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    2 Get Ready for your Exam

    Reading1 Get ready to READ Work in pairs. Imagine you could live

    in an unusual place or lead an unusual lifestyle. Where or what would it be? Discuss the ideas below and then try to think of other unusual places or ways to live.1 on a ship sailing around the world with your family2 with a small group of people on a small island 3 in a hut in the mountains alone4 with a remote tribe away from civilisation

    2 Do the exam task.

    REading exam task

    Read the text. Four sentences have been removed. Match each gap (14) with a sentence (AE). There is one extra sentence that you do not need.the way things wereWhen I think of my childhood, I think of water. I was born, and spent my early life, on a houseboat, along with my older sister and my parents. I remember the unsteady, but also comforting, feeling of being on the water. 1 And I remember the rain lots of it! When youre on a small boat, you feel and notice the weather more. I also remember going to the standpipe to fetch water. We regularly needed to fill up the water tanks on the boat, and that job belonged to me and my sister. We always had to be careful with how much water we used. 2 We washed in a small tin bath, and washed our hair in the sink. We brushed our teeth with a mug of water. My mum washed all our clothes by hand and hung them out along the top of the boat in fine weather, but all over the inside of the boat on rainy days. A lingering memory of my childhood is the smell of damp clothes.

    Our boat was fairly long, but extremely narrow. 3 My parents bedroom was at the far end of the boat, next to the little room where my sister and I had bunk beds. At the other end of the boat, there was a tiny bathroom, living space and kitchen area. When my sister and I wanted more space, we played beside the boat at the waters edge. We used to play outside in all weather.

    Most of my early life we spent travelling along the canals of southern England. But when I was six, we came to stay in Oxford on a canal near the centre of the city, and my sister and I started formal education. 4 Until then we hadnt really realised that our way of life was unusual, but our new friends were fascinated by our home. As we were by theirs!

    A It was funny to be surrounded by water, but feel that we didnt have much of it.

    B It was strange at first to stay in the same place, but the pleasure of going to school helped a lot.

    C So there was a lot of hard work for my parents and my sister and me.

    D Our house was always rocking and moving slightly.

    E As a result, there wasnt much space, so we had to be very tidy.

    Use of English3 Do the exam task.

    USE oF EngLiSH exam task

    Complete the text with an appropriate word in each gap.Early memoriesMy first memory is of my mother painting my cot. I remember the smell 1______ the paint. It probably wasnt very good 2______ me! I also remember falling 3______ of my pushchair and banging my head, although my mum says it was my brother 4______ did that. Hes a year older 5______ me. Perhaps I saw him do it. I have a vague memory of my grandmother visiting us and giving me a bag of sweets, but she died when I was three, so Im not sure 6______ this is a real memory or just based 7______ what my mum has told me about her. I remember my sister being born when I was four. My brother and I went to a neighbours house while mum was 8______ hospital. I dont know why dad couldnt look 9______ us, but anyway, we were only there 10______ one night.

    Speaking4 Do the exam task.

    SPEaKing exam task

    Work in pairs. Imagine that you left school ten years ago and that you are now organising a reunion for members of your class. Agree on: where you should hold the reunion (restaurant? school

    hall? other venue?) what the reunion should involve (food and drink?

    entertainment? speeches?) how you will notify the former members of your class

    of your plans whether you should invite teachers too.

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  • Get Ready for your Exam

    Get Ready for your Exam 2 33


    Listening5 Get ready to LISTEN

    Work in pairs. Describe the photo. Ask and answer the questions.1 When did you last take

    an exam? 2 How did you feel?

    Why?3 Do you find revising


    6 use the words below to complete the expressions connected with exams.

    do get hear from mess up revise sit1 good marks 2 for an exam 3 a university 4 an exam 5 an exam 6 well in an exam

    7 1.32 Do the exam task.LiStEning exam task

    Listen to the conversation. Match each statement to the correct speaker, Angus or Dora. Tick the correct boxes.

    Which speaker A d

    1 has just sat a history exam?

    2 has just taken a difficult exam?

    3 isnt keen on chemistry?

    4 has a relative who found a biology exam difficult?

    5 has to get permission to visit another country?

    6 would like to go to America?

    7 hasnt had their place at university confirmed yet?

    Speaking8 Get ready to SPEAK Work in pairs. Ask and answer the

    questions. 1 How often do you go to restaurants? What kind

    of restaurants? 2 How often do you go to museums or art galleries?

    What do you like / dislike about them?

    9 Do the Speaking exam task.

    SPEaKing exam task

    Compare and contrast the two photos. Answer the questions.



    1 What are main differences between the two places of work: a street caf and a museum?

    2 What could be good or bad about working in a street caf or a museum?

    3 What kind of personal qualities would you need to do each job well?

    4 Which job would you enjoy more? Why?

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  • gRammaR

    unit 10 Be creative 95

    bury carry chat line sit wear1 a road with trees2 a man a blue T-shirt3 a boy on a wall4 a man upside down in the road5 two men to each other 6 a man boxes on the back of his bicycle

    8 SPEaKing Work in pairs. Describe Li Wei falls to the Earth to your partner. Include participle clauses from exercise 7.

    2 Read the text. Check your ideas for exercise 1.

    PerformersI can talk about different types of music.

    Participle clausesI can correctly use participle clauses.


    1 SPEaKing Look at the photograph. What does it show? How do you think it was taken?

    4 underline all the participle clauses in the text in exercise 2. Answer these questions for each clause.1 Does it replace a defining or non-defining relative clause?2 Does it begin and end with a comma?

    5 Rewrite the participle clauses in the text as relative clauses.This picture, which is called Boxing

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    6 Rewrite these sentences about Boxing using participle clauses to replace the underlined words.1 The man who is falling from the building is the

    photographer, Li Wei.2 The city which stretches into the distance is Beijing.3 The photograph, which was taken in 2009, is part of a

    collection which is called Beyond Gravity.4 Li Wei, who was born in Hubei, now lives in Beijing.5 In 2006, Li Wei received an award for creativity, which

    was presented by the Getty Museum.

    7 Look at the photo called Li Wei falls to the Earth and complete the phrases using the present or past participle of the verbs below.

    3 Read the Learn this! box. In which examples does the participle clause replace a non-defining relative clause? (For defining and non-defining relative clauses, see pages 25 and 27.)

    Participle clauses1 We can use participle clauses to give more

    information about a noun. They can be described as shortened relative clauses (defining or non-defining).

    Theres a man making a call. (= who is making a call)2 They contain either a present participle (-ing form) or

    past participle (-ed).3 Clauses with a present participle replace an active

    verb. The verb they replace can be in any tense. Shes wearing a necklace belonging to her aunt.

    (= which belonged to)4 Clauses with a past participle replace a passive verb

    in any tense. The match, shown on TV this evening, will be

    watched by millions. (= which will be shown on TV this evening)

    LEaRn tH


    This picture, called Boxing, shows two men

    fighting on a skyscraper. The men, dressed in

    matching shorts and Tshirts, are very near the

    edge of the building.

    The man wearing blue boxing gloves is hitting

    the other man, who is about to fall. This large

    picture, measuring 176 x 366cm, is one of a

    collection of photos currently exhibited by

    photographer Li Wei in Hong Kong. Li Wei, born

    in China in 1970, is well known for his unusual

    and gravity-defying photographs, produced

    without the use of computer software.

    A man wearing a blue T-shirt has stopped and turned around. Hes looking at

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