Skylark: HomeWork1

My secret diary

Complete the diary entry with the correct words and phrases

A secret mission

? NEW MESSAGE

24/XX/20XX, 12.15 p.m.

Too excited to fall asleep. My mentor has just sent me some records that Skylarks use as learning materials for newbies. Why not start now?


Let’s do the tasks

Listen to the audio and choose the correct options

Case #07940 Part 1.

The two things the detective stresses are:

1.Tom is too young to go to jail.
2.Mrs Robertson is suffering.
3.Mrs Robertson knows that a confession will help Tom.
4. Tom made a mistake when he refused to tell the truth.
5. Mrs Robertson knows what happened that night.
6. It was Tom, not Mrs Robertson, who promised to stay silent.

Case #07940 Part 2.

Mrs Robertson insists that

1.Tom is not a criminal.
2.Tom did not know about the murder.
3. she doesn’t know who murdered the store owner.

Case #07940 Part 3.

The detective hopes to get the true motive by

1. showing sympathy for the person who committed the crime.
2. presenting the facts of the case and the evidence against the suspect.
3. creating a story that explains why the suspect committed the crime and analysing the reaction of the witness.

Case #07940 Part 1. Mrs Robertson knows that a confession will help Tom. It was Tom, not Mrs Robertson, who promised to stay silent.

Case #07940 Part 2. Tom did not know about the murder.

Case #07940 Part 3. creating a story that explains why the suspect committed the crime and analysing the reaction of the witness.

 

Intern training

Read three stories about getting a visa and match the sentence halves

NEW MESSAGE

24/XX/20XX, 5.45 p.m.

The date of my visa interview is confirmed. It’s high time to look for some life hacks.


 

Open admiration for the country you are going to visit can result in visa refusal. Never say anything implying that you find the life, for example, in the USA better than in your home country.

Pour all the patriotism (fake or real) you have from every cell in your body during the interview (but don’t overdo it). A well-measured risk can win the game. But you should be 100% sure you can handle it. I’ll tell you about my interview as I remember it:

Officer: Do you plan to come back home after getting your MS?

Me: Not really. Though I definitely won’t stay in the USA after

getting the degree. You see, I plan to do my PhD in Norway.

Officer:Interesting… Why are you going to the USA for MS then?

Me:I selected a few colleges where I’d like to study.

The best among those that I had entered is in the USA.

And here I am. The country doesn’t really matter.

Needless to say, after nearly a decade, I am still living the “American Dream”.

 

I was lucky enough to get my first UK visa on an absolutely blank passport with zero travel history. At that moment, I just started to work and my salary was low. All I had was a handwritten note from my friend’s sister. She was getting married and we were going to attend her wedding. I brightly remember that conversation:

Officer : Why do you want to visit the UK?
Me: My childhood friend’s elder sister is getting married.
I love her as my blood sister and I cannot miss
her wedding as she is waiting for me (passing the
handwritten note that contained only 5/7 lines)
Officer : You are 23, single, not married… Why do you think I should give you a visa? What if you find a girl there, fall in love, get married and never come back?
Me:Well, I am not in love right now. Will it happen just when I walk out of here, outside the embassy, or at the airport or even on board? I can’t predict when I meet the girl I will marry. And see, I could have given a perfect answer that I will have an arranged marriage with a girl found by my parents. But I want to give you an honest answer.
If I do meet someone and we decide to get married, I will follow the legal path to migrate and will follow the laws. I am well aware of the life one would lead by staying as an illegal immigrant, hiding from the police and working odd jobs for years, staying away from the family as they can’t go back till the paperwork is done. I don’t want that sort of life for my family.

I got the visa.

Frankly speaking, I actually meant everything I told the officer. The moral of the story is never make up stories. Be honest and speak truthfully.

I want to share my colleague’s story. I’ll call him Robert.

So, Robert was one of three students who got selected for summer research training at CDP. All of them applied for visa, and Robert was refused. The reason was that the purpose of travel in the permission letter from the college was “Internship” while the offer letter mentioned “Research training”. The officials said internship is a paid work which does not fall under a student visa. Despite many efforts to get through with this, he couldn’t get the visa. Very disappointing.

A more surprising fact was that one of the three got the visa. Hard luck.

1.
None of the stories includes
the same problem can lead to different results.

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you should sound patriotic.

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you should be honest.

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a piece of advice that guarantees a positive answer.

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The first story says that
the same problem can lead to different results.

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you should sound patriotic.

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you should be honest.

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a piece of advice that guarantees a positive answer.

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The third story tells us that
the same problem can lead to different results.

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you should sound patriotic.

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you should be honest.

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a piece of advice that guarantees a positive answer.

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The second story suggests that
the same problem can lead to different results.

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you should sound patriotic.

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you should be honest.

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a piece of advice that guarantees a positive answer.

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A little white lie

Complete the mind map and get some ideas on how to explain the purpose of your trip. Make notes that you will use for your voice message

NEW MESSAGE

25/XX/20XX, 8.10 a.m.

My trip is in a few days. What should I say to my family? I’m a bad liar. Hm, maybe I’ll just leave them a message?


Your family will definitely have a lot of questions. It is a good idea to think of some answers to the most typical ones.

  1. Where are you going?
  2. Why are you going there?
  3. How long will you be there?
  4. Why is it urgent?
  5. How will you get in touch?

 

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