GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|8. Old friends


1.1 Revise the names of seasons and months and then have a discussion with your teacher.


2.1 Revise and write the words and phrases about weather. What weather is in your city/town now?

Reading and Listening

1.1 How do you say these dates? Listen and check.

1. 2nd September
2. 18th January 1978
3. 21st June
4. 8/9
5. 2/1
6. 10th November 2011


The second of September
The eighteenth of January nineteen seventy-eight
The twenty first of June
The eighth of September
The second of January
The tenth of November twenty eleven

2.1 John and Marry are old friends from school. Read their messages and number them (1-7) in order.


2.2 Read the messages again in the right order. Why does Marry get in touch with John? What are they going to do?

2.3 Match the highlighted words and phrases to their meaning.

3.1 Marry calls John and leaves a message for him. Listen and complete her flight details.


John: Hi. This is John Brain. Unfortunately, I can’t take your call. Please leave a message.
Marry: Hi, John. It’s me, Marry. Hope you’re fine. I bought tickets for flight and hotel. I will be in London on the 16th of June. I couldn’t get a flight on the 15th. I’m flying from Belfast International airport and I’m arriving at London Heathrow airport at 14.40. I’m going back on Monday the 19th leaving at 17.35. I’m staying at a nice new hotel, quite a famous one. I think so. It’s called the Rosewood London – so nice pronunciation. I’m sure you know it. I’ll call you on Thursday when I get there. See you soon – I’m so excited to see you again.


1.1 Find the verbs in present continuous in the messages from the previous tasks. What do they mean?

1.2 Look at three extracts from the message Marry leaves John. Can you remember the missing verbs?

We often use the Present Continuous with a future meaning, especially for future arrangements, i.e. for plans we have made at a fixed time or place in the future. Don’t use the present simple for this. NOT see some friends tonight.

1.3 Write the appropriate form of these verbs using Present Continuous.

2.1 Marry phones John when she arrives at the hotel. Listen to the conversation. What day do they arrange to meet?


John and Marry

J = John, M= Marry

J: Hello.
M: Hi, John! It’s me, Marry.
J: Marry! How are you? How was your flight?
M: Oh, good. Without any problems.
J: Are you calling from hotel?
M: Yes, and it’s so nice. It’s got these wonderful baths.
J: Yes, I know, Once I was there.
M: So when can we meet?
J: Let’s see – well, tonight’s impossible, I’m visiting my parents. They invited me to dinner ages ago.
M: That’s ok. I’m a bit tired anyway.
J: What about tomorrow? I’m working during the day, but I’m free in the evening.
M: I’ve got a working dinner tomorrow night. Are you doing anything on Tuesday night?
J: Sorry, but I’m playing football with five of my friends. It’s going to be championship. So I can’t cancel it. And I’m going to mountains on Wednesday, like I told you, and I don’t get back till very late, so Wednesday’s out. What do you think about Thursday night?
M: Thursday’s fine. Are you going to take me to that restaurant you mentioned?
J: Yes, of course.
M: And then perhaps you can go for a walk a bit on Friday? I’m totally free in the afternoon – working meeting finishes at lunchtime.
J: Sorry, I can’t on Friday. I’m going to the doctor at 4.30.
M: Oh, poor you!
J: Let’s go for a walk on Thursday and you can go to London at night.
M: Wonderful!
J: I can pick you up at the hotel at about 6.30. Is that fine?
M: Absolutely. See you there. Looking forward to it. It’s ages since I last saw you. Bye.

2.2 Listen again. Complete John’s diary for the week.

3.1 Listen. What happens when John and Marry meet?

Marry and John

J: Hi, Marry.
M: Hi, John! How are you doing?
J: I’m fine. And you? Are you not tired from work?
M: No, I’m ok. You look not bad. Actually handsome, as always.
J: Thanks, you look amazing as well.
M: Great. Let’s go then.
J: My car’s outside. Here it is…
M: Who’s that?
J: Er, that’s ….er, Christin. She’s my,..
Christin: Hey! Marry, it’s a pleasure to meet you. John told me a lot about you.
M: Hi, Christin…
J: Come on then girls, get in. We should go!

Pronunciation and Speaking

1.1 Listen to the dialogue. Then listen again and repeat it sentence by sentence. Try to copy the speakers’ intonation.

telephone conversation

Would you like to go to the cinema?…

A: Would you like to go to the cinema?
B: I would love to.
A: Are you free on Friday?
B: Sorry, I’m going to the theatre.
A: What about Saturday? Are you busy then?
B: Not at all. Saturday’s fine.
A: OK. Let’s go to the new Spanish restaurant.
B: Great!

1.2 Role-play the dialogue. Try to sound friendly.


1.1 Verbs + prepositions.

1.2 Complete the sentences with prepositions in, at, on.

1.3 Look at things Merry and John say. What are the missing prepositions?


To depend on
To be born in
To listen to
To talk about
To think of/about
To believe in
To apologize for
To agree with

2.1 Complete the sentences with prepositions in, at, for, with, to, about, into, of, from.


1.1 Jane is a student from Moscow who’s going to study German in Germany. She’s going to stay with a family. Read the e-mail from Mrs. Clarke and complete it with expressions from the list.

1.2 Read the email again and answer the questions.

1. When is Jane coming to Germany?
2. How is she travelling?
3. Who is going to meet her at the airport?
4. Does Jane have to share a room?
5. What does P.S. mean…?

2.1 Write an email about your travel arrangements using the example above.

Travel arrangements



1.1 Complete the text with the Present Continuous form of the verbs.

1.2 Choose the correct answer.


1.3 Complete the sentences with correct preposition (with, at, about, in, to, on, for).


1.4 Number the sentences (1-8) from the dialogue in the correct order.

1.5 Learn these words and phrases.

1.6 Match the words with their equivalents in Russian.

Урок Homework Курс
  • Warm-up
  • Reading and Listening
  • Grammar
  • Pronunciation and Speaking
  • Vocabulary
  • Writing
  • Homework
  1. 1. GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|1. Where are you from?
  2. 2. GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|2. Describing people
  3. 3. GE|Adults| Pre-Intermediate|3. Things you wear. Prepositions of place. Clothes
  4. 4. GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|4. How did you spend your holidays?
  5. 5. GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|5. Historical events
  6. 6. GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|6. How to tell a good story?
  7. 7. GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|7. What are you going to do?
  8. 8. GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|8. Old friends
  9. 9. GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|9. Can you explain it in English? Words-helpers
  10. 10. GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|10. Annoying habits
  11. 11. GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|11. Going shopping
  12. 12. GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|12. Good weekend vs bad weekend. At the weekend
  13. 13. GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|13. Life in metropolises
  14. 14. GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|14. Describing a town (city)
  15. 15. GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|15. Are you a healthy person?
  16. 16. GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|16. Pessimist vs Optimist. Choose your side
  17. 17. GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|17. Speak low, if you speak 'Love'
  18. 18. GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|18. Every great dream begins with a dreamer
  19. 19. GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|19. I told her: my house is your house. So she sold it
  20. 20. GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|20. To do what you like is freedom...
  21. 21. GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|21. You don't have to be great to start...
  22. 22. GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|Practical English 1: Check into the hotel
  23. 23. GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|Practical English 2: Going to a restaurant
  24. 24. GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|Practical English 3: In the shopping centre
  25. 25. GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|Practical English 4: At the pharmacy
  26. 26. GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|Revise and Check 1-4
  27. 27. GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|Revise and Check 5-8
  28. 28. GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|Revise and Check 9-13