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.

Exercise

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?

Exercise

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.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 2

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

Exercise

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.

Exercise

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.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 2

Rewrite sentences using different words.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 3

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

Exercise

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Michael Jackson was a people that help many people of the World, he made musics to charity of Africa.

Good evening everybody,
I am ZhaoPeixiang, here I come again. My hometown is a beautiful place, our person in TianZhong mountain square where a vest square. TianZhong mountain is the biggest man-made mountain in our country. Also, we have the biggest lake that is SuYa lake. Coming back TianZhong mountain square, it have many bright lights. Some lady like dancing at the center of square. All of children may be love children's playground where has many entertainments. This square is suitable for everybody, naturally, I am interesting it. It make everyone feel relaxed.

I think that celebrities can do something for charity because they have fame that can call on more people to devote their powers to helping people who need help. Of course they should own their lives so they should not devete all.

There are few interesting places around the university I live, but I think the sceney in Nanhai Park which is not far from my school is wonderful. There you can see the vast sea and listen to the sound of waves.

Hello, good morning everyone.
My name is ZhaoPeixiang, My hometown is China, where a beautiful and peaceful city. Welcome to invite my hometown. I like Kate Winslet. She is a famous person that I would like to meet. The "Titanic" is a extremely romantic film. Kate is the leading lady, I was moved for her perform. Moreover, Kate is a beautiful and sweet women. So, I hope to meet her that my idol.

Hello everyone, my name is Fred and I'm Chinese. Now I am studying in a university. The person who I want to meet is Jay Chou. He is an outstanding singer and his songs accompany me during my youth. My wish is to sing a song together with him.

My name is Fatimah , I'm from yemen but I live in Saudi Arabia , the person I would like to meet is Bill Gates , he's one of the founder who found Microsoft company , he was the richest man in the world for 9 years and he do lot's of charity in Africa .

Good evening! My name is Olga. I am from Russia. I live in Moscow. So, a famous person that I would like to meet is Kira Naightly. She is an excellent actress, very nice women with subtle facial features. She played in my favorite movies, in particular, Pirates of the Caribbean Sea.

Hello,
My name is Charles, I would like to meet Morgan Freeman. I think he is a fantastic actor and he has a special talent.

I'd like to know Frank Miler or Stan Lee to talk with them about my prefered characters, Batman and Magneto, show my drafts and maybe get a job.

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