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Alice: Hey, Tom! Long time no see, how are you?
Tom: Alice, what a pleasant surprise! I am doing great. What about yourself?
Alice: I’m well, too. What have you been doing all this time?
Tom: Well, I’ve been studying at a boarding school in Oxford.
Alice: Wow, it’s not the famous one for boys, is it?
Tom: Yes, that’s the one.
Alice: How do you like it? How is it different from our old school?
Tom: I like it ok. The studies are very rigorous. We have five classes a day before lunch and four after we eat. Of course, one of the classes each day is a sport but it’s still a rather hard day.
Alice: Sounds intense, if you ask me. Do they give you homework, too?
Tom: Well, some. We usually have reading for our lit classes and homework in foreign languages – some vocabulary learning and grammar exercises.
Alice: How many foreign languages are you studying?
Tom: Two modern languages and Latin. You have a choice of foreign languages: French, Spanish, Arabic and Chinese. Latin is compulsory.
Alice: Which ones are you taking right now? I think I’d go for Arabic and Chinese since those are really popular these days.
Tom: I am studying Chinese and French. You see, my Dad has a business in France, so if I ever decide to follow in his steps, I’ll definitely need French. And Arabic, as you say, is very popular nowadays.
Alice: With all that studying do you ever have fun? Have you made any good friends?
Tom: Of course, I have! I’ve got a small circle of close friends, three boys we hang out with. At weekends we have some free time to play games, go for walks or into town.
Alice: That’s good. What do you do when you go into town? I’ve been to Oxford and there isn’t much to do there it seems.
Tom: Are you kidding? There is a nice cinema complex there and a shopping centre. There are also some nice coffee shops and cheap restaurants. There is one coffee place that has a poetry contest every Saturday night where anyone can have stage time to recite their poetry. So, we do that with friends.
Alice: Are you serious? You recite poetry for fun? You even write your own poetry? That’s pretty amazing. You were always into books, so I guess this school is a good match for you.
Tom: It really is. I’m rather happy here. The only drawback is that I don’t see my parents during the term, only on holidays and sometimes they come up to see me at weekends.
A. Tom and Alice used to go to the same school a few years ago. — 1: True
B. Tom has no homework at school. — 2: False
C. Alice thinks the Arabic language is rather fashionable. — 1: True
D. Tom’s been studying French at his father’s request. — 3: Not Stated
E. Alice is wondering what leisure activities Tom has. — 1: True
F. Tom is planning to start writing poetry. — 2: False
G. Tom takes a train to visit his parents on holidays. — 3: Not Stated