A weekend away, Shakira, Hot Seat, tango in Buenos Aires, songs in English or in other languages, airport situations, a joke, etc.

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Task

Section 1 - Conversations in English

Where did you go?” – a weekend away

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

A weekend away.

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Practice materials: Exercise 2

Matching specific questions to general questions.

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Practice materials: Exercise 3

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 Yasmin talking about why she would like to meet Shakira.

Is there a famous female singer – alive or dead – 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, Ben and Poppy play Hot Seat, where one person explains words and the other person tries to guess what they are. 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 Ben explained in this Hot Seat quiz. Playing this game is a good way to revise and learn new vocabulary.

Practice materials: Exercise 1

Match words and phrases to make clues.

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Practice materials: Exercise 2

Match clues to answers.

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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 Rachel talking about the tango in Argentina.
Can you think of a special dance that you can tell people about? It could be a dance that’s traditional in your country, or maybe in your city or town. Or it might be a dance that you’ve seen in another place.

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: ‘Which do you prefer – songs in English or songs in your language?’
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? Which do you prefer – songs in English or songs in your language? You can send us your opinions 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 conversation in the airport and do the first exercise as you listen. Then try the rest of the exercises

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Put the sentences in the correct order to make the conversation.

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Practice materials - Exercise 2

Put the phrases in the correct places in the conversation.

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Practice materials - Exercise 3

Choosing phrases that are correct.

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Practice materials - Exercise 4

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.

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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.

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Practice materials - Exercise 2

Rewrite direct questions as indirect questions.

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Practice materials - Exercise 3

Choose if you should say ‘anywhere’, 'anyone' or ‘anything'.

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Comments

Hello, The LearnEnglish Team!
There is probably a misprint in this sentence 'Maybe there is a planet somewhere that is just like earth.' I guess 'earth' should be written with a capital 'E' and partly because it's written so in Task 6 (Transcript Section 7 - The joke; and the same thing occurs in the Support pack)
Best regards,
Dima

Hello again Dima,

Yes, you're right - I'll get to fixing that soon. Thanks again for sharing what your sharp eye finds!

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello, Kirk,
You are welcome! I really appreciate your work and the way you treat and support your users!
Best regards,
Dima

Hello, The LearnEnglish Team!
Is there a typo in this sentence ' Did you have good time at the party?' or it's not a big deal to say 'have good time' instead of 'have a good time'? (Task8; Exercise 3)
Best wishes,
Dima

Hello Dima,

You certainly have a good eye for finding typos! Thank you for pointing this out to us. I will correct the error as soon as possible.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello, The LearnEnglish Team!
There's a misprint in the sentence where should be 'your' instead of 'you'
'Lost luggage clerk: And you’re sure that you bag isn’t on the carousel?'
(Task6;Carolina (1))
P.s. There's no need to post comments like this one but, of course, it's up to you to decide.
Best regards,
Dima

Hello Dima,

Thank you for pointing this out - I have corrected the error. We check our materials carefully but some degree of human error is unavoidable so it's very helpful for us to receive comments like this.

Thanks again,

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello, Peter M,
I'm glad I can contribute to this wonderful resource.
Best wishes to you and all your team!
Dima

It’s a fact that I prefer songs in English to ones in other languages although I had to delete a bunch of them from my computer when I became a more skilful learner and improved my English vocabulary. I agree that it’s easier to understand the words of a song in your own language but in my opinion there’s not that much quality music in my country to make me like it better or to listen to it more often. I guess that percentage of English music in the world music industry is the highest. That’s why you have more alternatives to choose from regardless your preferences for the styles. I’ve always liked the sound of the English language better but sometimes it really depends on the song. I don’t say that the only music I listen to is English but this language surely dominates in my playlists.

I would like to talk about breakdancing. It’s a type of dance which definitely different from the tango or any other classical dances. It can be performed by yourself and practically anywhere from your living room to a roof of a nearby 10-storey building. You can happen to see it in the streets, particularly downtown big cities. Well, at least, here in Ukraine I see it most frequently in the city centre of Khmelnitsky as well as in Kyiv.
This way of expressing yourself might have been invented in the early 1970s in New York. It’s really hard to say for sure because breakdancing is a street subculture. I actually used to practice a few moves by myself when I was a teenager and even tried to spin on my head wearing some sort of a worn-down beanie. I even did it a few times during school parties. It’s fun to recall it now. Thank you The LearnEnglish Team!

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