Listening

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Helpful Words and Phrases

Listen and repeat.

  1. a national
    • ex. I met a lot of different foreign nationals at the international school.
  2. stranded
    • ex. We were stranded on the island for three days because of heavy rain.
  3. run out
    • ex. I need to go to the gas station because I’m running out of gas.
  4. in exchange for
    • ex. On Earth Day, the stores give customers eco bags in exchange for old plastic bags.
  5. self-isolation
    • ex. When you’re in self-isolation, you can’t go out, and people can’t visit you.

Article

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British national Jazz Turner finally returned home after she was stranded overseas due to the coronavirus. She had spent 18 months backpacking and working around Australia, but she decided to go back to the UK after the coronavirus crisis started. However, it was difficult for her to reserve a flight home because of high ticket prices and canceled flights.

While she was stranded in Australia, Turner started to run out of money. Luckily, a hostel allowed her to stay for free in exchange for cleaning the place. She contacted the British Embassy, but they said that they couldn’t help her return to the UK. Turner was finally able to go home when a British politician told the Foreign Office about her situation. After spending two weeks in self-isolation, she’s now safe at home with her family.

Turner was just one of the many British nationals all over the world who got stranded. The UK’s Foreign Office knows that many UK tourists are having trouble returning home. It’s currently working very hard to support these British nationals.

Discussion

Choose a topic and discuss the questions with your tutor.

Being Stranded

  • Do you think that the government is responsible for helping tourists go home when they get stranded overseas? Why or why not? Discuss.
  • Do you think that airlines should be allowed to raise ticket prices during an international emergency? Why or why not? Discuss.
  • If you're stranded in another country during an international emergency, is it always a good idea to try to go home?

Traveling Abroad

  • Do you think it's a good idea to travel around another country for over a year? Why or why not? Discuss.
  • Do you think that working in exchange for a free place to stay is a good way to save money while traveling? Why or why not? Discuss.
  • Do you think it's better to travel around another country alone or with other people? Why? Discuss.