Lesson 72

English Course Online 72

Today’s Focus:

  • Vocabulary related to Thinking and learning
  • Grammar point: The past simple and past continuous.


1/ Sentence Practice

  • Peter sat in his office and thought about education past and present.
  • Peter had not passed his university exams ten years ago because it was not a priority.
  • None of his family had ever been to university and he supposed it had never really appealed to him.
  • He changed schools often when he was a youngster and always managed to do the absolute minimum. There were much more interesting things to do and his parents never appeared to mind if he did his homework or not.
  • Schools were very different then and if you were not motivated no one was going to force you.
  • Classes were overcrowded and discipline was practically nonexistent.
  • He asked himself. Did the students have a better education before the internet existed?
  • Then he thought that if If we didn’t have computers, what would education be like?
  • Peter was cross with himself and he would prefer if he didn’t waste so much time watching T.V.
  • Our parents were aware of what was what, perhaps they didn’t have the internet but they did have television, radio, and the library. The real difference was that people would disagree with some fact and they would have to go to great lengths to prove who was right. Nowadays you just have to type in a search query and bob’s your uncle, Google the omniscient to the rescue.
  • Peter did enjoy going to the library to look up a fact. Now he just has to enter a search query and he has the answer.
  • Twentieth-century schools used books exclusively.
  • The use of computers has been spreading throughout this century.
  • He thought about the post.
  • he sent his first letter over 25 years ago.
  • His wife enters the room and Peter asks:
  • Have you ever sent a letter?
  • It is part of my job, it is a sort of hard copy to prove that a transaction has taken place.
  • Who were you chatting to on the phone at 8 p.m. yesterday?
  • I was chatting with various people around that time.
  • Why do you ask?
  • Nothing, just imagine, about a year ago I was working on a project to move to Australia.
  • I was getting bored with my job so I decided to change.
  • It was the job, not the country that I had to change.
  • When I was young, I was always changing hobbies and friends.
  • Do you remember when we met? It was raining heavily and you were making your way to work.  I stopped and gave you a lift.
  • At that time, were you always stopping to give lifts to damsons in distress?
  • While you were on the phone I was fixing the oven, it now works.
  • Would you be happier if I were fixing the oven?
  • You have just changed the subject, I asked you about stopping to pick up girls and you out of the blue talk about the oven.
  • No, I think you were the only girl I ever gave a lift to.
  • I wish we were going to buy a new kitchen soon.

2/ Vocabulary Practice

 Thinking and Learning

  • to assess
  • to assume
  • to baffle
  • biases
  • to concentrate
  • to consider
  • to contemplate
  • cynical
  • to deduce
  • to deliberate
  • dilemma
  • to discriminate
  • dubious
  • to estimate
  • faith
  • grasp
  • guesswork
  • hunch
  • inspiration
  • intuition
  • notion
  • optimistic
  • pessimistic
  • plausible
  • to ponder
  • to presume
  • query
  • to reckon
  • to reflect
  • to speculate
  • to suppose


  • academic
  • conscientious
  • concentrated
  • to cram
  • curriculum
  • distance learning
  • graduate
  • ignorant
  • inattentive
  • intellectual
  • intelligent
  • intensive
  • knowledge
  • lecture
  • mock exam
  • to plagiarise
  • self-study
  • seminar
  • tuition
  • tutorial

Phrasal Verbs

  • to brush up on 
  • to put your head down
  • to piece together
  • to get to the bottom of
  • to mull over
  • to read up
  • to think through
  • to think about
  • to fathom out


3/ Grammar Practice

4/ Practice Quiz

Complete the quizzes below.

  1. Today’s comprehension interactive video: 
  2. Today’s sentences drag and drop: 
  3. Today’s grammar fill in the right words: 



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