Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Speakout Advanced p 57. Modal 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. Tell us about something you would never dare to do.
2. Can you think of something you ought to have done this week but you haven't?
3. Is there anything you weren't supposed to do as a child, but you did anyway?
4. What things are obligatory in your country, but not in other countries?
5. Do you have any regrets? Something you should never have done.
6. Think of something you weren't allowed to do as a child, which you enjoy doing now.
7. Talk about something you'd better not forget to do.
8. Should there be a law to compel someone to do something you have a beef about?


Student A
1. Can you think of anything you needn't have bothered to do this week?
2. Talk about something you didn't need to do.
3. Tell us about something that is not permitted where you live.

Student B
1. Think of something that should remain within permissible levels?
2. Can you think of someone who has been banned from doing something because he has done something he was not allowed to?
3. Tell us about the last time you had to pluck up the courage to do something.

  • Free climbing: the sport of climbing steep rock surfaces using very little equipment to help you. 
  • Aid climbing:the sport of climbing steep rock surfaces with a lot of equipment to help you 
  • compel: /kəmˈpel/ to force somebody to do something; to make something necessary.  
    Compel somebody to do something E.g. The law can compel fathers to make regular payments for their children. I feel compelled to write and tell you how much I enjoyed your book.
    Compel something Last year ill health compelled his retirement.
  • Beef: (plural beefs) informal (N) a complaint, grievance or disagreement. I have a beef with someone or something over or about something else. E.g. he has a beef with education: it doesn’t teach the basics of investing. What's his beef? What's his latest beef? I have a beef with you about this menu. My beef is you don't have vegetarian food. I had a beef with my teacher about the amount of homework we were getting. Mark had a beef with his wife over parking their car. He thought she always parked it very badly. Listen to this BBC dialogue about this phrase.
  • beef (about somebody/something) (informal) (V)  to complain a lot about somebody/ something. E.g. Don't just beef about it—do something! He was beefing about how the recession was killing the business.
  • permit something Radios are not permitted in the library. Permit somebody/yourself something We were not permitted any contact with each other. Jim permitted himself a wry smile. Permit somebody/ yourself to do something Visitors are not permitted to take photographs. She would not permit herself to look at them.
  • permissible /pəˈmɪsəbl/ acceptable according to the law or a particular set of rules. E.g. permissible levels of nitrates /ˈnaɪtreɪt/ in water. Permissible (for somebody) (to do something) It is not permissible for employers to discriminate on grounds of age.
  • courage: /ˈkʌrɪdʒ/
    pluck up (the) courage (to do something): to make yourself do something even though you are afraid to do it. E.g. I finally plucked up the courage to ask her for a date.

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