Answer the questions
1. What can people do if they don’t like their way of life and want to change it? How can they do it?
2. Do you know people that:
a) work or study abroad?
b) change work regularly?
c) often take up new hobbies?
3. If you could spend a year working or studying in another country, which country would you choose? Why?
4. What would you like to do there?
5. What problems do you think you might have?
Read about Karen and describe what you can see in the photos
My name’s Karen and I am a primary school teacher. A few months ago, I decided to change my life. I took a year off and went to live in Beirut with my husband, Mike, who’s an English teacher.
Listen to Karen talking about her new life. Does she like her life in Beirut? Why?
Read the sentences and pay attention to the words in bold. Agree or disagree with the following statements:
1. I have always loved Arab culture and the Arabic language.
2. All Lebanese women know how to belly dance.
3. The hospitality of Arab people is amazing. They like welcoming guests.
Listen to Karen and answer the questions
1. Why did she choose Beirut?
2. Why did she want to take a year off?
3. Who is Omayma?
4. Why does Karen say Arabic is a difficult language?
5. How long has Karen been teaching belly dancing?
6. How do her students feel about an English woman teaching them belly dancing?
7. What does she like most about living in Lebanon?
Listen and complete these questions and answers from the interview with Karen
Look at sentences 1-5 and answer the questions
1. Are the verbs action or non-action verbs?
2. Do they refer to single actions or continuous / repeated actions?
3. Do they refer to a completed action or one which is still happening?
He hated the sound of children
Present Perfect Continuous
+ Subject + have/has + been + V-ing
We have been walking for hours! Can we have a break?
Chris has been running all day.
— Subject + haven’t/hasn’t + been + V-ing
I haven’t been feeling well lately.
? (Question word) + Have/Has + subject + been + V-ing
Have you been watching TV all day?
We use Present Perfect Continuous for:
➢ unfinished actions that started in the past and continue up till now
She has been writing reports all day. (She is still writing them.)
➢ continuous actions with results in the present
Your eyes are red, have you been crying?
I have been running for hours, that’s why my shirt is so wet.
!Unlike Present Perfect Simple (which focuses on the result of the action), Present Perfect Continuous focuses on the time spent on the action and the process of the action itself.
I have read a book about Indian culture. (I finished reading it.)
I‘ve been reading a book about Indian culture. (I haven’t finished it yet.)
They have been worked hard all day.
✓ They have been working hard all day.
Ask and answer questions with your teacher to find out more about the following points
After How long…?
With action verbs, e.g. play, use present perfect continuous.
With non-action verbs, e.g. know, use present perfect simple.
— Do you play volleyball?
— How long have you been playing volleyball?
— Since I was about 15.
— How often do you play?
Go to the cards below and do the tasks