Time for a Change

Dear students,

for this week’s lesson we will do some of the readings and exercises from F2F chapter 2 (upper intermediate).

Small group discussions

1. First, let’s use an adapted version of their quick review small group discussion.

Tell each other what you did during the National Holidays. Ask each other questions and keep the conversation going for a few minutes.

2. How is your life different now from five years ago in terms of:

  • Sleeping habits
  • Free time (leisure) activities
  • Time with friends
  • Time with Family
  • Sport and exercise
  • Study
  • Music you listen to
  • Places you travel to

Take a minute to think about the above how your life has changed (or not changed) in terms of the aspects above. Then tell each other about each aspect in your small groups.

After that we’ll have a talk all together.

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Questions about the reading (we’ll do these together)

What does Peter say about these things?

a. his job

b. the rush hour

c. Mexican drivers

d. traffic lights

e. the distance between cars

f. walking in the city

Questions about the readings (discuss in your small groups)

a. How does the traffic in Mexico city compare to the traffic in Tianjin? How does it compare to the traffic in Beijing?

b. Do you drive in the city very often? Do you enjoy it? If so, why or why not?

c. Have you ever driven in another country? If so, where? What was it like?

Let’s do the following reading together (repeat after me, sentence by sentence)

If you want to listen to it first, it is recording 2.2 from F2F Upper Intermediate. First, let’s look at the meaning of ‘be used to’ and ‘get used to

Be used to: we use this phrase to talk about things that are familiar and no longer strange or difficult for us

Get used to: we use this phrase to talk about things that become familiar, less strange or less difficult over a period of time

Read after me:

  • I’m used to getting up at 5am every day.
  • I’m slowly getting used to it.
  • It takes a while or a foreigner to get used to them.
  • I wasn’t used to people driving so close to me.
  • I still haven’t got used to being a pedestrian here.
  • I’ll never get used to doing that.

Peter’s Colleagues

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Fill in the gaps

Look at the photos of Peter’s colleagues and the places where they work. Let’s fill in the gaps in the sentences below with the correct positive or negative form of:

  • be used to

or

  • get used to.

Sometimes there is more than one possible answer.

  1. I’m not used to all their customs yet – like its rude to blow your nose in public.
  2. It was hard …………………… just eating rice for breakfast.
  3. I ……………………….. sleeping in daylight, so I find it difficult in the summer when it never gets dark.
  4. I don’t think I’ll ever ………………………………… the written language — it has three alphabets.
  5. The summers here aren’t very warm and I …………………………………. temperatures of about 30C in the summer.
  6. I ………………………………. finding my way around new places using a map, but I can’t read the maps here.

Question (let’s do it together).

Who is speaking in sentences 1-6 above?

Group discussion

  1. Tell each other two sentences about your family using be used to or get used to.
  2. Tell each other about something you will have to get used to in the future.
  3. Tell each other about something you weren’t used to doing before, but are used to doing now.
  4. Tell each other about something you could never get used to doing.

Class discussion

Tell us two thing you learned about your friend.

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