Do the preparation task first. Then watch the short film and do the exercises to check your understanding.
Teacher: Zara. I’ve noticed that you haven’t selected travel journalism as one of your study options.
Zara: I need to speak to my mum.
Teacher: Would you like me to speak to her?
Zara: Good luck catching her, Miss.
Zara: But I want to travel and write about it!
Mum: I don’t have time for it, Zara. That’s it. End of discussion. Hello.
Friend: Hey. I’ve been looking for you.
Zara: I tried talking to my mum about my options.
Zara: She’s always got a meeting or something.
Friend: You should book a meeting with her.
Zara: (Laughing) Hey, let me borrow your phone.
Mum: Zara! What are you doing here? I’ve got a meeting!
Zara: Yes. It’s with me. I want to travel the world and I want to write about it. I’m good at it!
Mum: You know what? When you are married and have your own family, your husband will decide.
Zara: My teacher’s recommended me because of how well I’m doing. If you listened then you would already know.
Mum: You have to think about your future.
Zara: I am. You just want to get me off your hands.
Mum: Zara? Zara! So, tell me about this.
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Do you think a lot of young people have similar problems to Zara? What can parents do to help their children choose their studies and future careers?