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G future forms: present continuous, going to, will I won't Are you seeing

V family, adjectives of personality No, I'm going to

your grandparents
P sentence stress, word stress, adjective endings stay at home. I'll
this weekend?
probably see them
next weekend.


fam ily
a Look at son1e photos shov1ing fan1ily n1en1bers.
\ Vhat's happening in e ach one? \Vhat do you think t he
relationship is be t\veen the people?

b With a partner, explain the d ifference between each

pair .
.l a father and a parent
2 a mother and a s tcpn1othcr
3 a brother and a brother-in-lct\V
4 a grandfather and a great-grandfather
S a nephe\.v and a niece
6 a ch ild and an on ly child
7 your in1n1ediate fan1ily and your exrenclecl family
c The BBC recently did a s urvey of 2 1st-century fan1ilies

an·. . . .1n
in the UK. Read Chan&in&-for the better? and try to guess
\vhat the m issing percentages are. Choose fron1 tl1e list.

17% 26% 60% 75% 85%

d 1 15 >)) Liste11 and check. Do any of the st atistics

surprise you? \Vhich ones do you t h in k \VOtild be very
for the better?
amily life is changing in the UK - but not in the
differen t if the su r vey \vas carried out in vour cou ntr)1?
, J
F way we might think. When the BBC did a survey of
families in Britain, they expected to find that family
e Work in small groups. Say \vhat you think and give
reasons. relationships were suffering because of the d ecline in
traditional family structures.
Do you t hink that ... ? However, some of t he results were q uite surprising...
• fa milies should have a meal t oget her every day
• children should leave home as soon as they can
afford t o 58% and 39% aged 20-24 still live at
of men of women home with their parents .
• parents should charge their children rent if they
live at home and have a job
• parent s should be 'friends' with their childr en on
social networking sites, e.g. Facebook think that it is right for parents to
• elderly parents should live w ith their children when I charge rent to children over 25 who
they are too old to live a lone have a job and are living at home.

p Useful language:
use the internet at least once a
Giving your opinion (2)
week t o cont act their families .
We often use should + verb t o say what we think is the
right thing or a good thing (to do), e.g.
I think families should have dinner together every day
On aver age, kilometres from
I don't think parents should be friends with their children
adults live their parents .
on Facebook because ...
2 GRAMMAR futu re forms
a r1 16l)) Listen to three d ia logues be t\veen differe11t fan1i ly n1en1bers . \Vho is
talking to 'vho (e.g. bro the r to s is te r)? \Vha t are they talking abo ut?

b Listen again a nd ni atch t\VO e nte nces ' vith each dialogue (1- 3).
Shall I m ake you a cup o f tea?
B ..._ You'll d r ive too fasr.
l'tn staying the night there.
I'll drive really s]o,vly.
r- -
C .____, I'm no t going to go co university yet. f ..........J It's going co be cold to night.
c \.V ith a partner, decide \Vhic h sente nce (A-F) is ...
D a pla n or intent ion DC a pred ic tio n an offer
L an arrange1n enc D a pro n1i e
d >- p.133 Grammar Bank 18. Lea rn 111orc abo ut f ut u re forn1s a nd prac tise
tl1em .

3 PRONUNCIATION sentence st ress

p Sentence stress
An important aspect of speaking English is st ressing t he w ords in a sentence
which carry the inf ormat ion, and not stressing t he other ones. This will help you
t o communicat e better and to speak w ith good rhythm.

a 1 2l l)) Listen to the rhy thn1 in these three dialo gues.

i A Are you coming home for dinner tonight ?

B No. I'm going out w ith my f riends.
2 A What are you going to do in the summer?
95% say that they have a
close family. B We're going to rent a house with my Sist er and her husband.
of people
3 A Do you think they'll have children soon?
s 1don't think so. Not for a few years anyway.
2 have a meal with their
immediate family b Practise then1 \Vith a par t ner. Copy the rhy thn1.
of people every day.
c Ask and ans,ver the questio ns be lO\V. Give as 111uch in forn1ation as possible .

say that their families ARE YOU...?

never argue. • hav ing dinner with your f amily t onight
• or is anyone in your fam ily getting married soon
• doing somet hing wi t h a family member t his week
• v isit ing a relative this weekend
have fa1nily members
who they don't speak ARE YOU GOING TO...?
to any more.
• have a new nephew or niece soon
• have a big family get-together soon
• go on holiday with your family this year
think Lhat families
• buy a present for a member of your family this month
should look after
grandparents. DO YOU THINK ...?
• the number of people getting divorced will go up or down in t he fu ture
• the birth rate w ill go up or down in your coun try
of peop le are happiest • anyone in your family w ill live t o be 90 or more
75% with their families. • you w ill move away f rom (or back t o) the area wh ere your fa mily live

are happiest
17% with friends. 4 i 22 i)) SONG Our House 1'

lfi''''·'* m
a Which do you think has more advantages,
being an only child, or having brothers and
sisters? Why?
b \Vork in pairs. A read The youn&er brother,
Bread The only child.
c Tell your partner about 1 and 2 belo\V.
\Vhose childhood sounds happier:>
R iYalr) bet\veen brothers is norn1al,
but there \·vas a special reason for the
tension bct'vvccn us. l ,.vas very ill \vhen
1 other fan1 ily 1ne1nbers \vho are n1enrioned I \vas born, and sp ent three 1nonths in
2 ho\v the \vr irer's experience as a child hospital \·vith n1y mother. brother
did not sec her at all during that ti1nc, as
affects hi111/ her 110\'I
he \venLlo sray '"ilh an aunt. \l\lhen our
d Look at the 1ighlighre1.IJ '"ords in the two n1other returned ho1nc, it \Vas 'vvith a s.icJ.i
texts . Try to \vork out their meaning ne\vborn baby 'vvho took all the attention.
fron1 the context. Then n1atch thcn1 \vith !'\o " ·onclcr he hated me (although if you
defi n itions 1- 12. he \Nill say tha t he didn't - \ve
remernber Lhings differently).
1 adj ill
2 it's no sur prise that M y brother and I \·v ere completely
3 noun competition bet,veen different. \l\le shared the same bedroom,
but he vvas tidy, a nd I \·vas really untidy.
tvvo people
H e vvas responsible, I was rebellious. H e
4 noun the tin1c \vhen vou vvcrc
\·vas sensible, Tvvas emotional. I have n't
a child got any positive men1ories of our ch ildhood together,
5 noun a meeting of people, Lhough there rnust have been good moments. J ett· says used to play
e.g. fan1ily Co,vboys and Indians but I only remember him trying to suffocate inc
6 noun people \vho are fully unde r the bedcovers.
M y relationsh ip vvithjeffhas influenced my attitude to\vards n1y O\·Vn
7 adj kno,ving about or being fou r daughters. If 1.he girls fight, I alvvays think that the younger child
conscious of sth is innocent. But the good nevvs abou t brothers a nd sisters is that 1·vhen
8 noun a school '"here children they get older, they value each other rnore.Jeff is one of my best
can live during the year fl·iends, and I like and ad1nire h in1 greatly. For better or for \vorse, \\·e
9 verb th ink that sb or sth is share a ,.vhole history. Tt is the longest rela tionship in n1y life .
1n1porta nr
10 verb divided sth bet\veen t\VO
or n1ore people
11 verb try to bu rt sb else JOURNALIST SARAH LEE
vvent to boarding sch.uoJ \vhe n T vvas seven, a nd Lhe ha rdest thing I
12 noun a group of friends
I found \vas 1n aking friends. Because I \•vas a n on ly child, I j ust didn't
ftJ each other knO\V hO\•\I to do it. rfhe thing is that when you're an on ly child yo u
When brothers and sisters get older they spe nd a lot of your time \vith and you're often the on ly ch ild in
value each other more. a gathering of adults. Your parents go on living n1ore or less the \vay
Use each other to talk about an action they have alvvays lived , only no\v you are there too.
between t wo people or groups of people, e.g.
I don't get on very well with my dad - we don't 1 found being an only child inte resting because it gave me
understand each other. a vie\v of the world of ad ults Lhat chi ldre n in a big fa mily
niight not get. And I know it has, aLleast partly, made rnc
e Talk ro a partner. Do you have brothers and the kind or person I am - I never like being one of a group,
sisters, or are you an only child? Do you feel for exa1nple. If I have to be in a group, Tw ill always try to go
positive or negative about it? off and do som ething on n1y O\vn, or be vvith just one other
person - l '1n not comforta ble vvith being one of a gang.
M y parents are divorced no\v and 1ny mother lives in the US
and 1ny father in the UK. I feel very responsible for then1 - I
feel responsible for their happiness. l '1n the closest rela Live in
the 'vorld to each of thern, and I an1 very !ill'.vai:.e off that.

Adapted from a British newspaper

adjectives of personality
a \Vitho ut look ing back at T he )'Ollll[Jel'
brother tex t , can you r en1en1be r \vho \vas
tidy, responsible, and sensible and \vho \Vas
1111 1idy, rebellious, and eniotio11al? D o you
knO\v vvhat the adjecti ves mean? Wo uld yo u
use a ny of thctn to desc r ihe you rself?

b )>- p.153 Vocabulary Bank Personality.

c \ Vrite dO\\·n the first three adjective. of

pe r o na lity tha t com e into you r head . D o n't
sho\v t he111 to your partne r. 1o \v go to
)>- Communication Personality p.104.

word st ress, adject ive endings
a 1 26 >)) Underline the stressed syllable in
the. e n1ult i-syllable adjec tives. Liste11 a nd a \ hat' your position in the fa1nily?
check. A re ,\·ou the o ldest child, a middle child , the
youngest child, or an only child?
1 jea lous an xious am biltious
ge neirous re be lllious b l; 27 >)) Look a t the co ver of Linda Bl a ir's
2 solcialble reltilalbte
book. Novv listen to a jo urnalist tal king
a bo ut it o n a rad io programn1e. Con1plete ,
3 re spon lsilbte senisijble the chart by \vri ting four n1o re adjectives of
4 com pe t i t ive tatjka tive pe rsonality in each colun1n.
a ggre ssive sen si t ive """''' ' ' V\•

,O,ldest children Middle children Youngest children Only children

5 un friend ly 1n se cure _, ' '

sensible relaxed outgoing self-confident

im pa tient i mma,tu re

b Lis te n aga in and a11swer the quest io ns .

1 Is -ous pronounced /aus/ o r /os/ ?
2 Is -able prono unced /:o>bl/ or /e1bl/ ?
3 Is · ible pronounced /obi/ o r /ibl/?
4 ls -ive pro nounced /ov/ o r /1v/ ? c C o n1pare \Vith a part ner. The n listen ro the fou r sections o ne by
5 A re -ous / -able / -ible / -ive stressed? o ne. C heck your ans\ve rs . \ Vhat reasons or exan1ples does the
6 A re 1111 - / in- / int- stressed? jou r na list give?

d Look at t he completed chart above. In pa irs , say...

... if you think it is true for you - and if not, why not?
... if you think it is true f or other people you know
(your brothers and sisters, friends, etc.)

>- p.113 Writing A description of a person. W rite a descriptio n of
a friend you k 110\v \VCI I.