These days, Mr Vroom stays on the ground, working as a teacher and giving lectures in his house in the city of Dallas in the United States. A He told friends it was cheaper than paying for a local babysitter. B Even more amazingly, he did this withou
CLASS. ENGLISH FILE. Upper-intermediate. 10 Grammar, Vocabulary, and Pronunciation A. 6 ______ Lake Windermere, in the Lake District, is the largest lake in England. 7 At nearly 7,000 metres, Aconcagua is the highest mountain in ______ Andes. 8 Shake
3 Complete the sentences with the present perfect simple or continuous form of the verbs in brackets. Example: Have you ever had(you / ever / have) an operation? 1 How long ______ (you / learn) to play the piano? 2 I ______ (know) Judith since we met
asked the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to carry out a survey to find out if people in the country are, in general, happy or not. Most Britons report being ...
9 If you ______ (have) stomach ache on and off for a month, you should see a doctor. 10 When I arrived at work I realized I ______ (leave) my briefcase on the ...
tones; listening to this music without other distractions. (not while .... A Hip-hop music is great fun. B I listen to ... hurricane in her hometown in 2005/ 2008/ 2011.
... I'd find it too stressful. 5 A I don't think Sam wants to come on holiday with ... doubled that number. According to the .... serious/ friendly/ clever. 3 Graeme thinks ...
8 I was a war ______ when I was young, but I cover economics ... in the shop. 5 I try to avoid .... 3 Do / you / prefer / shopping online / or / visit / shops? Why?
articulation of sounds make the message clear and comprehensible. (5 marks). PRONUNCIATION. 7 1 leather. 2 bilingual. 3 choke. 4 hooded. 5 linen. 6 heart.
6 Sam seems very w________. He obviously knows a lot about life. 6 ... B This community was situated between rivers, mountains, and forests in what is now ...
5 Grammar, Vocabulary, and Pronunciation A
ENGLISH FILE Upper-intermediate
3 Complete the sentences with the correct word(s) from the box.
1 Complete the sentences with the correct form of the verbs in brackets. Example: If I was rich, I would travel (travel) around the world. 1 I’d never have got to the airport on time if I ________ (take) the bus. 2 We could have finished much earlier if we ________ (have) fewer breaks. 3 You ________ (not crash) the car if you hadn’t been using your phone. 4 I wouldn’t eat there if I ________ (be) you. The service is awful.
be live come buy stop not start not have not be play Example: I’ll be downstairs in five minutes when I’ve got dressed. 1 I wish you ________ so tall – I can’t find clothes to fit you. 2 I bet you sometimes wish we ________ in a bigger house. 3 I’m so thirsty. I wish we ________ some water when we were in that shop. 4 I wish you ________ singing that tune – it’s starting to drive me mad!
5 Trevor ________ (not go) on the trip if he’d known how much it was going to cost.
5 My girlfriend has always wished she ________ a musical instrument.
6 If you ________ (spend) less on clothes, you might be able to rent a nicer apartment. 6
6 My History of Art course isn’t very good. I wish I ________ it. 7 I wish that taxi ________ soon! They said they would send one straight away.
2 Underline the correct verb forms. Example: You wouldn’t be / wouldn’t have been here now if you hadn’t worked hard.
8 Do you ever wish you ________ to spend time with your family?
1 You’d know what to do if you were listening / ’d listened to her instructions properly.
2 I wouldn’t go / wouldn’t have gone to his leaving party even if he’d asked me. 3 I’d help you fix your bike if I’d known / knew how to do it. 4 You’d be able to enjoy the sun today if you’d done / ’d have done your work yesterday. 5 We’d have cleaned / ’d clean the house if you’d told us you were coming today. 6 You wouldn’t be so hungry now if you’d eaten / ’d have eaten a good breakfast. 6
4 Complete the words in the sentences. Example: Harry felt homesick when he went away on his own for the first time. 1 Mark had been unemployed for three months and was d_____ to find a job. 2 I was s________ when I heard that he’d died. He was so young! 3 I was very o________ when Mary said she couldn’t understand my accent. 4 We were so g________ when Barry offered to help us clear up the mess. 5 I get really n________ before giving a presentation, but I’m OK once I’ve started. 6 They must have been d________ when their house was flooded a second time. 7 I was so o________ with emotion I burst into tears. 8 I’ve been digging this garden for hours. I’m completely sh________! 8
5 Grammar, Vocabulary, and Pronunciation A 5 Underline the correct adjective.
Example: You looked very boring / bored during his speech.
7 Match the words with the same sound.
1 The facts in that article are absolutely astonished / astonishing!
amazed proud devastated astonished refuse stunned
2 I find dealing with large groups of children very stressing / stressful.
Example: ashamed amazed
3 I felt inspired / inspiring to paint a picture after going to that exhibition.
1 gutted ____ 2 confusing ____
4 We were infuriating / infuriated by the rude staff at the customer service desk.
3 down ____
5 I think the instructions for this camera are a bit confused / confusing.
5 grateful ____
4 delighted ____ 5
6 We were so embarrassed / embarrassing when we realized we hadn’t left a tip for the waiters.
8 Underline the stressed syllable. 6
Example: o|ffen|ded 1 de|vas|ta|ted
6 Complete the sentences with the correct form of the word. Example: disappoint It was very disappointing that he didn’t come. It always disappoints me when people behave like that. You’ll be disappointed when you hear the results.
1 Isn’t it ________ when you can’t open the plastic packaging on something? 2 You must have felt very ________ when they didn’t believe you. 3 These questionnaires really ________ me because none of the answers are right for me. terrify 4 The thunder was so loud it ________ the children. 5 Speaking in public is ________ for some people. 6 Dan looked completely ________ when you asked him to hold your baby! 6 Vocabulary total
dying of thirst was the worst of all possible deaths. Fearing
Read the article about survival. Five sentences have been removed. Which sentence (A–F) fits each gap (1–5)? There is one extra sentence you do not need to use.
with a knife. But, short of water, his blood was thick and
Survival Stories We’ve all heard amazing stories in which people struggle heroically to survive against all the odds. (–––– 1 ––––) The truth, though, is that not all survivors are quite so heroic. As these two stories show, the will to survive isn’t always so strong.
such a long and painful death, he decided to cut his wrists would not flow. (–––– 5 ––––) Five more days passed until, miraculously, a group of Tuareg nomads found him and took him to a village. Marco discovered he was in Algeria, 130 miles away from the race course.
A She had tied it to herself moments before the boat had first gone under the waves. B A sandstorm developed as he was running, which covered the marks of the course he was following with sand.
certain on the high seas. However, when she took on the job
C In desperation, he headed out into the desert one more time, expecting to die.
of sailing a luxury yacht from Tahiti to San Diego, she must
D Something went wrong, and soon disaster struck.
have believed that it would be one of the less complicated
E It was an unequal battle, and the boat soon turned over.
As an experienced sailor, Lynn Walker knows nothing is ever
trips she had done. Little did she know that after a week of calm sailing, the weather would change dramatically, bringing a tropical depression from Central America to blast the yacht with 20-metre-high waves. Lynn found herself
F We wonder what we would have done in similar impossible situations, and find it hard to imagine how these people found the strength to stay alive.
battling against Hurricane Raymond. (–––– 2 ––––)
Lynn was unconscious for a long time. When she did finally come round, she realized that the boat had miraculously righted itself, and that she had been saved by the lifeline connecting her to the boat. (–––– 3 ––––) Tragically, she could see Simon, her boyfriend, lying dead in the water. There was plenty of food on the boat, and the weather was calm again, but Lynn could only feel an overwhelming sense of hopelessness. She found that she couldn’t eat, and simply sat on the soaking wet deck. It was as if she had given up, and was waiting to die. Then, all of a sudden, a voice in her head told her to survive. She managed to put up a makeshift sail, and, consulting the surviving charts on the
Write an article for your school magazine about the following topic: ‘An exciting trip’.
Write 140–180 words. Include the following information: • say when and where the trip took place • describe what happened • explain how you felt after this expereince
boat, somehow sailed to Hawaii. Another story is set in the thrilling, yet terrifying, Marathon des Sables, arguably the world’s toughest foot race.
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Competitors attempt a six-day 250-km run across the Sahara desert in temperatures of over 45 degrees. Just imagine getting lost. That, however, is exactly what happened to an Italian policeman called Marco Contadino, a regular competitor, when he took part in the race in 1996. (–––– 4 ––––) Marco should have stopped and waited for the storm to calm down, but he kept on, desperate to stay in seventh place in the race, only to find that when the wind dropped he could no longer see the course. He reached for his water bottle and found there were only a few drops left in the bottom of it. For three whole days Marco tried to find his way back to the course, with barely any water and no idea what direction he was heading in. He started to visualize the agonizing death he would soon have to face. A friend had once told him that
1 Listen to five people talking about what they would do if they found a wallet. Choose from the list (A–F) what each speaker says. Use the letters only once. There is one extra letter you do not need to use.
1 Make questions and ask your partner.
A I would take it and use the money. B I would leave it in a local shop. C I would leave it on the ground. D I would put it back on the ground after looking at it. E I would leave a note about the wallet near where I found it. F I would give it to the police. Speaker 1: Speaker 2: Speaker 3: Speaker 4: Speaker 5:
1 When / last feel / homesick? 2 What / do / if / get lost in the jungle? 3 What things / find annoying? 4 What / make / feel really fed up? 5 Have / made / a mistake / learned lesson from? What?
Now answer your partner’s questions. 2 Listen to your partner talking about dangerous activities. Do you agree with him / her? 3 Talk about the statement below, saying if you agree or disagree. Give reasons. ‘People shouldn’t be allowed to do dangerous activities for fun.’ Speaking total
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2 Listen to a man talking about an explorer and his achievements. Underline the correct answer. 1 Sir Ranulph Fiennes had a medical problem the first / second / third time he tried to climb Everest. 2 The thing that Sir Ranulph was most afraid of while climbing Everest was getting lost / being up very high / feeling too cold. 3 From the top of Everest, Sir Ranulph felt he could almost touch the moon / stars / clouds. 4 When he reached the top of Everest, Sir Ranulph felt proud / terrible / worried. 5 At the top of the mountain, Sir Ranulph took photos of the other people there / a flag / the view. 5 Listening total