Monday, August 20, 2012

Problems with Neighbours


* Do you think someone should keep 130 cats in a house or flat?

* What problems would this lady have living with 130 cats in Sunshine?

* What does your local council say about pets?

What are they saying on our Facebook page (join - now - click here!) ...

READING (Level 1) - Story about a Barking Dog (Super Easy Reading for ESL)

Complete the exercises ... vocabulary / cloze / sentences 

READING (Level 2) - Problems with Barking Dogs (adapted from Brimbank City Council Info Sheet)

Download the worksheet and complete the questions / Write a dialogue between you and a neighbour about his barking dog

Listening / Speaking (Level 2) LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR ....

LEVEL 2 and 3

Remember the article we read in class, Love Your Neighbour? Sometimes it can be difficult!?

We discussed these problems:

They talk loudly.
Their babies cry all night.
They have noisy parties.
Their dogs bark.
They watch TV late at night.
They move furniture.
They play the violin.
They argue with their partner.

Speaking: Requests - Asking your neighbours to change their behaviour

Click here to go to VOXOPOP.

Use the situations above. Practise kindly asking your neighbours to change their behaviour.

eg. "Could you please turn down the TV? It's late. I have to get up early.
eg. "Would you please stop moving your furniture. My kids can't sleep.


Level 1 and 2: Watch the video. What can we do to clean up this house? Finish the sentences ...

Empty ___ ________.

_____ up the bedroom.

Scrub the ______ bowl.

Get ___ __ the Kittens.

___ away the things in the kitchen.

Throw ___ the old computers.

_____ the bath!

(Call in the health inspectors?)

Level 3 : Watch this video. How do you feel about this messy house? Who does the owner blame for most of the mess? Do you think Cary's problems are funny or serious?

Speaking Exercise : Giving Opinions

Here are some opinions by others who watched the video:

"it is the parents responsibility to keep a safe enviroment for the kids and set a good example."

"lots of people have kids and thier homes are nothing close to this. I'm surprise she still has her kids."

"How dare you say her kids should be taken away from her! ... some people just need help in their lives, and a gentle push in the right direction. Depression is a sad thing to live with it can destroy families. She obviously got so low she stopped functioning properly."

Do you agree with these opinions? Do you feel sorry for Cary? What would you do to help her? Where would you start?

Phone in your answers to - use the 1800 number and codes I gave you in class.


WRITING (Level 2/3)

Last week we used the worksheet to help us write about two silent films. This time let's use the same worksheet to help us write about a short film made by some high school students from the USA? It is called "The Boy Who Cried Wolf". Do you already know the story? It is based on a fable by the ancient Roman writer, Aesop.

Download the Reading worksheet

VIDEO / READING (Level 2) : Information Text : How Silk is Made


This week we are writing about HOW THINGS ARE MADE. In class last week you studied How Tea is Produced and Distributed. You also know about How Bananas are Produced and Shipped to Europe and America.

Watch the video above about HOW SILK IS MADE in Bangladesh.

Complete the following exericse:


(i) Put the steps in the correct order
(ii)Change the sentences from ACTIVE voice to PASSIVE voice

A) The women immerse the coccoons in boiling water. The silk worm inside the coccoon dies.

B) The women collect and sort huge piles of golden silk worm coccoons

C) The women wind the raw, silk thread onto a spindle. They dry it and then ship it to a textile factory

D) After boiling, the women cool the coccoons and take them to a loom. They unravel the coccoons onto the spool.


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