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Christina Latham-Koenig
Clive Oxenden

OXFORD

Christina Latham-Koenig
Clive Oxenden

Upper-intermediate Student's Book

Paul Seligson and Clive Oxenden are the original co-authors of
English File l and English File 2

OXFORD
UNIVERSITY PRESS

2

Grammar

Vocabulary

Pronunciation

4

A Questions and answers

question formation

working out meaning
from context

friendly intonation,
showing interest

8

B

auxiliary verbs; the ... the ...
+comparatives

compound adjectives,
modifiers

intonation and sentence
rhythm

Do you believe in it?

12

·~ COLLOQUIAL ENGLISH 1 Talking about... interviews, In the street

14

A Call the doctor?

present perfect simple and
continuous

illnesses and injuries

Isl, ld3I, It.fl, and /kl ; word
stress

18

B

using adjectives as nouns,
adjective order

clothes and fashion

vowel sounds

22

REVISE & CHECK 1&2 ~ Short film The history of surgery

24

A The truth about air travel

narrative tenses, past perfect
continuous; so I such...that

air travel

regular and irregular past
forms, sentence rhythm

28

B

the position of adverbs and
adverbial phrases

adverbs and adverbial
phrases

word stress and
intonation

32

·~ COLLOQUIAL ENGLISH 2&3 Talking about... children's books, In t he street

34

A Eco-guilt

future perfect and future continuous

the environment, the
weather

vowel sounds

38

B

zero and first conditionals, future
time clauses

expressions with take

sentence stress
and rhythm

42

REVISE & CHECK 3&4 ~ Short film The British and the Weather

44

A The survivors' club

unreal conditionals

feelings

word stre ss

48

B

structures after wish

expressing feelings with
verbs or -ed I -ing adjectives

sentence rhythm
and intonation

52

·~ COLLOQUIAL ENGLISH 4&5 Talking about... waste, In the street

Older and wiser?

Incredibly short stories

Are you a risk taker?

It drives me mad!

Grammar

Vocabulary

Pronunciation

54

A

Music and emotion

gerunds and infinitives

music

words that come from
other languages

58

B

Sleeping Beauty

used to, be used to, get used to

sleep

sentence stress and
linking

62

REVISE & CHECK 5&6 ~ Short film The Sleep Unit

64

A

Don't argue!

past medals: must, might/ may
should, can't, couldn't + have, etc.;
would rather

verbs often confused

weak form of have

68

B

Actors acting

verbs of the senses

the body

silent letters

72

... COLLOQUIAL ENGLISH 6&7 Talking about... acting, In the street

74

A Beat the robbers ...

the passive (all forms); it is said
that..., he is thought to..., etc.;
have something done

crime and punishment

the letter u

and the burglars

Breaking news

reporting verbs

the media

word stress

78

B

82

REVISE & CHECK 1&8 ~ Short film The Speed of News

84

A Truth and lies

clauses of contrast and purpose;
whatever, whenever, etc.

advertising, business

changing stress on
nouns and verbs

88

B

uncountable and plural nouns

word building: prefixes and
suffixes

word stress with
prefixes and suffixes

92

•411 COLLOQUIAL ENGLISH B&9

94

A

The dark side of the moon

quantifiers: all, every, both, etc.

science

stress in word fami lies

98

B

The power of words

articles

collocation: word pairs

pausing and sentence
stress

Megacities

Talking about... advertising, In the street

102

REVISE & CHECK 9&10 ~ Short film The Museum of the History of Science

104

Communication

132

Grammar Bank

165

113

Writ ing

152

Vocabulary Bank

166 Sound Bank

120

List ening

164

Appendix - gerunds and infinitives

Irregu lar verbs

3

G question formation
V working out meaning from context
P friendly intonation, showing interest

1 READING & SPEAKING
a Look at the photos of Benedict Cumberbatch
and Elisabeth Moss and read their biographical
info. Have you seen any of the TV series or films
that they have been in? What did you think of
them?
b Now read the interviews and match questions
A-G with their answers.
A How do you relax?
B What don't you like about your
appearance?
C What's your earliest memory?
D What makes you unhappy?
E If you could edit your past, what do you
think you would change?
F What was your most embarrassing
moment?
G Who would you most like to say sorry to?
c Read the interviews again using the glossary
to help you. Answer the questions with BC
(Benedict Cumberbatch) or EM (Elisabeth
Moss).

Who ... ?
1 D had an embarrassing experience as a child
finds it hard to make decisions
2
3 D avoids answering one of the questions
4 D had a dangerous experience when they
were travelling abroad
5 D had a dangerous experience when they
were young
6 D often hesitates when they're speaking
7 D was fond of a kind of flower when they
were a child
8 D has a favourite decade

D

d Which of the questions in the interviews do
. k'is ....?
you th m
• the most interesting
• the most boring
• too personal to ask a person who you don't
know well
e Choose six questions from Q&A to ask your
partner.

I'm not thrilled about answering questions like 'If you
were being mugged, and you had a light sabre in one
pocket and a whip in the other, which would you use?'

Every week the British newspaper, The
Guardian, chooses people who have been
in the news recently, and publishes a short
interview with them called Q&A.
The actor Benedict Cumberbatch was born in
London in 1976. He has starred in many successful TV series
and films , including Sherlocli, War Horse, Star Trek , and
The Hobbit.
1 What's one of your happiest memories?
Sitting with the sun on my face and a beer in my hand, the
morning after I had been in a car-jacking in South Africa.
When I was six, I got stung by a wasp in a Greek market.
A woman pulled down my pants and rubbed an onion on my
bottom.
3 What don't you like about your personality?
I'm impatient, but also indecisive.
4 What is your greatest fear?
Forgetting people's names.
The size and shape of my head. People say I look like Sid from
Ice Age.
6 What costume wouJd
you wear to a fancy
dress party?
I rather enjoyed wearing
bandages round my face
as the Invisible Man at
the last one I went to.
People got to know me
without recognizing me.
7 Which words or phrases
do you most overuse?
I say "Erm... " t oo much .
8 What one thing would
improve the quality of
your life?
Better time management.
I might not have called
Trevor Nunn, the famous
director, 'Adrian' at my
first audition for him.

2 GRAMMAR question formation
a Now read the questions in lb again and answer
the questions below with a partner.
1 Which questions are examples of... ?

• a subject question, where there is no auxiliary
verb
• a question which ends with a preposition
• a question which uses a negative auxiliary verb
2 W hat happens to the word order in the question
What would you chanBe? when you add do you
think after what?

b )ii-- p.132 Grammar Bank lA. Learn more about
question formation , and practise it.

3 PRONUNCIATION
friendly intonation, showing interest
a

Elisabeth Moss

The actress
was born in California in
1982. She has been in several very successful US TV dramas,
including The West Wing and Mad Men for which she won an
Emmy award.

1 4 l)) Listen to some people asking questions
1- 5. Who sounds friendlier and more interested
each time, a orb?
1 Do you havet_p big family?

2 What don't you liket_pbout the place

Going out into the backyard of my home in LA and
pretending to build a vegetable garden with sticks and
rocks. I must h ave been five .
2 Which living person do you most admire?
This is kind of cheesy, but my mum.
3 Which living person do you most despise, and why?
I won't say his name.
Not getting enough sleep.

5 What is your favourite smell?
Jasmine. I grew up in Los Angeles, in the hills, and there
was always jasmine growing.
To a really good girlfriend with whom I lost touch when I
was little. I would love to see her again.
7 If you could go back in time, where would you go?
To a 1930s jazz club in New York City. I love the art deco
period - the jewellery, the clothes, the music.

where you live?
3 What sport~r game~re you
gooc:Lat?
4 Do you think you havet_p healthy diet?
s What makes you feel happy?

b

5 l)) Listen and repeat the questions with

friendly intonation. Focus on sentence stress and
linking.

p

Reacting to what someone says

When you ask someone a question and they
answer, it is normal to show interest by saying, e.g.
Really? or Oh yes? with a friendly intonation, or by
asking a question.

c

1 6 >)) Now listen to the questions in a
conversation. Complete the expressions or
questions that the man or woman use to react to
the answers.
1 Wow

I am big fan of getting a box set and watching the entire show
in two or three weeks. I'm watching The Sopranos at the
moment, because I missed it when it first came out.
9 What has been your most Glossary
frightening experience?
car-jacking the crime of fo rcing the
driver of a car to take you somewhere
When I was little, I was
or give you their ca r
on a lake in the US and
Emmy a US awa rd s imilar to the
got caught underneath
Oscars, but for TV
backyard Amf back ga rden
a rowing boat. That was
cheesy informal too ernotional
pretty scary.
o r romantic in a way that is
embarrassing, e.g. a cheesy love song
Adapted from The Guardian

! That's a huge family.

2 ____? What's wrong with them?
3 _ ___! We could have a game one day.
! How long have you been a vegan?
4
5
? I can't think of anything worse!

d

1 7 >)) Listen and repeat the responses. Copy the
intonation.

e

Ask and answer the questions with a partner.
Use friendly intonation, and react to your
partner's answers.

m

4 READING & VOCABULARY
a Look at the photo with the article. What do
you think is happening? Do you think the
question is one which someone might really
ask in this situation? Why (not)?
b Read the article once and find out. How
would you answer the question?

p

Guessing the meaning of new words and phrases
When you are reading and find a word or phrase you don't know:
1 Try to guess the meaning from the context (i.e. the other words
around it). Think also about what part of speech the unknown word
is (e.g. a verb, an adjective, etc.), whether it is similar to another
English word you know, or whether it is similar to a word in your
language.
2 If you still can't work out what the word or phrase means, either
ignore it and carry on reading or use a dictionary (or glossary if
there is one) to help you.

HOME I NEWS I UK NEWS I SOCIETY

Extreme interview-s
WHAT sort of dinosaur are you? If you answered Tyrannosaurus rex, then the bad news is that
you probably won't get the job you're applying for.
~ Comment

i

5

10

15

20

25

~ Print

Welcome to the strange world of 'extreme
interviewing', the latest trend from America in
which interviewers throw bizarre questions at
candidates to see how they react.
It may seem like a game, but extreme
interviewing is deadly serious. The idea is to
see how quickly job-seekers think on their feet
and, at a time when 25% of recent graduates
are unemployed, it offers employers a new way
of separating the brilliant candidates from the
merely very good.

So, what sort of
dinosaur would
you be?

A Tyrannosaurus rex!

This new app roac to selecting candidates
comes from Silicon Valley in California where else? Google, famous for its aem ana ing
interview process, asked a recent candidate:
'You are stranded on a desert island. You have
60 seconds to choose people of 10 professions
to come with you. Who do you choose? Go!'
One of the early pioneers of extreme interviewing was Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, who could
be famously cruel with j ob seekers. Faced once with a candidate he considered boring,Jobs suddenly
pretended to be a chicken, flapping his a rms and making clucking noises round the unfortunate applicant,
waiting to see what he would do. In fact, the secret to extreme interviewing is neither in the question nor
the answer. It is in the candidate's reaction.
David Moyle, a headhunter with the recruitment agency Eximius Group in London, who admits to using
the dinosaur question when selecting candidates, said: 'Essentially, that kind of interviewing is used by us to
give someone an opportunity to show they are smart and not easily flustered.'
'Most candidates actually get something out of it, it's not about trying to crush them. We are trying to give
them an opportunity to show their personality, rather than.just showing how they perform in an interview.'

30

Of course, getting the job is just the start. In the modern business world, survival will depend on what sort
of dinosaur you really are.

m

Glossary
Silicon Valley the
informal name for the
region in northern
California where many
of the world's largest
technology corporations
are based
headhunter a person
whose job it is to
find people with the
necessary skills to work
for a company (often in
executive posts), and to
persuade them to join
that company

Adapted from The Sunday Times

c Read the article again carefully. With
a partner, cry to work out what the
highlighted words and phrases might mean,
and how you think they are pronounced.

d Now match the words and phrases with 1-10.
adj needing a lot of effort and

1

skill
2

3
4

5
6
7
8

9
10

adj nervous and confused,
especially because you have been given a
lot to do or are in a hurry
adj very strange or unusual
mm to be able to think and
react to things very quickly without any
preparation
noun a way of doing or
thinking about something
phrase instead of
verb to destroy somebody's
confidence
noun a specialist company
which finds and interviews candidates to
fill job vacancies in other companies
noun people who are looking
for a job
verb moving sch quickly up
and down, e.g. wings

a Have you ever been for a job interview? What kind of questions
did they ask you? Did you get the job?

b

9 l)) Listen to five people talking about a strange question they
were asked in job interviews. Complete the questions in the first
column.

What strange question
were they asked?

2 What would make you
?
a

1 8 l)) Listen and check. Underline the
stressed syllables.

3

f

Using your own words, answer the
questions with a partner.

are
you? How much _ _
you
?

4

would
you like to be
reincarnated as?

g Do you think extreme interviews are a good
way of choosing candidates? Which of the
questions below (used in real interviews) do
you think would work well? Why?

On a scale of
1-10, how weird
Which TV
are you?
character are
you most like?

Does life
fascinate
you?

If you were a
car, what car
would you be?

Room,
desk,orcarwhich do you
clean first?

Can you
name three
Lady Gaga
songs?

What happened in
the end?

1 Do you still
?

e

1 What are extreme interviews?
2 What kind of companies first started using
them?
3 Why do some people think that they are
better than normal interviews?

How did they answer?

5 Are you planning
?
to

c Listen again and make notes in the rest of the chart.

d Which of the questions did you think were good or bad to ask at
an interview?

6 SPEAKING
a >Communication Extreme interviews A p.104 B p.108. Ask your
partner 'extreme interview' questions.

b Write three extreme interview questions of your own, which you
think might tell you something interesting about another person.
c Ask your questions to as many other students as possible and
answer theirs.

d Which questions did you think were the most interesting? Why?

G auxiliary verbs; the... the ... + comparatives
V compound adjectives, modifiers
P intonation and sentence rhythm

For t hose who believe,
no proof is necessary. For those who
don't believe, no proof is possible.

1 READING & LISTENING
a Look at the beginning of two true stories. What do
you think they might have in common?

b :>-Communication Work in pairs A and B and read two stories.
A read Noises in the NiBht on p. 104. B go to p.109 and read The StranBe
Object on the Hill.

HARD TO BELIEVE? BUT IT HAPPENED TO ME ...

Have you ever experienced a paranormal happening? Write and tell us about it.
NOISES IN THE NIGHT

THE STRANGE OBJECT ON THE HILL

bout six months ago, my husband Russ and I moved
into a house in the country. our house is the middle
one of three terraced houses and it's more than a
hundred years old. A young couple live in the house on our
right, but the house on our left was empty and for sale.

his happened when I was 16, and I can still remember it
vividly. It was a clear morning, sunny but with a breeze.
I was going to meet a school friend to go walking in the
hills where there were some wonderful views. I'd agreed to
meet him at the top of one of the hills.

A

c Now read the beginning of another
true story. Would you have been
happy for Fatos to read your coffee
cup? Why (not)?

T

THE COFFEE CUP READING
went to Turkey a few years ago with a colleague called Chris. We'd been sent
there by the British council to train secondary school teachers in a school on
the outskirts of Istanbul. While I was there I decided to go and see an old friend
of mine, a young Turkish woman called Fatos, who I hadn't seen for several years.
I called her and we agreed to meet in a hotel in the centre of Istanbul. Chris came
too, and the three of us had a very pleasant dinner together. After dinner we ordered
Turkish coffee and we chatted for a while, until Fatos suddenly asked me, 'Would you
like me to read your coffee cup?' I refused politely because, to be honest, I don't
really believe in clairvoyants and fortune-telling. But Chris immediately said he
would be happy for her to read his coffee cup... Adam, London

I


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