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 Jason won't mind you using his computer â he's very l________-back. 7 Why did ... 1 do / to / how / for / guests / need / cook / we / many / ? 2 to / aren't / you ...
3 Grammar, Vocabulary, and Pronunciation B
ENGLISH FILE Upper-intermediate
3 Complete the sentences with the present perfect simple or continuous form of the verbs in brackets.
1 Underline the correct word(s). Example: You’d gone / ’d been going out when Katie rang. 1 I’d seen / ’d been seeing that documentary before, so I watched a film last night. 2 We were given so big / such big meals in New York we could hardly finish them. 3 I tried some herbal sleeping tablets because I’d slept / ’d been sleeping so badly. 4 You’ll have such a good / a so good time in Rome with Anna. 5 Josh had been swimming / had swum and his hair was still wet. 6 I’d been writing / ’d written my report for three hours when my computer crashed! 6
Example: The man came out of his house and ran (run) down the road. 1 When I woke up and looked out of the window it ________ (snow) really heavily. 2 We ________ (not sit) in the living room when you took that photo – we were in the kitchen. 3 Jo was sad you weren’t there – he ________ (look) forward to seeing you for ages. 4 The train ________ (come) as soon as we got on the platform. 5 We _______ (cook) breakfast when Jeff finally got up. 6 I got to the supermarket and realized I ________ (forget) to bring the shopping list. 7 I ________ (driving) for ten minutes when I noticed that my lights weren’t on. 8 We ________ (not come) to the award ceremony because we hadn’t been invited.
2 Order the words to make sentences. Example: want / because / go / incredibly / I / to / out / tired / don’t / I’m I don’t want to go out because I’m incredibly tired. 1 my / speak / slowly / friends / I / I’m / Russian / more / with / always / when 2 the / be / an / in / on / you’ll / beach / sitting / hour / half 3 hardly / to / find / tennis / we / ever / time / together / can / play 4 taxi / fast / drove / early / we / fortunately / driver / incredibly / arrived / the / and
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4 Complete the sentences with the correct word(s). Example: Richard’s an experienced pilot – he’s even flown a jumbo jet. ever even hardly 1 Every train I’ve been on today has arrived ________. lately in the end late 2 Jessie kept talking about the film so ________ I bought it for her. in the end especially at the end
5 was / the / the / wounded / owner / apparently / seriously / restaurant / fight / in 6 it / bored / this / with / finished / I’m / I’m / nearly / extremely / glad / film’s / because 6
3 I like foreign films, ________ French ones. specially actually especially 4 She’s written a lot of poetry, but she’s writing a novel ________. lately actually at the moment 5 Dad! Are we ________ there? I want to get out of the car! yet nearly still 6 We ________ recognized Bill he’d changed so much. hard even hardly 6
4 If you drop me off / out outside Arrivals, you could then go and park the car. 5 I love that wave of really hot air you feel as you get off / on the plane in a hot country.
8 Match the words with the same sound. drove said lay board aisle security
6 I checked out / in online so I already know my seat number. 6
Example: told drove 1 became ________
6 Complete the words in the sentences.
2 pilot ________
Example: The cabin crew’s job is to look after the passengers on the plane.
3 almost ________
1 Have your b________ pass ready to show at the gate.
5 kept ________
4 baggage ________ 5
2 Is this the baggage r________ for passengers arriving from Amsterdam? 3 I don’t mind having an a________ seat, but I’d prefer to sit by the window.
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4 I don’t like flying long distances but I enjoy short-h________ flights. 5 You can’t take large bottles of liquid through s________. 6 I find jet l_______ worse when I fly from New York to London. 7 There were very long queues at passport c________ last night. 8 We l________ on the runway so smoothly I didn’t even feel it. 8 Vocabulary total
These days, Mr Vroom stays on the ground, working as a
Read the article about a man who flew regularly. 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.
in the United States.
The Ultimate Frequent Flyer Jack Vroom, an American businessman from Dallas, Texas, has made a claim as the ultimate frequent flyer. In a period of 20 years, he estimates that he flew a staggering 38 million miles. (–––– 1 ––––) But after having flown enough times to go round the world 1,600 times, Mr Vroom has now been banned from flying on American Airlines. Mr Vroom’s adventure began in 1988, when a friend told him about a unique opportunity. (–––– 2 ––––) For a fee of $350,000 plus interest, the ticket-holder and one
teacher and giving lectures in his house in the city of Dallas
A He told friends it was cheaper than paying for a local babysitter. B Even more amazingly, he did this without paying for any of the flights. C They accused him of selling his companion ticket, which was against the rules. D The pass was sold to wealthy passengers only. E American Airlines were selling an unlimited, life-long first-class travel pass called the AAirpass. F He believes that any money made was for his business services, or simply because friends wanted to pay him for the flight. Reading total
companion could fly first-class anywhere, whenever they wanted, and as much as they wanted. On top of that, the ticket holder could also collect airmiles each time they flew. Although they were expensive, American Airlines sold a total of 40 tickets, before they stopped issuing them in
Write an article about the following topic:
‘How people’s lives will change in the future’.
The pass was designed mostly for business use, but Jack
Write 140–180 words. Include the following information:
Vroom decided to use it all the time. The AAirpass quickly paid for itself. He would fly across the USA to watch his son play American football at university, or to pick up his father-in-law from Washington DC so he could babysit his children. (–––– 3 ––––) He would also go abroad too, often just for a few hours. He flew to Milan to pick up some parts for a
• how people’s lives will change • why their lives will change • explain why you think these changes will be good or bad
motorbike, and to Guadalajara, Mexico, just to buy some belts. Mr Vroom flew so often that he knew the planes better than most of the cabin crews. All the crew at his
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local airport knew him by name, and he didn’t even have to show his pass to anyone. His adventure came to an end, though, in 2009 on a flight back from London. He had used his companion pass to fly his daughter’s friend back to the US, but when they arrived at Heathrow airport, Mr Vroom was taken to the VIP lounge and was given a letter saying that he could never use the ticket again. Although he believes he hadn’t done anything wrong, American Airlines disagreed. When they checked who he was flying with, they noticed he booked trips with people he had never flown with before. They also noticed he would fly to far-away destinations in Europe and Asia, but only stay for a few hours. (–––– 4 ––––) His frequent flying was also costing the airline millions of dollars a year. Mr Vroom disagrees with the decision, and believes there was nothing written anywhere which said he wasn’t allowed to gain compensation from his companion ticket. (–––– 5 ––––)
1 Listen to five travel announcements. Choose from the list (A–F) what each speaker says about the train or train station. Use the letters only once. There is one extra letter you do not need to use.
1 Answer your partner’s questions. Now make questions and ask your partner. 1 Where / spend / last holiday? 2 What / the most frightening experience / ever have when / travel?
A some platforms may be unsafe today B the train will not go today C the new platform opens today D the train is not running on time today E not all platforms are open today F the place the train will go from today has been changed
3 Is / better / go / on holiday / own country / abroad? Why? 4 Which / prefer: travelling by train or plane? Why? 5 What / the best short story / ever read? / What / it about?
2 Talk about the statement below, saying if you agree or disagree. Give reasons.
Speaker 2: Speaker 3:
‘People should fly less because it causes pollution.’
Speaker 4: Speaker 5: 5
3 Listen to your partner talking about air travel. Do you agree with him / her?
2 Listen to a woman talking about an adventure holiday she has been on and underline the correct answer.
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1 Kim doesn’t enjoy trying new things / spending too much time in the sun / meeting new people. 2 The weather / distance / price stopped Kim from choosing the holiday she really wanted. 3 Kim’s favourite activity on her holiday was sailing / horse riding / surfing. 4 The first part of Kim’s holiday was spent at some caves / in the mountains / on the coast. 5 People who had the same interests / were the same age / had similar abilities were put together in groups. 5 Listening total