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Unit 5. People



WARM-UP
pair.jpgLook at the pictures. In pairs, ask and answer the following questions:
• In what ways do the teenagers in the pictures look similar to each other?
• In what ways do they look different to each other?
• Do you think their appearance tells us anything about their personality?
• Which of these teenagers were/are you most similar to?
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DEVELOP YOUR READING SKILLS


flag.jpgYou are going to read three student report cards.
Read the reports as quickly as you can, and answer the questions below each card.
Key.1    Unfortunately, I'm rather disappointed with Rebeccas attitude and performance this term. / She doesn't seem to be committed to her studies in the way that she was in the past. / Rebecca used to be such a hardworking and dedicated student.
Best summary: sentence a
2    Charlotte is struggling / her rather low mark in the end of term exam
Best summary: sentence a
3    Chris has a natural talent for all forms of painting and drawing / He certainly deserved to win the Art Prize. / very mature choices / he has a good eye for perspective
Best summary: sentence a

  • 1
    Name: Rebecca Thompson
    Year: 10
    Subject: Geography

    Unfortunately,   I'm rather disappointed with Rebecca' s attitude and performance this  term.   She doesn't seem to be committed to her studies  in the way that she was in the past.   She often arrives  late to class and she has become quite disruptive.  All too often,   her homework is sloppy and rushed.  This is a shame, because Rebecca used to be such a hardworking and dedicated student.  The results of her end of term exam were equally disappointing.   I am worried that, unless  she starts taking her studies more seriously, she won't pass her Geography GCSE next year.

    Underline the words, phrases or sentences which tell us that Rebecca used to be a better student.

    Now choose the sentence which best summarises the report.
    a Rebecca is not currently achieving her full potential.
    b Rebecca is trying hard but her level is currently too low.
  • 2
    Name: Charlotte Wilkinson
    Year: 12
    Subject: Economics

    Although Charlotte is struggling with some of the terminology and concepts at this advanced level,   I feel certain that in due course she will be a fine A-level Economics student.   She has all the qualities  required: an analytical brain,   a desire to learn and the   will  to study hard on her own.  At this stage there' s really no need to worry about her rather low mark in the end of term exam.   I'm confident that things will come together nicely over the next couple of terms.   Generally,   Charlotte is a pleasure to have in the classroom.


    Underline the words, phrases or sentences which tell us that Charlotte is having some problems with her studies.

    Now choose the sentence which best summarises the report.

    a Charlotte is doing her best despite finding the subject quite difficult.
    b Charlotte needs to work a little harder if she wants to be sure of success.
  • 3
    Name: Chris Bailey
    Year: 7
    Subject: Art

    Chris has a natural talent for all forms of painting and drawing,   and I  am extremely impressed with what he has produced this term.
    He certainly deserved to win the Art Prize.   He makes very mature choices as to what he draws and paints and he has a good eye for perspective.  He does need to develop his shading skills,   but that will come with practice. I very much look forward to seeing his pictures displayed in the Art Exhibition on the last day of term.


    Underline the words, phrases or sentences which tell us about his ability as an artist.

    Now choose the sentence which best summarises the report.

    a Chris is a very skilled young artist.|
    b Chris is a very easy student to teach.

pair.jpgIn pairs, discuss your answers to exercise A. Did you underline the same words? Do you agree which sentence best summarises each report?


flag.jpgHere are three more reports. They were written by a social worker. Read each report as quickly as you can and underline ONE sentence which you think is the MAIN PROBLEM that the person has, and ONE sentence which tells us the action to be taken by the social worker.
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  • 1
    Name: David Reed
    Age: 53
    Occupation: Unemployed
    Having worked in the railway industry for over twenty years, Mr Reed was made redundant in 1998. Since then, his wife has divorced him and he has developed an alcohol problem. He lost his house because of gambling debts last year and is currently homeless and unemployed. After several interviews with Mr Reed, I am convinced that he wishes to break his alcohol addiction I therefore recommend that he is given a place on the council's Freedom From Alcohol programme.
    This would provide him with accommodation and the medical and counselling support needed to break his addiction. Mr Reed is aware that the programme is strict and that, if he consumes alcohol while on the programme, he will lose his accommodation. He assures me that he has the will and determination to succeed.


  • 2
    Name: Carol Jackson
    Age: 31
    Occupation: Secretary

    Ms Jackson's flat in Almsgrove Drive was burgled on 22 January. Since then, she has been unable to sleep properly and is terrified of staying at home alone. Her work as a secretary is suffering. She was referred to me by Dr Claire Parker; her G.R I have arranged to visit Ms Jackson once a week for the next two months and advised her to seek counselling with a professional therapist if her condition does not improve. However as Ms Jackson is in private accommodation rather than council housing, and as she has already been prescribed sleeping pills by her doctor; there is unfortunately very little else I can do at present.




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