Taking Risks are activities that provide you with the opportunity to discuss how risk-taking behaviour can have a direct or indirect effect on your health, happiness or other people. This lesson is centred around the theme of Experience and Lifestyle from the B2 First curriculum which explores how we learn and adjust to the world around us.
Exercise 1Exercise 2Exercise 3Word ListExtension
Risk-taking behaviour is any action that directly or indirectly has a negative effect on your health, happiness or other people.
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Answers 1. living 2. rush 3. get 4. regret 5. trust, stay
it’s not possible to stay completelysafe all of the time, but some peoplejust don’t know when to stop; takingdrugs drinking, playing dangerous games andcausing trouble. Teenagers, in particular, seem to like living a risky life. Most ofus want to have new experiences andsometimes we take risks because we wantsome extra excitement in our lives. Andwhen we are in danger we get anadrenaline rush and that gives us a bitof a buzz. Then there are times when yourmates want you to do something and youdo it just to be popular even though youare sick to the stomach with fear.
Wecall this peer pressure. And of course,some people will do absolutely anythingjust to get attention. Naturally, if youare drunkor off your head on drugs you won’t eventhink about the danger in yourmore likely to damage itself. The troubleis all of your actions have consequences, you will almost certainly regret yourbehaviour and that might last a long time. Don’t be surprised if other people thinkyou’re stupid they will trust you lessand less and your family will worry. Youor others may suffer injury or harm itcould even be life-threatening and youmay face criminal charges causingproblems at school and at home. So beforeyou do something risky think about theconsequences of your actions to you andothers. Review who you’re spending time with. Talk to people you trust if you’re not sure and know how to stay safe. Tryto be aware of who you are and whatyou’re doing. If you’re going to regret it,then don’t do it.
Do you think people who take unnecessary risks for pleasure should expect others to come and rescue them when they are in trouble? Why or why not?
Listen and answer the questions. 1. How did David end up in danger? 2. How did his friend Andrew rescue him?
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Answers: 1. His sailing boat had hit some rocks in a storm. 2. He put David in a cave then went to find help.
The situation was critical. I was lying in a small cave at the foot of some high cliffs, and from the pain, in my legs, I knew that they were both badly hurt. In the darkness, the waves were crashing noisily against the rocks, and I suddenly realised the tide was coming in fast. The water was rising rapidly, and I had nowhere to go, no way to escape. I didn’t blame my sailing partner Andrew.
Earlier that evening, our boat had been smashed violently against the rocks in the storm. Despite my injuries, Andrew had pulled me to the shelter of the cave. After that, he had climbed across the rocks to try to get help.
The water was now up to my neck and still rising. I shut my eyes and waited silently for the end.
‘David!’ cried a voice. ‘Are you there?’
‘Down here,’ I called out weakly.
Luckily, Andrew had found help and I was rushed to hospital.
Six months later, the phone rang and it was Andrew.
‘Hi, David,’ he said excitedly. ‘Do you feel like a bit of sailing?’
Six sentences have been removed from the article. Choose from the sentences, the one which fits each gap( 1-6). There is one extra sentence which you do not need to use.
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Answers 1. There is what climber s call a ‘red line’, above which almost every fall is fatal 2. ‘As far as I’m aware, this is the safest method there is,’ he says. 3. Recently, however, their skills and equipment have become more and more available to amateur climbers. 4. Careless or untrained enthusiasts can break branches, damage the bark and disturb wildlife. 5. One company even sells a kind of tree bed so you can spend the night up in the canopy. 6. The trees in national forests are popular because they’re often taller and more remote
Here are keywords and phrases covered in these activities about taking risks:
branch of a tall black walnut tree
bitof a buzz
canopies of giant trees
face criminal charges
sick to the stomach with fear
recreational tree climbing
Write a story in 140-190 words in an appropriate style. You see this announcement on your school noticeboard and decide to send a short story.
We are looking for short stories for our English Club monthly magazine. The story should be about a risky activity such as climbing. Your story must end with this sentence: It was an experience I will never forget.
Your story must include:
Have you included all the required parts and the final sentence from the exam task?
Have you included everything from your writing plan?
Have you used a range of adverbs to add interesting details?
Have you made any grammar mistakes?
Are there any mistakes in spelling and punctuation?
Have you checked the word count?
Especially helpful are exercises that are focussed on a theme or topic as these provide word retention practice so you can be confident to read, write, speak and listen successfully.
In this part, you talk about two photos on your own which you have to compare for about 1 minute. After you have finished, your partner will be asked a short question about your photo. When your partner has spoken about their photos for about 1 minute, you will be asked a question about their photos.
Cambridge English exams are designed for learners at all levels from the pre-intermediate level Cambridge English: Key (KET) to the very advanced level Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE). These exams give candidates proof of their ability to use English in a wide variety of contexts, relevant to work, study and leisure activities.