B2 C1 Week Starting 30 12 19

Head transplants possible by 2030, say doctors

What does this headline bring to mind?

Task 1

Click on or Copy and paste the link below to do the speed reading exercise at 200 words per minute.

https://breakingnewsenglish.com/1912/191221-donald-trump-impeachment-reading-200.htm

Task 2

Click on or Copy and paste the link below to do the listening at various speeds and also a bit of SHADOW READING.

https://breakingnewsenglish.com/1912/191221-donald-trump-impeachment-l.html

Task 3

Click on or Copy and paste the link below to do the TEXT JUMBLE exercise

https://breakingnewsenglish.com/1912/191221-donald-trump-impeachment-sq.htm

Task 4

Check the article for the TRUE/FALSE task below.

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. A neurosurgeon has written a new science fiction horror story.     T / F
  2. People who need a head transplant must first leap and bound.     T / F
  3. The doctor got the head transplant idea while working with an SF writer. T / F
  4. The doctor said the head can be transplanted without the spinal cord.     T / F
  5. The neurosurgeon has performed more than 10,000 operations.     T / F
  6. Robotics and stem cell technology could help with head transplants.     T / F
  7. The doctor said head transplants were daunting.     T / F
  8. The doctor said consciousness would not move with the head.     T / F

Songs with Lyrics

U2: Get out of your own way

Click on or Copy and paste the link below to do the exercise at the level of your choice. Plus, sing along/say the lyrics along the song as many times as possible.

https://es.lyricstraining.com/en/play/u2/get-out-of-your-own-way/HLkEvrcT4L

“London Calling”

London calling to the faraway towns
Now war is declared, and battle come down
London calling to the underworld
Come out of the cupboard, you boys and girls
London calling, now don’t look to us
Phoney Beatlemania has bitten the dust
London calling, see we ain’t got no swing
Except for the ring of that truncheon thing

The ice age is coming, the sun’s zooming in
Meltdown expected, the wheat is growing thin
Engines stop running, but I have no fear
‘Cause London is drowning, and I live by the river

London calling to the imitation zone
Forget it brother, you can go it alone
London calling to the zombies of death
Quit holding out, and draw another breath
London calling, and I don’t wanna shout
But while we were talking, I saw you nodding out
London calling, see we ain’t got no high
Except for that one with the yellowy eyes

The ice age is coming, the sun’s zooming in
Engines stop running, the wheat is growing thin
A nuclear error, but I have no fear
‘Cause London is drowning, and I live by the river

The ice age is coming, the sun’s zooming in
Engines stop running, the wheat is growing thin
A nuclear error, but I have no fear
‘Cause London is drowning, and I live by the river

Now get this…
London calling, yes, I was there too
And you know what they said? Well, some of it was true!
London calling at the top of the dial
And after all this, won’t you give me a smile?
London calling…

I never felt so much alike alike alike alike…

Task

What is the this song about?

How many new words have you learnt?

What does the song tell you about the music of that era?

What does the song tell you about the attitude of the band?

Do you identify with anything in this song?

What do you think of phoney friends?

Do you think that Beatlemania has bitten the dust?

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