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

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What languages do the British speak? English Learning Magazine

English is the official language of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and it’s a first language for the majority of its citizens. However, visitors to the UK are often surprised that they have difficulties in understanding the language. In Britain every part of the country has its own way of speaking English. Most people in Britain can guess where someone comes from by the way they speak, either their accent or by words they use.

People in Wales speak a different language completely. About 25% of people there still speak their native Celtic language called Welsh. In some regions of Scotland Gaelic is used as a first

language. All over Scotland the accent is strong, some words are different but overall it is not difficult to understand. In Northern Ireland about 7% of people are bilingual and speak English and Irish Gaelic.


  1. What difficulties do visitors to the UK face?

  2. How can the British guess where someone comes from?

  3. What is special about Scottish English?

  4. Why do you think people learn foreign languages?

  5. Do you think a foreign language is important to you? Why / why not?

  6. How long have you been learning English?

  7. Is it difficult for you to learn English?

  8. Which are the most difficult and the most interesting activities for you at the English lessons?

  9. Which of the activities do you think are most useful?

10.Can you say that English helps you in your everyday life? How does it help?

11.Would you like to learn another foreign language? Why? / Why not?


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FOOTBALL IN ENGLAND Encyclopaedia Britannica

Football is the most popular game in England – you understand it if you come to one of the important matches. Rich and poor, young and old, one can see them all there, shouting and cheering for one side or the other. Football matches are also watched by millions of people on TV.

One of the most surprising things about football in England to a stranger is the greatest knowledge of the game. Even the smallest boy can tell you the names of players in most of the important teams; he has photographs of them and knows the results of large number of matches. He will tell you, who he expects will win such and such a match, and his opinion is usually as good as of men three or four times older.

Most schools in England take football seriously – much more seriously than nearly all European schools. In England, it is believed that education is not only a matter of filling a boy’s mind with facts in the classroom: education also means character training; and one of the best ways of training character is by means of games, especially team games, where the boy has to learn to work with others for his team, instead of working selfishly for himself alone.

The school therefore arranges games and matches for its pupils. Football is a good team game, it is good exercise for the body, it needs skill and a quick brain, it is popular and it is cheap: as a result, it is a schools` favourite game. (1137)


  1. Prove that football is the most popular game in England.

  2. What can surprise you about football in England?

  3. What is one of the best ways of training character?

  4. Why is football a good team game?

  5. What other team game do you know? Are they popular in England or Russia?

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The book or the computer?

The death of the book has been predicted for centuries. Cinema, radio and television have all been presented as the murderers of books and reading. With the development of computing and the Internet books were replaced by electronic media. Who wants to use a twenty-volume encyclopaedia if you can take the necessary information from a small CD-ROM? It is, of course, the greatest revolution! But no one will lie in bed reading a novel from CD-ROM. Reading and the books, magazines and newspapers are still important in our lives. They continue to teach and amuse us.


  1. What has been predicted for many years? Why?

  2. Where can you take the necessary information from?

  3. Do you prefer reading electronic books to printed books? Why / Why not?

  4. How often do you use the Internet? What for?

  5. Can you do without your mobile phone? Is it a useful gadget?

  6. Are there anу other inventions or gadgets that are useful in our lives? What are they?

  7. What modern inventions do you think are the most important all over the world?

  8. What Russian of foreign inventors do you know?

  9. What are they famous for?

10.Do you agree that there are some bad points of developing science and technology? Explain you opinion.


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THE SPIDER FirstScience

Have you ever seen a small animal with four pairs of legs, a body that is divided into two parts?

This is a spider. Spiders live all over the world. They do not live only in the coldest places. You may find them on land: on grass, bushes, trees, and on pools, rivers, seas. There are 15,000 different kinds of spiders. The smallest spider is less than 1 mm in body length, and the biggest one can have body length up to 90 mm.

The spider spins its web to catch insects for food. It spins its web all its life. The process of spinning a web is very long. People say that the spider is very persistent in its work. If you destroy its web, a spider will begin to spin a new web.

There is a story about a spider and a Scottish hero Robert Bruce (1274-1329). Robert Bruce was at the head of the Scottish army in the fight for the independence of Scotland against the English kings, Edward the First and Edward the Second. .

Once Robert Bruce was watching a spider spinning the web. Robert Bruce destroyed the web, and the spider began to spin a new web. Several times Robert Bruce destroyed the web, and each time the spider began its work from the beginning.

Watching the persistent work of the spider, Bruce decided to be as persistent as the spider and continue the fight for the independence of Scotland. And he defeated the English.

It was many years ago, but Scottish people still remember their great victory, and their great leader Robert Bruce. (1179)


  1. Where do spiders live?

  2. What does the spider do all its life? Why?

  3. What happens if you destroy its web?

  4. What nationality was Robert Bruce and who did he fight against?

  5. Why did Robert Bruce decide to continue the fight? Who won?

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National Symbols BBC Learning English

Countries often have national symbols or emblems. Britain is usually shown as a lion or a bulldog. The USA has an eagle as its symbol. Australia uses a kangaroo.

Countries have their own national colours, too. These are usually the colours of their national flag. The patriotic colours in Britain and the USA are red, white and blue.

Different parts of Britain have their own emblems, too. They are all plants: a red rose in England, a thistle in Scotland, a shamrock in Northern Ireland and a leek in Wales. Each country has its own colour. They are used, for example, for football or rugby teams: white in England, blue in Scotland, red in Wales and green in Northern Ireland.


  1. What are the symbols of Britain, the USA and Australia?

  2. What are the emblems and colours of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland?

  3. What are the capitals of these countries?

  4. Who rules the country?

  5. Who has the title of Prince of Wales?

  6. What are the most important industries in the country?

  7. What do you know about the climate of the UK? Is it different or the same in different parts of the UK?

  8. Why do the British often speak about the weather?

  9. Have you ever been to an English speaking country? Did you like it?

10.Which country of the UK would you like to visit and what landmarks would you like to see there?


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MANUSCRIPTS by Lack London

When Martin Eden returned to San Francisco, he began to write. He sent his works to newspapers and magazines, but the editors sent his manuscripts back. Martine continued to write and study at the same time. Martine slept five hours: only a man in very good health could work for nineteen hours a day.

The weeks passed. All Martin’s money was spent and publishers continued to send his manuscripts back. Martin sold his coat, then his watch.

One morning the postman brought him a short thin envelope. There was no manuscript in that envelope, therefore, Martin thought they had taken the story. It was The Ring of the Bells. In the letter the editor of a San Francisco magazine said that the story was good. They would pay the author five dollars for it. And he would receive the check when the story was published.

Martin thought that five dollars for five thousand words was very little. After a few weeks the story was published, but the check didn’t` arrive. Martin had waited for about a month before he decided to go and get the five dollars from the editor.

He entered the office and said that he wanted to see Mr Ford – the editor. “I`m Martin Eden,” Martin began the conversation. He wanted to ask for his five dollars, but it was his first editor and he didn’t` t want to make a bad impression on him. To his surprise Mr Ford quickly stood up with the words “You don` t say so!” and the next moment, with both hands was shaking Martin` s hand. (1184)


  1. Where did Martin Eden write his first stories?

  2. What happened to most of his early works?

  3. What was in the letter the postman brought him one morning?

4.How much money did Mr. Ford, his editor, was going to pay him? Was it a large sum of money for Martin’s story?

5.Why did Martin Eden come to Mr. Ford’s office? How was he accepted by the editor?

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Environmentally Friendly FirstScience

There are several groups in Britain which try to protect the environment. The most famous group is Greenpeace, which campaigns in many countries around the world. They have campaigned against hunting whales, pollution in the North Sea, nuclear power, and many other issues.

Another important environmental group is Friends of the Earth. They campaigned against global warming, the destruction of the rainforest, and the hole in the ozone layer.

There are many other groups which are worried about the environment. The oldest is the National Trust which was set up in 1895 to protect parks, buildings and monuments in Britain.


  1. What are the most famous environmental groups? Which is the oldest one?

  2. What do they campaign against?

  3. Why is pollution a big problem for people now?

  4. Is water in the area where you live clear or polluted?

  5. What pollutes water and air?

  6. What other environmental problems is it necessary to solve?

  7. How can people solve these problems?

  8. What can you personally do to help nature?

  9. What things can be recycled and reused? Why should we recycle and reuse?

10.Is it important for schoolchildren to discuss all these problems at the lessons? Why?


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About one hundred years ago many educated people learned and spoke French when they met people from other countries. Today most people speak English when they meet foreigners. It has become the new international language. There are more people who speak English as a second language than people who speak English as a first language. Why is this?

There are many reasons why English has become so popular. One of them is that English has become the language of business. Another important reason is that popular American culture (like movies, music, and McDonald's) has quickly spread throughout the world. It has brought its language with it.

Is it good that English has spread to all parts of the world so quickly? I don't know. It's important to have a language that the people of the earth have in common. Our world has become very global and we need to communicate with one another. On the other hand, English is a fairly complicated language to learn and it brings its culture with it. Do we really need that?

Scientists have already tried to create an artificial language that isn't too difficult and doesn't include any one group's culture. It is called Esperanto. But it hasn't become popular. But maybe the popularity of English won't last that long either. Who knows? There are more people in the world who speak Chinese than any other language. Maybe someday Chinese will be the new international language. (1176)


  1. What language do people learn and speak about one hundred years ago?

  2. Why has the English language become so popular?

  3. Why is it important to learn and speak English?

  4. What do you know about Esperanto? Who was it created by?

  5. Do you think Chinese will be the new international language in the future? Explain you point of view.

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National Heroes

All countries have their national heroes and heroines. We usually learn about these people through out our history lessons at school. Heroes and heroines are often leaders who fought against a more powerful enemy. The earliest leader in British history was Queen Boadicea, who led a rebellion against the Romans. There is a statue of her on Westminster Bridge in London.

In Scotland, the most famous leader is Robert the Bruce. He defeated the English in one of the many wars between England and Scotland which took place before two countries were united.

Not all national heroes and heroines are leaders. Some are inventors, explores or pioneers in a particular field.


  1. What do heroes and heroines have in common?

  2. What was Queen Boadicea famous for?

  3. Who is the most well-known hero in Scotland?

  4. What Russian leaders do you know?

  5. What are the most famous inventors, scientists, musicians, writers, artists?

  6. Who is your hero?

  7. Describe his/her appearance.

  8. What is his/her personality like? Does he have only positive qualities?

  9. Why do you admire this person?

10.If you met him/her in your real life what questions would you ask him/her?


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FLIGHT Inventions That Changed the World

For many centuries people watched birds and dreamed that they could fly. We cannot fly like birds: we don`t have enough strength in our arms to move wings up and down. We also really need the power of an engine to drive up forward. Many people died learning these lessons, before controlled flight became possible.

The first flying machine which could carry a human being was built in Spain in 875. Reports tell us that the inventor flew some distance, but the landing was hard: the man hurt his back badly and was never able to fly again.

It was possible that the news of his flight reached England, carried there by men returning from war in the Middle East. Whether this is true or not, in 1010 a man called Oliver jumped off a church roof in Mulmesbury. This time we know the distance of his flight - 125 steps.

In the last years of the 15th century, the Italian Leonardo da Vinci studied the flight of birds and made a number of drawings of flying machines. His early machines tried to copy the movement of birds` wings, which he didn’t fully understand. But less than 10 years before his death in 1519, he drew a machine with wings that didn’t move. One of the machines was built and it did fly.

In 1536 in France, Denis Bolor returned to the idea of moving wings. He tried to fly using wings that were moved up and down. The idea didn’t` t work and he fell to his death. (1122)


  1. What did people dream about for many centuries?

  2. Why can’t we fly?

  3. Where and when was the first flying machine built?

  4. Where did Oliver jump off?

  5. What did Leonardo da Vinci study and make?

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What are ‘bank’ holidays?

British bank holidays are Public Holidays and have been recognized since 1871. The name Bank Holiday comes from the time when banks were shut and so no trading could take place.

There are currently eight permanent bank and public holidays in England, Wales and Scotland and 10 in Northern Ireland. These include Christmas Day and Good Friday, which in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are common law holidays (they are not specified by law as bank holidays but have become customary holidays because they are celebrated by everybody).

Even though banks are still closed on these days many shops today now remain open. Shops, museums and other public attractions, such as historic houses and sports centres, may close on certain public holidays, particularly Christmas Day.


  1. Where does the name Bank Holiday come from?

  2. How many permanent public holidays are there in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland?

  3. What British and American holidays do you know? Name some of them.

  4. Do the British give each other presents on holidays?

  5. Which of the British holidays would you like to be celebrated in Russia? Why?

  6. What holidays are very popular with Russian people?

  7. How are some of these holidays celebrated?

  8. Do you know any interesting traditions for these holidays?

  9. Which are your favourite holidays? How do you celebrate them?

10.Do you usually celebrate holidays with your friends or with your relatives?


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Miss Martha was 40 years old but she was not married. She had her own shop where she sold bread, both fresh and stale which was cheaper.

There was a customer who called at her shop two or three times a week. The man was not young but he was very pleasant. He wore cheap clothes but they always looked nice on him. He always bought stale bread and never fresh. Miss Martha decided that he was very poor.

She often thought of him and was always sorry that she couldn’t invite him to have dinner with her. She wanted to talk to him, to know more about him. She liked the man and began wearing her best dress. She wanted to help the poor man but didn’t know how to do it.

Once when her customer called on her to buy stale bread, Miss Martha had an idea and a good one, as she thought, to help him. She put some butter in the stale bread.

The next day two men came into the shop. One of them was her customer and the other – a young man. The customer was very angry and couldn’t speak to her. So the young man told Miss Martha everything. “We work together in the same office”, he said. “We use stale bread to take away to pencil lines from our plans. We have worked at a plan of a new district for six months. We finished it this morning and began taking away pencil lines from it with your bread. You see, as there was butter in the bread the plan is good for nothing, and we can’t show this plan to anybody now.”

When the men left, Miss Martha went to her room, took off her best dress and put on her old one.



  1. What did Martha sell in her shop?

  2. Who came to her shop two or three times a week?

  3. Why did Martha decide to help the man? What did she do?

  4. Why were the man and his friend angry?

  5. How do you think Martha felt when the men left the shop?

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The British on Holiday

Schools close for the summer in the UK about the middle of July and open again at the beginning of September, so most families go on holiday in July and in August.

Many families go to the Mediterranean to get two weeks of the sun. The most popular destination in Europe is Spain. Outside Europe, Florida in the USA is the top destination.

Many families stay in the UK for their summer holidays. Popular seaside resorts are Scarborough and Blackpool, some places in Devon and Cornwell.

But even if the sun shines, the sea never gets very warm. A new alternative is to go to a leisure complex like Centre Parks, which has heated swimming pools under a big glass dome and many indoor and outdoor activities like cycling, horse riding and archery.


  1. When do British schools close for the summer?

  2. Where do British families go on holiday?

  3. What activities does a leisure complex offer its visitors?

  4. Which holiday do you prefer: beach, sightseeing or action? Why?

  5. Where did you last go on holiday? What kind of holiday was it?

  6. Who did you go on holiday with?

  7. Where did you live there? Had you booked accommodation in advance?

  8. What did you like doing there most of all?

  9. What places of interest did you see there?

10.What holiday would you like to have next time?
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