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Unit 8. Humour



SPEAKING WARM-UP
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Who's your favourite comedian or comedy actor? Why?
 
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Write a word in each gap to complete the sentences. The first letter of each word is given.
Key.1 joke   2 sitcoms   3 comedian  
4 comedy   5 humour   6 punchline  
7 hilarious   8 laugh

1    Do you want to hear a j____________? It's really funny!
2    Friends is one of the most successful television s____________ ever.
3    Sandy is a stand-up с____________. She tells jokes every night at a local nightclub.
4    Although the play was supposed to be а с____________, I didn't laugh once!
5    Costas has usually got a very good sense of h____________, but he didn't find my joke funny at all!
6    The final, funny line of a joke is called the p____________.
7    The film was h____________. I couldn't stop laughing!
8    Some people use 'LoL' in text messages, chat rooms and e-mails to mean 'l____________ out loud'.

DEVELOP YOUR SPEAKING SKILLS
Speaking know-how COMPARING AND CONTRASTING
Выполняя задание на сравнение, используйте слово both.
•  They're both funny films.
•  Both films are funny.
•  Both of the films are funny.


flag.jpgListen to seven people describing different pairs of photographs. Decide if they are talking about similarities (S) or differences (D).
Key.1S   2D   3D   4S   5S   6D   7D
1    S / D    3    S / D       5    S / D      7    S / D
2    S / D    4    S / D       6    S / D

Tapescript

   1 

  Well, both pictures show people laughing.

   2 

  The first picture looks like it comes from a sitcom, whereas the second picture is a cartoon.

   3 

  In the first picture, the man is walking down the street and there's a banana skin in front of him, but in the second picture he's slipped on the banana skin and he's lying on the floor!

   4 

  One similarity is that the people in the two pictures look very happy.

   5 

  I think the man in the first picture is a stand-up comedian, and I think the woman in the second picture is too.

   6 

  The first picture is a poster for a comedy, while the second one is a poster for an action movie.

   7 

  A difference between them is that the first picture was taken inside.


flag.jpgListen again and write the number of the speaker who uses each word or phrase.
Key.4, 7, 1, 3, 6, 2, 5
_______ One similarity is that...                    _______ but        _______ and... too
_______ A difference between them is that...  _______ while
_______ both                                              _______ whereas

Tapescript

   1 

  Well, both pictures show people laughing.

   2 

  The first picture looks like it comes from a sitcom, whereas the second picture is a cartoon.

   3 

  In the first picture, the man is walking down the street and there's a banana skin in front of him, but in the second picture he's slipped on the banana skin and he's lying on the floor!

   4 

  One similarity is that the people in the two pictures look very happy.

   5 

  I think the man in the first picture is a stand-up comedian, and I think the woman in the second picture is too.

   6 

  The first picture is a poster for a comedy, while the second one is a poster for an action movie.

   7 

  A difference between them is that the first picture was taken inside.
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Write the words and phrases from Exercise В in the correct column to complete the table.
Key.Comparing: One similarity is that..., both, and ... too
Contrasting: A difference between them is that..., but, while, whereas


       Comparing       
  •  also
  •  __________________
  •  __________________
  •  __________________

       Contrasting        
  •  however
  •  __________________
  •  __________________
  •  __________________
  •  __________________  




PRACTISE YOUR SPEAKING SKILLS


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Look at the pictures and complete the sentences.
Key.a ...a clown in a circus performing a trick.
b ...a group of people playing flutes at a carnival.

a:  This is a picture of...
     _____________________________
     _____________________________
     _____________________________
     _____________________________.

b:  This is a picture of...
     _____________________________
     _____________________________
     _____________________________
     _____________________________.
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Make notes to complete the table.
Key.Main similarities: both photos show performers; they are entertaining people; they are dressed in funny clothes; they are wearing hats.
Main differences: on person is performing in a, but several people are performing in b; picture a was taken inside, whereas picture b was taken outside; the performers are doing different things (balancing a bottle on a stick / playing musical instruments); the performer in a is wearing make-up while the performers in b are wearing masks.

        Main similarities     
•   __________________________________    
•   __________________________________
•   __________________________________   
•   __________________________________

         Main differences
•   __________________________________    
•   __________________________________
•   __________________________________   
•   __________________________________    


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In pairs, take it in turns to compare and contrast the photos. Use the words and phrases in Exercise C, and your notes in Exercises D and E. Start like this:
Well, the first photo is a picture of..., whereas the second is a picture of...

 
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