Activitats

Reading comprehension

The objective of this activity is to practise the comprehension of a written text and write the answers in well-structured and complete sentences.

Read the following interview and then answer the questions below.

Interview with Mary

Annie is interviewing Mary, a 98 years-old lady. She asks her questions about her life and her health.

Annie: “So, Mary, tell me about you. How old are you now? Where do you live?”

Mary: “I’m 98 years old and I live in Galway, in Ireland.”

Annie: “Mary, what age do you consider to be “old”?”

Mary: “Well, anything from 70, but some say that “old” is always 15 years from now.

Annie: “That’s a positive view of life! If you could relive any age, which age would it be? Why?”

Mary: “I would go back to the time when my children were young, maybe when they were 5 and 7. That was a nice time.”

Annie: “I believe you. Have your priorities changed as you have aged?”

Mary: “Yes, of course. Things that used to be important before are not so relevant now.

Annie: “What are your priorities?”

Mary: “My priorities are to have a healthy and happy family.”

Annie: “What advice can you give to the youth?”

Mary: “They should draw a plan of what they want to do in life and stick to it.”

Annie: “Thank you for your advice. Have you learned important lessons in your life?”

Mary: “Yes, I have. Sometimes you can be wrong on your judgements. I think we should always see the good side of people.”

Annie: “What has been the best and the worst part about aging?”

Mary: “Let me start with the worst part of it. It has been difficult to adjust to the changes in my body, the wrinkles, the pains, and the loss of strenght and energy. The positive part is the experiences I have had, my memories, and especially seeing my family around me.”

Annie: “Ok, Mary, thank you for your time.”

Mary: “You’re welcome.”

Questions:

  1. According to Mary, are you old when you are 65?
  2. What was the happiest moment in Mary’s life?
  3. Does Mary make any special recommendation for young people?
  4. What is the negative side of aging, according to Mary?
  5. Do you consider aging a positive or a negative experience? Why?

Suggested answers:

  1. No, you are not. She considers that “old” is anything from 70.
  2. When her children were young.
  3. To draw a plan of what they want to do in life and stick to it.
  4. The changes in your body, such as wrinkles, the pains or the loss of strenght and energy.
  5. I think that it has a positive and a negative side. On the one hand, you do not feel so strong, but, on the other hand, you have acquired the experience of life and probably know how to handle difficult situations more easily.

Speaking: answer yes/no questions

The objective of this activity is to practise the speaking skills by answering some simple questions about yourself.

Download and listen to the following yes/no questions. Then answer them orally and record your voice to check your answers.

  1. Are you married?
  2. Have you got any children?
  3. Are you currently working?
  4. Have you got your own car?
  5. Do you speak any foreign languages?
  6. Have you worked in a similar post before?
  7. Do you like dealing with people?
  8. Are you good at working in a team?

Questions ( 562.5 KB )

Note: there’s no correct answer to this activity. To check your pronunciation, type your answers in the text editor in the ‘Text-to-speech’ website and then listen to the pronunciation. Practise as much as you want by repeating the words that you hear.

Listening comprehension

The aim of this activity is to check your listening comprehension by listening to a text.

Listen to the text and then answer the questions:

Multiculturalism ( 879.5 KB )

  1. Where is multiculturalism found nowadays?
  2. What does the speaker say about New York?
  3. And what does he say about Tokyo?
  4. What does the speaker think about multiculturalism?
  5. How does he justify his opinion?

Suggested answers:

  1. Everywhere.
  2. He says that New York is the most multicultural city on Earth.
  3. He says that Tokyo isn’t so much multicultural.
  4. He thinks it’s great.
  5. He says it’s fantastic walking out and seeing other cultures.

Transcription:

Multiculturalism is everywhere today. As the world gets smaller, multiculturalism becomes bigger. Few of us today live in towns in which there is only one culture. Today, we live in towns where we are surrounded by many other cultures. If we live in a city, we will see people from all over the world. Of course, some cities are more multicultural than others. New York is a real melting pot. It is called the most multicultural city on Earth. A city like Tokyo isn’t so multicultural. I think multiculturalism is a great thing. It’s fantastic walking out of your door and seeing other cultures. This didn’t happen when I was young. People didn’t understand other cultures. They didn’t even want to understand. I’m glad things are changing today.

Answer yes/no questions

The objective of this activity is to practise the answer to yes/no questions, and use the auxiliary verbs appropriately.

Answer these questions about yourself with “yes” or “no”, adding the information that you think is necessary.

  1. Are you married?
  2. Have you got any children?
  3. Are you currently working?
  4. Have you got your own car?
  5. Do you speak any foreign languages?
  6. Have you worked in a similar post before?
  7. Do you like dealing with people?
  8. Are you good at working in a team?

Suggested answers:

  1. Yes, I am / No, I’m not
  2. Yes, I have. (Two daughters) / No, I haven’t.
  3. Yes, I am (I’m working at …) / No, I’m not (I have no job at the moment)
  4. Yes, I have / No, I haven’t (I can’t drive actually)
  5. Yes, I do (I speak English) / No, I don’t (but I’m learning English)
  6. Yes, I have (I have worked as a …) / No, I haven’t
  7. Yes, I do / No, I don’t (I prefer working in the office)
  8. Yes, (I think) I am / No, I’m not (I’m much better at individual work)

Punctuation

The objective of this activity is to practice the use of punctuation when writing a text.

Re-write the following text with the correct punctuation (commas, stops, capital letters, etc.)

Text with no punctuation:

a network is a complex system that is composed of many different elements as for example the cabling a workstation and a server among many others there are differet types of connection in a network the different shapes of a network connection are called topologies and there are four types star ring bus and mesh thanks to the networks a person in spain can connect with his australian friends in only seconds

Suggested answers

A network is a complex system that is composed of many different elements, as for example , the cabling , a workstation and a server , among many others . There are differet types of connection in a network . The different shapes of a network connection are called topologies and there are four types : star , ring , bus and mesh . Thanks to the networks , a person in Spain can connect with his Australian friends in only seconds .

Use of online dictionaries

The objective of this activity is to practice the use of an online dictionary to get information about a word.

Go to the English-Spanish section of the Wordreference online dictionary and look up the words in bold type in the text below. Then write the part of speech and the meaning of each word in this specific context, as in the example.

Computers

A computer is a machine that changes information according to well defined rules. Computers have existed for much of human history. Examples of early computers are the astrolabe and the abacus. Modern computers have changed very much. They are able to control traffic lights, cars or locks. Most modern computers can be used to play music or video. The basic principle is still the same though: the computer has a set of rules, usually called an algorithm. The computer changes information based on these rules.

From the Wikipedia

Example: machine: sustantivo; máquina

  1. able:
  2. locks:
  3. still:
  4. though:
  5. set:
  6. rules:

Answers

  1. able: adjetivo; capaz; to be…to; poder
  2. locks: sustantivo; cerraduras
  3. still: adverbio; aún, todavía
  4. though: adverbio; sin embargo
  5. set: sustantivo; serie, conjunto
  6. rules: sustantivo; reglas, normas

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