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Avakova t. F., Gubernatorova m. A., Fedyaeva o. V. Get ready for exam:

TEXTS FOR DISCUSSION

Contents

People around you 9

Look beyond your looks 9

Discussion 9

Ex.1 Answer the following questions. 9

Ex.2 Give your advice to the person who is dissatisfied with the way he / she looks. Work in pairs and make up a dialogue. 10

Ex.3 Retell the text. 10

School Reunions: Friends Reunited 10

Comprehension 11

Ex.1 Decide if the following statements are true or false. Correct the false ones. 11

Discussion 11

Ex.1 Answer the following questions. 11

Ex.2 Make the summary of the text. 12

Boys will be boys 12

Comprehension 13

Ex.1 For questions 1-8, choose from the students A-D. You can choose some students more then once. 13

Discussion 13

Ex.1 Which of these statements do you agree with? Give an example to prove your opinion. Use the following phrases: I think that... / It seems to me that... / I'm sure that... / I don't really think that... / I doubt that... / I agree that... 14

Ex.2 What irritates you in boys / girls? Make 5-7 sentences. Discuss your opinion in pairs. 14

Ex.3 What strong points can you stress in boys / girls? Make 5-7 sentences. Discuss your opinion in pairs. 14

Your dream partner… in five minutes! 14

Discussion 17

Ex.1 Answer the following questions. 17

Ex.2 Which qualities attract you most in people? Choose 5 characteristics you most estimate in a man / in a woman in order of preference. Comment your choice. Begin your answer with phrases like A man should be... / I adore women who are.../ I estimate people who... 17

Ex.3 What are the qualities you can't stand in people? Choose 5 characteristics you wouldn't bear in your partner. Comment your choice. Begin your answer with phrases like I would never put up with a person who is.../ I hate dealing with … people / I can't stand people who are... / My partner would never be... 18

Ex.4 Describe your ideal friend or dream partner. 18

Ex.5 Read these quotes about friendship. Do you agree with them? Comment on them and give your opinion about friendship. 18

How you spend your time / entertainment 19

Graffiti – a dangerous way of life 19

Comprehension 20

Ex.1 Decide if the writer is for or against people who draw graffiti, or whether his opinion is not clear. 20

Ex.2 Choose the correct alternative to complete the following sentences. 20

Discussion 21

Internet Addiction 21

Comprehension 22

Ex.1 Answer the following questions. 22

Discussion 22

Free Chat Sites – an Exciting Way of Spending Free Time 23

Comprehension 24

Discussion 24

‘Bye, Mum. See you later!’ 24

Comprehension 26

Ex.1 Choose from the list (A-I) the sentence which best summarizes each part (1-8) of the article. There’s one extra summary which you do not need to use. 26

Ex.2 Write a word or phrase from the article in each gap to complete the sentences. 26

Discussion 27

Extreme sports 27

Comprehension 28

Discussion 28

Countries and cities 30

India 30

Comprehension 31

Ex.1 Answer the following questions. 31

Discussion 31

Iceland 32

Comprehension 32

Ex.1 Are the sentences true or false? Correct the false ones. 32

Ex.2 Answer the following questions. 32

Discussion 32

What is life like in Antarctica? 33

Comprehension 34

Ex.1 Choose the correct variant. 34

Ex.2 Are the sentences true or false? Correct the false ones. 34

Discussion 34

Top cities 34

Comprehension 35

Ex.1 Answer the following questions. 35

Discussion 36

Oxford 36

Comprehension 37

Ex.1 Are the sentences true or false? Correct the false ones. 37

Discussion 37

What is it like living in London? 38

Comprehension 39

Ex.1 Answer the following questions. 39

Discussion 39

Islands – Singapore, St. Lucia, Sicily 40

Comprehension 40

Ex.1 Name the island (or islands) which: 41

Ex.2 Answer the following questions. 41

Discussion 41

Life story 42

I’m so lucky! 42

Comprehension 43

Ex.1 Are the sentences true or false. Correct the false ones. 43

Ex.2 Answer the following questions. 43

Discussion 44

When fame hits the family 44

Comprehension 46

Ex.2 Find out which of the famous people mentioned in the text: 46

Discussion 46

They came to a sticky end 46

Comprehension 48

Ex.1 Answer the following questions. 48

Discussion 48

Jobs and careers 49

Semco 49

Comprehension 50

Ex.1 Answer the following questions. 50

Discussion 50

Ex.1 Answer the following questions. 50

Ex.2 Do you agree with the following statements? Why? Why not? 50

Ex.3 Work in pairs. You are going to set up a new company. Work in groups and decide: 50

Ex.4 Think about how you will treat your employees. Will you: 51

Ex.5 Fill in the company profile: 51

Ex.6 Make a summary of the text. 51

Time for a change? 51

Comprehension 52

Ex.1 Put these statements in the order that they appear in the text. 52

Discussion 52

Ex.1 Which of these things do you prefer in a job and why? Choose one option in each sentence. 52

Ex.2 Read the quotes. Do you agree with any of them? Make your comment on them. 52

Ex.3 Retell the text. 53

Job advertisements 53

Graphic designer 53

News editor 53

Wanted 53

Tour Guide 53

Marketing Manager 53

The Apprentice: you’re fired! 54

Comprehension 55

Ex.1 Are the following sentences are true or false? Correct the false ones. 55

Discussion 56

Ex.1 Answer the following questions. 56

Learn to speak body language 56

Comprehension 57

Ex.1 From statements A-K choose six which reflect the content of the text. 57

Discussion 58

Ex.1 Make a list of useful tips to give to someone going to an interview for the first time. 58

Ex.2 Comment on the following statement: ‘Body language changes according to which country you are in and what you are doing’. 58

News and media 59

‘The mass media is a combination of information, entertainment and complete rubbish’ 59

Comprehension 59

Ex.1 Mark the sentences true, false or no information. Correct the false ones. 59

Discussion 60

Ex.1 In pairs do the quiz about the ‘firsts’ and the ‘bests’ media products in Russia. Explain your choice. Compare your results with the classmates. 60

Turn off TV and turn on life! 60

Comprehension 62

Ex.1 Answer the following questions. 62

Discussion 62

Ex.1 Answer the following questions. 62

TV Crime. Does it affect us? 63

Comprehension 64

Ex.1 Which person or people hold(s) these opinions? 64

Discussion 65

Ex.1 Answer the following questions. 65

Ex.2 Give your opinion about television in our country. Pay attention to the following aspects: 65

How you are persuaded to spend more by…advertising 65

Comprehension 65

Ex.1 Answer the following questions. 66

Discussion 66

Ex.1 Answer the following questions. 66

A newspaper with a difference 66

Comprehension 66

Ex.1 Answer the following questions. 67

Ex.2 Choose the best headline for the story. 67

Ex.3 Are the following sentences true or false? Correct the false ones. 67

Discussion 67

Ex.1 Answer the following questions. 67

Visiting different cultures 69

East and West Cultural Differences 69

Different Strokes 71

A look at the differences in character between the British and Americans 72

Meeting Americans and Brits 72

National Characteristics 75

Comprehension 76

Ex.1 Match these headings to paragraphs 1-6. There is one heading you do not need. 76

Ex.2 Answer the following questions. 77

Discussion 77

Where Do People Live Under the Ground? 77

Comprehension 78

Ex.1 Answer the following questions. 78

Discussion 78

My First Trip Abroad 78

Comprehension 80

Ex.1 Answer the following questions. 80

Discussion 80

How Do Mexicans Celebrate the Day of the Dead? 80

Comprehension 81

Ex.1 Arethe sentences true or false. Correct the false ones. 81

Discussion 81

Things around you 83

Cool inventions 83

Comprehension 85

Ex.1 Answer the following questions. 85

Discussion 85

Ex.1 Answer the following questions. 86

Ex.2 Retell the text 86

Walking Cell Phone 86

Comprehension 87

Ex.1 Answer the following questions. 87

Discussion 87

Ex.1 Answer the following questions. Begin your answers with the following phrases. It depends on; to begin with/ in the first place; actually/in fact; as a matter of fact; on the whole; in my opinion; I consider/believe. 87

Internet helps families stay more in touch 88

Comprehension 89

Ex.1 Are the following sentences true or false? Correct the false ones. 89

Discussion 89

Ex.1 Answer the following questions 89

Ex.2 Are you connected? Are you in regular contact with people? Complete the table below. Share what you wrote with your partner(s). 89

Ex.3 Which of these things are most important to you? Rank them in order. Justify your choice. 89

Children into computers younger than ever 90

Comprehension 91

Ex.1 Are the following sentences true or false? Correct the false ones. 91

Discussion 91

Ex.1 Decide which of these gadgets are most important to you. Explain your choice. 91

Ex.2 Answer the following questions. 91

Test 'Are you a fashion victim?' 92

Do this test and find out if you are a fashion victim. Do you agree with the results? Why? Why not? 92

Your score: 93

Answers: 93

Society and the future 94

Robotic future rushes towards us 94

Comprehension 95

Ex.1 Answer the following questions. 95

Discussion 95

Space tourism 95

Comprehension 97

Ex.1 Choose from the list A-H the sentences which best summaries each part (1-8) of the extract. There is one extra sentence which you do not need to use. 97

Discussion 97

Ex.1 Answer the following questions. 97

Ex.2 Comment on the following statement: 'To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect' (Oscar Wilde). 97

Cloning: future perfect? 97

Comprehension 98

Ex.1 Are the following statements are true or false? Correct the false ones. 98

Ex.2 Choose the most suitable heading from the list A-G for each part of the article. There is one extra heading which you do not need to use. 98

Discussion 99

Ex.1 Answer the following questions. 99

Ex.2 Comment on the following statement: 'Prophecy is a good line of business, but it is full of risks' (Mark Twain). 99

Scientists develop pill to replace exercise 99

Comprehension 100

Ex.1 Are the following sentences true or false? Correct the false ones. 100

Discussion 100

Ex.1 Answer the following questions. 100

Dealing with money 101

How not to get rich quick 101

Comprehension 101

Ex.1 Are the following sentences true or false? Correct the false ones. 101

Discussion 102

Ex.1 Answer the following questions. 102

What a waste! 102

Comprehension 103

Ex.1 What do these figures refer to? 103

Discussion 103

Ex.1 Work in groups. 104

Ex.2 Read these quotes about money. Do you agree with them? Comment on them. 104

Men motivated by co-worker salaries 104

Comprehension 105

Ex.1 Are the following sentences true or false? Correct the false ones. 105

Discussion 105

Ex.1 Answer the following questions. 105

Ex.2 Would you be motivated by these things in your workplace? Rate them from 10 (= major motivation) to 1 (= couldn’t care less). Justify your choice. 106

Ex.3 Work in pairs. 106

Is this fair? Make up a dialogue. 106

Rules and Freedom 107

Triumph and despair 107

Comprehension 108

Ex.1 Choose from the list A-I the sentence which best summarises each part (1-8) of the article. There is one extra sentence which you do not need to use. 108

Discussion 108

Ex.1 Answer the following questions. 108

Parents tried to sell baby on eBay 109

Comprehension 109

Ex.1 Are the following sentences true or false? Correct the false ones. 110

Discussion 110

Ex.1 Answer the following questions. 110

Animal rights and wrongs 110

Comprehension 112

Ex.1 Answer the following questions. 112

Discussion 112

Ex.1 Answer the following questions. 113

Problems and how to solve them 114

The greatest killer 114

Comprehension 115

Ex.1 Answer the following questions. 115

Discussion 115

Ex.1 Answer the following questions. 115

Hot, hot, hot 115

Comprehension 116

Ex.1 Answer the following questions. 116

Discussion 117

Ex.1 Answer the following questions. 117

Ex.2 Comment on the following statement: 'Let nature be your teacher' (William Wordsworth, 1770-1850, English poet). 117

Ex.3 Read the statements and complete the gaps. Are you worried about any of the problems mentioned? 117

First time in trouble 117

Comprehension 118

Ex.1 Which person expressed the following? 118

Discussion 118

Ex.1 Answer the following questions. 118

Compulsory cooking classes 118

Comprehension 119

Ex.1 Answer the following questions. 119

Discussion 120

Ex.1 Answer the following questions. 120

How to write a summary…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..…..116

Useful phrases for retelling……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………...………….117

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