Talking about clothes, Jonathan Ive, 10 Seconds, the vuvuzela, women's football, travelling on the London Underground, jokes, etc.

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Task 1

Section 1 - Conversations in English

"Is that a new shirt?" – Making comments on a friend's clothes

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

Comments on a friend's clothes - gapfilling activity.

Exercise

Extra practice materials

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 Martin from Glasgow talking about why he would like to meet Jonathan Ive.

Is there a famous designer that you’d like to meet? It might be a designer like Jonathan Ive or a fashion designer or even an architect.

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, Marina and Ricky tried to think of yellow things. An exercise like this is a good way to learn more vocabulary. Here, we’re going to think about things that are green, red, white, or blue. Playing this game is a good way to revise and learn new vocabulary.

Practice materials: Exercise 1

Match colours to the names of things.

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 Bob talking about the vuvuzela – a strange musical instrument that people play at football matches in South Africa.
Think about a sport or sports event in your country – any kind of sport. Is there anything that you think makes it different from sports or sports events in other countries?

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: ‘Why don’t more people watch women’s football?’
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 – Why don’t more people watch women’s football? 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 on the underground and then do the exercises.

Practice materials - Exercise 1

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

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 2

Put the phrases in the correct places in the conversation.

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Practice materials - Exercise 3

Choose all the phrases that are correct.

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Practice materials - Exercise 4

Please download the support pack (above) 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 the sentences and put them in the right order.

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

Group words depending on whether they contain silent letters or not.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 2

Type in the silent letters in different words.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 3

Fill the gaps in sentences with ‘at’, 'for', 'after' or ‘forward to'.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 4

Type prepositions into the gaps in sentences.

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I think the reason why don’t more people watch women’s football is people want to watch body conflicts in the football games and men play football is more full of passion. It is because men have more power.

We play pingpong almost everyday. Because we are very good at play it. When we paly it, we can have some other people look at your score. When you have 10 scores, you will get out of this and next one can challenge winner.

I want to meet Leonardo Di Ser Piero Da Vinci. He is one of the cleverest people in the world. And he is not just good at design, but also at art, math and so on. I respect his achievements and his contribution to our world.

I have not watched women play football , but I have seen men who play football. We can watch soccer; my litter sister loves to watch football, and she desires to play football. I think that all the sports are seen as suitable for ladies except soccer(in my opinion). While I was sixteen years old, I watched the football with my brothers who love to watch these games, but now I don't watch football because I don't have much time to spare to watch it.

Hi,

I am not a serious follower of football for a long time. After you talked about women's football, it sounds good for me. And one more thing about it, I saw a short video about a from a woment's football match. A scorer woman was got down many times by her opponents while she was going to score a goal. But even she was got down, she got up and continue to play. In the end she scored the goal. Can you think of this situation in men's football? Obviously they would try to fool the refree.

In short, if women play in natural senses (honestly, fair-play), are just interested in their play, it can be more famous.

Hi,

I am not a serious follower of football for a long time. After you talked about women's football, it sounds good for me. And one more thing about it, I saw a short video about a from a woment's football match. A scorer woman was got down many times by her opponents while she was going to score a goal. But even she was got down, she got up and continue to play. In the end she scored the goal. Can you think of this situation in men's football? Obviously they would try to fool the refree.

In short, if women play in natural senses (honestly, fair-play), are just interested in their play, it can be more famous.

Hi there. I've never watched woman's football and I don't like man's football. But I thought that sport like football is part of world culture and I should find out about it more. Thank you for this obvious idea! :)

Women's football have not been valorized yet. I could say that the people are not interested in women's football, but such as in the men's football, it's necessary advertising and media stimulus to becomes popular. So there are n factors that explain why most people don't watch women's football. Unfortunately, the gender inequality has already influenced our way of seeing the world.

The 'capoeira' is a sport practised in Brazil. It's like a dance, but actually is a kind of fight. It's very interesting because this fight is accompanied by the sound of the 'berimbau'. The 'capoeira' came from the Africans, but it was born here in Brazil, first to solve the conflicts between the slaves without the colonizer realize that they were fighting. Nowadays it's a educative fight, a very popular sport.

Personally, I don't watch either men's football.
I've been at the stadium twice, but the game haven't excited me.
I think that women have other interests apart from sport: family, children, career, spiritual expression, different hobbies, care for beauty, housework etc.
So there are not many women who want to devote themselves to professional football, especially because of football is the team game.
Anyway there are much more men who do.
That's why there isn't a professional women's league, and that's why there aren't many games on TV.

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