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Intermediate English Course

Programmes 1-10

Text One Topic: A Quiet Life Felix Catt is a typical resident of Siberia Avenue, Surbiton. He looks gloomy, but in fact he is quite happy, and he leads a quiet life in this suburb of London. His wife Gertie looks after him carefully; she cleans the house regularly, and feeds him daily on well cooked meat and tinned vegetables. There is always a supply of fresh water for his whisky, and plenty of carpet space for putting practice, so he is very comfortable and content with suburban life.

Felix is very fond of his old dog, Sam. They go for walks together on Sundays. Today he is taking Sam to the local vet, because he is afraid that he is going blind. However, the vet is confident of curing him by means of a small operation. He is giving Sam an injection before operating on him, so that he will sleep peacefully the whole time and not feel any pain. There is even a pretty nurse standing by to comfort Sam in case he feels unhappy and lonely in the strange surroundings. In general, both Felix and Sam think that they don't have a bad life, and they have no desire to change it for anything more adventurous.


Text T w o A Date for the Theatre

Mike Jack

Mike Jack Mike Jack Mike




Hello, Jack. Why the rush? Where are you going? Hello, Mike. I'm on my way to meet Joyce at the station. We're having dinner at a Chinese restaurant and then we're off to the theatre. Do you often go to the theatre? 5 Yes, Joyce and I usually go at least once a fortnight; sometimes more. Do you ever go? Yes, but I don't often find time these days. There are so many other things to do. True, true. 10 Listen, perhaps Janet and I can arrange to meet you and Joyce one Saturday evening. We can have dinner together and go on to a theatre. That's a good idea. Look, I forget the name of the play, but there's a good comedy on at the Theatre 15 Royal next week. If you like, I can book four seats for next Saturday. All right. I'm meeting Janet later this evening so I can make sure that she's free next Saturday. I'll ring you tomorrow to confirm if we are coming. 20 Fine. I must fly now. It's six o'clock already and


Joyce's bus arrives at ten past. She hates waiting around and I don't want to spoil everything by upsetting her before we start our evening. I'll phone you tomorrow theft. Give my regards to Joyce. Have a good evening.



Text Three A Picnic

Tim Mary Tim


Tim Mary Tim



Mary Tim

Exeter 563. Tim? This is Mary. I hope I haven't woken you up. Actually I got up ten minutes ago, but it's only a quarter to nine. Why are you calling me so early on a Sunday morning? 5 Because the sun's shining and there isn't a cloud in the sky, and Alan and I are going for a picnic. Do you want to come? It's true we haven't seen the sun lately, but I expect it'll rain again soon. 10 No, it won't. Well I've got some work to do, but I suppose I could put it off till tomorrow. Where are you thinking of going? Well, there's a lovely spot by the river on the road 15 to Tiverton. There's a big bend in the road just before you get to Stoke. You leave your car and walk across a field to the left. There are some tall elm trees by the river, and that's where we'll be. It's very easy to find the place. 20 Yes, I think I know where you mean. I'll come,and I might even go for a swim. Are you taking any food or drink? It's a pity you didn't mention it yesterday; I don't think there's any beer in the house. Don't worry. We've got some bottles of beer and 25 lemonade and there's half a chicken in the fridge. Right then. See you there in about an hour.


Notes: Forms and Patterns

1 Verb tenses: (a) Present Continuous (b) Present Simple

(a) The sun is shining. (While / am speaking.) I am studying English at the moment. (An action in progress now.) I'm meeting Janet later this evening. (A planned future action.) (b) She cleans the house daily. (Neednot be happening now.) We usually go once a fortnight. (A repeated action.) Water boils at 100 degrees Centigrade. (A permanent truth.) The news bulletin begins at 9 p.m. (Future event on a timetable.) IM.B. Do you want to come? (X Are you wanting to come? X) I forget the name. (X I am forgetting the name. X)

Verbs of the feelings, the senses, the mind, usually occur in the present simple, not continuous. Study these:
like, love, hate, detest; want, wish; see, hear, feel, smell; recognise, notice, realise; know, understand, think, believe, forget, remember, suppose, mean, seem, intend.

a.../some.../any... Sam is a dog. Felix likes dogs. He will have an operation. He may need t w o operations. 'A' is used with countable nounsnouns having a plural. We need some water. (X We need a water. X X We need t w o waters. X) I wanted some information. (X ... an information. X X ... informations. X) 'Some' may be used with uncountable nouns.

Note also: We need a glass of water. I asked for a piece of information. I have some work to do. (X ... a work ... X X ... works ... X) The news is good. (X The news are ... X) Work, news, information, advice, furniture, weather, luggage, hair: these words are usually singular and uncountable (without 'a', and no plural's').
We need some water. We need some bottles. 'Some' can mean 'a quantity of' or 'a number of'.

We've got some bottles, We haven't got any beer, Are you taking any food? Both 'any' and 'some' are

('some' in the affirmative.) ('any' in the negative.) Would you like some beer? used in the interrogative.


(a) There is/are...

(b) It is...

(a) There is a bend in the road. (We don't know which bend.) The bend is near the bridge. (We now know which bend is meant.) There are some elm trees by the river. (Trees not mentioned before.) The elm trees are very tall. (The trees already referred to.) N.B. X A bend is in the road. X X Some elm trees are by the river. X 'There is/are' introduces new things, usually with 'a' or 'some'. (b) I think it will be nice to come w i t h you. (X I think to come w i t h you will be nice. X) It's true we haven't seen the sun lately, ('we ... lately': all this is 'true'.) We begin with 'it' instead of a long, complicated subject. Other examples: It's a pity/a shame (that) ... It is easy/difficult to ... It is possible/probable/certain/obvious that ... It is 6 o'clock. It'll rain again soon. It's hot. It is five miles f r o m here to the river. We often use 'it is' when we talk about time, weather, or distance.

Position of adverbs I usually go once a fortnight. Do you ever go? I don't often f i n d time. I have never seen that film. There is always a supply of water. On a clear day you can sometimes see the sea f r o m here. He speaks English very well. An adverb does not come between verb and object (X He speaks very well English. X), but many common adverbs are generally placed between subject and main verb (though they follow 'be' and auxiliary verbs 'have', 'can', etc.)

e.g.: generally, usually, often, sometimes, always, ever; already, still, just, only, nearly, almost; hardly, scarcely, seldom, rarely, never.


Prepositions, Verbs, Phrases, Idioms

c. f. these text lines:
in f a c t look after feed or content with He said the job was hard, but, in fact, it was easy. Good nurses look after their patients like mothers. Rich people feed their dogs on the best cuts of meat. Zoo keepers are usually content w i t h their jobs. 1.2 1.4 1.5 1.9 Ws

go blind/deaf confident of by means of

Our cat went deaf when he was very old. T i m is confident of finding the picnic spot. You can do almost anything by means of hard work.

1.13 1.13 Ws 1.14 Ws

operate on stand by on the way be off at least be on (all) right (must) f l y wait around get up call go for put off get to see you

A team of surgeons operated on the patient. 1.15 The police stood by in case of trouble. 1.17 We can stop at Stoke on the way to Tiverton. 2.2 "We'll be o f f as soon as Tim's ready." 2.4 "I've t o l d you the answer at least five times." 2.6 My favourite T.V. programme is on tonight. 2.15 " A t six t h e n . " "(All)right. I'll be there." 2.18, 3.27 " I ' l l have to f l y or I'll miss the bus." 2.21 We w o n ' t wait around for anyone who's late. 2.22 People who wake up early d o n ' t always get up early. 3.3 "Call me before you come; I may not be home." 3.4; 2.19, 25 We went for a walk in the woods. 3.7, 3.22 They decided to put off the theatre visit for a while. 3.13 The last bus gets to the station at ten to eleven. 3.17 "Cheerio t h e n ! " "See you t o m o r r o w ! " 3.27


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Practice Section
Text One Siberia Avenue, Surbiton a typical resident of Siberia Avenue, Surbiton Felix Catt is a typical resident of Siberia Avenue, Surbiton. looks after him carefully His wife Gertie looks after him carefully; regularly she cleans the house regularly, tinned vegetables well-cooked meat and tinned vegetables and feeds him daily on well-cooked meat and tinned vegetables. suburban life comfortable and content w i t h his suburban life He is very comfortable and content w i t h his suburban life.

Text Two

Mike: Jack: Mike: Jack: Mike: Jack: Mike: Jack: Mike:

Hallo, Jack, what's the rush? Oh, hallo, Mike. / I've got to meet Joyce, actually. / We're off to the theatre. The theatre! Do you often go? Yes, we usually go every fortnight. / What about you? Well, I don't often find time, I'm afraid. / I'm sure Janet would like to go, though. Look, there's a good comedy on next week. / We could all go together. / Shall I book seats for next Saturday? That's a good idea. / I'll ask Janet and ring you tomorrow. Fine. I must fly now. 'Bye! 'Bye! Have a good time!



Exercise 1
Use Present Simple or Present Continuous, giving the appropriate f o r m of the verb in brackets Example: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 The sun (shine) now, but you (think) it will rain later? The sun is shining now, but do you think it will rain later?

John (go) to the doctor's today because he (feel) ill. Jack often (go) to the theatre. On Saturday he (go) to see the new play. In spring the days (grow) longer and the nights (become) warmer. I (catch) the train to London this evening. It (leave) at eight o'clock. Ice (float) on water, but iron (not float). I (hear) you (go) to France next week. you (speak) French? I (understand) a little, but I never (practise) so I (not speak) very well. Mr. Laker (come) to tea today. you (remember) him?

Exercise 2
Add 'a' 'some' or 'any', if needed, in the blank spaces Example: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 He p u t . . . glass of ... water on the table. He put a glass of water on the table.

I w a n t . . . paper to write ... letter. He wants ... milk and ... teaspoonful of ... sugar in his tea. You need ... sharp knife to c u t . . . wood. I'd like ... cup of ... coffee and ... water, please. There's... tea in the pot but there i s n ' t . . . coffee left. Have you got ... good ideas? John gave me ... good advice, but I didn't take ... notice. I went tc the manager to g e t . . . information.

Exercise 3
Make plurals where possible Example: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 A tiger eats meat. Tigers eat meat.

That boy needs to have his hair cut. He planted a tree in his garden. She bought a bottle of wine. The information he gave me was incorrect. The furniture in this room is very old; I must buy a new table and a chair. A bottle is made of glass. A father can give good advice to his son. He left his luggage on the chair.



Exercise 4
Use ' i t . . . ' or ' t h e r e . . . ' with the appropriate tense of 'be' Example: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ... a good restaurant next to the cinema. There is a good restaurant next to the cinema. some glasses in the cupboard. Would you fetch them? very hot when I went out this morning. d i f f i c u l t to speak English correctly, don't you think? warm today, but some clouds in the sky. true that some d i f f i c u l t questions in this exercise. possible that another war soon. d i f f i c u l t to understand w h y Gertie ever married him. a fight in the street last week.

Exercise 5
Rearrange these series of words to f o r m sentences Example: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 it November in often rains. It often rains in November.

waiting for still answer an I am questions my to. dogs ever do f r u i t for breakfast eat? mother often to theatre not the go my does. only few have we a got bottles in house the lemonade of. already he drunk full has a whisky of bottle. at the rarely weather is this time cold year the of. school the generally do at their children homework. old can what say you understand that man hardly.

Exercise 6
Fill the gaps w i t h these words: for' 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 'after', 'on', 'up', ' o f f ' , 'in', 'at', ' o f ' , ' w i t h ' , ' t o ' ,

He thought he was late, b u t . . . fact he g o t . . . the station before the train left. It's late; I must be ... to work now. The doctors operated ... the boy's leg. He stopped at a shop ... the way; then he w e n t . . . to the airport. That man is ... least 80 years old. I am very c o n t e n t y o u r progress. Are you c o n f i d e n t . . . finishing the exercise before tomorrow? Please look ... my luggage while I go to the toilet. What's ... at the cinema tonight? It's raining so we'll p u t . . . the picnic until next week. They g o t . . . early in the morning and went . . . a swim before breakfast. He feeds his c a t . . . fresh fish.

EXERCISES Programme One

A Make questions from each sentence as in the examples, beginning with the word or words at the end of each sentence. a) Ken always goes to his club on Monday evenings. Where Answer Where does Ken always go on Monday evenings? b) It's Monday evening. He's getting ready to go now. What Answer What's he doing now? c) He doesn't drive to the club because it's near. Why Answer Why doesn't he drive to the club? d) When he arrives he usually has a drink. What Answer What does he usually do when he arrives? 1 The club usually opens at 6.30. At what time 2 The club has 200 members. How many 3 Some members always play cards there. What 4 Ken doesn't play cards because he doesn't like it. Why 5 Ken's talking to Mike at the moment. What 6 Mike's going to Africa next week on business. Where 7 They're discussing the economic situation. What 8 Ken doesn't leave early because he lives near the club. Why 9 Mike always leaves early because he lives 20 miles away. Why 10 When Ken gets home he usually smokes a cigar. What Here is a conversation between Peter and John. Peter is going to France on holiday. Write out sentences about each part of the conversation, as in examples a) and b). a) John: Why are you going by boat? Peter: Because it's too expensive by plane. Answer Peter's going by boat because it's too expensive by plane. b) John: Does the sea crossing generally take long? Peter: No. Answer The sea crossing doesn't generally take long. 1 John: Do you like the sea crossing? Peter: No. 2 John: Does the sea ever get rough? Peter: Sometimes. 3 John: Do you ever have a meal on the boat? Peter: Never.



4 John: Peter: 5 John: Peter: 6 John: Peter,7 John: Peter: 8 John: Peter: 9 John: Peter: 10 John: Peter: C

Why don't you buy food on the boat? Because I take sandwiches with me. What do people usually do on the boat? They sit around, talk, eat, drink or sleep. Why aren't you taking your car? Because I'm hiring one. How long does the sea crossing take? About one and a half hours. Why isn't your son Paul going with you? Because he's studying for his exams. What does Paul want to do next year? Go to university and study maths. Do you think Paul will pass? Yes, because he studies a lot.

Choose between some and any in the spaces in the following. Let me give you (1) advice about learning a language. Try to do (2) studying every day. Even when you think you don't have (3) time, try and find ten minutes, and learn (4) words. (5) people think that learning a language is something we can do without (6) difficulty. We know that there isn't (7) truth in that idea. You have to do (8) hard work, or you won't make (9) progress. With the Linguaphone course we've tried to make even the hard work enjoyable. So you won't forget (10) of the exercises, will you? Re-write each of the sentences beginning with the word or words at the end, so that the meaning is the same. Example We're going by taxi tonight. We're taking Answer We're taking a taxi tonight. 1 This exercise has ten questions. There are 2 I get to work at 8.00. I arrive 3 My job is all right. I'm content 4 I'm sure I'll learn a lot from this course. I'm confident of 5 I'll check my answers because it's possible that there are some mistakes. I'll check my answers in case 6 With these exercises I can practise my written English. By means 7 Immediately I finish this exercise I'll correct it. As soon 8 I'm tired. I'll leave this exercise until tomorrow. I'm tired. I'll put 9 I find it difficult to understand English on the radio. English on the radio 10 It's possible that I'll visit England next year. I may



Find one word which will fit into each space. Many of the words appear in Programme 1. Last week Norman and Brenda went for a picnic in the countryside. They found a pleasant (1) in a field, half (2) up a hill. They left their car at the bottom. The (3) over the surrounding countryside was lovely, and it was beautifully sunny. It's a (4) they didn't listen to the weather forecast before they left home. The forecast was for rain, and more rain. Soon black clouds appeared. "Oh no, the weather's (5) worse, it'll (6) our picnic," Brenda said. "We (7) have any luck with picnics, it always rains." "Don't (8)," said Norman, "We won't get wet. We'll get back to the car before it starts." He was (9). By the time they got back to the car, they were completely wet. "I've no (10) to go on a picnic ever again," said Brenda. "Don't let it (11) you," said Norman. "In modern life we sometimes need an adventure like this. We can't expect to be comfortable the (12) time.'' A word from Programme 1 can be fitted into each space. Find the word. The first letter of each word is given. I h (1) getting wet, especially on holiday. I s (2) that's why I always a (3) to go to the South of France for my holidays. I go every summer, in f (4) last year I went for two months. Lying in the sun is a good way of c (5) my rheumatism. And it makes a change from those g (6) winter days. I always go to the same place. I'm not an a (7) person, although 1 (8) I've thought of trying another place. I'm sure I won't though. I own a caravan near the beach. It's got a f (9) so I always have a s (10) of cold drinks. The caravan is in a lovely s (11), just two minutes walk from the sea. The problem is that the area is becoming more and more popular. If it becomes even more popular it'll s (12) everything.