MAY 2021



WEEK3: Using « Get » as a main verb

All about « get » as a main verb…

1. You know about the causative constructions:

« to get someone to do something »

« To get something done »

2. GET + adjective = to become (can be used for the French « reflexive » or « reciprocal » forms)

They got married last week.

It gets colder in the evenings so don’t forget your coat.

He got hurt on the job but the company refused to compensate him.

3. GET + noun = to obtain (buy, take, receive…)

If you’re stopping at the grocery store, could you get some milk?

The summer road trip was going great… until we ran over a nail and got a flat tire.

4. To understand:

I get it!

Well, you get the idea.

Got it?

I don’t get it.

5. GET (to) + a place = to arrive

When do you think you’ll get here?

They got to the shop too late; it was already closed.

6. GET TO + V = be able to

I can’t believe we got to see the Rolling Stones!

Since the hotel accidentally double-booked their room, they got to upgrade to a luxury suite for free.

7. HAVE GOT TO + V = must (often shorted to « gotta »)

You’ve got to listen to me, it’s important!

Sorry, gotta go!

Homework: write a sentence for each use of « get » as a main verb (we can review the ones you are not sure about next time).

APRIL 2021



WEEK2 : Discussion and vocabulary review about TRAVELLING


  1. Do you travel light? If so, how do you decide what to pack?
  2. You have to watch your back when you’re travelling alone; there are a lot of dangerous people out there. Do you agree?
  3. Which place that you’ve visited was the biggest culture shock? Where did you feel right at home? Why?
  4. Do you normally travel on a shoestring or live it up? How can you save money while travelling? Would you consider hitchhiking or couchsurfing?
  5. Have you got the travel bug? Have you got itchy feet? If so, where’s next on the list?
  6. Do you like to pack a lot in/have a full plate or see how the mood takes you when you’re travelling?
  7. What’s the perfect place to sit and watch the world go by for you?
  8. How important is it for you to catch some rays when you’re on holiday?
  9. How do you choose a holiday destination? Are you a culture vulture?

Les réponses :

WEEK1 : Present perfect review and « I have never » travel discussion game to practice the present perfect.


WEEK4 : Discussion using travel expressions from last week. Watch « Venice » travel video. Past perfect uses review. 

Travel expressions: 

Get the travel bug

At the crack of dawn

Travel light

Watch your back

Culture shock

Feel right at home

Travel on a shoe string

Catch some rays

Culture vulture

Live it up

Get itchy feet

Sit and watch the world go by

Homework: match the expression to its definition + phrasal verb (« turn out » or « run out of » depending on the group)


Explanation and 3 pages of exercises

Extra practice:

WEEK2 : TALK & WALK (Monday class)

OR Discussion about your dream house and everyday life

Weird accommodations and « amenities »: Have you ever stayed in unique or odd accommodations? Which amenities are essential when you are traveling? Which ones can you go without? 

Example of weird accommodations: the Idaho Potato Hotel

Grammar point – Clefts sentences : What I really want is… / It is a …. I dream about / All I want (for Christmas) is (you)…

Link to grammar explanation:

Wednesday 6:30PM Homework: Exercise 1 at this link:

We will « put off » talking about the verb « to find out » until next week 😉

Friday 12:30PM homework: You are planning a holiday. You want to book accommodations. Which amenities are essential for you? Use cleft sentences.

Phrasal verb: to pick up

-> to go and get something / someone
-> to learn something
ex : I never pick up hitchhikers

WEEK1 : Holiday break


WEEK4 : Holiday break

WEEK3 : Review « causative » construction. 

« Reading Houses » text:

Which features of a house are essential, in your opinion? Which are not essential? 

Homework: Describe your dream home OR research and describe an unusual home. 

WEEK2 : New topic: House and Home.

Go over « modal verbs of deduction » homework.

Discussion: Super Bowl

–       Expressions with « house » and « home »

–       What does « home » mean to you?

–       Jason Momoa Super Bowl Commercial :

Grammar point: Causative constructions: « to have something done » or « to get something done ». « Home improvement » text with exercises.

Homework:  Phrasal Verb « to put off » / « to find out »

and depending on your group… watch the Mr. Bean video and give advice using the « causative construction » OR tell about a time when you made home improvements.

WEEK1 : For groups who did a « TALK AND WALK » this month: January Week 4 Lesson. 

!!!Extra conditional exercises!!!


**Wednesday evening group**: 

Modal verbs of deduction: 

–       Must be / has to be / has got to be

–       Might be / may be / could be

–       Can’t be

Text: « The elixir of life »

Practice: Real or fake news headlines quiz

Homework: phrasal verb « to look after »

+ Exercises accompanying the text (link to answers at the bottom of the webpage):


WEEK4 : TALK AND WALK Or 6-Minute English: The Science of Loneliness
Listen to the recording and read along with the transcript. Can you give some examples of « pinch points »? How do you cope with pinch points when they happen? What is the difference between solitude and loneliness, according to the researcher? Do you agree with her claim? In the video, they mentioned Mauro Morandi. His boat broke down on an island and he decided to stay there–alone–for 31 years. If it had happened to you, what would you have done? 

Mini- grammar review: 3rd conditionalHomework: Phrasal verb: to make upOptional: extra link for 3rd conditional practice:

EXTRA LINKS: BBC’s Grammar Guides (we’ll do mini-lessons from the Upper-Intermediate and Advanced lists. Don’t hesitate to request explanations or exercises for a specific point)Advanced list: list:

WEEK3 : We took a break from the topic to talk about the American presidential inauguration on 20 January. 

Full inauguration video: can click on the links under the video to skip to the part you want to watch)

Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman’s performance of her original poem, « The Hill We Climb » (with subtitles):

Transcript of the poem:

Phrasal verb: « to look forward to »

Grammatical context: look forward to + N or V-ing

Communicative context: – this phrasal verb is often used at the end of formal letters or emails as a polite way of asking for a reply or arranging further communication. For example: I look forward to hearing from you soon.- it is also used in spoken communication and informal writing. In that case, we often use the continuous form of the verb. For example:Mark: « See you at lunch tomorrow? »Cathy: « Looking forward to it! »


– Write a sentence with the following phrasal verb: to make up

– Listen to the 6 minute English recording at this link: We’ll discuss it next week!

WEEK2 : Video: Forest Bathing
Discuss: What is forest bathing and where does it come from? What problems does it address? What are its benefits? How do you stay connected with nature?
Our New Year’s resolution: Learn a phrasal verb each week.
Phrasal verb list:
– Phrasal verb « to come up with ». Write a sentence.
– What are the claims about forest bathing? Do you agree with them or are you skeptical?
If you want to learn more about forest bathing, you can consult the following web page:
Also, check out this article from TIME Magazine:


BREXIT video
The video is a news report from January 1st, 2021.
It shows different people’s reactions to the end of the Brexit transition period.
Watch the video:
Who reacted positively to the change? Who reacted negatively?
Useful vocabulary from the video:
– a new dawn = a new beginning
« It’s a new dawn: a new era on our relationship with the EU. »
– to dance around a topic = to avoid speaking about something
« In his New Year’s address, the Prime Minister danced around Brexit. »
– in drips and draps = little by little, in small amounts
« New details are emerging in drips and drabs. »
– to swap = to trade, to exchange
« UK and European firms can continue trades and swaps. »
– the eleventh hour = the last possible moment
« The governments reached an agreement at the eleventh hour. »

Homework : What are your New Year’s Resolutions? Make a list.


WEEK 1: A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote. Document + Video (first 5 minutes):

WEEK2: A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote.

Homework : Ask questions about any difficult point in the text.

Continue discussion of « A Christmas Memory » by Truman Capote. At its heart, this is a story of childhood friendship. Talk about a friend you had as a child. 

Read dialogue aloud on page 4-5 (Buddy and his cousin go to Mr. Haha Jones’s shop). 

Practice word stress for emphasis: the words in italics in this dialogue should be longer, louder and higher-pitched.

Christmas song: « White Christmas » by Lady Gaga.

Homework: What is your favorite Christmas song? Suggest a song or carol for next week. 

More resources: 

Christmas songs, lyrics and exercises :


WEEK 1: Two perspectives on Thanksgiving

WEEK 2: Food vocabulary – comparing US and UK vocab. Homework – bring a recipe to share.

WEEK 3: Share recipes. Correct and send by email.

WEEK 4: “From Blossoms” poem.

Pronunciation practice.