Imagine you are reading an article, story or exam reading paper and the main character is walking home, watching their feet kicking the *____ as they walked, and listening to the sound it made. If we put *tightly packed snow, we would visualise white thick snow and the sound would be a crunching noise. But if we insert *slush we would visualise an almost grey, melting wet unpleasant snow and the watery sloshing sound. The overall effect would be different. Now we see that using a more defined word than snow can change our comprehension and if you don’t know those words you can miss a lot.
The Duke was Dead! 10 phrasal verbs story.
The Duke was dead! A Sherlock Holmes story with 10 phrasal verbs to learn.
What’s the easiest way to learn phrasal verbs?Useful vocabulary for the story. The Sherlock Holmes story Video. The story written down to save and review the phrasal verbs later. The 10 phrasal verbs and their synonyms. Your turn to practice.
Who is Father Christmas?
Let me share with you the history and evolution of Father Christmas to practice your reading comprehension. Also I have some enjoyable listening practice with the animated film Father Christmas. Christmas vocabulary too!
My 3 Suggestions for Halloween.
It’s Halloween this week so… 1) Read a scary story from M. R. James to practice your reading comprehension. 2) Watch a Ted talk by Carrie Poppy about science and the Paranormal to work on your listening skills. 3) Learn an idiom with ghost = to give up the ghost.
Take 5 with Kim
Take 5 – what does it mean?Pronunciation – famous.
A tedtalk on Joy with full transcript and vocabulary notes. Idiom – as cool as a cucumber. Recommended reading – French words used in English, from Next Step English. The answers to the Blue Skies gapfill from the last article.