Thursday, June 21, 2012

Level 5 Unit 4 - Today's trends

Topic: Modern Trends and fashions 

According to Wikipedia.............. Trend may refer to:
  • Fads and trends, including fashion trend
    • Trendsetter (or early adopter), person who starts (or follows early on) a fashion or technology trend before most other people
  • Market trend, prolonged period of time when prices in a financial market are rising or falling faster than their historical average, also known as "bull" and "bear" markets, respectively

Trendy topics

Vocabulary: Family 

Video: That's a family!

What kind of family do you have?

- Nuclear Family: It is a family group consisting of a father and mother and their children,who share living quarters.
Blended Family: Family who is divorced and re-grouped.

- Extended Family: Family who has grandparents and children living together.
- Traditional: Normal families 
- Non traditional:  no classical families.

Family vocabulary

- Step mother or father
Mother or father who is not your biological father or mother but is married with your biological father or mother.
- Half Brother or sister: Sister / brother who is not your biological sister/brother.

- Single parents
- Married parents
- Divorced parents
- Foster parents
- Step parents
- Adopting parents
- Working parents.
- Stay-at-home parents

Read about families in the USA:

Statistics on US Families 

Nontraditional Families Becoming More Traditional

Family Statistics

Grammar: Quantity expressions; 

Expressions for Agreeing and Disagreeing

Expressing agreement
  • I agree with you 100 percent.
  • I couldn't agree with you more.
  • That's so true.
  • That's for sure.
  • (slang)
  •  Tell me about it!
  • You're absolutely right.
  • Absolutely.
  • That's exactly how I feel.
  • Exactly.
  • I'm afraid I agree with James.
  • I have to side with Dad on this one.
  • No doubt about it.
  • (agree with negative statement)
  •  Me neither.
  • (weak)
  •  I suppose so./I guess so.
  • You have a point there.
  • I was just going to say that.
Expressing disagreement
  • I don't think so.
  • (strong)
  •  No way.
  • I'm afraid I disagree.
  • (strong)
  •  I totally disagree.
  • I beg to differ.
  • (strong)
  •  I'd say the exact opposite.
  • Not necessarily.
  • That's not always true.
  • That's not always the case.
  • No, I'm not so sure about that.

Exercise on disagreeing

Fashion and Style

What is your opinion about fashion and style? what's your style? what kind of clothes do you wear?
Take the quiz:

for more fashion vocabulary:

Clothes /Accessories/Fashion
Fashion Talk:
Teen Styles:

Video: What's your style?

giving advice with could, should, ought to and had better. 


1. Write a paragraph to describe families in our country  and your family.  Use the vocabulary discussed in class.
2. Ask your friends about trends in your university. Write a composition with photos, and statics of what you found out. How many people id you talk to? what are URBE's trends in fashion, music, discos, movies, ...?

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