1.SURPRISE PARTY (70)
Liz was just finishing the final details for the surprise party she was planning for her husband. She had been thoroughly preparing for this event, designing every aspect of the party from the invitations to the food, and she was very excited about it. Family members whom Andrew hadn’t seen in years were flying in from Poland in a few days. Liz had tracked down several college friends, and they were coming from various places across the country. A band and dancers were invited.
The best part for Liz was that she knew Andrew did not have any idea about the party. She could not wait to see the look on his face when he walked into a big «Surprise!» in his own home.
The party was supposed to be on Saturday. As Liz was daydreaming about picking relatives up at the airport the next day and taking them to their hotel, Andrew walked into the kitchen and said, quite certainly, «Sweetheart, I don’t want anything special done for my birthday.» «What do you mean?» Liz responded calmly, though her heart began to beat. «I mean that I don’t want a surprise party.» «Okay,» Liz said. «Not a problem.» Liz’s mind raced. There was nothing she could do about Andrew’s request now. And, frankly, she didn’t want to. Liz had been planning this for more than a year. The party would go off as she intended. She did not want all of her effort to fail. When Andrew came home Saturday evening from playing soccer with friends, he was shocked. Tears filled his eyes. This response was something Liz had not predicted. Among the crowd he saw friends whom he had not seen in nearly 20 years and family members who had come from Poland just for this evening. But along with being deeply moved, he was also angry with his wife. He knew he could be emotional, and he did not like people to see him that way. That was why he did not like being surprised.
Salsa music filled the home of Liz and Andrew. Liz whispered «I love you» in Andrew’s ear, they shared a kiss, and the two danced the whole night.
1. Read the article and say in 2-3 sentences what it is about.
2. The author describes the preparations Liz made for the birthday party. Find this extract and read it aloud.
3. What did Andrew ask Liz for?
4. How did Andrew feel at the party?
This extract is about Liz who was planning the surprise party for her husband. She invited a lot of people to the party. But Andrew did not have any idea about the party. And when Andrew came home he was shocked. Because there were people whom he hadn’t seen for ages. He was very happy.
3. Andrew said Liz that he didn’t want anything special done for his birthday.
4. Tears filled Andrew’s eyes. This response was something Liz had not predicted. But on the other hand he was also angry with his wife. He knew he could be emotional, and he did not like people to see him that way. That was why he did not like being surprised.
2 Listen to the three people speaking about things that make them angry about mobiles and answer the questions below.
The first speaker is angry when he is serving somebody and then their mobiles ring and they answer the phone and start having a conversation.
The second speaker hate when people talk very loudly on their mobile phones in public places.
The third speaker complains about people who use their phones a lot when they are with other people.
3 let’s talk about the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is the official name of the country which comprises England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The territory of the UK is about 242 500 square kilometers. The population is more than 58 million. The capital of the country is London. The country is also washed by the North Sea, the Irish Sea and Atlantic Ocean. The northern and western parts of the country is mountainous and is called the Highlands. All the rest is a vast plain which is called the Lowlands. The mountains are not very high. The highest is Snowdon. The rivers are not long. The longest are the Severn, the Clyde, the Thames and the Trent. There are many lakes in the mountainous parts of the country. The climate is mild . Great Britain is a country with old cultural traditions and customs. The most famous educational centers are Oxford and Cambridge universities. The UK is a monarchy and the Queen is the head of the state. But in practice it is ruled by the elected government with a Prime Minister at the head. The British Parliament consists of two chambers: the House of Lords and the House of Commons. It sits in the House of Parliament in Westminster. The greatest sights are Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London and St. Paul’s Cathedral.
What is the official name of the country?
What is the capital of Great Britain?
Is the head of the state a Queen or a president?
Who ruled the country in practice?
What is the greatest sights of Great Britain?