This episode sees Gordon return from an adventurous break making a documentary about whales. In 'Your Turn' the question this week is about superheroes and superpowers. Catch up with Carolina as she heads home for the holidays and top it all off with some tips from Tom the teacher who's talking about strong adjectives.

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Task 1

Section 1 - Conversations in English

"It's great to see you again!" – meeting old friends

Part 1 is based on the Introduction. This section looks at the language we use when we meet up with friends after a time apart.

Suggestion: One way to use this is to read the Transcript, and then do some exercises to help you to learn the common phrases. A good idea is to practise these with a friend who speaks English or is also learning English.

Practice materials: exercises 1 - 2

Fill in the gaps in the dialogue with the phrases from the box.

Exercise

Practice materials: further practice

For further practice activities please download and print the Support Pack.

Task 2

Section 2 - I'd like to talk about

Section 2 is based on someone talking about something that they’re interested in – it could be anything – a hobby, a person, a place, a thing – something that they know a bit about and would like to share. 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.

In this section, you heard Gordon talking about his experiences when he was making a TV programme, and how much he enjoyed seeing whales for the first time.

  • Can you remember when you saw a special animal for the first time?
  • Where was it and how did you feel?

Write a paragraph about what happened and about the animal.

There is some useful language to help you on page 4 of the Support Pack.

If you want, you can add your paragraph to the comments on the website.

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 whales.

Practice materials: Exercise 1

Can you match the questions Gordon asked with the correct answers?

Exercise

Practice materials: Exercise 2

Here are some more questions that use the same question structure. Can you select the right answers?

Exercise

Task 4

Section 4 - Your turn

Section 4 is based on 'Your Turn'. It helps you to listen and understand people giving their opinions.

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.

In Your Turn you heard 5 people answer this question: "Superman can fly. The Hulk is very strong. The Invisible Man is invisible. What superpower would you like to have?"

What about you? What superpower would you like to have? Do you agree with what any of the people said in the podcast?

Write down what you think, explain why, and post this as a comment at the bottom of the page. There is some useful language on page 6 of the Support Pack which you can download.

Task 5

Section 5 - Carolina

Section 5 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 as she makes her way to the station on her way home for the holidays and then do exercises 1 and 2.

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Fill in the gaps in the dialogue with the phrases from the box.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 2

Select all of the expressions that are possible in the situations.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 3

For further practice activities please download and print the Support Pack.

Task 6

Section 6 - Joke

Section 6 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 on your computer/mp3 player.
  • Do Exercise 1, in which you put the lines of the joke in order.
  • Then try telling the joke from the podcast.
  • Think of a funny story that you know. Write down the most important words in English (use a dictionary?). Then try telling your joke.

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Put the lines of the joke in the correct order.

Exercise

Practice materials: further practice

For further practice activities please download and print the Support Pack.

Task 7

Section 7 - Tom the Teacher

Section 7 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.

This week, Tom talks about strong adjectives and the intensifiers you can use with them. He also talks about different ways of saying the number '0'.

Practice materials - Exercise 1

Match the strong adjectives with the meanings.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 2

Read the sentences and select the right intensifiers.

Exercise

Practice materials - Exercise 3

Read the sentences and choose the right way of saying the number '0'.

Exercise

Practice materials: further practice

For further practice activities please download and print the Support Pack.

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Hello The Learn English Team. I'm writing just because the two last phrases of the joke, in the section 6 exercise are marked wrong even if you put them in the right order. I've checked my answers with the solution and they are the same but mine appear wrong. Thank you for all!!

Hello Laura1240,

Thanks for telling us about this error. It's now fixed – thanks to you!

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello everyone: it has been half year at least I think since I first wrote an e-mail to the British Council, it is a long time. after that I never wrote because of my own unpleasant things. but Now I am back. just now, I finished listening the elementary podcast series 2 episode 10 (I have listened every episode from series 1 to series 2, I just finished series 2.), and listened serious 3 too, series 3 has a big change I must to say. it is a changing world (from Downton Abbey), Tess and Ravi are no longer our presenter, and I really miss them both, and of cause Gordon.
anyway thank to Tess, Ravi and Gordon, I miss you all.
anoldfriend

Hello everybody. I want to tell you one of my memories.

I started to work in a public Corporation in a small province of Turkey in 2007. one of these day I had to go a district of this small province. on the way we were passing through a forest. when we came this forest I saw five roe deers. it was the first time I'd ever seen roe deer. moreover five roe deers. it was absolutely incredible event. I was going to this district for the first time and I saw them. a lot of people know these roe deers but very few people could see. I felt excited. they are very nice animals. immediately they ran away when they saw us. it was special for me because I've never seen them even in a zoo. they are under protection by the state. in winters given feeds them. but still I don't know how they can survive in forest despite the wild animals such as wolves.

Hello Kirk!
I'm very glad to help you. And thanks to all LearnEnglish Team for your great work.

Hello Peter!
I mean dialog about Ravi's Spanish lessons. Ravi and Tess discussed them in podcast 9. Exercise 1 in Practice materials suggests put the lines of the dialogue in the right order. But the same exercise is put in the Exercise 1 in Practice materials of podcast 10.

Hello krig,

I've just fixed this mistake – thanks very much for pointing it out and for helping us make LearnEnglish better! 

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello, The LearnEnglish Team! I have a question to you. Why does the section 1 of this podcast contain dialog between Tess and Ravi from previous podcast?

Hello krig,

Which dialogue do you mean? Could you be a little more specific please?

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

I have been in China in 2008.It was absolutaly incredible.I had a good time there.I visited the zoo in Beijing.I have first time seen some Panda there.When I saw that Panda I was exited.It was so cute.The panda is a protected in China

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