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- You are going to read a newspaper article about a day in the life of a footballer. Choose the most suitable heading from the list A-I for each part (1-7) of the article. There is one extra heading which you do not need to use. There is an example at the beginning (0).
Jim Barber is a centre forward for Glasgow Rangers football club. He talks to Paul Sullivan about a typical day in his life. I don’t usually get up till 8.30. On a match day I’ll get up even later. I’ll sit in bed, watch breakfast TV for a while, and then I’ll go down, get the mail, have a coffee and read the papers. I’ll have a wash and then I’ll get ready to go to the club. Rangers is probably the only club where the players have to come in every morning wearing a shirt and tie; it’s a traditional thing and I quite like it really. [...]
- You are going to read a magazine article about a book. For Questions 8-14, choose the correct answer A, B, C or D.
Each month we ask one of our experts to tell us what wildlife book – novel, guide or textbook – has most influenced him or her. Here, Martha Holmes, marine biologist, TV presenter and film producer, reveals all. I’m a very keen reader, but selecting the book with a natural-history theme which has influenced me most was some challenge, until I thought back to my childhood. Then it was easy. [...]
- You are going to read a magazine article about an actress. Seven paragraphs have been removed from the article. Choose the most suitable paragraph from the list A-H for each part (15-20) of the article. There is one extra paragraph which you do not need to use. There is an example at the beginning (0).
After an upbringing in New Zealand and a spell acting in her own country, Nyree Dawn Porter made London her home. Interview by Alan O’Kelly.
Nyree Dawn Porter made her first stage appearance at the age of three. Playing the part of a ladybird in an amateur production of Noah’s Ark, she walked onto the stage and into the lights to delighted applause and laughter. ‘That noise’ has charmed her ever since and in a long, successful career, both on the theatre stage and on television, she has received plenty of it. [...]
- You are going to read a magazine article about various people who did courses later in life. For Questions 21-35, choose from the people (A-D). There is an example at the beginning (0).
Returning to education after years of working can open any number of doors, as Frances Brierley discovered.
Fiona, a freelance journalist, has just finished a four-year part-time degree in English Literature. Fiona, 33, who hadn’t been in
further education since finishing a journalism course at London Printing College 11 years ago, says: ‘I got more out of doing it later in life than straight after school. When I did my journalism course, we sat in the canteen chatting half the time, but when you’re older you realise that the only person you’re cheating is yourself if you do that. And when you’re older you can bring so much more to your analysis because you’ve done more. It was quite strange having to write an essay after many years, particularly after being a journalist where you have to say things as briefly as possible. But it was interesting having access to such knowledgeable tutors.’ [...]
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