Haciendo planes para el fin de semana, Matt Groening, frases que van con distintos verbos, la industria cinematográfica de la India, las vacaciones perfectas, Carolina cocina la cena para sus amigos, 'make' vs. 'do', 'tú mismo'

Elementary Podcasts: Tess & Ravi
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Task 1

Section 1 - Conversations in English

“Where are you going?” – plans for the weekend

Section 1 is based on the Introduction. This section looks at how to talk about what you are going to do on the weekend.

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

Plans for the weekend: read the conversation between Stella and Paul 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 Sean talking about Matt Groening, the creator of the cartoon, 'The Simpsons'.

Do you have a favourite cartoon or animation that you can write about? It could be a TV series or a film.

If you can think of one, 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 the cartoon or animation 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.

The quiz in this episode was about phrases that we use with ‘make’.  It’s a good idea to learn phrases that we use with different verbs. 

Practice materials: Exercise 1

Which phrases go with which verbs?



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 Bridget talking about the film industry in India.
Can you write something about films and cinema in your country?

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: “What’s your perfect holiday?"
What do you think?  Do you prefer to stay in a 5-star hotel or go camping?  Do you like sitting on the beach or visiting museums and monuments?  Is it better to stay in one place or travel around?  Do you enjoy being free to do what you want or having everything planned for you?

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 it’s your perfect holiday. 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 with her friends and then do the exercises.

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Put the phrases in the correct places in the conversation.


Practice materials - Exercise 2

Choosing phrases that are NOT correct.


Practice materials - Exercise 3

Please download the Support Pack for more practice.

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 match the first half to the second half of each line of the joke.
  • 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

Put the joke into the correct order.


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

Decide which phrases we use with 'make' and which with 'do'.


Practice materials - Exercise 2

Choose the correct phrases with 'yourself' to complete the sentences.





Our person is in Aranzazu, a small town in Caldas department. People celebrates The Cabuya fest in October every two years, many persons travel from all the country to be there, but the most important thing is Christmas and be with their family in the ending of the year, its like a carnival, there are people on the streets, the clubs and the pubs, you can feel a sense of happiness, everyone there is so kind and nice, that make you want to comeback early. There are three hotels, cheap and clean, well located in downtown. But if you prefer stay far away the noise, two hotels provide you quiet time in rural location, just 20 minutes from the town.

After party you can eat meat on the streets on very small food trucks, and the day after you can go to Alegrìas o The Honda, two opposite places from the town where people use to go to eat traditional foods and drink beer. Also you can stay in the downtown to take a Sirope a drink made of panela ( dark sugar) cinamon to refresh your throat.

My perfect holyday is sharing time with my family, I don't mind the place if we can take an ice cream, go to the cinema or just walk.

I'd like to meet Stan Lee. He was born in 1922 in New York City in USA. When he finished de school, got a job like an asistant in Timely, a litle editorial. When he has 20 years old, He wrote his first story of Captain America and use the name San Lee instead his real name Stanley Lieber, but his real success came in 1961, when He created The Fantastic 4, with Jack Kirby y Steve Ditko. In This year Timely change his business name to Marvel Comics, Lee continued working for the new company and sales of comics increased during sixties..

In the seventies Lee and Marvel hired new designers, but just until eighties the company got ann internal reorder, buying other companies like Epic that produces comic series for tv like GI Joe and Transformers

Stan Lee has an incredible imagination, he also created, Spiderman, Ironman, Xmen, Daredevil, Hulk, The Avengers, Antman, Thor, Silver Surfer, all of them superheroes to protect the earth.

The scripts of his comics have been made into films, and some times He appears in the films

I never read one of his comics, but wathed de tv series when I was a child and I try to see Marvel's films at the cinema.