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In the first part of the PET oral exam, the examiner will ask you some personal questions. You might be asked about your hobbies and activities that you do in your free time.
What do you like doing in your free time? What are your hobbies?
You should describe an activity that you enjoy. You should say:
Where you do it
e.g “ I play computer games at my best friend’s house”
Who you do it with?
e.g “ I love playing tennis with my sister”
How often you do it
e.g “ I go swimming twice a week”
And say why you enjoy it
e.g “ I enjoy cooking because it’s relaxing and creative”
How many different hobbies and activities can you think of? Here is a list with some:
-playing computer games
-playing board games
-going to the gym
-surfing the internet
-listening to music
-playing sports: tennis, football, volleyball, table tennis, rugby, basketball, etc.
You can express how much you like an activity:
I quite like…
I really like
I’m really into…
I’m interested in…
I enjoy… a lot
My favourite hobby is…
Once you feel comfortable talking about hobbies in English, you can then try and discuss them in more detail. Here are some phrases and sentences to practice:
At the weekend, I enjoy going to the gym because it helps me to stay fit and healthy.
In the evenings, I usually watch movies because I am a massive film fan.
I’m into karate because it’s a great form of self-defence.
I like going to my reading club because it’s a social activity.
When describing your hobbies, you can use an array of interesting vocabulary such as: creative, fascinating, productive, cheap, energetic, relaxing, difficult and unusual.
Are you ready to talk? Good luck!
We’re approaching our last few days of NEP Olympic Summer Camp and what a fun-filled month it has been!
This week weflexed our artistic muscles by decorating tennis “racquets” and used them to play a crazy game of balloon tennis, created mini football fields, and colorful Olympic stadiums.
Our older class learned about the meaning behind the symbol of the five interlocking Olympic rings and the colors as well as learned about Olympic mascots, their symbolism, how they are chosen, and then our students used their new knowledge to design their own mascots for their Olympic Games booklets.
Our younger class also learned about Olympic rings and colors, as well as the vocabulary for different types of sports balls and their corresponding sports, and painted a beautiful end-of-camp banner to decorate the classroom.
Our older athletes also finalized their painted throwing targets and held a hotly contested competition – the winning team was recognized to the tune of ‘We are the Champions.’ On Friday everyone partook in one of their favorite activities – the water party!
We also held our weekly ceremony to recognize those students who best exemplified the Olympic spirit this week.
Next week the older kids will put the finishing touches on their “My Olympics” books by designing their own Olympic flag or symbol, and then bring finalized books home to share, as well as spend some time on their favorite summer camp remembrances with a balloon memories activity.
Both classes are very excited make personal basketball hoops, create wall hanging sports pennants, make Olympic-colored friendship bracelets, and make a camp-themed “yearbook” with the autographs of all our friends and camp-mates, as well as play games like “pin the torch on the Olympian” (our own variation of “pin the tail on the donkey”)!
On Wednesday we will cap of this fantastic month with a Field Day filled with outdoor activities like life-size foosball, “fish-out-of-water” (marco-polo on land), a “sack” race, a 3-legged race, limbo competition, and much more!
We are so thrilled to have enjoyed July with such a fun team of athletes, it has been an incredible month and we can’t wait to see you next year!!
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