They travel the world

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Lessons 7-8 They travel the world


1 Look at the photograph.

. Who do you think these teenagers are?
. Which countries could they be from?


2. Read the following stories and answer the questions.

1 Why do you think these teenagers pack their bags?
2 Do you think it is interesting to talk to them? Why?
3 What problems do you think they might come across?
4 Why do the students remember their experience for ever?


From Europe to Australia. Africa to Asia, these teenagers pack their bags, say goodbye to friends and family, then they sit on a plane for hours to arrive in a country they have probably only read about or seen on TV. Have you ever sat down and talked to these people? Asked them where they've been, and what they've seen? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be in their shoes? Having been in their situation myself, I know what it feels like Imagine waking up one day in a country that you've never been to, don't know the language, and know no one there. It is an incredible experience, and something that these students will remember for ever.

 1 Did the people know much about Russia before the program?
2 What has the program changed in the author's life?
3 What impact did the program have on their little daughters?
4 How did the program influence their Russian daughter's life?


Before our experience with the exchange program, the only feelings we had toward Russia and its people, were "cold war" related. The program allowed us to begin to put names and faces to a country that during our childhood was our enemy. We have two daughters, Mallory and Amanda. They are four and seven. Our daughters learn about Russia through their elder sister's eyes. To this day, when we see something on the news about Russia, Amanda, our youngest says, "That's where Katya lives." We know we had an impact on our Russian daughter's life that will never go away: while here, she was exposed to art and started drawing in school. She said she had really never had an opportunity to learn drawing before, For better or worse, that exposure to art at school may have changed her life. When she went horne, we were so sad - we loved her just as one of our own. She will always be welcome in our home, There will always be a little part of our hearts missing, because we sent it back to Russia.

3 A. You are going to listen to an interview given by a person in charge of an exchange program.

. Work in pairs or in small groups,
. Decide how American and Russian students can benefit from such programs,
. List your ideas.

 B. Listen to the interview.

. look at the list you have made and say which benefits the speaker mentioned.

C. Listen again and take notes to answer the following questions:

1 What are the goals of the exchange programs for secondary school students?
2 What does a person need in order to be a successful candidate?
3 What are the reasons for the success of the exchange
4 What are the major problems exchange students have?
5 What impact have the programs had on individuals, on the community, on the countries involved?

D. Match expressions from A with the closest in meaning from B.



4 A. Read part of the letter of an applicant who was accepted for the program.

. Decide what makes the letter successful.

Dear Sir I Madam,

I would like to apply for the Students' Exchange Program. There are several reasons why I am applying.

Firstly, I am very interested in the U.s.A., its culture, history, and people. The program will provide me with a good opportunity to compare what I already know about the U.S.A, with what the nation is really like, I think American society is very effective in many areas: governmental institutions are transparent, industry is well developed, living standards are high, and the people have a say in their future. I want to understand how the U.S.A. has achieved all this and bring this knowledge back to Russia and apply it here. I strongly believe my generation can do a lot for Russia.

Secondly, in my opinion both countries are very similar, Russia and the US are very multicultural - diversity is a common feature of both nations. tf you imagine a group photograph of the people living in the countries it would be like a patchwork, so different would they look!

Also, both countries are very large - I mean the size of the territory and the population, Americans and Russians have a very rich history, unique culture, and outstanding technological achievements (in space exploration, for example). American and Russian soldiers defended democracy together during World War II when they defeated fascism, Student; exchanges can bridge the gap between our nations and make all of us better people.

To sum it up, when I am back I will have my own impressions and image of the US, my own personal experience. which when shared with my friends here in Russia, will promote a better understanding of the cultures involved and will make the world a little safer.


B. Imagine you are taking part in a competition to get a grant for an exchange program with the USA.

. Write your Statement of Purpose in the form of a letter explaining why you want to particIpate In the program.
. Follow the structure given alongside the sample letter in ex. 4A.

O. Л. Гроза, О. Б. Дворецкая, Н. Ю. Казырбаева, В. В. Клименко, М. Л. Мичурина, Н. В. Новикова, Т. Н. Рыжкова, Е. Ю. Шалимова, Английский язык нового тысячелентия, Учебник английского языка для 10 класса общеобразовательных учреждений. — 2-е изд. — М. Титул, 2004. — 175 с, ; ил.

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