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 1

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.


Practice materials: Exercise 2

Matching specific questions to general questions.


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.


Practice materials: Exercise 2

Match clues to answers.


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.


Practice materials - Exercise 2

Put the phrases in the correct places in the conversation.


Practice materials - Exercise 3

Choosing phrases that are correct.


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.


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 direct questions as indirect questions.


Practice materials - Exercise 3

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





Task 5 - I prefer songs in English. They helped me study English as well as taught me about times and places I couldn't otherwise imagine and understand quite as easily. I'm a fan of Rock n' Roll, and Rock n' Roll, to me, sounds better in English.

Task 2 - I'd like to meet Amy Lee. She's an American singer, who sings for the Rock band Evanescence. They're mostly known for songs like My Immortal, Going Under and Bring Me to Life, and I spent most of my teenage years listening to the band. My favorite songs are Call Me When You're Sober, Lithium and Going Under. I'd love to talk to her about singing techniques as well as ask what was it like when she first realized they were becoming a one of the most famous Rock bands in the world, at that time.

In elementary Podcast series 01 Episode 02 Section 6 Carolina , Lost luggage clerk said:"And you're sure that your bag isn't on the carousel?"
Why - because it's a question - didn't he use question form : ..are you sure that isn't..?
Because - I think - does he expect that her answer will be : "Yes , I'm sure" ? and generally speaking , in this case we use an affirmative form.
Thank you for you answer

Hello Last biker,

Yes, that's exactly right. Well done!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I think there is a small mistake in your text in : Download Support pack and Transcript section / While you listen / Section 5 " How many people on You Turn prefer to listen
to songs in English? Tick the correct number. " The section five called Your Turn . Or am I wrong maybe I didn't understand the meaning of the question? Keep in touch

Hello Last biker,

Thanks very much for telling us about this. We'll fix it soon.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I like to hear music in english because that can improove my english, I like to hear Alternative Rock like "30 seconds to mars", "Kings of leon", "Life House", but I also like to hear music in portuguese (my native language), for example, some bands of alternative rock in Brazil like "Paralamas do Sucesso", "Barão Vermelho" and others of 1980's (All of these are before of I born, but like so much).

Hi there !I am from Minsk, Belarus. I want to tell about my favourite singer Sir Elton John. He is British. I know about him and his songs from my childhood. I think everyone remember cartoon "The Lion King" and the song "Circle of life. "His most famous songs (and my lovely) "candle in the wind", "Sacrifice", "Nikita", "I'm still standing". I adore watch the videos, where he sing and play the piano. Impossible talent. I enjoy and love Elton. He is a really legend, because his songs can teach us smth. Every song has special meaning, after listening, personally i, start to think about smth high.

Hello, everyone! I am a student in BJTU in china.In fact, I am a music lover.Both of Chinese music and foreign language music are my favorite.Chinese music can show the culture affinity of my country.Foreign language music especially English music can help me improve my listening skills and give me a different view to know the world.I love both of them.

Hello,everyone! i am a student in BJTU in china. Dance is an interesting thing that I love.There is a kind of dance called Chinese traditional dance.In fact, it has many forms and a long history.Dances is always women who wear beautiful clothes.They show their happiness and share them with others.I love it very much.