Lesson 3 (speaking) On your own.

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On your own
√ A The (celebrity) telephone interview

√ В The job interview

√ С Telling a story

√ D Decorating a room

√ E Making a presentation


A The (celebrity) telephone interview





1 If a journalist rang you and asked you the following questions for a celebrity interview, how would you answer? Make notes in the spaces provided.


a How do you relax?
b How would you like to be remembered?
с If you could change one thing about your appearance, what would it be?
d What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
e What is your greatest fear?
f What is your greatest regret?
g What is your most vivid childhood memory?
h What makes you happy?
i What three words best describe you?
j What words or phrases in English do you use most often?
к When you were a child, what was your favourite food?
1 Which living person would you most like to meet?
m Who or what is the greatest love of your life?
n Who’s your favourite person and why?

2 Listen to Track 37 and answer the reporter’s questions. You can pause the recording after each question to give you time.
Note: the questions are not necessarily in the same order as those above. Not all the questions are used.


В The job interview



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1 Which of the following topics are appropriate for a job interview? Tick the appropriate boxes.


a why the applicant wants the job [ ]
b whether the applicant has a girlfriend / boyfriend or is married [ ]
с how the applicant got on in their last job [ ]
d what the applicant’s favourite colour is [ I
e what the applicant does in their spare time [ ]
f why the applicant thinks that he or she is right for this job [ ]
g what time the applicant has dinner [ ]


2 Choose one of the advertisements on page 61, and complete these tasks using your imagination.


a Give yourself a new name and a fictional CV which would be appropriate for the job. Write down the main points of the CV.
b Think of the qualities and experiences that would make the interviewers like you.
с Think of the questions the interviewers are going to ask you and make a note of some good answers.


С Telling a story


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 Look at the pictures of Mary, her children Jake and Rachael and her husband. aisle, bucket, climbing net, commanding officer, mop, to come to unconscious


Speaking 3 С


One day Mary went shopping with her two children, Jake and Rachael. While they were getting some sweets, she went to buy a mop. Unfortunately a bucket fell off the shelves and hit her on the head. For a moment she was unconscious, and when she came to she couldn’t remember who she was.

She walked out of the supermarket and straight into an army recruitment centre where she joined the army. Her husband and her children were left at home sad and unhappy.

A few weeks after she joined the army, she fell off a climbing frame and hit her head. Suddenly she remembered her husband and her
children. She went to her commanding officer and explained the situation. He allowed her to leave the army, and she got home to her family.


• Put the pictures in order to tell a story. Start with picture f.
• Think about how you would tell the story to a friend. You can make notes, but don’t write the whole story down. You can use the words and phrases in the box to help you (check their meaning in a dictionary if you are not sure}.
• Practise saying the story either out loud or in your head as many times as you can.
• Record the story on a tape recorder, mini-disk or computer.
• Listen to your story and make notes about how you could improve it.
• Record your story again, using the improvements you have made.
(You can see a version of the story in the answer key.)





1 J.....2.....3 4.....5 6.....7.....8 9.....10


D Decorating a room


 You have been asked to decorate a room for students at a college. It is a room where students can hang out, read, have coffee, etc. It is expected that about five people will be in the room at any one time.


Look at the picture of the student room and the items that can go in it.







2 Use the space to make notes to answer the following questions.


a Choose any six items from the furniture list (four chairs count as one item; each armchair is a separate item). What are the reasons for your choices?
b What colour would you choose for the carpet?
с What colour would you choose for the curtains?
d What colour would you choose for the walls and the ceiling?
e How would you describe the room you have designed to a friend?

Listen to Track 39. Answer the questions about your room. You can pause the recording after each question to give you time.

E Making a presentation


1 Complete the following tasks.


a Choose a hobby or an activity that you would like to talk about,
either because you do it just for fun or because you would like to do it.
b Make notes in answer to the questions on page 65.
Why do you want talk about it?
What is special about if?
Have you ever done it and what was it like?
OR. Would you like to do it and why?
What kind of person does this activity?
Where and when is the best place or time to do it?
Who is the best person to do it with?
What would you say to encourage other people to do it?
What does it feel like?
What else would you like to say about it?


2 Use your notes from Activity 1 to plan your talk. You can follow this outline plan.


What you’re going to talk about and why
What it is
• what it’s like - how does it make you feel?
• how you do it
• how often you do it
* where you do it, etc.




* your last words about it
* why other people should try it, etc.
3 Practise giving your presentation, using your notes. Try not to read them out.
4 Record your presentation. Listen back to it and make a note of any pronunciation problems that you had.
5 Record your presentation again.


F A survey






1 Read the following ‘brief’ for a survey.

You have been asked to conduct a street survey about people and eating. The focus of the survey is on 'eating out' - that is, going to restaurants. That could mean fast food like hamburgers that you can buy anywhere on the street, railway stations, etc., to more expensive restaurants.
The survey organisers have asked you to find out information about the following things:
• how often people eat out.
• where they eat out (street stall, fast-food restaurant, pizzeria, gourmet restaurant, etc.)
• what kind of food they like to eat when they eat out.
• what they want from a restaurant (speed and efficiency, good service, etc.)
• what would stop them going to a restaurant.

2 Design your survey. Pay attention to the following points.

friendly service lots of variety
get served quickly on the menu
good food plain food
great value soft lighting
home-cooked food spicy
hygienic the right atmosphere

• the information you want to find out (you can divide your survey into sections)
• the questions you will ask
• the language you will use - look at the way the following words and phrases are used in the audioscript for Track 16.


Track I6

CHRIS: You can’t beat a place with lovely home-cooked food and friendly service. I go to a place like that everyday - sometimes I just have a cup of tea and a cake and often have my lunch here. A fresh sandwich or a piece of home-made pie and some chips. They all know me there and they know how I like things - they really make me feel at home. I like that. I don’t have to dress up - that’s not really my cup of tea I go there in my work clothes - it’s cheap too.

JED: For me the best way to eat is - you get in, get served quickly, get out and get on with your life. No sitting around waiting
while they bring yon your food, no worrying about whether you' ll like it or not. I like places where I know everything on the menu and how it tastes, so there are no surprises. Where everything’s clean and hygienic and the service is first class -polite professionals who say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ and don’t expect a tip. The food’s not delicious, but it’s good, it fills you up and it’s great value.

JULIA: I love the whole restaurant-going experience. I love to

make a reservation, get dressed up to go, make a real occasion of it. I read magazines and look for recommendations for new restaurants in the area that have great food and service and are a little luxurious and then my husband and ! go there for a special treat. I think eating should be a delight, not just something you do to stay alive. I love trying new and interesting foods from all around the world and I don’t mind paying for good food and delightful surroundings.

MARTIN: A restaurant is a great place to take someone on a date.

I always pick a cool romantic place with soft lighting, small intimate tables, good wine and good food. The music should be not too loud, so that you can talk to the person you’re with and really get to know her. Finding the right type of place can he crucial - it has to be just right to create the right atmosphere. You need your date’s attention to be on you, not on the people around you or the music.

NAOMI: I love these self-service places where you can eat as much as you want. I have a pretty large, healthy appetite and I’m a student and restaurants are normally so expensive. I never get enough food in a fancy restaurant, anyway. I like big places with lots of variety where you can help yourself to the food that you want and it’s all included in one price. That way I don’t have to feel guilty about how much I’m spending - I’m actually saving money by eating more! I don’t care if there’s no imported caviar, I like plain food, that’s not spicy, but nice and

3 Write out your questionnaire. Practise saying the questions.


4 Record your survey questions. You can start by saying ‘Good morning, sir / madam. I wonder if you would mind answering a few questions Listen back to them and make a note of any problems you had.


E Record your survey questions again. Now you can interview yourself! Stop your recording after each question to give appropriate answers.
Track 37

REPORTER: I hanks for agreeing to this interview. I’ll try and be as quick as possible. So here’s my first question: what makes you happy?


REPORTER: How do you relax?


REPORTER: What three words best describe you?


REPORTER: When you were a child, what was your favourite food?


REPORTER: What is your most vivid childhood memory?


REPORTER: What words or phrases in English do you use most often?


REPORTER: Which living person wouid you most like to meet? Beep

REPORTER: What is the most important lesson life has taught you?


REPORTER: Thanks very much, I think I’ve got enough there.

Thanks very much for your time.


Track 38

INTERVIEWER I: Good morning. Come in and sir down.


INTERVIEWER l: Now then, ! wonder if you could tell us why you are interested in this job.


INTERVIEWER h Thank you for that answer. What qualities do you think someone would need for this job?


INTERVIEWER 1: I see. Do you think you have these qualities? Beep

INTERVIEWER 1: Moving on, I’d like to ask you to give us some idea about yourself. Do you have any hobbies, for example? Beep
INTERVIEWER 2: I see, and what is your favourite way of relaxing?


INTERVIEWER l: We’ve come to the moment in the interview when you can ask us any questions you might have. Do you have any questions?


INTERVIEWER 1: Weil that just about finishes this interview for the moment. Thank you very much. If you want to wait in the library we’ll let you know if we need you again. Could you send the next person in?


INTERVIEWER 1: Not at all. It was a pleasure meeting you. Goodbye.

Track ЗЭ

QUESTIONER: Could you list your six items of furniture and say why you have chosen them?


QUESTIONER: Thanks. Those are interesting choices. Now what about colours? What colour have you chosen for the carpet?


QUESTIONER: Any special reason for that?


QUESTIONER: And what about the walls and the ceiling?


QUESTIONER: Well that’s all very interesting. Now I wonder if you could say in your own words what kind of ‘feel’ you want the room to have. How would you describe it?


QUESTIONER: Thanks very much for that. Goodbye.

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