Town vs gown

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Lessons 5-6 Town vs gown


1 look at the picture and answer the questions.

. Who do you think it is?
. What is the cyclist wearing?
. Who might wear such a piece of clothing?



2 A. What famous universities do you know in our country and abroad? Which are the oldest universities in Russia and what do you know about them?

B. Study the information about St Petersburg University and Cambridge University.

. Fill In the charе.


7.  Striking facts:

Mikhail lomonosov was the university rector from 1758-1760.

It In the 18 th century several hundreds of students graduated from the university with degrees in history, philology, philosophy, law, physics, mathematics and oriental languages.

Among alumni are writers and poets I. S, Turgenev, N. A. Nekrasov, N, S, Gumilev, 0, E. Mandelshtam, composers M. I. Glinka, I. F. Stravinski, artists M. A, Vrubel, V. D, Polenov, politicians P. A, Stolipin, A, F. Kerenski. V. V. Ulianov-lenin.

Number of colleges: 31 (28 mixed and 3 for women only.

Number of students:

Tuition fees: for UK students - the system of grants and loans; for overseas students the cost of study varies according to the sybject;

Living alumnf: more than 140,000.

Other aspects of work:

Cambridge University Press - a publishing house and the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate providing examinations in English and other subjects all over the world.

The modern University is an international centre of teaching and research in a vast range of subjects: about half of the students study science or technology. Membe of the University have won over 60 Nobel Prizes.


full-time student- registered for the whole length of the course
undergraduate - slill doing the course
graduate - a person who has completed a degree course
tuition fees - payment for the course
alumni - former students

Some interesting  facts about Cambridge University

1209 The earliest record of the University.

1584 The Cambridge University Press. the world's oldest-established press, begins its work.

1627 John Harvard enters Emmanuel College as an undergraduate. He later emigrates to America and, in 1636, starts the university which now bears his name.

1687 Isaac Newton publishes "Principia Mathematica", establishing the fundamental principles of modern physics.

1953 Francis Crick and James Watson discover the structure of DNA, unlocking the secret of life.

1997 Mrs Molly Maxwell becomes Cambridge's oldest graduate at the age of 105.

          Founded in
          Number of students        3 interesting facts
    St Petersburg University
    Cambridge University

Language work

6. Work in pairs or in small groups. Discuss the following questions using the information from ex. 28.

1 Which university would you prefer to study at and why?

2 Which grades do you think you need in your school-leaving certificate to enter these universities?

3 Where do you think is it more difficult to study?

Example: On the one hand I'd prefer to study at Cambridge University because it is far older than St Petersburg University, on the other hand, St Petersburg University is much closer to home (see Grammar Reference, p, 168).


Expressions with comparatives and connectives

. much                                              . on the one hand... on the other
. a lot                                                   hand
. far (= a lot)                                       . whereas
. a bit                                                 . while
. a little
. slightly


A. Listen to a local resident of Cambridge telling some funny stories about student life there.

. Say if the following statements are true (T), false (F) or not stated (NS).

 a) The speaker is a Cambridge graduate.
 b) She tells stories from her own experience,
 c) There are three main stories,
 d) The stories are all true.

 B. Listen again and choose the correct answer.

1 "Town & Gown" means:

a) relations between the city and the University,
b) relations between the students and professors,
c) relations between the students,
d) relations in the University Administration.

2 It is better to be shown around Cambridge by a local resident because:

a) the tourist brochures are not available.
b) a local resident can show you some interesting places.
c) there are no guided tours in Cambridge.
d) the University is far from the city.

3 One of the decorations - a complete spherefrom Clare College bridge:

a) fell into the river,
b) was stolen by tourists.
c) was broken by the students.
d) was removed by the students.

4 Rag Day is:

a) the day when students have exams.
b) the day when students collect money for charity.
c) the day when studems of Oxford and Cambridge compete.
d) the day when holidays begin.

5 On top of the Senate House on one of the Rag Days there was:

a) a cart.
b) a cow.
c) acar.
d) a bicycle.
6 "The Senate House Leap" is:

a) a kind of athletic competition between Oxford and Cambridge students.
b) a jump from roof to roof.
c) a jump on the ground not less than 8-9 feet wide.
d) an athletic competition between Cambridge students and professors.


5. look at the following pictures and tell the story using the flowchart and the language Support box.




Narrative. Picture story.

Clare College bridge / Rag Day
across the river
stone circles / globes / complete spheres
to collect money for charity
to do all sorts of crazy things
to be removed
to auction it back to the college
the back of it is missing
There's a famous bridge called..,
One year...
And then..
When the globe was returned..

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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