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

Elementary Podcasts: Tess & Ravi
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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’





The film star I really want to meet is Jackie Chan, as we all know he is a very famous action movie star and he is my idol, for that I love kongfu and his moives.
He is a nice man, he had took part in many charity activities and be good to his families.And the most important point is that he is really a good actor.

I think it is a good idea for celebrities to do work for charity. Not only do they can increase their publicity, but also they can help many children or poor persons to have a good life.Besides, the celebrities can call upon their fan to devote themselves to the charity.So I think it is a good idea for celebrities to do work for charity.

I think it is a good idea for celebrities to do work for charity. On the one hand, it is a good thing for charity to have celebrities do the charity thing. More people are attracted to pay more attention to do the charity. This will help more people get out of troubles. On the other hand, for the celebrities, doing the charity can help them to build a positive image and spread positive energy. This is a win-win situation.

I would like to talk about Tiananmen Square in my country. As we all know, it not only is a city square, but also it has great cultural significance. Especially in the morning, people from other places often see the flag raised in Tiananmen square. It is a special and sacred for Chinese. Tiananmen Square has been the site of a number of political events and student protests. Every year, military drills are conducted in Tiananmen square.

I would like to meet Dita Von Teese, a famous stripper in the United States. Although she is a stripper, I was deeply attracted to her charm. I like her. It is not because of her performance, actually I never saw her performance before. I was interested in her personality. She is an elegant and classical woman. Every move that she makes is full of grace. Because of her charm, she not only take photos for magazines, but also get the Chanel’s runway show.

I would like to talk about the zhongshan park in my city. It is near from my home and a beautiful park. It has a pool in the center. There are many trees around the pool and there is a mountain next to the pool. If you want to relax yourself you can not only walk around the pool and climb the small mountain but also can swim in it, the park has a swimming pool.

Yes, I think it's a good idea for celebrities to do work for charity. They give an example for more other people who like them and it's helpful thing for all people - poor and rich. If celebrities only want publicity and they not interested poor people - it's their privat affair. But they do many good things, they do world better and other people must appreciate it.

In my town there is The Victory Square. There are any schools, two university, church, theatre, museum and many houses near here. Students, pupils, mothers with children, and other people go there for relaxating, walking, sitting on benches, meeting with friends. This square was build in 1945 to celebrate World War 2 victory. Every year on 9 May there is The Victory Parade. I like going on this square, to sit on the bench, see other people, and sometimes to meet friends. It's the best place in my town!

My hometown has a very fantastic scenery which is called the hukou waterfalls.The hukou waterfall is located in Ji county. when you go there, you can see a magnificent scene. The reason why the waterfall can take shape is that it is formed in a special geographic position. because of the special geographic position, people can see the wonderful scene and the very turbulent flow from the top to the bottom. And the most amazing thing is that under the waterfall it has a tunnel connected the Shanxi province and the Sanxi province. If you go there, I believe you will never regret!

I think it is a good thing. No matter what they do or how they do it, as long as they do, it's better than those who simply say and don't do it. Celebrities can lead to greater social attention and let people know that someone is working hard and acting as a good example.