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READING AND COMPREHENSION:
Please read the short story.
Beth walked out of the airport and looked around. She was struck by the heat and the noise, after so many dull, chilly hours on the plane. She took a moment to absorb the scene before her, and to appreciate all the hard work that had gone into getting here.
“I did it!” She thought. “I really did it! My friends and family said that I would never be able to save up and plan this by myself, but here I am!”
She had always wanted to travel abroad. Every year at Christmas time, her family drove from their small town to Toronto, to visit her grandparents. It was always exciting to see the hustle and bustle of the big city. And once, when she was twelve, her aunt had taken her to see Niagara Falls. They had stayed in a fancy hotel and gone to amazing restaurants, and they had taken a boat tour near the falls that she would never forget.
This was different from those trips. For the first time, she was in a different country, and she was all alone. Beth pushed away her anxiety, as she made her way to the taxi stand. After waiting in line for a few minutes, she climbed into the cab and asked the driver to take her to her hostel.
The hostel was very basic, and she shared a room with six other people. It wasn’t nearly as glamorous as the hotel room she had shared with her aunt, but it was the best she could afford. She had worked two jobs for an entire year to save up for this trip. One of the jobs was working as a cashier in the local grocery store, and the other was as a babysitter for their neighbour’s two young children. It all seemed worth it, as she unpacked her backpack and chatted with her new roommates about all the fun things to see and do.
LISTENING AND WRITING:
Please watch this video, and answer the following questions in your own words: