الحديث عن يوم سيء، باث، الكومبيوتر والبرمجة، أكبر مشكلة تواجه البشرية، كارولينا تسافر مع بعض الأصدقاء، نكتة، كلمات 'rather', 'oops' and 'about

Elementary Podcasts: Tess & Ravi
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Task 1

Section 1 - Conversations in English

I've had a really awful day” – getting it off your chest

Part 1 is based on the Introduction. This section looks at talking about a bad day.

Suggestion: One way to use this is to read the Transcript, and then do some exercises to help you to learn the common phrases. A good idea is to practise these with a friend who speaks English or is also learning English.

Practice materials: exercises 1 - 2

Put the lines of the dialogue in the right order

Exercise

Complete the sentences with the right phrase.

Exercise

Task 2

Section 2 - I'd like to talk about

Section 2 is based on someone talking about something that they’re interested in – it could be anything – a hobby, a person, a place, a thing – something that they know a bit about and would like to share. It helps you to practise speaking for a little bit longer – for example, when you're explaining something, or telling people something about yourself.

Suggestion: The best way to practise is with a friend who speaks English or is also learning English. However, if you can't find someone, you can send us a paragraph in English.

You listened to Rita talking about the historical city of Bath, and here is some more information about Bath.

What’s your home town like? What is its history? What do you like about your town or city and what do you not like so much? Use the information in the Support Pack to help you make some notes.

Now put your notes together to write a paragraph about your home town and add it as a comment at the bottom of this page.

Task 3

Section 3 - Quiz

Section 3 is based on the Quiz. This helps you to learn the meaning of new words and how to remember them.

Suggestion: You can write your answers in our Support Pack. You might want to use a notebook or part of your folder to make your own word lists and maps.

The quiz in this episode was about computers and computing.

Practice materials: Exercise 1

Type the vowels into the gaps to complete the words.

Exercise

Practice materials: Exercise 2

Complete sentences with words about computers and computing.

Exercise

Task 4

Section 4 - Your turn

Section 4 is based on 'Your Turn'. It helps you to listen and understand people giving their opinions.

Suggestion: Download the Support Pack and look at the phrases that the people use. Sometimes they don't use complete sentences. Write down notes and then say what you think.

In Your Turn you heard 5 people answer this question: ‘What’s the biggest problem facing humanity today - and why?’

What about you? What do you think is the biggest problem for the world today? Is it climate change and environmental problems or is it something else?

Write down what you think, explain why, and send this as a comment at the bottom of the page.

Task 5

Section 5 - Carolina

Section 5 follows Carolina – a girl who has come to the United Kingdom (UK) to live, study, and to have fun exploring a different country and culture. Listening to this can help you if you find yourself in a similar situation. You will see that there is often more than one way of saying the same thing in English.

Suggestion: listen to Carolina's conversations with her friends and then do exercises 1 and 2.

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Complete the sentences with the correct phrases.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 2

Choose the phrases that can correctly complete each sentence.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 3

For further practice activities please download and print the Support Pack.

Task 6

Section 6 - Joke

Section 6 is a joke. A joke is normally a funny story you hear and tell someone else. But you can also describe funny things that happen to you. The most important thing is to watch your friends to see if they are enjoying the story or not – then you can make it longer or shorter.

Suggestion: We suggest you do this:

  • Listen to the joke on your computer/mp3 player.
  • Do Exercise 1, in which you put the lines of the joke in order.
  • Do Exercise 2, in which you tell the joke.
  • Think of a funny story that you know. Write down the most important words in English (use a dictionary?). Then try telling the joke.

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Put the lines of the joke in the correct order.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 2

Download the Support Pack. Look at the notes and tell the story without looking at the script.

Task 7

Section 7 - Tom the Teacher

Section 7 is Tom the Teacher. These are more traditional exercises. They look at being accurate in English, and often use the type of exercises you may find in English tests and exams.

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Decide if the sentences are correct or incorrect.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 2

Read the Summary below and then complete the sentences with the correct answers.

Summary
The person who wrote the sentences in the exercise lives in the tropics and likes it there. What he most enjoys doing in his free time is seeing soap operas, as well as sunbathing. He doesn't like doing exercise but he does like very spicy food.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 3

Decide when it's correct to say 'oops!'.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 4

Type the word 'about' in the correct place in each sentence.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 5

For further practice activities please download and print the Support Pack.

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