by Nina Dearle
Topic 7 Social Relations
(Doing Time, Doing Tenses)
A self does not amount to much, but no
self is an island; each exists in a fabric of
relations that is now more complex and
mobile than ever before.
Jean-Francois Lyotard (French philospher)
No road is long with good
to do time
Vocabulary in Use (Upper Intermediate)
38 Describing people: character
60 Politics and public institutions
99 Headline English
Vocabulary in Use (Advanced)
13 Talking about yourself
14 Relationships : positive aspects
15 Relationships: problems
16 Passions: reactions and emotions
17 Feelings: antipathies and aversions
19 Observing others: character traits
24 Socialising and networking
40 Authorities: customs and police
41 World views; ways of thinking
42 Festivals in their cultural context
46 British politics
47 The language of law
48 War and peace
100 Newspaper headline
Establish the function of the future in
the following sentences:
1. I’ll carry one of your cases for you.
2. Man will colonise the moon in the
3. Shall we dance?
4. I’ll kill you.
5. I’ll always love you.
6. He’s in poor health but he will
7. I shall go no matter what you say.
8. I’ll tell you if and when he arrives.
1 bench (law)
2 bench (law)
approach the bench
In 2000 the British Government proposed that smacking
should remain legal. However, it said it would consider
jailing people who use slippers or the cane on children.
Smacking stays legal
Parents could be jailed
for using slippers or the
Listen to the conversation
and answer the questions:
1. What does the police officer “find” in the
2. What information does the police officer
What are they talking about?
Should prison sentences be for
punishment or rehabilitation?
What would happen in your country if you:
were caught speeding?
accidently killed someone?
were caught smoking marijuana?
attacked and injured someone?
were caught writing graffiti on a public building?
were caught shoplifting?
The Government was able to win an important vote
because it had a majority in Parliament.
A minister who might have had to resign from the
cabinet lost their seat at a parliamentary election.
A senior member of the opposition tells the media the
party is sacrificing one of its key policies.
The largest party in a local council have been surprised
by the success of an opposition councillor in a local
The Government have denied that the country is
becoming a police state under their rule.
85-100: You are on the extreme liberal end of the social scale. Your
strong ideals probably make you an active supporter of human rights
movements and lead you to defend the underdog. However your view
of society may lean a little too far towards the permissive and
libertarian to be practicable.
40-85: Your ideals are still showing, but your feet are firmly on the
ground. You have a realistic attitude to the actual workings of the
social machine without wanting to interfere too much with individual
freedom. You maintain the balance between the radical and
conservative tendencies that are present in all of us.
Less than 40: You are likely to be extremely right-wing and have a
strong authoritarian streak. You are a great believer in law and order,
something of a traditionalist and not prepared to changer your
attitudes very easily.
a) It is likely that the two countries will begin imposing
taxes on imports from the other or stop exporting
important commodities to the other.
b) Emeria is saying that the Darda government has
tortured people or taken political prisoners etc.
c) The Ambassador of Emeria walked out of the UN
during a session in protest at what was being said.
d) The situation is becoming very delicate with people
anxious about an invasion.
e) There are no indications that the war is coming to an
f) Emeria has invaded Darda
Headlines from BBC news
Understanding newspaper headlines
headlinese grammar rules for headlines
Enduring Love? Couple relationships in the 21st
Maintaining 21st century relationships takes
more than romance
New party challenges Spanish political order
A lot of bad apples
Crime and Punishment
Language functions to check out:
1) Giving reasons and explanations
2) Drawing conclusions
Films to watch:
2) Fahrenheit 9/11
Books to Read:
1) Protect and Defend
2) Death Match
Questions to think about:
1) What citizenship entails.
2) The purpose of punishment.
3) Do social networking sites
hamper real life relationships?
4) The most important political
issues at the moment.
Grammar to brush up on: