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Homework #15 for the Cambridge PET course. This part is focused on reading.


1 Where would you find a ‘social networking site’?
3 Is ‘stormy weather’ good or bad?
5 Did Mandy like surfing at the beginning? Did she need encouragement to try it?
9 What did the ‘visiting film crew’ think about Mandy?


Not all the information in the text will be needed to answer the questions, so read the questions first and then search for the answer for each one in the text.

Dear students, look at the sentences below about dogs that go surfing in the sea. Read the text to decide if each sentence is correct or incorrect. If it is correct, write A. If it is not correct, write B.


Creative English Teacher

Surfing Dogs

We’ve all seen pictures of dogs doing amazing things – but what would you think if you saw one surfing?

Ever since a video of a dog on a skateboard appeared on a social networking site, dogs have become involved in more and more unusual sports. The latest is dog surfing, with dogs taking part in major competitions along with their owners.

In one recent competition, as many as 60 dogs, ranging in size from very big to extremely small, flew in to a seaside resort in the USA and hit the beach, going out on a stormy day to ride the waves on human-sized surfboards.

The dogs wore special life jackets so that they’d be safe if they fell in, and were placed on surfboards on shallow waves. They had ten minutes to show what they could do, and were judged not only on the length of their ride but also their confidence and overall ability.

One dog, Mandy, has always loved surfing right from the start. She and her owner Jeff surf together almost every day after Jeff finishes work. ‘There’s nothing I’ve trained her to do,’ says Jeff. ‘She’s just a natural. If I pick big waves for her, she just rides them.’

When the pair are in the sea, Jeff holds Mandy’s board until the perfect wave arrives and then he lets her go. ‘She’s learned to make the board go where she wants, and she won’t go unless it’s a good wave – she’ll just wait. Her biggest wave so far has been about 2 metres high, and her longest ride about 100 metres.’

Many dogs hop off the board once they reach shallow water, but Mandy’s got style – she always waits till her board’s near the beach and then turns herself round on it a couple times.

One of Mandy’s surfing buddies, Ben, is also a star performer. ‘There’s no way I could make him do it if he didn’t want to,’ says his owner Julie. ‘You just can’t stop him. If he falls into the water, we pull him out again, and he just shakes himself then runs back in!’

Mandy has also become a film star. When a visiting film crew saw Mandy perform in a surfing contest, they knew she was exactly right for a role in their new film. Several of the other dogs surfing along with Mandy have also got parts as extras in the film, which with the help of computers shows them surfing really enormous waves – although they’d be in trouble if they tried them in real life!

Are these statements true or false?

  1. The article says the current fashion for dogs doing sport started with an internet film.
  2. The surfing competition that the article describes was limited to dogs of a certain size.
  3. The competition took place on a beach during bad weather.
  4. The most important thing in the competition was how long the dogs stayed on the surfboards.
  5. Dog owner Jeff had to work hard to encourage his dog Mandy to try surfing.
  6. Mandy now knows how to control the direction of the board herself.
  7. Mandy has a particular move she makes on the surfboard when she gets to the beach.
  8. The owner of Ben the dog is worried that Ben might really dislike the sea.
  9. A film-making team who saw Mandy decided she was just what they were looking for.
  10. The film that Mandy is in shows the most dangerous surfing moves that the dogs do.


Listening forces automatic learning and leads to general language acquisition.


Writing ideas down preserves them so that you can reflect upon them later.


Reading is the best way to learn and remember the proper spelling of words.


Speaking provides the ability to engage others in social circles

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