Level 4 - Written task 2

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Read the article and do the activities

Arrive Without Leaving
Actually, virtual holidays are well established. Holidays from Home is a social enterprise run by volunteers, operated from Norwich. They aim to increase access to the world by people who are unable to experience it first hand, due to illness, disability, age, financial or environmental reasons.
They say; ‘Arrive without leaving, create virtual experiences without leaving home’. Clare Wade explained that she was bedbound for six years with ME/CFS and was upset that she couldn’t have a holiday. The anger and frustration from that lack drove her to create the concept of bringing a place to life in an experience ‘which can take you away from the boredom of daily life to discover something new and exciting’.
By this process you can look at brochures and TV ads and dream of beaches, cities, skylines and make them all ‘happen’. It’s good for those who are afraid of flying, heights, insects, different foods, open spaces… anything really.
You customise the sights, sounds and images of your sightseeing, museums, shopping, sea and sand, nightlife, culture and foods. Guidebooks are provided and you can see it all without stress of travel delays, airports, luggage and high prices and all the hell that is a contemporary holiday.

Look at the following virtual destinations
Great Wall of China (China)
Built between the 5th century B.C. and the 16th century, the Great Wall of China is a stone-and-earth fortification created to protect the borders of the Chinese Empire from invading Mongols. The Great Wall is actually a succession of multiple walls spanning approximately 4,000 miles, making it the world's longest manmade structure
·         You will do a virtual bird-like flight over the wall
·         You will go into the watchtowers
·         You will do bungee jumping from the wall

Petra (Jordan)
Declared a World Heritage Site in 1985, Petra was the capital of the Nabataean empire of King Aretas IV, and likely existed in its prime from 9 B.C. to A.D. 40. The members of this civilization proved to be early experts in manipulating water technology, constructing intricate tunnels and water chambers, which helped create a pseudo-oasis. A number of incredible structures carved into stone, a 4,000-seat amphitheatre and the El-Deir monastery have also helped the site earn its fame.
·         You will swim in the water chambers
·         You will explore the tunnels and if you are not afraid of darkness, you can experience a virtual reality adventure finding your way out of the tunnels
·         You will skydive without a parachute

Answer these questions about the texts
Ø  Who do the holidays aim at?
Ø  Why did Clare Wade develop virtual holidays?
Ø  Who can benefit from this kind of trips?
Ø  Where can virtual travellers get ideas from?
Ø  Which are some of the advantages of these virtual holidays?
Ø  Look at the destinations described, which virtual holiday would you like to take? Why?

Read the information about these people’s next holidays. Complete the conversation between Lucy and John

Lucy: (1) ________________________________________ on holiday next summer?
John: To Prague
Lucy: (2)_____________________________fly there?
John: No, I’m not. I’m going by boat and train
Lucy: (3) _________________________________?
John:  In a hotel. The Hotel Vaclav.
Lucy: (4)____________________________________?
John: For six days: from Friday to Wednesday.
Lucy: (5) And________________________________?
John: Well, the buildings are really beautiful so _______________________________

Sports of risk / extreme sports. Match the sport with its definition:

a.- bungee jumping
b.- hang-gliding
c.- paragliding
d.- parkour
e.- potholing
f.- snowboarding
g.- white-water rafting
h.- canyoning

1.  moving along a route, typically in a city, trying to get around or through  various obstacles in the quickest and most efficient manner possible, jumping,  climbing, or running.
2.  riding on a raft over rough, dangerous parts of a fast-flowing river.
3.  gliding through the air while hanging suspended from a harness resembling a large kite.
4. leaping from a bridge or other high place with a long length of a special rope that stretches tied to your legs, so that you go up again without touching the ground.
5.  jumping into a fast-flowing stream at the bottom of a canyon and allowing oneself to be carried downstream at high speed.
6. sliding downhill on snow while standing on a board resembling a short,  broad ski attached to the rider’s feet.
7. jumping from a plane or a high place and floating slowly to the ground wearing a type of parachute that allows you to control where you go.
8. exploring underground caves.

Watch the video about Extreme Sports and do the exercise to check your understanding. Circle True or False for these sentences.
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1. Extreme sports are only popular in the mountains of the UK.                                             True     False
2. People who enjoy fast and dangerous sports, like white-water rafting,
    are called thrill seekers or adrenalin junkies.                                                                            True     False  
3. In white-water rafting you have to try to stay afloat in the river.                                      True     False
4. Parkour is sometimes called free jumping.                                                                               True     False
5. The idea of parkour is to jump and climb over things like steps, railings and trees.    True      False
6. You need special clothes and shoes to take parkour classes.                                             True     False

You are part of Holidays at Home. Prepare a brochure with the description of a destination and the virtual activities travellers will do

Complete the webs with ideas for your brochure

Write an e-mail to a friend telling him/her that you're planning to spend your next holidays there. Use the notes above and include as many details as you can.



Level 4 - Oral task 2

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The Great Mouse Plot (to be continued….)

You have already read “The Great Mouse Plot”. Do you know what happened next?
 Were the kids punished? Did they confess their “crime”? Did Mrs Pratchett take revenge?

Here is a paragraph of the second chapter. Read it and take notes to tell the class the rest of the story. Tell it in first person as if it happened to you.

DO NOT write down a script for this. Just have notes with the important data. You need to be ready to speak for about 30-60 seconds but you can't read what you say!
      Let’s enjoy your story!!!

The flush of triumph over the dead mouse was carried forward to the next morning as we all met again to walk to school.
 ‘Let’s go in and see if it’s still in the jar,’ somebody said as we approached the sweet-shop.
‘Don’t,’ Thwaites said firmly. ‘It’s too dangerous. Walk past as though nothing has happened.’
As we came level with the shop we saw a cardboard notice hanging on the door.

We stopped and stared. We had never known the sweetshop to be closed at this time in the morning, even on Sundays.
 ‘What’s happened?’ we asked each other. ‘What’s going on?’
We pressed our faces against the window and looked inside. Mrs Pratchett was nowhere to be seen.
‘Look!’ I cried. ‘The Gobstopper jar’s gone! It’s not on the shelf! There’s a gap where it used to be!’
‘It’s on the floor!’ someone said. ‘It’s smashed to bits and there’s Gobstoppers everywhere!’
‘There’s the mouse!’ someone else shouted ……….



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Read Guncharoscsh’s review of a film and answer the questions

I saw a film called Mamma Mia recently.
It is a musical and the setting is a beautiful Greek island. The film is fantastic, and the story is interesting for everyone. The actors are excellent and the songs in the film are great. Some of the singing is terrible but it is not a problem.

The story is great fun. At the beginning of the film, a pretty young girl called Sophie plans to get married. She has got a mother called Donna but she doesn’t know her father. Sophie wants to find her father. She looks in her mother’s diary and invites three men (called Sam, Bill and Harry) to the wedding. Donna is happy to meet the three men again but she doesn’t know who Sophie’s father is. At the end of the film Donna falls in love with Sam again. They get married.

It is a good film and I really recommend it.
I hope you enjoy it.

Ø  What kind of film is it? ___________________________________________________
Ø  Did she like the film? ____________________________________________________
Ø  Does it have a happy ending? _____________________________________________
Choose a movie you want to review. Then, answer the question in the form below. Take notes. Do not write the whole speech

Ø  What’s the title of the movie ? _____________________________________
Ø  Who stars in it ?________________________________________________
Ø        It is a comedy movie       ____
             an action movie        ____
             a sci-fiction movie     ____
a thriller movie          ____               
an adventure movie  ____               
a horror movie           ____                                   
a war movie                ____
a romance movie       ____
a drama movie           ____
a __________movie  ____

Ø  What’s it about ? ______________________________________________
Ø  What’s it like?_________________________________________________
Ø  I recommend it because _________________________________________

Get  ready to recommend the movie. Here you have some useful phrases

There’s a good movie/ film called…

I really enjoyed it because….

I think you’d like it ...


LEVEL 4 - 

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Read the text about BATH and do the activities.

Tick the information it contains

1-……………………. things to see
2-……………………. places to eat
3-…………………… the price of accommodation
4-………………….. nightclubs
5-………………….. suggested activities

Answer the following questions
1-   How can you get more information?  __________________________________________
2- What’s a good way to start the day? __________________________________________
3- What festival can you see in Bath? __________________________________________________
4- If you go to Bath, can you stay in a bed-and-breakfast? __________________________________________
5- What’s Jolly’s? ____________________________________________________________

Adjectives for describing places
Match the opposites

Look at the facts about London, Tokyo and New York. Compare the cities using comparative and superlative adjectives. Write at least 8 sentences

New York
43 AD
1,456 AD
1,609 AD
1,572 km²
2,188 km²
1,214 km²

64km from the sea
On the Pacific Coast
On the Atlantic Coast


My favourite country      

Before you listen, think about these questions:
  • What is your favourite country?_________________________________________
  • What do you like most about that country?
  • Is the food and weather there very different from Britain? In what way?

You will listen to a recording about three different countries.Click HERE  
Decide if these sentences are True or False
1.      Penny has worked in two countries                                                 _______
2.      She likes the weather in Japan and Mexico.                                    _______
3.      Food is very important to Penny.                                                     _______
4.      She doesn't think that there are many types of food in Britain.     _______
5.      She ate lots of sushi in Japan.                                                          _______
6.      She didn't learn any Japanese                                                          _______
7.      Mexico is her favourite country because of the food.                     _______

Put the words in the right order as quickly as possible!
1-      Is / Britain / Mexico / than / hotter
2-      Mexico / was / Japan / colder /  than
3-      Japanese / food / the / was / healthiest
4-      The / it’s / sunniest / country
5-      I / learned / the / more / the / more           / difficult / it / got


Answer the questions
Do you usually send e-mails when you go on holiday? Who to? What do you write about? Tick the following
the weather___                              the hotel___                     the people___
what you do every day___        the food___                     what you’re doing at the moment____

1-      Read the e-mail below
1-Who is the e-mail from?______________________________________________
2-Where are they?_________________________________________________________
3-How many points in Exercise 1 are included?___________________________________

From: alimandy@gmail. 
Subject: having a wonderful time
Dear Mum and Dad
Having a wonderful time here in Menorca. The hotel is fantastic and we’ve got a view of the sea. Every day we get up late and in the morning we go swimming or shopping. In the afternoon we go to the beach but it’s very hot! In the evenings we eat in restaurants or bars and then we walk on the seafront. It’s so relaxing!!
At the moment we’re sitting in a café drinking sangria. Steve’s reading the newspaper.
Hope everything is fine with you. See you soon

Ali and Steve

Write the phrases from the e-mail
To open
Dear Mum and Dad
At the beginning

At the end

To close

Imagine you’re on holiday in Bath. Think of some activities and write an e-mail to an English friend.
ü  Describe the hotel and the city.
ü  Compare it with your city.
ü  Include what you do every day (Present Simple),  and
ü  what you’re doing at the moment (present Continuous).
Happy Writing!!!