An interview with Emma
I = Interviewer E = Emma
I Hello, Emma. Thank you for agreeing to do this interview especially as I believe you’re studying for your exams at the moment.
E Yes, I am. But I’m happy to do the interview.
I Now, the question. First of all, where do you come from?
E Oxford in England.
I And where do you live?
E At home with my mother. You see, my parents are divorced.
I Oh ! I’m sorry about that. Emma, have you got any brothers or sisters?
E Yes, I have. I’ve got a brother.
I Is he older than you?
E No, he’s younger. He’s twelve.
I And what’s he doing at the moment?
E Well, he’s either playing football or watching TV. That’s what he always does after school.
I And where does your father live?
E He lives in Scotland, near Edinburgh.
I How often do you see him?
E Well, we see him quite often. We spend every school holiday with him.
I Now a final question, Emma. What do you do in your free time?
E I listen to music, especially pop music.
I That’s great, Emma. I’ve got all the information I need. Thank you very much.
Life in a Japanese school
P = Presenter G = Graham Grant
P Hello and welcome to this week’s Worldly Wise, the programme that looks at the world we live in. Today we have with us Graham Grant. Graham is now back working in England, teaching Japanese, after two years teaching English in Japan. We want to find out from him about life in a Japanese school.
Graham we all know that education is important in every country, but they say that in Japan it is even more important. Is this true?
G Well yes I think it is true, erm… for lots of reasons, but I think there is one main reason.
P What is that?
G I think it’s the Japanese attitude to jobs.
P Surely a good job is important to most people?
G Yes, of course, but in er… this country, er… Britain, for example, I think many people expect to, and …er… perhaps want to, try more than one job in their lives. You can try lots of thing until you find the right job. In Japan it’s different. Most jobs are for life. People usually stay with the same company from the time they leave school or university until they retire. So the children must do well at school to get a good job when they leave, because after that it’s too late.
P Doesn’t this mean that they have to work hard?
G Yes, it does. The hard work starts at twelve when they leave primary school and move to junior high school.
P What happens there?
G Well, the atmosphere is different from primary school. It’s less relaxed and more competitive. There are about forty pupils in each class, and discipline is quite strict. The pupils sit in rows and before each lesson they stand up and bow to the teacher just as all Japanese people bow to each other when they meet. Politeness and respect are very important in Japan. The teacher talks and the children listen and take notes. They don’t ask question. It’s considered rude to question a teacher.
P It sounds different to many English schools.
G Yes, it is. And another difference is that they go to school on Saturday too, so they have six days of school a week. They also go to special extra schools in the evening. So they’re busy most of the time. And they have three or four hours’ home work every night.
P Phew! They must love the holidays!
G Yes, they do, but they don’t have much holiday. They go back to school because that’s when they have club activities sports clubs, art clubs, English clubs.
P This is all really interesting, Graham, but it’s time for a final and important question. Do they like school?
G Well, that’s a question I often asked them and they all said the same. “Yes, we like school because we have no time to be bored, and we love all the club activities.”
P How very interesting! I think English schools could learn something from Japan. Thank you for talking to us, Graham. I must ring home now and check that my daughter is doing her home work and isn’t watching television?
c There are eighteen people outside.
d I paid ninety pounds for this coat.
e I read thirteen books on holiday.
Dictation of number and prices
A How old is she?
B Mmm. I think she’s about er… sixty two.
A You live in Station Road, don’t you?
B That’s right.
A What number?
B One hundred and eighty-two.
A How many students are there in the class?
B About fourteen.
There are about two hundred and twenty Spanish pesetas to the pound.
A How much does he earn?
B Six hundred and fourteen pounds a week.
A How much is a double room, please?
B Eighty-seven pounds a night.
A And breakfast?
B Six pounds fifty.
His grandfather was a hundred and six when he died
I had a phone bill today two hundred and twenty seven pounds!
I’m reading a very long book eight hundred and seventy pages.
I’m half way through it. I’m on page four hundred and thirty – five.
A I like your shoes.
B Thank you.
A How much were they?
B Nineteen pounds.