1. Read this text and name other ways through which we can explore the world and learn about people and their relations.
You learn things in many different ways. You learn by looking at the world around you. You learn by listening to others. You learn by reading books and by doing new things. Everything you do helps you learn about yourself and the world round you.
2. In your English class through learning the language you get to know many new things about the world and the people in it. This year you have discussed some topics. Answer these questions to sum up what you have learnt.
1) You and the People Round You
What makes people alike and what makes them different?
Why is it good to be different?
In what way is your family important for you?
What role do your friends play in your life?
Who makes a good friend?
What are your favourite pastimes and hobbies?
What would you like to do in the future?
What kind of family would you like to have?
What kind of person would you like to be?
2) Language Learning
What makes English an interesting language to learn? IIow much do you know about its history?
Why is it important to know foreign languages in the modern world?
Which things do you enjoy doing in English most of all? Why?
Which things do you find difficult?
What would you like to do at your English lessons next year?
How can you better your English outside school?
In what way are you planning to use English in the future?
3) The World of Literature
Are there many real book readers in your class? In what way are they happier than the others?
In what way have books been important for people throughout our history?
What can good books teach people?
What are the few books that every person must read?
Do you think books will ever disappear? Why (not)? What would life be like without books?
What kinds of books do you read? What books and characters from books can you call your favourites? Why?
What would you call a well-published book? Why do people prefer to buy and read good editions of books?
What should a modern library be like?
4) The World of Cinema and Theatre
What role do theatre and cinema play in your life?
Have you ever seen plays or films that you can call great? What were they? What makes them great?
How many different types of films do you know? Can you say which of your friends like which films?
When you go to the cinema or to the theatre, where do you like to sit? What do you like to do before and after the play or film and in the interval?
What do you know about some of the world’s greatest opera houses? What do you think makes people like opera and ballet? Do you like them? Why (not)?
Why is art important for people?
Would you like to appear on the stage or on the screen? In what roles?
People of what professions take part in making a film or a play? Which of them could you choose?
5) The World of Sport
Do you like sport? Do you do sports or do you watch them? And what about your friends?
How is sports activity organized in your school? Is there anything that you’d like to change?
What are the sports which Russia has traditionally been good at? Do you know the names of any famous Russian sportsmen? Are there any athletes that you admire?
Why is the Olympic movement so popular? What do you know about its history?
Why is it important that people should go in for sport? What does practising sport give us?
What are your best results in different sports?
What is your greatest wish connected with sport?
3. Choose one of the topics below and interview your classmates on these.
geographical position of Russia, its climate;
ts political system and symbols;
its main cities;
Russian festivals and holidays, traditions of the country;
theatres and cinemas in Russia;
famous picture galleries and museums of Russia;
famous people of the country;
relations with other countries;
foreign languages in Russia.
4. Add to the things you have found out during the interview (Ex. 3) those which have not been mentioned and prepare a talk for the school conference “Russia in the 21st century”.
5. Imagine that an American school in Florida and your own school have a student exchange. You are asked to give information about yourself. Introduce yourself to your host school. Mention these things.
6. Imagine that you are taking your foreign friend to the capital of Russia. What places in Moscow would you choose? What would you tell him/her about the city?
7. Speak about traditions and customs. Express your view on these items:
if it’s important to keep up traditions and why;
which countries are famous for their traditions, describe some of the traditions;
if there are any old traditions in Russia, what traditions;
if you know any new traditions in Russia and what you think about them (for example the Day of the City in Moscow, the Day of Knowledge, Mother’s Day, Teacher’s Day, etc.);
if your school has any traditions and what they are; what you do to keep them;
what new tradition you would like to have in your school, city and country.