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Билеты («Вестник образования» №3-4, 2007 г.) Иностранные языки IX класс

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About Football 5 minute ENGLISH

People have played games like football for thousands of years.

In ancient China they played a special game for the emperor's birthday. Soldiers kicked balls made of animal skin into a net between two posts. These posts were ten metres high.

In the Pacific Islands they played games using hands and feet. They used coconuts and oranges as balls.

In the Nineteenth Century football began to be played in English public schools. The public schools were very expensive private schools attended by the sons of the rich and powerful.

The headmasters of three schools - Rugby, Eton and Harrow – began to develop new versions of football. The game became less violent, less dangerous and easier to control. It became a game for young gentlemen.


1.What objects were used as balls in ancient China and in the Pacific Islands?

2.Where was football played in the nineteenth century?

3.Who developed new versions of football?

4.Why do you think sport is so popular in the UK?

5.What are the most popular sports and games in the UK?

6.Do you know how to play such games as cricket, golf, rugby?

7.What are the most popular summer and winter sports in Russia?

8.What sport facilities are there in Russia for those who like sport?

9.Can you say that the British are the best in the world at particular sports?

10.What about the Russians?


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Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland. It is the second-largest city in the nation with the population of 448,624. It is located in the east of the country, just seventy kilometres apart from Glasgow, the first largest city of Scotland. Though the two cities are equally famous, Edinburgh has long established itself as the more popular tourist destination and there are many reasons for this.

The city of Edinburgh is divided into two areas, the Old Town (its historical centre) and the New Town (the city’s main shopping and commercial area). The Old Town includes picturesque streets, monuments and many wonderful cathedrals and churches. The most famous landmark of Edinburgh is Edinburgh Castle. The castle is open to the public and includes a number of museums too.

The New Town was first developed in the late 1700s. In its centre is Georges Street, and the city’s two main shopping areas Princes Street and Queens Street. The city contains many museum, public parks, markets, cafes, bars restaurants and has something really special to offer all its visitors.

Every year Edinburgh hosts a number of major festivals, none more famous than the Edinburgh International Festival, which takes place from August to early September. The festival attracts performers and audiences from all over the world and offers a mixture of theatre, films, music and comedy amongst other things. (1162)


  1. How far is Edinburgh from Glasgow?

  2. What places of interest is there in Edinburg?

  3. When was the New Town developed?

  4. What does Edinburgh host every year?

10. Why is Edinburgh the capital of Scotland? What is the symbol of Scotland?

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Bullying is when someone continually insults or hurts you. Many young people are bullied at school. But there are some positive ways to solve the problem.

The "bully box", for example, is a box in school where students put notes about bullying. The important thing is to tell an adult about the bully.

Teachers usually learn how to recognise when a kid is being bullied. But most bullies are stopped by the school or by the kids themselves. At the Martial Arts for Peace association in America, Dr Terence Webster-Doyle suggests discussing the problem openly with the bully. Dr Webster-Doyle teaches martial arts for self-defence, not for fighting. He says that if you know you can defend yourself, "you are not afraid of the other person".


  1. What is the “bully box”?

  2. Who usually stops most bullies?

  3. What does Dr. Webster-Doyle teach martial arts for?

  4. Is bulling a problem in your school? Have you ever been bullied by your classmates?

  5. Do you have good relationship with your teachers and classmates? What makes you angry?

  6. Are you ready to discuss your problems with your parents or teachers? If not, why?

  7. What is important to remember when you are in trouble?

  8. Do you think it’s a good idea to give teenagers a lot of freedom? Why? / Why not?

  9. Should adults try to teach teenagers lessons, such as the dangerous of drugs, alcohol, etc.? What can society do to help teenagers who have problems at home?

10. Should teenagers work? Why? /Why not?

11.What is it like to be a teenager in your opinion?


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Presidents ESL reading

George Washington was born February 22, 1732. He was the first president of the United States, elected by people in 1789. People call him the Father of their nation. He was one of the people who fought in the Revolutionary War and later helped write the United States Constitution. There is a famous story about George Washington when he was a young boy. It says that he chopped down his father's cherry tree with an axe. When his father asked, "Who did this?" young George replied "I cannot tell a lie. I did it." Many children have heard this story and are encouraged to tell the truth.

Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809. He became president in 1860. His presidency was difficult. The states in the north and the south were divided because of slavery. White people in the south owned black people. The north did not like it. A civil war began between the two sides. In the end, the northern states won and President Lincoln helped to free the slaves. He gave a very famous speech about how everybody had the right to be free and how all people were equal.

Both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln were very famous presidents in the United States. Today you can see their faces on American money. George Washington is on the one dollar bill and Abraham Lincoln in on the five dollar bill. Many schools and some cities are named after each president. And the State of Washington and Washington D.C. were both named

after President Washington. (1196)


  1. What did George Washington do for his country?

  2. Why was Abraham Lincoln’s presidency difficult?

  3. What was the result of the civil war?

  4. Where can people see the faces of these presidents today?

5.Do you know any other US presidents? What were they famous for? Who is the president of the United States at the present time?

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American Newspapers ESL reading

The first American newspaper was published in Boston in 1690. Now lots of magazines and newspapers are published in the USA. They bring the world of events into people’s homes.

Magazines and newspapers can be divided into two large groups - mass and specialized. Mass magazines and newspapers are intended for large groups of people, living in different places and having many different interests. Among them are newspapers and magazines for teachers, for cat lovers, for stamp collectors. In fact, there is a magazine and a newspaper to fit any interest.

Most U.S. cities today have only one newspaper publisher. In more than 170 American cities, a single publisher produces both a morning and an evening newspaper. But some cities (fewer than 30) have different owners.


  1. When and where was the first American newspaper published?

  2. What two groups are magazines and newspapers divided into?

  3. How many newspaper publishers do most US cities have today?

  4. Do you enjoy reading newspapers? What are your favourite newspapers?

  5. What sort of information do you get from newspapers and magazines?

  6. Are only serious problems discussed in newspapers?

  7. Is it important for you to know what is going on in the world? Why or why not?

  8. Where do you get most information about the world?

  9. How often do you use the Internet to get information? Which are your favourite sites?

10.Which are your favourite TV and radio news programmes?


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B B Cnews

A Teenage Businessman

When most 14-year-old boys are playing football or computer games after school, James Kenyon from Manchester is running his own successful business. “I’ve heard of a company in Scotland selling homemade bath products and thought it was a good idea.

My dad said I could do that, so I decided to take a chance,” James explains. That was two and a half years ago.

James started selling bath products to his friends and neighbours, but soon he began working for two local shopkeepers. Since he started his own soap company, selling homemade soap, bath salt and other bath products, James has earned over & 4,500.

James is proud of his success in business but he thinks there are more important things in his life. “I’ve learnt lots and I’m really enjoying it, but my school work always comes first.

James` s parents are proud of their son, they think that he plans everything really well – he does homework and he can focus on the business in his spare time. James says his parents have been a big support.

In 2006 James became a finalist in the Enterprising Young Brit Award. James is just one of an extraordinary group of enterprising young British businessmen who have innovative ideas and enthusiasm for business. Age and experience is certainly no obstacle to their success; their ambition and energy inspires them to create their money-making ideas. (1119)


1 What business does James Kenyon run?

2 How did he start his business?

3 Why do his parents support him?

4 What do you think helps him to be a successful businessman?

5 Do you think it` s good or bad for teenagers to run their own business?

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II Read the text and say what Americans prefer for breakfast, if it is healthy food. Speak about healthy habits.

Big Eaters ESL reading

Americans, in general, are big eaters and one of the greatest pleasures of the day is sitting down to a hearty breakfast. Most neighbourhood diners and cafeterias offer breakfast specials. Some can be as simple as buttered toast with coffee. Others can almost be equivalent to a full course meal which can provide enough calories for the entire day. This kind of breakfast may start with a glass of orange or tomato juice and then proceed to two eggs with toast, jam, butter and coffee. The menu shows that the eggs are served "any way you like them." This means they can be prepared scrambled, boiled, poached or fried. For those who can't eat eggs, there is a wide variety of other choices. Corn flakes with bananas, waffles with butter, pancakes with maple syrup and French toast are all good alternatives.


  1. Why are Americans called big eaters?

  2. What do most diners and cafeterias offer their visitors?

  3. How can eggs be served?

  4. Do you always eat healthy food? What food do you think is healthy?

  5. Everybody knows that fast food is unhealthy. Do you often eat it?

  6. How often do you exercise? What kind of exercise do you do?

  7. Do you smoke? Why is smoking dangerous for people’s health?

  8. Do you get enough sleep? Why? / Why not? How many hours do you sleep?

  9. Is it necessary to teach children how to be healthy? Who should teach it?

10.If you were a doctor what advice would you give people if they want to live a long life?


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Black Taxis, Red Buses Encyclopaedia Britannica

London has five airports in or near the city. The most important airport is Heathrow; it is situated twenty four kilometres from the city centre. The city has eight big train stations, too. You can catch a train from London to Paris or Brussels now. Many people live outside London and come into the city for work every day. Children know about King’s Cross station because it is the train station in Harry Porter books.

In the UK people drive their own cars, that`s why the traffic is heavy on the roads. Drivers in the UK drive on the left side of the road! As there are a lot of cars in London, journey can take a very long time at the wrong time of day. But the city is famous for its black taxis and red buses. You can see some of London`s red buses today, and there are other buses, too. London’s taxi drivers have to remember 25000 streets in London. Before they can start driving people, they study maps and drive round the city for about two years; have to answer difficult questions about the best ways across London.

You can move across London by the Underground. Londoners also call these underground trains ‘the Tube’. The London Underground is the oldest in the world. People first used it in 1863. Now it is about 410 kilometres long. There are three hundred stations, and some of them are nearly sixty metres under the streets.

You can, of course, walk around London! No cars or buses can go across London newest bridge. (1173)


  1. How many airports and train stations are there in London?

  2. What is unusual about driving in the UK?

  3. What do London’s taxi drivers have to learn and remember?

  4. How deep are some underground stations in London?

  5. How do Londoners call their underground? What word is used in the US?

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Have you ever had the desire to see the world and see what was out there? While some people prefer to stay in the comfort of their own home, others are looking forward to travelling and can't wait to explore the world. Exotic places call to them. "Come visit me and I will show you my mysteries," they say.

Every year millions of people pack their suitcases or put on backpacks and flock to visit the seven continents of the world. They wander through the castles and museums of Europe, and the cities and natural wonders of North and South America. Some visit the vast exotic cultures of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Why do people want to explore the world? It gives them a better perspective about the earth and the people living on it. It opens their minds, it gives them a feeling of accomplishment, and it makes them feel alive


  1. How do millions of people spend their holidays?

  2. What places do they visit?

  3. Why do they travel to different places?

  4. Do you think travelling is one of the best ways of learning about the world?

  5. Have you ever travelled? If not, would you like to?

  6. Which is the most convenient transport for travelling on a long distance?

  7. Which do you think is the most dangerous transport? Why?

  8. Why do people study guide-books and maps before they go anywhere?

  9. What countries in your opinion are most interesting for travellers? Why?

10.If you had an opportunity to travel right now, where would you go?

11.Do you like reading books and watching films about travellers and travelling?


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'It's Only Me' Just Funny Stories

After her husband had gone to work, Mrs Richards sent her children to school and went upstairs to her bedroom. She was too excited to do any housework that morning, because in the evening she would be going to a fancy dress party with her husband. She intended to dress up as a ghost and she had made her costume the night before. Now she was impatient to try it on. Though the costume consisted only of a sheet, it was very effective. Mrs Richards put it on, looked in the mirror, smiled and went downstairs. She wanted to find out whether it would be comfortable to wear.

Just as Mrs Richards was entering the dining-room, there was a knock on the front door. She knew that it must be the baker. She had told him to come straight in if ever she failed to open the door and to leave the bread on the kitchen table. Not wanting to frighten the poor man, Mrs Richards quickly hid in the small store-room under the stairs. She heard the front door open and heavy footsteps in the hall. Suddenly the door of the store-room was opened and a man entered. Mrs Richards realized that it must be the man from the Electricity Board who had come to read the meter. She tried to explain the situation, saying 'It's only me', but it was too late. The man let out a cry and jumped back several paces. When Mrs Richards walked towards him, he ran away, slamming the door behind him. (1110)


  1. Why was Mrs Richards excited?

  2. Why did she go downstairs in her costume?

  3. Where did she hide when she heard a knock on the door?

  4. What was the man’s reaction when he saw Mrs. Richards in the storehouse?

  5. What holiday were Mr. and Mrs. Richards going to celebrate? Why do you think so?

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FREE SCHOOL English Textbook

At White Lion Street Free School there is no punishment for missing classes. But many kids spend more time here than other children spend in their schools. This school is open in the evenings and at weekends. The kids complain if holidays last longer than two weeks. There are no compulsory lessons. Each child has one adult who follows his progress through school. Together they decide what he needs to learn next, and the child does this in his own time. Sometimes kids work on their own, sometimes with an adult, sometimes in a group.

A lot happens outside school. The teachers think you can’t learn everything in one building. They visit local factories, markets, shops, fire and police stations.

Now there are very few Free Schools in England.


  1. How is White Lion Free School different from other schools in England and Russia?

  2. How do pupils of this school work?

  3. Do they learn everything in the some building?

  4. Do you like going to school? Why / Why not?

  5. What subjects are taught at your school? Which are your favourite ones?

  6. Are all of them compulsory? What optional subjects do you study?

  7. There are enough facilities and equipment in your school, aren’t there?

  8. What after-school activities do you do?

9.Are you proud of your school? Say something about your school to make everybody sure you are proud of it.

10.Would you like to change anything in your school?


Text 1 Eddie Ogan

The Rich Family in Church

I'll never forget Easter of 1946. I was 14, my little sister Ocy was 12, and my elder sister Darlene was 16. We lived at home with our mother; our dad had died five years before, leaving Mom with three school kids to raise and no money.

A month before Easter the pastor of our church asked everyone to save money and help a poor family.

When we got home, we talked about what we could do. We decided to buy 50 pounds of potatoes and live on them for a month. When we thought that if we kept our electric lights turned out as much as possible and didn't listen to the radio, we'd save money on that month's electric bill. Darlene got as many house and yard cleaning jobs as possible, and both of us babysat for everyone we could.

Every day we counted the money to see how much we had saved. At night we'd sit in the dark and talk about how the poor family was going to enjoy having the money the church would give them.

The day before Easter, Ocy and I walked to the grocery store and the manager gave us three $20 bills and one $10 bill for all our change. We had never had so much money before.

We could hardly wait to get to church. When the pastor was taking money, Mom gave him a $10 bill, and each of us, kids, $20.

As we walked home after church, we sang all the way. Later that afternoon the minister drove up in his car. Mom went to the door and then came back with an envelope in her hand. She opened the envelope and out fell a bunch of money. There were three $20 bills, one $10 and seventeen $1 bills. (1219)


1 Why did the pastor ask the people in church to save money?

2 How did the narrator’s family try to save some money?

3 Why could they hardly wait for Easter Holiday?

4 What happened later that afternoon?

5 Did the family expect anybody to bring them the money? Why?

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