ENicola - FOCUS NOW 2 Activities pp. 22-25
Pag. 22 es. 1
In pairs, choose five questions to describe the ideal Exchange student.
• confident and indipendent
• friendly and outgoing
• keen on the same hobbies as me
Pag. 22 es. 2
Read the email from an exchange student. Tick the topics in the box that the student writes about.
Pag. 22 es. 3
Write a sentence about each topic in Exercise 2 that is NOT mentioned to add to the email.
• Food: I really like the typical food of my country, like pasta and beans or venetian liver.
Pag. 22 es. 4
Put the sentences summarising the email in the correct order (1 – 5).
a. basic information about yourself 2
b. a greeting and information about why you are writing 1
c. say you are looking forward to seeing him/her 4
d. finish with a friendly goodbye 5
e. information about your likes/dislikes/hobbies, etc. 3
Pag. 22 es. 5
Which of these phrases are used in the opening of the email and which are used in the closing part? Writer O or C.
1. Time to finish. C
2. I hope you’re well. O
3. Write soon. C
4. I can’t wait to see you. C
5. Bye 4 now. C
6. Give my love to .../Say hello to ... C
7. I’m writing to ... O
8. It was good to hear from you. O
Pag. 23 es. 6
Complete the WRITING FOCUS with the words in purple in the email.
A personal email/letter
• Start the email/letter with a friendly greeting. Dear Nick / Hi Jo.
• Don’t use full forms. Use contractions. you’re (not you are) / I’m (not I am).
• Use useful phrases to give information about yourself. I’m interested in / I’m good at / I’m keen on
• Ask questions to show you want a reply. What do you enjoy doing at weekends? / What about you?
• Finish the email / letter with a friendly goodbye. All the best / Bye 4 now.
Pag. 23 es. 7
Does the person in the email sound like your ideal exchange student? What details would you change? Discuss in pairs.
The person in the email is very similar to my ideal exchange student. I’d just like to change his passion about music, because I don’t really like that kind of music.
Pag. 23 es. 8
Which of these people do you think would be a good (G) or not so good (NG) exchange student for you? Compare your answer with a partner.
1. I’m quite cheerful, but sometimes I get in a bad mood. NG
2. I don’t like sports very much and I’m quite unfit. NG
3. I love school and studying and my favourite subjects are science and maths. G
4. I’m obsessed with pop music. G
5. I watch a lot of DVDs, especially horror films. NG
6. I’m crazy about shopping! I spend lots of money on clothes. G
7. I love animals and I’m a volunteer at an animal centre. G
FOCUS ON PRELIMINARY
You recently received an email from Jenny, an English teenager you are going to stay with in England. Read part of her email and write your reply to Jenny.
A Write a letter in about 100 words. Include these points.
• Thank Jenny for her email.
• Say how you feel about staying in England.
• Tell her about the sort of music and films you like.
• Write about some of the things you do in your free time.
• Ask about Jenny’s interests.
• Say goodbye.
Thank you for your email. How are you? I hope you’re well! I’m really excited about coming to stay with you in England. I’m writing to tell you a bit more about myself. As you know, I’m fifteen and I live in Cervignano with my family. I’m an only child. I’m crazy about studying – my favourite subjects are Science and Latin. In my free time, I’m keen on sports and I’m good at swim. I’m also passionate about music, especially American singers and films. I really like watching romantic and adventures movies. I also like reading a different tipes of books and doing housework. During the week, I like going out with my friends. We go to the shopping centre or to the cinema. What about you? What do you do in your free time? I can’t wait to see you! I’m sure we’ll have fun. OK, time to finish. Bye 4 now, Elisa
Pag. 24 es. 1
Complete the sentences with adjectives. The first letter of each word is given.
1. Shona never smiles and is always depressed. She’s really miserable person.
2. Tim always thinks he’s right. He’s so ambitious.
3. I’m disappointed with my exam results. I didn’t do well.
4. My parents always give me and my brother the same things. They’re very fair.
5. Has Marion always been so lazy? She always stay in bed until midday!
6. Everyone knows Katie’s name and everyone likes her. She’s so popular.
Pag. 24 es. 2
Complete the sentences with the correct form of the words in capitals.
1. Tom has some health problems. He’s quite unhealthy.
2. He saved a boy from the river and won a prize for bravery.
3. Neil eats chips and hamburgers every day and never exercises. He’s really unfit.
4. She sends money to her family. I admire her generosity.
5. Marie told everyone my secrets. She’s so disloyal.
6. Modesty is not one of Zafira’s qualities – she tells everybody that she’s the best student in the class.
Pag. 24 es. 3
Complete the sentences with the correct form of the verbs in the brackets.
1. Have you ever swim in a river before?
2. Who enjoys eating Italian food? I know a good restaurant.
3. Does Eva usually go to bed very late?
4. What music do your friends like listening to?
5. What are you reading at the moment? Is it a novel?
6. Who takes my book? It’s not on the desk!
Pag. 24 es. 4
Use the prompts to write sentences.
1. I don’t mind wearing my sister’s old clothes If they suit me.
2. They miss how is living in the city.
3. Have you ever refused to help your friends?
4. Police officers always don’t need to wear a uniform.
5. I always like dancing.
6. Do you spend a long time for studying when you get home for school?
Pag. 24 es. 5
Choose the correct answer A, B or C.
1. Johann isn’t keen on art at all. He has never been to an art gallery or an exhibition.
2. Who is helping Mary with the project at the moment?
3. A: I don’t like shopping for clothes. B: Me too.
4. Sally is a vegetarian and she refuses to wear clothes made of leather.
5. A: My older sister is a fashion designer. B: Is she?
Pag. 24 es. 6
Read the text and choose the correct answer A, B or C.
MOST TEENAGERS WANT TO LOOK GOOD, BUT MOST OF US CAN’T AFFORD TO BUY THE LATEST FASHIONS OR DESIGNER CLOTHES. BUT THERE IS ANOTHER WAY.
Have you ever considered buying clothes from a charity shop? You can find unique, stylish items at a much lower price than in high-street shops. Tasmin Childs, sixteen, is a big fan of charity shops. ‘I enjoy to search throught all the rails of clothes. I always find something interesting, and I prefer wearing unusual items that no one else has.’ Tasmin doesn’t mind that someone else has worn the clothes before her. ‘I wash the clothes, of course. I’m passionate with recycling. If you’re worried about the planet and climate change, reuse old clothes and visit your local charity shop.’
Pag. 25 es. 7
Read the article. Are the statements true (T) or false (F)?
1. You have to pay to join some of the websites. F
2. There will be information about other websites in the future. T
3. On the What’s your hobby? website you can learn about new and interesting sports and hobbies. F
4. People who have lots of personal problems can get help on the Serious teenage talk website. F
5. The Exchange! website is only for teenagers who want to visit other countries. F
6. Teenagers who want to learn a language can find information about schools near them where they can do this. T
7. The Learn a language website is looking for good teachers. T
Pag. 25 es. 8
Work in pairs. You want to spend Saturday afternoon together. Look at the photos and talk about the different things you could do.
1. We could meet in the afternoon in a caffee and spend time together talking.
2. On Saturday afternoon we could go to a shopping centre because I have to buy new clothes and maybe later we could to stay and eat in a restaurant inside the shopping centre.
3. This Saturday afternoon we could go to the swimmingpoll for a swim and then stop there to see the swimming competitions.
4. A: What are you doing next Saturday?
B: I will probably stay at home playing video games. Will you come too?
A: Oh yes, it’s a great idea!
B: What time will I come?
A: In the afternoon, after 5 o’clock.
B: See you on Saturday, bye.
5. A: Do you want to come with me to the Odeon cinema next Friday?
B: I can’t Friday.
A: Would you be fine on Saturday afternoon?
B: It’s perfect!
6. We could go and see Giorgia’s concert at the Verona arena next Saturday afternoon.
Pag. 25 es. 9
Write one sentence referring to each of the five points in the email from George, your English friend.
1. I’m having a lot of fun in America.
2. My host family is very helpful.
3. My American friend always laughs.
4. He loves football and pop music.
5. He’s an outgoing, a friendly and cheerful person.
Pag. 25 es. 10 Write your email to George in about 100 words. Use your sentences from Exercise 9, but add some more details.
Hi George, I arrived in America one month ago and I’ve been having a lot of fun since then. Since I arrived, my host family has always been very helpful for me. But the whole family is kind to me, because the mother always prepares us breakfast, lunch and dinner and she washes our clothes. The children, instead, help me learn the language and they explain to me how to move around the city. My American friend is a beautiful person. He immediately seemed like an interesting and a clever guy, I like spending time to talking to him. He is also funny and he always laughs, always has a smile. We have the same interests and hobbies, like football and passion for pop music. We often went to see a football matches at the stadium or concerts of different singers. I liked it a lot! Bye 4 now, Elisa