Intensive Advanced 2

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Basic 2. Present simple / present continuous

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Intermediate 2. Listening comprehension. Health in Britain.

In this video you'll hear a woman talking about health in Great Britain. Listen carefully and fill in the blanks with ONE, TWO or THREE words (select the blank spaces to see the right answer).

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In Britain today people are putting time, money and energy into keeping well and keeping fit. Health care is important, so is diet and so is fitness.
If you're ill in Britain, you go to see your GP. A GP is a general practitioner, or family doctor. There are over 36,000 GPs in Britain, and about a third of them are women. Each GP has nearly 2,000 patients. If you need medicine, your GP will write a prescription for you to take to a chemist's or pharmacy. You don't have to pay to see your doctor, but you'll probably have to pay part of the cost of your medicine, unless you belong to one of the groups of people who get their medicine free; for example, you're a student or over sixty or expecting a baby. Chemists prepare about 505 million prescriptions a year.
If you need to see a specialist doctor or have medical tests or an operation, your doctor will send you to a hospital like this. This is the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford.
In Britain most doctors and hospitals are part of the NHS, the National Health Service. All NHS hospital treatment and operations are free. In fact, the NHS provides free medical care, for everyone in Britain from the very young to the very old.
When the NHS started in 1948 it provided free visits to doctors and dentists, free treatment, free prescriptions, free eye tests and free glasses but today many people have to pay for prescriptions for eye tests and glasses and for trips to the dentist.
Britain has one of the highest levels of heart disease in the Western world. It also has a very high level of cancer. Nearly a million people work in the National Health Service in Britain and it costs almost forty billion pounds a year. It's a lot of money, and there are still problems. People sometimes have to wait a long time before they can see a specialist or have an operation. 
Because of this, many people see private doctors and use other kinds of treatment or alternative medicine like reflexology , homeopathy and acupuncture. It really doesn't hurt at all. In fact, there are more alternative medical practitioners in Britain than NHS doctors.
Medicine helps people get better. Diet helps them stay healthy. If you eat well, you'll probalby have a longer and healthier life. Nowadays, British people eat less red meat and more fresh fruit and vegetables than in the past. 
New medicines and better diet have raised life expectancy. On average, British men live to the age of 74, British women to 79. Many people live longer than that. In 1952 only 271 people reached the age of 100. Nowadays, the total is about 3,000 a year. I hope to see you on my 100th birthday.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Intermediate 2. Films. Vocabulary: How to talk about movies.

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Basic 2. Descriptions.

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Basic 2. Descriptions.

First, revise the vocabulary with the help of this video. Click here.
Now, watch this video and answer the questions on the right side of the screen. Click here.
Finally, click here and you'll watch the same video again, but this time with subtitles.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Intermediate 2. Relationships: Speed dating.

Have you ever heard of speed dating? It is a dating system that allows men and women to meet new people. Participants are rotated to meet each other over a series or 3-8 minute dates. At the end of each interval, a bell rings and each participant is encouraged to move on to the next date. At the end of the event, each participant submits to the organizers a list of the candidates they would like to date again. If there is a match, the organizers of the event will forward contact information to both participants.
Now watch this video on speed dating and answer the questions. I know it is a bit difficult, but you can check the tapescript on the right. Click here