Today’s picture: Ostentatious Architecture at King’s College, Otahuhu, Auckland
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Part 1: Today's word
If something is complex, it is not simple and that means it can be hard to understand. In other words, something that is complex has many parts and normally takes a long time to study or understand. The word 'complex' can be used in a neutral way, but is sometimes negative, when a person wants to say something should be simple, but isn’t. Very often the structures, models and theories that you come across at university are complex - this often means that you need to analyse them - in other words, break them down into the different components. The noun form is 'complexity'.
This is a complex question which requires careful consideration.
The complexity of the problem meant that we needed to spend many more hours on identifying its causes and recommending solutions.
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Part 2: Test
Here are FOUR sentences with the word of the day. But only THREE are correct. Which is the Odd One Out?
Crime is a complex issue, which requires careful research using a wide range of data and methods.
Forming a new government in New Zealand is a complex process now that several different political parties are involved.
I was pleased that she gave me complex instructions on how to get to her house from the station.
The police investigation was complex, involving hundreds of officers from different cities over the course of two years.
Part 3: Practice Questions:
What is the most complex aspect of the course you are doing?
Which aspects of English do you find most complex?
Part 4: Kiwi Quiz Question
Which successful North American singer is building a home on a large piece of land near Queenstown, New Zealand?
Part 5: Today's online reading: http://tinyurl.com/46bg9b
This is an article on how the behaviour of male bosses is very similar to other male animals, such as monkeys!
Vocabulary for the article: to preen / to strut / to puff out your chest / dominant / an alpha male / to assert your authority / to flaunt / plumage / gravitas / your turf / ostentatious /
Questions for the article:
Which of these behaviours is NOT typical of ‘dominant male’ bosses, according to the article?
wearing bright colours
beating their chests with their fists
sitting on a big chair
showing off their expensive watch
What’s the difference between the purpose of this behaviour in the workplace and in the animal kingdom?
Does the researcher think the reasons for this behaviour are cultural, biological or a mix of the two?
Do women bosses behave in a similar way?
Today’s musical intro / outro: From the USA
That don’t impress me much’ by Shania Twain. From the CD ‘Come on Over’. 1997: Mercury Records. CD may be sampled and purchased from: http://tinyurl.com/4aruc6 and is very widely available in record stores.
This is the video for this song: http://tinyurl.com/yucxql ________________________________________________________________