COLOURS (C1 Module)

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  • Vocabulary for naming and describing colours.
  • Colour idioms.
  • Listening for gist and for detail.
  • Using conditionals to talk about real situations in the past.
  • Vocabulary relating to a feud between two artists.
  • Discussing differences of languages and culture.

1. Let’s start with some music.

Your teacher will play you five short snippets of music from a 1978 recording entitled ‘Colours’. Each of the pieces of music represents a colour. While listening, make a note of which colour you think it is.

At the end, share your answers with your classmates and see if you agree on the colours represented in the audio clips.

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a. What emotions or moods do you associate with different colours? For example, is red calm and green angry, or the other way around?
b. If you asked this question to a person on the other side of the world, would you expect them to have a similar answer to yours? Why, or why not?

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