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Unit 1. Weather

            • Holidays
            • Weather Forecast1
            • Travelling

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1. You all have been away from school for a long time. You certainly want to know how your friends spent their holidays. Ask them these questions to find out.

  1. Did you stay at home in the summer holidays? If not, where did you go?
  2. Did you go away in June, July or August?
  3. What was the weather like during the summer? during your trip?
  4. Did you go by car, by plane or by train? If you used several methods of travelling, which of them did you like the best?
  5. Who did you go with?
  6. Where did you stay?
    1. In a hotel? What kind of room did you have? What was there in the room?
    2. Was it a summer cottage? Where was it?
    3. Was it some other place? Could you describe it?
  7. Did you play any games in summer? What games did you play? Who was your usual partner? Who usually won?
  8. You helped your parents during the summer, didnt you? How did you help them? What did you do?
  9. Did you go for walks during the summer? How did you usually spend your mornings and evenings? What did you use to do in the afternoon?

2. Look at the pictures and say how Jane, Sally, Nick and Mike spent their holidays. The words from the boxes can help you.


        to travel about Russia
        to travel by plane (car, bus...)
        to stay at a large hotel
        to have a double room
        to have all modern conveniences
        to be sunny, hot and pleasant
        to swim, to lie in the sun
        to play different games
        to enjoy the holiday


        to travel by ship
        to be on board the ship for seven days
        to visit Spain, Italy, Greece
        to see interesting places
        to meet different people
        to learn a lot
        to visit museums and galleries
        to be pleasant (about weather)


        to stay at home
        to be sick/ill (about granny)
        to have to

        1. help about the house
        2. do the shopping
        3. call a doctor
        4. buy medicines
        5. warm up food

        to be free early mornings
        to have a lot of free time in the evening
        to read a lot, to watch videos
        to play football, volleyball
        to play on the computer


        to go to the country
        to be fine (about weather)
        to live in a small cottage near the farm
        to have a lot of animals on the farm
        to feed the animals
        to look after the animals
        to help about the house
        to work in the garden
        to water the flowers, plants and vegetables
        to get some money for the job

3. Now you are in class but only a few weeks ago you were on holiday. Make true sentences about now and then.

Example: I go to school six days a week at present but I enjoyed my summer holidays a week ago.

at present

1. to go to school
2. to learn English
3. to meet schoolmates every day
4. to have a lot of classes
5. to get up early in the morning
6. to work hard
7. not to watch TV every evening
8. to rain a lot
9. not to be green and fresh (about the leaves of the trees)
10. to do lessons

a week (some weeks) ago

1. to enjoy summer holidays
2. to work in the garden helping Mother
3. to miss2 ones schoolmates
4. to spend a lot of time on the beach
5. to keep late hours3
6. to play outdoors with friends
7. to watch lots of TV programmes
8. not to rain at all
9. to be green and fresh (about the leaves of the trees)
10. not to write any exercises at all

1 weather forecast
2 to miss sb -
3 to keep late hours

4. During her holidays Olga went to England. She spent a week there and met a nice English girl, called Linda. Complete the dialogue between the girls and then act it out. Dont forget to change over.

Olga: Excuse me, is this seat free?

Linda: __________ Please sit down.

Olga: Thank you. Do you live here?

Linda: __________. And where do you come from? I see youre a stranger here.

Olga: __________.

Linda: Really? How interesting. Ive never met anyone from Russia before. __________? __________?

Olga: My name is Olga and Im from Moscow.

Linda: Im Linda. Its so nice to meet you! When __________? __________?

Olga: I came to London last week to brush up my English.

Linda: I think your English is very good. How long __________?

Olga: Ive been here for a week. Im leaving for Moscow tomorrow.

Linda: Thats a pity. Id like to know more about Russia. __________?

Olga: Certainly. I live at Flat 43, 25, Begovaya Street. I would so much like to get a letter from you.

Linda: __________. Bye.

Olga: Bye.

5. Now Norman and Jack are at school again. Say what they used to do dur ing their summer holidays.

Example: Norman used to play the violin in the summer.


1. to play the violin
2. to listen to folk music
3. to watch cartoons
4. to visit picture galleries
5. to learn poems by heart
6. to lie in the sun


1. to play the guitar
2. to read detective stories
3. to listen to rock music
4. to play football a lot
5. to work on the computer
6. to swim in the river


The Present Continuous
(Progressive) Tense

Look! What a strong wind is blowing!
Is it snowing hard now?

The Past Continuous
(Progressive) Tense

A strong wind was blowing when she left the house.
It was not snowing at 5 yesterday.

6. Look at the pictures on pages 78 and say what the weather was like yesterday and what it is like today. The word box can help you.

sunny, cold, warm, wet, hot, foggy, cloudy, frosty, clear, windy, rainy, to snow, to rain, to blow, to shine

7. a) Sasha has got a pen friend John who lives in Britain. In Johns school the school year begins a week later than in Sashas. Complete Sashas letter to John.

Dear John,

It's nice to know that you (1. be) still on holiday. I wonder what you are doing now. You (2. fish)? You (3. swim)? You (4. lie) in the sun? Anyway I hope you (5. enjoy) yourself.

Only a few days ago I (6. fish), (7. swim) and (8. lie) in the sun too. But it (9. be) over now and I (10. be) back at school. The weather has changed and it (11. rain) heavily. And only yesterday the sun (12. shine) brightly in the cloudless sky. I think that autumn (13. be) here. What is the weather like where you are? Is it cold and foggy or is it warm and sunny? A wind (14. blow)? Our textbooks (15. write) so much about the weather in Britain. I'd like to know if what they write is true.

With best wishes,

b) Now name 5 things Sasha used to do in the summer and 5 things John used to do. (Ex. 5 can help you.)

Example: Sasha used to swim a lot.