Introducing your friends, Angelina Jolie, things you can find in a kitchen, Central Park in New York, celebrities working for charity, etc.

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Task 1

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 the Support Pack and Transcript.
  • 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

Introducing people.


Practice materials: Exercise 2

There are more practice materials in the Support Pack.

Task 2

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 Zara from Bristol talking about why she would like to meet Angelina Jolie.

Is there a famous film actress 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.



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.

In the quiz, Daniel and Alice tried to think of things you can find in a kitchen. Playing this game is a good way to revise and learn new vocabulary.

Practice materials: Exercise 1

Drag the words into the right column. Would you find them in a bedroom or in a kitchen?


Task 4

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 Mike talking about Central Park in New York.
Think about a place in your city that you want to tell people about. It might be a park or a famous square – somewhere you like or somewhere people go to relax.

Suggestion: Download the Support Pack 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.



Task 5

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: ‘Is it a good idea for celebrities to do work for charity?’
What do you think?

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.

Which ones do you agree with? Write down your opinion – Is it a good idea for celebrities to do work for charity? You can send us your text if you want. Do this in the comments section below.



Task 6

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 in the airport and do the first exercise as you listen. Then try the other exercises.

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Put the phrases in the correct places in the conversation.


Practice materials - Exercise 2

Choose different phrases that you could use in the same situations.


Practice materials - Exercise 3

Please download the Support Pack for more practice materials.

Task 7

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.
  • 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.


Practice materials - Exercise 2

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


Task 8

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

Put the words in sentences in the correct order.


Practice materials - Exercise 2

Rewrite sentences using different words.


Practice materials - Exercise 3

Choose if you should say ‘Goodnight’ or ‘Good evening’





Hello, my name is Lera, i'm from Russia. I would like to meet Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint. They are my favourite actors. The most popular film in which they played is "Harry Potter". I grew up on this movie admiring the play of these actors. One day I would like to go to London to get to the meeting with these guys)

Hello! My name is Nastya and i'm from Russia. I would like to meet lots of famous people, but the best of them is Sia. She sings songs like "Chandelier", "Cheap thrills". There are my favourite songs. She is very good singer. Maybe she isn't very beautiful, but se has got very nice voice. If she arrived to my city, i would go to her concert)))

Hello Nasty. Nice to me you. I am colombian.

Would you be so kind as to explain the rule usage in this question - "It is a full-time course or part-time course?" - Why we use "It is...." instead of "Is it...."?
Thanks in advance.

Hello Watsonik,

What I see in the transcript is 'Is it a full-time course ...?', not 'It is ...?'. In any case, sometimes affirmative word order is maintained in questions, particularly when we're checking to see that we've understood something correctly. That doesn't appear to be the case here, but if you'd like to know more about this, I'd recommend this BBC page.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you, Kirk, for helpful explanation.
And as for "It is - is it" - you're right, there is 'Is it a full-time course ...?' in the transcript pdf. But in a web-version of tasks there is "Immigration Officer: It is a full-time course or part-time course? " - Section 6 - Carolina - Practice materials - Exercise 1.
Anyway - thank you.

Summer garden is a famous place for a relax in Saint Petersburg. There are many tries and flowers, sculptures, monuments and secluded places in this garden. The ensemble of park was created in 1704 by order of first imperor of Russia Peter I. I like this place because I may learn history of my Great Country and at the same time I relax.

Hello Everyone,

I am from Venezuela and I live in Australia, I enjoy learn English because it is my second language and I found very important to communicate clearly with friends and people at work.
I would like to meet Roger Federer because I think he is a great role model to our society. He has showed to be a extraordinary person in and outside the tennis court. For me would be awesome to meet him.

Thank you!

Hi, everybody! My name is Regina and I'm from Brazil. Well, I like very much to watch good films, but I don't have only one actor or actress that I love. But one special actor is Daniel Craig. This is not because his a handsome, but he surpassed our expectations when his accepted the important role as agent 007.
In my opinion, he has been the best 007 until now. Mr. Craig gave a new face and a new form to the most famous secret agent in the world!

Brazilians are everywhere, haha