1. Текст Great grandad
1. Read the story and say in 2—3 sentences what it is about.
The author of the story couldn't cope with algebra in his first year at secondary school. He was afraid of it and even made him mad. But his grandad vividly explained him why algebra was useful. Moreover, those lessons helped the author to discover his Grandad's world.
2. The author says she had problems with algebra. Find this extract and read it aloud.
I couldn't cope with algebra In my first year at secondary school, and It made me mad. 'I don't see the point of it, I screamed. “I don’t know what it’s for! 3. How did the girl’s Grandad help her understand the subject? According to Grandad’s explanation, algebra Is PE for people’s brains, and mathsigns and symbols are not just marks on paper. They are not flat but three-dimensional, so the author can approach them from different directions.
4. What else did the author understand about her Grandad?
He discovered that Granddad’s world was full of miracles and mazes, mirrors and misleading signs. He was fascinated by riddles and codes and labyrinths, by the origin of place names, by grammar, by slang, by jokes.
1. How did Uncle Roger explain to the boy why the whales were on the beach?
After a big storm with huge waves two helpless whales were found on the beach. According to some people's opinion sometimes whales throw themselves on the beach because dirty water makes them crazy. A lot of plants and factories throw rubbish Into the water.
2. How did the people help them?
Some people brought ropes and began to pull one whale into the water. Unfortunately, the other whale was
3. How did this event affect the story-teller's life?
He decided to study the ocean and protect animals. Now he is a member of Greenpeace and his priority is to protect whales both from hunting and the many other threats they face.
3. Тема Future career
Nowadays there is a great variety of jobs to any taste and it is really not an easy task to choose the right one. I began to think about my future profession at the age of 15. My favorite subjects at school are Mathematics and English. And I know well what I'm going to do after leaving school. I am interested in business economics. I came to this decision little by little. It was my father who aroused my interest in that field. You see, my father is working for an international company as a chief economist and I am often at his office where I watch him working and discussing business matters with his colleagues. So I've learnt a lot about this profession. Economists study our everyday life and the system, which affects it. To become a good specialist in economic and business I must know many sciences, such as business economics, finance and credits, statistics, history of economic theory and philosophy, mathematics, as well as economic management, etc. If I pass my entrance exams successfully and enter the University I'll try to do my best to achieve my life's ambition and to justify the hopes of my parents. I also hope that I'll never regret my choice and get a wellpaid and interesting Job afterwards.