Thứ Sáu, ngày 17 tháng 8 năm 2007

UNIT 1: WHO USES ENGLISH ?

A. READING

Before you read
Work in pairs. Ask and answer questions about your daily routine, using the cues below.
Example: what time you often get up
A: What time do you often get up?
B: I often get up at six.

_ what time you go to school / have breakfast / lunch / dinner / go to bed
_ what you often do in the morning / afternoon / evening

While you read

Read the passage and then do the tasks that follow.


Mr. Vy: The alarm goes off at 4:30. I get up and go down to the kitchen to boil some water for my morning tea. I drink several cups of tea, have a quick breakfast and then lead the buffalo to the field. It takes me 45 minutes to get ready. I leave the house at a quarter past five and arrive in the field at exactly 5:30. I plough and harrow my plot of land and at a quarter to eight I take a short rest. During my break I often drink tea with my fellow peasant and smoke local tobacco. I continue to work from a quarter past eight till 10:30. Then I go home, take a short rest and have lunch with my family at 11:30. After lunch I usually take an hour's rest.

Mrs. Tuyet: At 2:30 in the afternoon we go to the field again. We repair the banks of our plot of land. Then my husband
pumps water into it while I do the transplanting. We work for about two hours before we take a rest. We finish our work at 6 p.m. We have dinner at about 7 p.m., then we watch TV and go to bed at about 10 p.m. Sometimes we go and see our neighbours for a cup of tea. We chat about our work, our children and our plans for the next crop. Although it's a long day for us, we are contented with what we do. We love working and we love our children.

Task 1. Choose the option A, B or C that best suits the meaning of the italicised word(s).

The alarm goes off at 4:30.
A. goes wrong B. goes away C. rings

It takes me 45 minutes to get ready.
A. to go B. to wake up C. to prepare

We chat about our work.
A. talk in a friendly way B. learn C. discuss

We are contented with what we do.
A. satisfied with B. disappointed with C. interested in

Task 2. Answer the following questions.

What is Mr. Vy's occupation ?
What time does he get up and what does he do after that ?
What does he do in the morning ?
What do Mr. Vy and his wife do in the afternoon ?
Are they happy with their life or not ? Why ?

Task 3. Scan the passage and make a brief note about Mr. Vy and Mrs. Tuyet's daily routines. Then compare your note with a partner.


After you read
Work in groups. Talk about Mr. and Mrs. Tuyet's daily routines.

CLOZE TEST 3

CLOZE TEST 3: Fill in each blank with an appropriate word.

Approximately 350 million people speak English as their (1) .......... language. About the (2) .......... number use it as a (3) .......... language. It is the language (4) ........ aviation, international sports, and world trade. It is an official (5) .......... in 44 countries. In many others it is thspe language of business, commerce and (6) .......... .

CLOZE TEST 3

CLOZE TEST 3: Fill in each blank with an appropriate word.

Approximately 350 million people speak English as their (1) first language. About the (2) same number use it as a (3) second language. It is the language (4) of aviation, international sports, and world trade. It is an official (5) language in 44 countries. In many others it is the language of business, commerce and (6) technology .

Thứ Tư, ngày 15 tháng 8 năm 2007

CLOZE TEST

UNIT 1: CLOZE TEST 1

Fill in each blank with an appropriate word.

More than 300,000,000 people speak English as their first or (1) ............... language. Another 300,000,000 speak it as a (2) ............... language. No one knows how many people speak it as a (3) ............... language. Chinese is the only (4) ............... with more speakers than English. This is because of the huge population of China, more than one thousand million people.
English is (5) ............... as a native language in North America, Britain, Australia, and New Zealand. More people study (6) ............... than any other language.

CLOZE TEST - KEY

UNIT 1: CLOZE TEST 1: ANSWER KEY

Fill in each blank with an appropriate word.

More than 300,000,000 people speak English as their first or (1) native language. Another 300,000,000 speak it as a (2) second language. No one knows how many people speak it as a (3) foreign language. Chinese is the only (4) language with more speakers than English. This is because of the huge population of China, more than one thousand million people.
English is (5) spoken as a native language in North America, Britain, Australia, and New Zealand. More people study (6) English than any other language.

TRANSFORMATION


UNIT 1: TRANSFORMATION

Exercise 1: Rewrite the following sentences with the given words.

1. People speak English in New Zealand.
English .....................................................................................
2. It isn't easy to learn English.
Learning ...................................................................................
3. English is more important than French.
French ......................................................................................
4. She doesn't know English. She can't get the good job.
If she ........................................................................................
5. Mrs. Edwards is the owner of that car.
That car ....................................................................................
6. I don’t know English well. She doesn't know English well.
Neither I nor ..............................................................................

Exercise 2: Rewrite the following sentences with the given words.

1. To speak English fluently is very difficult.
It is ...............................................................................................
2. This is their house.
This house .....................................................................................
3. Mum doesn’t speak English as well as Dad.
Dad ...............................................................................................
4. It’s easier to read Chinese than to write it.
Reading .........................................................................................
5. My brother isn’t good at French. I’m not good at French.
Neither ..........................................................................................
6. He didn’t go to school because of his illness.
Because he ....................................................................................

TRANSFORMATION

UNIT 1: Answer key

Exercise 1: Rewrite the following sentences with the given words.

1. English is spoken in New Zealand.
2. Learning English isn't easy.
3. French is not so important as English.
4. If she knew English, she could get the good job.
5. That car belongs to Mrs. Edwards.
6. Neither I nor she knows English well.

Exercise 2: Rewrite the following sentences with the given words.

1. It is difficult to speak English fluently.
2. This house belongs to them.
3. Dad speaks English better than Mum.
4. Reading Chinese is easier than writing it.
5. Neither my brother nor I am good at French.
6. Because he was ill, she didn't go to school.

WORD STUDY

UNIT 1: WORD STUDY

Add the prefixes out-, sub-, super-, or sur- to these words and use them to complete the sentences.

grows - lived - market - name - normal - ran - sonic - stars - weighs

1. Nam ................. his classmate by 2 kilos.

2. My mother goes to the ................. every Sunday.

3. This winter many countries experienced ................. temperature.

4. He ................. his trousers very fast.

5. Very famous film actors and actresses are sometimes called ................. .

6. “NGUYỄN” is the most common ................. in Viet Nam.

7. The Concord is a ................. aircraft.

8. Mr. Long died in 1990, his wife died in May 1993. She ................. her husband by three years.

9. The favourite cyclist easily ................. the others in competition.

WORD STUDY

UNIT 1: Answer key

1. Nam outweighs his classmate by 2 kilos.

2. My mother goes to the supermarket every Sunday.

3. This winter many countries experienced subnormal temperature.

4. He outgrows his trousers very fast.

5. Very famous film actors and actresses are sometimes called superstars.

6. “NGUYỄN” is the most common surname in Viet Nam.

7. The Concord is a supersonic aircraft.

8. Mr. Long died in 1990, his wife died in May 1993. She outlived her husband by three years.

9. The favourite cyclist easily outran the others in competition.