2 BATX – CONTENTS UNIT 2 “Remember when…”


  • Predicting content
  • Guessing meaning from context


  • Phrasal verbs
  • Suffixes


  • Present perfect continuous
  • Past perfect continuous
  • Gerunds and infinitives


  • A survey


  • Rhythm


  • Comparing pictures


  • Narrative
  • Connectors of sequence

This song starts with a song by Bruce Springsteen, Glory Days that tell us about what people remember about the past and how their lives are different today. Let’s watch a life performance of the song to start the unit with rhythm.

ozzy And continuing with music, now you are going to listen to a song by Ozzy Osbourne: Dreamer. This is a dictation: while you are listening to the song you have to write down the lyrics.

PHRASAL VERBS are idiomatic expressions, combining verbs and prepositions to make new verbs whose meaning is often not obvious from the dictionary definitions of the individual words. They are widely used in both written and spoken English, and new ones are formed all the time as they are a flexible way of creating new terms, so very often you’ll have to look up in dictionaries the meaning of phrasal verbs. Here you have a list of pages where you can look them up:

Now it’s time to take some exercises and quizzes to test your knowledge on phrasal verbs. Don’t forget to look up their meaning in the previous pages and dictionaries. Phrasal verbs are very difficult! Don’t become discouraged if you fail a lot; just try to do the exercises again.

In this unit we are dealing with some phrasal verbs with COME and STAND. Click on the verbs to check how much you know about phrasal verbs using them.

Read carefully the following information about NOUN SUFFIXES (-ness, -ity, -tion, -ment, -ance, -ence, -ship and -hood) and ADJECTIVE SUFFIXES (-able, -al, -ous and -y). Then do the following exercises:

In this unit you are going to study the PRESENT PERFECT CONTINUOUS and the PAST PERFECT CONTINUOUS. If you have any doubts about the form, uses and time expressions used with these verb tenses have a look at pages 116 and 117 of your book and these timelines. Then do the exercises you have here:

prpecon How long have you been studying English?”
I’ve been studying English for four years.”
papecon “By the time I left England we had been living in Bristol for five years.”

WRITING A NARRATIVE is like telling a story. A narrative is a story about a series of events and they are usually written in the past. You can have a look at some Tips for Writing a Personal Narrative or at page 143 in your student’s book, if you want to improve your writing. A narrative essay must include:

  1. Opening: Presents the setting, the characters and the place where the story takes place.
  2. Body: Develops the plot explaining the events in the story.
  3. Closing: Explains the end of the story and how the plot is solved.

There are some useful language and expressions you can use in narrative essays:



when, while, before, after, as soon as, by the time, until, during, yesterday, all night, a week later, last summer, it all began when…, before I knew it, suddenly first, at first, in the beginning, to begin with, next, later, meanwhile, finally, at last, in the end

By now you should be ready to write your own NARRATIVE COMPOSITION, using all the information you have about writing narrative essays. I want you to write a composition (more than 100 words) about a significant event in your life or a frightening or exciting experience that you had in the past. Bear in mind that you are writing a narrative.


  • Go to the students’ zone in TOP MARKS 2 and download Bachillerato 2 Activities from the Website activities (you may already have it in your computers), open it and do all the exercises in Grammar: present perfect continuous, present simple and present continuous; past perfect continuous, past simple and past continuous ; Vocabulary: word families, prefixes, suffixes and adjectives with -ing/-ed; gerunds and infinitives; Listening: The Al Andalus Espreso. Then fill in homework-chart-2_ with your scores and send it to cristina.itaca@gmail.com.
  • Write a narrative essay about a significant event in your life or a frightening or exciting experience that you had in the past. Send it to cristina.itaca@gmail.com with past life in the subject of your message.

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