Advanced English Lesson

Other inventions that are mentioned are the self-cleaning house and the potentially useful escape coffin. Find out why you might have needed one and how it works J

This lesson deals not only with some amusing inventions from the past, but also concludes with some state of the art inventions from 2011.

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This advanced English lesson is also appropriate for proficiency students (B2, C1 and C2).

Language Focus

This advanced English lesson starts off with some questions for you to consider about inventions. Choose your top 10 favourite inventions of all time, and then select your top 5 in order of importance.

Before reading the article, you need to speculate on how you would have designed the innovations if faced with the challenge. How would you design a house that needs absolutely no cleaning at all? How would you make a coffin so that someone can escape after burial? And if you had a surplus of concrete, what sort of furniture would you make with it?

Of course, as with all reading comprehension lessons there is also relevant vocabulary to learn, and then some topical idioms that you can add.

To finish off the lesson, you will find out what the top inventions of 2011 were J

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