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Complete each sentence with the correct form of the verb

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People often tend to talk about things they do every day, describing both good and bad habits, hobbies and obsessions. But only a few are ready to share their experience of getting rid of addictions.

Look at the pictures below. Who would you like to make friends with? Will you change your mind after reading descriptions?

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Complete sentences with appropriate words or phrases

Watch a short film on giving presentations and choose the correct option

Hi, I’m Louise. I work for a local newspaper here in London. I love writing and I really enjoy interviewing, but there’s one thing about my job I really hate — and that’s public speaking.

The problem is that no matter what work you do, speaking in public is almost impossible to avoid. These days, most roles require communication skills. From small presentations to big conference speeches, you need to be able to deliver a message clearly and confidently.

But for people like me this isn’t easy. I find speaking in public terrifying. I become tense and nervous and find it very difficult to relax. So that’s why I’ve come here — to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. RADA first opened in the Haymarket in London in 1904. It offers training for theatre specialists, including actors, stage managers, directors, and designers. It has become one of the most famous acting schools in the world and some of the entertainment industry’s biggest names have studied here.

But what am I doing here? Well, it’s about time I overcame my fear of public speaking, and to do this I need to become a good actor.

After all, actors and public speakers use a lot of the same skills. Both should tell a story and both should engage an audience. Because of this, RADA run several public speaking courses. I’ve come here to develop an actor’s approach to speaking effectively and Sandie — an actor for over 30 years — is going to show me the way.

The RADA approach to public speaking can be summarized in three words — think, breathe, speak. First, we’re going to focus on the «think» part.

At this stage, you talk through your concerns and set an objective for the session. Then you give a presentation in your usual style, and get some interesting feedback from Sandie.

If you can get your body language right, it will help your breathing and controlling your breath is central to good public speaking.

You learn to relax and find the power behind the voice through warm-up and breathing exercises. Once you have mastered the thought and the breath you can finally speak. But this isn’t as easy as it sounds.

It isn’t always easy to speak naturally, but finally — after a lot of practice — the words start to flow. Now I can try a full paragraph.

You have to make an impact from the beginning, and Sandie gives you the A-B-C-D of the perfect opening. And it’s just as important to end on a positive note.

Speaking and communicating are two very different things, and communicating effectively takes skill, perseverance, and lots of hard work. Unfortunately it isn’t as easy as just reading the right words; you need to tell the story, too. But if you can do this you will draw in your audience, and as they relax, you’ll relax, too.

I still feel nervous about speaking in front of people, but at RADA I enjoyed public speaking for the first time, and the more I enjoyed it, the better I became. And that’s what the RADA technique is all about, it gives you the skills to grow in confidence so, like an actor, you can face your audience with assurance rather than fear.



Listen to the presentation again and fill in the gaps

Read the article and choose the correct option A-F. The apps may be chosen more than once

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Six apps we couldn’t live without

A few years ago, the most popular apps were casually addictive games that provided us with entertainment during our daily commute. Now there is a whole new generation of them that are influencing our offline life more and more each day. Here is a list of six of the apps we couldn’t possibly live without today.

A. Venmo

This free app allows you to exchange payments with people you know via your smartphone, linking to your Facebook friends and email contacts, as well as your bank. Opt to give someone enough trust and they can withdraw money directly from your account, through the app. You can also build up a pile of cash in your Venmo account, so that next time you head out to dinner with friends, it’s fairly easy to split the bill or pay someone back.

B. Instagram

When it comes to sharing photos through our phones, most people prefer Instagram, the app bought by Facebook for $1 billion in late 2012. With 150 million monthly active users sharing 16 billion photos a day, Instagram has added a feature that gives users more control over who sees their photos. Instead of posting a photo to your entire network, you can send it to between one and 15 people, preventing strangers from viewing your pics without your knowledge.

C. Tinder

This matchmaking app lets users trawl through photos of other singles on their smartphone, swiping the ones they like to the right and those they don’t to the left. If two people swipe each other to the right, Tinder notifies them of their «match». Tinder is reportedly used by more than one per cent of the population in some countries and it has been suggested that the kids of the future will ask their parents which app they met in.

D. Uber

Uber is a car-for-hire app that finds a driver within your area and, assuming you’re in a metropolis, can often send it to your doorstep within minutes. It was named tech company of the year in 2013 because of the changes it was likely to bring to our lives. Since then, however, transport authorities have accused the company of operating an illegal taxi service, and legal action has been threatened.

E. Waze

This was the first app to successfully build up an enormous databank of maps and traffic reports through crowdsourcing. Waze has succeeded in creating a highly accurate navigation service by tracking the GPS coordinates of its users. It also diverts them away from built-up traffic when enough of them report in that they’re stuck in a jam.

F. WhatsApp

WhatsApp was the first of the messaging apps to offer a free texting service that synched with your mobile number and address book so that you didn’t have to register with a username. Founded in 2009, it now has 400 million active users to whom it charges a minimal annual subscription after one free year. The app’s main advantage is that it can be used to avoid expensive texting charges when communicating with friends and colleagues overseas.


Which app does it refer to?


Look at the highlighted words in the text and match them to the definitions below

Read the extract from a newspaper article and think of a problem described

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Madness around social networks

Kids Can Now Sue Parents for Posting Pics on Social Media

Here’s hoping a lot of parents look good in orange:

A new law in France will allow kids to sue their parents for posting pictures of them on social media, with convicted moms and dads facing up to $48,000 in fines and a year in prison.

And, just so we’re clear, we’re not talking about child pornography or other legitimately objectionable photos here — we’re talking about any photos.

The existing law already protects against pornography and «revenge selfies», but now kids will have the legal right to take their parents to court over virtually any photo they feel violates their privacy on any level — so if, say, an irate 18-year-old decided to get back at Mom and Dad for that pic from his second birthday party when he smeared cake all over his face, well, he could really get back at them.


Answer the questions to generate ideas for your writing:

What can be possible reasons/pretexts for implementing such a law?

  1. What child’s rights does it protect? What does it aim at?
  2. Is bringing up a parents’ business only or responsibility of society?
  3. What can parents be charged for in your country? Do the legal regulations in this sphere need some changes? If yes, which ones?
  4. Up to what extent is government’s control over parents’ behaviour desirable or necessary?
  5. What consequences for family relations can the law described in the article have?

Express your opinion on the problematic situation covered in the article. Use phrases from the list below

  • shots on Facebook/social networks
  • to get back at
  • to sue
  • to take somebody to court
  • to face up to
  • to get to the bottom of the problem
  • to fall on deaf ears
  • to respect somebody’s needs for privacy
  • to compromise somebody’s safety and well-being
  • to serve time
  • to violate somebody’s privacy
  • The way I see it, …
  • It’s a fact that …
  • Nobody will deny that …
  • Let me put it this/another way …
  • Let’s talk reality!


Instructions

  1. Read the topic and the questions carefully.
  2. Plan what you are going to write about.
  3. Write the text according to your plan.
  4. Learn the rules and see the sample 🔗here.
  5. Please use 🔗Grammarly to avoid spelling and some grammar mistakes.
  6. Check your writing before sending it for evaluation.

«Kids suing parents»

Choose a statement you like and make a 3-minute speech

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Express your opinion on one of the statements:

a) Good habits are hard to form, but easy to live with; bad habits are easy to form, but hard to live with.

b) People are prisoners of their phones, that’s why they are called cell phones.


Allow your browser the access to the microphone, press the button «Record» and record the speech you have prepared

If you open the lesson plan you will be able to assign separate pages as homework or all the homework pages at once.

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