Oxford Scene 2
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Before you watch
While Ashlie was doing her exam, Stephen decided to have a look around Oxford.
- Where do you think he goes to find out more about Oxford?
He meets some students sitting by the river.
- What do you think they talk about?
He decides to do something special for Ashlie.
- What do you think he is going to do?
Now, watch the video and find out if you were right.
Stephen: While Ashlie’s in her exam, I’m going to have a look around Oxford. You probably know it’s famous for its university, but let’s find out a little bit more.
Tourist lady: Hello.
Stephen: Er, I’m visiting Oxford for the day, what’s the best thing to do?
Tourist lady: Well it’s a lovely day. I suggest you walk around the colleges, take a bus tour, explore the Bodleian Library or take a punt on the river with a picnic.
Stephen: How many colleges are there?
Tourist lady: There’s around 39.
Stephen: What’s the best way to see Oxford?
Tourist lady: The best way to see Oxford is probably on foot with one of our green and blue badge guides.
Stephen: Great. Thank you so much.
Tourist lady: You’re welcome.
Tourist lady: Bye.
Stephen: Hiya girls. You alright?
Students: Good, thank you.
Stephen: Are you students here?
Stephen: What are you studying?
Student 1: History.
Student 2: Yeah History, too.
Stephen: What’s it like being a student here?
Students: It's great.
Student 2: Really good.
Student 1: It’s, like, the best university known worldwide so it’s a great place to be.
Stephen: So tell me what it’s like studying here in Oxford.
Student 1: We have lectures and seminars and then it’s your own time to go to the library and read your books and do your research for the next lecture so if you don’t do that reading, then you’re not prepared for the next lecture – so it’s really up to you to do your own work.
Stephen: And what’s the social life like here?
Student 2: Loads of stuff, like, really good pubs, really good clubs… erm, like, when it’s sunny and stuff it’s beautiful to just sit in the sun and, like, go punting and stuff. So it’s really nice.
Stephen: Right, I’ve got a great idea for what to do with Ashlie when she finishes her exam.
Stephen: So? How did it go?
Ashlie: Really well, I think. I answered all the questions and I finished in time, so fingers crossed.
Stephen: Great. Listen, you deserve a treat after all your hard work. I’ve somewhere I want to take you.
Ashlie: Alright then, I’ll see you in a second.
Stephen: OK. Bye.
Ashlie: Wow, it’s really nice down here.
Stephen: I know. I’ve booked us a boat for a trip on the river.
Ashlie: Really? Oh thank you. That’s great. I’ve always wanted to try this.
Stephen: Come on.
Ashlie: Can I have a go first? Watch out. Here I go…
Ashlie: Yup. Off we go!
Stephen: This is great. Which way shall we go, Ash? Let’s ask the GPS.
Stephen: OK, my turn.
Ashlie: Stephen, not like that - we’re going round in circles! Stephen! Stephen – watch out for that.
Stephen: The GPS! Ashlie! What are we going to do now, without the GPS?
Ashlie: Oh, it was useless anyway. It didn’t help us get here.
Stephen: I’ll have to go and buy a map.
Ashlie: OK, you can read the map but give me the keys because… I’m driving home. Stephen! Watch out!
After you watch
What did you learn about Oxford?
Choose the best answer to these questions.
What did you learn about Oxford?
Put the sentences into the correct order.