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INTRODUCTION contents
Pioneer Pre-Intermediate Extra Material consists of Module 1 .............................................................. 3
worksheets with extra practice corresponding to each
module. The worksheets are photocopiable to be used by Module 2 .............................................................. 6
teachers according to their students’ needs. Module 3 .............................................................. 9
It is recommended that teachers assign these worksheets
after students have revised the vocabulary, functions
Module 4 ............................................................. 11
and grammatical items dealt with in the corresponding Module 5 ............................................................. 13
modules of both the Student’s Book and the Workbook.
The listening and reading activities are meant to help Module 6 ..............................................................16
students further develop their listening and reading
skills and sub-skills. The worksheets always end with
Module 7 ............................................................. 19
a post-reading discussion to promote students’ critical Module 8 ............................................................. 21
thinking skills.
Module 9 ............................................................ 24
Each module consists of:
• Vocabulary and communication Module 10 ............................................................ 27
• Grammar
• Listening Module 11 ............................................................ 30
• Reading and post-reading discussion
Module 12 ............................................................. 33
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A. Circle the correct words. D. Complete the dialogues. Choose
a or b. Then listen and check your
1. I cancelled / arranged to see a film with Tom tonight. answers.
2. In the past / century, people didn’t use the Internet
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much, but now they can’t live without it.
A: Hello, Lisa!
3. Sit down. We have to seem / discuss something
B: Hi, Betty. 1 ?
important.
A: Nothing much. How are you doing?
4. Don’t wear those athletic shoes. They’re in / out of
B: 2 . I’m working a lot these days and I’m very
fashion.
tired.
5. It’s an important meeting with business people. Wear
A: Poor you. Maybe we can get together at the weekend.
something formal / casual.
B: Sure, 3 .
A: OK, 4 .
B: See you.

1. a. What are you up to? b. How’s everything


B. Choose a, b or c.
2. a. Not bad b. So-so
1. Video games are with young people.
3. a. no problem b. I’m fine
a. famous b. popular c. interesting
4. a. take care b. I’m free
2. Why don’t we go to the café down the street?
a. normal b. usual c. common
2.
3. Can you life without technology?
a. wonder b. think c. imagine A: Hi, Jason. 5 for tonight?
B: Not really. I’m staying at home.
4. How much money do you on clothes?
a. spend b. pay c. cost A: Why don’t we go to that Chinese restaurant in Moss
Street?
5. The journey through the mountains was . I think
B: I’m afraid 6 . I’ve got a test tomorrow and
you should go on this trip.
I want to study.
a. harmful b. horrible c. incredible
A: OK. 7 .

5. a. How’s it going b. Have you got any plans


6. a. I can’t make it b. I can’t stand it
C. Complete with the words in the box. There are two 7. a. Maybe some other time b. It’s something else
extra words that you do not need to use.

train bracelets charge trend rubber


3.
indoors interested polyester
A: How about going to the cinema later today?
1. Kevin is in poetry. He has B: 8 ?
a huge collection. A: Great. Let’s see Space Action.
2. These plastic are really cheap. B: 9 ! I’m crazy about sci-fi films.
3. We have to every day for the A: Me too. 10 !
basketball championship next month.
8. a. How could I say no b. What are you up to
4. I wear a pair of boots when it 9. a. It’s nothing special b. Sounds great
rains.
10. a. I’m not a big fan b. There’s nothing I like more
5. Jeans and colourful trainers are the latest
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with teenagers.
6. I need to my mobile phone.
The battery is dead.

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Grammar
A. Complete with the Present Simple or the Present C. Complete with the correct form of used to and the
Progressive of the verbs in brackets. verbs in brackets.

A: What 1 you 1. People (not have) mobile phones


(do) right now, Julie? thirty years ago, but now some people have two!
B: I 2 (read) a magazine. Why? 2. Martin (not live) in Brighton. He
A: I 3 (need) help with this Science (live) in Somerset.
homework. The deadline is tomorrow. 3. I think that café (be) a clothes
B: 4 you still shop. Am I right?
(work) on that? You 5 4. Kimberly (play) volleyball, but she
(usually / not leave) homework till the last minute. You stopped last year.
6 (always / finish) it early. 5. your father
A: I 7 (know), but for some reason (work) in a restaurant?
I can’t finish this. Can you help me?
B: Of course.

B. Complete with the Past Simple of the verbs in D. Choose a, b or c.


brackets.
1. My father let me take his car yesterday.
A: What 1 you a. wasn’t b. couldn’t c. didn’t
(do) last weekend?
2. Russell to Spain next week. He can’t wait.
B: I 2 (visit) my cousins in
a. fly b. is flying c. flew
Bridgetown. We 3 (go) hiking in
3. How long to build the Eiffel Tower?
the mountains and then they 4
a. does it take b. did it take c. is it taking
(take) me to a lake nearby. It 5
(be) great! 4. My brother in 2013.
A: 6 you (go) a. is graduating b. graduated c. used to graduate
for a swim in the lake? 5. Robert left about an hour .
B: We 7 (want) to, but we a. ago b. last c. before
8 (not can). We 6. Electric cars produce a lot of pollution.
9 (not have) swimsuits. a. doesn’t b. isn’t c. don’t
A: Anyway, sounds like you 10 7. Kate never goes out the week.
(have) fun. a. at b. during c. in
B: I did.

Listening
Listen to four short dialogues and write T for True
or F for False.
1. Jack went to Ireland by car and ferry.
2. Linda’s first bike cost her £600.
3. Kelly would like to take her tablet, but she can’t.
4. Traffic lights haven’t changed at all from 100 years ago.
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Reading
A. Read the text and write SU for sunglasses, TR for trainers or B for both.

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT...


SUNGLASSES TRAINERS
Shades, dark glasses or even sunnies. Whatever In 1830, the Liverpool Rubber Company
you call them, when the sun comes out, they developed the first athletic shoes with rubber
do too. But who were the first people soles. They called them “plimsolls” and
to wear them? Well, in snowy places, people used to buy them for a variety
the sun can be very bright, and of activities. In the early 20th century,
from prehistoric times, ancient shoemakers started designing
Inuit of the Arctic regions wore trainers, like the Converse
glasses made of bone with All Stars, for specific sports.
thin holes (slits) in them. Basketball players used to
These didn’t let a lot of light wear these trainers
in and protected their eyes. back then. In the 1950s,
Today, sunglasses are trainers became
usually plastic and come a fashion statement
in all shapes and sizes. and more and more
People wear them to young people
protect their wore them.
eyes from During the
the sun’s 80s and 90s
harmful rays it was
while doing common for
outdoor sports stars to
activities or sports, have their own
or just because brand of trainers,
they’re in fashion. like Nike’s Air Jordans.
But many celebrities Today, there is a massive
wear them indoors market for trainers, with new
too, because they designs coming out all the
want to hide their Inuit sunglasses time, and prices reaching
identity. £200 or more.

1. They were worn in ancient times.


2. They used to be made of different material. 
3. They had a different name in the beginning. 
4. People wear them while doing sports. 
5. People wear them as a fashion statement. 
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B. Discuss.
What are some trends young people follow
in your country?

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A. Circle the correct word.
1. I was very upset / worried when my I lost my new digital camera.
2. Erica has many positive qualities / feelings, so everyone likes her.
3. Jason feels like he has been unemployed lately / for ages, but it’s only been a month.
4. Mark is very shy. He’s completely / probably different from his older brother, who is
confident and outgoing.
5. Diane is an old success / acquaintance. We used to work together when we were younger.
6. If you want good results / subjects, take pictures in natural light.
7. Patrick recognised / apologised to his parents for taking the car without asking them.

B. Choose a, b or c. C. Complete the sentences with the words/phrases in


the box. There are two extra words/phrases that you
1. Dora is a friend of mine. I feel like I can tell her do not need to use.
anything.
a. close b. complete c. mutual lost touch stands out get along otherwise
embarrassed simple stressed get hold of
2. The woman as the professional photographer
1. I can’t Peter. Do you know
took a photo of her.
where he is?
a. shot b. posed c. placed
2. The yellow coffee table in the
3. Karen is very . She is always positive about middle of the living room.
things. 3. When Johnny fell down in front of everyone, he felt
a. outgoing b. quick-tempered c. optimistic very .
4. Lisa and Lucy don’t . They get
4. I can’t stand my flatmate. He manages to me
on each other’s nerves.
every day.
5. This photo editing program is very
a. annoy b. congratulate c. improve
to use.
5. Tom surprised me. I didn’t him to arrive so early. 6. When Carl moved to Australia, he
a. advise b. fear c. expect with all of his childhood friends.

D. Complete the dialogues with the sentences a-g. Then listen and check your answers.

a. Good luck with that. e. You look familiar.


b. We look alike. f. How’s business?
c. I didn’t catch your name. g. Long time no see!
d. It could be better.

1.
A: Hello. Have we met before? 1
B: Well, actually, no, I don’t think so. 2.
A: Didn’t you go to Brunel University? A: Hi, Danny! 4
B: Oh. No, I didn’t, but my sister did. 2 B: Hi, mate. How have you been?
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A: OK. That explains it. How’s she doing? A: Not bad. I’m working at my father’s
B: She’s doing well. She recently got a job at restaurant for the summer.
a computer company. B: That’s good. 5
A: That’s great! Tell her to give me a call. A: 6 What about you?
B: I’m sorry, 3 B: I’m looking for a job.
A: It’s Pete Kowalski. A: 7 It’s not easy.

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Grammar
A. Complete with the Present Perfect Simple or the Past Simple of the verbs in brackets.
1. A: 1 (you / see) Jessica 2. A: I think it’s time to buy a new mobile phone, Frank. How
recently? I 2 (not long 10 (you / have) this old one?
hear) from her for more than a month. B: I 11 (have) it for years.
I3 (send) her I 12 (buy) it in 2010, I think.
an email last week but she I 13 (never / have) a problem
4 (not answer) yet. with it, so why do I need a new one?
B: Well, actually I 5 A: Because a lot of newer phones 14
(speak) to her last night. We (come out) lately. You should get a smartphone.
6 (chat) on the Net
B: I 15 (think) about buying one
for a while. She 7 (be)
last year but then I 16 (realise)
very busy lately. She 8
that I just don’t need it. I only use my mobile to make
(get) a new job two months ago and she
calls.
9 (move) to Paris!
A: I see.
Can you believe that?

B. Circle the correct words. C. Expand to make sentences.


1. Have you taken a photograph of a wild animal 1. I / see / that film / four times / .
before / ever? 
2. A: How long have you lived here? 2. Sally / not finish / project / yet / .
B: For / Since a long time; for / since I was five 
years old.
3. Karen and Bruce / get married / last spring / .
3. Marcel has been / has gone to the dentist.

He left / has left at 2pm.
4. my dad / know / his best friend / 30 years / .
4. The children have been asleep since you

have arrived / arrived.
5. The Richardson family moved in three weeks 5. you / ever / be / to Sweden / ?
before / ago. 

6. Why haven’t you tidied your room yet / since? 6. we / visit / Italy / 2008 / .
7. Hurry! I’m already / just late. 

Listening
Listen to a brother and sister talking about
flatmates and choose a, b or c.
1. Who does Jason prefer to live with?
a. A male.
b. A female.
c. He doesn’t mind.

2. Jason doesn’t mind if his flatmate isn’t


a. trustworthy
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b. cheerful
c. neat

3. What doesn’t Jason consider very important?


a. sharing the bills
b. sleeping and study habits
c. respecting each other’s privacy

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Reading
A. Read the text and write T for True, F for False or NM for Not Mentioned.

Direct communication is dying out...


In the past, friends used to call or meet up to catch up on them. Young people often prefer to text because they can
each other’s news. Nowadays, with the rise of technological hide aspects of their personality. For example, if they’re shy,
communication, personal contact is becoming less frequent they can seem cooler. Also, texting is a way to stay in touch
and more distant communication methods, like email, texts with more people as it’s impossible to see lots of people
or instant messaging are taking its place. face-to-face. So, many teenagers believe this distant way of
communicating is actually improving communication.
Many people fear that the younger generation is
losing the social skills they need to communicate. There is no doubt that face-to-face communication is more
When communicating face-to-face, young people feel than just words. When speaking to someone face-to-face,
uncomfortable and keeping eye contact is difficult for them. your tone of voice and body language play an important
They avoid making phone calls and prefer to send someone role, too. Today, many people are going against the trend
a text, even when they are in the next room. of distant communication. ‘No email’ days are becoming
popular in the USA and companies are encouraging people
Is this a problem? Or is this just the way that humans are
to pick up the phone and talk to another human being, or
evolving? A recent study has shown that two-thirds of
even meet face-to-face.
teenagers are now more likely to text their friends than call

Are you there?


12:47

What about?
12:54

Yeah, let’s talk.


12:52

Humans are social beings. Some years ago, Albert


Mehrabian, a psychology professor at UCLA, came up with
the following statistics for spoken communication:

7% of meaning is in the spoken words


38% of meaning is paralinguistic (the way we say the words)
55% of meaning is in facial expression and body language

1. Improvements in technology are making direct communication more frequent.


2. The younger generation uses body language more than facial expressions when communicating.
3. Teenagers are more likely to send text messages when they want to hide their identity.
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4. The younger generation thinks that communication is getting better.


5. ‘No email’ days used to be popular in the past.
6. According to Mehrabian, spoken words are less important than the way you say them.

B. Discuss.
How do you communicate with the following people?
your friends your parents your colleagues distant relatives

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He hates any kind of sport. I was very busy.

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a. resist b. pretend c. persuade a. refer b. reply c. post
2. This coffee has no sugar in it. It’s very . 6. Does this meal any nuts? I’m allergic to them.
a. greasy b. bland c. bitter a. contain b. cause c. exist
3. Let’s make a at the Italian restaurant for this Friday 7. The at that restaurant was so bad. I don’t want to
night. Are you free? go there again.
a. reservation b. presentation c. preparation a. knowledge b. version c. service
4. Do they do martial at the new gym?
a. arts b. details c. techniques

B. Complete with the words in the box. D. Choose a or b. Then listen


and check your answers.
up with from across up into out
1. A: I had an accident yesterday.
1. My father reads the newspaper to keep up B:
the news. a. How lucky!
2. It was so cold that the rain water on the streets turned b. Are you serious?
ice.
2. A: I found a job!
3. Can you look the definition of a word? B:
4. Do you know where that expression comes ?
a. Guess what!
5. I came some old photographs of my b. Congratulations!
parents yesterday.
3. A: I’m getting married!
6. I’m thinking of taking a hobby, like origami
B: What wonderful news!
or jewellery making.
a. Just this once!
7. Check Tony’s new trainers. They’re pretty
b. No way!
cool.
4. A: Let’s go out tonight.
C. Complete with the correct form of the words in B: Sure. I’d love to.
capitals. a. What have you been up to?
1. After the I had with my b. What do you say?
friend, I felt much better. DISCUSS
5. A: Let’s get some chocolate ice cream.
2. This sauce is totally . I don’t B: How can I say no to that?
know how you’re eating it. TASTE
a. You’re kidding.
3. Did you get the to Stacey’s b. It’s my treat.
wedding? It’s in a month. INVITE
6. A: Try this chicken. It’s nice and spicy.
4. There was a flight because
B: I don’t like spicy food.
of the storm. CANCEL
A: But it’s really tasty.
5. The light bulb is an by
B: Oh, OK.
Thomas Edison. INVENT
a. What do you recommend?
6. My sister is very . She makes
b. What do you have to lose?
fantastic jewellery. CREATE
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7. Cars, cabs and buses cause air .


 POLLUTE
8. I can’t eat this soup. It’s too . SALT
9. This story is amazing. You have an incredible
. IMAGINE
10. I want to become a karate .
 INSTRUCT

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Grammar
A. Choose a, b or c. B. Complete the sentences with who, which, that or where.
If they can be omitted, put them in brackets.
1. Can you please give me information about
the pottery lessons? 1. The man lives next door is my History teacher.
a. a few b. many c. some 2. That’s the place I had lunch yesterday.
2. Very people came to the picnic on Saturday. 3. Is this the jacket you bought? It’s great!
a. little b. much c. few 4. York is the city I grew up.
3. There isn’t time to waste. Let’s go. 5. Do you know anyone speaks French?
a. little b. any c. no
6. The car is outside is mine.
4. I like pizza . I can eat it every day.
7. The office Tommy works is in the city centre.
a. a lot b. much c. lots
8. The person I was talking to is a colleague of mine.
5. There are only tomatoes left, so please buy
some.
a. few b. any c. a few Listening
6. There’s very milk in my coffee. Can I have Listen to two friends talking and write T for True or F for False.
some more? 1. April’s friend knew she moved to a new flat.
a. little b. few c. a little 2. April’s new flat is opposite a park.
7. My brother is crazy about photography and has 3. April’s new flat has got two bedrooms, but no living room.
taken nice pictures of wild animals. 4. April’s sister didn’t use to live with her, but now she does.
a. much b. many c. a lot 5. April’s sister is unemployed.

Reading
A. Read the text and answer the questions.

Installation art isn’t just about making paintings or


sculptures. It’s a kind of art that uses the area it’s in to
help people enjoy it. It includes exhibits with sound, live
performances, video and even the Internet. People who
experience installation art often have to use different
senses at the same time, not only sight, but also hearing,
smell and touch. You can find installation art in galleries,
but also in public places, and it can be permanent or last
for just a few hours, days or weeks. The main point is not
only to look at the art but to experience it and feel part 1. What kind of exhibits does installation art include?
of the art, too. 
2. Which senses do people use when they experience
In 2009, Brazilian artist Néle Azevedo created an installation art?
installation called Melting Men. She created a thousand 
tiny ice sculptures of men and placed them in a sitting
position on steps in a square in Berlin. They quickly began 3. What did the Melting Men installation include?
to melt and were soon just a puddle of water. The Melting 
Men installation has appeared in various cities, like Paris,
4. What kind of message did the artist want to send?
Florence, Havana and Sao Paulo. Azevedo’s installation is
more than just art. She wants people to become aware of 
the melting ice caps at the poles and how this can cause 5. What happened when visitors walked through the Rain
water levels to rise. Her art sends a warning to humanity. Room?
In 2012, the contemporary art studio Random International 
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turned one of the rooms at the Barbican Centre in London 6. What did the people who made this installation want to
into a Rain Room. Rain fell from the ceiling of the room non-
see?
stop. Visitors could hear, see and even smell the rain, but
when they walked through the room, they didn’t get wet. 
Eight digital cameras followed each visitor and a computer
stopped the rain above them. This made the people feel B. Discuss.
they were in control of the rain. Random International saw Which of the two installation art works would you like to
the installation as a social experiment and were interested experience? Why?
in people’s reactions.

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1. Look out! That truck is .
and check your answers.
a. reversing b. landing c. bumping

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2. I boiling hot water all over my hand and now it a. It’s my fault. f. What
hurts. b. What were you thinking? happened to you?
a. spilt b. dropped c. burned c. What do you think g. Watch where
3. We were to finally see the search party. you’re doing? you’re going!
a. relieved b. illegal c. alive d. How unlucky! h. You should know
4. You should put a plaster on that scratch because it’s better than that.
e. Is there anything I can
. do to help?
a. bleeding b. burning c. scratching
1. A: 1
5. Luke is wearing because he broke his arm.
B: I sprained my ankle.
a. stitches b. a cast c. bandages
A: Oh, no! 2 How did it happen?
6. You’re in trouble young man. You the law! B: I was climbing a tree yesterday when I fell.
a. destroyed b. lost c. broke A: What? 3
B: I was trying to save my cat. She was there all
afternoon and couldn’t come down.
B. Circle the correct words. A: I don’t think it was a good idea trying to climb the
1. There was no lift, so going up to the 5th floor tree. 4
was exhausted / exhausting. B: I guess so.

2. I was very embarrassing / embarrassed when 2. A: 5


I tripped and fell down. B: I’m trying to reach that box on top of the fridge.
3. Can you pick / pass me up from work tomorrow? A: It looks like you’re going to lose your balance on
that chair. 6
4. As I was crossing the road, a bus hit / crashed into
B: Yes. You can hold the chair.
a tree.
5. I went to the doctor because I had a sore throat / 3. A: 7 You’re going to trip over...
finger and couldn’t talk. B: Ouch! Why do you always leave your things on
the floor?
6. Mary panicked when she got stuck / caught in the lift.
A: Sorry. 8 Are you OK?
B: I’m OK. It’s just a little bruise. But you should clean
up this mess now.
C. Complete the sentences with the words in the box. A: OK.
There are two extra words that you do not need to
use.

headlights boot wheel broke pulled Grammar


space brakes tyre A. Complete with the Past Simple or the Past
Progressive of the verbs in brackets.

1. When the young boy ran into the road, the driver 1. We (watch) TV when all of a
slammed on the . sudden the lights (go out).

2. My car down in the middle of the 2. Dennis (read) a book while


road yesterday. I (wash) the car outside.
3. Jane (jog) in the park when she
3. We can park over there in that parking
(trip) and
.
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(graze) her knee.


4. We saw the ambulance coming and
4. They (not have) dinner when
over to let it pass.
I (call) them. They
5. I think it’s better to put the suitcase in the (watch) a film.
of the car instead of on the 5. The baby (start) crying as soon as
passenger seat. she (hear) the loud noise.
6. I got a flat as I was going to work 6. It (rain) as I
this morning. (drive) to work yesterday.

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B. Write sentences using the prompts given and the
words in brackets.
Listening
Listen to three news bulletins and complete the
1. get home / phone ring (as soon as) sentences.
 News bulletin 1
 1. Experts say that it was a category
hurricane.
2. knock over a glass of water / cook (while)
2. The storm has left more than

homeless.

News bulletin 2
3. my sister drive to work / run out of petrol (as) 3. Authorities have closed many schools and
 .
 4. Experts expect temperatures
during the weekend.
4. Fred run down the street / bump into a girl on
a bike (when) News bulletin 3
 5. The fire caused half of a factory
 to collapse.
6. workers are trapped and
of them are injured.

Reading

DOUBLE DISASTER IN JAPAN


A. Read the text and write T for True or F for False.

Yesterday, the fourth largest earthquake since Already thousands of Japanese people
records began hit the northeast coast of Japan. have lost their lives, thousands are injured,
The 9.0 magnitude earthquake occurred at 2:46 thousands are missing and hundreds of
thousands are now homeless. Rescue teams
pm local time and caused serious damage and
are doing what they can to help the people
deaths. However, soon after the quake, a tsunami who are trapped. However, rescue operations
hit the coast, causing even more chaos. are extremely difficult, especially as there are
continuous major aftershocks.
Eyewitnesses are saying the waves from the
tsunami were over 30 feet high at Miyako City The people are terrified. ‘I can’t believe how we
and the water travelled 6 miles inland in the survived. Many houses collapsed and then as
we were trying to help others, the wave arrived.
Sendai area. The tsunami destroyed entire towns
Let’s just hope the aftershocks don’t continue’,
and completely flooded Sendai airport. There have a Sendai resident told us.
been tsunami warnings in countries all around
One of the main worries at the moment is the
the Pacific coast, and in California, people have
state of the Fukushima nuclear power plant.
reported 8-feet-high waves. A wave even broke There are reports that the earthquake damaged
off enormous icebergs from the Sulzberger ice the plant and experts are worried there could be
shelf in Antarctica, 8,100 miles away. a huge nuclear disaster.
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1. The earthquake occurred in the middle of the night. 4. Fortunately, there are no reports of deaths yet.
2. The waves from the tsunami in the Sendai area 5. The aftershocks are causing problems for the
were 6 feet high. rescue teams.
3. The wave that reached Antarctica travelled over 6. Experts fear that a nuclear disaster may occur at
8,000 miles. Fukushima.

B. Discuss.
What should you do in case of an earthquake? Do you know of any safety tips?

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phrases a-h. There is one extra phrase

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1. The explorers finally their destination after that you do not need to use. Then listen
10 days. and check your answers.

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a. set off b. reached c. got
a. Will you put your luggage on the conveyor belt?
2. When we were young, we used to the forest near
b. You have a point.
our house for hours.
a. invent b. explore c. discover c. Here you go.
d. Sure. No problem.
3. Climbing to the top of the mountain was a great
for all the rock climbers. e. I’m not so sure about that.
a. wonder b. challenge c. progress f. Could I see your passport, please?

4. This is an official with your personal information. g. I don’t think we should walk around in this heat.
Don’t lose it. h. May I take this with me on the plane?
a. document b. brochure c. insurance 1. A: Hello, sir. 1
5. Did you get all the ingredients for the recipe? B: Of course. 2 Could I have an aisle seat on
a. suitable b. particular c. necessary the plane?
6. Only the best mountain climbers in climbing A: Let me see. I’m afraid there are only window seats
Mount Everest. left. Is that a problem, sir?
a. succeed b. manage c. request B: I suppose not.
A: 3
7. We a car and did plenty of sightseeing all around
B: Certainly. I hope it’s not overweight. 4 It’s
the city.
my laptop.
a. informed b. rented c. loaded
A: 5 Here’s your boarding pass. You should be
at the gate about 35 minutes before take-off.
B. Circle the correct words. B: OK, great.

1. We are going to be two hours late because of the 2. A: So, what should we do next? Visit the museum or
delay / departure. go shopping for souvenirs?
2. The boarding / check-in agent told us where the gate B: Personally, 6 So, let’s go to the museum.
A: 7 We can go to the market later.
was.
B: Great.
3. The Eiffel Tower is the most famous landmark /
location in Paris.
4. This medicine can cause various side effects / Grammar
symptoms. A. Join the sentences below using the words/phrases
given. Make any necessary changes.
5. I would like to speak to the person in / with charge.
1. The football match started. Then Joey
6. Can you help me put this in the cabin / overhead and Tom arrived. by the time
compartment? 
7. By the second week of our camping trip, we didn’t have 
any supplies / expeditions left. 2. The aeroplane landed. Then Laura and I got to the
airport. when

C. Complete the sentences with the correct form of the

words in capitals.
3. We packed our suitcases. Then Todd came
1. The ancient ruins are the biggest tourist
for lunch. by the time
in the area. ATTRACT

2. We apologise for the late 
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of the train. ARRIVE


4. The kids studied for their exam. Then they went
3. Our from New York to London out to play. after
was about 7 hours. FLY 
4. Their trip to Hawaii was a(n) 
experience. FORGET 5. My sister ate a whole pizza for lunch yesterday.
Then she was sick all evening. because
5. Water sports are a(n) way

to spend your time at the beach. ENJOY


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B. Look and write questions using can, could, will, would or may.

1. ask / question / ? 3. pick me up / airport / ?


 
 
 

2. lend / car / for / 4. have / glass / water / ?


weekend / ? 
 
 


C. Rewrite the sentences using the words given.


1. It’s a good idea to have a healthy breakfast in the morning.  (should)
You 

2. Don’t forget to fasten your seat belt. (had better)


You 

3. It isn’t a good idea to stay up late tonight.  (should)


You 

4. You have to call Mr Gordon right now because he needs to speak to you. (had better)


Listening
Someone is calling a travel agency and is listening to a recorded message.
Listen and write T for True or F for False.

1. People who want information about cruises to Tunisia should press three.

2. The trip to Morocco starts in southern Spain.

3. In the old city there’s a 17th-century palace.

4. Tourists can have lunch anywhere they want in the old city.

5. Tourists can ride a camel to the Cave of Hercules.

6. Adults travelling on their own have to pay 50 euros each.


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Reading
A. Read the text and answer the questions.

When you’ve planned a holiday, you don’t want anything to ruin it, especially
problems like jet lag and motion sickness. Whether you are travelling by plane,
going on a cruise or taking a road trip, there are things you can do to prevent
these problems.
I go on many overseas business trips and used to suffer badly from jet lag. I had
difficulty adjusting to the new time zone after a long flight. I felt tired, sleepy and
sometimes just plain ill for days. I’ve learnt to deal with it and have managed to
reduce the symptoms. Here’s what I do. When I get on an aeroplane, I always set
the time on my watch to the new time zone. I sleep according to my new schedule
and not when my body feels like it, which means you should stay awake during the
daytime. Food is important, too. Don’t eat whatever they serve you. You should
eat very little and lightly, and only when you’re hungry, not because you’re bored.
I eat lots of fruit and drink plenty of water. Avoid coffee, tea or soft drinks with
caffeine. They mess up your wake/sleep patterns and cause dehydration. Also,
during the flight you should get up and walk around often. It helps.
Motion sickness is another problem some travellers have when travelling by car
or boat, and can make them feel nauseous or dizzy. I used to take motion sickness
medicine, but it wasn’t a good solution because it didn’t really work and it had
a lot of side effects, including drowsiness. My advice? Well, even before you start
feeling sick, you should try to focus on a distant point on the horizon, and avoid
reading. Sitting in the front seat of a car can help and when on a boat, try to find
a seat near the middle on the lower levels. I like drinking a lot of coffee, but I have
noticed that it makes the symptoms worse, so you’d better avoid it. You shouldn’t
eat too much food, but the truth is that travelling on an empty stomach doesn’t
help much either. There is one thing that seems to work for me: green apples.

1. What are the two things which can cause problems to travellers when travelling? B. Discuss.
 What kind of problems
do you have when you
2. How did jet lag make the writer feel?
travel? How do you deal
 with them?
3. What does the writer do when he gets on an aeroplane?

4. Why does he do this?

5. What does the writer like eating when travelling?

6. Why should travellers avoid drinking coffee, tea or soft drinks with caffeine?

7. Why did the writer stop taking medicine for motion sickness?
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8. Where should travellers look to avoid getting motion sickness?

9. Why does the writer avoid coffee when travelling by car or boat?

10. What food does the writer recommend when travelling by car or boat?


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A. Choose a, b or c.
1. I £30 from my brother because I wanted to 5. Our company that you will be satisfied
buy this T-shirt. with our products.
a. owed b. borrowed c. lent a. requires b. guarantees c. allows
2. Scientists that the Earth’s temperature will 6. I didn’t understand what happened at the end
continue to increase in the future. of the book. It didn’t make .
a. connect b. adjust c. predict a. a difference b. sense c. a mistake
3. Not many people will have the for space 7. John isn’t afraid to take so that he can
travel in their lifetime. succeed.
a. opportunity b. possibility c. ability a. predictions b. dangers c. risks
4. I live close to work, which is very .
a. practical b. valuable c. convenient

B. Complete the sentences with the words in the box. There are D. Complete the dialogue with the
two extra words that you do not need to use. sentences a-g. Then listen and check
your answers.
astronaut afford attention virus addicted informed
millionaire decrease access a. There’s no point now.
b. I’ve made plans.
1. My mobile phone is very old. It doesn’t have
to the Internet. c. I made her a promise.
d. You’re here at last!
2. You should try to the amount of rubbish
e. I won’t be late, I promise!
you throw away by recycling more.
f. I told you to be here at 7 at the latest,
3. I think the best part about being a(n) is remember?
floating around in the spacecraft. g. Nothing ever happens at the beginning.

4. Could you please pay to me when I speak


A: 1
to you?
B: Sorry I’m late. The traffic was terrible.
5. One of the disadvantages of the Internet is that you can get
A: It’s 7:45 now. 2
to it.
B: It wasn’t my fault. Anyway, let’s get the
6. I can’t to buy a new car right now. I have
tickets, OK?
to save up some money first.
A: 3
7. Don’t open that email. It could contain a(n) .
B: What do you mean?
A: The film has already started.
B: So what? 4
C. Complete with the correct form of the words in capitals.
A: But we’ve missed half the film.
1. Mr Spencer is a architect.
He designs skyscrapers for cities all over the world. SKILL B: OK, then. Let’s grab a coffee and go to
the next showing.
2. This laptop is . It doesn’t work. USE
A: I can’t. 5 I’m meeting my sister
3. Eating a lot of junk food can be later.
to your health. HARM B: Cancel them.
4. Martin’s behaviour often gets him A: No, I can’t. 6 She wants me to see
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in trouble. CARE her new flat.

5. Tina felt because she was too far B: OK. Let’s go tomorrow, then. 7
away to help her friend. HELP

6. Those clothes are for a job


interview. They are too casual. APPROPRIATE

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Grammar
A. Complete the sentences with the Future will of the verbs in the box.
lend call regret interview not come not buy

1. Tracey and Vanessa to our barbecue this weekend because they are busy.
2. A reporter the winner of the race.
3. I’m not sure I like this gadget, so I it.
4. you me some money, please?
5. You should finish university otherwise you it.
6. I don’t have any time to talk now, but I you after work.

B. Join the following sentences using the words given. C. Rewrite the sentences using the correct form of be
Make all the necessary changes. able to.
1. I will go home. Then I will call my cousin Mary. as soon as 1. Last year, Jessica didn’t know how to speak French.
 
 

2. Next year, I will have the ability to visit my brother in


2. First Josh will finish his work. Then he will answer
Sacramento.
your questions. when




3. Vicky works in the afternoons so she can’t join the
3. Andy will go to an art exhibition. Then he will meet
aerobics class.
Terry at the bowling alley. after




4. Now that Henry got his Business degree, he can look
4. You will tell us the truth. Then we will leave. until for a job.
 
 

Listening
Listen to a radio interview with an expert on Mars
and write T for True or F for False.

1. The first successful mission to Mars was in 1970.


2. The first photographs of Mars were sent from
the probe Viking 1 Lander.
3. An Earth day is longer than a Martian day.
4. There are 668 Earth days in a Martian year. 
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5. There aren’t any probes on Mars at the moment. 


6. Terraforming is happening on Mars at the moment.

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Reading

Life on Earth
A. Read the text and answer the questions.

a hundred years from now...


Since the 1950s, we have destroyed more than a third of
the natural world. Our way of life has caused many serious
environmental problems. We use huge quantities of natural
resources and produce too much rubbish. Pollution is affecting • People will use alternative
energy
the climate and our planet is getting warmer. The question sources, such as solar power
and wind
is: will things ever change for the better?Some scientists are power, much more than the
y do today.
optimistic and believe that, with the help of science, today’s However, most of the world’s
energy
environmental problems will disappear. Other will come from cold fusion,
a clean,
scientists are pessimistic and believe that soon it will safe and free energy source
.
be too late to save the planet. We asked two • Scientists will control the
weather.
futurologists their views about life on Earth It won’t be cheap, but they
will use
a hundred years from now... technology to prevent natura
l disasters
in certain areas.
• Extensive desert greening
will take
increase and place and most of the world’s
gl ob al po pulation will on’t
deserts
• Th e llion. There w will turn into forests.
ac h ap pr ox imately 16 bi yo ne .
re r ever
ou gh fo od or resources fo Nicola Brand
be en are
er than they
s will be high
• Temperature on ra in fo re st
sult, the Amaz
today. As a re d th e ar ea will
completely an
will disappear
sert.
turn into a de d sea levels
at th e po le s will melt an
• The ic e in coastal
se . A s a re su lt, some cities
will ri are not very
as islands that
areas, as well d disappear.
ov e se a le ve l, will flood an
high ab sing and peop
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po llu ti on w ill keep increa of th e
• Air because
lung diseases
will suffer from
polluted air. Davis
Jake

1. How much of the natural world have humans destroyed 6. What will people suffer from?
since the 1950s? 

7. What are some examples of alternative energy sources?
2. Why is our planet getting warmer? 

8. What are the benefits of cold fusion?
3. According to Davis, what will the world population be a 
hundred years from now?
9. How will scientists prevent natural disasters?

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4. What will happen to the Amazon rainforest?
10. What will happen when desert greening takes place?


5. What will disappear first when the ice at the poles
melts? B. Discuss.
 • Which of the futurologists’ opinions do you agree with?
• What’s your opinion about the future of our planet?

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sentences a-i. There is one extra sentence

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1. John to speak to Julia because he was angry with
that you do not need to use. Then
her. listen and check your answers.

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a. refused b. remained c. complained
2. A man in a grey suit made an anonymous to the a. It’s up to you. f. Oh, I give up.
Children’s Hospital this morning. b. Because I’m not sure g. There’s a good chance
a. admission b. donation c. support you can. it’ll rain.
3. I’m definitely coming to the concert. You can c. Sounds like a good plan. h. I doubt it.
me in. d. Do as you please. i. I’d rather not.
a. count b. say c. prefer e. I’m positive.
4. We want to go ice skating at the tomorrow.
a. ride b. track c. rink 1. A: 1

5. I’d like to make a(n) . Joyce and I are getting married. B: What’s wrong, Pete?
a. announcement b. suggestion c. change A: I’m trying to call the theatre, but I can’t get through.
B: Are you trying to book tickets over the phone? 2
B. Complete the sentences with the correct preposition.
A: Yes, you can.
1. We can’t go on our honeymoon now. We will put it
B: Are you sure?
until the summertime.
A: 3 Jenny booked some last week.
2. I can always depend James to help me when
B: I think she booked them online. Do you mind if
I have a problem.
I call and ask?
3. It’s hard for Greg to cope the stress at this job.
A: 4
4. My cousins are visiting at the end of the month and I’m
going to put them at my flat. 2. A: Hey, do you want to drive into the city tomorrow,
5. This is a very difficult time for me so I want you to be or get the bus?
my side. B: 5 I really don’t mind.
6. Sort any books you don’t want so I can give A: I think we should go by car. 6 And we don’t
them to my niece. want to get wet while waiting at a bus stop, right?
7. I dropped Laura’s house this afternoon but B: OK. Do you think Alice will want to come with us?
she wasn’t there.
A: 7 She hates going into the city.
8. Please fill the form with your personal
B: True. So, let’s meet at my house at ten.
information.
A: 8
C. Complete the sentences with the correct form of the
words in capitals.
1. I don’t think you’re right. I completely
with you. AGREE
Grammar
2. All this arguing is . We A. Choose a, b or c.
can solve the problem in a different way. NECESSARY 1. If the football tickets expensive, I’ll buy them.
3. We were with that a. aren’t b. will not be c. might not be
restaurant. We didn’t like it at all.  SATISFY 2. This is fascinating documentary I’ve seen in a
4. I will be to come to while.
your barbecue this weekend because I have other a. the most b. as c. more
plans. ABLE 3. Kevin thinks sailing is more surfing.
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5. Dan and I don’t get along because he can be a. exciting b. exciting as c. exciting than
and rude sometimes. FRIEND 4. Jamie will be here at 5. You can tell him the news
6. Mark’s parents when he arrives.
he spends too much time watching TV instead a. if b. will c. when
of studying. APPROVE 5. You me if any of the guests make a complaint, so
7. I’m of whether Ryan that I know.
is working today or not. CERTAIN a. should contact b. might contact c. won’t contact

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B. Complete with the correct form of the verbs in brackets to
form Conditional Sentences Type 1. Listening
Listen to two friends talking and
1. If you (buy) 12 single tickets, you complete the sentences.
(get) one for free.
1. Tickets for the match cost
2. If you (want) to do well in your exams,
.
(not waste) your time on video games.
2. The weather forecast said it might rain
3. I (lend) you some money if you
(not have) enough. on .

4. If Terry (take) the express train, he 3. You don’t have to pay to enter the
(be) there in two hours.
5. Tina (not come) with us if she tournament.
(not finish) her homework. 4. Mark’s sister’s favourite kind of films
are .
C. Rewrite the sentences using the words given. 5. Glenn Hunt is a famous
1. I think that History is less interesting than Art. as .
I don’t think that History is 
6. Mark’s sister will want to see
2. All my friends are more outgoing than Pete. least showings.
Pete is 
3. I’m thinking of taking part in the contest, but I’m not sure yet. may
I
4. I think it’s unlikely that our team will win the cup final. not
Our team 

Reading
A. Read the text and write T for True or F for False.

es?
What happened to Nicholas Bain
We all remember the newsreader Nicholas Baines. Last year, millions of to change their lifestyle in a few steps. Baines
people were watching the news on Channel 8, the title sequence ended and told us, ‘I want people to believe that anything
there was Baines. He looked into the camera ready to speak, paused and is possible. I turned my life around and it’s been
looked down at the desk. Then he did something unexpected. He said: ‘I’m the most important decision I’ve ever made.’
sorry, I can’t do this anymore!’ He then stood up and left the studio. He quit Baines spends a lot of time with his children
his job and his career in television. But what led him to this major decision? and he also grows his own vegetables. He isn’t
It seemed like Baines had the perfect life. He had achieved the success as stressed as he used to be and he is healthier
he’d always wanted and had a loving family. However, behind the scenes, and more energetic than ever. Many people
he was unhappy. At that time, he was working 13 hours a day, sometimes ask Baines why he chose to quit on air. Baines
more. He hardly ever had time to spend with his family and, whenever explains, ‘When you realise you need to make a
he did, he was exhausted. His lifestyle was also affecting his health. His change in your life, you shouldn’t keep putting
doctor had told him to work fewer hours, but he was unable to do so. In it off. The best time to do it is now.’
addition, he was constantly arguing with the producer because of the
quality of the news bulletins. It was all gossip and celebrities and had very
few stories about the real issues in the world. He strongly disapproved of
this and, that night, it all seemed too much to cope with.
A year later, Baines is living a less complicated life in the countryside. He
has just published his first book The Best Time Is Now! and also writes a
blog. He gives advice to people who live stressful lives and shows them how
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1. Nicholas Baines quit his job halfway through a news broadcast.


2. Baines’ home life was one of the reasons he quit his job.
3. A doctor advised Baines not to work so hard, but he couldn’t.
4. He had a good relationship with everyone at Channel 8. B. Discuss.
5. Baines doesn’t live in the city anymore. • What is the biggest change you have ever
6. Baines has some regrets about his decision. made in your life?
7. Baines doesn’t advise other people to do what he did. • Was it a difficult decision to make?

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with the sentences a-f. Then

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1. The crime drama we watched yesterday is on a true story.
listen and check your answers.
a. based b. related c. set

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2. The tennis player the ball and scored a point. a. You can say that again!

a. hit b. dribbled c. threw b. It was so spectacular!


c. What a disappointment!
3. I enjoyed the to the film. The music was amazing.
a. blockbuster b. soundtrack c. review d. We were just in time.
e. It’s nothing special.
4. The thriller had incredible special effects and was from
f. We wanted to make the most of it.
start to finish.
a. unrealistic b. hilarious c. action-packed 1. A: Did you go to the stadium last night?
5. You need special equipment for skydiving, such as a . B: Yes. 1 We almost missed the first goal.
a. board b. racket c. parachute A: Really? And it was an amazing goal.
6. Keeping our customers happy is our number one . B: Yeah, and the crowd went wild. 2
a. origin b. society c. priority A: So, what’s the new stadium like?
B: 3 I’ve been to better stadiums, but at
least it’s new.
B. Circle the correct words.
2. A: So, how was the picnic yesterday?
1. Few people missed out / turned out for Stacey’s get-together.
B: Not so good. It rained all day.
2. Kenny is having some financial conditions / problems A: 4 Didn’t you check the weather
because he is unemployed. forecast before you left?
3. The actors in the play were wearing goggles / costumes B: Yes, we did.
from the 16th century. A: So, why didn’t you put it off?
4. The last plot / scene of the film was very disappointing. B: Well, it was the last day before my friends
It wasn’t realistic at all. moved to Australia. 5 But it turned out
to be a bad decision.
5. The director / referee made sure that all the players in the
A: 6
team followed the rules.
6. I called her three times at her office and on her mobile, but
I can’t complete / contact her.
Grammar
A. Choose a, b or c.
C. Complete the sentences with the words/phrases in the 1. an amazing game!
box. There are two extra words/phrases that you do not a. What b. How c. So
need to use.
2. It’s beautiful day today. Let’s go to the beach.
describe in shape let me down original a. so b. such a c. such
be over enthusiastic hesitate inexperienced
3. The film was entertaining that I’m definitely
1. Don’t to ask any questions about going to watch it again.
anything you don’t understand. a. so b. such c. how

2. Can you what your teacher looks 4. Tina came in quietly that I didn’t hear her.
like? a. such a b. so c. such

3. What time will the rugby match ? 5. You park here. It’s illegal.
a. don’t have to b. don’t need to c. mustn’t
4. My sister promised to help me, but she didn’t. She
6. You bring your own skates to the rink. You
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.
can hire a pair.
5. I’m going to join the gym so I can get .
a. can’t b. don’t need to c. mustn’t
6. The students are very about the
7. Diane help her mum with the housework
trip. They can’t wait.
yesterday.
a. must b. has to c. had to
8. cold it is outside today!
a. How b. What c. So

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B. Circle the correct words.
1. The role of the doctor was played / played by Matt Hansen.
2. Reggie Muller is the player who scores / is scored the most points in the team.
3. Was / Is the event held yesterday morning?
4. We didn’t / weren’t invited to the get-together.
5. All these books wrote / were written by the same person.

6. The football players cheered / were cheered on by the crowd.

7. The gym provides / is provided all the equipment that you will need.
8. Russel didn’t send / wasn’t sent us the email.

C. Rewrite the sentences using the word given.


1. All players must wear knee pads. have
All players

2. It was such a boring lecture that I almost fell asleep. so


The lecture

3. Young people use social networking sites. are


Social networking sites

4. Leslie didn’t inform us about the meeting in time. weren’t


We

5. It isn’t necessary for you to buy a ticket. have


You

Listening
Listen to three people talking about a hockey game and write T for True or F for False.
Danny Steve
1. Danny thought the Blackhawks would win. 5. The Blackhawks were losing five minutes before
the end of the game.
2. The Blackhawks played very well in the third period.
6. Benson scored a goal for the Blackhawks.
Robert
3. Robert says it was a difficult game to win.
4. The Blackhawks will play in the finals.
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Reading
A. Read the text and write
T for True or F for False.

In different parts of the world, the word football is


used to describe some very different games. These
games are called codes, and the only things they
have in common are that they are played with
a ball, they are all team games and they are related
to games played in medieval times.
Most people think that football got its name from
the fact that players kick the ball, but that’s not true.
Different medieval games became known as football
because they were played by peasants on foot and
not on horseback as the noblemen did.
The game the British know as football is officially
called Association Football. People in the USA and
Australia call it soccer. In this game, players are
allowed to use their feet, heads and bodies, except
for the goalkeeper who can use his hands, too. The
rules of Association Football were created in the
late 19th century, and the first international match
took place in 1872 between Scotland and England.
Today, the World Cup is held every four years and
is watched by millions of people.
In the USA, football is something different. What
Americans call football, the rest of the world calls
American Football. In this game, players mostly
use their hands. They score points by carrying the
ball to score a touchdown or they can kick a field
goal through the upright posts. American Football
developed from early versions of rugby
1. All types of football are played with a ball.
and Association Football.
2. The name football comes from the fact that
Football for Australians is Australian Rules Football players kick the ball with their feet. 
or Aussie Rules and players use their hands and 3. In medieval times, all people played football on
feet to kick, pass and shoot. Aussie Rules began horseback.
as a way for cricket players to keep in shape
4. In Association Football none of the players are
during the winter, and it was played on cricket
allowed to touch the ball with their hands. 
fields. These fields are round and much bigger
5. The rules for Association Football were created
than those that are used for other types of football.
in 1872. 
Other football codes include Canadian football, 6. American Football was created after Association
Gaelic football and rugby, which is also considered Football. 
a football code. One thing’s for sure, though, 7. Aussie Rules Football is not played on a football
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football, whichever game you’re talking about, field.


is very popular across the globe.
8. Rugby is a game which is similar to football,
but is not an official football code. 

B. Discuss.
Can you explain the major differences between Association Football or football,
American Football and Aussie Rules Football?

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A. Choose a, b or c.
1. Hank’s a student, but he also has a part- 4. I haven’t got much chance of getting the job. There
time as a waiter. are over 500 for the position.
a. job b. career c. work a. colleagues b. applicants c. employees

2. You should take some and come 5. How does Bob a living?
visit me in Brighton. a. earn b. obtain c. take
a. break b. overtime c. time off
6. If you are good at your job, you’ll get a soon.
3. Susan her job last week because a. salary b. pay c. rise
she wasn’t satisfied with her salary.
a. got fired b. quit c. retired

B. Circle the correct words. D. Complete the dialogues with the sentences
1. What kind of qualifications / prospects are necessary a-h. Then listen and check your answers.

for this job position? a. I’m doing a degree in History.


2. Jason is literate / fluent in three languages; English, b. Time flies when you’re having fun.
c. Just for the fun of it.
Spanish and French.
d. Maybe I’ll take a gap year.
3. Wayne is one of our most hard-working / intensive
e. Have you decided on a career?
employees.
f. What kind of work do you do?
4. Which facility / firm does your brother work for? g. Yeah, me too.
5. Todd is looking for a job with flexible / current working h. I just can’t come to grips with it.
hours. 1.
A: Hello. I’m Billy’s cousin.
B: Nice to meet you. You work for Channel 9, right?
A: That’s right.
B: 1
A: I’m a cameraman. What about you?
B: I’m at North Stowbridge University. 2
A: Really? Is that interesting?
6. I’m thinking about applying / enrolling in a creative
B: Yes, it is.
writing course at college.
A: 3
C. Complete the sentences with the words/phrases in
B: I’m not sure what I want to do after university. 4
the box. There are two extra words/phrases that you
do not need to use. A: That’s what I did, and I never regretted it.

staff industry previous get used to lifeguards 2.


obstacles trade get a loan proud
A: Look at that! It’s 5 o’clock already. I have to go. 5
1. We don’t have enough money to buy a house right now. B: Who’s having fun?
We have to . A: Oh, come on. Don’t be like that. It’s not the end of
2. Jack decided to learn a(n) and the world just because your daughter is moving
became a plumber. away.

3. There were many when I first B: 6 When will I see her again?

moved to New York, but things got easier. A: Soon, I’m sure. Hey, why don’t you and I go for
a drive to the beach tomorrow?
4. It won’t be long before you your
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new job. B: What for?


A: 7 We can go for a walk, maybe even go for
5. We were very of our son when he
a swim, if the weather is good.
got his degree in Medicine.
B: OK, let’s do it. And thanks for being there for me.
6. There were three at the beach
A: No problem. What are friends for? I hope you feel
and they all tried to save the little girl.
much better tomorrow.
7. I’m sorry, but only members of
B: 8
are allowed in that room.

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Grammar
A. Choose a, b or c. C. Complete the dialogues with the Present Perfect
Simple or the Present Perfect Progressive of the verbs
1. A: I didn’t go to Jake’s house last weekend.
in brackets.
B:
a. Me too. b. Me neither. c. I did too. 1.
2. A: Jenny is a lawyer. A: Paul (look) for a job for months,
B: but he (not find) one yet. He
a. So am I. b. I am. c. Neither am I. (already / send) his CV to over 20
companies.
3. A: I like playing basketball.
B: B: Really? (he / send) a CV to the
a. I don’t either. b. So do I. c. Neither do I. company I work for?

4. A: I’m not leaving yet. A: I don’t think so.


B: B: We are hiring graphic designers, so I think he should.
a. I’m not either. b. Me too. c. I don’t either. A: I’ll let him know then.
5. A: I’m going to have dinner now.
2.
B:
a. Neither am I. b. I’m not. c. Me neither. A: (you / read) any good books
lately?
6. A: I won’t go to work tomorrow.
B: Actually, yes. For the past couple of months,
B:
I (read) books by a specific writer.
a. I don’t either. b. So will I. c. Neither will I.
His name is Jessie Walker.
A: I (not hear) of him. What type of
books does he write?
B. Complete with reflexive pronouns (myself, yourself, etc.).
B: Well, the three books that I
1. Larry taught computer
(buy) so far are all science fiction. They are very original
programming by using an online method. and exciting.
2. We all introduced to the tour guide. A: Sounds interesting.
3. Jessica went to the kitchen and made
3.
breakfast.
A: Katie (call)
4. Children, you should behave this yet?
afternoon at Aunt Nellie’s house.
B: No. Why?
5. The two girls introduced to the rest
A: I (try) to reach her since this
of the class. morning. I (leave) her 5 messages.
6. Tina, make sure you enjoy when you B: Well, she (work) quite a lot lately.
go on holiday. She probably (not have) any spare
7. I saw a stain on my shirt when I looked at time. I’m sure she’ll get back to you soon.
in the mirror. A: I hope so.

Listening
Listen to a conversation between Jenna and Mike, who
is learning Mandarin, and write T for True or F for False.
1. Mike had told Jenna that he wanted to learn Mandarin.

2. Mandarin grammar is more complicated than English grammar.


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3. Mike has started writing a few Mandarin characters.

4. Mike doesn’t understand the Chinese websites he visits.

5. Mike has been learning Mandarin since October.

6. Jenna has been watching lots of French films.

7. Mike met a man from Beijing at the gym.

8. Mike believes he will learn Mandarin well in the future.

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Reading
A. Read the text and answer the questions.

http://www.yourforum.com/languagelearningexperience/

your
FORUM
Tell us your language learning experiences.
Last year the company I work for moved offices to Doha, Qatar, so I had to move too. I couldn’t
speak a word of Arabic so daily communication was a very big obstacle, and my busy work schedule
didn’t allow me to attend an intensive language course. So for nearly a year now, I have been using
an online method. Working online really suits me as I can study anywhere, anytime. This method has
proved to be very useful, but I’ve made good progress only in the past few months. This is because
I have been participating in a language exchange programme with a local person. He has been
studying English for 4 years and wants to improve his speaking skills, so we have been meeting
Dan Booster twice a week ever since I joined the programme. We talk for an hour in English and then for an hour
28 in Arabic, and we have both benefited enormously! We haven’t been practising grammar or anything
like that. We just talk naturally about subjects that interest us. I’m slowly coming to grips with the
language and I’m finally starting to feel confident about myself. I have been thinking of getting a
novel in Arabic and starting to work on my reading skills, too. I’ll just have to get used to reading
posted at 10:39 from right to left!

I have lots of Mexican friends, so over the years I’ve picked up Spanish words and expressions.
However, I couldn’t actually hold a conversation in Spanish, so I decided to learn it properly by
going to a language school. In the past whenever I enrolled, I dropped out in a month or two.
But this time I decided not to give up so easily. I’ve been attending for six months now and have
completed a great deal of work. I have started understanding the language and using it correctly.
I have also been chatting online with my friends in Spanish and they have been helping me with
Lizzy Silver
some of my grammar problems. It’s great; I’m practising and socialising at the same
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time! Recently, I have been watching films in Spanish, too. I don’t add English subtitles, of
course, and I try to imitate the pronunciation and intonation. And everyone tells me that I’ve
improved a lot. Isn’t that something to be proud of?
posted at 12:43

1. Why was daily communication difficult for Dan? 6. How did Lizzy pick up some Spanish words and
 expressions?
2. Why couldn’t he do an intensive language course? 
 7. How long did Lizzy usually last at language schools in
3. How often does Dan meet the local student? the past?
 

4. How much time do they spend together and what do 8. What does Lizzy do when she watches films in
they do? Spanish?
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5. How is Dan going to improve his reading skills?


B. Discuss.
• Are these experiences similar to yours?
• Can you think of other ways to improve your language learning experience?

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A. Choose a, b or c. D. Choose a or b. Then listen
and check your answers.

u
1. I need some to get a bus ticket. Do you have any?
a. currency b. change c. rate A: Can you lend me 10 pounds?
1.

10
2. The money is going to be taken out of your bank B: Sorry.
account. a. I’m free of charge.
a. incorrectly b. exactly c. directly b. I’m short of cash.

3. I forgot my PIN and the cash machine my card. 2. A: Were there many people at the café?
a. swallowed b. withdrew c. charged B:
a. It was packed.
4. Howie O’Brien is a very tall basketball player. He’s
b. It was a venue.
7 2 inches.
a. feet b. grams c. pounds 3. A: I can’t get hold of Shirley.
B: Her mobile phone is broken. I forgot to tell you.
5. Add some spices to the soup and then for a while.
a. It’s out of reach.
a. pour b. stir c. apply
b. It’s no use.

B. Circle the correct words. 4. A:

1. The painter drew / dyed many different, colourful B: No, I only have two twenties.
a. Can you break a fifty-pound note?
shapes on the paper.
b. Can I exchange fifty pounds?
2. I’d like to open a savings receipt / account.

3. How much is the entrance fee / commission to the


zoo? Grammar
A. Rewrite the sentences using the words in bold.
4. The shape / distance from my house to the office is 20
miles. 1. These shoes are too expensive for me to buy. enough

5. In the morning, I always have

a large hole / mug
2. You packed more clothes than you need for your
of coffee.
holiday.  too


3. We can’t make a cake because we have less sugar than
we need.  enough


C. Complete the sentences with the words in the box.
There are two extra words that you do not need to use. 4. This puzzle isn’t easy for some people to solve.  too

ingredients broke waste empty 
room ounce refreshments
5. There’s a great deal of traffic in the morning so I always
1. During the break, they served us . take my bike. much

2. There isn’t much in our house for

such a big sofa. We’ll have to get a smaller one.
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3. Jerry is always and always asking


for money.

4. You shouldn’t take medicine on a(n)


stomach.

5. Put all the in an electric mixer bowl


and mix for a few minutes.

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B. Complete the dialogues with the -ing form or the bare or full infinitive of the verbs in brackets.

1. 2.

A: I’ve decided (go) to a charity event A: I’m thinking of (get) Alyssa a gift for
this weekend so I need (buy) tickets. her graduation next week. Could you
(help) me choose?
B: Really? What kind of charity event?
B: Well, I know she can’t stand (receive)
A: It’s a concert. A few bands are going to play different
gifts like flowers, so definitely something else. What
kinds of music (raise) money for the
kind of things does she like? Maybe a book or a CD?
children’s hospital.
A: Umm... she likes (read). She also
B: I’m interested in (come) too. It’ll be
enjoys (go) to the theatre.
nice (hear) them play. Do you mind
(get) a ticket for me, too? B: Then how about (buy) her tickets to
a play she likes?
A: Of course not.
A: That’s a great idea. I’ll do that.

Listening
Listen to three dialogues and write T for True or F for False.

Dialogue 1

1. The device won’t let the woman enter her password.

2. The woman is going to unplug the device before she turns it off.

Dialogue 2

3. They added vanilla after they put the banana pieces into the blender.

4. They don’t have enough milk to make two smoothies.


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Dialogue 3

5. The man should cut the piece of wood into two pieces.

6. The men haven’t read the instructions.

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Reading
A. Read the text and
answer the questions.

How good are you at remembering names, dates, memories. Winston Churchill, a former prime minister
PIN and telephone numbers? It is not an easy process of the UK, knew almost all of Shakespeare’s works
for all. Memory is one of the most interesting functions by heart. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the
of the human brain, which is why scientists spend so best composers ever, wrote down Gregorio Allegri’s
much time studying how it works. composition Miserere after only hearing it once.
Studies have shown that when we learn something new, There are even competitions for memory. One of them
it stays in our memory for 20-30 seconds. This is our is the annual World Memory Championship, which was
short-term memory and it can hold up to seven bits first held in 1991. The winner that year was Dominic
of information, for example a 7-digit phone number. O’Brien and he went on to win seven more times. In
If we repeat it and use it often, this information can 1993, he broke the record by memorising 900 random
move from short-term to long-term memory, which is numbers in an hour. However, the current record is
the place where memories are stored for a long time. 2,660 by Wang Feng from China. O’Brien has written
Scientists say that long-term memory will never fill up several books on the techniques he uses to improve his
completely with memories in one lifetime! memory.
Then why do we forget things? Forgetting If you are interested in improving your memory,
things that are not important helps our apart from using memory techniques, there
brain to remember things that are. are lots of simple things you can do, like
Our brain is always ‘cleaning out’ eating healthily, sleeping well and
useless information to make room exercising daily. Challenging your
for something more useful. brain also helps you keep it healthy
and active. So, why not start doing
There is no limit to the
puzzles and crosswords, playing
possibilities of memory. There
mind games, learning a musical
are many people throughout
instrument or studying a new
history who had incredible
language?

1. How much information can our short-term memory hold?



2. Where does the information in our long-term memory usually come from?

3. Why does our brain ‘clean out’ some information?

4. Why was Winston Churchill’s memory incredible?

5. When was the first World Memory Championship held?

6. What did Dominic O’Brien do in 1993?
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7. What record does Wang Feng hold?

8. How can you challenge your brain and keep it active?


B. Discuss.
• Do you find that regular exercise helps your memory? Why? / Why not?

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A. Choose a, b or c.
1. It’s a for my husband and I to go out to 4. Is there anything in you want to do to
dinner on our anniversary. celebrate your graduation?

a. tradition b. culture c. celebration a. the first place b. advance c. particular

2. You’re not a local. I can by your accent. 5. Jessie has been living in Japan for a while but she
is still with the customs there.
a. see b. tell c. know
a. risky b. well-prepared c. unfamiliar
3. Whenever I go on a trip, I always ahead
and prepare everything carefully.

a. request b. ignore c. plan

B. Complete the sentences with the words/phrases in the C. Circle the correct words.
box. There are two extra words/phrases that you do not
need to use. 1. I’m bored. Let’s do something out of the
ordinary / exact.
set up in a hurry express remind assistance
to the fullest citizen phrasebook 2. Jerry misunderstood / mentioned a good

1. The tourist looked through his to find travel website where we could book hotel

something to say to us. accommodation, but I don’t remember it now.

2. Maria is Spanish by birth but is now a Canadian 3. You have to go to the American community /
. embassy to get a student visa to study in the
States.
3. The band their instruments on stage
and got ready to perform. 4. My friends and I are going to go on a package
plan / tour abroad this summer.

5. I have an awful sense of direction / travel. I get


lost easily.

6. Cars usually stop at the pavement /


zebra crossing so people can pass.

4. Jake woke up this morning and left


because he was late.
5. Can you me to call Jeff when we get
home?
6. My younger brother Martin lives life
without worrying about the consequences.

D. Complete the dialogue with the phrases a-f. There are two extra phrases that you do not need to use.
Then listen and check your answers.

a. Enjoy your stay. A: Mike! When did you get back? B: 2 Everything was great until we got to the
b. Had you booked in B: Just last night. I’m exhausted. airport to come home, and they couldn’t find our
tickets!
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advance? A: Really? I thought you went away


c. What do you mean A: Oh, no! 3
to relax.
by that?
B: Well, that was the plan… what a B: Of course! In the end we had to find a different
d. We had a hard
nightmare! flight. It completely ruined our holiday.
time finding it.
e. Down to the last A: 1 I thought you had planned A: Oh, dear! Was your hotel nice at least?
detail. everything carefully. B: 4 But it was very nice, actually.
f. Are you following?
A: Well, that’s something.

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Grammar
A. Read the direct questions and form indirect questions.
1. Where is the Modern Art Museum?
Excuse me, could you tell me  ?
2. Do I need a passport to travel to France?
Do you know  ?
3. What does ‘garbage’ mean?
Could  ?
4. What time does the match start?
Can you  ?
5. Is there a pool at the hotel?
Do you know  ?

B. Complete the dialogues with the correct form of the verbs in brackets.

1. 2.

A: Do you think these are enough clothes for my trip? A: What 7 (you / do) if somebody
If my suitcase 1 (be) bigger, 8 (steal) your wallet on a bus while
I2 (take) more with me. you were in a foreign country?

B: Don’t worry. You won’t need any more clothes. B: If that 9 (happen) to me,
I 10 (go) straight to the police and
A: I guess you’re right.
report it.
B: I wish I 3 (can) come to New York
A: Yeah, that’s a good idea. I think that
with you. You’re going to have a lot of fun.
I 11 (panic) and get scared if
A: Well, why don’t you come with me? I 12 (lose) my wallet.
B: I 4 (come) with you if
I5 (not have) important work at the
office to take care of.

A: That’s too bad. I wish you 6 (have)


more time off like me.

Listening
Listen to a conversation between two colleagues and
write T for True or F for False.

1. Both the speakers know Tony.

2. The man wouldn’t go abroad to work.

3. The woman would go abroad only if the salary was good.

4. Tony won’t make much money at his new job. 


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5. When the man goes to Spain, he never speaks Spanish.

6. The woman has never been abroad before.

7. The woman is planning a trip to Tenerife soon. 

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Reading
A. Read the text and complete the sentences.

The Notting Hill Carnival is the largest street festival in Europe and one of the largest
in the world. The first carnival was a small event which was held in 1964 as a way
for Afro-Caribbean and West Indian communities to celebrate their cultures and
traditions. This annual festival fills the streets of Notting Hill in West London with
amazing displays of music, costumes and colourful sights. In recent years, this
spectacular event has become multi-ethnic and has attracted more than one
million people.
The earliest form of this festival goes all the way back to the early 19th century.
The first Caribbean-themed carnivals were mainly a way for the steel band
musicians who played their drums in Earls Court to demonstrate their
skills. When the parades passed through the streets of Notting Hill,
residents gathered in the streets. The festivities reminded them of
the homes they had left behind.
In the past, steel band, soca and calypso music were the main
styles featured at the carnival. However, in recent years you can
hear anything from reggae to R&B, funk, house, dub and more.
Sound systems are set up, but also live stages. Local bands as
well as international artists take part, so it is an opportunity
for everyone to enjoy sounds from around the world.
1. The Notting Hill Carnival takes place The Notting Hill Carnival takes place every August
a year in West London and over and lasts for three days. On Saturday, you can follow
the event known as the ‘Panorama,’ a drumming
attend this event.
competition between steel bands, which now
2. Visitors to the carnival can enjoy music from around takes place in Hyde Park. Sunday is Children’s
the world, often played on stage. Day and there is a short parade for children in
costumes. The main parade is on Monday, and
3. The ‘Panorama’, in Hyde Park, is a
the route is about 3 miles long. Expect to
for steel bands. see colourful floats and people
4. On Children’s Day, children take part in . in Caribbean-style costumes
dancing to loud music. It is
5. For the main parade on Monday, people dress in
the day most people attend
, dance to music, and some even ride and everyone is welcome.
beautiful along the streets. There’s nothing like the inviting
smell of traditional Caribbean
6. Visitors can try traditional Caribbean food from one of
food, which is characteristic
the many at the carnival. of the Notting Hill Carnival.
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There are more than 300


B. Discuss. street stalls where you will
get the chance to taste jerk
Have you ever been to a festival like the Notting Hill Carnival?
chicken, fried fish, curry
Describe what it was like.
goat, rice and peas as
well as other exotic
dishes.

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1. I think you’re coming with the flu. Maybe you 1. Margaret and Donald decided to go out
shouldn’t go out. for dinner because it was a special addiction /

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a. out b. home c. down occasion.

2. Gary had a stomach that lasted for two weeks. 2. The car is filthy / silent. Are you going to wash it
yourself or take it to the carwash?
a. flu b. bug c. rash
3. All my friends stood / fought by me when I lost my job
3. What did the doctor for your illness?
at the factory.
a. prescribe b. relieve c. support
4. A man in sunglasses whispered / winked something in
4. I’m sorry. I hit your car accident. Mr Kingsley’s ear just before he left the room.
a. on b. out of c. by 5. The old woman nudged / raised me and told me to
5. Barney was when he found out his son had stop making so much noise.
broken his tablet. 6. Judy, I’d like you to rush / note down all the days
a. furious b. ridiculous c. jealous you’ve worked overtime this year.
6. She showed a lot of when she tried to stop the 7. I need to go to the dentist for a filling / rash.
thief from getting away. 8. I can’t come / put up with my flatmate’s behaviour any
a. peace b. courage c. hope longer. I’m moving out!

7. You can on me to help you whenever you are in D. Complete the dialogue with the sentences a-g. Then
need. listen and check your answers.
a. count b. share c. turn
a. I couldn’t believe my eyes!
8. I nearly jumped out of my when I saw the spider. b. I think you should make the first move.
a. heart b. stomach c. skin c. He went as red as a beetroot.
d. I need to build my confidence first.
B. Complete the sentences with the words in the box. e. It’s driving me up the wall.
There are two extra words that you do not need to use. f. I’m sure it’s nothing to worry about.
g. Don’t you think you overdid it a little?
concentrate pills housework starving
trouble fluids speechless insist supposed
Who are you trying to call?
A:
1. On very hot days, it’s important to drink lots of B: Jake. He’s ignoring my calls and messages.
. A: 1 He does that sometimes.
B: This is a bit different. We had a huge argument.
2. When the artist showed Hilary her portrait, she was
A: Why?
.
B: Well, he doesn’t have a laptop so he uses mine all
3. I hope the pizzas are big at this place because I’m the time. 2
. A: So what? That doesn’t sound so bad.

4. Lizzie couldn’t on her B: No? Well, I went to use it yesterday and there was

homework with all the loud noise from outside. coffee all over the keyboard. 3
A: What did you do?
5. I want to finish all the in the
B: I shouted at him for about five minutes in front of
morning, so I can relax all afternoon. his friends from university. 4
A: He was obviously embarrassed. 5
B: I know, but I was so angry!
A: So, did he apologise?
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B: I didn’t give him the chance, which wasn’t right.


A: Come on. You need to sort this out. 6
B: I’m trying, but he won’t talk to me.
6. Brian was an experienced driver, so the bad roads
A: Maybe it’s better to talk to him in person. Go to his
didn’t him.
flat and see him.
7. It was to rain today, but it B: I will, but in a while. 7
didn’t. A: OK. Whatever you think is best.

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Grammar
A. Match. C. Complete the sentences using Reported Speech.

1. You’re from Liverpool, a. did you? 1. ‘Do your homework immediately,’ Diane said to her
2. It was a fascinating son.
documentary, b. won’t you? Diane told 
3. Karen isn’t your aunt,  c. wasn’t it? 2. ‘I saw Meredith at the supermarket yesterday,’ said
4. You’ll wash the car this Janice.
afternoon, d. do you? Janice said 
5. You aren’t going to leave 3. ‘I will start university this autumn,’ said Thomas.
e. is she?
yet, 
Thomas said 
6. You don’t know my wife, f. has he?
4. ‘Will you help me study for the exam?’ Cathy asked her
7. He hasn’t read the email
g. aren’t you? older sister.
I sent him,
Cathy asked 
8. You didn’t tell anyone h. didn’t he?
about my problem, 
9. Brian informed you i. are you? 5. ‘Don’t eat so much junk food!’ Kelly said to Laura.
about the meeting, Kelly told Laura 
j. shall we?
10. Let’s go out tonight, 6. ‘Did you like the film?’ Neil asked Larry.
Neil asked Larry 
7. ‘Why aren’t you going on the trip next week?’ I asked
B. Read the situations below. Write a negative Tina.
question and a sentence with a question tag for each
of them, as in the example. I asked Tina 

1. You see a woman who you think


works at the post office. What do Listening
you say to her? Tanya is discussing a problem she has with her
 Don’t you work at the post friends Maria, Kelly and Jill. Listen and write T for True
 office? or F for False.
 You work at the post office,
1. Tanya’s cousin, Vicky, wasn’t accepted to Westhill
 don’t you?
University because she didn’t apply.
2. You are at a bookshop with 2. According to Maria, Tanya should try different ways
your brother and you think the
to make Vicky feel better about herself.
sales assistant is being very
helpful. What do you say to your 3. According to Maria, Tanya should help her cousin
brother? apply to other universities.
 4. Kelly agrees with most of the things that Maria said.

5. Kelly believes that Tanya should wait for Vicky

 to come to her first.

6. According to Jill, Tanya shouldn’t see Vicky for


3. Your sister shows you a picture
a while.
of a beach you think you’ve both
been to. What do you say? 7. According to Jill, Tanya should ask Vicky what she
 would do if she were in Tanya’s shoes.



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4. You are surprised a colleague of


yours doesn’t remember where
you live. What do you say to
him?





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Reading
A. Read the texts and answer the questions.

Now, that's embarrassing!


the station waiting for my
So, there I was, sitting at really
word puzzle and wasn’t
train. I was doing a cross .
was going on around me
paying attention to what
d when it stopped, I picked
The train approached an n
t on. Then I heard a woma
up my bag and quickly go
looked around and saw the
shouting, ‘Stop, thief!’ I me.
and walk straight up to
woman get on the train s
She kept saying that I wa
I couldn’t believe my ears!
len her bag. That’s when
a thief and that I had sto g in
my shoulder, and her ba
I realised I had my bag on done
d told her that I hadn’t
my hand. I apologised an kily,
think she believed me. Luc
it on purpose, but I don’t
she didn’t call the police
. Linda Jameson

I was sitting on the bus the other day, and I hadn’t


noticed an old lady standing near me. Someone
eventually gave up their seat and as she sat, she
looked at me angrily. I felt really bad. A little later,
a large lady got on the bus. She was carrying lots of
shopping bags and I wanted to do something to help
her. I offered her my seat and told her she shouldn’t
carry heavy bags in her condition. ‘What do you mean?’
she asked. I told her it wasn’t good for the baby.
‘What baby? You think I’m pregnant?’ she replied
and refused to sit in my seat. When I realised my
mistake, I went as red as a beetroot.
Amy Winters

1. What was Linda doing while waiting for the train?



2. Why was she surprised when she got on the train?

3. What was Linda carrying when she got on the train?

4. What did Linda do when she realised what she had done?


5. Why did the old lady look at Amy angrily?



6. What did Amy do when she saw the large lady?

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7. What advice did Amy give to the large lady?



8. How did the large lady react?

B. Discuss.
• Has anything embarrassing ever happened to you while you were on a train or bus? What happened?
How did you react? How did you feel?

PIONEER PRE-INTERMEDIATE – 35
Pioneer Pre-Intermediate
Extra Material
H. Q. Mitchell - Marileni Malkogianni

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