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English is everywhere



LEVEL A.2 - B.1

English is everywhere

Atrium of Warsaw

Is it difficult for you to find sufficient time to learn English? Yes, certainly. You are constantly under time pressure at work, home and study but actually English is all around you and it isn't necessary to go to a class to learn it.

 

Today, I had a late cancellation so I'm waiting in a building for my next lesson. I have some spare time, so I'll describe it to you.

On the ground floor there is a wide open space with a reception area at one end. Additionally, there is a newsagent's, a clothes shop, a bank, a restaurant which has seating in the main hall area.

If you look up, you will notice that there are five floors of offices and these are reached by two lifts at opposite sides of the building. The lifts are inside the building and made of glass and metal. There are some upper floor balconies protected by steel rails. Back down below, I am sat on one of two rather comfortable sofas surrounded by plants and modern paintings.

Now, if you were sat here too, perhaps you could have a go at describing the scene and test your knowledge of English. You see, like I said, English is everywhere - all you have to do is notice it and then describe it!

 

Find words or phrases in the text that mean:

1. Enough                                 2. All of the time

3. Free time                              4. There are chairs

5. You can get there by           6. Try to do something

7. What you see in front of you

 

Answers

1. Sufficient

2. Constantly

3. Spare time

4. Has seating

5. Reached

6. Have a go

7. The scene

 

LEVEL B1.5 - B.2

English is everywhere

Atrium of Warsaw

Is it a challenge to dedicate sufficient time to learn English? Well, undoubtedly you're under constant time pressure from numerous commitments at home, work and study. However, this need not to be an impediment as English is all around you and presents opportunities throughout the day.

 

For example, I've just had a late cancellation so I have some time to kill and I thought I'd use it to describe my environment. I am on the ground floor of a mixed purpose building called an Atrium on account of the large open space inside the building.

 

On the base there is a permanently manned reception desk and some commercial enterprises such as a newsagent's, a ladies fashion wear outlet, a bank and a restaurant. The diner has a seating area within the main hall with red and white fencing and an awning. If you look upwards you can count five floors of offices some with steel railed balconies. The large central void is filled with light which cascades like a waterfall through the glass topped roof. Two glass semi-circular lifts which are placed at opposite corners of the interior glide silently up and down transparent tubes.

Back on the bottom I am sat on one of two luxurious sofas resting cosily in a planted corner decorated with bright modern artwork. I have to admit, that I never noticed so much until I started looking and you can do the same. You see, like I said, wherever you are, whatever you're doing, English is everywhere. All you have to do is recognize it and make the effort to describe it.

 

Find words or phrases in the text that mean

1. Something that is difficult                 2. Definitely         3. A problem that stops you doing actively                                                                                                                                    something

4. Free time to use with no hurry         5. Businesses   6. A soft, canvas roof, usually at a sloping angle

7. Empty space                                       8. Inside              9. You can see through it

10.Warm and comfortable

 

Answers

1. A challenge

2. Undoubtedly

3. Impediment

4. Time to kill

5. Commercial enterprises

6. Awning

7. Void

8. Interior

9. Transparent

10. Cosy (cosily)

 

LEVEL C1

English is everywhere

Atrium of Warsaw

Is it a constant struggle to allocate adequate time to learn English?  Indubitably! Plagued by perpetual demands from the conflicting interests of home, work and study, English barely gets a look in. However, this need not be an insurmountable impediment for in fact, English is omnipresent and you need look no further than your nose to discover it.

 

Take me for example, I was a somewhat miffed to get a late cancellation leaving a gaping hole in my timetable but rather than sit here twiddling my thumbs, I thought I'd use the time constructively to describe my environment.

 

I'm on the ground floor of a multi-purpose building known as an Atrium on account of the cavernous void within. The shiny marbled floor tiles reflect images from the shop lights of the newsagent's, ladies apparel outlet and a bank. To my right a restaurant occupies additional floor space in the hall with a seating area adorned with a stripy awning and garish red and white painted lats of a fence.

An upward view reveals five storeys of offices which peek down through the beady eyes of their port holed windows. The nautical theme is reflected in steel rails around the balconies and an angular suspended walkway which links the two semi circular elevators which glide vertically through transparent tubes. The atrium is a crescendo of light which tumbles down triumphantly through its glass rooftop.

Back down below I am recumbent upon one of two cosy but jaded sofas in a verdant oasis complete with pond and fountain. I'm so relaxed I didn't realise the time. Crickey, I am almost late for my next lesson! Well, it just goes to show that English is ubiquitous and all you have to do to practice it is look in front of you and start describing - after all, it's everywhere!

 

Find Words or Phrases that Mean:

1. Challenge

2. Enough

3. Without doubt/ definitely

4. Does not get considered

5. Impossible to overcome

6. Something that stops or makes progress difficult

7. Always here

8. Large empty spaces

9. Decorated

10. Canvas roof

11. Brash, loud too bright

12. Small parts of a wooden fence

13. Round windows found on a ship

14. Not do anything (myself)

15. Falling and moving forward at the same time

16. Green

17. An exclamation!

18. It is later than I thought

19. It demonstrates

20. Everywhere

 

Answers

1. Struggle

2. Adequate

3. Indubitably

4. Barely gets a Look in

5. Insurmountable

6. Impediment

7. Omnipresent

8. Cavernous void

9. Adorned

10. Awning

11. Garish

12. Lats

13. Port holes

14. Twiddling my thumbs

15. Tumble

16. Verdant

17. Crickey.

18. I didn't realise the time

19. It goes to show

20. Ubiquitous

 

George Sandford  - Learning Associate, ACT Advanced Corporate Training



George Sandford is an author, HR Advisor and Learning Designer. A Post Grad. Dip. IPD, he has extensive experience in HR, consultancy and management training with corporate and government bodies. He has lived and worked in the UK, France, Portugal and Poland. Since creating the International Lisbon Learning Conference, he has focused on the development of visual, metaphoric and narrative learning materials and is the founder of Praski Publishing. He co-operates with ACT in the design and delivery of language and specialist courses.






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