Cycling

Introduction

Can you ride a bike? When did you learn how? Have you got a bike at the moment? How often do you ride it and where do you go?

Listening

1. The video below looks at the safety of cycling.
    Make a quick list of the problems cyclists can have, then watch to 1:00 to check your ideas.
  • Suggested Answer to 1.
  • knowing what taxis and pedestrians are going to do next
  • drivers losing concentration
  • roads that were built for far less traffic
  • being less visible at night
2. What do you think ‘Life Paint’ is?
    What does it do?
    Watch the rest of the video to find out.
  • Answer to 2.
  • Life paint is a reflective spray paint that is invisible during the day, but bright at night.
  • It reflects the headlights of cars making the cyclist very visible.

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Language Focus: Adverbs of Degree

They tell us about the strength or intensity of an action, adjective or other adverb.
4. Look at this example from the video transcript:
Nearly every day something almost happens.”
How many other examples of adverbs of degree can you find?

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Practice

6. Write about one or two of the following things (using as many adverbs of degree as you can) on the interactive board below:
You can also use the board to answer the questions about cycling from the beginning of class.

Something you do nearly/almost every day that makes life a little more enjoyable.
Someone you meet at least once a week who you’re always happy to see.
A moment when you felt extremely fortunate being in a situation.
Something you do far/way less now than you used to.
Something you think about a lot more now than when you were younger.
A habit you just couldn’t give up, even if you tried.
Something you’ve worked very hard at over the years.
A moment that was all about letting go and having fun.
Something you got involved in that was essentially about helping others.

Related C1 class about cycling with adverbs of degree: HERE