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Unit 1. Mysteries



LISTENING WARM-UP
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flag.jpgMatch each statement with the correct picture.
Key.the Pyramids, The Marie Celeste, Atlantis

•   Nobody knows how they were built or why
•   It was found at sea and all the sailors had disappeared
•   Nobody knows where this underwater city was

DEVELOP YOUR LISTENING SKILLS
Listening know-how LISTENING FOR GIST
При прослушивании текста не сосредоточивайте внимание на незнакомых словах. Вы всегда сможете понять основное содержание текста, даже если не знаете значения каждого слова в отдельности.


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Listen to four short dialogues. For each dialogue, choose which picture, a, b or c, shows what the people are talking about.
Key.1b   2a   Зc   4a
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Dialogue 1

Boy: What's that you've got there?
Girl: It's about yetis. It's got some great photographs of them.
Boy: Oh, I thought they didn't exist.
Girl: Well, according to this, they've found footprints in the snow. And one man says he even shot one of them with a gun.
Boy: Really? That's amazing. Can I borrow it when you're finished?
Girl: Yes, of course you can.

Dialogue 2

Jackie: Oh, look, Amy! The Lost City of Atlantis. That's the one about the city under the sea. Do you want to go and see it?
Amy: I'm not sure, Jackie. I haven't read very good reviews of it. What time's it on?
Jackie: Erm... six o'clock and nine o'clock.
Amy: You could call the others. Maybe some of them want to go. You could go to the first showing and I could meet you in the cafe afterwards.
Jackie: Okay. Good idea. Let's do that.

Dialogue 3

Boy: Some people say they were built as a kind of calendar. You know, so that they could predict the seasons.
Girl: Hmm. I don't think I really believe all that stuff. They just seem like interesting buildings to me.
Boy: You're probably right. Still, it's a mystery how they did it.
Girl: Do you think so? I think they just did it using a lot of men. It was probably really hard work, but I don't honestly see what all the mystery is about it.
Boy: Don't you? I think it's amazing.

Dialogue 4

Boy 1: Have you heard of the Marie Celeste? I saw a programme about it on TV. It was found sailing on the Atlantic and all the sailors had disappeared.
Boy 2: So where were they?
Boy 1: That's the strange thing. No one knows. Everyone on board had vanished. They even found meals that were half-eaten. Very strange.

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Listen again and choose the correct answer.
Key.1a   2b   Зc   4b
Dialogue 1
The boy...
A   is surprised to hear about the photographs.
В   doesn't believe what the girl says.
С   thinks that hunting yetis is wrong.
Dialogue 2
Amy is going to...
A   read more about The Lost City of Atlantis.
В   meet Jackie for a coffee later in the evening.
С   see The Lost City of Atlantis with her other friends.
Dialogue 3
The girl doesn't...
A   understand the boy's explanation.
В   have any idea how these things were built.
С   think there's anything mysterious about the buildings.
Dialogue 4
When the Marie Celeste was discovered ...
A   the food had mysteriously disappeared.
В   the crew had left unfinished meals.
С   the people were dying of starvation.

Dialogue 1

Boy: What's that you've got there?
Girl: It's about yetis. It's got some great photographs of them.
Boy: Oh, I thought they didn't exist.
Girl: Well, according to this, they've found footprints in the snow. And one man says he even shot one of them with a gun.
Boy: Really? That's amazing. Can I borrow it when you're finished?
Girl: Yes, of course you can.

Dialogue 2

Jackie: Oh, look, Amy! The Lost City of Atlantis. That's the one about the city under the sea. Do you want to go and see it?
Amy: I'm not sure, Jackie. I haven't read very good reviews of it. What time's it on?
Jackie: Erm... six o'clock and nine o'clock.
Amy: You could call the others. Maybe some of them want to go. You could go to the first showing and I could meet you in the cafe afterwards.
Jackie: Okay. Good idea. Let's do that.

Dialogue 3

Boy: Some people say they were built as a kind of calendar. You know, so that they could predict the seasons.
Girl: Hmm. I don't think I really believe all that stuff. They just seem like interesting buildings to me.
Boy: You're probably right. Still, it's a mystery how they did it.
Girl: Do you think so? I think they just did it using a lot of men. It was probably really hard work, but I don't honestly see what all the mystery is about it.
Boy: Don't you? I think it's amazing.

Dialogue 4

Boy 1: Have you heard of the Marie Celeste? I saw a programme about it on TV. It was found sailing on the Atlantic and all the sailors had disappeared.
Boy 2: So where were they?
Boy 1: That's the strange thing. No one knows. Everyone on board had vanished. They even found meals that were half-eaten. Very strange.




PRACTISE YOUR
LISTENING SKILLS

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Listen to the dialogue and circle True or False.
Key.1T   2F   3T  4F   5F   6F  
1    Simon hasn't heard of the Bermuda Triangle before.
2    The Bermuda Triangle is a group of islands.
3    The mystery is that ships and planes disappear there.
4    Nobody has any idea what causes the mystery.
5    Luke thinks aliens might be the cause.
6    The mysterious events don't happen now. 
T / F
T / F
T / F
T / F
T / F
T / F

Tapescript.
Simon  
  Hey, Luke.
Luke    What? Er ... oh, sorry, Simon. Didn't see you there. It's just that this book is so interesting that I don't notice anything else. Sorry.
Simon    That's okay. What's it about?
Luke    The Bermuda Triangle.
Simon    The Bermuda what?
Luke    Triangle. Haven't you heard of it? It's an area of sea between Florida, Puerto Rico and Bermuda.
Simon    And what's so interesting about an area of sea?
Luke    Well, there's a great mystery surrounding the Bermuda Triangle. Things keep ... well... disappearing there.
Simon    Disappearing? What things?
Luke    Ships. Planes.
Simon    Well, they probably just crash, or sink, don't they?
Luke    Some of them do. But others just seem to... well... vanish. Something like 200 planes have disappeared in the last 60 years. Like this one. See the picture? In 1965, two people were flying in a plane like that over Bermuda on a clear, sunny day when it just disappeared from the radar screen. That's never been explained.
Simon    Really?
Luke    Yes, and it's the same story with boats. In 1918, there was a ship called the Cyclops with 306 people on it. It was in the Bermuda Triangle and it just disappeared and was never seen again.
Simon    That's a real mystery. Isn't there any explanation?
Luke    Well, yes, but different people have different ideas about it. Some people blame aliens.
Simon    What? That sounds crazy to me. What do you think?
Luke    I think there's probably a natural explanation for most of the disappearances. You know, a sudden storm could easily destroy a ship. And it's very easy for a pilot to get lost over the sea.
Simon    So maybe it's not so mysterious, after all.
Luke    Maybe. There are still some disappearances that are hard to explain, though. Even today, with all our modern technology, there are one or two a year. It's a great book - you should read it. I think I'd love to go and visit Bermuda one day, just to have a look.
Simon    Yes, that sounds wonderful. Talking of disappearing, I have to go. Lots of work to do. See you later.
Luke    Yes, okay. See you later.

Listen to three other people talking about the Bermuda Triangle. Complete the statements using the words or phrases from the box. You will not use all the words and phrases.
Key.1 gas produced by the sea  
2 aliens  
3 human error

•   the local people                   
•   the American army
•   tropical storms
•   aliens
•   human error
•   gas produced by the sea
•   electrical problems
1   Speaker 1's explanation is _____________________
______________________________________________
2   Speaker 2's explanation is _____________________
______________________________________________
3   Speaker 3's explanation is _____________________
______________________________________________

Tapescript

Speaker 1


Yes, I've heard of the Bermuda Triangle. It's in the Atlantic Ocean and it's where planes and ships keep disappearing, isn't it? There are lots of little islands around there, but I don't think it's a very dangerous area, so it's a real mystery. I think the best explanation I heard was that the sea in that area produces lots of gas and it can make ships sink and make planes suddenly drop out of the sky. I'm not a scientist, but it makes a lot of sense to me.

Speaker 2


Oh, yes. The Bermuda Triangle. I saw a documentary about that once. They interviewed local people about all the planes and ships that had disappeared and asked what their theories were. Some of them talked about problems with the electrics on a plane, but it didn't sound right to me. I think it's to do with visitors from other planets. They want to study us so they take some of us and use that area as a laboratory. At least, that's what I think. Everyone's got their own opinion about it and that's mine.

Speaker 3


The Bermuda Triangle? Yes, I've heard of it. I don't know much about it, but I do know that it's a very mysterious area. I know that the American army and air force have lost lots of planes in that area. I don't think anyone knows for sure why that is. You can't explain it by looking at the weather conditions because it's such a calm, peaceful area. No, I think that behind the whole mystery you'll find that it's pilots getting lost or captains going the wrong way. Simple accidents, if you ask me.

As a class, discuss these questions. Give reasons for your opinions.

1    What do you think of these explanations for the Bermuda Triangle?
2    Do you know of any other similar mysteries?

aliens
tropical weather
human error
gas produced by the sea


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