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You will read a short article. Look at the headline and photo and discuss what you think the article will be about.

Read the article and check your ideas.

-How much TV do you watch on average?

-Do you do anything else while watching?

Look at the highlighted expressions in paragraph 1. Which phrases are linkers for the following?

  1. adding information
  2. emphasizing something
  3. saying two things happen at the same time

what's more



Look at the highlighted expressions in paragraphs 3 and 4. Which phrases are linkers for the following?

1. adding information
2. giving both sides of the argument

In addition

On the one hand... on the other hand.

Read the comments and choose the correct options.


Read the information in the unlock the code box and check your answers.

Answer the questions based on the article.

  1. What two types of technology are used for second-screen viewing?
  2. What kind of people like second-screen viewing?
  3. In which countries are second screens most popular? And least?
  4. What is the advantage of second-screen viewing?
  5. What is the main disadvantage?

smartphones and tablets

young people

Brazil, Germany

information or chatting about the program with friends

It can take our attention away from the program

Speaking - Discuss the following questions and use linking words to connect your ideas.

  • What do you think of using a second screen while watching TV? Do you do it?
  • Do you think people don’t talk to each other enough? Why/why not?

Example: Sometimes I use a second screen while watching a TV show I’m not very interested in. Additionally, I might be chatting with someone on WhatsApp. Meanwhile, the show is playing and I lose track of what’s happening. This can be especially annoying for whoever is watching with me.


Extreme adjectives - Look at the sentences from the comments 2 & 3. How does the writer feel? Which words do they use to express their feelings?



It’s absolutely


… the program is

absolutely fascinating…

Pronunciation - where is the stress in the phrases?

it’s absolutely infuriating

the program is absolutely fascinating

/ɪts ˈæbsəlutli ɪnˈfjʊriˌeɪtɪŋ/

/ðəˈproʊˌgræm əz ˈæbsəlutli ˈfæsəˌneɪtɪŋ/

Match adjectives 1-7 to adjectives a-g which have a similar meaning.

  1. bad
  2. annoying
  3. good
  4. important
  5. interesting
  6. difficult
  7. scary

  1. essential
  2. terrifying
  3. awful
  4. infuriating
  5. impossible
  6. brilliant
  7. fascinating


  1. bad - c awful
  2. annoying - d infuriating
  3. good - f brilliant
  4. important - a essential
  5. interesting - g fascinating
  6. difficult - e impossible
  7. scary - b terrifying

Read the Vocabulary Focus box about extreme adjectives.

Here are some more extreme adjectives. Can you work out what the underlined adjectives mean?

  1. I can’t walk any further. I’m absolutely exhausted. I’ll have to sit down.
  2. She was absolutely amazed when she saw her sister standing at the front door. They hadn’t seen each other for ten years.
  3. That smells absolutely delicious. I love the smell of garlic. What are you cooking?
  4. It’s absolutely astonishing. This is the first time you haven’t been late this year!
  5. I can’t carry that. It’s absolutely enormous. I’ll need some help.
  6. Put the heater on. It’s absolutely freezing in here.

Pronunciation When we use extreme adjectives, we stress both the adverb and the adjective.

  • Listen to the sentences and underline the stressed syllables in the adverbs and adjectives in bold.

  1. I’m absolutely exhausted.

  1. She was absolutely amazed.

  1. That smells absolutely delicious.

  1. It’s absolutely astonishing.

  1. It’s absolutely enormous.

  1. It’s absolutely freezing in here.


Speaking - What is your reaction to these situations? Why? Use extreme adjectives to express how you feel.

  • You are having a meal with a friend who keeps looking at his/her phone and sending messages.
  • You settle down to watch the 8 o’clock news which you’ve been looking forward to watching and a friend calls you.
  • A friend invites you to dinner, but leaves the TV on and keeps watching while you are eating.
  • Your friend wants to listen to loud music, but you want to watch a documentary.


bad = awful

difficult = impossible

scary = terrifying

good = brilliant

surprised = astonished

annoyed = infuriated

big = enormous

interesting = fascinating

important = essential

Note: Use very or extremely to make a non-extreme adjective stronger. Use absolutely to make an extreme adjective even stronger.

Extreme adjectives

adding information: what’s more, in addition, additionally

emphasizing something: especially, above all

saying two things happen at the same time: meanwhile

giving both sides of the argument: on the one hand… but on the other…

Linking words