Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Speakout Advanced p 37. Word Formation. Prefixes. Verbs. Extra Speaking

A. Have a conversation as natural as possible with a partner about the topic. Use the pictures above and the questions below to help you.

  1. Have you ever overcooked anything?
  2. Do you ever misread your exam questions?
  3. Do you think your teachers overload you with information?
  4. Do you think that in these days of technological change we all suffer from information overload?
  5. When was the last time you misheard something?
  6. What kind of materials do you usually reuse?
Student A
  1. How often is your performance at school or college evaluated? What are your results?
  2. Do you know anyone who has been disqualified from driving for some time? Did this person also lose points? Did they have to pay a fine?
  3. In what professions do women outnumber men? And vice-versa?
Student B
  1. Do you think women outlive men? Why / Why not?
  2. What mechanical devices can you think of that have outlived their usefulness?
  3. Do you ensure that all lights are switched off before you leave your home? Do you ensure that you have read the instruction manual before using a new electrical appliance / mobile phone / MP3 / MP4 / DVD…?

1. To understand somebody/something wrongly. Misinterpret. E.g. I'm afraid I completely misread the situation. His confidence was misread as arrogance.
2. To read something wrongly. E.g. You must have misread the address.

Outnumber: to be greater in number than somebody/something. E.g. The demonstrators were heavily outnumbered by the police.

Mishear: To fail to hear correctly what somebody says, so that you think they said something else. E.g. You may have misheard her—I'm sure she didn't mean that.

Outlive: to live longer than somebody. E.g. He outlived his wife by three years. 

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