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school, new school, classroomIn the classroom listening practice for the Cambridge Assessment English Pre A1 Starters (YLE) exam. You will hear a girl and her grandma talking about a classroom photo. Put the names in the right places in the photo.

In the classroomTranscriptVocabulary

Look at the picture. Listen and look. There is one example.

A: Do you like this photo of my classroom Grandma?
B: Yes, I do, it’s a nice photo, so who’s that girl walking into the classroom. The one with red hair.
A: She’s got a lot of books.
B: Yeah she has.

Can you see Kim’s name? This is an example. Now you listen and put the names next to the right person.

Question 1
A: Look grandma there’s my friend Anna.
B: Oh yes, she’s writing some numbers on the board.
A: Yeah she loves math.

Question 2
B: So, what’s your teacher’s name?
A: Miss White, she’s very nice and I love her lessons as they’re fun.
B: Oh that’s great to hear. Look she’s smiling in the photo.
A: Yes she’s always very happy to teach us.

Question 3
B: And who’s that boy? The one with the brown hair and glasses.
A: That’s Tom. He’s smart and knows the answer to the question. He helps me sometimes with math.
B: That’s nice of him.

Question 4
B: What about this girl? She isn’t looking at the teacher but just looking in her bag.
A: Oh yeah that’s Becky, that’s her new bag.
B: I like her red bag.
A: Me too, it’s cool.

Question 5
A: Can you see Bill?
B: No, where’s he sitting?
A: Right here, next to Becky.
B: Oh yes, I can see him. He’s writing something in his book.
A: Yeah, he loves writing stories and drawing too.

Now listen to it again.

Here are words and phrases from this activity.

  • answer
  • brown hair
  • classroom
  • glasses
  • grandma
  • it’s cool
  • lessons
  • lots of books
  • on the board
  • math/maths
  • new bag
  • question
  • red hair
  • teach
  • teacher
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