Cover of the textbook Speakout Advanced Plus - Students' Book

The key answer of exercise 1

The key to exercise solutions in chapter 2.3 - Think again for the textbook Speakout Advanced Plus - Students' Book with authors Frances Eales and Steve Oakes from Pearson Education


Work in pairs and discuss. Which phrases relate to promoting creativity? Explain any differences between each pair of phrases. Give examples to support your ideas.


phrases which relate to promoting creativity

  1. fire the imagination
  2. have a fertile imagination = have a vivid imagination
  3. question facts
  4. neither
  5. rely on intuition
  6. think outside the box
  7. be spontaneous = do something on the spur of the moment
  8. be versatile

differences in meaning

  1. stifle the imagination = to stop something from being expressed; fire the imagination → the opposite meaning
  2. have a fertile imagination; have a vivid imagination → similar meaning
  3. regurgitate facts = reproduce facts without thinking; question facts → the opposite meaning
  4. learn by rote; learn by heart → the same meaning
  5. rely on intuition = to know something based on a feeling; rely on intellect = to use your brain and mental capacities → the opposite meaning
  6. think outside the box = think in an unconventional way; stick to the tried and tested = keep to conventional, traditional ways → the opposite meaning
  7. be spontaneous = doing something without stopping to think or plan; do something on the spur of the moment → the same meaning
  8. have a rigid outlook = fixed attitude; be versatile = having many different skills / to be adaptable → near opposites (although flexible would be the exact opposite)