Lesson: GETTING AROUND (C1)

  • Listening comprehension based on a documentary movie voiceover.
  • Reading and responding to a review of a recent book.
  • Identifying synonyms and their use in making descriptions more colourful.
  • Vocabulary relating to movement and conflict.
  • ‘Quite’ with gradable and non-gradable adjectives.
  • Speaking on themes including cats’ habits, human navigation and getting lost.
  • Writing a description of a map drawn from imagination.

1. What’s happening here?

a. Watch a 2-minute video clip, then describe the events in the video in as much detail as you can.

b. Discuss:

  • What do you think were the cat’s intentions in the clip we saw?
  • What are the differences in how cats move around, compared with humans?
  • What can cats do that humans can’t, or usually don’t?
  • Why would humans decide to attach a camera to a cat?

Quotations about cats

Dogs look up to you, cats look down on you. Give me a pig! He looks you in the eye and treats you as an equal.

A remark often attributed to Winston Churchill

Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a purpose.

Attributed to Garrison Keillor

Cats will amusingly tolerate humans only until someone comes up with a tin opener that can be operated with a paw.

Terry Pratchett

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