Topic 7 Doing Time, Doing Tenses
Vocabulary in Use (Upper Intermediate)
38 Describing people: character
60 Politics and public institutions
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
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 company.
TOPIC 5: SOCIAL RELATIONS
to do time
The man: essentially the window frame was unsafe and
however hard he banged, it shouldn’t have fallen out.
The company: the man shouldn’t have banged on the
window so hard. The company can’t be responsible for its
The judge: (this is in fact true) the bus was roadworthy
and by law must be regularly maintained. Therefore,
although the bus company is responsible, they would not
reasonably have known about the frame being unsafe and
so didn’t have to pay damages.
What are they talking about?
Should prison sentences be for
punishment or rehabilitation?
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.
Murder and Capital Punishment (possible answers)
1. have been
2. is defined 3. becomes 4. have been
6. to be proven 7. are sentenced 8. was supposed 9. (have been)
10. have abolished
11. is favoured 12. revealed 13. was intended 14. favour 15. is lost
16. will bring
17. have founded 18. have taken 19. involved 20. comes
Law and Order (in court)
accused acquitted barristers Crown Court defence
dock evidence fine guilty guilty
imprisonment judge judge jury Justice of the
oath prosecution put on probation sentence
testimony trial verdict witness box witnesses
Listen to the conversation
and answer the questions:
1. What does the police officer “find” in the
2. What information does the police officer
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
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.
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?
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 end.
f) Emeria has invaded Darda
The news that moves are underway to ban the sale of e-
cigarettes to under 18s in England has been welcomed by
health campaigners and one manufacturer of the product.
A 16-year old boy arrested on suspicion of murdering a 17-
year-old girl in Surrey has been sectioned under the
mental health act.
The Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, has insisted Labour is not
anti-business, after criticism of the party’s plans to
increase the top rate of income tax to 50p.
The Foreign Secretary, William Hague, has said that the
Government is working on plans for Britain to take in some
particularly vulnerable Syrian refugees.
In the Ukraine there are reports that several thousand
protesters are trying to storm an administrative building
in the south east of the country.
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.
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
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