Heroes and Villains
Topics: people (character and appearance).
Vocabulary: character adjectives; appearance; personal qualities. Antonyms; adjectives with prepositions.
Reading: Characters Larger than Life (multiple choice). Beauty is in the eye of the beholder (m/c cloze).
Literature corner: Scandal in Bohemia by Conan Doyle (T/F).
Grammar: present simple/continuous; stative verbs; adverbs of frequency; question words. Phrasal verbs: GET.
Listening: Multiple choice; multiple matching (missing sentences).
Speaking: describing fictional characters; making choices; socialising; describing people. Intonation: expressing
surprise and concern.
Writing: a letter giving advice. Portfolio: description of a hero/villain; classified ad; e-mail to a friend.
Topics: jobs and places; lifestyles; the city and the country.
Vocabulary: city life/country life; jobs and job qualities; describing places; parts of a town; commuting.
Antonyms; adjectives with prepositions; adj-n phrases.
Reading: A City Slicker or a Country Lover? (T/F). Signs (multiple choice) Culture clip: celebration: dream town USA (m/c cloze).
Grammar: comparatives and superlatives; -ing/infinitive forms; specific/general preferences. Phrasal verbs: PUT.
Listening: listening for detailed meaning; multiple matching (missing sentences).
Speaking: introducing oneself; expressing likes/dislikes; asking for/giving directions; talking about jobs; expressing preferences; (role-play) job interview; des cribbing pictures. Intonation: stressed syllables.
Writing: a letter of application. Portfolio: article about where you live; description of neighbourhood; questions for a quiz.
Topics: the environment; endangered species.
Vocabulary: environmental problems and solutions; endangered animals and protected species.
Reading: The Earth in our hands (T/F). No ordinary zoo (m/c cloze). RRS Ernest Shackleton Captain’s Log (multiple choice).
Grammar: present perfect simple/continuous; clauses of purpose. Phrasal verbs: RUN.
Listening: completing missing information; multiple choice.
Speaking: improving one’s town/city; a short talk from notes; describing pictures; reacting to news; acting out a dialogue; (role-play) at Customs.
Writing: notes. Portfolio: poster about the environment; article about a zoo; letter to a friend.
Topics: holidays; climate/weather; transport.
Vocabulary: types of holidays, sites and resorts; climate and weather; holiday equipment; means of transport.
Reading: Looking for the ideal getaway? (multiple matching-short texts). Literature Corner: Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift (multiple matching-missing sentences).
Grammar: present/past participles; past simple/continuous; linkers; the definite/indefinite article; used to/would. Phrasal verbs: COME.
Listening: multiple matching; listening for specific information; completing missing information.
Speaking: narrating experiences; expressing feelings; checking in; complaining/apologising; giving travel information; expressing disapproval; describing pictures. Intonation: expressing annoyance.
Writing: a story. Portfolio: holiday advertisement; weather forecast; factfile about your country.
Topics: shops and shopping; clothes/accessories.
Vocabulary: types of shops and shopping; products; clothes; describing objects; gifts; home. Prepositional phrases; antonyms.
Reading: Checking out second-hand city (multiple choice). Signs and notices (multiple choice). Culture clip: Styles of Homes (multiple matching).
Grammar: modal verbs; making assumptions/requests; too/enough; order of adjectives. Phrasal verbs: LOOK.
Listening: listening for specific information; listening for gist; multiple choice; multiple matching.
Speaking: asking about prices; calming down; describing objects; offering/accepting gifts; asking for/buying things; (role-play) salesperson/customer. Intonation: losing patience.
Writing: a report assessing good and bad points. Portfolio: description of the best place to shop; page for a clothes catalogue; poster of school/work rules.
Topics: celebrations; festivals and events.
Vocabulary: traditional celebrations and customs; festive activities; feelings; greetings cards. Verbs with prepositions.
Reading: A Traditional Irish Wedding (T/F). Culture Clip: Bizarre Annual Events in the UK (multiple matching).
Grammar: future forms; future continuous; question tags. Phrasal Verbs: BREAK.
Listening: listening for gist; listening for specific information; intonation.
Speaking: a short talk from notes; describing celebrations and customs; making arrangements; inviting; congratulating and thanking. Intonation in question tags.
Writing: postcard. Portfolio: article about a traditional wedding; greetings cards; e-mail to a friend.
Topics: places to eat; food and drinks.
Vocabulary: restaurant-related words; the supermarket; recipes and cooking methods; tastes; cutlery, crockery and appliances; quantities; menus. Verbs with prepositions.
Reading: A Taste of Toronto (multiple matching-short texts). Literature Corner: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (comprehension questions).
Grammar: countables/uncontables; quantifiers; indefinite pronouns; past perfect simple/continuous. Phrasal verbs: GIVE.
Listening: multiple choice; listening for specific information; multiple matching; to take notes.
Speaking: discussing food preferences/tastes; (role-play) eating out/ordering a meal; comparing table manners; describing pictures. Intonation: stressed syllables.
Writing: a story. Portfolio: description of an unusual restaurant; recipe for a local dish; shopping list.
Fit for Life
Topics: sports; accidents and injuries.
Vocabulary: types of sport; sport injuries; places and equipment; personal qualities. Adjectives with prepositions.
Reading: The Last Great Race (T/F). Messages (multiple choice). Signs (multiple matching). Literature Corner: The Olympic Anthem (reading for specific information).
Grammar: the passive; with/by; conditionals: type 0, 1; if/unless; linkers (result, addition, contrast, etc). Phrasal verbs: BRING.
Listening: listening for detailed meaning; multiple choice; multiple matching; listening for specific sounds.
Speaking: discussing sports; negotiating; describing pictures; expressing opinions; asking about/describing health; sympathising-giving advice; acting out dialogues. Intonation: hesitating.
Writing: a pros and cons essay. Portfolio: postcard to a friend; short communicative message; sports quiz.
Topics: Entertainment; the arts; charity.
Vocabulary: types of entertainment; cinema and films; reviews; books and newspapers; TV jobs/programmes; theatre; charity. Prepositional phrases; regrets.
Reading: Pick of the Week (multiple matching-short texts). Graffiti-Is it an art? (open cloze). Culture Corner:
Comic Relief (completing a summary).
Grammar: conditionals type 2, 3; wishes; relative clauses; so/neither. Phrasal verbs: TURN.
Listening: listening for detailed meaning; multiple matching; completing missing information.
Speaking: discussing entertainment; suggesting/(dis)agreeing; talking about a book/TV programmes; (role-play) booking tickets; expressing preferences; describing paintings; acting out dialogues.
Writing: an informal letter reviewing a film. Portfolio: review for a school event; TV guide; interview with a graffiti artis.
Topics: technology; education.
Vocabulary: teenagers and technology; gadgets; education and technology; means of communication; text messages; processes; science; faults. Prepositional phrases; compound noun; antonyms.
Reading: All About Britain’s Teenagers (multiple choice). Culture Corner: The Education System of the UK and the USA (completing missing information in tables).
Grammar: clauses of concession; all/most/some/none; reported speech; indirect questions; causative form. Phrasal. verbs: TAKE.
Listening: multiple matching; to fill in gaps; listening for detailed meaning.
Speaking: discussing technology; short talk from notes; conducting a survey; talking about pros and cons; describing pictures; (role-play) requesting action/giving an account of an event. Intonation in questions.
Writing: a letter of complaint. Portfolio: article about teenagers in your country; text message to a friend; questions for a science quiz.