Reading 1 term
Interviewer Dr Watson! Just how important is sport for teenagers?
Dr Watson 1_________________ It's no good just spending two or three hours a day playing video games. You can't be fit and healthy if you hardly ever do exercise. Three or four hours a week is OK. Different sports exercise different parts of the body. For example, swimming is excellent for your arms and shoulders. 2_________________ Then, there are team sports, where you need to use special skills to play well. Team sports can also help you work more easily with other people – and this is important when you want a job.
Dr Watson These are not a very good idea, because they can be quite dangerous. You need special protection like a helmet for your head, pads for your knees and elbows. It's always a good idea to work with a trainer, who can help when you have problems.
Dr Watson Things like board games or bowling can also be very good for you. They don't give you much physical exercise, of course, but they are important mental exercise. And they are often good fun too. 5_________________ Oh, and finally, I would also recommend listening to or playing music. It's important to work with both mind and body, and music can do that very well!
Match the sentences A–E with the gaps 1–5 in the text.
A Cycling, on the other hand, is good for your legs and knees.
B What about other activities?
C Well, all young people need physical exercise.
D What about extreme sports?
E You meet lots of different people and you enjoy life more.
Read the text.
I'm here in England on a three-month exchange visit. It doesn't snow much in winter, so I don't have to wear lots of clothes like at home. The school is always quite warm because there's central heating. There are three floors, so I often get lost and have to ask for directions! DT is on the ground floor, for example, but biology is on the top floor – that's a lot of stairs! One good thing is that the doors on each floor have a different colour, so it's easy to remember: blue, red and green.
The school subjects here aren't the same as at home. In history classes, we learn about English history, not European history, so I'm not very keen on that. We don't have to do economics this month because the teacher's sick (I can't stand economics!). But the science labs are brilliant! We can do lots of experiments, and the teachers are fun.
Life outside the school is a big change! I have to be careful in the streets because cars all drive on the left. There's a good bus service between the town and the school, so I don't have to walk much. And the family I'm living with are very friendly. They have a son and a daughter about the same age as me, so we sometimes go out together.
But there's still a lot that I don't understand! I have to do a lot of homework, so I don't watch much TV. And the food – what can I say about the food? They eat everything out of cans and packets, so I really miss my Mum's cooking!
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Choose the correct answers.
1 Guido says he often needs ____________.
A clothes B heating C directions
2 The different colours help him to remember the ____________.
A classrooms B floors C subjects
3 Guido likes the ____________ classes.
A economics B history C science
4 Guido's main problem outside the school is the ____________.
A buses B cars C family
5 Guido wants to ____________.
A finish his homework B eat his mum's food C watch more TV
Reading 2 term
1 Read the text
Mount Teide is the highest mountain in Spain, but it's not on the Spanish mainland. It's a volcano on Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. It's 3,718 meters high and has amazing views of the other six islands in the area. If you're interested in climbing the mountain, you need to know a number of things before you go.
First, the best time of year to climb it is between the months of May and October, because there's a lot of snow and ice for the rest of the year, which can be dangerous.
Second, if you want to go to the very top, you need a special piece of paper from the national park office, because it's a protected area. This paper is free, but you won't be allowed to climb without it, so don't forget!
Third, be careful with the weather. Remember that on high mountains it's nearly always much colder at the top than at the bottom, even in the middle of summer. So take a sweater with you!
The climb takes about four hours. But if you get very tired and don't want to walk all the way back down, you can get on the cable car. You buy a ticket near the mountain café and in eight minutes you're back at the car park.
Are the sentences true (T) or false (F)?
1 Mount Teide in on an island in the Atlantic Ocean. ___
2 It's better to climb Mount Teide in summer. ___
3 You are not allowed to climb all the way to the top. ___
4 You need warm clothes, if you climb in summer. ___
5 There is free transport, if you don't want to climb all the way. ___
2 Complete the sentences with the words below. There is one word that you do not need.
attack beautiful coldest dangerous disease faster furthest habitat kick kill longer
1 I love horse riding, but you have to be careful with horses. You should never stand behind them, because they might _________ you, which can be very painful! It’s the most _________ end of the animal!
2 Saltwater crocodiles live in rivers near the sea, along the north coast of Australia. You shouldn’t go swimming in these rivers, because these crocodiles often _________ humans and sometimes _________ them.
3 Whales usually swim _________ distances than turtles in the oceans around the world. But the loggerhead turtle swims the _________ in a year – it can travel about 15,000 kilometres.
4 Hot and wet countries in Asia are a mosquito’s favourite _________. You have to be careful in these countries because the mosquitoes often carry _________.
5 Beaches on the west coast of Scotland are some of the most _________ in the UK, especially when the sun shines. However, they are often also the _________, so not many people know about them!