Do the Preparation task first. Then watch the video and do the first Task. Watch the video again and do the remaining activities. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time.
Think about the following questions:
- Who do you think will win the race, Ashlie or Stephen?
- How does one win this kind of race?
Who do you think will win the race? Watch and find out!
Stephen: Ashlie, Ashlie? Are you there? Ah, no signal. I’ll have to send her a text. OK, right. ‘Where are you? – You are late – Race about to start.’
Ashlie: ‘On my way.’
Stephen: Ash, you there?
Ashlie: Oh, hi Stephen.
Stephen: The race is about to start. All the runners are getting ready.
Ashlie: I’ve been sorting out my outfit.
Stephen: What? Your outfit? Ash, this isn’t the time to think about your clothes. We’re running a half-marathon. It isn’t a fashion show. Where are you?
Ashlie: I’m nearly there. Where are you?
Stephen: I’m near the starting line.
Ashlie: OK, I’ll come and find you.
Ashlie: Hi, Stephen!
Ashlie: Like it? It’s my charity outfit. I think it’s really cute. What are you wearing, Stephen? You look like… er… like a, er… a proper runner.
Stephen: This is the very latest in high-tech equipment. I have satellite navigation so I know exactly where I am. I can measure how fast I run, check my heart rate. And look at this…
Ashlie: Yeah. Very impressive, Stephen. Oh look! There’s Kelvin. He’s the organiser.
Ashlie: Hi, Kelvin.
Kelvin: Hi. Great costume, Ashlie.
Ashlie: Thanks. This is my brother, Stephen. He’s running in the race, too.
Kelvin: Hi, Stephen.
Ashlie: I’ll be back in a minute. I’m just going to get my number. See you.
Stephen: So Kelvin, how many runners are there here today?
Kelvin: There’s five thousand people taking part today. And a lot of money’s being raised for charity. It should be a really good day.
Stephen: I’ve been training for weeks. I’ve been training very seriously.
Kelvin: That’s great to hear. Thank you for taking part.
Stephen: That’s OK. I’m hoping to get a really fast time today. I’m ready to go.
Kelvin: Excellent. The race is just about to start. See you at the finish line.
Stephen: OK. Thank you.
Ashlie: Hey, look I got my number. And guess what? There’s a medal for the person...
Stephen: A medal? What for?
Stephen and Ashlie: It’s for the person who…
Stephen: …gets the fastest time. Come on, Ash. I’m ready. Let’s get to the starting line.
Ashlie: Stephen, there’s a medal for the person who raises the most money!
Stephen: Oh come on, Ash. I’ve worked it out. We have to run the first 8 kilometres in 30 minutes.
Ashlie: Really? Why?
Stephen: That’s my race strategy. It’s very complicated. Don’t worry. You’re going too slow, Ash. If you’d trained more, you’d be running faster.
Ashlie: Well, it’s quite a long way, Stephen, so this is fast enough for me.
Stephen: Oh, I’m going on ahead. I’ll see you at the finish line. Good luck!
Ashlie: But Stephen…
Stephen: Well, must be that way. That’s what the GPS says.
Stephen: Excuse me. I think I’m lost. Have you seen a race round here?
Ashlie: Well done, Stephen. You finally made it. And you know what? Look what I won. I raised loads of money for charity. Isn’t it fantastic? Oh, Stephen!
We can use 'be about to' to say that something will happen in the near future. For example, Stephen says:
- You're late! The race is about to start.
- The race will start soon.