• Pronoun referencing
  • Guessing meaning from context


  • British and American English
  • Prefixes


  • Modals


  • Telephone conversations


  • Intonation in questions


  • An interview


  • Opinion essay
  • Connectors of cause and result


Crazy English is a brand name related to a non-traditional method of learning English in China conceived by Li Yang. Li believes that the traditional way of learning English in China is ineffective. Li Yang’s method places heavy emphasis on practicing English orally. His method can be described with the quote “To shout out loud, you learn.” Students practice his technique by going behind buildings or on rooftops and shouting English. They also go to his rallies and shout together; this helps them overcome their shyness (everybody is doing it, so nobody is embarrassed). In many ways it remains similar to the traditional pedagogic practices of Chinese education in that it still relies on repetition and recitation; its main plus point appears to be that it encourages learners to overcome the public embarrassment of speaking English in public. This method has become very popular; it currently has approximately 20 million practitioners, including several foreign teachers who work intermittently with the camps.

If you want to know more about this English Learning method you can read the following articles:

There are many British words which are different from American words. In the following websites you have information about these differences. Read the carefully and do the exercises afterwards to check the vocabulary.



A prefix is placed at the beginning of a word to modify or change its meaning. This is a list of some of the most common prefixes in English, together with their basic meaning and some examples. You should use this list as a guide only, to help you understand possible meanings.




a-    / an-

not, without atheist, anaemic


opposing, against, aircraft, antibiotic, anticlimax, Antarctic


two, twice bilingual, biannual

com- / co- / col- / con- / cor-

with, jointly, completely combat, codriver, collude, confide, corrode

en- / em-

put into or on engulf, enmesh
bring into the condition of enlighten, embitter
intensification entangle, enrage

in- / il- / im- / il- / im- / ir-

not, without infertile, inappropriate, impossible
in, into, towards, inside influence, influx, imbibe


between, among interact, interchange


wrong, incorrect misunderstand, misuse


absence, negation non-smoker, non-alcoholic


excessively, completely overconfident, overburdened, overjoyed
upper, outer, over, above overcoat, overcast


before in time, place, order or importance pre-adolescent, prelude, precondition


again repaint, reappraise


not unacceptable, unreal, unhappy

Now you are ready to test your knowledge of English prefixes with the following quizzes:

Now it’s time for some grammar! Have a look at the following presentation on modal verbs. You have more information about them in pages 119, 120 and 121 of your student’s book.

What you have to do for homework is a summary with the form and uses of modal verbs. You can use a mind map, a slideshare presentation, a word document or a powerpoint. Once you are finished you must send it to cristina.itaca@gmail.com. You can practice with modal verbs doing the following exercises.

phoneconversationIn this unit we are going to practice the listening with telephone conversations in:

And to finish, do one exercise to check you know how to use connectors expressing a cause and result relationship.


  • Make a summary with the form and uses of modal verbs. You can use a mind map, a slideshare presentation, a word document or a powerpoint. Once you are finished you must send it to cristina.itaca@gmail.com and modals as the subject of your message.
  • Do the listening practice in page 30 of your workbook. You can download the listening file from Listening Practice 3. Send the answers to cristina.itaca@gmail.com with listening3 as the subject of your message.
  • 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: modal and modal perfect; Listening: Car pooling. Then fill in homework-chart-3 with your scores and send it to cristina.itaca@gmail.com with exercises 3 in the subject of your message.

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