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Session 5

Enjoy our new drama, 'The Race' and test your knowledge with our weekly quiz

In episode 1 of our new drama you can meet the main character Phil. His life is about to get a lot more exciting! After that, test your skills in our weekly quiz.

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The Race - Episode 1: Phil's audio diary

Our new drama story is about an unsuccessful author called Phil. Unlike his friends, he hasn't done much with his life. But all of that is about to change as they challenge him to the adventure of a lifetime.

There are two ways to listen to this drama. On the next page you can enjoy the complete episode.

To help you understand what happens in the story, you can hear a summary of what happens here in this audio diary. But if you don't want to know what happens then listen to the complete episode first!

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Dear Diary, it has been an interesting day today.

I have been trying to write my new book but I did not know what to write. I went to the pub for a drink and to meet my friends. They talked about their travel adventures.

I felt bad as I had nothing to say. But then my friend said I could use his yacht to sail around the world in just 80 days! If I do, I can keep the yacht or sell it to make some money. I had to think about it - but then I said 'yes'.


You can download The Race - audio diary from our Unit 1 downloads page. (size 2MB)


What do you know about our drama?

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Now listen to the whole of episode 1 of The Race...

Session Vocabulary

  • gap year
    a year that you spend travelling, often with friends, usually after finishing school and before starting university. Some gap year travellers work while they are travelling, for example in bars and restaurants

    an unusual, difficult and sometimes dangerous journey

    travelling to lots of different countries

    travelling to and visiting lots of different countries, carrying everything that you need for your journey in a bag that you carry on your back

    to sail all the way around something, such as an island, or the world