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14.Make up your own dialogue on the proposed situation using Ex. 13

A.You are going to enter Poltava National Technical Yuri KondratyukUniversity,the Faculty of Architecture. Your friend is a student of the same faculty. You want to know as much as possible about your future place of studying. So, ask your friend about the faculties, the buildings, the schedule, the subjects they take, the library, the sports life, hostels and cultural life of the University.

B.Your friend is going to enter Poltava National Technical Yuri KondratyukUniversity, the Facultyof Architecture. He (she) asks your lots of questions about the University and student life. Answer his (her) questions and try to let him (her) know that this University is one of the best in Ukraine.

Topic: Yuri Kondratyuk


1. Speakon the following using active vocabulary:

  • Do you think there should be private or state Universities? Why? Give your reasons. Why did you choose your University?

  • Do you think higher education should be free or free-paying? Why? Give your reasons. Why did you choose your University?

  • What do you like and dislike in the system of higher education of our country? What would you like to change if you could?


2. Do you know who Yuri Kondratyuk is? What was his role in astronautics? Have you ever visited the Cosmonautics Museum in Poltava?Read the following text: yuri kondratyuk. Space conquering.

Yuri Kondratyuk (his real name was Alexander Shargey) was born on the 9th of June, 1897 in Poltava, Ukraine. In 1914, the 17-year old apprentice1 in a small town of Poltava began a fundamental2work ‘on identification of the rocket flight basics’ without any previous3 knowledge of world science achievements in this field.

Shargey was not able to graduate from Petrograd Poly-Technical Institute due to enrollment4 to the front during the First World War. Being a pacifist, Shargey actually fought for none. However, he was considered5 an enemy by the new communist power. That is why he had to conceal6 himself, suffer7 from hunger and poverty8 for the next few years, but he never parted9 with his notes and went on with research. In order to escape from political persecution10Shargey changed his name and biography. Since then he has been known as Yuri Kondratyuk. In 1927, Yuri Kondratyuk came to Novosibirsk (Russia). Two years before he had sent his work ‘Conquering11 Interplanetary Space’ to Moscow. Despite12 the appraisal13 of many scholars14, the publishing of this work was suspended15 and Kondratyuk published it on his own costs16.

He was arrested. Oddly17 enough, but his only crime was that he built the world’s biggest granary18 using no nails (there was a shortage19 of nails at that time). During his imprisonment20, the scientist worked out an unusual project of wind-electric power plant21 without any previous experience in this field. His project was acknowledged22 the best. Yuri Kondratyuk never saw his giant wind-electric power plant23in work. Completely disappointed, he joined the Soviet army soon after the beginning of the World War II and died in a battle in 1942.

The real name of the ‘Moon Route’ inventor24 was revealed only in 1970. Even now scholars are amazed25 by his genius. One of the Moon craters, as well as a small planet were named after Kondratyuk. His inventions26, each one being a revelation27, and his destiny torn28 into pieces by history have been depicted29 in books and numerous publications.

  1. учень

  2. фундаментальний

  3. попередній

  4. зарахування

  5. вважався

  6. переховуватися

  7. страждати

  8. бідність

  9. розлучатися

  10. переслідування

  11. підкорення

  12. незважаючи

  13. оцінка

  14. учені

  15. призупиняти

  16. кошти

  17. дивно

  18. зерносховище

  19. дефіцит

  20. тюремне ув'язнення

  21. вітрова електростанція

  22. визнаний

  23. вітрова електростанція

  24. винахідник

  25. дивуватися

  26. винахід

  27. відкриття

  28. розірваний

  29. зображений


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