Listening, learning and teaching activities for upper intermediate students

English language learner

Level 3

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113 Blowin' in the wind. Where is the windiest place in the world? Watch a BBC video and find out. (11 Dec 14)
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Transcript (pdf 50KB)
Worksheet & Answers (pdf 127KB)
Vocabulary tasks (pdf 197KB)
This podcast goes with the BBC video. Join Richard Hammond in very high winds and very low temperatures:

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112 Knit 1, purl 1. Get out your needles and yarn, Jackie and Helen are talking about knitting! (13 Nov 14)
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Transcript (pdf 50KB)
Worksheet & Answers (pdf 127KB)
Vocabulary tasks (pdf 197KB)
It's not just for women, men knit too!

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111 Cool blue. The blue LED won the Nobel Prize for Physics. What's so special about that? (16 Oct 14)
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Transcript (pdf 57KB)
Worksheet & Answers (pdf 131KB)
Vocabulary tasks (pdf 74KB)
LED - the next big generation of lighting technology:

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110 Jo's motors. Jo talks about cars and driving; buckle up and enjoy the ride! (4 Sep 14)
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Transcript (pdf 54KB)
Worksheet & Answers (pdf 98KB)
Vocabulary tasks (pdf 80KB)

109 The picnic. When the sun shines there's nothing better than eating outside! (31 Jul 14)
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Transcript (pdf 57KB)
Worksheet & Answers (pdf 115KB)
Vocabulary tasks (pdf 90KB)
Plan the perfect picnic:

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108 No more umpires! With modern technology there's no need to have umpires or referees anymore, is there? (26 Jun 14)
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Transcript (pdf 52KB)
Worksheet & Answers (pdf 150KB)
Vocabulary tasks (pdf 69KB)
Bonus for members! What does Jackie think about the challenge system?
Download (59sec)
 Worksheet & Answers (pdf 42KB)
Hawk-Eye used for 6 succesful challenges in one set:

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107 Dial 999. Join Sue in her kitchen and find out why she called the fire brigade (29 May 14)
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Transcript (pdf 51KB)
Worksheet & Answers (pdf 85KB)
Vocabulary tasks (pdf 66KB)
Perhaps Sue should have seen this video first:

106 No connection. How did Jackie and Richard survive when the Internet went down? (1 May 14)
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Transcript (pdf 54KB)
Worksheet & Answers (pdf 98KB)
Vocabulary tasks (pdf 80KB)

105 That sinking feeling. What could be worse than the Earth opening up and swallowing you? (6 Mar 14)
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 Transcript (pdf 53KB)
 Worksheet & Answers (pdf 131KB)
 Vocabulary tasks (pdf 142KB)
I'm fixing a hole...
refer to caption  Watch & listen (2m 38sec)
 Song worksheet (pdf 65KB)


104 Don't look down ...and hold on tight as Nicky talks about her new hobby (20 Feb 14)
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Transcript (pdf 53KB)
Worksheet & Answers (pdf 71KB)
Vocabulary tasks (pdf 124KB)

103 The Winter Olympics.You don't need to come from a snowy country but you're unlikely to win a medal (23 Jan 14)
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Transcript (pdf 56KB)
Worksheet & Answers (pdf 70KB)
Vocabulary tasks (pdf 77KB)
India's Shiva Keshavan in training:

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The BBC's unusual advert for the Winter Olympics:

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Transcript (pdf 65KB)

102 That was the year 2013. We look back at last year with a quiz, how many questions can you answer? (9 Jan 14)
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Transcript (pdf 49KB)
Now listen to both the questions and Richard's answers:
Download (1.9MB, 4min 08sec)
Transcript (pdf 57KB)
Worksheet & Answers (pdf 66KB)
Vocabulary tasks (pdf 78KB)
Lesson plan (pdf 57KB) Extra for teachers!

101 Poetry. Powerful or pointless? The pie team wonder if there's a place for poetry these days (14 Nov 13)
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Transcript (pdf 49KB)
Worksheet & Answers (pdf 62KB)
Vocabulary tasks (pdf 84KB)
Listen to and read one of Wildfred Owen's war poems:
Download (1.1MB, 2min 10sec)
Transcript (pdf 107KB)
And on a lighter note (teachers, get your students to do this with a favourite song!):

100 Citizenship. Why Gareth decided he wanted to be French as well as British (3 Oct 13)
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Transcript (pdf 54KB)
Worksheet & Answers (pdf 70KB)
Vocabulary tasks (pdf 67KB)

99 Pick a pocket or two... How to survive your holiday from the increasing number of pickpockets in town (15 Aug 13)
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Transcript (pdf 54KB)
Worksheet & Answers (pdf 63KB)
Vocabulary tasks (pdf 67KB)
Milan train station - just look how many pickpockets there are!

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98 The yellow jersey. Pelotons, polka-dots and Paris - it's the Tour de France. Allons-y! (27 Jun 13)
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Transcript (pdf 57KB)
Worksheet & Answers (pdf 217KB)
Vocabulary tasks (pdf 188KB)
Nobody does a sprint finish like Mark Cavendish:

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97 Boy George. Rob talks about the challenges of being a father with a young son (23 May 13)
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Worksheet & Answers (pdf 147KB)
Vocabulary tasks (pdf 70KB)
Is a sock the best hat for a baby?

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96 Yummy umami. Helen and Jackie get their tongues around a new taste sensation (18 Apr 13)
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Transcript (pdf 55KB)
Worksheet & Answers (pdf 184KB)
Vocabulary tasks (pdf 295KB)

95 Trial by jury. Is having 12 strangers decide if someone is innocent or guilty the best way to resolve a criminal case? (28 Feb 13)
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Transcript (pdf 53KB)
Worksheet & Answers (pdf 127KB)
Vocabulary tasks (pdf 65KB)

94 Samba sensation. Put your dancing shoes on and join us at the world's biggest carnival! (7 Feb 13)
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Transcript (pdf 53KB)
Worksheet & Answers (pdf 82KB)
Vocabulary tasks (pdf 92KB)
A fantastic view from inside Rio's Sambadrome:
Watch & listen (3m 29sec)


93 The tube. Happy anniversary: The London Underground is 150 years old this week (10 Jan 13)
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Transcript (pdf 57KB)
Worksheet & Answers (pdf 74KB)
Vocabulary tasks (pdf 78KB)
This podcast goes with this pie video:

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92 Coffee break. Richard has several ways of getting his caffeine fix in the morning... (22 Nov 12)
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Transcript (pdf 57KB)
Worksheet & Answers (pdf 139KB)
Vocabulary tasks (pdf 123KB)
Here's something to practise at home!:
Watch & listen (2m 42sec)


Bonus for members! What do the pie team think of the modern coffee machines?:
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Transcript (pdf 45KB)

91 On yer bike! Helen and Jackie share past and present memories of getting on their bikes (1 Nov 12)
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Transcript (pdf 52KB)
Worksheet & Answers (pdf 121KB)
Vocabulary tasks (pdf 68KB)

90 Harvest moon. Autumn's full moons are cause for celebration in both the East and West (27 Sep 12)
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Transcript (pdf 57KB)
Worksheet & Answers (pdf 70KB)
Vocabulary tasks (pdf 70KB)

89 The Eagle has landed. We recall the amazing Apollo 11 mission to commemorate the death of Neil Armstrong (30 Aug 12)
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Transcript (pdf 53KB)
Worksheet & Answers (pdf 82KB)
Vocabulary tasks (pdf 164KB)
Rocket Man by Elton John, 1972:
Watch & listen (4min 41sec)
Song lyrics (pdf 49KB)
Plus highlights of the Apollo 11 mission:
Watch & listen (4m 52sec)


88 London Olympics. It's here at last, but not everyone's greeting the Games with flag-flying enthusiasm (19 Jul 12)
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Transcript (pdf 61KB)
Worksheet & Answers (pdf 279KB)
Vocabulary tasks (pdf 66KB)

Bonus for members! There are some interesting restrictions for visitors too:
Download (1MB, 2min 09sec)
Transcript (pdf 53KB)

87 20/20 vision. Jemma can see clearly now - but that hasn't always been the case (21 Jun 12)
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Transcript (pdf 52KB)
Worksheet & Answers (pdf 90KB)
Vocabulary tasks (pdf 90KB)
Bonus for members! Jemma gives her opinion on laser treatment:
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Transcript (pdf 42KB)

86 Douze points. The UK wants Baku to vote for 'The Hump' at the Eurovision Song Contest (17 May 12)
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Transcript (pdf 55KB)
Worksheet & Answers (pdf 283KB)
Vocabulary tasks (pdf 70KB)
This podcast goes with this video (no sound for the first 7 seconds):

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So what do you think of the UK's entry? Have a listen:
Watch & listen (3m 00sec)

85 The long-distance runner. Jemma talks about how wonderful it feels running a marathon (19 Apr 12)
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Transcript (pdf 55KB)
Worksheet & Answers (pdf 257KB)
Vocabulary tasks (pdf 80KB)
Many enter the Lisbon Half Marathon just for a chance to run across the famous bridge:
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Bonus for members! Jemma explains how she started running and why she loves it so much:
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Transcript (pdf 45KB)

84 Sisters are doin' it for themselves. Or are they? We talk about International Women's Day (8 Mar 12)
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Transcript (pdf 55KB)
Worksheet & Answers (pdf 82KB)
Vocabulary tasks (pdf 88KB)
What does James Bond, the 'ladies man' think of it all?
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And on a lighter note:
Watch & listen (4min 30sec)

83 A garden bench. Richard needs his saw, drill and lots of patience for this woodworking project (9 Feb 12)
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Transcript (pdf 53KB)
Worksheet & Answers (pdf 78KB)
Vocabulary tasks (pdf 78KB)

82 British icons: the panto Actor David talks about one of Britain's winter highlights (19 Jan 12)
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Transcript (pdf 55KB)
Worksheet & Answers (pdf 257KB)
Vocabulary tasks (pdf 80KB)
A taste of the pantomime, Aladdin with his 'mother':
Watch & listen (3m 10sec)


Bonus for members! David talks about his personal experience of acting in pantos:
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Transcript (pdf 51KB)

81 Lord of the lip. How has Adam been fundraising for the Movember campaign? (1 Dec 11)
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Transcript (pdf 49KB)
Worksheet & Answers (pdf 78KB)
Vocabulary tasks (pdf 184KB)
The podcast goes with this video:

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80 Fire! Fire! Peter describes his narrow escape from a forest fire (3 Nov 11)
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Transcript (pdf 56KB)
Worksheet & Answers (pdf 71KB)
Vocabulary tasks (pdf 120KB)
This podcast goes with this pie video (all pictures taken by Peter):

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Bonus for members! What essentials did Peter decide to pack? What would you take?
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Transcript (pdf 49KB)

79 The big mac. Are Apple computers the best designed in the world? (13 Oct 11)
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Transcript (pdf 6KB)
Worksheet & Answers (pdf 174KB)
Vocabulary tasks (pdf 78KB)
A young Steve Jobs introduces the Macintosh in 1984.
mac Watch & listen (5min 11sec)

Jump forward to 2010 and the iPad to see how amazingly things have changed!
Watch & listen (2min 04sec)

78 Going Dutch. Meet Hendrik, who doesn't come from Holland! (11 Aug 11)
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Transcript (pdf 61KB)
Worksheet & Answers (pdf 74KB)
Vocabulary tasks (pdf 78KB)
Sing along to Tulips from Amsterdam (an old Dutch folk song):
Watch & listen (2min 12sec)
Song lyrics (pdf 40KB)


77 Ironman! He's fit and he's tough; James tells us what he does to become an Ironman! (14 Jul 11)
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Transcript (pdf 57KB)
Worksheet & Answers (pdf 119KB)
Vocabulary tasks (pdf 66KB)

76 Festival fun. Will the pie team be joining the festival crowds this summer? (16 Jun 11)
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Transcript (pdf 57KB)
Worksheet & Answers (pdf 80KB)
Vocabulary tasks (pdf 102KB)
Lesson plan (pdf 57KB) extra for teachers!
Fancy going to Glastonbury? Wellies and waterproofs essential for 2011, have a look here. And here's the 2009 Official Registration Film:
Watch & listen (3m 25sec)


75 India, incredible India. Rosie talks about living and working in one of the world's most exciting countries (12 May 11)
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Transcript (pdf 57KB)
Worksheet & Answers (pdf 66KB)
Vocabulary tasks (pdf 70KB)
Does this advert make you want to visit?
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Bonus for members! What does Rosie think about Indian food?
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Transcript (pdf 53KB)

74 Vanishing bees. Does it matter that bees around the world are buzzing off? (31 Mar 11)
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Transcript (pdf 61KB)
Worksheet & Answers (pdf 70KB)
Vocabulary tasks (pdf 66KB)
Trailer for the US documentary Vanishing of the Bees:
bees Watch & listen (2m 49sec)


73 Red Nose Day. Why is Richard's sister wearing pyjamas to work for Red Nose Day? (3 Mar 11)
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Transcript (pdf 57KB)
Worksheet & Answers (pdf 127KB)
Vocabulary tasks (pdf 57KB)
3 celebrities helped raise over £3.5 million for Comic Relief as part of Red Nose Day 2009. Much of the money was spent on anti-mosquito nets.
Watch & listen (2m 22sec)


Have a look at the Red Nose Day website to see what's happening.
red nose day Red Nose Day

72 The name game 2. Forget John and Mary, here's Brooklyn and Peaches! (3 Feb 11)
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Transcript (pdf 57KB)
Worksheet & Answers (pdf 86KB)
Vocabulary tasks (pdf 57KB)

71 The name game. Why are so many Brits changing their names? (16 Dec 10)
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Transcript (pdf 61KB)
Worksheet & Answers (pdf 78KB)
Vocabulary tasks (pdf 61KB)
Bonus for members! There are 4 different ways of choosing your married surname!
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Transcript (pdf 49KB)

70 Happiness. Feeling happy? Enjoying life? How do you know?! (18 Nov 10)
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Transcript (pdf 57KB)
Worksheet & Answers (pdf 147KB)
Vocabulary tasks (pdf 70KB)
Finding happiness - it's easy! This video is from www.videojug.com:
Watch & listen (3m 09sec)


69 Los 33. What happens now to the San Jose miners? (21 Oct 10)
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Transcript (pdf 57KB)
Worksheet & Answers (pdf 78KB)
Vocabulary tasks (pdf 66KB)
Florencio Avalos, the first of the 33 trapped miners to be rescued, has an emotional reunion with his wife and son.
Watch & listen (1m 21sec)


68 Is that a Mango t-shirt? Jo talks about her love of high-street brands (9 Sep 10)
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Transcript (pdf 61KB)
Worksheet & Answers (pdf 78KB)
Vocabulary tasks (pdf 66KB)

Bonus for members! What other brands does Jo love to wear?
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Transcript (pdf 49KB)
Cool, crazy, comfortable Camper shoes. Gimme some!
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67 Big boys don't cry... but why not? Surely men should be able to snivel too? (19 Aug 10)
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Transcript (pdf 61KB)
Worksheet & Answers (pdf 78KB)
Vocabulary tasks (pdf 57KB)
Men crying in films:
Watch (1m 28sec)


66 DIY. The pie team are hammering away in their new home! (22 Jul 10)
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Transcript (pdf 53KB)
Worksheet & Answers (pdf 74KB)
Vocabulary tasks (pdf 61KB)


There are more level 3 podcasts: Podcasts 1-65