Vocabulary: Adjectives Talking about buildings
Describe physically and how it makes you feel
1. World's tallest building opens in Dubai 2010(link)
2. World's largest building opens in China 2013 (link)
3. Cubans can now build their own homes (link)
Online Interactive Quiz Modal Verbs Jeopardy (link)
Objective IELTS 10.2 Pp. 68-69 Reading: Norman Foster - Architect
Grammar: Infinitives (~ing forms)
Grammar (British Council) -ing forms (link)
Prefixes: Under / Over (link)
Vocabulary to talk about buildings - TEFLTASTIC: (link)
Homes and architecture vocabulary Pictionary (link)
Speaking Task 1:
Practice with these Speaking Part 1 questions: (link)
*Describe your neighbourhood.
*What kind of house do you live in?
*Are there any monuments in your hometown?
*Do you like to visit historical buildings?
*Have you ever visited a famous structure?
*What are the landmarks in your hometown?
Speaking Task 2: Describe a building you like or dislike.
(link to IELTS-Simon.com),
(Link to IELTS Mentor: Describe an unusual building you have visited)
NPR Listening (National Public Radio)
1. After Decades, A Shanghai Preservationist Heads Home To America (link)
Lesson at (Link)
1. After Decades, A Shanghai Preservationist Heads Home To America
2. Words You'll Hear: Gentrification
3. Renowned Iraqi-British Architect Zaha Hadid Dies At 65
4. Encore: Housing Costs Inspire London Builders To Create Underground Mansions
5. Meet The Architect Who Helped Bring Modernism To The Masses
6. This House Is A Work Of Art, So The Owner Is Donating It To A Museum
Writing Task 1 (General) Letter: There is a problem with your accomodation
Writing Task 2 Writing Task 2 Discuss Both Views (+opinion) Essay Lesson (Link) IELTS Advantage Website
Topics: *In the past, buildings often reflected the culture of a society but today all modern buildings look alike and cities throughout the world are becoming more and more similar. What do you think is the reason for this, and is it a good thing or a bad thing? (link)
*Some people feel that the design of newly constructed buildings in big cities should be controlled by governments. Others contest those who finance the construction of a building should be free to design it as they see fit. What is your position? Discuss both sides in your response.(link)
*It is more important for a building to serve its purposes than to look beautiful. Architects do not need to worry about whether it is a real work of art. Do you agree or disagree?
*Modern buildings are appearing in large numbers. Some people believe that we should build our buildings in traditional styles. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
TED Talk How Can Public Spaces Change A City's Character? (link to video)