sociologist and live in a room on the third floor between a
cello player and someone who's always doing strange voice exercises. At least
the room above you is fairly quiet.
You study Chinese and are having a lot of trouble with the pronunciation.
You wish you had a quieter room so you could concentrate. On your left there is
a sociologist and above you there's a politics student. Both of these spend the
whole time arguing and shouting and having endless heated discussions. The
walls are so thin you can hear every word — and a lot of nonsense it all is.
You're heartily sick of the words 'parameter', 'situation', and 'viable'. At
least the room on your right is empty.
You study Russian and are particularly interested in Russian folk
culture. You are learning several Russian dances. You have an end room on the
third floor, and the room on your left is empty, so it's fairly quiet.
You study mechanical engineering and have the end room on the fourth
floor next to someone who studies Greek and wakes you up at six every morning
doing aerobic exercises. The two students above you, who study German, are
always quarrelling, so it's pretty noisy here.
You study Greek and have a room in college, but you wish you didn't.
Your left hand neighbour is a mechanical engineer who has wild parties every
night and above you there's a civil engineer who has card parties. Sometimes
you can't get to sleep till three or four in the morning and you have to get up
at six to do your aerobics and learn your irregular verbs. On the other side
there's a nurse who's pretty quiet.
You're doing a nursing degree and are on night duty at the moment. At
least most of the people are out during the day so you can get some sleep, but
the student above you seems to have a dog: you can hear it barking during the
day. It's against the regulations of course, to keep pets. Your other
neighbours are a Greek student on your left and a politics student on your
You study politics and live on the fourth floor between a nursing
student and an education student. Neither of them give you much trouble, but
above you there's an agricultural student who gets up at about five every
morning, God knows what for, to milk the cows or something probably. You're a
late-night person, so object to being woken up so early.
You study education and have a room between a politics student and an
oceanographer. The politics student has heated late-night discussions with
friends almost every night, keeping you awake till three or four sometimes. Why
do politicians always shout so loud? The oceanographer is a harmless chap, but
has a budgie (strange pet for an oceanographer) which cheeps and whistles
early in the morning. So between the politics and the budgie, you don't get
much sleep. The student upstairs plays the drums every afternoon, so no chance
of an afternoon nap either...
You study oceanography and have an end room on the fourth floor, next to
an education student. Above you there's an economics student who belongs to a
morris dancing society and practises the steps, bells and all, right over your
You study German and share a room on the fifth floor with another
German student. Pity you don't get on...
You study German and share with another German student. You quarrel a
lot. You have an end room, but your neighbour on the right, an engineering
student, is very fond of cards and has card parties most evenings. There's an
engineering student below you too, who also has noisy late night parties. And
above you there's a Spanish student with a parrot. Worse than an alarm clock,
that parrot, wakes you up at half past five every morning by swearing in
You are a civil engineer and have a room between two bickering German
students and an Arabic student with a noisy dog. It's against the rules to keep
pets. You're surprised the warden hasn't found out about it — it's always
yapping. But your worst neighbour is the one above you. You play cards till late
most nights, so you like to lie in, but the student above you does early
morning exercises, and thumps around on the floor for about an hour between six
and seven every day.
You study classical Arabic and have a room between a civil engineer, on
the left, who has noisy late night parties and an agriculture student, on the
right, who gets up at half past five every day. The student above you has late
night parties too. You never get any sleep. But you don't like to complain
because they might protest about your dog. It's strictly against the rules to
keep pets in the college and you don't want the warden to find out.
You study agriculture and have a very noisy room on the fifth floor
between a student who plays the drums and a student with a yap-py dog. You like
to get up early and the student upstairs has a baby which cries at night and
keeps you awake so you never get enough sleep. You know pets aren't allowed in
the college, surely babies aren't either.
You study electrical engineering and play the drums in a local rock
group. You have a room between an agricultural student and an economics
student. Neither give you much trouble — anyway you're usually too busy
practising drums to hear anything. There are two accountancy students
upstairs, but they're very quiet.
You study economics and have an end room on the fifth floor. Your next
door neighbour is an engineer who plays the drums very loudly in the afternoons
— just when you want to put some folk music on and practise your morris dancing
steps. Upstairs are some very noisy drama students.
You study Spanish and have an end room on the top floor which you share
with your parrot. You're very proud of Pedro because you've taught him to swear
in Spanish — he has a perfect accent. You like your room, the only problem is
the food technologist next door who leaps around doing exercises at some
unearthly hour in the morning and of course wakes the parrot who starts
swearing in Spanish...
You study food technology and have a room between a Spanish student and
a pharmacist. The Spanish student has a rather rude parrot, but that's no
problem compared to the pharmacist's late night parties. You like to get up
early in the morning to do your fitness training, so resent being kept awake
late at night...
You study pharmacy and have a room on the top floor between a food
technology student (on the left) and a geologist (on the right). Neither are
ideal neighbours — you go to bed late so you like to lie in in the mornings,
but the food technologist gets up at about five and crashes around doing
exercises, and the geologist has a baby which yells and screams all night and
early in the morning. You've had a word with them, but all they do is moan
about your parties.
You study geology and are having a hard time since you have a six month
old baby. She shouldn't be in college with you, but what else can you do? Just
hope the warden doesn't find out. Your right hand neighbours are two very
quiet accountants but your left hand neighbour is a pharmacist who has noisy
late night parties that keep the baby — and you awake.
You are an accountant and share a room on the top floor with another
You study accountancy and share a room with another accountant. You
have noisy neighbours — a student with a screaming baby, on the left, and a
group of hysterical drama students, on the right. You're fed up.
You are a drama student and have an end room on the top floor next to a
pair of dozy accountants. It's so quiet in there you reckon they've probably
sent each other to sleep! You're working hard on a play at the moment and a
group of you often have rehearsals in your room.
Complete the sentences.
1) Felix Catt is_of Siberia Avenue, Surbiton.
2) He looks_, but in fact he is quite_, and he_in this suburb of London.
3) His wife Gertie_; she_, and_well cooked meat and tinned vegetables.
4) There is always_for his whisky, and plenty of_for putting practice,
so he is_with suburban life.
5) Felix is very_Sam.
6) They_on Sundays.
7) Today he is taking Sam to_, because he is afraid that_.
8) However, the vet is_curing him_a small operation.
9) He is giving Sam_before operating on him, so that he will_the whole
time and not feel any_. There is even a pretty nurse_to comfort Sam in case
he_and lonely in _
10) In general, both Felix and Sam think that they_, and they have _ to
change it for anything more__.