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1. You want to know about the following: someone’s general appearance / their height / their weight.

What questions do you need to ask? Complete these questions.

What …………………………………………..?

How …………………………………………...?

How much …………………………………….?

Now answer the questions about yourself.

  1. How tall are you?

  2. How would you describe your build?

  3. How much do you weigh?

  4. What kind of hair have you got? What color is it?

  5. Would you like it to be different? If so, what would you like?

  6. Do you think you have any special features?

  7. Are there any special features you would like to have?

  8. Do you like beards?

2. How would you describe a person in each of these cases?

  1. He never bought me a drink all the time we were together.

  2. I have to tell her what to do every minute of the working day. She wouldn’t even open a window without someone’s permission.

  3. He often promises to do things but half the time he forgets.

  4. She’s always here on time.

  5. I don’t think he has done any work since he has been here.

  6. She finds it difficult to meet people and talk to strangers.

  7. He could work in any department, and it doesn’t matter to him if he’s on his own or part of a team.

  8. The greatest thing about her is that she is so aware of what other people think or feel.

  9. He always makes people angry or upset because he doesn’t consider feelings of other.

  10. He wants to get the supervisor’s job and then becomes boss for the whole department.

3. Agree or disagree with the following statements.

  1. Complicated people are always difficult.

  2. Opposites attract.

  3. Somebody simple-hearted and cheerful will make a good match for someone serious, calm, deeply intelligent.

  4. Someone stingy will get along well with someone generous.

  5. A witty guy will make a good match for a simple-minded girl.

  6. A person with an artistic mind will get along well with a person with a rational mind.

  7. All men are as stubborn as sheep.

  8. Dependent, demanding behavior of a woman turns off a lot of men.

  9. Compassion is a womanly trait.

4. Study the article and do the following activities.

a) Match the following headings with the paragraphs A-D: conclusion / arguments against cloning / introduction of the topic / arguments for cloning;

b) Complete the text gaps (1-7) wit the following linking words: although, despite, even though, however, in spite of, on the other hand, whereas;

c) Write a short essay with the title ‘Is cloning a step to future or the end for the mankind?’

Does Mother Nature Know Better?

ACloning – using genetic engineering to make exact copies of living plants and animals – has been in science fiction for years. Since 1997, with a cloning of a sheep Dolly, it has become part of real life and the subject of public debate.

BFor some people, human cloning is acceptable in medicine (1) __________ the criticism that it is unnatural. For example, human tissue can be cloned for use in organ replacement or gene therapy. Also, organs could be provided by human clones. When a child is suffering from a fatal disease and needs an organ donor, its parents could have a younger cloned brother or sister – effectively an identical twin. This would provide 100% donor compatibility (2) _________ an organ donated from another brother or sister would only stand a 25% chance of being successful. Moreover, couples who can’t have children may wish to have a child from themselves. Finally, endangered animals could be cloned to increase their numbers.

C(3) ________ , there are many arguments against cloning. (4) _________ many people saw the cloning of Dolly as a major breakthrough, it is just another step towards ‘playing with nature’. Firstly, (5) _________ what they say, scientists have no idea of the long-term effects of genetic engineering. More and more genetically altered plants are being produced, and cloned farm animals are next. (6) ________ , creating ‘perfect’ plants and animals could eliminate the great variety of species on our planet. Furthermore, some scientists say we could transplant organs from cloned animals into humans, (7) ________ the risks to health are enormous and many people find the idea repulsive.

D It is clear that we need to regulate genetic engineering and stop experiments now, before it is too late!


Topics for discussion and essays.

  1. Are you happy with your personality? Would you like to be different?

  2. Are you more introverted (focused on your inner world) or more extraverted (focused on other people and the outer world)?

  3. What do you think is more important: beauty or character?

  4. When and why do you think personality can change?

  5. In what job do you think appearance is essential? Why?

  6. What personality traits do you consider important in a good friend / a boss / a partner?

  7. Do you agree with the saying ‘A beauty lives an easier life’? Prove your point.

  8. What makes a student popular with others?

  9. What traits of character in your opinion do students appreciate in a teacher?

  10. What is ideal of male / female beauty?

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