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Практика устной и письменной речи

Resources:

Objective Proficiency. Student's BookCapel Annette, Sharp Wendy. (2ed, 2013)

Objective Proficiency. Workbook. Sunderland Peter, Whettem Erica. (2ed, 2013)

The Glass Castle

By Jeannette Walls

Topics & Questions for Discussion

1. Though The Glass Castle is brimming with unforgettable stories, which scenes were the most memorable for you? Which were the most shocking, the most inspiring, the funniest?

2. Discuss the metaphor of a glass castle and what it signifies to Jeannette and her father. Why is it important that, just before leaving for New York, Jeannette tells her father that she doesn't believe he'll ever build it?

3. The first story Walls tells of her childhood is that of her burning herself severely at age three, and her father dramatically takes her from the hospital: "You're safe now". Why do you think she opens with that story, and how does it set the stage for the rest of the memoir?

4. Rex Walls often asked his children, "Have I ever let you down?" Why was this question (and the required "No, Dad" response) so important for him -- and for his kids? On what occasions did he actually come through for them?

5. Jeannette's mother insists that, no matter what, "life with your father was never boring". What kind of man was Rex Walls? What were his strengths and weaknesses, his flaws and contradictions?

6. Discuss Rose Mary Walls. What did you think about her description of herself as an "excitement addict"?

7. Though it portrays an incredibly hardscrabble life, The Glass Castle is never sad or depressing. Discuss the tone of the book, and how do you think that Walls achieved that effect?

8 Describe Jeannette's relationship to her siblings and discuss the role they played in one another's lives.

9. In college, Jeannette is singled out by a professor for not understanding the plight of homeless people; instead of defending herself, she keeps quiet. Why do you think she does this?

10. The two major pieces of the memoir -- one half set in the desert and one half in West Virginia -- feel distinct. What effect did such a big move have on the family -- and on your reading of the story? How would you describe the shift in the book's tone?

11. Were you surprised to learn that, as adults, Jeannette and her siblings remained close to their parents? Why do you think this is?

12. What character traits -- both good and bad -- do you think that Jeannette inherited from her parents? And how do you think those traits shaped Jeannette's life?

13. For many reviewers and readers, the most extraordinary thing about The Glass Castle is that, despite everything, Jeannette Walls refuses to condemn her parents. Were you able to be equally nonjudgmental?

14. Like Mary Karr's Liars' Club and Rick Bragg's All Over But the Shoutin', Jeannette Walls' The Glass Castle tells the story of a wildly original (and wildly dysfunctional) family with humor and compassion. Were their other comparable memoirs that came to mind? What distinguishes this book?

План практических занятий на 7 семестр

week

Topics for discussion

Assignment for Writing

Assignment

for Reading

14.10.19-27.10.19

Unit 1. Ring the changes

1. Modern technology has increased material wealth but not happiness

2. Changes that we notice in the world around us are for the better? Speak on commercial, political, environmental, social, physical and technological changes

Rendering

Individual reading

“the Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls

28.10.19-10.11.19

Unit 2. Expectation

1. The Luck Vs. Hard Work Debate: What Matters Most In Life Success

2. We should have more holidays and longer vacation

Essay

11.11.19-24.11.19

Unit 3. Strange behavior

1. Does anger management actually work?

2. Is human behavior a product of nature or nurture?

Rendering

25.11.19-08.12.19

Unit 4. Sweet rituals

1. Dieting makes people fat

2. Speak on eating seasonally. With the variety of choice offered by supermarkets, it is often possible to buy produce out of season. Is this a good thing?

Review

09.12.19-22.12.19

Unit 5. The consumer society

1. Shopping online is better than shopping in-store

2. Male and female stereotypes are enforced through advertising

Rendering

23.12.19-31.12.19

FINAL TEST

DEBTS

Rendering

Pleasure reading

План лабораторных работ на 7 семестр

1

Unit 1. Ring the changes

Speaking

Listening

2

Unit 2. Expectation

Speaking

Listening

3

Unit 3. Strange behavior

Speaking

Listening

4

Unit 4. Sweet rituals

Speaking

Listening

5

Unit 5. The consumer society

Speaking

Listening

6

Unit 6. The sound of music

Speaking

Listening

7

Unit 7. Before your very eyes

Speaking

Listening

8

Unit 8. Urban jungle

Speaking

Listening

9

Unit 9. Fitting in

Speaking

Listening

Портфолио

1. Glossary - 20 lexical units for each module with examples.

2. 10 topics.

3. 6 written papers (rendering, essay, review).

4. the Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.

5. Pleasure reading.

Накопление баллов в 7 семестре

№ п/п

Вид работы (общее количество)

Максимальный балл

(за одну

единицу)

Максимум баллов

1

Посещение и работа на занятиях (24 практических и 9 лабораторных) (33)

0,5

16,5

3

Выполнение и презентация практических заданий (темы) (10)

2

20

4

Выполнение заданий по интенсивному чтению (1)

5

5

5

Выполнение заданий по экстенсивному чтению (1)

5

5

6

Выполнение письменных работ (6)

3

18

7

Выполнение итоговой контрольной работы (1)

5,5

5,5

8

Экзамен (1)

30

30

Всего баллов

100

 

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