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Exercise: Read the sentences and complete the blanks with the following expressions related to education: crank out – brush up – crib notes – drew a blank – learn (something) by rote – played hookey – crack a book – as easy as ABC – be a smart alec- with my nose in a book.  

1) Thomas Taylor is one of the most prolific writers in the USA at the moment. I really don’t know how he manages to __________ two or three new books every year. And you know what? Many of his books usually become best-sellers.

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2) I’m going to Paris for my next holidays and I haven’t talked in French for the last six months. So I’m planning to take an intensive course to __________ on my French.

3) If your parents find out that you have __________ from school, they will get mad at you. I’m afraid the headmaster will get in touch with your parents sooner than you expect and you will be in big trouble.

4) My brother was flunked in the Geography exam because Professor Silvia Sutherland had found his __________ inside his pencil case.

5) Much to the students’ surprise, the Maths exam was __________. Everybody passed the exam with excellent marks and decided to go out at the weekend to celebrate the great news.

6) I must admit that I’m definitely a bookworm. Yesterday was my day off from work and instead of going out with my friends, I spent the whole afternoon __________. Reading has always been one of my passions!

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7) History was one of the most boring subjects at school. Even though I did not __________ until the last few weeks of the course, I managed to pass the final exam with flying colours.

8) When my sister was a student at the teacher training college, she had to __________ long lists of phrasal verbs __________ to be able to pass her first-year language exam. She thought that this method of study was definitely a waste of time.

9) Mr. Robinson, don’t __________ with me! If you go on with your disrespectful attitude towards teachers, I’m afraid you will get detention. (If a student is detained in a school in the UK, he or she is asked to stay at school at the end of the school day and work for a few hours before he or she is allowed to leave the school).

10) When the teacher asked me how many plays William Shakespeare had written in his lifetime, I just __________ and I couldn’t answer the question. However, the rest of the exam was OK and I got 6 out of 10.

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Exercise: Read the sentences and complete the blanks with the following phrasal verbs: chip in give up call on get alongfall outgrow up hang out cheer uphold on drop out catch up cut out. 

1) I’m going to ask Lucy if she wants to go on holidays with me next summer. We really __________ and I think we’re going to have a great time together. We both like outdoor activities such as trekking, rafting and climbing.

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2) Hi Lauren! This week I’m leaving the office early, so I’ll __________ you next Wednesday. We haven’t seen each other for a couple of weeks and we need to __________ on the latest gossip.

3) When I was in high school, I used to __________ with my friends in a park after school. We would play the guitar and sing our favourite songs from bands such as Oasis and Guns n’ Roses. Those were the good old days!

4) Mary feels blue because she has __________ with her best friend, so her boyfriend has bought two tickets to watch the recently released film Victoria and Abdul. He thinks this movie will ________ Mary ________ because it tells a beautiful story about an unexpected bond of friendship between a beloved queen and her humble servant.

5) I’m trying to convince Emily not to __________ of university, but she seems to be pretty convinced about her decision. She’s planning to take a sabbatical year to travel around the world and visit the Seven Wonders of the World.

6) One of the most important messages from the children’s fairy tale The Wizard of Oz is that whenever you have a goal in your life, you should work very hard to reach it and never __________, no matter how many obstacles come up on your way.

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7) I don’t think Michael will ever __________! He is 35 years old and still behaves as if he were a teenager. He goes out to pubs and discos during the week and at weekends. Also, he has an on-and-off relationship with his girlfriend because he is afraid of commitment.

8) Good morning, Mrs. Hampton. Mr. Stewart is in a meeting at the moment. Could you please __________ a minute? I’ll see if he could answer your phone call from his office.

9) Oh come on, Steve! __________ it __________! We’ll have problems with our neighbours if you keep on rehearsing with your band during the week. You know you can only play musical instruments at weekends from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  

10) A: Samantha has recently graduated as a lawyer and we want to buy a nice present for her. B: Great idea! Let’s __________! I can be in charge of collecting the money.

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Exercise: Read the sentences and fill in the blanks with the following words related to Halloween: Hallowpixies spooky cauldron sorcerers haunted scarecrow bogeyman trick or treat? jack-o’-lantern. (Remember that you might use some of these words more than once).

1) A __________ is a hollowed pumpkin that has been carved to look like a person’s face, inside which there is a candle.

2) In children’s stories, __________ are small human-like creatures that have pointed ears and wear pointed hats. These creatures are sometimes described as being naughty and mischievous.

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3) Witches and warlocks often brew their magic potions in a __________, which is a large metal pot with a lid and handle. This round container is usually placed over an open fire.

4) All __________’s Eve is another name for Halloween. In old English, the word __________ had two meanings: a holy person or saint, or a sacred or magical object. (Extra tip: this word appears in the title of the seventh book of the Harry Potter Saga).

5) A __________ house is thought to be visited or inhabited by ghosts. Here’s a list of some of the most famous __________ house movies: The Shining, Poltergeist, Beetlejuice and The Others.

6) The word __________ means mildly scary, though often in a fun way. To celebrate Halloween, children usually wear __________ costumes of ghosts, goblins, monsters, werewolves, witches, wizards and cartoon characters.

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7) In many cultures, the _________ is an imaginary evil character used by adults to frighten children who are naughty. Parents may tell their kids that if they behave badly, the _________ will come and get them.

8) A _________ is an object made in the shape of a person wearing old and worn-out clothes. This object is placed in a field of growing crops to frighten birds away. The term is also used to refer to a person who is very badly-dressed or has an odd-looking appearance.

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9) On Halloween’s day, children dressed up in creepy costumes knock on the doors of different houses to ask for some treats (sweets). If the person who answers the door does not give them any sweets in response to their call of “__________”, the kids will play trick on him or her.

10) In fairy tales, __________ and wizards are male characters who have magic powers. When these people want to cast a spell, they wave their wands and utter some specific words called incantations. In the Harry Potter Saga, Wingardium Leviosa, Expelliarmus, Sectumsempra, Alohomora, Avada Kedavra and Expecto Patronum are some of the most famous incantations spoken to invoke spells.

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Exercise: Complete the blanks with the following words related to food to complete the idioms: apple – beans – berry – cheese – cake – cream – cookie – cucumber – milk – nuts.

1) Mr. Hardcastle is a very demanding professor and I thought that the Physics exam he had prepared was going to be extremely difficult. However, much to my surprise, the exam turned out to be a piece of __________.

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2) “The One with Ross’s Tan” is one of my favourite episodes of the sitcom Friends. In this episode, Ross Geller goes to a tanning salon to get a spray-on-tan and comes out of the session as brown as a __________ because he fails to follow the simple instructions given by the tanning salon guy.

3) The graduates of the MIT School of Engineering are considered to be the __________ of the crop. According to some statistics, they can get the best paid jobs in the market today.

4) We’re going to throw a surprise birthday party for Sally next Saturday, so please don’t spill the __________. We have been organizing this party for a long time and we want everything to be perfect.

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5) Samantha, the meeting with our boss is next Friday at 10:00 o’clock. If you arrive late, Mr. McArthur will go __________. You know how crotchety and grumpy he is. So please make sure that you’re going to be at the office on time.

6) A: I can’t believe I have failed my driving test again! That’s not fair! B: Well, sweetheart.  I guess that’s the way the __________ crumbles.

7) The presidential candidate of the left party, Mr. Henri Levy Strauss, remained as cool as a __________ throughout the interview with the irreverent but witty journalists from the Live News programme.

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8) I don’t think it’s a good idea to have Tommy and Sally working in the same group. They are as different as chalk and __________. I have the feeling that they’re going to be arguing all the time and the rest of the members of the group might feel uncomfortable with this situation.

9) Listen, guys. I know you’re pretty disappointed with the results of the game, but there’s no use crying over spilt __________. We just need to train harder for the next game!

10) Mr. O’Donnell is very proud of his eldest granddaughter because she has just graduated as a doctor. In fact, his eldest granddaughter is the __________ of his eye and the rest of his grandchildren are a little bit jealous of her.

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Exercise: Fill in the blanks of the text with the following words related to TV series: role – season – sitcoms – episodes – spin-off – hit show – ratings – time slot – parent series – networks – premiered – broadcast – starred – aired – played. Then, match the words with the correct definitions published at the bottom of the exercise.

One of my favorite __________ (1) in the early 2000s was a __________ (2) of Friends called Joey, which __________ (3) Matt LeBlanc reprising his __________ (4) as Joey Tribbiani.

Plot summary: In the first __________ (5) of the show, Joey moves to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career. There, he meets his sister Gina and his 20-year-old nephew Michael, who is a rocket scientist. Michael is Gina’s son and becomes Joey’s new roommate.

Joey __________ (6) on the NBC television network on September 9th, 2004 in the __________ (7) of Tuesdays at 8:00 pm. Based on the huge success of its __________ (8), many critics thought that Joey was going to be a __________ (9). However, this was not the case because the series was overshadowed in __________ (10) by the singing competition show American Idol, which was __________ (11) on Fox Network. As a consequence, NBC (National Broadcasting Company) decided to cancel the second season of the sitcom and did not __________ (12) the remaining __________ (13).

Fortunately, the rest of the episodes were shown on various other __________ (14) around the world and I could watch the whole second season. David Schwimmer, who __________ (15) Ross Geller on Friends, directed two episodes from the second season.

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a) To broadcast or televise. _____

b) A successful TV programme. _____

c) An actor’s part in a play, film, TV series, etc. _____

d) A set or sequence of related TV programmes. _____

e) To show a film or a TV series for the first time. ______

f) To transmit a programme by radio or television. _____

g) A TV series from which another series is derived. _____  

h) To act the part of a character in a film, TV series, etc. _____

i) A list of TV programmes showing how popular they are. _____

j) The separate sections into which a TV programme is divided. _____

k) A TV programme involving characters from a previous programme. _____

l) To have someone as a principal performer in a play, film, TV show, etc. _____  

m) Telecommunications companies that produce radio or TV programmes. _____

n) A length of time allotted to a TV programme, especially in a broadcasting schedule. _____

o) A TV show about a group of characters who are involved in different funny situations. _____

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David Bowie, also known as The Thin White Duke, was an English musician, singer, songwriter, painter and actor who was constantly pushing the boundaries of his own imagination and creativity. He was a revolutionary artist in the truest sense of the word and his a unique talent made him an icon in the world of music and fashion. In fact, he is considered the founder of the Glam Rock movement that started in the UK in the early 1970s. Some critics and fans believe that Bowie’s experimental approach to creating music and performing live expanded the concept of what a rock star or an entertainer could be on stage. And today, his legacy can still be found in many contemporary artists from a wide variety of fields: art, music, fashion and entertainment.


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With the influence of American avant-garde artists and rock n’ roll musicians, a new youth movement emerged in London in the late 1960s. This special generation, characterised by its psychedelic charm and glamour, transformed the city’s culture and lifestyle for good. At that time, David Bowie was taking his first steps as a musician in the London scene and he became a member of a number of rock bands which didn’t last long. Even though music had always been Bowie’s greatest passion, in 1969 he decided to pursue acting in addition to music. That very same year, he started taking classes with performance actor Lindsey Kemp, who had been a student of the famous French mime Marcel Maceau. According to some biographers, Lindsey Kemp had a profound impact on Bowie’s career because through his lessons David acquired some theatrical skills that allowed him to explore his artistic talent and express himself in a more versatile way.

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David Bowie was also a huge fan of American avant-garde artists, especially Andy Warhol. He was fascinated by Warhol’s revolutionary approach to creating art, so he decided to incorporate some aspects and techniques of this pop-art painter into his own works. Bowie had the ability to merge a number of separate artistic elements into a unique piece of work that would ultimately become innovative and original. Apart from being a musician, David Bowie was also an art school-trained person who produced some interesting paintings and drawings. As a matter of fact, the strong and deep connection that he developed with visual art eventually gave shape to the way he composed music and performed on stage. And, in the long run, this particular kind of artistic background was going to become the key to his unprecedented success.

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By the time he was 25 years old, the maverick artist had already had many failed attempts on his quest to become a famous musician and he was feeling rather disappointed. He thought that his dream of becoming an international rock star was slowly slipping away. In order to help her boyfriend, Angie Barnett suggested that David should adopt a more androgynous look to differentiate himself from the rest of the aspiring rock stars in London at that moment. Bowie followed Angie´s piece of advice and on the covers of his next albums The Man Who Sold The World and Hunky Dory he appeared wearing makeup and feminine clothes. This new shocking style immediately caught the attention of the press and the sales of the albums jumped significantly. The young artist realized that this media hype represented a great opportunity for him to launch his career as an international musician. Therefore, he carefully planned a stunning move that would eventually transform himself as an artist and change the world of rock n’ roll forever. He took all the elements he had learned from his acting classes and art lessons to create a fictional character from another planet called Ziggy Stardust. This extraterrestrial stage persona was strange, daring and glamorous. In other words, Ziggy Stardust was “out of this world”. Consequently, thousands of young people all over the world began to feel drawn to Ziggy and his flamboyant band called Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. The release of the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars was an international success and David Bowie, together with the androgynous space musicians from his band, inaugurated a new era in the history of rock n’ roll: the era of Glam Rock.

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Exercise: Read the text and match the highlighted words in red with the following definitions.

1) Shocking or impressive.

2) Courageous; adventurous; bold in action or thought.

3) Real or imaginary lines that indicate the limits of something.

4) A famous person that represents a particular idea or a way of life.

5) A long search or pursuit; an attempt to achieve something difficult.

6) An independent person who often behaves differently from other people.

7) A situation that is discussed in the media a lot in order to attract people’s attention.

8) To combine or blend two or more things to form a single unity with its own identity.

9) Related to the experimental and unorthodox approach of some groups, especially in the fields of music, painting and literature.

10) A person who is very confident in behaviour and has the tendency to attract attention because of the way he/she dresses, talks, etc.

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Fill in the blanks with the following expressions derived from sports: the ball is in his courttake a shotaced my first chemistry examwide of the marka can of worms – hit our strideshow the ropesdrop the ball.

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1) Michael, we’re relying on you to implement this marketing strategy successfully, so please don’t _________ on this. Otherwise, the company’s sales are going to plummet in the next few months.

2) I have recently been promoted to Human Resources Manager and one the responsibilities of my job is to _________ to the new employees so that they can acquire all the necessary skills for their positions as soon as possible.

3) I have never played golf before but I think I’ll _________ at it. I love the idea of doing an outdoor sport surrounded by a beautiful and peaceful landscape.

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4) Many journalists predicted that Michael Truman was going to win the presidential elections, but their predictions were _________ because Mr. Truman came third in the final result of the general election.

5) The first semester of the year was very hard for our company because the sales of our traditional products dropped significantly. However, during the second semester, we managed to _________ after launching a new product into the market. Fortunately, the sales of our company increased by 20 % in the second half of the year.

6) I’ve offered Mr. Bowen 200,000 dollars to buy his house. Now,_________. I’m sure he’s going to accept my offer because he needs the money to pay off a lot of debts.

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7) If the CEO of the company only gives a pay rise to the employees of the Marketing Department, he’ll open up  _________ with the rest of the employees. Mark my words!

8) Hey Lucy! Guess what? I’ve just _________ at university. I’m so thrilled! I can’t wait to tell my family!

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