Work in two groups.
Group AYou are going to read about Rob Fellows, from the USA.
Group B You are going to read about Kate, from Novgorod.
Read your extract. Answer the following questions.
1. Why did he/she come to West Point/Moscow?
2. What does he/she do?
3. Is his/her life busy?
Life in Moscow Hostel
I am Kate. I come from Novgorod, but last year I entered the Teacher’s Training Institute of Foreign Languages and so my dream came true. I live in the hostel and my day begins with the ringing of the alarm-clock which wakes me as well as my room-mates up at half past six. We jump out of bed with noise and jokes, do our morning exercises to music, wash, clean out teeth, do our hair and dress. We have breakfast at 7.10. We leave our hostel at 7.35. It takes us 10 minutes to get to the Institute. As our classes begin at 8 o’clock, the cloak-room at that time is overcrowded with the students who are to arrive at the Institute before the bell. After classes I go to the snack-bar or canteen to have dinner and then to the library or to the language laboratory to work at my sounds and speech. In the evening after a short rest I do my homework and it takes me time, you know. Before I go to bed I can watch a TV programme, read a book for pleasure, have a walk with my friend talking about the latest news. At last I go to bed. It’s 11.30 in the evening and it’s high time to sleep.
Cadet Life at West Point.
Let me introduce myself. My name is Robb Fellows. I come from Cleveland, Ohio. But now I’m a cadet at West Point Military Academy which is located approximately 50 miles north of New York City. West Point provides the Nation with leaders of character who serve the common defense. Life at the United States Military Academy is busy. Our typical daily schedule starts with breakfast formation at 6.25. We have breakfast at 6.30. It lasts for half an hour. Our classes begin at 7.15 and last till 11.25. At 11.30 we have an hour break for lunch. Our commandant’s time lasts from 12.30 till 1.30. Then we have classes again. They last between 1.35 and 3.40. After that our cadets have club or intercollegiate athletics, parades or free time. We have time for dinner from 5.30 till 700. Then comes our study time. It lasts from 8.30 till 11.30. We go to bed after the “lights-out” signal at 12.00.
Cadets are busy, but there is time for fun and relaxation. Each cadet goes in for sport. There are also dances and other social functions that bring students from neighboring colleges to West point. In my opinion we use all the opportunities to study and to rest.
1.Find a partner from the other group.
2. Read the other extract. Help each other with any new words.
3. Look at the following statements about these young people. Are the following statements true or false?
Kate usually gets up later than Rob does.
Kate lives with her parents.
Rob comes from New York.
Kate is a muscovite.
Kate has breakfast at 8.10.
Rob has breakfast at 8.10 too.
Both Kate and Rob go to bed at 11 o’clock in the evening.
Fill in the spaces. Speak about…
A) Kate’s schedule b) Rob’s schedule
6.30 … 6.25…
Let’s speak about your daily routine.
Answer the questions.
1. What does the daily routine start with?
2. What does it end with?
3. Do you do your morning exercises?
4. Where do you go after breakfast?
5. How do you usually get to the Institute?
6. When and where do you have dinner?
7. What do you do after dinner?
8. How many lessons do you usually have?
9. What do you usually do in your free time?
Exercise 1. Listen to the text.
Another day in the life of the Queen.
Queen Elizabeth II wakes up at 7 o’clock, has a cup of tea and reads The Times. Then she has a bath and gets dressed. At 8 o’clock she listens to BBC news and has breakfast with Prince Philip. After breakfast she rings up the Queen Mother. Then she reads personal letters and has an important business consultations with Private Secretary and then works at government documents. At 1 o’clock she has a quick lunch in her private apartment in Buckingham Palace at 2 o’clock leaves the Palace to open a new hospital. There she makes speeches, shakes hands and has a cup of tea. At 4.45 she is back at the Palace and works in her office. At 5.30 she receives foreign visitors and then has the final meeting with her Private Secretary. In the evening she goes to St. Jame’s Palace where she has a reception party and talks with 70 people. Then she goes back to the Palace and at 8.30 has dinner with Philip and group of some businessmen. At 10 she watches television news and then reads some official papers and telephones some members of the Royal Family – just to see if all is well. At about 11 she goes to bed.
Listen to the text again and answer these questions:
1. How long does the Queen spend with Prince Philip?
2. What kind of people does she meet?
3. What three things does she do every day and what three things did she only do on that day?
Exercise 2. Read the texts. Which of the four texts is about?
Student waiter businesswoman postman
1. I start work at nine. I finish at about seven. I often work late, and I sometimes work at home too. I usually have lunch in a restaurant because my company pays. I always wear smart clothes, like a suit, to work. I go to work by train. I never go by car – there’s too much traffic.
2. My job is an evening job. I start at six o’clock in the evening and finish at about two o’clock in the morning. I have a break at about ten and I always eat in the kitchen. I war a uniform, of course.
3. I go in when there are classes. They sometimes start at nine, sometimes at ten. I usually have lunch in the cafeteria, but some days I don’t have lunch. In the evenings I often work in the library. I go everywhere by bicycle. I usually wear casual clothes like jeans.
4. I start early – at five o’clock in the morning – and I usually finish at about one o’clock in the afternoon, so I always have lunch at home. I wear a uniform at work.