Hello to Lidia and all of our World Service Readers
To read today’s blog, you will have to put these one of these verbs into each of the gaps.
i. You must also put the verbs in the correct tense, that is, the simple present (do), the simple past (did) or the present continuous (doing).
ii. Remember to use the correct form of the verb, it must agree with the subject of the sentence!
can ..... climb ..... crack ..... do ..... expect
fall ..... find ....... get ....... go ........ know
make ..... meet ....... mess ..... phone ..... play
read ..... say ....... show ..... start ..... is
I had some really great news last night. It _____ (1) parents’ evening at my son’s school. I _____ (2) you have parents’ evening in your countries, but just in case you don’t, it’s an evening once a term when parents _____ (3) to their child’s school to _____ (4) the teachers. Usually, I _____ (5) these meetings painfully embarrassing, because his teachers basically tell me that my son is lazy and that he _____ (6) around in class. They never _____ (7) it directly, but they make comments like, “he gets distracted easily”, “he always seems to be having a great laugh with his friends” or “he enjoys making everyone laugh”. So, reading between the lines, his teachers were saying that he is the class clown, who _____ (8) jokes all of the time, and never does any work. He always _____ (9) poor grades in his tests, hardly ever _____ (10) his homework, and _____ (11) up all kinds of excuses to his teachers, including lies about me (for example, that I had told him not to do his homework!).
It is particularly awful for me to go to these parents’ evening, because some of his teachers _____ (12) that I am a teacher too! I often feel that they are disapproving of me, that my son should be better because of my job. When we get home from parents’ evening, I’m always angry and tell him that he has to be more serious, and do his homework properly. For a couple of weeks, he studies a bit harder, but then he always goes back to his old ways. He has his own interests, he likes to play with his friends and school is just not very important to him. He loves _____ (13) comics, _____ (14) trees and _____ (15) hide and seek.
So, as usual, I was expecting the worst last night from his teacher. In fact I had already set my face into an expression of apology as the teacher _____ (16) to speak: “Well..” she said, (“Here we go”, I thought), “I have to say that your son has had a tremendous change of attitude this term … and … I’m so pleased with him, he’s really worked hard!” (I was so shocked, I _____ (17) speak). “And what’s more, he’s got some excellent results in his tests, in fact, we don’t expect the children to get these grades until the end of the year!”. Well, I was almost ready to faint with a combination of disbelief and wonder. I think my mouth _____ (18) open! I can’t really remember the rest of the conversation, I was too shocked to take it in!
We came back home and we told my husband. Then I _____ (19) my parents to tell them. They called my sister, and she called me! Everyone was amazed and pleased! So, it just _____ (20) that whatever your personality or age, it’s never too late to change!
That’s all for tonight, tomorrow we will look at ways of practising your speaking skills. Answers for the gap-fill tomorrow!
USEFUL WORDS AND EXPRESSIONS
be distracted by (verb)
to lose attention / focus on what you have to do
read between the lines (idiom)
this means to understand what is hinted at or said indirectly
expressing or showing displeasure or rejection
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