Don’t use advanced English

Don’t use advanced English

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Don’t use advanced English
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Everyday English




Practise English by describing this image

warm up

Answer these questions.

  • How long have you been learning English?
  • Why does learning a foreign language take a long time?
  • What does it mean to be an advanced user of a foreign language for you?

key language

Study the words in this flashcard game. All of them appear in the video.


watch the video

Watch the video.



Answer the questions below. Use the information from the listening and your own experience. 

  • 1. What does it mean that a word is advanced?
  • 2. What effect can using advanced vocabulary have on listeners?
  • 3. Who do you have to speak more often: native speakers or learners of English?
  • 4. What’s the problem with Terms and Conditions?
  • 5. Do you read such documents before you click ACCEPT?
  • 6. What is successful communication for you?
  • 8. How can the feeling of guilt affect our performance in speaking a foreign language?
  • 9. What does Christian think learners need more of?


Discribe these two pictures.

Now this one.

Discuss the questions below.

  • Which picture better illustrates your approach to learning English?
  • Why thinking about progress as climbing a ladder may be limiting?
  • What is this gap the woman is jumping across in language learning?
  • What does it mean to bridge the gap in this context?
  • What can learners do to be able to express their thoughts and ideas more fluently?
  • What does it mean that “You don’t need more English. You need more practice”?


Cast your vote in the poll.

My ultimate goal in learning English is to:
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Look at this list of language functions. How many can you do today? Click on the function to highlight it. Make a note of all the functions you don’t know yet. 

Discussion and opinion

Doubt, guessing and certainty

Feelings and emotions

AgreeingAsking for clarificationApologizing
Asking for opinionsCorrecting yourselfCongratulating somebody
Conceding a pointExpressing certaintyExpressing sympathy
Dealing with questionsExpressing ignoranceMaking complaints
DisagreeingExpressing likelihoodThanking somebody
Expressing preferencesSpeculatingWishing somebody luck
Giving reasons
Interrupting somebody

Openings and endings

Permission and obligation

Suggestions and advice

Ending conversationsAsking about obligationAsking for help
Introducing somebodyAsking for permissionAsking for information
Inviting somebody to somethingForbidding somethingGiving someobody advice
Leaving phone messagesGiving ordersMaking recommendations
Opening conversationsMaking requestsMaking suggestions
Wrapping up discussionsOffering help
Offering somebody something
Warning somebody of danger

Based on Oxford Learer’s Dictionaries, Conversations.



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