A2 - Lesson 14

Part 1 : Video Lesson & Transcript

Part : Listening & Reading comprehension

Part 3 : Use of English

Part 4 : Grammar lesson

Part 5 : Writing an essay & corrections

Part 6 : Speaking, interaction, & explanations.

INSTRUCTIONS

Please make sure you unfold each content for each part of the lesson.  Merci de déplier chaque contenu pour chaque partie de cette leçon.

LINKS TO GRAMMAR BOOKS :

PART 1 : VIDEO BASED LESSON & TRANSCRIPT

See instructions beneath the video.

VIDEO : CLICK ON THE PICTURE

How to tie your shoes.

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How to tie your shoes.

Terry Moore found out he'd been tying his shoes the wrong way his whole life. In the spirit of TED, he takes the stage to share a better way.

VIDEO : EXERCISE

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INSTRUCTIONS TO WORK ON THE VIDEO :

1) Listen to the video without reading the text / transcript

2) Then Listen to the video again reading the transcript as you listen.

3) Then listen to the video again without reading the transcript.

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

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Transcript:

I'm used to thinking of the TED audience as a wonderful collection of some of the most effective, intelligent, intellectual, savvy, worldly and innovative people in the world. And I think that's true. However, I also have reason to believe that many, if not most, of you are actually tying your shoes incorrectly. 


Now I know that seems ludicrous. I know that seems ludicrous. And believe me, I lived the same sad life until about three years ago. And what happened to me was I bought, what was for me, a very expensive pair of shoes. But those shoes came with round nylon laces, and I couldn't keep them tied. So I went back to the store and said to the owner, "I love the shoes, but I hate the laces." He took a look and said, "Oh, you're tying them wrong." Now up until that moment, I would have thought that, by age 50, one of the life skills that I had really nailed was tying my shoes. 

 

But not so -- let me demonstrate. 

 

This is the way that most of us were taught to tie our shoes. Now as it turns out -- thank you.

 

Wait, there's more. As it turns out --

 

there's a strong form and a weak form of this knot, and we were taught the weak form. And here's how to tell. If you pull the strands at the base of the knot, you will see that the bow will orient itself down the long axis of the shoe. That's the weak form of the knot. 

 

But not to worry. If we start over and simply go the other direction around the bow, we get this, the strong form of the knot. And if you pull the cords under the knot, you will see that the bow orients itself along the transverse axis of the shoe. This is a stronger knot. It will come untied less often. It will let you down less, and not only that, it looks better. 

 

We're going to do this one more time. 

 

Start as usual -- 

 

go the other way around the loop. This is a little hard for children, but I think you can handle it. Pull the knot. There it is: the strong form of the shoe knot. 

 

Now, in keeping with today's theme, I'd like to point out -- something you already know -- that sometimes a small advantage someplace in life can yield tremendous results someplace else. 

 

Live long and prosper.

PART 2 : COMPREHENSION

  1. Listen to the video and answer all questions below  without reading the transcript /text of the video.
  2. Then read the transcript of the video and check your answers, before looking at the corrections.

LISTENING & READING COMPREHENSION

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According to the video, are these statements true or false?

 

  1. The speaker suggests nobody in the room can tie their shoes properly.
  2. The speaker has discovered a method to tie shoes when he was a child .
  3. The person who taught the speaker to tie his shoes correctly was the shopkeeper of a shoe shop.
  4. The speaker shows the audience a way of tying shoes that doesn’t come untied so often.
  5. Even though the method the speaker teaches doesn’t look so good, it is stronger.
  6. This was a very basic insight that probably won’t affect much people’s lives.
  7. Every little thing that we learn can have great repercussions in our daily lives.

ANSWERS

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  1. F
  2. F
  3. F
  4. T
  5. T
  6. F
  7. T

PART 3 : USE OF ENGLISH

USE OF ENGLISH

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Take a look at the following sentences from the text:

If you pull the cords under the knot, you will see that the bow orients itself.

If we start over and simply go the other direction around the bow, we get this.

 

This two sentences are conditionals. Conditionals are sentences with two clauses – an if clause and a main clause – that are closely related. Conditional sentences are often divided into different types. This two particular sentences are using the zero conditional and the first conditional.

 

We use the zero conditional to talk about things that are always true. The present simple is used in both clauses.

We use the first conditional when we talk about real and possible situations. In first conditional sentences, the structure is usually if + present simple and will + infinitive. It’s not important which clause comes first.

 

Considering this explanation, from the sentences above, which one uses the zero conditional and which one uses the first conditional?

Answer: first sentence - first conditional; second sentence - second conditional

 

Exercise:

 

Complete the following sentences using the zero or the first conditional.

  1. If I see him, I _____________ (give) him a lift.
  2. The table will break if you _____________  (sit) on it.
  3. If he ____________   (eat) all that, he will be ill.
  4. If I find your passport, I _____________  (telephone) you.
  5. The police ____________  (arrest) him, if they catch him.

CORRECTIONS

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  1. Will give
  2. Sit
  3. Eats
  4. Will telephone
  5. Will arrest

TRADUCTION

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Traduire les phrases suivantes en anglais, issues du texte, puis retrouver ces phrases dans les deux premiers paragraphes du texte en anglais:

1. Neanmoins, j'ai aussi des raisons de croire que beaucoup d'entre vous, sinon vous tous, nouent leurs lacets de maniere .... incorrecte.

 

2.Mais ces chaussures étaient équippées de lacé lacets rond en nylon, et je ne pouvait pas les garder sérrées

 

 

PART 4 : GRAMMAR

LESSON

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Essential Grammar in use p 173-174

Unit 83  (a) little (a) few

EXERCISES

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Answer with a little or a few.

  1. 'Have you got any money ?'  'Yes ..... '
  2. 'Have you got any envelopes ?'  'Yes , ...... '
  3. 'Do you want sugar in your coffee?'  'Yes , ........   please.'
  4. 'Did you take any photographs when you were on holiday ?'     4Yes, ...... '
  5. 'Does your friend speak English,'  'Yes, ..... '
  6. 'Are there any factories in this town ?'  ' Yes, .... '

CORRECTIONS

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  1. a little
  2. a few
  3. a little
  4. a few
  5. a little
  6. a few

 

PART 5 : WRITING

VOCABULARY

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(please note that this definitions are according to the context)

 

Savvy (adjective) - shrewd and knowledgeable; having common sense and good judgement.

 

Ludicrous (adjective) - so foolish, unreasonable, or out of place as to be amusing.

 

Nailed (informal, past and past participle of to nail) - perform (an action or task) perfectly.

 

Turns out (3rd person singular of the phrasal verb to turn out) - prove to be the case.

 

Knot (noun) - a join made by tying together the ends of a piece or pieces of stringropecloth, etc.

 

Bow (noun) - a knot with two curved parts and two loose ends, used as a decoration or totie shoes.

 

Untied (adjective) - not fastened or knotted.

 

Let down (prasal verb) - to disappoint someone by failing at perform a task.

 

Loop (noun) - a length of thread, rope, or similar material, doubled or crossing itself, used as a fastening or handle.

 

Yield (verb) - produce or provide.

WRITING

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Peseshet is a doctor and a teacher. The video describes a typical day of her life.

Now it is you turn. Write a text :

- Present yourself.

- Describe your profession.

- Tell what you did to get this job.

- Describe a typical day of your life : what usually happens when you are at work?

 

CORRECTION

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PART 6 : SPEAKING

SPEAKING

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