Nationality

What do these flags represent?


Descriptive words and terms

Country People
developed

developing

historic

innovative

multi-cultural

wealthy

well-organised

class-conscious

communicative

conservative

excitable

family-oriented

law-abiding

nationalistic

polite

proud

religious

reserved

serious

suspicious of foreigners

tolerant

traditional

Do you think any or all of the words in the table describe the English (or the British)?

Which of the characteristics in the table apply to people in your country?

Are these stereotypical or realistic characteristics?


Which category (country or people) do the following key words belong to?

animal lovers, advanced, democratic, emotional, friendly, liberal, modern, nature lovers, noisy, outgoing, powerful, violent


This is Britain:

Describe the pictures above.

What is typical about the landscape of your country (or of your part of the country)?


Listening


Colloquial expressions

Choose from the following language to fill in the gaps:

‘d rather, wouldn’t mind, can’t stand, ‘d prefer, love, hate, don’t think I’d want, really into, really like, don’t like, really keen on, just love, not keen on myself, ‘d love, prefer


  1. What are you into doing at weekends?
  2. What would you like to do this weekend?
  3. What sports or other things are you keen on watching?
  4. What star or other person would you love to meet?
  5. What are the things that you can’t stand doing?
  6. What thing would you prefer not to do tomorrow?

Speaking

What are the good things and the bad things about living in your country, town or region?

E.g. Good things: weather, food, facilities; bad things: taxes, neighbours, no social life.

Where else would you like to live and why?


Phrasal verbs

Complete the description with these verbs in the correct form:

get at, ring up, get to, take off, get by, put up with, get on with, look forward to, check in

When I am abroad, I always [1] __________ getting back home. I start feeling homesick as soon as the plane [2] ________. When I [3] _________ a new place, the first thing I do after I have [4] ________________ at the hotel is to [5] ______________ my family and have a chat with them. Unfortunately, I have to travel a lot on business and I often go to the States. I [6] ______________ the Americans very well – they are always very friendly. I speak good English too, so I can [7] _______ in the States without any problems. I’m not very keen on American food, but I can [8] _________ it. The problem is that I’m a stay-at-home. My sister always [9] ______________ me – she says I’m boring and unadventurous. But, as the saying goes, ‘home sweet home’.