Первый урок в группе Advanced (сент. 2010)

So*. The first teaching week is moving slowly to its end and, I should say I was very happy to be back to regular teaching after a very long period of summer holidays. The students finally almost got together in their old or new groups and, as it happens every year, I started the course with my routine: “So what are your most vivid memories from the summer?” To my surprise, nobody remembered Moscow heating wave and it was great as I really didn’t want to launch into that thing of the nature bad trick straight from the very beginning — so many scarring days we all had last summer!

Then we watched a very funny video and wrote the stories based on it. What I particularly like about short movies is that we normally get down to the task very quickly. Anyway, that vocabulary-rich topic of climate change finally emerged and both of my groups came up with the following list of chunks, taken from the brainstorming stage, newspaper articles, headlines and discussions:

  • Heat & haze make life hell
  • heavy blanket
  • some respite
  • smog looks set to get worse
  • wildfires blanketed the capital with toxic smoke
  • The unprecedented heat wave
  • Moscow was shrouded in smoke
  • wildfires raging
  • 
Moscow chokes from forest fires in melting heat
  • Russia’s emergencies teams are bracing themselves for worse to come, as
  • 
forest and peat fires continue to hold their grip
  • keeping the landscape tinder-dry
  • scorching temperatures
  • 
Moscow Heat Wave Burning The City
  • smog reaches 10 times the safe levels.
  • Russia’s sweltering
  • blazes keep springing up
  • 
Moscow is being engulfed поглощать by suffocating smog,
  • a few days’ reprieve
  • 
firefighters struggle to cope with the blazes
  • Firefighters make headway
  • Moscow gets relief
  • a long-awaited cooling trend
  • 
hard overnight rains in some locations and
  • 
clear morning skies free of smoke-induced smog.
  • Air temperatures hovered in the mid-30s Celsius
  • 
They have severely taxed the giant nation’s firefighting capacity.

Hopefully, next week we’re installing new tech equipment, which will let us capture all the language in the board for further revising and recycling. Lucky we are!

*Taken from: https://englada.wordpress.com

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