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Read the task below and note the key content points as well as the “detail” within them
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Read through the example answer and answer the following questions (CPE criteria “content” = 5)
Is all the content relevant to the task?
Are you, the target reader, fully informed as to the points highlighted in the task?
By Lena Vertugina
The name of the book I would like to write about will provoke no instant response in the soul of an average European reader, neither it will be familiar to the majority of Russians, to which nation belongs its author Alexander Sharov, which is undoubtedly sad. “Yozhenka”, as it sounds in Russian, is by all means, one of the most romantic, educating and beautifully written stories ever.
Its heroine, Yozhenka, is a little girl who came into existence when a kind artist (also a book character) drew her with a pencil that initially was a hedgehog’s needle, hence the name of the girl that can loosely be translated into English as “a little hedgehog-girl”. She then embarks on all sorts of adventure, learns to enjoy life together with other inhabitants of the island, also drawn by the kind artist, her father, and, finally, undertakes a dangerous journey across wild seas to wage a battle against the evil characters of the story, who, in their turn, were created by an evil artist, a sibling brother of the kind one. Of course, in the end peace is established and all wicked heroes are cured of their malevolence and make friends with other characters.
The plot being schematically explained, it is worth clarifying why this story, seemingly being quite common in treating the everlasting conflict of the Good and the Evil, could still be still appealing to the young generation of Russian kids. It is all in the idea that we all are responsible for the actions we take, the friends we choose, the words we say to each other, that every page of the book is rich. “Grow up to become a kind artist of your destiny!” – the author hints. Moreover, while reading one just gets so much captivated by what is going on in the story that cannot but experience the whole range of emotions from fear and rage to complete elation – the effect ensured by the fantastic beauty of the narrator’s language. What can be more important than living a book that teaches us the most crucial and individuality-forming things in our whole future life?
Having been the most remarkable book of my own childhood and the early years of my daughters, “Yozhenka” is unfairly little known to readers in our country. I would very much like to see it turned into a wonderful cartoon or even a feature film and carry its charge of kindness and creativity to generations to come.
To learn more about the author of the above example, Lena Vertugina, please follow the links below….
Do you feel more comfortable with a male or female physician? Why?
Do you usually turn to friends or family when looking for recommendation for a doctor?
How would you feel if your doctor had one of the following approaches:
How many office / doctor visits do you schedule per year?
What’s your BMI (check here)
Now watch the video, as you watch, pick which of the above expressions in bold are used
First fill in the gaps, then check answers (scroll down) then discuss
Watch the following videos. Compare the advice they all give
This 2-minute video has no words.
Unlike in countries like Australia and New Zealand, Kenyan politics is connected with tribes. Guess / wildly guess some answers to the following questions
Two main actors in the article you are about to read are “Uhuru Kenyatta” and “Raila Odinga”.
Now read the text to answer the questions to pre-reading 2, and see if actions linked to the Kenyatta actor are different in level of positivity to the actions linked with the “Odinga” character. Text here.
What’s your linguistic choice for the gapped combinations below
e.g. 1: Kenya falls into violence / Kenya descends into violence / Kenya……. into violence
Answers are at the end of the post. Look at them now
Now you’ve been exposed to what the actor “Odigna” does in some texts, have an educated guess what the actors will do
Now read and see (here)
Would you use the linguistic choice from the article to describe the protesters / police actions?
Roziur Choudhury prides himself on offering a healthier alternative at Grillzone, in the east London suburb of Dagenham. Photograph: Teri Pengilley for the Guardian (link below)
What is your linguistic choice for the gapped combinations below?
It is too early to say whether Roziur Choudhury is the future of Britain’s (1) _______________ fast food sector. For now, he represents its conscience.
Choudhury’s smart new Grillzone restaurant, in the east London suburb of Dagenham, aims to be a “healthy” takeaway: golden, corn-fed half-chickens roast _(2)____________ on a rotary grill; chips are fried in low-fat oil; (3) ________ chopped salad is given away free with orders.
“Why would I want to feed people something I would not feed my own family?” Choudhury asks.
At £3.49 for six chicken wings, however, his food is (3)____________ pricey – and the competition around here is (4)__________. There are 61 fast-food joints jostling for business within a mile radius of Grillzone, according to the Centre for Diet and Activity Research’s new “food environment assessment tool”, which offers the public unprecedented analysis of the prevalence of food outlets throughout England.
Food and diet listening and vocab for speaking
In the link below there are two boxes, a vocabulary box and an exam questions box. After clicking on the link, look through the questions in the vocabulary box. If you see an epxression in a question that you want to activate, make a note of it in your “to activate” list and then ask yourself the question and answer it out loud, or make a video of yourself doing so.
On the link below you will find 4 questions related to motivation and an example for each. Rather than just “listening and noting new words”, the following activites will help you
before clicking here to access the 4 questions and examples, read through the 10 steps below so you can then follow them.
Your ideas and linguistic choice (LC) before listening
Listening, reacting and learning4
Post-listeing: Speaking to activate
Do one or both of the following…
Why do you get out of bed in the morning?
What motivates you to choose the products you choose?
What inspiring leaders can you think of (business, politics, sport..)?
Can you see something common that makes them inspiring?
Now watch the video to compare ideas and pick out new ones
Go through the tapescript briefly and choose five expressions you would like to activate
To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements (for each question, think of your ideas, then before answering look through your expressions from the previous and your “to activate” list in general to see if you can activate them)
Now watch the video (from “Biology traits: performance and prediction) to compare your ideas and react to new ones
Read through the sentences below and choose the word (in the brackets) that Peterson chose (both are correct English, but what was his linguistic choice to convey his idea). When finished check your answers at the end
Keeping in mind his linguistic choice, to what extent do you agree / disagree with the above statements / advice?
Did you use any of the expressions you recently added to your “to activate list”?
Looking at your list, can you see where you could have activated more when reacting in the previous exercsie?
Go back to the page in the link below, only this time answer the questions in the “Exam speaking questions” box.
Are some people better at maths than others? Why?
Is the way maths is learnt in your country different from the way that people learn musical instruments or karate?
How important were / are test scores in your country?
Does the coming of the digital age mean we need to change education in our country?
What do you think a “mastery approach” to learning is?
Each gap represents one missing word. How many different words can you think that could be the missing word
check the answers below
Read through the questions below, before answering, think which expressions from the previous exercise you can activate when discussing the questions below. Feel free to also look back through your vocab book / the rest of Khan’s speech.
below is another video about “fixed mindset versus growth mindset” in children. Think of 5 questions you think may be answered then watch the video
the next video is about schools killing creativity. What points raised in hte last two videos might be raised in the video below about how schools kill creativity?
The following are tips that Bezos gives in a Forbes.com article. Before reading, finish the tips yourself then read and compare your ideas with Jeff’s
Which three of the tips are the best?
Which are not so useful?
You are going to watch a video in which Besos gives 10 pieces of advice about starting / running a business. Before watching, look at Amzaon’s top 10 core values and answer the question
“Which one (and only one) of these Amazon core values will be mentioned directly in the top 10 tips video?
Which of the core values could be in some way at least connected with the tips?
Which pieces of advice are the best in your opinion?
Make a list of core values for your company.
The newspaper article (from the Sydney Morning Herald – SMH) for you to read below is about a conservative journal editor and his criticism of the ABC (ABC = Australian Brooadcasting Corporation = the Australian Version of the BBC, in Canada it is CBC). Activate your ideas before reading by answering these questions:
“the online editor of the Australian conservative journal Quadrant wrote an opinion piece saying that, “had there been a shred of justice”, the Manchester blast would have “detonated in an Ultimo TV studio (=ABC headquarters).” He added that, if such an attack took place, “none of the (ABC) panel’s likely casualties would have represented the slightest reduction in humanity’s intelligence, decency, empathy or honesty”
Read and react to the ideas in the rest of the SMH article by clicking here
Below is the original article by Franklin. Follow the active reading steps of