Can parents take their children on holiday during term time?

We’ve been discussing this case, which hit the headlines in the UK some months ago (click on the picture to watch the video with subtitles):

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The case reached the Supreme Court, and this was the result:

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Over to you:

  • What are your views on this? Is it reasonable / unreasonable for parents to take their children on holiday when they’re supposed to be attending school?
  • Do you know of any cases where this happens? Does it tend to be justified?
  • What is the effect of such holidays on students? On their classmates? On their teachers?

 

Top 10 New Year’s resolutions- listening comprehension exercise

Listen to this extract and make notes of the top 10 New Year’s resolutions the radio hosts mention:

Then, listen again and pay attention to the way the female host reacts to each of the resolutions. Some of these expressions may be useful in an interaction, because they show interest in what the speaker is saying.

Key to answers

 

child left on school bus

Listen to this news item about a four-year-old boy who was left on a school bus. Without writing anything down, summarise the main event being described (1-2 sentences).

Then, listen again. You may take notes to answer these questions:
  • How far did the child walk on his own?
  • How does the boy usually go to school?
  • Where /when did the child get off the bus?
  • Who found the child?
  • How does the father feel about his son’s reaction?
  • What proposal does the child’s father make?
  • Have there been any consequences to the bus driver?
You can check your answers against the transcript.
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Fuel poverty- Tips on how to save money on energy

Listen to this clip where an expert discusses the issue of fuel poverty, and gives advice on how to save money on energy bills.

Then, try this vocabulary exercise, which includes some of the useful expressions mentioned by the host and guest. Once you have checked your answers, you can listen to the clip again, to find those expressions in their context.

 

 

Supermoon

Listen to this clip from a news bulletin describing yesterday’s supermoon:

  • What is different about the way we see the moon when it is a “supermoon”?
  • From when will it be seen?
  • When will it be brightest?
  • Is there another term for “supermoon”?
  • How far away from Earth is the moon on this occasion? How far away is it on a normal day?
  • What’s the reason for this optical effect?
  • Do you need any protection to look at it?
  • When will we see the next supermoon?

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