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Homework #13 for the Cambridge FIRST course. This part is focused on reading.

Dear students, you are going to read an article from a travel magazine. For questions 1 - 10, choose from the sections (A - D). The sections may be chosen more than once.


Creative English Teacher

Action Plan:

  1. Read the instructions and the title to find out what kind of text it is and the topic.
  2. Quickly read the questions and underline the key words.
  3. Go quickly through the first section to see which questions it answers.
  4. When you find information that seems to answer a question, read the question again and study the evidence in the text carefully.

Four of the world's best beaches

Which are the best beaches on Earth? Here are our top four.

A Rodas beach, the Cies Islands, Spain
Some of Spain’s most spectacular beaches lie in Galicia on the Atlantic coast, and perhaps the most stunning of these are on the Cies Islands. These unspoilt and uninhabited islands are a national park, with public access limited to the summer months, and contain the perfectly-shaped Roads Beach with its pure white sand and clear blue sea. At first sight it almost seems tropical, until dipping your toe in the water encourages you to spend a lazy day on the beach rather than dive in for a swim. There you can enjoy the quiet, the warmth of the sun and the scent of pine from the nearby woods, and later on have an excellent meal in the reasonably-priced fish restaurant close to the beach.

B Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Islands, Australia
Australia is famous for wonderful beaches, and Whitehaven must surely be one of its very best. Set against a background of amazingly-green tropical forest, and with views across the clear blue ocean to distant small islands, the sandy white beach is like something from a picture postcard or a TV commercial. As you would expect in such a sunny climate, the water is pleasantly warm, ideal for swimming on or below the surface. The sand, in contrast, always remains cool as it is of a type that reflects the sunlight, so you won’t need sandals. As the island has no permanent inhabitants, and most day trippers leave by boat quite early, in the late afternoon and evening you can have the place almost to yourself.

C Matira Beach, Bora Bora, Tahiti
Matira Beach on the Pacific island of Bora Bora has incredibly white sand, beautiful fish swimming in clear blue-green water, and stunning sunsets. The air temperature hardly varies around the year, and neither does that of the ocean – which is only waist-high even hundreds of metres from the shore. And unlike windier beaches nearby, Matira is quite well sheltered. There isn’t, however, much shade, so it is advisable to use plenty of sun cream, and the sand can feel uncomfortably hot unless you wear beach shoes or something similar. There is no charge to visit the beach, yet it rarely becomes crowded at any time of day. Everyone should go there at least once in life, and when you do, make sure you have your photo taken as the sun goes down.

D Anse Source d’Argent Beach, Seychelles
This must be one of the most photographed beaches in the world, so don’t forget to get some shots on your own, especially of the sea and the sand framed by the background of enormous pink rocks, with tall palm trees right behind them. It’s easy to see why commercials have been made there. The patches of brilliantly white sand between those beautiful rocks make it the perfect place to spend a relaxing day, and it is well worth the small amount it costs for access. The best spots – those with both sunshine and shade – quickly get taken, so make sure you arrive well before the sun starts to beat down and the sand heats up.

Which Section...?

1. recommends paying the entrance fee?

2. states that the beach has featured in advertisements?

3. says visitors may be surprised by the water temperature?

4. points out that the water is quite shallow?

5. suggests visitors should take photos of the beach?

6. says visitors can walk on the beach in their bare feet?

7. mentions a pleasant smell from the trees?

8. advises visitors to get to the beach early in the day?

9. states that it is not always possible to visit the beach?

10. warns visitors to the beach to protect their skin?


  1. Look for a reference to money that must be paid.
  2. Be careful: one paragraph only imagines it in an advertisement.
  3. Focus on the temperature of the water, not the air.
  4. Look for a description of depth in relation to the human body.
  5. Think of a short word for ‘photos’.
  6. Take care: on one beach this isn’t a good idea.
  7. Think of another word for ‘smell’.
  8. Make sure it is about the morning, not later on.
  9. Look for a phrase that means in one season only.
  10. What do sunbathers use to protect their skin?


  • Different texts or parts of the text may contain similar ideas, but you have to read carefully to decide which say exactly the same thing as the questions.
  • You will need to use the same option for more than one question, e.g. four answers might be A.
  • Don’t expect to find answers in the text that use the same words as the questions. Look for words, phrases and sentences that express the same ideas.


1. When Claire realises who is phoning her, she

  1. expects to hear some good news.
  2. tries to hide her true feelings.
  3. hopes it will be a long conversation.
  4. knows exactly what she will say to Ruth.


2. Why doesn’t Claire know who is ill?

  1. Ruth didn’t make it clear who she was talking about.
  2. None of her other relatives had written to her about it.
  3. She was away on business when the illness began.
  4. She wasn’t paying attention when Ruth was speaking.


3. How does Claire feel about her school?

  1. She would have achieved more at a better school.
  2. Her parents never appreciated how successful she was.
  3. Her sister was better suited to that school than she was.
  4. She may have been sent there for the wrong reasons.

4. What is Claire’s attitude to Ruth’s financial problems?

  1. She feels they are largely Ruth’s own fault.
  2. She wishes she could do more to help Ruth.
  3. She thinks Ruth could get any well-paid job she wanted.
  4. She feels guilty about having more money than Ruth.


5. What does ‘it’ on line 33 refer to?

  1. spending the firm’s money
  2. the task Claire has been given
  3. looking after Ruth’s daughter
  4. the reason Claire sounds stressed


6. What do we learn bout Claire and her family?

  1. Her relationship with her sister has completely changed since their childhood.
  2. She realises that her parents treated her very well when she was a child.
  3. She doesn’t understand why her parents are so close to their grandchildren.
  4. She accepts that her mother is more interested in Ruth than in her.

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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