exams at a school in Britain
1. Relative clauses and contact clauses. Put in the correct relative pronoun: who, which or whose.
In the staff room
In the staff room, some teachers are talking about Barbara.
Mr Old: You know the girl is taking photos all over the school?
Mrs Boyle: That's Barbara Klein - the girl family came here from Germany two and a half years ago. Remember?
Mr Old: Barbara Climb? She isn't anybody I have ever taught.
Mr Dodson: She's the one German is so good. Not surprising, really.
Miss Drakeford: She says she's helping a cousin lives in Cologne.
Mr Old: But all these photos she is taking. How are they going to help her cousin?
Miss Drakeford: They're for a report about British schools he has to give at his school in Germany.
Mr Old: Do you think that's right? The teacher gets the report may think the boy did it himself.
Miss Drakeford: Oh, I'm sure he won't. and you know, some of the pictures she's taken are really good.
Now read the dialogue again and cross out the relative pronoun where possible.
2. Relative pronouns. Put in who or which where necessary, i.e. leave them out where you can.
Games at British schools
2.1. "Games" is a subject is very important at most British schools. There are school lessons every afternoon from Monday to Friday, so there is a lot of time
2.2. In the winter months, football or rugby are the games boys play at school, and hockey is the game you usually see at girls' schools.
2.3. In summer, cricket and tennis are the games are most popular.
2.4. Nearly all schools have teams play against other schools, and every year there are meetings in London at school teams from all over
Britain play against each other.
2.5. For boys and girls enjoy playing games, this is fine.
2.6. But there are a lot of young people for team games are no fun at all: boys have to play rugby and hate it; girls have to run
about with a hockey stick when there are other things they like doing much better. It can be a problem.
3. Tenses. Fill in either the simple present or the present progressive.
3.1. - Where's Susanna? (she/listen) to Radio One again in her tent?
- Yes, she (listen) to Tony Blackburn's pop programme. She (always listen) to it after lunch.
3.2. - Alan isn't very lively. He (usually / not speak) much to the other children.
- Oh, I (not know). Look over there. He (talk) to Vera - about computers, of course.
3.3 - (you / often write) to your German pen-friend, Megan?
- Well, I (usually send) her a letter every month. But at the moment I (wait) for a letter from her.
4. Reading comprehension. Read the text carefully before you answer the questions below in complete sentences.
Where Londoners live ...
Tourists usually see only a very small part of London. They visit the sights, or they go to the big stores, theatres and cinemas in the West End. But this is London, too.
In areas like Brixton in South London and the East End, a lot of houses and buildings are very old and shabby. Most people there are poor. The parents of many
young people once came from India, Pakistan or the West Indies.
Houses and flats in the nice parts of London are very expensive. They cost so much that even most people with good jobs cannot pay for them. So many people
live in the towns and villages outside London. Of course they must travel a long way to work. Two or three hours every day in a train is quite normal for some
of these commuters.
West End: part of London;
4.1. State which part of London the tourist usually do not see and explain why.
4.2. Explain why many people come to London to work every day from very far away.
4.3. Why, do you think, is London so interesting for tourists?