Pidiendo un favor, David Attenborough, prueba de números, la Navidad en Praga, las mejores y peores cosas en la televisión, Carolina en el bar, preposiciones de tiempo, mediciones británicas.

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Task 1

Section 1 - Conversations in English

I wanted to ask you something” – asking for a favour

Section 1 is based on the Introduction. This section looks at how to ask someone you know to do you a favour and what to say if someone asks you to do them a favour.

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

Asking for a favour: read the conversation between Stella and Dave and fill in the blanks.


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 Megan talking about David Attenborough.

Is there a TV presenter that you can write about? It could be someone that you like, or someone that you don’t like!

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

Part 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.

You heard Amy and Brandon playing a numbers quiz. All of the questions were connected with time.

Practice materials: Exercise 1

Type in the letters to complete the 'time words'.


Practice materials: Exercise 2

Type in the letters to complete the names of the months and days.


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 Bill talking about a Christmas tradition in Prague.
Can you say something about Christmas traditions in your country? Or maybe a different celebration that happens in your culture or religion? Or you could write about traditions in another country or place that you’ve visited.

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

Part 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: ‘What are the best and worst – things on TV?’
What about you?  What do you think about TV programmes?  Do you have strong opinions about programmes that you like and programmes that you hate?

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.
Maybe you agree with one of them, or maybe you can think of something different. Write down your opinion and try to explain why. Do this in the comments section below.

Task 6

Section 6 - Carolina

Part 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 pub and then do exercises 1 and 2.

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Put the phrases in the correct places in the conversation.


Practice materials - Exercise 2

Choose all the phrases that are correct.


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

Match the 'time phrases' with the correct prepositions.


Practice materials - Exercise 2

Choose the correct 'time preposition' to complete the sentences.


Practice materials - Exercise 3

Match British measurements to descriptions of them.





Our person in air cable tower of Manizales

The air cable of Manizales was built at the beginning of XX century by The Ropeway Extension an English company to conect Manizales with Mariquita to provide to industry and commerce a way most efficient to arrive to Honda a port on Magdalena river, to avoid the risks on rural roads in a violent time, and to improve the economy for the both cities.

Its construction began in 1912 and was finished just until 1916, because the first mundial war affected sendings the machinery and inputs from europe to Colombia

The extension was about 72 km and had 22 stations, in that time the longest air cable in the world. After 45 years, the air cable of Manizales stopped,due to roads development.

Nowadays, the air cable tower is a symbol of the progress of the city, a touristic place located beside a Juan Valdez Coffee, and it's one of the fvorite places for meeting in Manizales.

I'd like to meet Carlos Vives. He's one of most popular singers from Colombia, He sings vallenato a traditional music from Colombia's caribbean coast. He made a fusion between vallenato and pop music, making more international traditional songs.

At the beginning Vives, was a soap opera actor, but his passion always was the rock music, bus his life turned around after he made Escalona, a soap opera about one of the main authors of vallenato. He had to sing Escalona's compositions almost every chapter, but he didn't like it, but when he identified that people loved the way he sang vallenatos he decided to continue his career as a vallento singer, being a pioneer at international scene, getting recognition by latinamericans. Now he's on the top of his career, and people from north america and europe knows him.

He feels pride about our culture and He express his love for Colombia in every music video, showing our origin, our mountains and plains, our kind side, beyond violence and drugs, people in whom you can trust, the country of magic realism.

The best thing on tv are the programs about history, science or travel, the worst are the novels

I would like to personally meet Jacobo Zabludovsky, who is a mexican news presenter.  Jacobo has a very long career in the news business. His more famous program was called "24 Horas" and it was the more influential TV program for two decades. Jacobo has been an excellent interviewer, very clever but very respectful too. He interviewed at the most famous people of the world like John F. Kennedy, Frank Sinatra, Pablo Picasso and Luciano Pavarotti. Now he has a news program in the radio that has a high rating. He is a great supporter of the Tango music and the Bullfights. I really enjoy his humor sense and his wisdom. 

Quete, How old is Jacobo? Three men you named are dead.