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Speaking Comprehension 9-th

SITUATIONS FOR DISCUSSION

  1. You are in a strange town and you have spare time. Tell us what you will do, where you will go and what you want to see.

  2. You take part in the work of the summer language camp. There are representatives from various countries among you. Tell them about the main historical monuments in your city.

  3. You want to go to study to a foreign country. You are meeting with a teenager from this country. Ask him (her) about this country and the system of education in it.

  4. You have got an invitation from your friend who lives in Great Britain or the USA to take part in their national holiday. Tell what you know about the traditions of this country.

  5. You meet a friend of yours you have not seen for ages. Tell him about your plans for the future.

  6. During your stay in Great Britain (or the USA) you have to give information about the climate of your country. Tell of the peculiarities of the climate in Ukraine.

  7. You live in the same room with a foreign student during your studies at the language courses. Discuss the TV programme on one of the channels with your friend.

  8. You are asked to prepare a report about a well-known writer from Great Britain or the USA. Tell your classmates about him.

9.The delegation of foreign pupils has come to your school. Show them round your school.

10. Books are your best friends, aren't they? Prove it.

11. Your friend has brought you several books. Which of them would you choose? Why?


  1. Who is your favourite literary character? Why?

13. American students are staying in Kyiv. What would you advise them to see?

14..Why do you always look forward to summer?

15. Tell your friend about the major holidays in Ukraine.

16.Tell your friend about the major holidays in Britain.

17.What after-class activities do you consider the most helpful and interesting?

18.Speak about the role books play in your life. Don't forget to mention your favourite book.

19. You're staying in London at theinvitation of your friend. You've seen all the major sights. Describe them.

20. You're showing your English friend a family album. Describe the mem­bers of your family.




Text 3. THE KING
"The King is dead," said John Lennon, English-born singer and member of the famous Beatles in the 1960's. Elvis Presley was indeed "the King" of rock'n'role music. At the news of his death on August 16,1977, thousands of people gathered outside his home in Memphis.

Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, on January 8, 1935. At the age of 13, Elvis and his family moved to Memphis, Tennessee. There, Elvis recorded his first song in 1954. After that, things happened quickly. He sold millions of records, served in the U.S. army, went to Hollywood and appeared in 33 films.

Elvis brought together the musical sounds of blacks and country peo­ple. His songs started a new period in American music. "The King is dead," said Lennon. "Long live the King."

Post-readiag

Answer the questions.


        1. Who is John Lennon?

        2. What kind of music is Elvis Presley famous for?

        3. When did Elvis die?

        4. When was he born? Where was he born?

        5. How old was Elvis when his family moved to Memphis?

        6. When did Elvis record his first song?

        7. How many films did he make?

        8. Who is "the King" in this reading?



9-th Form

Listening Comprehension

POTATOES


In the reign of Queen Elizabeth two plants were brought to England for the first time by Sir Walter Raleigh - the tobacco-plant and the potato. Sir Walter had sailed across the seas to America in search of new lands; and he brought back both these plants with him.

At first people did not like the potato at all. Nobody wished to eat it. Yet Sir Walter told them how useful it would be. He said that when the corn- harvest was not good, people did not need to starve if they had a lot of potatoes.

Queen Elizabeth listened to what Sir Walter said, and had potatoes served up at her own table. The people who dined with her majesty were obliged to eat them. But they said that the potato was poisonous, because it belongs to many other poisonous plants. So nobody wanted to eat potatoes, and they were left for the pigs.

The people did not find out their mistake till many years afterwards. The poor potato was forgotten till the reign of the French King Louis XVI, when there lived a Frenchman who grew plants for food. He was sure that he could make the potato a great help to the country. People laughed at him at first and did not want to take any notice of what he said. But he went on growing the potato till it was very good. Even then no one wanted to taste it till the king said that potatoes were good to eat. The king had large pieces of ground planted with potatoes, and he went about with the flower of the potato in his button-hole. Soon people began to find out how good whole­some potatoes were, and they liked them more and more. Now there is hardly any vegetable that is more loved by people.


Vocabulary:

reign - the period of time during which someone is king or queen; Walter Raleigh-Вальтер Ролі, аншійський мореплавець (1552-1618); in search of- to examine carefully in order to find a person or thing; to starve - to suffer or die from hunger; to serve up - to supply, give food to people at a meal; to be obliged to do sth - to do something as a favour or in answer to a request;

to take any notice - to pay attention to something or someone; wholesome - healthy, suggesting good health.
Post-listening I. Mark true (+) or false (-) statements.

        1. In the reign of Queen Elizabeth two books were brought to England.

        2. Sir Walter had sailed across the seas to America in search of new lands.

        3. At first people did not like the potato at all.

        4. Everybody wanted to eat it.

        5. The people who dined with her majesty were obliged to eat potatoes.

        6. Nobody wanted to eat potatoes.

        7. There lived a Frenchman who grew plants for food.

        8. He went on growing the potato till it was very good.

        9. The king had large pieces of ground planted with potatoes.

        10. Now there is hardly any vegetable that is more loved by pigs.

        11. Find out what the main idea of the text is.

          1. Fill in the blanks.

            1. In the of Queen Elizabeth two plants were brought to England.

            2. Sir Walter had across the seas to America of new lands.

            3. At first people did not like the at all.

            4. The people who dined with her majesty to eat them.

            5. So nobody wanted to potatoes, and they were left for the pigs.

            6. The poor potato was till the reign of French King Louis XVI.

            7. People laughed at him at first and did not want to take any of what

he said.

            1. The king had large pieces of ground with potatoes.

            2. He went about with the of the potato in his button-hole.

            3. Now there is hardly any that is more loved by people.



Reading Comprehension

  1. Text 1.

CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS

In the fifteenth century people knew only three continents: Europe, Asia, and Africa. They knew nothing about such a big continent as Amer­ica.

The man who was thought to be the discoverer of America was born in 1451 in Italy. His name was Christopher Columbus. He became a sailor at an early age. Knowing that the Earth was round, he decided to reach India by sailing to the west. It was very difficult for him to organise his expedition as nobody wanted to help him. Many years after the Spanish government gave him some money for his expedition. He was able to set sail only in 1492, on the 3rd of August.

The voyage was very dangerous and difficult. His men insisted on returning home, but Columbus did everything he could to make them con­tinue their westward voyage. On the 12th of October, his ships reached land. When they landed, they saw strange trees and flowers. Men and women with olive-coloured skins gathered around them and looked at them with great surprise. It was one of the Bahama Islands. But Christopher Columbus thought it was one of the islands which lie off the coast of Asia and called it San Salvador.

Columbus's second voyage to America took place in 1493. This time he discovered some other islands of the West Indies and made some settle­ments there.

On the third voyage he came to South America.

In 1502 he made his last voyage. This time he coasted along the shores of Central America. In 1506 he died in Spain being sure that he had reached Asia and knowing nothing of his great discovery of the New World.

Vocabulary:

discoverer - a person who has made a discovery;

to be able to - to have the power, means or opportunity;

to insist - to urge strongly against opposition; to declare that a pur­pose cannot be changed;


Bahama Islands - Багамські острови;

settlement - a group of houses and buildings where people live, in an area where no group lived before;

discovery - the act of discovering something.


    1. Comprehension check. Make the choice.

      1. In the ... century people knew only three continents.

        1. thirteenth;

        2. fifteenth;

        3. seventeenth.

      2. In the fifteenth century people knew only ...

        1. three continents;

        2. four continents;

        3. five continents.

      3. The man who was thought to be the discoverer of America was born in 1451 in...

        1. Italy;

        2. Austria;

        3. Japan.

      4. His name was ...

        1. Christopher Columbus;

        2. Marco Polo;

        3. Yuriy Gagarin.

      5. Knowing that the Earth was round, he decided to reach India ...

        1. by train;

        2. by sailing;

        3. by plane.

      6. Many years after the ... government gave him some money for his expedition.

        1. Spanish;

        2. Italian;

        3. Greek.

      7. On the ... his ships reached land.

        1. 25th of September;

        2. 12th of October;

        3. 20th of October.

      8. Men and women with ... skins gathered around them and looked at them with great surprise.

  1. red-coloured;

  2. olive-coloured;

  3. black-coloured.

9. It was one of the...

      1. Aland Islands;

      2. Bahama Islands;

      3. Aleutian Islands.

10. In ... he made his last voyage.

      1. 1502;

      2. 1493;

      3. 1602.


TEXT 2.

A FILM STAR

Pauline loved the cinema and wanted to become a film star. When she was twelve, she said to her parents, "I want to be a film star".

But it was not an easy task. After she left school, she got into films - not as a star - she became one of the people in a crowd scene.

One evening the man at the agency called her up and said, "There's a job for you tomorrow, Pauline. Come at eight o'clock. You'll be a secre­tary".

Pauline reached the studios at a quarter to eight. She waited three hours before they came to her scene. The scene was very short: the star, a famous American actor, came and stopped in front of where Pauline was sitting.

"I want you to look at Harry when he comes in," explained the director, "and say, 'Mr Marlowe, there's a call for you!' Can you say that?"

Pauline said that she could and did everything the director told her to do.

The director was very pleased, and the star smiled at her. "That's great," said the director, "Thanks". Pauline was very happy that evening.

Some months later she booked two seats for the premiere and went to see her film with Michael, her boy friend. It was a good film but there was no Pauline in it. Her scene together with many other unimportant scenes had been cut out.



Post-reading

Choose the right answers to the questions.



    1. What did Pauline love?

      1. the theatre;

      2. the cinema;

      3. the circus.

    2. What did she want to be?

      1. a ballet dancer;

      2. an announcer;

      3. a film star.

    3. How old was she when she told her parents about her wish?
      1. thirteen;



  1. twenty;

  2. twelve.

    1. What did she become after leaving school?

      1. one of the people in a crowd scene;

      2. one of the assistant producers;

      3. one of the film directors.

    2. Who told Pauline about the job?

      1. her friend;

      2. the director of school;

      3. the man at the agency.

    3. When did Pauline come to the studios?

      1. at a quarter to eight;

      2. at a quarter to nine;

      3. at a quarter to ten.

    4. What was her part in the scene?

      1. to say, 'Mr Marlowe, there's a call for you!'

      2. to say, 'Mrs Marlowe, there's a call for you!'

      3. to say, 'Mr Marlowe, there's a present for you!'

    5. How did she act?

      1. very well;

      2. terribly;

      3. awfully.

    6. How did Pauline feel that evening?

      1. she was very sad;

      2. she was very happy;

      3. she was very unhappy.

    7. What happened finally?

      1. Pauline's scene had been cut out.

      2. Pauline had ruined her part.

      3. Pauline didn't go to see the film.

Writing Comprehension 9-th Form
1. Suppose you are a guide. Describe the most interesting regions in Ukraine. Recommend the tourists to visit one of them, give your reasons.
2. Describe the ideal day off you would like to have. Choose any place in the world which appeals to you.
3. You are to write a short article entitled

*Sports in Ukraine*. What would you like to write about. Do not forget to write about your favourite sportsman.


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