Peter Parker is an English Language teacher. He was always good at languages at school, so he decided to take his degree in French and German. When he finished his university studies, he began teaching in a secondary school in England. Two years later, however, he met someone by chance who offered him a job teaching English to foreign students during the long summer holidays. His students were adults and he enjoyed the work immensely. He soon found he was more interested in teaching his own language to foreigners than foreign languages to English schoolboys.
Since then he has specialised in this work. He has found that one of the advantages of the job is that it enables him to find work almost anywhere in the world. First he went to Africa for two years and then he spent a year in Arabia. After this he went to Greece where he has worked for the last 3 years. He hasn't been to South America yet but he intends to go there next. He has taught men and women of all ages and of various nationalities. He has also learned to get on with all kinds of people and to adjust to different ways of life. So far he has not regretted his decision to follow this career.
(From “Intermediate English Course”, Prog 2, Text 1)
Mary: Have you had your holiday for this year yet, Jane?
Jane: Not yet. I'm taking it at the end of September.
Mary: Where are you going? Have you made up your mind?
Jane: Not really. I thought of going to Spain again, but I've already been there twice and I'd like to try somewhere new.
Mary: My brother's just gone to Mexico for two weeks. I had a card from him yesterday and he seems to be having a good time. Why don't you go there?
Jane: That's O.K. for you well-off people, but I couldn't possibly afford it. I'm much too hard up at the moment.
Mary: The air-fare is quite expensive, I admit, but you needn't spend a lot when you get there.
Jane: I've already spent a lot of money this year. My flat was done up last month, so I haven't got much to spare for expensive holidays abroad.
Mary: Oh, I see.
Jane: Perhaps I'll just go to Scotland or Ireland in the end. I've heard they're both very beautiful, and I haven't been to either of them.
Mary: We went to Ireland two years ago to pay Jill and her husband a visit. They're in Dublin now.
Jane: Oh, yes, so they are!
Mary: If you decide on Ireland you can call in on them. Jill would willingly put you up for a few days, I'm sure.
Jane:That's a good idea! I haven't seen Jill for more than three years now and I'd like to know how she's getting on.
(From “Intermediate English Course”, Prog 2, Text 2)