Free Time & Easter
Vocabulary in Use (Upper Intermediate)
Vocabulary in Use (Advanced)
30 On the Road
31 Travel and Accommodation
40 Authorities: customs and police
42 Festivals in their cultural context
Good morning. Can I help you?
Yes, I’d like to book a coach holiday,
please. To Holland.
In which month?
June or July.
And where exactly in Holland?
Amsterdam. I see. And for how long?
Two weeks, if possible.
Two weeks? Right. We have trips to
Amsterdam on June 3rd, June 18th, July 5th
and July 20th.
Did you say June 5th?
No, the 3rd. It’s July 5th.
I see. Well, the one on June 3rd sounds all
right. I’ll take that.
June 3rd. Yes, we have room. How many of
you will there be?
Right. Now if I could just have some
details from you …
C. A 2&4 B 1&3
G. 1 this will not be discussed
2 as an aside/secondary issue
3 change the topic
4 to finish off
5 this document is about another one
6 read something earlier in the text
1) It was probably written for two main purposes: as a
review of the booklet Have a good trip!, and as a
general-interest article about British attitudes to
2) a 3) d 4) a 5) b 6) c
7) It means “giving information about the dangers
that can arise when we go on holiday”.
8) The author thinks she knows better than the
experts, and therefore does things that she
shouldn’t. The word “recklessness” suggests she
also acts without thinking about the
consequences of her actions.
9) Her “major phobia” is for sharks; her “final
complaint” is that the booklet has very little
information on them.
10) Your summary should contain the following
information followed by a well-founded
published by Micropharm Ltd
put together by Mr B.T. O’Boyle
endorsed by the Health Education Council
costs 50p, has 23 passport-sized pages
contains information about dangers that can arise during
holidays (e..g. typhoid, seafood, etc.), and ways of
preventing or treating these dangers (e.g. sterile wound
dressings, times for when to start and stop sunbathing).
Second text (extract from a current British passport)
11a The holder of a passport must (still) comply with any
immigration regulations in force in any territory and must
obtain a visa or permit where required.
b A passport including particulars of the holder’s spouse
may not be used when the spouse is travelling alone.
c If they fail to do so, they may in an emergency
experience difficulty or delay in getting assistance and
protection. (or Failure to do so may, if there is an
emergency, result in …)
d If the passport is lost or destroyed, you should
immediately report this to the local police. (or this should
be immediately reported to …)
12. Text 1
a) time away from work
b) a necessity
c) even if it is the foreign seaside
d) privately-owned rather than
e) only a small amount of energy
(but = only)
f) start and end: normally this
would mean “start work and end
work”, referring to the machine
with a clock that records the
time at which employees arrive
at and leave their place of work
g) I would never think (of avoiding)
h) places abroad
i) extremely unhelpful
a) if it doesn’t say
b) to start with
c) without any
having to be
d) which apply, in
e) if you fail to do
f) when a request
for it is made
1) What is the bumper for?
2) What’s in the bonnet?
3) Have you got a car? What’s your number
4) What would you put on your rack?
5) What would you put in the boot?
6) What part of your car has given you
problems in the last twelve months?
1. Look at the aspects of travel listed below. What are
they like in your country? How are they different in any
other country you have been to?
a) roads and car drivers
c) train services
d) hitch-hiking possibilities
2. What’s the furthest you have travelled in one 24-
hour period? Describe the journey.
The Heinemann English Wordbuilder (Heinemann)
More examples of crazy explanations for accidents.
Mini-tutorial on the use of the subjunctive in English
What are the two people talking about on today’s programme?
Who have been criticised and why?
What is the question for today’s programme?
What does the interviewer think the answer is?
What problems do they talk about?
Have you ever experienced the situations described?
What is the answer?
Country Cottage Holidays
Dear Mr Jefferies,
I was most interested by in your advertisement in “The Herald” and I am
writing to obtain further information about your country cottage holidays.
In particular, I would like to know in which parts of the country your
cottages are located as my friends and I are interested in staying as far
away from large cities as possible. I would also like to know if it would be
possible to rent a cottage for six people for up to six months and whether
pets are allowed as my friends and I have three well-behaved dogs we are
planning to take with us.
I should therefore be most/extremely/terribly grateful if you would
send me full details of your larger more isolated cottages and any brochures
you may have.
Thanking you in advance for your help. I look forward to hearing from you
as soon as possible.
True Ghost Stories?
a) What did Houdini want to send his wife after his death?
b) What would this prove, do you think?
c) How were numbers over ten formed in the Houdinis' code?
d) So what was the code word for "N"?
e) Why do you think Houdini and his wife chose the word believe?
You are going to hear a conversation between two
people who are staying in a cottage in the New Forest.
a) What are the two people's names?
b) What are they talking about?
c) Who has seen the ghost?
e) What was it wearing?
f) What did the ghost say?
g) What did the ghost do when it heard the shout?
h) Where is Catherine going to sleep?
Do ghosts exist?
The case for and against the existence of ghosts.
When my mother finally became too old to live alone, we decided that she should
stay with us in town. I was surprised at/by the amount of furniture she had, but
there was no room/space in our flat to store it, so we had to leave it in her house.
I always intended to clear it out and sell the place, but somehow I kept putting it
One night I woke suddenly at four o’clock almost in tears. I was extremely upset
by a dream in which I saw two men break a window, climb into my mother’s
house, and start to take her belongings. Then the burglars must have heard
someone’s voice outside or a door being closed, because they dropped
what(ever)/everything they were carrying and left in a hurry. The dream made
me feel very guilty that I had not taken better care of the house.
Later that morning I received a phone call from a lady who lived next door to the
house. To my astonishment, she told me that it had been broken into during the
night. Fortunately, something must have disturbed the burglars because they left
without taking anything. I didn’t use to believe in the supernatural, but now I’m
not so sure!
2. “However, the primary argument against recent extraterrestrial
visitations is the absence of evidence.”
3. Paragraph 1: However, the primary argument against recent
extraterrestrial visitations is the absence of evidence. Paragraph 2:
Such cases are reliable but not particularly interesting. Paragraph 3:
This is a case that is interesting but unreliable. Paragraph 4:
Unfortunately, there are no cases that are both reliable and
4. evidence (second paragraph) hordes of people (third paragraph)
5. “Take leprechauns …” (illustration) “In a case of such importance …”
6. “Suppose” “Such cases are … This is a case that …..”
The Roots of Coincidence
come to light
with a start
1. For a joke and because he had nothing better to do.
2. Because it was the first time he had visited the hotel or the town.
3. Because they are so common.
4. As “meaningful coincidences” which seem to be connected by time and meaning but
not by cause and effect.
5. When unconscious feelings come to the surface at certain times of stress or
6. Because he was overpowered by the image of someone drowning.
8. One night he woke up with a dull pain in his head as if something had struck his
forehead and the back of his skull.
9. He shot himself through the head.
10. Because he believed they had deep significance and wanted to discover what they
B. Find words in the text.
focusing fished out
(has) come to light with a start
shrug off skull
C. Some of the
adjectives can be used
in several sentences
but you should try and
use a different
adjective in each
sentence. For example:
a) surprised d) shocked g) fascinated j) sad
b) astonished e) anxious h) puzzled k) curious
c) amazed f) alarmed i) worried
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