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МИНИСТЕРСТВО ОБРАЗОВАНИЯ И НАУКИ РФ
ФЕДЕРАЛЬНОЕ ГОСУДАРСТВЕННОЕ
БЮДЖЕТНОЕ ОБРАЗОВАТЕЛЬНОЕ УЧРЕЖДЕНИЕ
ВЫСШЕГО ПРОФЕССИОНАЛЬНОГО ОБРАЗОВАНИЯ
«ВОРОНЕЖСКИЙ ГОСУДАРСТВЕННЫЙ
УНИВЕРСИТЕТ»
AboutaBoy
(по произведению Н. Хорнби «AboutaBoy»)
Учебно-методическое пособие для вузов
Издательско-полиграфический центр
Воронежского государственного университета
2012
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Утверждено научно-методическим советом факультета РГФ 16 мая 2012 г.,
протокол № 5
Составители: Муковникова Е.М., Сухарева О.В., Хаханова М.С.
Рецензент: к.п.н. Павловская Г.А.
Учебно-методическое пособие подготовлено на кафедре английского языка в
профессиональной
международной
деятельности
факультета
РГФ
Воронежского государственного университета.
Рекомендуется для студентов 2 и 3 курсов факультета международных
отношений Воронежского государственного университета для специальности
031900 – Международные отношения
В основе пособия лежит работа с художественным произведением (романом
современного английского писателя Ника Хорнби «Aboutaboy») и
одноимённой экранизацией книги. Авторы книги и фильма показывают
жизнь современного британского общества: его социокультурные
особенности, а также проблемы и недостатки. В пособии находят отражение
такие, актуальные для студентов, жизненные аспекты как:
• одиночество в семье, проблема отцов и детей;
• проблемы взаимоотношений со сверстниками;
• проблема субкультур;
• проблема влияния кумиров на мировоззрение молодёжи;
• проблема предательства;
• первая любовь.
Цельюданного пособия является интеграция аудиторной и самостоятельной
работы, направленная на взаимосвязанное развитие всех видов речевой
деятельности. Необходимость интеграции аудиторной и самостоятельной
работы студентов по английскому языку обусловлена требованиями
Федерального
государственного
образовательного
стандарта
(3го
поколения).
Данная цель достигается в процессе решения следующих задач:
• Взаимосвязанное
развитиеаудирования;
дилогической,
монологической,
полилогической
речи;
ознакомительного,
поискового, просмотрового, изучающего чтения, письма.
• Развитие
умений
собирать,
систематизировать,
обобщать,
интерпретировать, анализировать информацию;
• Формирование умений поиска информации в Интернет;
• Обогащение знаний студентов о культуре страны изучаемого языка
иактуализация их представлений о ней.
Каждый раздел данного курса имеет свою тематику и единообразную
структуру. На первом этапе – Lead-in – осуществляется ввод в ситуацию и
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проблематику общения данного раздела. Студентам предлагается ответить на
вопросы, связанные с личным опытом или знаниями по проблеме. Второй
этап – Watching – представляет собой работу с видео фрагментом
фильма.Надо отметить, что для снижения риска неудачи при просмотре,
необходимо подготовить обучающихся к восприятию аудитивного текста,
что и обеспечивается домашним заданием (чтением фрагмента книги), когда
внимание обучающихся фокусируется на новых лексических единицах и
фактическом материале.Для использования обучающих возможностей во
всей полноте просмотр на данном этапе сопровождается комплексом
поэтапных заданий: предпросмотровых (pre-viewing), во время просмотра
(whileviewing) и послепросмотровых (post-viewing). Третий этап раздела –
Reading –– представляет собой выполнение заданий по прочитанному
фрагменту книги, одно из которыхсодержит вопрос, который задает
проблему для последующего обсуждения.Ответить на него студенты могут,
просмотрев видео фрагмент и выполнив задания во время просмотра
(whilewatching). Таким образом, развитие умений аудирования происходит во
взаимодействии с формированием умений чтения.Четвёртый этап –
Vocabularywork – блок заданий по работе с лексикой –– готовит студентов к
работе на пятом этапе – Speaking. Итак, чтение фрагментов книги, просмотр
эпизодов фильма и выполнение заданий по новой лексике создают основу
для говорения. Обсуждение проблемы происходит в разных формах:
монологическое и/или диалогическое высказывание, дискуссия, круглый
стол. Работа завершается выполнением проектного задания на шестом этапе
– Project.Студентам предлагается подготовить презентацию по одной из
культуроведческих тем, вытекающих из обсуждаемой проблематики, или
выполнить переводческий проект.
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Introduction
Lead-in
1. Do you often read for pleasure? Are you a prolific reader? Do you think books can
broaden our ways of thinking?
A: I've been a devourer of books ever since I was able to read...
2. Work in pairs. Discuss with your partner and write the adjectives under the different
book genres.
absorbing
compulsive reading
bedtime reading
an easy read
dull
impossible to put down
a page-turner
entertaining
chilling
readable
enigmatic
macabre
uplifting
beautifully written
spine-tingling
slow-moving
gripping
thought-provoking
laughable
compelling
light
long-drawn-out
depressing
witty
heavy-going
whimsical
serious
controversialrealisticamusing
science
fiction
romance
historical
fiction
thriller
fantasy
poetry
detective
fiction
3. Work with a partner.
Most people have their own favourite book genres. They prefer funny and smart ones; books that
teach and those that entertain; pages best turned at the beach, on a plane, or sick in bed; books
that ease them toward sleep or keep them up late at night.
Ask each other about your choices of books and say what you like about them, and what you are
not so fond of. Try to use expressions in Useful language.
A: What kinds of book do you prefer: lightweight
bedtime reading or thought-provoking ones?
B: Over the years I have read all sorts of books. I find
though now, that I look for light, escapist reading.
What about you?
A: I’m hooked on compelling tales of mystery and love
(fantasy, vampire fiction, mystery,etc).
B: What do you like especially about…
A: I really enjoy … . Is there anything you don’t like?
B: I dislike non-fiction for the most part just because I
read to escape the world, not to learn more about its
horrors …
Useful language
Expressing likes and dislikes
fond of …
keen on …
I’m (really) crazy about …
addicted to …
hooked on …
fond of
I’m not (very) interested in…
keen on
interesting
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I find …
(really)
hate ….
I (really)
(absolutely)
enjoyable
relaxing
fascinating
exciting,
etc.
dislike …
can’t stand …
4. Work in groups.
First read sentences 1-4 and decide (individually) whether you agree or disagree. Think
about examples you can use to support your point of view.
a. The hand-held paper book is going to become extinct.
b. It’s more enjoyable to browse dusty library stacks than download virtual texts.
c. Listening to audiobooks can’t be considered reading. You can only read a book if
you are flipping though the pages.
d. Reading books is better than watching their film versions. You can use your
imagination to picture the characters while in a film, all the work has been done
for you by the film maker.
Now say what you think about the sentences. The other students agree or disagree.
5.
a.
b.
c.
d.
Answer the following questions.
What does the title of the book “About a Boy” make you think about?
What kind of book is it? What kind of readers is it aimed at?
Would it make a good film? Why/why not?
Try to predict what the book is going to be about. Is it likely to have a happy ending?
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Unit 1 A Man is an Island
Chapters 1-4
Lead-in
1. What is a modern family like? (a nuclear family, a single-parent family, an extended
family)
2. What kind of family can be a good example of an ideal family in your opinion?
Watching
1. Watch the following episode (00:25 – 06:50 / 11:47 – 13:23) and mark the sentences T
(true), F (false) or NS (nothing said).
1. Will is fed up with his bachelor life.
2. Marcus likes animals.
3. Marcus likes going to school.
4. Will accepts the offer to become Imogene`s Godfather.
5. Will likes kids.
6. Marcus doesn`t protest against his mum`s taking him to school.
7. Will likes kids.
8. Schoolmates find Marcus weird.
9. Will`s friends think it`s high time he had a family.
10. Will is separated (marital status).
2.Watch the following episode (00:25 – 02:05) fill in the gaps andanswer the questions:
“In my opinion, (1)_____ men are islands. And what`s more, (2)_____`s the time to be one. This
is an island (3)_____. A hundred years ago, you had to (4) _____ on other people. No one had
TV or CDs or DVDs or videos… or (5) _____ _____ _____. Whereas now, you see, you can
make (6)_____ a little island (7)_____. With the right (8)_____ and the right (9)_____. You can
be (10) _____, tropical, a magnet for young Swedish tourists”.
11. How do you understand the phrase “No man is an island”? Comment on it.
12. Does Will agree with the statement? What`s his opinion?
13. Will compares himself with _____(name of the island).
3. Watch the following episode (02:05 – 03:05) andanswer the questions:
1. Can you say that Marcus is an island? Explain your opinion.
2. Marcus doesn`t reckon himself among the people who have a good time in life. Why?
3. Which words and expressions from the box below might be used to describe Marcus and
Will? Expand your answer.
Peculiar; pessimistic; confident; unsociable; inquisitive; even-tempered; thrifty; reliable; sincere;
easy-going; confident; self-centered; relaxed; introverted; kind-hearted; shy.
Reading
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1. What are your impressions of Marcus and Will? In what ways are they different or
similar? While reading start comparing the main characters of the story. Fill in the
table with the necessary information and keywords :
Marcus
Will
Characters
Appearance
Interests/ hobbies/ free time
Attitude to school/ job
Relationship with opposite sex
Attitude to family relationship
Values
2. Answer the following questions:
1. What are your impressions of Marcus’s parents? What is their relationship like after divorce?
Is such kind of relationship common for modern family?
2. Why does Marcus find it difficult to fit in at school? Is his mother capable of helping him?
3. Does Will seem to be lonely?
4. Why hasn’t he settled down yet? Do you think he has any hidden depths (despite the fact that
he’s terrified of the idea of having children)?
Vocabulary work
1. Read the chapters attentively.
Work with a partner. Discuss the meaning of the following idioms. How would you
express the same ideas in your own language? Restore the context (say who these
idioms relate to).
a) To take/grasp the bull by the horns
b) To burn the candle at both ends
c) To give smb a hard time
2. Complete the sentences with prepositions from the box. Then talk to your friend. Take
turns to ask each other these questions.
throughx2
out
upx2
around
into
upon
inofx2
a) When you plan to enter into a lifelong partnership, is it important for you whether your
parents approve _____ your fiancé?
b) Is it a problem for you to fill ____ the time on holiday? Do you zap _____ the channels or
wander ____ the streets?
c) Do you keep ____ touch with your school friends/ex?
d) What things remind you ___ your childhood?
e) Are you capable of toughing ____ stressful situations? How do you manage to get _____
them?
f) Have you ever burst ___ tears in public?
g) Do your parents frown ___ computer games/the Internet?
h) Do you always own ____ to lies? How does it make you feel?
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3. Find the word or phrase which means the same as the following. Find Russian
equivalents.
a) from time to time, occasionally
b) to talk or complain in a loud way because you feel strongly
about something
c) to see smth for a moment, but not very clearly
d) very shocked and upset by something very bad or unpleasant
e) pale and tired
f) having no money
g) to look at a lot of things in a shop rather than looking for one
particular thing
h) to become red in the face because you are embarrassed or
ashamed
i) too interested in things that do not concern you, inquisitive
j) to make a serious, angry or worried expression
4. Guess what two semantic groups the following vocabulary can be divided into.
to split up
to take to smb
weird
to patronize
potty
to go round the twist
to launch into a relationship
a meaningless fling
odd
a turning point
to strike up a rapport/relationship with
shallow
a weirdo
to come to terms with smb
insane
Speaking
1.Discussion questions
1. What kind of family do Russians tend to live in nowadays? Nuclear families or singleparent families? Is the situation in Britain the same?
2. What is the best age to settle down and have children?
3. How important is the family in forming basic values and world outlook? How does it
happen?
2.Role play
Imagine you are Will. What is your personal motto that you try to live by? Describe your attitude
to life using at least 11 words and expressions from the exercises above.
Project
Read the extract from the text you have recently read. Pay attention to the underlined
words. What parts of speech are they? What is a possible translation of the word
combination “let’s-talk-about-this stuff”?
“……but in London it was different. The kids were harder and meaner and less
understanding, and it seemed to him that if his mum had made him change schools just because
she had found a better job, then she should at least have the decency to stop all that let’s-talkabout-this stuff.”
Are there any examples of a similar word formation way in the Russian language? Find out
and give examples.
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Unit 2 A Broken Home
Chapters 5-7
Lead-in
1. Are there many single-parent families in Russia? Are they mostly single mothers or
single fathers? Why?
2. What problems does a single-parent family come across? Are these problems common in
your country?
3. How do they cope with their problems? (state’s help, family, friends, counselling)
Watching
1. Watch the following episode (07:00 – 08:42) and mark the sentences T (true), F (false) or
NS (nothing said).
1. Will is happy to help Angie to look after her son.
2. Angie isn’t exactly what Will is looking for.
3. Will doesn’t want to split up with Angie.
4. Will doesn’t care a pin about single mums.
5. Will knows a lot about kids.
6. Spat – Single People Alone Together.
7. SPAT is open daily.
8. Suzie feels for Will.
9. Will has a 2-year-old son - Ned.
10. Will was preparing for SPAT for 3 days.
2. Watch the following episode (08:30 – 10:45) fill in the gaps and respond to the question:
“She couldn’t stay at my place, and she didn’t have a DVD, or (1) ___ or (2) ___. So we were
always (3) ___ watching some (4) ___ made-for-TV movie about a kid with (5) ___”.
4. For all that, what were the “deep” problems with Angie?
3. Before you watch the episode guess what these words – a self-help society – mean?
Watch the following episode (13:40 – 17:00) fill in the gaps and respond to the questions:
“This was (1) ____. A (2) ____ ____ mine of single mums. I could see the beautiful (3)____ now,
getting (4)____ ____, forgetting their (5)____, ready to (6)____ ____ ____”.
5. How did Will imagine single mums before he had appeared in SPAT?
6. Did the reality in SPAT get in line with Will’s expectations? Expand your answer.
4. Watch the episode (13:40 – 14:00) and fill in the table below:
Questions
Your answers
What does the abbreviation SPAT mean?
What is SPAT’s schedule?
S________________
P________________
A________________
T________________
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Who is SPAT for?
According toyour opinion whatis SPAT’s purpose?
Reading
3. Answerthequestions.
1. How does Marcus feel about his mother’s depression? Is he able to help?
2. How can Fiona’s depression be explained? Is there any way out?
3. Does Marcus manage to work out what is wrong with his mother?
4. What do they usually have for breakfast? Does Marcus like it? What might happen if
Marcus doesn’t get through his “boring stuff”? What do you think of this menu?
5. What does Fiona do? Does she earn enough? What does Fiona say about money?
6. Why does Will want to have an affair with a single mother? What does it say about him?
7. What kind of people appear to be members of SPAT?
Vocabulary work
1. Divide the following words and expressions into the groups according to positive or
negative aspects of relationships they are used to describe.
well-matched couple
to have ups and downs
steady relationship
to break up
close-knit family
genuine misunderstandings
broken home
to cheat on smb
bumpy relationship
strong family ties
heartbroken
to have an affair
love-hate relationship
to row
to lend a sympathetic ear
to have a shoulder to cry on
to be critical of smb
very good
not very good
2.Fill in the correct word derived from the word in bold.
1. It's no news that memory is ….
2. He felt … and full of energy.
3. I complained about my depression but he was totally ….
4. She was … that her hopes would crash.
5. He feels so … after a breakup.
6. She suspected him of being … to her.
7. Pets help to fight ….
8. She and her husband proved to be completely ….
very bad
DECEIT
CHEER
SYMPATHY
FRIGHTEN
DESPAIR
LOYAL
LONELY
COMPATIBLE
Speaking
Discussion questions
1. Are self-help societies useful for people who want to discuss and share their difficulties?
Should they be used as a last resort?
2. Are self-help societies useful for people who want to discuss and share their difficulties?
3. Are there any self-help societies in your country? Are they popular or used as a last
resort?
4. Is it harder to face these difficulties for parents or children?
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Role play
With a partner, act out a dialogue, complaining and expressing sympathy. Spend a few
minutes preparing what you are going to say. For useful language see Functional Bank.
a. Student A. You are Fiona. You feel desperate. Talk to your best friend Suzie and tell
about your problems.
Student B. You are Suzie. You’re a single mother. You understand Fiona very well but
you are more optimistic about life and relationships.
b. Student A. You are Marcus. Your mother is constantly depressed. You can’t understand
the reasons for her crying. Talk to your friend at school and tell about your problems.
Student B. You’re Marcus’s friend. Your parents are divorced. Try to encourage Marcus.
Project
Find information about some well-known self-help societies (like SPAT) in Russia, Great
Britain and United States of America and present it to the class.
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Unit 3 Dead-end
Chapters 8-11
Lead-in
1. Have you ever felt desperate and depressed?
2. What/who helped you to overcome depression?
3. What might the reasons be for single parents to stop struggling?
Watching
1. Watch the episode (17:30 – 23:07)andmark the sentences T (true), F (false) or NS
(nothing said).
1. Will tells the truth about his job.
2. Will’s dad is a singer.
3. Will is annoyed with Marcus.
4. Will says he has 100 000 pounds royalties monthly.
5. Santa’s Super Sleigh is popular all over the world.
6. Will tells Suzie he misses Ned.
7. Marcus killed the duck with his mum’s homemade bread on purpose.
8. Will says to the policeman he killed the duck himself.
9. Marcus says to the policeman his favorite animals are dolphins and sharks.
10. The policeman is going to impose a fine on Will.
2. Watch the episode (17:30 – 18:45)andcomment on the following expressions. Who said
them and when.
-“…had come and picked him up at the last second”.
-“The more the merrier”.
-“Come on, slowcoach”!
-“…Suzie was fine, but now there was that wally who wanted to get off with her”.
-“Pile in, everyone. Look what a mess Ned made of the car seat”.
3. Watch the episode (18:45 – 20:20) and restore the dialogue between Suzie and Will. Do
you think Will wouldn’t answer Suzie’s question if he could? Why did he have to answer?
“S: (1) ____ ____ ____ ____ ____?
W: Me? (2)________.
S: Well, before then.
W: What do you mean, (3) ____ ____ ____ ____?
S: Yeah.
W: I did (4) ____.
S: You’ve never (5) ____?
W: I’ve done the (6) ____ ____ here and there, but, no. (7)____, isn’t it?
S: It’s …
W: Brilliant... What happened, in fact, was that my dad (8) ____ a (9) ____.... in (10) ____, and
it’s quite a (11) ____ ____... and I basically (12) ____ ____ the (13) ____ o f that”.
According to British courtesy people never talk about three things: - religion
- politics
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What is third? There’s a little hint in the episode – namely Marcus’s question, evidently
impolite one.
4.Watch the episode (20:30 – 21:05) and do the following task: all the following words and
expressions describe Marcus’s mum in one way or other. Can you figure out their
meaning? Name the author of each phrase and restore the context.
- every once in a while
- a little off-color
- nuts
- needs a weekend taking it easy
- rested up
5. Watch the episode (21:05 – 23:07) and describe what happened while Marcus was
feeding the ducks using the following words and expressions. Can you characterize Will as
a person ready to take responsibility? Give grounds from the episode.
To kill, to feed, to float, mum’s homemade bread, to throw the whole loaf at a duck, to sink,
getting upset (about Megan), favorite animal, dolphin, to kill sharks with their noses, to wade in.
Reading
1. Put these words and expressions into semantic groups which you consider logical. Name
them.
dispirited
obscure
a junkie
grim
articulate
outrageous
drained
a vagrant
frizzy
to whine
sparky
pathetic
spineless
2. Fill in the table with the words and expressions from the exercise above that best
describe Will, Marcus, Fiona and Suizi.
Will
Marcus
Fiona
Suzie
3. Answer the questions.
1. Do Marcus and Will hit it off at the picnic? Are they likely to become friends and have a
close bond in the future?
2. Is Marcus shocked at the fact of killing a duck or he is afraid of being punished? How
would you feel if you were in his shoes?
3. Does Suzie think much of Will and why? Why doesn’t Will want to own up to his lies?
4. How does Marcus feel about the suicide? Does he blame Fiona for it?
5. Is Will more an observer or a participant? Prove your answer.
6. How does Marcus try to cheer her up? Why did “Groundhog Day” appear to be the
wrong choice?
Vocabulary work
1. Read the chapters attentively.
Work with a partner. Discuss the meaning of the following idioms. How would you express
the same ideas in your own language?
To feel under the weather
To go down the drain
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To take at face value
To lose face
To put two and two together
Boys will be boys
To come to the crunch
2. Complete the following sentences with a suitable idiomatic expression from the list
above. You may have to change the form of the verbs.
a)
b)
c)
d)
e)
__________. They enjoy the fresh air and fishing.
After one day beside the sea, he no longer _________.
He refused to admit he made a mistake because he didn’t want to _______.
She _______ after a long night of partying.
If somebody tries to improve on your invention, and get it patented, all your hard work
________.
f) I have been lucky when it _________ in football but in life you make your own luck.
g) “I don’t see there’s anything to explain. What connection is there between the two
events?” She snorted indignantly. “The connection? The connection is obvious to anyone
who can ________”.
h) I usually _____ people’s promises ________ and then regret it.
3. Work with a partner. Replace the words underlined in the sentences below with the
multi-word verbs in the box. You may have to change the form of the verbs.
To toughen up
to wade in
to get round to smth/doing smth
to make up
to live off
to rage on
to get cut up
to keel over
Tell your partner about someone you know who …
a)
b)
c)
d)
e)
f)
g)
h)
isdifficult to stop when she/he is talking about politics.
canneverfind time to answer letters.
can’t help intervening in a fight.
who gets terribly upsetabout bad marks.
whoreceives money from royalties.
is fond of inventing stories.
needsto become stronger and learn to cope with difficulties.
whofainted when heard the awful news.
4. Find the English equivalents of the following
Установить разницу/различия, потерять нить/след/связь между вещами, заснуть в слезах,
взъерошить волосы, настаивать на чем-либо, обвинять в чем-либо, ему пришло в голову,
ловить такси, автомат для продажи напитков,совпадение
Speaking
Discussion questions
1. “Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem” (Phil Donahue) Do you agree?
2. Are there any situations in our life which can be considered dead-end? Can committing
suicide in this case be justified?
3. What/who can help depressed people to feel hopeful again?
Role-play
a. Imagine you are Will. Describe your first impressions of Marcus.
b. Imagine you are Marcus. Describe your impressions of Will.
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Project
Read the extract from the text you have recently read. Pay attention to an underlined
word. What is a possible translation of the word?
“…while Will stood awkwardly on the pavement with Marcus. Marcus had shown no interest in
him whatsoever, although he could hardly claim to have made a vigorous effort to get to know
the boy.”
Use the following words in the contexts of your own:
However
Whenever
Wherever
Whoever
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Unit 4 Odd Man Out
Chapters 12-14
Lead-in
1. Read the following sayings and say which one you agree with.
«Looks are deceptive».
«Clothes count for first impressions”.
Should we take people at face value?
2. What can the way we dress, our work and hobbies reveal about us?
3. Why do people find alternative way of life appealing? (hippy culture, vegetarianism,
feminism) Is it a way to rebel or find meaning of life?
Watching
1.Watch the episode (11:00 – 11:45 / 23:23 – 26:45)andmark the sentences T (true), F (false)
or NS (nothing said).
1. Marcus’s mum works with kids.
2. Marcus’s mum has problems with her job.
3. Marcus knows the reason of his mum’s crying.
4. Will realizes that driving fast behind the ambulance is fantastic.
5. Fiona is going to be ok.
6. Marcus is afraid his mum may try to commit suicide again.
7. Marcus’s mum is going to stay in hospital for two weeks.
8. Marcus is going to stay overnight at Will’s place.
9. Will is worried about Fiona.
10. Will compares life with a TV show.
2. Watch the episode (25:23 – 25:47) restore the following dialogue and answer the
questions. “- Are you with (1) ____ Brewer?
-Yes? I’m her friend Suzie. This is Marcus and Will.
- She is (2) ____ well, but we’ll (3) ____ her (4) ____. I’m going to get a (5) ____ form for
Ms.Brewer so the boy can (6) ____ with (7) ____ ____ tonight.
- Right. So my (8) ____or yours? … Sorry...”
9. What kind of emotions made Will to ask the last question? Why did he say “sorry” just after?
10. Can you say Suzie thinks much of Will? Why/why not? Give your grounds using expressions
from what you have already watched.
3. Watch the episode(25:55 – 26:45) and restore the following context. What can you infer
from Will’s speculation about his personality?
“All in all, this was very (1) ____. But I wouldn’t (2) ____ to do it every night. The thing is, a
person’s (3) ____ is like a (4) ____ ____. I was the (5) ____ of The Will Show. And The Will
Show wasn’t an (6) ____ drama. (7)____ came and went but I was the (8) ____. It (9) ____ ____
to me, and me alone. If Marcus` mumcouldn’t (10) ____ her own (11) ____, if her (12) ____
were falling, it was (13) ____, but that was (14)____ ____. (15)____, the whole single-mum (16)
____ ____was a bit (17) _____ for me”.
4. Watch the episode (32:20 – 33:36). Fill in the table with the words Marcus andWill
describe their impression Fiona’s looks made on them.
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Will
“At least she looked (1)_______. I had her put
on that (2)_______ (3)_______ jumper... ...and
the (4)_______ she got from her friend that
went to Zimbabwe.”
“As for his mum, she was clearly (5)_______
...and appeared to be wearing some kind of
(6)_______ costume. This had better be quick.
We were definitely not ordering (7)______.”
5. Watch the episode (33:36 – 34:25) where Fiona and Marcus sing a famous song “Killing
Me Softly with His Song”. Describe the impression Fiona makes on you.Do you think your
impression has something in common with her character?
Reading
1.Which alternative things does Fiona prefer?Complete the table.
Looks
- hair
- clothes
Style
Food
Health
Music
Relationships
Values
2. Answer the questions:
1. How is Ellie’s reaction to Kurt Cobain’s death different from Marcus’s? Why?
2. What is Ellie’s attitude to life? Why does she think that Kurt Cobain “understood her”?
3. What does Ellie usually do to prove her motto?
4. What Nirvana’s songs does Marcus recollect? Do they mean anything to him?
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5. Marcus is convinced that “injustice of this world” is not the real reason of Ellie’s
dissatisfaction? Why?
1. Why does Will agree to take Marcus and Fiona out?
2. Do you think Will and Fiona is a perfect match? Why/Why not?
3. Why does Will decide to stay away from this family after all? Does Fiona put him off?
4. Why does Marcus visit Will? How do you regard his behaviour? Do you feel sympathetic
with the boy?
Vocabulary work
1. Complete the sentences with an appropriate word or words that are synonymic to the
expressions in brackets. The first letter is already given.
1. I have never c… living abroad. (consider, think about)
2. I'm always d… by the city lights. (amazed, impressed, overwhelmed)
3. I am in favour of p… l… for men. (time away from work granted to a father to care for
an baby)
4. I’m not good at j… life and a job. (deal with two or more activities at the same time)
5. I’m dreaming of e… on a career in journalism. (start something new and difficult)
6. I f… the most popular night clubs in the city. (visit a particular place often)
7. I’m not a l…-a… person. (obeying the law, living by the book)
8. I’m deeply concerned about the world’s a… environmental problems. (very serious and
severe)
9. Although I love singing I can’t c… a t…. (accurately sing a melody)
10. I have a really close b… with my grandparents. (an emotional link or connection)
11. I’m always b… by the end of the month. (have no money)
Are any of the statements true for you? Discuss with a partner.
2. Fill in the correct word derived from the word in bold.
a) Do you think your collection will increase in value in the … future? FORESEE
b) A sensible man watches for problems ahead and prepares to meet them. The … never
looks, and suffers the consequences. SIMPLE
c) She is … found raiding the refrigerator late in the evening. FREQUENT
d) He was … by the warmth of her smile. DAZZLE
e) When you watch it you can see that the actors aren't relaxed and self-confident, they're so
… in front of the camera. CONSCIOUSNESS
f) The hippie subculture … that rejectsrules and conventions of traditional lifestyle. MOVE
g) … is a diet which excludes meat and dairy products.VEGETARIAN
h) Meditation and animal therapy are … ways of treating disease.CONVENTION
i) The gothic subculture is a contemporary subculture which is growing in … in many
countries nowadays.POPULAR
j) Please don’t forget to complete the … application form. ENCLOSE
k) What I especially liked about her was a … of freckles on her cheeks. SPRINKLE
l) She was … aware that she had been treating her friends badly.DIM
m) Despite the fact that the pace of new bankruptcies has slowed, a lot of companies are still
under pressure and battling to stay …. FLOAT
n) Punks are youngand…. They don't like to dress appropriately because it is a way to
express their hatred to the mainstream culture.REBEL
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Discussion questions
1. Do you think the first impression you leave always reflect what is inside you?
2. Do your first impressions of people usually last?
3. Do you belong to any subculture?
4. Have you ever wanted to rebel against traditional clothing styles or reject a traditional
lifestyle?
5. Does belonging to a subculture have a positive or negative effect on a person? Why?
Role play
With a partner, act out a dialogue, inviting and accepting or refusing.Spend a few minutes
preparing what you are going to say.
Student A. You are Marcus. Invite Will to come round for dinner.
Student B. You are Will. You don’t want to go to Fiona’s place. In the end you decide to
accept/to refuseMarcus’s invitation.
Singing
"Killing Me Softly with His Song" is a 1971 song composed by
Charles Fox and Norman Gimbel. It was inspired by Lori Lieberman's
response to having seen a performance by Don McLean.
Lori Liebermanwas the first to record Fox and Gimbel's song, in 1971.
It became a bigger hit when covered by Roberta Flack in 1973. Her
version won three Grammy Awards: Song of the Year, Record of the
Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Female Performer and it
was number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for 4 weeks.
1. Choose the words from the box to complete the song. Compare your answers with a
partner. Then listen and check your answers.
words (X2) letters stranger despair through clear finish right style knew read
strumming fever strong
Killing Me Softly With His Song
Charles Gimble, Norman Fox
(Roberta Flack)
_______ my pain with his fingers,
Singing my life with his _______,
Killing me softly with his song,
Killing me softly with his song,
Telling my whole life with his _______,
Killing me softly with his song ...
I heard he sang a good song, I heard he had a ______.
And so I came to see him to listen for a while.
And there he was this young boy, a ______ to my eyes.
…………………….
I felt all flushed with _______, embarrassed by the _______,
I felt he found my _______ and _______ each one out loud.
I prayed that he would _______ but he just kept _______ on
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He sang as if he _______ me in all my dark _______.
And then he looked right ________ me as if I wasn't there.
But he just came to singing, singing _______ and _______.
……………………..
2. How did you feel when you listened to the song?What did you imagine while listening to
the song?
Project
1. Find out some information about the following subcultures, their roots and development:
a. feminism
b. the hippie subculture
c. vegetarianism
2. Fiona likes the song “Killing Me Softly with His Song” which is very close to her soul
habitude. Find information about singers or bands popular among modern teenagers in Britain.
Present an English song you can say reflects your personality, your world view, your mood. Give
information about the authors and the origin of the song. Say why you like this song.
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Unit 5 Bullying
Chapters15-18
Lead-in
1. What are the problems school children usually face?
2. Why are some children singled out and terrorized?(looks, style, clothes, music tastes,
behaviour, etc.)
3. Divide the following words into groups which you find logical.
eccentric, hot-headed, gifted, impulsive, depressed, anxious, sad, weird, brainy, tense, cruel,
clever, nerdy, sociable, reserved, polite, friendly, dominant, lonely, bossy, kind-hearted
Which words would you use to describe a bully? A child who is bullied at school?
Watching
1. Watch the episode (11:47 – 12:12) with the sound off and guess what happened. Then
turn the sound on and check your guess.
2. Look through the sayings below. Watch the episode (12:20 – 13:15) and name the
authors of each saying.
Author
Saying
(1) “Are you going to computer club later?”
(2) “Madonna! Go on, give us a song!”
(3) “You made me lose my football.”
(4) “..we don't really want you hanging around with us anymore.”
(5) “They've got nothing to do with me.”
(6) “We never had trouble with them before we started hanging out
with you.”
(7) “Besides, everyone thinks you're weird.”
Why do you think Marcus is bullied?
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Reading
Answer the questions:
1. Why does visiting Will become so necessary for Marcus? How does Will feel about that?
2. Is their friendship developing? Does Will notice any motion of paternal love towards
Marcus?How does Will influence Marcus and vice versa?
3. How do they spend time together? What do they talk about?
4. Why is Marcus bullied at school? Why isn’t there any understanding of Marcus’s
eccentricities?
5. Why is Will so concerned about Marcus’s problems at school? What makes him react
immediately? Does it make Marcus feel happy?
6. Who shows more consideration for his problems at school – Fiona or Will? According to
Marcus, Will “knows things”. What are the “things”?
7. Why doesn’t Fiona notice new trainers?
8. Why don’t schoolboys “appreciate” his new purchase? What do they want to demonstrate
by stealing his new trainers?
9. Why does Marcus start to rebel against Fiona? (being a vegetarian, music, visiting Will)
10. Why does Marcus bring up the subject of “father figure”? Does he need one?
Vocabulary work
1а Complete the following collocations with the verbs in the box. Some verbs can be used
more than once.
give get call lack stand follow
blend have lose keep
to … smb a hard time
to … into fights
to … temper
to … up for oneself
to … out of smb’s way
to … smb on one’s side
to … smb names
to … self-confidence
to … with the crowd
bComplete the sentences with an appropriate phrase above. You may have to change the
form of the verbs.
1. Children who frequently ___ their peers ________ are more likely than others to smoke
or ________.
2. Children have to know that they ___________ who is willing to help them.
3. While it is natural to protect your child by solving the problem for him, it’s better to
teach him to ____________.
4. Children who ____________ usually expect failure and can’t cope with their schoolwork
successfully.
5. James was a shy boy who never wanted to be the centre of attention. He always tried to
__________.
6. Bullies offend their classmates by teasing them or ____________.
7. There are times when even the best parents become too nervous and _________.
8. If you don’t want to get into trouble with those hooligans, you’d better __________.
2. Workwithapartner. Match the idioms in A with the definitions in B. How would you
express the same ideas in your own language?
A
To lose/keep temper
B
to take a risk or to use the opportunities that you have
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and hope that things will happen in the way that you
want
To have a mind of one’s own
To make up one’s mind
To take one’s chances
To be off/out of one’s head
to no longer have any contact with smb/smth
to get rid of smb/smth so you no longer have the
problems they cause
to do something unacceptable, to behave in a rude and
shocking way
to have your own opinion and make you own
decisions without being influenced by other people
On the spur of the moment
to understand smth in the wrong way
To lose touch with
to decide smth
To take smb under one’s wing
to fail/manage to control your anger
To get the wrong end of the stick
suddenly, without planning in advance
To get/have one’s own way
To be/get shot of smb/smth
To have the/a cheek to do smth
crazy; not knowing what you are saying or doing
because of the effects of alcohol or drugs
to take care of and help smb who has less experience
of smth than you
to get or do what you want, especially when smb has
tried to stop you
3. Find the English equivalents of the following.
подумывать/помышлять/обдумыватьидею, сдерживатьулыбку, битьпосамомубольному
(слабоеместо, ахиллесовапята), промокшийнасквозь, не усложнять себе жизнь,прибегнуть
к (сарказму), увиливать от разговора, уличный музыкант, вертеть в руках, быть в долгу,
неброский
4. Fill in the correct word derived from the word in bold.
a)
b)
c)
d)
e)
f)
g)
It is not enough to be …. You must also act.COMPASSION
Fear has its use but … has none. (Mahatma Gandhi) COWARD
Using politically correct language is … in itself.
OFFEND
… of pop culture is exhausting
RAUCOUS
A pessimist is never ….DISAPPOINT
Love, by its very nature, is ….
WORLD
Opportunities? They are all around us waiting for the ... eye to discover them.OBSERVE
Speaking
Discussion questions
1. Is bullying widely spread in modern schools?
2. Is it an inevitable part of school life?
3. Why is the atmosphere in the classroom friendly or unfriendly? What does it depend on
(teacher, pupils, etc.)?
4. Are parents able to support and help children who are bullied?
5. Does peer pressure have a negative or positive influence on teenagers?
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Role play
With a partner, act out a dialogue, giving advice to your best friend. Spend a few minutes
preparing what you are going to say.
Student A. Your classmates give you a hard time at school. You don’t see a way out. You are
scared and depressed.
Student B. Your best friend is bullied at school. You feel sorry and want to help.
Look at the conversation pieces below. Decide in what circumstances they are used and
what emotions they express. (E.g. surprise, agreement, disagreement, sympathy, etc.). Try
to use them in your dialogues.
You’re kidding!
Gosh!
Don’t be ridiculous!
That’s the way it goes.
Goodforyou!
Never!
Mygoodness!
Thesethingshappen.
That’sincredible!
Oh, howlovely!
I’ll bet
You know how it is.
“Eh?”
It isn’t the end of the world
You’ve lost me
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Unit 6 Ever Played Truant?
Lead-in
1. Have you ever played truant? Why/why not?
2. In your opinion, what are the reasons for students to stay away from school? (problems at
school, influence of friends, family problems, boredom, etc.)
Watching
1.Will wants to help Marcus. Guess what advice Will is going to give Marcus? Watch the
episode(44:05 – 47:35) and check your guess.Do you believe Will’s advice will work?
2. Watch the episode (44:05 – 47:35) again and mark the sentences T (true), F (false) or NS
(nothing said) after watching the episode.
1. The kids give Marcus hard time at school.
2. According to Marcus one of the reasons for being bullied is singing.
3. Marcus doesn’t cope with the situation.
4. Marcus never talks about his problems with his mum.
5. Will is going to take Marcus to the headmistress' office.
6. Marcus didn’t like new trainers.
7. The trainers cost 60 pounds.
8. The trainers were all the rage.
9. Will was happy to make Marcus happy.
10. Marcus was afraid Fiona wouldn’t approve of the present.
3. Answer the following questions:
1.
2.
3.
4.
According to Marcus what is the reason of being bullied out at school?
Does Marcus cope with this situation?
What is Will’s resolution?
What would you advise?
Answering the questions use the following words and expressions from the movie. Place
them in the original context:
To chuck sweets; to give smb a hard time; singing without noticing; to be invisible; nothing to
do about; the headmistress` office; to take smb shopping; to blend in with the crowd; trendy; to
be hit by an extraordinary rush of well-being; a natural high.
4. Listen to the episode(47:37 – 47:55) and guess what happened with Marcus’s new
trainers? Watch the episode and check your guess.
Reading
Answer the questions.
1. What are the chances for Marcus to become a habitual truant?
2. Why does Marcus lose his temper with the headmistress? What are ‘survival strategies’
she talksabout? Does she really sympathize with Marcus? Why (not)?
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3. Marcus has never been cheeky to a teacher before, hasn’t he? What does he feel as soon
as he leavesMrs Morrison’s office? Why?
4. What are Marcus’s speculations about truants?
5. Why has Will decided to take Marcus under his wing?
Vocabulary work
1. Divide the following words and expressions into groups which you find logical.
to play truant
to get cross
to attend school
to bunk off school
to let off steam
to blow one’s top
to stay away from school
to keep one’s hair on
to punish
to motivate
to set a bad example
to combat truancy
2. Complete the sentences with an appropriate word. The first letter is already given.
1. Jake used to a… classes but now plays t… all the time.
2. My brother can’t keep his h… on and gets c… easily.
3. Brandon s… a bad example for his classmates.
4. Unfortunately some kids are never punished for b… off school.
5. Parents as well as schools are responsible for c… truancy in middle schools.
3. a. Replace the words underlined in the sentences with the words and phrases below. You
may have to change the form of the verbs.
to ask forfavours, hilarious, to nag atsmb, sulky, to keep one’s feet on the ground, scruffy, to
blush, cheeky
b. Tell your partner about someone you know who …
a) isbad-tempered and constantly shows dissatisfaction.
b) isshabby and untidy.
c) isrude or disrespectful in an amusing way.
d) isboisterous, joyful and very funny.
e) annoys you by continual complaining or faultfinding.
f) is very sensible and realistic.
g) oftenbecomes red in the face.
h) continuously asks you to do something to help them
4. Give English equivalents to the following words and expressions from the text.
(1)шантажировать; (2) он ничего не мог с собой поделать; (3) не попадаться кому-либо на
пути; (4) оскорблять; (5) нахальный; (6)настоящий прогульщик; (7)«среди бела дня»; (8)
мало-помалу; (9) бродяга; (10) быть сытым по горло чем-то/кем-то; (11)
вызыватьподозрение, (12) сыгратьвничью, (14) просчитать время до секунды, (14)
раздавитькакбукашку, (15) «промывать мозги»
Speaking
Discussionquestions
1. What is a typical truant like?
2. Truancy can cause a child a lot of problems. What are they?
3. What are the possible ways to combat truancy?
Role play
With a partner, act out a dialogue, apologizing, offering an excuse and accepting or
rejecting an apology. Spend a few minutes preparing what you are going to say.
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1. You are Marcus. You feel sorry for being rude. Apologise to Mrs Morrison and explain why
you behaved like that.
2. You are late for school. Apologise to your teacher.
3. You couldn’t attend your best friend’s birthday party. Apologise to him/her.
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Unit 7 Friends for life
Chapters 19-21
Lead-in
1. Friendship is the most important relationship. Do you agree? Why? Why not?
2. What qualities do you think are important in a friend?What makes friends different from
family?
Watching
1. How do you think lonely people spent holidays, Christmas for instance?
Watch the episode (52:28 – 53:19) and fill in the gaps:
“I was going to spend this Christmas the way I (1)__________ did: (2)__________
___________ and getting (3)____________ and _____________.”
2. Watch the episode (52:28 – 53:19) one more time. What is the name of the video Will is
watching? Are its characters right in your opinion?
Reading
Answer the questions.
1. What drives Marcus to get acquainted with Ellie? What kind of person is she?
2. What are Ellie’s interests? Why do you think she is always in trouble? Do you like her
manner of behaviour?
3. You can see that Marcus takes to her. What kind of interest is it? What makes Ellie be
interested in Marcus? Do they have anything in common?
4. Do you think friendship is possible between them? What will their relationship be like?
5. Does Ellie influence Marcus and how?
Vocabulary work
1. Divide the following words into groups which you find logical?
sensitive
critical
considerate
loyal
reliable
mean
generous
forgiving
a good listener
pushy quarrelsome
envious
self-important
Which words would you use to describe a good friend?
2. Complete the sentences with prepositions from the box.
for
behind
in
off
onх2
apart
up
downх2
selfish
bossy
out
When I met Tina, we hit it 1) … straightaway. We soon found we had a lot 2) … common and
quickly became close friends. We always had really good discussions about everything that was
important to us at the time: literature, movies, cooking. We fell 3) … a couple of times but made
it 4) … immediately. I knew I could rely 5) … her and she would never talk 6) … my back or let
me 7) ….
When we graduated two years ago, we went our separate ways and drifted 8) …. We don’t see
each other often but we still talk 9) … the phone. When she comes 10) … for the weekend we
have a laugh. I know she’ll always be there 11) … me.
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(1) угрюмая неряшливая девчонка; (2)кромсать/отрубать собственные волосы; (3)
нарушить тишину; (4) получать по физиономии; (5) твёрдо заявить; (6) придерживаться
своей линии; (7) малый/парень; (8) толстовка; (9) забить гол
Speaking
Discussion questions
1.
2.
3.
4.
Is being a good friend a natural ability from birth or does it have to be learnt?
What makes people look for friends? Is it possible to manage without friendship?
Do you believe that there is an end to any true friendship?
What qualities do you appreciate in your friends? What makes someone special or
bestfriend?
5. Do you make friends easily?Is it difficult for you to strike up a conversation?
6. Do you have friends who are older than you? How do you get on with each other?
7. Do you think it is possible to have a best friend of the opposite sex without becoming a
girlfriend or boyfriend?Are all your friends of the same sex?
Role play
With two classmates, act out a dialogue, introducing people to each other. Spend a few
minutes preparing what you are going to say.
1. Student A. You’re Suzie. Introduce Marcus to Will.
Students B and C. You are Marcus and Will. Greet each other.
2. Introduce your friends who have never met each other.
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Unit 8It’s Christmas Time!
Chapters 22-23
Lead-in
1. Read the quote by Kate L.Bosher and say what you think it means. (comment on it).
“Isn't it funny that at Christmas something in you gets so lonely for… something that you don't
mind so much not having at other times”.
Do you agree with it? Why do some people dislike this holiday?
2. Read some people’s opinions about Christmas. Which three do you relate to most?
a) To me Christmas means a day with laughter, fun and not having to worry about problems. (Vera,
b)
c)
d)
e)
15)
Christmas to me: Good food, presents, Hallmark, no school - altogether, a top-notch
holiday.(Matt, 12)
Christmas is to be with family- caring, sharing and loving and just being happy and being
together.(Kaylee, 18)
Christmas should be a day for family, but any more it has became a day about how much money
can be spent and how quick you can open one present to get to the next. (Jeniffer, 21)
Christmas is for children. For grown-ups it’s a headache, a chore, and nightmare.(Steve, 37)
3. What does Christmas mean to you? Is it as important as New Year? What are your
expectations of these holidays?
Watching
1. Watch the following episode (49:25 – 55:20)andmark the sentences T (true), F (false) or
NS (nothing said).
a) Will understands Marcus because he used to have the same problems.
b) Christine thinks Will is selfish.
c) Will accepts Marcus’s invitation without a moment’s hesitation.
d) Will always celebrates Christmas watching videos and getting drunk.
e) Will doesn’t like the presents Marcus gets.
f) Marcus’s reaction to the presents amazes Will.
g) Suzie wants Will to stay.
h) Fiona doesn’t like the presents Will makes.
i) Will has never enjoyed Christmas before.
2. Watch the episode (49:25 – 55:20). Enumerate all Fiona’s Christmas guests. What
presents did they give to Marcus? Answer the questions below.
Guests
Presents for Marcus
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2
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What was Fiona’s present? Why did Fiona choose such a present?
What was Will surprised at?
3. Watch the following episode (56:27 – 57:10) fill in the gaps.
“…- He`s my friend, I invited him. I should be able to tell him when to (1) _____ _____.
‐ I haven`t told Will to go, Marcus. Suzie’s angry and has (2) _____ right to be, and she’s
telling him so.
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All he did was (3) _____ _____ a kid for a couple weeks. God, that’s (4) _____. So what?
Who (5) _____? Kids at (6) _____ do (7) _____ than that every day!
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The point is, Marcus, Will (8) _____ school a long time ago. He should`ve (9) _____
_____ of making people up by now.
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It`s not fair to (10) _____ _____ on him. He`s been better behaved since then. He
(11)_____ _____ _____, he lets me (12)_____ _____ to his house and he (13)_____ what
kids (14)_____.
‐
What? (15)_____ _____ and (16) _____ _____? If there’s something you really need
then we can talk about it”.
In your opinion who`s right about Will?
4. Watch the episode (57:40 – 58:11) and fill in the gaps.
“As I sat there, I had a strange feeling. I was (1)____________ ___________. I'd never really
enjoyed Christmas before. My mother used to make me sing Santa's Super Sleigh in front of my
inebriated (2)___________ and ___________ just to get at my dad, I think. But Christmas at
Marcus', I'm ashamed to say it, gave me a (3)____________, (4)____________ feeling.”
Does Will gain new experience? Is there anything unusual in this celebration for you? Are
you surprised at anything?
Why is such awkward family reunion of such importance to Marcus?
Reading
Answer the questions.
1. For his father this song was “a terrible reminder of how badly he had failed in his life”.
Why? Does Will think he has failed in his life?Why does he hate the Christmas song his
father wrote?
2. Do you agree with the statement “...how you spent Christmas was a message to the world
about where you were at in life...”? Why does this idea strike Will? Is it difficult for him
now to decide how to spend this Christmas?
3. Why do you think he chooses a family at last? What is this Christmas like for Will? How
does he feel during the Eve? Does he gain new experience? Is there anything unusual in
this celebration for you? Are you surprised at anything?
4. What message do the presents convey? Are they pleased with their presents? How does
Marcus accept his mother’s presents? Why does Marcus’s enthusiasm break Will’s heart?
What does it make Will think about?
5. What kind of person is Clive? Is he a good father? Why/Why not?
6. Why is such awkward family reunion of such importance to Marcus?
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Vocabulary work
1. Look at the following list. Work in pairs and say whether these customs are typical of
Christmas or New Year in Britain.
mistletoe
gift-giving
singing carols
firework's display
a
paradeholly
a sing-song around the tree
playing Twister
making
resolutions
a bazaar
making wishes pulling crackers
pulling wishbones
church celebrations
What do you know about them? Do you have any similar customs and traditions in your
country?
2. Complete the sentences with an appropriate word or words from the chapters that are
synonymic to the expressions in brackets. The first letter is already given. Then talk to your
friend. Take turns to ask each other these questions.
a)
b)
c)
d)
e)
f)
g)
Do you sometimes let things d… a…? (float, be uncontrolled)
Do you regret about anything when you l… b… o… your past? (think about, remember)
Do you have to win at a… c…? (whatever is needed to achieve smth)
What do you s… f… most in your life? (try very hard to achieve)
Is there somebody who helps you n… e… in your life? (very much)
What foods do you l…? (hate, detest)
Do you usually spend holidays with your friends or in the b… of the family? (midst,
surrounded by)
h) Are you good at t… h… or you are too literal-minded? (understand what smb says
indirectly)
i) Could you f… the idea of being unmarried for all your life? (understand thoroughly,
comprehend)
j) How frustrated do you get when you're s… by someone who is extremely rude? (insult,
especially by ignoring a person)
3. Fill in the correct word derived from the word in bold.
1. Dancers arrive from many countries to join the …. FESTIVE
2. The room doesn't have electric lights - … because the family only used it on bright mornings.
PRESUME
3. He was restless, self-centered and …. INDULGE
4. What are the causes of family …? STRANGE
5. He has an … self-confidence, which no doubt dates back to when he sold his first paintings at
nine years old for hundreds of dollars. SHAKE
6. He was …. and seemed to enjoy provoking confrontations with his parents. OBEY
7. If we do not receive the money within this period, our computer will automatically cancel
your …. RESERVE
8. Environmentalists fight against the … of live animal exports. RESUME
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(1) по очевидной причине; (2) сочувственно кудахтать; (3) встречное обвинение; (4)
обречённая попытка; (5) иметь право на что-то; (6) рыть нору; (7) любой ценой; (8)
пристально уставился наВилла; (9) возвращаться к своему первоначальному плану; (10)
беспамятство
Speaking
Discussion questions
1.
2.
3.
4.
What makes Christmas and New Year so special and full of magic?
Is it better to celebrate these holidays in the bosom of the family or with parties?
Why do some people dislike these holidays and find them depressing?
Is Christmas becoming too commercialized? Is giving gifts a waste of money?
Role play
New Year’s Eve is time for New Year’s resolutions. Many people promise themselves to reform
a habit or change a lifestyle but very few resolutions are usually fulfilled. The most popular
goals are to lose weight, quit smoking, take a trip, learn something new or be less grumpy.
a. Imagine you are Will (Marcus, Clive, Fiona). Make a list of 10 New Year’s
resolutions.
b. What resolutions would you make?
Project
With the help of the Internet restore the words of one of the famous Christmas songs –
“Twelve Days of Christmas”. Try singing it with your classmates.
On the first day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
A _________________.
On the second day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Two _____________________,
And a ____________________.
On the third day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Three ____________________,
Two _____________________,
And a ____________________.
On the fourth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Four _____________________,
Three ____________________,
Two _____________________,
And a ____________________.
On the fifth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Five _____________________,
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Four _____________________,
Three ____________________,
Two _____________________,
And a ____________________.
On the sixth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Six ______________________,
Five _____________________,
Four _____________________,
Three ____________________,
Two _____________________,
And a ____________________.
On the seventh day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Seven ____________________,
Six _______________________,
Five ______________________,
Four ______________________,
Three _____________________,
Two ______________________,
And a _____________________.
On the eighth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Eight _____________________,
Seven _____________________,
Six _______________________,
Five ______________________,
Four ______________________,
Three _____________________,
Two ______________________,
And a _____________________.
On the ninth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Nine ______________________,
Eight ______________________,
Seven _____________________,
Six ________________________,
Five _______________________,
Four _______________________,
Three ______________________,
Two _______________________,
And a ______________________.
On the tenth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Ten ________________________,
Nine ________________________,
Eight _______________________,
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Seven _______________________,
Six _________________________,
Five ________________________,
Four ________________________,
Three _______________________,
Two ________________________,
And a _______________________.
On the eleventh day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Eleven ______________________,
Ten _________________________,
Nine ________________________,
Eight ________________________,
Seven _______________________,
Six __________________________,
Five _________________________,
Four _________________________,
Three ________________________,
Two _________________________,
And a ________________________.
On the twelfth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Twelve _______________________,
Eleven _______________________,
Ten __________________________,
Nine _________________________,
Eight _________________________,
Seven ________________________,
Six ___________________________,
Five __________________________,
Four __________________________,
Three _________________________,
Two __________________________,
And a _________________________!
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Unit 9 Love Actually
Chapters 24-28
Lead-in
1. “New Year, new beginnings”. Do you agree? Do you conceive of it as time to turn over a
new leaf?
2. Look at the sayings and decide (individually) whether you agree or disagree. Think about
examples you can use to support your point of view. Discuss with your partner.
a) It's love which makes the world go round.
b) Love is blind.
c) True love never dies.
d) Love me, love my dog.
e) All's fair in love and war.
What is your definition of love? Do you believe in love at first sight? Why/why not?
Watching
1. Watch the following episode (58:35 – 01:01:20) and fill the gaps with the words Will uses
to describe Rachel.
“…She was (1) _____, (2) _____ and (3) _____”.
Restore and comment on the following phrase:
“For five minutes I realized what (4) _____ would be like if I were, in any way, (5) _____. If I
had anything to (6) _____ for (7) _____, if I (8) _____ anything”.
What does Will mean saying“It wasn`t a lie. It was 100 percent her assumption. Well,
50percent, at the very least”.
What assumption does Will mean? Reveal the significance that the underlined words have
for Will. Why does Will need Marcus`s help?
2. Watch the following episode (01.01.25-01.09.15) and mark the sentences T (true), F
(false) or NS (nothing said) after watching the episode.
1. Ellie is quite rude with Marcus.
2. Marcus says he doesn’t like rap very much.
3. Marcus has cold feet because of Ellie’s rough manner.
4. Marcus and Ellie arrange a date.
5. Will desperately needs Marcus’s help.
6. Marcus knows how to help Will.
7. Marcus’s first meeting with Ali is a disaster.
8. Rachel notices Marcus doesn’t take after Will.
9. Will wants to be Ali’s stepfather.
10. Ali got along well with Rachel’s last bloke.
3. Now watch the episode one more time and answer the following questions:
1. What is your impression of Ellie? Why do you think Ellie becomes nice to Marcus at
last?
2. Why do you think Marcus is so charmed by her?
3. Will and Marcus are both in love, aren’t they?
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4. What does Will mean by saying “It is a kind of a big deal”?
5. What advice should they both follow to be successful with opposite sex? (Will’s
speculation - be normal as you can)
6. Will – “For a moment I loved him. Really loved him.” Comment upon it.
Reading
1. Answer the questions:
1. Does relationship with opposite sex make life complete? Do you think Marcus and Will
feel that? And what about Fiona?
2. Do you believe Will is capable of love? What is love for Will before he meets Rachel?
Do you think his love to Rachel is serious? What makes you think so?
3. Are there any obstacles on his way to her heart? Why does Will feel inferior to her?
4. Rachel believes that Marcus is Will’s son. Why doesn’t Will reveal the truth at once?
Does he benefit from this situation?
5. Explain Ali’s reaction to the guests. Is it adequate?
6. Why do Marcus and Ellie get on well with each other? What does Marcus feel when Ellie
defends him? Do you agree with Will’s comments upon that “...while he relied on
teenage girls to defend him in the street, he was unlikely to be much of a catch for
anybody”?
7. HowdoMarcus and Will support each other now? Why? Are their lives bound?
2. Work with a partner. Choose task a, b or c. First put down keywords and expressions,
and then compare the people.
a. Compare and contrast mother-child relationships in the families. Are these families
worlds apart? What do they have in common?
Fiona - Marcus
Katrina – Ellie
Rachael-Ali
b. Compare and contrast Marcus - Ellie and Will – Rachel relationship.
Marcus - Ellie
Will – Rachel
c. Compare and contrast two teenagers: Marcus and Ali. In what ways are they similar and
different? (clothes, rooms, hobbies, etc.).
Marcus
Ali
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Useful language
Describing similarities
Both A and B …
A is similar to B …
Similarly to A, B …
The most striking/significant similarity
between A and B is …
A and B are pretty much the same because …
Describing differences
The most striking difference between A and B
is …
There is a yawning gap between …
There is a great divide between …
A is totally/quite/completely different from …
A has very little in common with …
Unlike A, B …
A …. By/In contrast B …
By/In contrast to A, B …
Whereas/while A …, B …
A differs dramatically from …
A is in stark contrast to …
Vocabulary work
1. Work with a partner. Discuss the meaning of the following expressions. How would you
express the same ideas in your own language?
It was a turning-point in his/her life.
He proposed to her completely out of the blue.
• Their life together was full of ups and downs.
• He/she started to have second thoughts about it.
• They moved in together.
• He/she started to see her/him in a different light.
• There has to be give and take in a relationship.
• He/she was on cloud nine.
• He/she saw the world through rose coloured
spectacles.
• They fell head over heels in love with each other.
• They rang each other up.
• Their marriage broke up and they got divorced.
• They went out together.
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
It was love at first sight.
They got engaged.
They made plans to settle down.
They called off their wedding.
He/she was heartbroken.
They had children.
It was love-hate relationship.
They kissed.
He chatted her up.
They had a bumpy relationship.
They got married.
They fancied each other.
They loved each other unconditionally.
They lived happily ever after.
Make a story by putting the stages of a relationship in the order that you think best. Add different
stages if you think they are necessary. Compare your ideas with the class and vote for the best
story.
For example: One evening Ross met Liz at a disco. They fancied each other and …
2. Look at the following sayings and idioms. How would you express the same ideas in your
own language?
There is nothing new under the sun
Lovers under the sun quarrel just for fun
To let smth slip through one’s fingers
To do smb justice
To run riot
Now decide which expressions you could use in the following situations.
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b)
c)
d)
The pictures don’t show the beauty of the area you live in.
Your friend has a great chance to make a career in journalism.
You hear your sister arguing with her husband in the garden.
You give your imagination full play thinking about all the ways that you could spend the
money.
e) You see photographs of new designer collections from New York Fashion Week.
3. Find the English equivalents of the following.
доляправды/зерно истины, отпугивать, чувствовать нутром,влиятельные люди/сильные
мира сего, ворошить воспоминания/копаться в памяти, пораженный/влюбленный по уши,
хихикать, подмигивать, обычный/заурядный, плакаться/хныкать/распускать сопли,
просить успокоиться/говорить тихо/тсс!
4. Fill in the correct word derived from the word in bold.
a)
b)
c)
d)
e)
f)
g)
h)
i)
A person remains … for 48 hours after their symptoms have ceased. INFECTION
Ann visited several primary schools and was … by the total lack of books. APPALL
It is a … and difficult job for them all. NIGHTMARE
His family were always supportive of him, although rather … by his chosen path.
BEWILDER
The problem with …loveis that it hurts greatly and it takes a lot of time to get over it.
RECIPROCATE
Corner pubs are usually packed with … young people on the Saturday night. ART
It was the most … dream I've ever had. SCARE
I'm pretty … at relationships, aren't I? HOPE
It was a … attempt to save the family business. DESPAIR
5. Complete the sentences with a word or phrase from the box below.
wangle
fed up with
confess
harp on about
exaggerate
envisage
a) I’m ________ people nagging at me.
b) I ________ to being sceptical about the UFO’s.
c) I tend to ________ everything. I feel terribly stressed and panicky even if some little
problem occurred.
d) I constantly _______ how overweight/underweight I am.
e) I look down on people who used social connections to _______ their way up the career
ladder.
f) I can easily _______ how my life will change in 10 years.
Are any of the statements true for you? Discuss with a partner.
Speaking
Discussion questions
1. What qualities do you think are needed for a lasting relationship?
2. Do people need to be married? What is the best age for a person to get married?What
makes people become confirmed bachelors? Are they likely to change?
3. Is it better to date or marry someone of the same educational, social, cultural and racial
background?
4. Does having children put a strain on a relationship or make it easier? How?
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5. Is lying just a part of any relationship?Is it easier for men to lie than women?
Role play
Work in pairs and act out the dialogues asking for and giving advice. You may choose to be
helpful and sympathetic or reproaching and unsympathetic.
a) You are Will. You are head over heels in love with Rachel but you feel that you don’t
deserve her love. She must be attracted to more interesting men. To make matters worse, you
lied to her about having a son. Talk to Marcus and ask for some advice.
b) You are Marcus. You are love-struck. But Ellie doesn’t seem to be interested in you. She
considers you to be her friend. What’s more, you are three years younger. Talk to Will and ask
for some advice.
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Unit 10 A Cultural Icon
Chapters 29-31
Lead-in
1. Divide the following words into groups which you find logical. Which words would you use
to talk about the advantages/disadvantages of being famous?
in the public eye/in the spotlight
paparazzi
mass media
celebrity status
popularity
role-model
to idolise
addiction
gossip
fan
luxury
fame
icon
advertising
award
scandal
2. Who is a cultural icon? What are the most significant icons of our time?
3. Who do teenagers look up to most as role models? (parents, relatives, teachers, coaches,
celebrities, politicians, sports heroes, musicians, etc.)
4. Who influenced you most when you were a teenager?
Watching
1. Watch the episode (86:48 – 87:47) and correct mistakes in the following sentences:
1. Marcus is going to sing a song by Kurt Cobain.
1. Marcus is going to be accompanied by his classmate.
2. Marcus can’t wait to sing.
2. Watch the episode (87:47 – 88:53) and fill in the gaps:
W: I heard you were about to commit (1) _____ suicide, so I (2) _____ _____.
M: My (3) _____ left! -Brilliant.
W: You don't have to do it.
M: I can't do that.
W: Yeah, you can. Just tell them: (4) _____ differences. You can't work without him. He had a
(5) _____ problem.
M: My mum wants me to sing it. It'll make her happy.
W: Look, mate, (6) _____ you do can make your mum happy, all right? Not in the (7) _____
_____. She has to do that for (8) _____.
-Get over here right now!
W: Just bugger off, will you!
W: What I'm saying is, the important thing is to make (9) _______ _____ happy.
M: I've tried just making myself happy. She's tried making herself happy. It (10) _____ _____.
You need (11) _____ _____to make you happy.
W: But that's just it. If (12) _____ ______ can make you happy then they can also make you
(13) _____.
What, you think those (14) _____ _____ _____ are going to make you happy?
(15) _____ _____. Wait. Marcus, don't.
3. Watch the episode (88:54 – 90:20) and say what you think is going to happen next.
Watch the episode one more time and check your guess.
Reading
Answer the questions
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1. What does Fiona’s crying mean? Do you think she will try to commit suicide again?
Are Marcus’s fears for her life justified?
2. Who does Marcus turn for help to? Is he feeling as helpless and desperate now as he
used to before?
3. How does he cope without his father’s support now? What is Marcus’s reaction to the
news about his father’s accident and “big think”?
4. Why does Kurt Cobain want to die? Do Kurt Cobain and Fiona have similar
problems?
5. Was Kurt Cobain’s death expected? How is Ellie’s reaction to Kurt Cobain’s death
different from Marcus’s? Why?
6. Why isn’t Will shocked by the death of a pop star? Why is he worried about Marcus
and Ellie?
7. Compare Fiona and Rachel. In what ways are their lives similar or different? What is
their attitude to life?
Vocabulary work
1. Work with a partner. Discuss the meaning of the following idioms. How would you
express the same ideas in your own language?
As a last resort
To see eye to eye with smb
To keep your head above water
To be out of one’s depth
A situation comes to a head
In a row
To feel low
Complete the following sentences with a suitable idiomatic expression from the list above.
You may have to change the form of the verbs. Then talk to your friend. Take turns to ask
each other these questions.
a)
b)
c)
d)
e)
f)
What is the best way to lift your spirits when you ______________?
Can you act immediately when the situation ______________?
Would you steal anything _____________?
Do you ______________ with your siblings?
Have you ever felt that studying at university is _______________?
How much money is necessary for you to ________________?
2. Find the word or phrase which means the same as the following. Find Russian
equivalents.
a)
b)
c)
d)
e)
f)
g)
h)
not to control smb, to let them be free from bonds or restraints
mad or eccentric
dizziness or "spinning" effects that may be a result of a balance disorder
a heavy or oppressive burden or responsibility; smth or smb that is inert or useless and
slows something down
to escape the consequences or blame
to dissuade (someone) from doing something
to use up a supply of (something)
an impulse to do a certain thing; influence or force
3. Fill in the correct word derived from the word in bold.
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a) The food is the real star here, with dishes ranging from wonderful seafood to beautifully
conceived meat dishes and …desserts.RESIST
b) He was … today although mostly he'd been gloomy and sulky.
BUOY
c) Hundreds of farmers are believed to have suffered … and skin irritation after exposure to
the chemicals.
DIZZY
d) His performances were a … success in Spain.
RAGE
e) She was startled and near to ….
SOB
f) The young man was staring at her car with … eyes.
GLAZE
g) This is not a book about dieting, so I am not going to go into the subject in great ….
DEEP
Speaking
Discussionquestions
1. Youth subcultures can be defined as meaning systems, modes of expression or even lifestyles.
Do you think their influence on teenagers is negative or positive? Why?
2. Do you think celebrities have a positive impact on teenagers? Why do so many teens identify
with and idolize them?
3. Can cultural idols inspire negative attitudes and ideas among young people?
4. What influence does grunge musichave on teenagers? What feelings does this music evoke in
you?
Role play
Choose one of the situations above. Tell the group what your life would be if...
a. you were a celebrity
b. you were a role model/a mentor for somebody.
Song
"Smells Like Teen Spirit" was Nirvana's first and biggest hit, reaching number six on the
BillboardHot 100 and placing high on music industry charts all around the world in 1991 and
1992.
1. Read the lyrics of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" below and try to work out the missing words
from the context and the sound of the lines. Compare with a partner.
2. Listen to the song and check your answers.
"Smells Like Teen Spirit"
(Kurt Cobain)
Load up on guns and bring your ______
It's ______ to lose and to pretend
She's over bored and self ______
Oh no, I know a ______ word
Hello, hello, hello, how ______?
Hello, hello, hello, how ______?
Hello, hello, hello, how ______?
Hello, hello, hello
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With the lights out it's less ______
Here we are now, ______ us
I feel stupid and ______
Here we are now, ______ us
A mulato
An ______
A mosquito
My Libido
Yeah
I'm worse at what I do ______
And for this gift I ______ blessed
Our little ______ has always been
And always will until the ______
………………
And I forget just why I taste
Oh yeah, I guess it makes me ______
I found it hard, it's hard to ______
Oh well, whatever, ______
………………
A mulato
An ______
A mosquito
My Libido
A ______
a. What frame of mind do you think Kurt Cobain was in when he wrote this song?
grateful reflective unhappy broken-hearted in love philosophical angry
spiritualthoughtfuldepressed excited
4. How did you feel when you listened to the song?
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Unit 11Young rebels
Chapters32-36
Lead-in
1. Little children, headache; big children, heartache (Italian proverb). Do you agree?
2. Here is a list of some issues that cause conflicts in families with teenage children. Rank them
in order of importance.
- staying out late
- cleaning bedrooms
- friends
- music
- truancy
- drugs
- other
Share your ideas with the group.
Watching
Guess who the author of each utterance in the table is.
“All I meant was I don't think couples are the
future. You need more than that. You need
backup. It's like that thing Jon Bon Jovi said:
“No man is an island.”
“Every man is an island. And I stand by that.
But clearly, some men are part of island
chains. Below the surface of the ocean they're
actually connected.”
_______________ said this.
_________________ said this.
Watch the episodes (93:57 – 94:20) and (95:45 – 96:20) and check your guess. Do you agree
with the utterances?
Reading
Answer the questions:
1. How has Marcus’s attitude to Ellie changed during their journey to Cambridge? What
does Marcus mean by “Ellieness”?
2. What is Ellie’s attitude to life? Why does she think that Kurt Cobain “understood her”?
Follow the role of fashion and music in their lives. Does change in style help Marcus to
find out what he really wants?
3. Why is Marcus so rude at the police station? Do you agree with Clive that he has gone
off the rails? How does Marcus feel about his father now?
4. “Will couldn’t recall ever having been caught up in this sort of messy, sprawling, chaotic
web before...” Marcus is the centre of this ‘web’, isn’t he? How does Will consider
Marcus’s role in this situation and in his life?
5. “... it was almost as if he had been given a glimpse of what it was like to be human. It
wasn’t too bad, really; he wouldn’t even mind being human on a full-time basis”. What
does ‘being human’ mean for Will now?
6. What “patterns” does Marcus create? What is the value of “extra people” for him?
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7. Less than a year after their first meeting, both Marcus and Will have matured, each in
their own particular way. In what way? Speak on their development following the table
‘Marcus – Will’.
Vocabulary work
1. Read the chapters attentively.
Work with a partner. Discuss the meaning of the following idioms. How would you express
the same ideas in your own language?
To be on the verge of
Shoot one’s mouth off (about smth)
To go off the rails
To take your time
To catch one’s eye
To be lost for words
The last straw
All grist to the mill
Complete the following sentences with a suitable idiomatic expression from the list above.
You may have to change the form of the verbs.
a) Terry is always _________ about how many languages he speaks.
b) He said he couldn’t cope with the success that came his way and ________.
c) Serious songs, sentimental songs, funny songs - _________ for the pub singer and all
ready to be pulled out of the hat when the occasion demands.
d) The management has given me nothing but trouble since I took this job, and now they've
cut my benefits! Well, that's _______: I quit!
e) We were ________ going bankrupt when, unexpectedly, my wife won the lottery and our
business was saved.
f) The dress in the window ________ when she passed the store.
g) It is better to ________ at this job than to hurry and make mistakes.
h) She nodded, unexpectedly ________, and they both sat in silence.
2. Work with a partner. Replace the words underlined in the sentences below with the
multi-word verbs in the box. You may have to change the form of the verbs.
brusque
to have the knack of doing smth
to be cut out for smth
feisty
mundane
circumspect
empathy
to abhor
Tell your partner about someone you know who …
a) has the qualities and abilities needed for teaching.
b) isreally cautious and tries to avoid all risks involved.
c) has been doing an uninteresting job for many years.
d) has the unfortunate habit of saying the wrong thing.
e) hates being idle.
f) has a rough and abrupt manner of speaking.
g) is really strong and determined and never gives up.
h) is a good listener and shows the ability to understand other people’s feelings.
3. Find the English equivalents of the following.
бордюр/обочина,
родственныедуши/близкиеподухулюди,
«плавали-знаем»,
уходить/удирать, флюиды/энергия, разделиться на пары, сообщник, выкрашенные хной
волосы, поморщиться, спасти/выручить, отомстить, нетвердо держаться на ногах
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4. Fill in the correct word derived from the word in bold. Then talk to your friend. Take
turns to ask each other these questions.
a)
b)
c)
d)
e)
f)
g)
How can we help … species? VANISH
Would you consider yourself …? As a child or teenager?REBEL
Are the Olympic Games … ?RATE
Which … behaviour of yours do you hate most?HABIT
Do you know anyone who has a … fashion sense? FLAW
How do you respond to being called …? MOUSE
Is there anything that gives you …?SHIVER
Speaking
Discussion questions
1. What is a generation gap? Is it possible to overcome it?
2. Why do teenagers rebel? Who is to blame for it?
3. Are there many things that parents can teach the young or are they hopelessly out of
touch by the time they reach a certain age?
4. Should adults try to teach young people lessons (such as the dangers of drinking too
much, taking drugs or committing crimes), or should they leave them alone to find out
about these things themselves?
5. What makes people mature and grown-up: their age or life experience? Can you think of
any other factors?
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Conclusion
Role play
Sociologist and gender studies expert Michael Kimmel found a trend of “guy” culture that is
marked by career aimlessness and the desire not to grow up. In his opinion, many young men are
trapped between adolescence and adulthood. They are not willing to take their place in the adult
world, get married and settle down.
Imagine you are Dr Kimmel. Develop your theory and justify your arguments. Give reasons and
consequences of “guy” culture. How does it affect women?
Final project
Writing: Reviews
Reviews are usually written for newspapers, magazines or newsletters to give readers your
opinion about a book/film/play/etc.
a. Look at the following list and tick the facts about a film/book that you consider relevant
and worth mentioning in the review.
title
stunt performers
plot
writing/script
acting
name of writer/director
costumes
special effects
costume designer
setting
all characters
illustrations
main stars
awards
b. Paragraph Planning. Study the model and put the items of the plan into the correct
order.
It could be said that “Forrest Gump” is the definitive American movie. It's historical, patriotic and captures
imagination with its mix of comedy and drama while managing to maintain a love story at its core.
Nominated for 13 Oscars and winning six, including Best Picture, Best Director for Robert Zemeckis and Best
Actor for Tom Hanks, it shows the life of Forrest, a simpleminded man who constantly finds himself in the middle of
nearly every major event of the 1960s and '70s. Along the way, he makes friends, changes lives and searches for a
soul mate. Forrest does everything for his one true love, the experimental, sad, and ultimately broken Jenny.
Hanks’ extraordinary performance makes Forrest a sympathetic and believable character instead of a
stereotyped simpleton. Superb acting by the entire cast, especially Wright Penn as Jenny and Gary Sinise as
Forrest's army lieutenant, add substance to this sentimental film.
Robert Zemeckis masterfully uses special effects to place Gump in historic situations with actual people.
Through the use of Oscar-winning computerized visual effects, Forrest interacts with U.S. presidents, teaches Elvis
Presley how to do his famous "pelvis dance," and inspires John Lennon to write the song "Imagine”.
Unfortunately, the film’s strong language, violence and drug abuse make it questionable for children.
So “Forrest Gump” is an American classic in every way, and is a perfect addition to any collection. I would
thoroughly recommend this film to anyone.
__ bad/good features (style, photography, acting, etc.)
__overall recommendation
__ main details (e.g. names of film/book, writer/director, main stars/characters, etc.)
__ plot
_1_ introduction
c. Write a review of the book or film “About a Boy”. Write about 200-250 words. For
useful language see Functional Bank.
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