Camden Scene 1 - Language Focus

Rob explica as formas interrogativas e as expressões que as pessoas usam quando vão às compras.

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Complete the questions with the right question word.

Exercise

Rearrange the words to make 'how' questions.

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Task 2

Match the questions with the answers.

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Faça primeiro a tarefa Preparation. Depois, assista o vídeo. Finalmente, vá ao Task e faça a atividade.

Task 4

Match the sentences with when we use them.

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I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud…

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"(...) Que flutua no alto dos morros e vales..."  Este famoso poema de William Wordsworth (1770-1850) foi inspirado na flor da primavera, a narciso amarela ou dourada.

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Task 2

After you have read the poem...

Wordsworth's poem is made up of four stanzas. Each stanza contains six lines, a quatrain followed by a couplet. The rhyming scheme is ABABCC.

In the activity below, the lines of each of the verses have been jumbled up.

Using your memory of the poem, your understanding, and the clues provided by the rhyming scheme, can you rearrange the lines into the correct order?

Exercise

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud

by William Wordsworth

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed-and gazed-but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought.

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

William Wordsworth

Faça primeiro a tarefa Preparation. Depois, vá ao Text e leia o poema ou história (você pode também ouvir o áudio enquanto lê). Finalmente, vá ao Task e faça a atividade.

We suggest you do the vocabulary activity below before you read or listen. Then read and/or listen to the poem and do the task to check your comprehension.

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Série 01 Episódio 10

Neste episódio final de nossa primeira série, você pode ouvir destaques dos primeiros nove podcasts. Por favor, note que não há pasta de apoio para este episódio e nem a seção "Tom the Teacher".

Podcast - While you listen

Below is an exercise to help you when you listen to the podcast for the first time.

  • Get ready to listen to the podcast on your computer.
  • Click on the link below and read through the questions. This will give you an idea of the programme you are going to listen to.
  • Read the questions and instructions carefully. Sometimes you must listen for the 'right' answers. But in some of these questions, you must choose the one answer that is not possible, or wrong.

Practice materials

Listen to the whole podcast and try to answer the questions while you listen

Check your answers when you have finished. How many did you get right? Remember this, because if you listen to the podcast again later (say next month), you can do the exercise again, and see if you have improved!

 

Section 1 - Conversations in English

“Susan, this is Paul” – introducing your friends

Section 1 is based on the Introduction. This section looks at things we often say and do in friendly conversations.

Suggestion: One way to do this section is:

  • Download and read the Transcript for this section (above).
  • Do the exercises below to help you to learn the common phrases.
  • If possible, practise these common phrases with a friend who speaks English or is also learning English.

Practice materials: Exercise 1

Introducing people - gapfilling activity.

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Section 2 - I'd like to meet...

Section 2 is based on someone talking about somebody or something they like. 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 Muhammed talking about Dr. Muhammed Yunus, the Nobel Prize winner.

Can you think of a Nobel Prize winner that you’d like to meet? Or you could tell us about a famous person from your home town or city.

If you can think of someone, make some notes to answer the questions that you can find in the support pack (download above). Now put your notes together to write a paragraph about that person and add it as a comment below.

 

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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.

You might want to use a notebook or part of your folder to make your own word lists and maps.

In the quiz, Max and Hannah play Hot Seat. When you play this game, sometimes it can be easy to guess the words. But you need a lot of vocabulary to be able to explain them. Now you can practise explaining the words that Hannah explained in this Hot Seat quiz. Playing this game is a good way to revise and learn new vocabulary.

Practice materials: Exercise 1

Can you match the descriptions with the things they describe?

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Practice materials: Exercise 2

Choose phrases to explain what things are.

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Section 4 - Our Person in...

Section 4 is based on 'Our Person in...'. It helps you to listen to other people speaking for a little longer than they speak in a conversation, like a radio or television news report. When people prepare written reports, they are often a little more formal, and use more complex words and structures.

You listened to Bridget talking about the film industry in India.
Can you write something about films and cinema in your country?

Suggestion: Download the support pack for Series 01 Episode 09 and read the notes to help you to think of things to say, and the best order to say them. Make your own notes and then join these together to make a paragraph in the comments section below.

 

Section 5 - Your turn

Section 5 is based on 'Your Turn'. It helps you to listen and understand people giving their opinions.

In Your Turn you heard 5 people answer this question: ‘How green are you?’
What about you?  What do you do to help the environment?  Do you do a lot? Or do you think that you should do more?  Or maybe you think that being green is a waste of time.

Suggestion: Download the support pack for Series 01 Episode 06 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.

Write a list of all the things that you do (or don’t do) to help the environment - and why. Then make your list into a paragraph and send it to us. Do this in the comments section below.

 

Section 6 - Carolina

Section 6 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 conversation at the chemist and then do the exercises.

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Put the phrases in the correct places in the conversation.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 2

Choose all the phrases that are correct.

Exercise

Section 7 - Joke

Section 7 in this episode has two jokes. 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 jokes on your computer/mp3 player.
  • Do Exercise 1, in which you put the lines of the first joke in the right order.
  • Do Exercise 2, in which you put the lines of the second joke in the right order.
  • Try telling the jokes without looking at the exercises.
  • 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

Read sentences and put them in the right order to tell the first joke.

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Practice materials - Exercise 2

Read sentences and put them in the right order to tell the second joke.

Exercise

 

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Serie 01 Episódio 09

Fazendo planos para o final de semana, Matt Groening, frases que combinam com diferentes verbos, a indústria cinematográfica indiana, as férias perfeitas, Carolina prepara o jantar para seus amigos, make x do, yourself.

Podcast - While you listen

Below is an exercise to help you when you listen to the podcast for the first time.

  • Get ready to listen to the podcast on your computer.
  • Click on the link below and read through the questions. This will give you an idea of the programme you are going to listen to.
  • Read the questions and instructions carefully. Sometimes you must listen for the 'right' answers. But in some of these questions, you must choose the one answer that is not possible, or wrong.

Practice materials

Listen to the whole podcast and try to answer the questions while you listen.

Exercise

Check your answers when you have finished. How many did you get right? Remember this, because if you listen to the podcast again later (say next month), you can do the exercise again, and see if you have improved!

 

Section 1 - Conversations in English

“Where are you going?” – plans for the weekend

Section 1 is based on the Introduction. This section looks at how to talk about what you are going to do on the weekend.

Suggestion: One way to do this section is:

  • Download the Support Pack and Transcript (above).
  • Read the transcript.
  • Look at the support pack, where you can read Tom the Teacher's tips and also find some useful words and phrases for this section.
  • Do the exercises below to help you to learn the common phrases.
  • If possible, practise these common phrases with a friend who speaks English or is also learning English.

Practice materials: Exercise 1

Plans for the weekend: read the conversation between Stella and Paul and fill in the blanks

Exercise

Practice materials: Exercise 2

There are more practice materials in the support pack (download above)

Section 2 - I'd like to meet...

Section 2 is based on someone talking about somebody or something they like. 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 Sean talking about Matt Groening, the creator of the cartoon, 'The Simpsons'.

Do you have a favourite cartoon or animation that you can write about? It could be a TV series or a film.

If you can think of one, make some notes to answer the questions that you can find in the support pack. Now put your notes together to write a paragraph about the cartoon or animation and add it as a comment below.

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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 (download above).

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 phrases that we use with ‘make’.  It’s a good idea to learn phrases that we use with different verbs. 

Practice materials: Exercise 1

Which phrases go with which verbs?

Exercise

 

Section 4 - Our Person in...

Section 4 is based on 'Our Person in...'. It helps you to listen to other people speaking for a little longer than they speak in a conversation, like a radio or television news report. When people prepare written reports, they are often a little more formal, and use more complex words and structures.

You listened to Bridget talking about the film industry in India.
Can you write something about films and cinema in your country?

Suggestion: Download the support pack (above) and read the notes to help you to think of things to say, and the best order to say them. Make your own notes and then join these together to make a paragraph in the comments section below.

Section 5 - Your turn

Section 5 is based on 'Your Turn'. It helps you to listen and understand people giving their opinions.

In Your Turn you heard 5 people answer this question: “What’s your perfect holiday?"
What do you think?  Do you prefer to stay in a 5-star hotel or go camping?  Do you like sitting on the beach or visiting museums and monuments?  Is it better to stay in one place or travel around?  Do you enjoy being free to do what you want or having everything planned for you?

Suggestion: Download the support pack (above) 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.

Maybe you agree with one of them, or maybe you can think of something different. Write down your opinion and try to explain why it’s your perfect holiday. Do this in the comments section below.

Section 6 - Carolina

Section 6 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 the exercises.

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Put the phrases in the correct places in the conversation.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 2

Choosing phrases that are NOT correct.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 3

Please download the support pack (above) for more practice.

Section 7 - Joke

Section 7 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 match the first half to the second half of each line of the joke.
  • 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 joke into the correct order.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 2

Download the support pack (above). Look at the notes and tell the story without looking at the script.

Section 8 - Tom the Teacher

Section 8 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 which phrases we use with 'make' and which with 'do'.

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Practice materials - Exercise 2

Choose the correct phrases with 'yourself' to complete the sentences.

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Serie 01 Episódio 05

Falando sobre animais de estimação, Didier Drogba, "Pense numa palavra começando com...", Nova Zelândia, gatos e cachorros, piada, formas verbais regulares e irregulares.

Podcast - While you listen

Below is an exercise to help you when you listen to the podcast for the first time.

  • Get ready to listen to the podcast on your computer.
  • Click on the link below and read through the questions. This will give you an idea of the programme you are going to listen to.
  • Read the questions and instructions carefully. Sometimes you must listen for the 'right' answers. But in some of these questions, you must choose the one answer that is not possible, or wrong.

Practice materials

Listen to the whole podcast and try to answer the questions while you listen.

Exercise

Check your answers when you have finished. How many did you get right? Remember this, because if you listen to the podcast again later (say next month), you can do the exercise again, and see if you have improved!

 

Section 1 - Conversations in English

I didn't know you had a dog!– talking about pets

Section 1 is based on the Introduction. This section looks at how to talk about your pets or ask questions about other people’s.

Suggestion: One way to do this section is:

  • Download the Support Pack and Transcript (above).
  • Read the transcript.
  • Look at the support pack, where you can read Tom the Teacher's tips and also find some useful words and phrases for this section.
  • Do the exercises below to help you to learn the common phrases.
  • If possible, practise these common phrases with a friend who speaks English or is also learning English.

Practice materials: Exercise 1

Talking about pets - gapfilling activity.

Exercise

Practice materials: Exercise 2

There are more practice materials in the support pack (download above)

Section 2 - I'd like to meet...

Section 2 is based on someone talking about somebody or something they like. 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 Olu talking about Didier Drogba.

Is there a famous sportsperson that you can write about?

If you can think of someone, make some notes to answer the questions that you can find in the support pack. Now put your notes together to write a paragraph about that person and add it as a comment below.

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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 podcast is called ‘Beginning with…’ – for example, ‘think of an animal beginning with "P"’ – the answer could be ‘polar bear’ or ‘pig’ for example – there are lots of possibilities. Playing this game is a good way to revise and learn new vocabulary.

Practice materials: Exercise 1

To do an activity in which you fill in the names of things beginning with different letters on a diagram you will need to download the support pack (above).

You can play ‘Beginning with…’ by yourself, or with a friend.  To see some ideas, please see the support pack.

Section 4 - Our Person in...

Section 4 is based on 'Our Person in...'. It helps you to listen to other people speaking for a little longer than they speak in a conversation, like a radio or television news report. When people prepare written reports, they are often a little more formal, and use more complex words and structures.

You listened to Graham talking about New Zealand and the places that were used in the film ‘Lord of the Rings’.
Is there a beautiful place (or places) in your country that you’d like to tell people about? It could be an area of mountains, or a natural park, or a forest – or even a beautiful village or town. Or you could tell us about a beautiful place that you’ve visited in another country.

Suggestion: Download the support pack (above) and read the notes to help you to think of things to say, and the best order to say them. Make your own notes and then join these together to make a paragraph in the comments section below.

Section 5 - Your turn

Section 5 is based on 'Your Turn'. It helps you to listen and understand people giving their opinions.

In Your Turn you heard 5 people answer this question: ‘Which do you prefer – cats or dogs?’
What do you think?

Suggestion: Download the support pack (above) 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.

Which ones do you agree with? Which do you prefer – cats or dogs? You can send us your opinions if you want. Do this in the comments section below.

Section 6 - Carolina

Section 6 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 conversation with her new flatmates and then do the exercises.

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Put the phrases in the correct places in the conversation.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 2

Choose all the phrases that are correct.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 3

Please download the support pack (above) for more practice materials.

Section 7 - Joke

Section 7 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 in the right 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

Read sentences and put them in the right order to tell the joke.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 2

Download the support pack (above). Look at the notes and tell the story without looking at the script.

Section 8 - Tom the Teacher

Section 8 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 verbs are 'regular' or 'irregular'.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 2

Fill in the gaps with different tenses of verbs.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 3

Complete sentences with the correct forms of verbs.

Exercise

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Serie 01 Episódio 06

Falando sobre problemas de viagem, Frida Kahlo, "Pense numa palavra começando com...", Cazaquistão, "Quão verde você é?", a palavra like, palavras neutras e informais.

Podcast - While you listen

Below is an exercise to help you when you listen to the podcast for the first time.

  • Get ready to listen to the podcast on your computer.
  • Click on the link below and read through the questions. This will give you an idea of the programme you are going to listen to.
  • Read the questions and instructions carefully. Sometimes you must listen for the 'right' answers. But in some of these questions, you must choose the one answer that is not possible, or wrong. 

Practice materials

Listen to the whole podcast and try to answer the questions while you listen.

Exercise

Check your answers when you have finished. How many did you get right? Remember this, because if you listen to the podcast again later (say next month), you can do the exercise again, and see if you have improved!

 

Section 1 - Conversations in English

I've had a nightmare journey– arriving late

Section 1 is based on the Introduction. This section looks at how to talk about arriving late because of problems when travelling.

Suggestion: One way to do this section is:

  • Download the Support Pack and Transcript (above).
  • Read the transcript.
  • Look at the support pack, where you can read Tom the Teacher's tips and also find some useful words and phrases for this section.
  • Do the exercises below to help you to learn the common phrases.
  • If possible, practise these common phrases with a friend who speaks English or is also learning English.

Practice materials: Exercise 1

Talking about a nightmare journey: gapfilling activity.

Exercise

Practice materials: Exercise 2

Please download the support pack (above) for more practice materials.

Section 2 - I'd like to meet...

Section 2 is based on someone talking about somebody or something they like. 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 Vanessa talking about Frida Kahlo.

Can you think of an artist that you’d like to meet?

If you can think of someone, make some notes to answer the questions that you can find in the support pack. Now put your notes together to write a paragraph about that person and add it as a comment below.

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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 podcast is called ‘Beginning with…’ – for example, ‘think of an animal beginning with "P"’ – the answer could be ‘polar bear’ or ‘pig’ for example – there are lots of possibilities. Playing this game is a good way to revise and learn new vocabulary. 

Practice materials: Exercise 1

To do an activity in which you fill in the names of things beginning with different letters on a diagram you will need to download the support pack (above).

You can play ‘Beginning with…’ by yourself, or with a friend.  To see some ideas, please see the support pack.

Section 4 - Our Person in...

Section 4 is based on 'Our Person in...'. It helps you to listen to other people speaking for a little longer than they speak in a conversation, like a radio or television news report. When people prepare written reports, they are often a little more formal, and use more complex words and structures.

You listened to Rebecca talking about Kazakhstan.  She talks about the geography of the country and its capital city.  She also talks about a traditional occupation – the berkutchy.
Can you say something about the geography of your country?  And its capital city?  Is there a traditional occupation that you can talk about?

Suggestion: Download the support pack (above) and read the notes to help you to think of things to say, and the best order to say them. Make your own notes and then join these together to make a paragraph in the comments section below.

Section 5 - Your turn

Section 5 is based on 'Your Turn'. It helps you to listen and understand people giving their opinions.

In Your Turn you heard 5 people answer this question: ‘How green are you?’
What about you?  What do you do to help the environment?  Do you do a lot? Or do you think that you should do more?  Or maybe you think that being green is a waste of time.

Suggestion: Download the support pack (above) 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.

Write a list of all the things that you do (or don’t do) to help the environment - and why. Then make your list into a paragraph and send it to us. Do this in the comments section below.

Section 6 - Carolina

Section 6 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 at the 'Societies Bazaar' and then do the exercises.

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Put the phrases in the correct places in the conversation.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 2

Choose all the phrases that are correct.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 3

Please download the support pack (above) for more practice materials.

Section 7 - Joke

Section 7 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 in the right 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

Read sentences and put them in the right order to tell the joke.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 2

Download the support pack (above). Look at the notes and tell the story without looking at the script.

Section 8 - Tom the Teacher

Section 8 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

Read the questions and decide if the word 'like' is a verb or a preposition.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 2

Choose the best sentences to complete short dialogues.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 3

Match neutral words to informal words.

Exercise

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Serie 01 Episódio 07

Conversando sobre a família, Dr. Muhammed Yunus, teste, táxis no Cairo, "Qual é a melhor forma de viajar?", na farmácia, look x sound, falsos amigos.

Podcast - While you listen

Below is an exercise to help you when you listen to the podcast for the first time.

  • Get ready to listen to the podcast on your computer.
  • Click on the link below and read through the questions. This will give you an idea of the programme you are going to listen to.
  • Read the questions and instructions carefully. Sometimes you must listen for the 'right' answers. But in some of these questions, you must choose the one answer that is not possible, or wrong.

Practice materials

Listen to the whole podcast and try to answer the questions while you listen.

Exercise

Check your answers when you have finished. How many did you get right? Remember this, because if you listen to the podcast again later (say next month), you can do the exercise again, and see if you have improved!

Section 1 - Conversations in English

"Your mum and dad live in Brighton now, don’t they?" – Talking about family

Section 1 is based on the Introduction. This section looks at how to talk about both your and other people's families.

Suggestion: One way to do this section is:

  • Download the Support Pack and Transcript (above).
  • Read the transcript.
  • Look at the support pack, where you can read Tom the Teacher's tips and also find some useful words and phrases for this section.
  • Do the exercises below to help you to learn the common phrases.
  • If possible, practise these common phrases with a friend who speaks English or is also learning English.

Practice materials: Exercise 1

Talking about family.

Exercise

Practice materials: Exercise 2

There are more practice materials in the support pack (download above).

Section 2 - I'd like to meet...

Section 2 is based on someone talking about somebody or something they like. 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 Muhammed talking about Dr. Muhammed Yunus, the Nobel Prize winner.

Can you think of a Nobel Prize winner that you’d like to meet? Or you could tell us about a famous person from your home town or city.

If you can think of someone, make some notes to answer the questions that you can find in the support pack (download above). Now put your notes together to write a paragraph about that person and add it as a comment below.

 

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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 podcast is called ‘Beginning with…’ – for example, ‘think of a sport beginning with ‘B’ – the answer could be ‘baseball’ or ‘basketball’ for example – there are lots of possibilities. Playing this game is a good way to revise and learn new vocabulary.  

Practice materials: Exercise 1

Put words into different categories.

Exercise

Practice materials: Exercise 2

You can play ‘Beginning with…’ by yourself, or with a friend.  To see some ideas, please download the support pack (above).

 

Section 4 - Our Person in...

Section 4 is based on 'Our Person in...'. It helps you to listen to other people speaking for a little longer than they speak in a conversation, like a radio or television news report. When people prepare written reports, they are often a little more formal, and use more complex words and structures.

You listened to Susan Harold talking about the taxis in Cairo.
Can you tell people about the transport in your city or town? Maybe your city has trams, or ferry boats across a river, or a more unusual form of transport.

Suggestion: Download the support pack (above) and read the notes to help you to think of things to say, and the best order to say them. Make your own notes and then join these together to make a paragraph in the comments section below.

Section 5 - Your turn

Section 5 is based on 'Your Turn'. It helps you to listen and understand people giving their opinions.

In Your Turn you heard 5 people answer this question: ‘What’s the best way to travel?
What do you think?  What’s your favourite way of travelling?

Suggestion: Download the support pack (above) 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.

Maybe you agree with one of them, or maybe you can think of something different. Write down your opinion and try to explain why it’s the best way to travel. Do this in the comments section below.

Section 6 - Carolina

Section 6 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 conversation at the chemist and then do the exercises.

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Put the phrases in the correct places in the conversation.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 2

Choose all the phrases that are correct.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 3

Please download the support pack (above) for more practice materials.

Section 7 - Joke

Section 7 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 in the right 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

Read sentences and put them in the right order to tell the joke.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 2

Download the support pack (above). Look at the notes and tell the story without looking at the script.

 

Section 8 - Tom the Teacher

Section 8 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

Match the first and last parts of sentences to practise the words 'look' and 'sound'.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 2

Complete the sentences with different forms of 'look' and 'sound'.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 3

Practise 'false friends' by choosing the correct word.

Exercise

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Serie 01 Episódio 08

Pedindo um favor, David Attenborough, teste de números, Natal em Praga, as melhores e piores coisas na TV, Carolina no pub, preposições de tempo, medidas Britânicas. 

Podcast - While you listen

Below is an exercise to help you when you listen to the podcast for the first time.

  • Get ready to listen to the podcast on your computer.
  • Click on the link below and read through the questions. This will give you an idea of the programme you are going to listen to.
  • Read the questions and instructions carefully. Sometimes you must listen for the 'right' answers. But in some of these questions, you must choose the one answer that is not possible, or wrong.

Practice materials

Listen to the whole podcast and try to answer the questions while you listen.

Exercise

Check your answers when you have finished. How many did you get right? Remember this, because if you listen to the podcast again later (say next month), you can do the exercise again, and see if you have improved!

 

Section 1 - Conversations in English

I wanted to ask you something” – asking for a favour

Section 1 is based on the Introduction. This section looks at how to ask someone you know to do you a favour and what to say if someone asks you to do them a favour.

Suggestion: One way to do this section is:

  • Download the Support Pack and Transcript (above).
  • Read the transcript.
  • Look at the support pack, where you can read Tom the Teacher's tips and also find some useful words and phrases for this section.
  • Do the exercises below to help you to learn the common phrases.
  • If possible, practise these common phrases with a friend who speaks English or is also learning English.

Practice materials: Exercise 1

Asking for a favour: read the conversation between Stella and Dave and fill in the blanks.

Exercise

Practice materials: Exercise 2

There are more practice materials in the support pack (download above)

Section 2 - I'd like to meet...

Section 2 is based on someone talking about somebody or something they like. 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 Megan talking about David Attenborough.

Is there a TV presenter that you can write about? It could be someone that you like, or someone that you don’t like!

If you can think of someone, make some notes to answer the questions that you can find in the support pack. Now put your notes together to write a paragraph about that person and add it as a comment below.

Portuguese, Brazil

Section 3 - Quiz

Part 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 (download above).
You might want to use a notebook or part of your folder to make your own word lists and maps.

You heard Amy and Brandon playing a numbers quiz. All of the questions were connected with time.

Practice materials: Exercise 1

Type in the letters to complete the 'time words'.

Exercise

Practice materials: Exercise 2

Type in the letters to complete the names of the months and days.

Exercise

Section 4 - Our Person in...

Section 4 is based on 'Our Person in...'. It helps you to listen to other people speaking for a little longer than they speak in a conversation, like a radio or television news report. When people prepare written reports, they are often a little more formal, and use more complex words and structures.

You listened to Bill talking about a Christmas tradition in Prague.
Can you say something about Christmas traditions in your country? Or maybe a different celebration that happens in your culture or religion? Or you could write about traditions in another country or place that you’ve visited.

Suggestion: Download the support pack (above) and read the notes to help you to think of things to say, and the best order to say them. Make your own notes and then join these together to make a paragraph in the comments section below.

Section 5 - Your turn

Part 5 is based on 'Your Turn'. It helps you to listen and understand people giving their opinions.

In Your Turn you heard 5 people answer this question: ‘What are the best and worst – things on TV?’
What about you?  What do you think about TV programmes?  Do you have strong opinions about programmes that you like and programmes that you hate?

Suggestion: Download the support pack (above) 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.
 
Maybe you agree with one of them, or maybe you can think of something different. Write down your opinion and try to explain why. Do this in the comments section below.

Section 6 - Carolina

Part 6 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 in the pub and then do exercises 1 and 2.

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Put the phrases in the correct places in the conversation.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 2

Choose all the phrases that are correct.

Exercise

Section 7 - Joke

Section 7 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 in the right 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

Read sentences and put them in the right order to tell the joke.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 2

Download the support pack (above). Look at the notes and tell the story without looking at the script.

Section 8 - Tom the Teacher

Section 8 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

Match the 'time phrases' with the correct prepositions.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 2

Choose the correct 'time preposition' to complete the sentences.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 3

Match British measurements to descriptions of them.

Exercise

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Paseaba a solas como una nube…

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…Flota alto sobre valles y montañas…" Este poema famoso escrito por William Wordsworth (1770-1850) fue inspirado por la flor de primavera, el narciso amarillo o dorado.

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Task 2

After you have read the poem...

Wordsworth's poem is made up of four stanzas. Each stanza contains six lines, a quatrain followed by a couplet. The rhyming scheme is ABABCC.

In the activity below, the lines of each of the verses have been jumbled up.

Using your memory of the poem, your understanding, and the clues provided by the rhyming scheme, can you rearrange the lines into the correct order?

Exercise

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud

by William Wordsworth

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed-and gazed-but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought.

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

William Wordsworth

Haz primero la actividad de 'Preparación'. Después ve a 'Texto' y lee el poema o cuento (también puedes escuchar el audio mientras lees). Luego ve a 'Actividad' y procede a realizarla.

We suggest you do the vocabulary activity below before you read or listen. Then read and/or listen to the poem and do the task to check your comprehension.

Exercise

Series 02 Episode 05

Réagir à de bonnes nouvelles, Formule 1, Jeux de Ballon, dire la vérité, Carolina rend une jacket à un magasin, blague, ‘everybody’ et ‘nobody’, actually 

Listen to the whole podcast

This is an exercise to help you when you listen to the podcast for the first time. To get ready to listen to the podcast on your computer:

  • Read through the questions in the exercise in the practice materials below. This will give you an idea of the programme you are going to listen to.
  • Read the questions and instructions carefully. Sometimes you must listen for the 'right' answers. But in some of these questions, you must choose the one answer that is not possible, or wrong.

Practice materials

Listen to the whole podcast and try to answer the questions while you listen.

Exercise

Check your answers when you have finished. How many did you get right? Remember this, because if you listen to the podcast again later (say next month), you can do the exercise again, and see if you have improved!

Section 1 - Conversations in English

“Well that's good news!”

Part 1 is based on the Introduction. This section looks at what you can say when somebody gives you some good news.

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

Match useful phrases to other useful phrases.

Exercise

Practice materials: follow-up

For further practice activities please download and print the support pack (below)

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 Raffa talking about Formula One and here is some more information about Formula One.

Do you have a favourite sport that you would like to tell us about? If so, use the information in the support pack (see link below) to help you make some notes.

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

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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 ball games.

Practice materials: Exercise 1

Match verbs to sports.

Exercise

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 (below) 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: ‘Is it always best to tell the truth?

What about you? What do you think about telling the truth? Do you agree with what any of the people said in the podcast?

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

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 the shop assistant and manager 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 (below)

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 reconstruct the joke, word by word.
  • Do Exercise 3, 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

Reconstruct the joke, word by word.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 3

Download the support pack (below). Look at the notes and tell the story without looking at the script.

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

Complete the song titles with 'Nobody' or 'Everybody'.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 2

Put the words in the correct order to make sentences.

Exercise

Practice materials – Exercise 3

Decide if the word 'actually' is right or wrong in the sentences.

Exercise

Practice materials – Exercise 4

Decide if 'Good luck!' is a correct reply to the statements.

Exercise

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