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Diamond in the rough

Updated: Jan 4, 2020

Ice breaker

You are alone at a restaurant one night. After you finish the meal, you discover that you had left your wallet at home. You also discover that your mobile is dead. You cannot remember any of your friends’ numbers. The restaurant tells you that you MUST pay or they will call the police. If you couldn’t ask a friend to bring you money, how would you solve this problem?

A man runs up to you in the street and hands you a brown package, he says ‘post this for me’ before he runs away. What do you do? Why?

Grammar - tentative language

Follow this presentation on expressions relating to success or see below

Be in the bag

success is evident

Victory seems to be in the bag for the Conservatives.

Be on the crest of a wave

very successful

Our products are very successful. We’re on the crest of a wave right now.

Come/ turn up trumps

get unexpectedly good results

Against all expectations, our team came up trumps in the cup final.

With flying colours

do something successful

My daughter passed the entrance exam with flying colours. I’m so proud of her.

Bite off more than you can chew

to be attempting too much

With your three jobs and University, you may have bitten off more than you can chew.

Cockney Rhyming Slang

Apples and pears = Stairs

Plates of meat = feet

‘Get your plates of meat up the apples now!’

Open debate

This video contains 8 secrets to success – what do you think those secrets might be?

Watch the video – are your ideas included?

Passion – what kind of passion?

Work? What does this mean?

Which is the most valuable? Why?

What would you add?

The following is a presentation about people that have succeeded against the odds, that have become successful despite coming from challenging backgrounds. It includes a 'Guess who' section

Debate 30 minutes

Split into groups to discuss the following questions. After 5 minutes stop and move to a new group, with different people. NEW PLACES, NEW FACES. Try to communicate with as many people as possible to benefit from different vocabulary, grammar, accents and opinions.

AT HOME: try this as a writing exercise or start a discussion in the FORUM

1 What ‘holds a person back’ from success?

2 Do you know any people in your family or celebrities that have succeeded ‘against the odds?’

3 Where does ‘grit’ come from?

4 ‘What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger’ DISCUSS

5 Our lives are guided by ‘destiny’ DISCUSS

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