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  1. Free writing

    Posted Oct 03rd 2005, 12:00am by Philip Leetch

    ... Philip Leetch Most studentS are nervous about writing, especially in their second language, because they fear they will make a lot of mistakes. Every sentence could invite more red ink from the teacher. This discourages them from getting started, and when they do start, they use correction fluid on almost every paragraph. This is not the right way to achieve good results. ...

  2. Idioms

    Posted Oct 06th 2005, 12:00am by Philip Leetch

    ... Philip Leetch On the go 'No, I can't help you tonight. I've been on the go since six o'clock this morning.' To be 'on the go' is to be very active. If you have been on the go all day, you will feel tired and will need a rest. On a very busy day you can also complain it's 'all go' today. When you think about it, it's a bit ...

  3. Idioms

    Posted Sep 15th 2005, 12:00am by Philip Leetch

    ... By Philip Leetch Catch-22 There is a very good novel about the second world war by J Heller (1961). A pilot wants to stop flying dangerous missions and he asks what he should do to be excused. They tell him he has to prove that he is insane (crazy). There is, however, a catch (a problem): Anyone who does not want to fly missions must be sane, so applying to be considered insane ...

  4. Ready to write

    Posted Oct 10th 2005, 12:00am by Philip Leetch

    ... Philip Leetch If you have to write in the classroom, you had better get on with it. But, if you are going to write at home, get yourself organised before putting pen to paper. Doctors tell us it is good to have a sleep routine every night, and the same applies to writing. We are all different so we cannot tell you what works for you, but here are some ideas to think about. ...

  5. Much room for choice

    Posted Nov 23rd 2004, 12:00am by Philip Leetch

    ... PHILIP LEETCH Mushrooms are a very special part of the plant [1]________________. They [2]______________ from microscopic spores and develop in organic matter. Anyway, that's a bit technical and for today's purposes, [3]____________ important thing is that some types are good [4]______________. Let's look [5]____________ some of the varieties. You will be very ...

  6. Books galore

    Posted Jun 30th 2004, 12:00am by Philip Leetch

    ... PHILIP LEETCH Read the passages, choose words to fill in the blanks, and decide which sort of book each one comes from. Types of book: a] cowboy/Western b] detective c] fantasy d] ghost/horror e] historical fiction f] romance g] science-fiction h] spy i] travel j] war Passage 1 Ramsay walked carefully round the garden looking for any (1) that someone had approached the house ...

  7. City sights

    Posted Mar 06th 2008, 12:00am by Philip Leetch

    ... Prepared by Philip Leetch Paper 1a This is a skimming exercise. Glance through the list of attractions in a large city, read the questions at the bottom, and then try to locate the information which will enable you to answer them. 1 Museum of Toys, open daily, 10am-5pm, admission free. A large old house is packed with old toys. There are hundreds of dolls, dolls' houses, ...

  8. The ancient sport of kabbadi

    Posted Jan 10th 2008, 12:00am by Philip Leetch

    ... Philip Leetch Paper 1a Part A Read this description of an old sport and then decide whether the statements which follow contain information which is true (T), false (F) or is not given (NG). Imagine a fairly small field- about one half of a basketball court. It is divided into two halves. Two seven-men (or seven-women) teams come out. Each team has an additional five players ...

  9. Haunted house mystery

    Posted Oct 15th 2007, 12:00am by Philip Leetch

    ... Written by Philip Leetch Paper 1a Understanding the tone and mood in a passage is an important skill. Read the story about four friends who stay in a strange old house to solve a mystery. Try to understand how they are feeling as you read. Are their attitudes positive, negative or neutral? The carriage finally came to a stop outside a large, old house standing far back from ...

  10. Self or others?

    Posted Jun 18th 2007, 12:00am by Philip Leetch

    ... Speaking By Philip Leetch Paper 3 Part A In this part you will have five minutes after you have been given the question to prepare your ideas and jot down some notes to help you remember what you want to say. Be careful not to write down too much as then you will not seem to be reading out something you have prepared. This is not allowed. The discussion must be as natural ...




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