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Racism or Xenophobia?

Watch the following video in which a commuter is caught on tape making racial slurs and xenophobic remarks.


Now watch this video in which the speaker proposes to comment and analyze the incident:


Myles Dyer believes that the Emma West (the woman in the video) is merely a product of the society in which she was raised.

List the reasons he gives for his view, then choose ONE of the reasons and state if you agree or disagree with his arguments. Justify your opinion.



Integrated Writing – Improve your vocabulary by reading

Listen to program #2 from the BBC Learning English series “The Reading Group” (from 0:00 to 4:55 of the audio file).

List the tips given as to how students can maximize their vocabulary through reading. Then say which tip you think is most effective and why. Give reasons to support your answer. 

To hear the program go to the site above, scroll down to the program Part 2 and click on Listen or download the program to your computer.


Listening – The shared experience of absurdity


Presenter Charlie Todd argues for people playing pranks in public.

Cite the reasons he gives for his view and say whether you agree with him or not. Give reasons for your answer.


Integrated Writing Task

To do the Integrated writing task, go to the course book on page 589 (printed edition) and page 614 (pdf version). Post your answers in the Comments box.


Writing an adequate Integrated answer

Integrated Writing: Read a text, listen to a lecture or conversation and write

Skills needed
compare and contrast
identify the main points

The points in the reading contrast with the points raised in the lecture or conversation
A x X
B x Y
C x Z

reporting verbs: say, claim, argue, defend, explain, criticize, warn, advise, tell, state, relate, reiterate, rectify, ratify, explain, question, challenge, support, champion, uphold, maintain, advocate, pinpoint, highlight, underline, object, oppose, (contest), emphasize, raise, expound, examine, consider

Make reference to:
The author x The lecturer

The writer x The male speaker/The female speaker

The text x The lecture

Linkers: whereas, while, as opposed to, in contrast to, contrary to, though, although, even though, despite, in spite of, on one hand, on the other hand

though= although = even though (from most informal to most formal)

Although/Even though + clause

Clause, though

despite = in spite of (more formal)

despite/in spite of + verb + -ing, e.g. despite/in spite of the weather being bad, we decided to go for a picnic.

despite/in spite of + noun e.g. despite/in spite of the bad weather, we decided to go for a picnic.

despite/in spite of + the fact that + clause e.g. despite/in spite of the fact that the weather was bad, we decided to go for a picnic.

Which, in your opinion, is easier – the independent or the integrated task? Why?

Apps for socially awkward people

Shy, insecure, inhibited, awkward or ill-at-ease? What is the best way to meet people socially?

Read the article (click here) and:

  1. list the main features of these new applications available for smart phones
  2. say whether you would use these applications or not by giving reasons for your answer.

Post your answers in the Comments box.

TOEFL iBT Integrated Writing practice

Your task for this weekend:

Practice Set 4: Integrated Writing.

Refer to the blog post on the same topic by clicking here.

Please post your answers in the Comments box. Give yourself 20 minutes and write no more than 200 words.