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Ciprofloxacin in Superrealistic Colour by B. A. Pabón

Ciprofloxacin in Superrealistic Colour, by B. A. Pabón

All right, so let’s say you need to visit a GP, or General Practitioner, for a prescription while in the U.S.A.  The RPH, that is, the Registered Pharmacist, is going to prepare the drug for you, and, if you’re lucky, it will be ready in twenty minutes. Here’s a matching exercise for NB2 students. Enjoy!




10.07.07. Basic, Force-Feeding, Headings. Leave a comment.

Good is Not Best

diamonds_best_friendI have here a headings exercise for NA1 students. You have to read the text and match those paragraphs that are numbered with one of the headings in the box below, as in the example (0). There are three headings you will not need.



10.07.07. Advanced, Force-Feeding, Headings. Leave a comment.

We All Fall Down


A pocket full of posies;

Ashes! Ashes!

We all fall down.

Shoot! They’re dropping dead so quickly, one after another, those icons of my youth, it’s scary and ever so depressing. In loving memory of Japanese filmmaker Nagisa Oshima, here goes a Cloze for NA2 students.



10.07.07. Advanced, Cloze Tests, Films, Force-Feeding, Vocabulary. Leave a comment.

Old Dogs, New Tricks

a-friend-in-need-cassius-marcellus-coolidgeI know it’s awfully kitsch and lowbrow, but it’s also kind of a classic in a cheesy, tastless way, this painting by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge from the 1900s, very aptly titled A Friend in Need. A Headings exercise for Advanced students.



10.07.07. Advanced, Art Forlorn, Force-Feeding, Headings, Humour. Leave a comment.

Domestic Violence

wsickert_camdentownThis cloze test is meant for Intermediate students. I found the original text on my first visit to the Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. What you have here is an adaptation of it. The painting that illustrates this post is The Camden Town Murder, by Walter Richard Sickert (1860-1942). If you are interested in seeing more of Sickert’s artwork, I strongly recommend visiting the link at the end of this post.



10.07.07. Art Forlorn, Cloze Tests, Force-Feeding, Intermediate. Leave a comment.

Day(s) Off Form

cook_leftSometimes we have duties to perform which are absolutely unavoidable. Here’s a composition topic where NI2 students are required to complete a day-off form. You will find attached a file with an example of what you are supposed to do and a day-off form which you must complete. You may want to take this exercise one step further and submit the form to your partner for his/her disapproval. He/She will have to provide as good a reason as you have. Write 100 to 120 words. The photograph belongs to Clare Barnes, Jr.



10.07.07. Composition Topics, Force-Feeding, Humour, Intermediate. Leave a comment.

4-Bean Chili


24 oz Bean Appétit Chili Mix

8 cups water for cooking

1 lb ground beef, turkey or chicken

1 ½ cups onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

¼ cup green, sweet pepper

4 cups canned tomatoes

1 8-oz can tomato sauce

2 tbsp chili powder or to taste

1 tbsp cumin

1 tbsp sugar


Sort and rinse bean mix. Soak beans overnight in refrigerator. Or, quick soak by bringing beans to boil in water. Immediately remove from heat and leave covered for 30 minutes prior to use. Drain. Cook beans. Brown ground meat. Sauté onions, garlic, and green pepper. Combine all ingredients. Cover and simmer on low approximately ½ hour. Makes 12 1-cup servings.

The Bean Appétit Chili Mix is a mixture of kidney beans, navy beans, cranberry beans and black beans, packaged by Carlson-Arbogast Farm, in Howard City, Michigan.  I added, as I usually do, 1 tbsp of baking soda to the beans and let them soak in water overnight.  I didn’t brown the ground meat, I used leftover roast chicken instead.

The painting that illustrates this post is by Caroline Magert and its title is Kitchen Floor. Those of us who enjoy the company of cats know how true to life this picture is. I love it.

10.07.07. Advanced, Art Forlorn, Recipes, Vocabulary. Leave a comment.

Trail Mix Cookies


½ cup (organic) salted butter at room temperature

6 tbsp. peanut butter

½ cup sugar

2/3 cup brown sugar

1 large (organic) egg

1 tsp. vanilla extract

3 tbsp. wheat germ

¼ tsp. baking soda

¼ tsp. salt

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup granola

½ cup lightly toasted pecans

½ cup raisins

½ cup chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 375⁰ F (190.556⁰ C). Cream butter, peanut butter, sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, vanilla and wheat germ. Reduce speed and add baking soda, salt and flour. Stir in granola, pecans and raisins, and chocolate chips. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets, leaving room for cookies to spread. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, until nicely browned.


36 cookies

10.07.07. Basic, Recipes, Shops, Vocabulary. Leave a comment.

Bird Watching

If you enjoy bird watching, the best you can do is hang a bird feeder from a branch of a tree in your own backyard. Assuming you have a bird feeder, a tree and a backyard, naturally. I have a bird feeder, my neighbour has a tree, and my niece has a backyard. That’s why I can sometimes spot these birds below: the Northern Cardinal, the House Finch, and the Black-capped Chickadee. The pictures, I found on the Internet. I left my camera in Spain and hope to retrieve it the next time I visit—in a year or so, God willing. The exercise attached, I designed for NI1 students, but I’m sure some of you NB2 students will easily answer correctly as well.

Northern Cardinal

House Finch


Black-capped Chickadee



10.07.07. Force-Feeding, Intermediate, Multiple Choices, Vocabulary. Leave a comment.

The Music Goes ‘Round and Around

This is quite a catchy tune. It was written in 1935 by Red Hodgson and the music is by Edward Farley and Mike Riley. Personally, my favourite version is Louis Prima’s, of Jungle Book fame, but we’re going to use Danny Kaye’s for this exercise. For NB1 students of English.




10.07.07. Basic, Force-Feeding, Phonetics. Leave a comment.

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