Follow the Leader

Sometimes copying is not so bad as it seems. It can be a question of survival in certain cases. Sweden has set a good example, well-worth following, so let’s all get rid of that stale, encrusted prejudice and just follow the leader in matters green.  A gapped text for NI2 students.




10.07.07. Force-Feeding, Gapped Texts, Intermediate. Leave a comment.

Payback at Morning Peak

Actor turned author Gene Hackman’s latest novel Payback at Morning Peak is the starting point of this matching exercise for NI2 students.



10.07.07. Force-Feeding, Intermediate, Questions & Answers. Leave a comment.

Tirgu Mures, Romania

János Bolyai was actually a Hungarian geometrician. Though Tirgu Mures is now part of the Republic of Romania, it once belonged to the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Read more about Bolyai in the attached exercise for NI2 students.



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The Future of British Ballet

In this article by Dalya Alberge on the future of British ballet the highlighted words and phrases can be substituted for other, more accessible ones to Intermediate students.



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

Same-Sex Birth Certificate Gapped Text

A gapped text exercise for Intermediate students on the controversial issue of same-sex birth certificates in the UK.

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Purple, White and Green


Emmeline Pankhurst (née Emmeline Goulden, 1858-1928) was a campaigner for women’s rights, together with her husband Richard Marsden Pankhurst and their daughters Christabel, Sylvia and Adela. She went on a number of hunger strikes in her fight to enfranchise women. However, once she had won the vote for women, she became terribly disappointed, detached herself from the women’s movement and leaned peculiarly towards the right. A life-sized statue of her, standing with her hands outstreched as though addressing a meeting, can be seen in a corner of Victoria Tower Gardens, just along from the Houses of Parliament. She is buried at Brompton Cemetery, a site I make a point of visiting every time I travel to London. I scrub her grave and set down flowers on it, either roses for love, lilies for purity, lunaria for honesty or sunflowers for hope—something that her followers in the modern women’s movement at the Pankhurst Centre in Manchester would never consider doing even in their wildest dreams: they’re too busy not allowing men inside the premises. I swear I could have broken their windows in a fit of rage, but then, thinking it over, I would have got the wrong message through. Being a man, the most likely accusation would have been one of chauvinism. It would never have occurred to them that I am the one fighting for equal rights and they, the hypocrites marching towards segregation.

In the following exercise, Upper-Intermediate students learn the difference between a suffragist and a suffragette. The title of this post alludes to Mrs Pankhurst’s adopted colour scheme for the suffrage movement. You can see suffragettes portrayed in many films, from Kind Hearts and Coronets to Mary Poppins, The Great Race, and Ken Russell’s Savage Messiah, among others. You may also want to have a look at Emmeline Pankhurst’s grave by clicking on the address below.



10.07.07. Cloze Tests, Force-Feeding, Intermediate. 2 comments.

Ciudad Real, Wednesday IX.VII.MMVIII

I stayed up late watching Amy Winehouse perform live at the Porchester Hall in London. She’s got beautiful eyes, but her make-up is awful. She moves like a little girl who’s been asked to recite before her elders. Her voice is deep and gentle, but most of her songs are unremarkable. What’s more, she doesn’t care a hoot for what she’s doing. She seemed more interested in drinking, and when she sang her hit song Rehab, she rubbed her left eye and then looked at her fingers as if to search for a dust mote or traces of mascara while she kept on saying, No, no, no! However, I can’t say I didn’t enjoy it. It’s been a while since I last sat down to watch a concert on TV.

10.07.07. Diary, Intermediate, Music. Leave a comment.

The Spectator’s Mary on Facelifts

Imagine you were agony aunt Mary from the weekly magazine The Spectator and you had received the following problem from one of your readers, which you have been required to solve for the upcoming issue. Write your answer to his/her question in 100120 words.

Dear Mary,

A close friend has had some sort of non-surgical facelift and looks twenty if not thirty years younger, although still with a full repertoire of facial expressions and absolutely none of the paralysis of Botox. What is annoying is that she will not admit she has had anything done at all, claiming the transformation is entirely due to her being ‘more relaxed’. I find this insulting to my intelligence. How can I force a confession out of her?

A.S., Dublin

Mary’s Answer to A.S.’s Problem

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

Native American Barbie Cloze Test

A cloze test for B1 students.

Native American Barbie Cloze Test

Native American Barbie Answer Key

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

A Job Application Letter

A composition topic for Intermediate students.

A Job Application Letter

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