Oral Examination 2012: FCE Paragraphs - Reading and Pronunciation Part
Unit 1: Handle with care
After recent accounts of drug-taking amongst teenage models in the care of their model agencies, the catwalk world has once again come under scrutiny. Jess Hallett used to be a booker, taking bookings for models, organizing their itineraries, and generally running their lives. She talks about the lengths she went to in order to protect her girls. […] We did all kinds of things for our girls. Whether it was because they were having a hard time at school, had split up with their boyfriend, or hadn’t got a job they really wanted, their booker was the one they talked to.
Unit 2: Going to extremes: ice-climbing
As the name suggests, practitioners of this sport clamber up ice formations, usually with an axe in each hand and in the case of steeper slopes, crampons- metal spikes which grip the ice- on the bottom of their boots. The type of ice you climb also determines the tools you take with you. Water ice, such as found in frozen waterfalls, is formed from water and is colder and more brittle than alpine ice, the frozen snow that forms glaciers. […] Whatever the conditions, the sport requires you to be mentally tough and have the agility and upper-body strength of a monkey.
Unit 3: The Convenient Society, or con for short
The other day I took my children to a Burger King for lunch and there was a line of about a dozen cars at the drive-through window. Now, a drive-through window is not a window you drive through, but a window you drive up to and collect your food from, having placed your order over a speakerphone along the way; the idea is to provide quick takeaway food for those in a hurry. […] But all of this was nothing compared with the situation today. People are so addicted to convenience that they have become trapped on a vicious circle: the more labour-saving devices they buy, the harder they need to work; the harder they work, the...
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