Speaking (Bicycle / Helping)


Idioms & Expressions:

take (something) for a spin (prepositional phrase; means to try something out)

Want to go on a bike ride? I want to take my new bike for a spin.


lend a helping hand / help out (verbs; both mean to help someone else)


in need / needy (adjectives; used to describe someone who need something)

I like to lend a helping hand if someone is in need.


give back to the community (verb; to give money, time and resources to the community that you grew up in)

I have been very successful in my business, so now I plan on giving back to the community.


you saved my life (an exaggerated expression that shows gratitude to someone who helped you)

Thanks for helping me when I had a flat tire – you saved my life.


Good Samaritan (noun; a stranger who helps you when you’re in need)

A Good Samaritan gave me a ride when my bike broke down.


let me know if there’s anything you need (a polite way of saying you are available to help someone in the future)

Nice to meet you. Let me know if there’s anything you need.


Part I: Class Discussion


  1. How popular are bicycles in your hometown?

Not very. I think bikes are more popular in the big cities, for younger, more athletic people

  1. How often do you ride a bike?

Only once every few years. I have a motorcycle, and that’s how I get around. Currently, I don’t own a bicycle. But a few years ago, I rode quite often.

  1. Do you think that bicycles are suitable for all ages?

Well, of course. Kids from age 2 and up can ride tricycles. And old people like to use them at low speeds

  1. What are the advantages of bicycles compared to a car?

They are good for the environment and they help keep you in shape.


Part II: Individual Presentations


Describe a person who has done a lot of work to help people. You should say:

Who this person is/was

Where this person lives/lived

What he/she has done to help other people.


My high school music teacher, Mrs. Nudd, is probably the best teacher I’ve ever met. She’s someone who cared deeply about all her students over a 40-year career and remembered everyone’s names, even when she saw you years after you graduated. She is encouraging and was more of a mentor than a music teacher. Her class was perhaps the only fun class we had – she liked to show movies and give us snacks. She also never gave tests, which was awesome!


Part III: Group Discussion


  1. What are the ways people can help others in the community?

There are hundreds of ways. You can take in their trash, petsit, or help them with household projects.

  1. Why do you think some people like to help other people?

Some people are naturally helpful. Others help people as a way of getting something back in return.

  1. Some people say that people help others in the community more now than they did in the past. Do you agree or disagree?

I don’t have any idea. I don’t live in a community where I know everyone. But I think in a small village, things are the same as they’ve always been.