Introduction. Welcome Back!
1. Look at the picture and the keywords. Talk about the joys of going back to school. What feelings do you have on your first school day?
I’m always happy to see my schoolmates and teachers. I’m happy to be at school again. I‘m excited about showing my new summer photos to my friends. I’m always excited about spending much time with my friends at school. I’m cheerful to have a new schoolbag and new copybooks. I’m cheerful to see redecorated classes. I’m interested in finding out something new all the time. I’m interested in learning new subjects and meeting new people at school.
I’m glad to be at school after long summer holidays. I’m glad to see my teachers and friends again. I’m calm to start a new school year. I’m calm to have a lot of home task every day.
3. Read and say who:
Dan spent holidays at the seaside.
Ann practiced English in summer.
Oles enjoyed some time in the mountains.
Jane asked a friend about the holiday photos.
Ann wants to share holiday stories with a friend.
4. a) Match the questions (1-6) and the answers (A-F). Then listen and check.
1. B. 2. C. 3. A. 4. E. 5. D. 6. F.
5. Look and describe the pictures (1-4) on page 6. Use the adjectives from the box given below.
Portobello Road Market in London is a great place. There are a lot of things there. It looks busy.
Shopping in Milan is exciting. There are a lot of people there so streets are crowded. The buildings are huge but wonderful.
The Eiffel Tower in Paris is wonderful. It is really huge. And a lot of people want to see it so the street is crowded.
Windmills and gardens in the Netherlands are lovely. They are not crowded and busy. The nature there is bright.
6. Speak in class. Act out the situations. Use Ex. 1 as a model.
1. How did you spend your summer holidays? Did you stay in town or go to the country? Did you go to the seaside this summer? Do you have any stories to tell and photos to show? Did you go to any foreign country this summer? Did you bring any souvenirs? Did you have fun this summer? Did you meet any new people? Did you make any new friends?
2. I know that in summer children enjoyed having fun. They enjoyed spending much time outdoors playing different games. Boys played football or basketball. They also went to the beach and sunbathe. Some children watched TV or read books. They spent much time with their friends talking.
Write a letter to your English-speaking friend about your summer holidays. Describe the places you visited and the activities you did there. Use the prompts given below.
Hi, everybody! Now it’s September and I’m back to school. What wonderful holidays I had last summer!
I was in Greece and Italy with my parents! That was such a fantastic trip. We went there by plane and stayed in a very nice hotel by the sea. The people there were so friendly. Then we went on excursion. We travelled by bus with many tourists from my country. We went to see some exciting views of the country, visited many beautiful museums and exhibitions and watched a lot of beautiful ancient things and pictures there. It was so great and exciting. I took hundreds of photos there. How did you spend your summer holidays? Yours, ...
1. Look at the pictures. Say where the children spent their last summer holidays and what they did there. Use the words from the box given below.
Picture 1. The children spent their last summer holidays at the seaside. They played games at the beach.
Picture 2. The children spent their last summer holidays in beautiful Ukrainian cities. They went on excursion and took a lot of photos.
Picture 3. The children spent their last summer holidays in the country. They spent a month at their grandma's.
2. Read and say what Ann thinks about school holidays.
Ann thinks that school holidays are exciting because she can keep late hours, watch lots of TV programmes and play outdoors with her friends and also she can visit new places and meet new faces. But she does not like her summer holidays because she usually misses her school friends and teachers, her parents’ vacation is not so long as her school holidays and her mother always makes her read a lot in summer.
3. Read and complete the sentences.
1. Ann thinks that all school holidays are exciting.
2. There are some things that Ann doesn’t like about her school holidays. They are the following:
She usually misses her school friends and teachers, her parents’ vacation is not so long as her school holidays and her mother always makes her read a lot in summer.
3. The things that Ann likes about school holidays are the following: she can keep late hours, watch lots of TV programmes and play outdoors with her friends and also she can visit new places and meet new faces.
4. This summer Ann visited Greece.
5. She promises Mary to show her holiday photos and a video film.
4. Work in pairs. Choose the role card. Act out the situation “Looking at the Holiday Photographs”.
Role Card A
This summer I went to the seaside. I took this wonderful photo in a small village by the sea. We stayed there for about two weeks. It is a small unknown village called Juzhniy by the sea of Azov. I went there with my family, my father and mother. We had a good time there, sunbathe and swim in the sea. Here is my mother sitting on the sand and my father eating a delicious watermelon. They are smiling as they are happy.
Role Card B
1. Where did you spend your summer holidays?
2. Did you go out of the city?
3. Did you visit your relatives this summer?
4. What was your greatest impression?
5. Did you meet many new people this summer?
6. Did you make any new friends?
7. Did you take a lot of photos?
8. What is the best photo of yours?
5. Read the word combinations and write true sentences about yourself now and a few weeks ago.
Now I need to go to school almost every morning but a few weeks ago I could wake up not so early.
Now I meet my classmates every day but a few weeks ago I missed my classmates very much.
Now I get up early in the morning but a few weeks ago I kept late hours. I have a lot of classes now but a few weeks ago I played outdoors with friends.
Now I work hard but I spent a lot of time on the beach a few weeks ago.
1. Work in pairs. Look at the picture and talk with your friends about the new school year.
Our school looks new and redecorated. Will I find all the classrooms in my new school? Of course, you will. Your old classes look new and more comfortable. There are many new maps, pictures, photos and tables there. There seem to be a couple of new classmates in my class. Will I get on well with my classmates? Of course, you will. You will offer them help and suggest making friends.
There seem to be several new subjects this year. Will I like my new teachers? Of course you will. Your new teachers are very kind and good, and experienced.
2. Read a newspaper article and match the paragraphs (1-5) to the headings (A-F). There is one heading that you do not need. Say which advice you like most of all.
1. E. 2. B. 3. A. 4. F. 5. C.
I think that LEARN TO BE A GOOD FRIEND is the best advice because when you have a lot of friends at school you feel more comfortable there, almost like at home.
3. Work in pairs. Ask and answer the questions.
What do you usually look at at the beginning of the school year? Usually I look at new classes and new things there, I look at my new books and new workbooks.
What do you wonder about at the beginning of the school year? I wonder If I get on well with my schoolmates and new teachers, if I am good at learning new subjects and if I am a good student. And I wonder if I have enough free time to spend with my friends and if we have any interesting school clubs this year.
What usually helps you feel comfortable during your first days at school? I think that the support of my teachers and parents will help me. And I think that seeing my friends and classmates will help me as well.
4. Complete the tables with the words from the text of Ex. 2. Then make sentences with some of them.
|PEOPLE||THINGS PEOPLE DO||THINGS PEOPLE FEEL|
|friend, back-to-school student, thinker, talker, family, teacher||wonder, look, read, write, do the sum, get on well with somebody, learn, talk||cool, shy|
I wonder how many new subjects we have this year. My new friend looks nice in his new jeans. She looks cool with her new haircut. I usually feel shy with new people. When I am at home I feel comfortable. My elder brother knows 3 foreign languages. Usually I read interesting books in the evening. I write letters to my friends every month. My friend is good at doing the sums. I think that I get on well with new people. A back-to school student usually feels strange for a couple of days. I want to be a thinker rather than a talker. My family lives in a big house. I think that our teachers are very good and kind. I like learning new things all the time. I usually talk when I know what to say.
5. Read and complete the sentences with the words from the box given below. Use the verbs in the correct tense form.
1. I wonder that she is the best student in class — she has always worked so hard.
2. Her illness ruined her chances of winning the race.
3. He was very upset that you didn’t reply to his letters.
4. If you get on well with someone you like them and have the same interests.
5. Will you share your sandwich with me?
6. Children are often shy with people they don’t know.
6. Write a paragraph to the advice column of your school newspaper on the topic “Back to School”. Use the ideas from the text of Ex. 2.
It is very difficult for a back-to-school student to feel comfortable at school again. So if you want to have less trouble during your first days at school follow these pieces of advice:
— Make friends with new students in your class.
— If your classmate asks you for help, do it.
— New subjects are very interesting and useful so try your best and learn everything.
— Your teachers want you to be smart so take everything they say with pleasure.
— Everything you learn will help you in your life.
— Your class is your school family so be polite and kind to your schoolmates and teachers.
— If you do not do your home task, you waste time and information.
School is very important part of your life. Your friends are here and you can get new information every day. Summer holidays are good and cool but they are over so you must start spending your time not only with pleasure but make it useful. The knowledge you get at school will help you in the future so remember about it.
1. Look at the photos. Ask and answer the questions about them
1. The children are in the classroom.
2. They are having an English lesson now.
3. Their classroom is like a language laboratory.
4. They are listening to the tape recorder and discussing an interesting topic.
5. We usually read texts, learn English grammar, write exercises, retell the texts, talk about something interesting or discuss something. We also listen to records and talk about ourselves.
3. Answer the questions to the dialogue of Ex. 2 on page 12.
1. Ann asks Jane for help because she has some problems with English grammar.
2. Jane recommends her to look at the example attentively, then try to imagine the situation and apply the grammar rule to the sentence.
3. Ann has made a mistake again because she is not attentive and hasn’t followed Jane’s recommendation.
4. Jane’s recommendations were helpful as she recommended to have more practice and be attentive while examining the examples.
4. Work in pairs. Talk with your friend about your school English lessons and the following classroom activities:
1. I really like learning vocabulary as it is very useful because it helps us to express our ideas in English and speak English with foreign people. But I hate writing new words to the dictionary.
I don’t like learning Grammar because sometimes It is quite difficult and sometimes it la boring. But without knowing Grammar we can’t speak English without mistakes.
2. I don't like working with the text because sometimes it is long and not very interesting. But if the text is good and there are a lot of useful Information in it, I like it very much. But I don’t like the texts with many new words because I do not understand the text when I read it.
3. I think that I can’t stand writing tests because they make me feel nervous even when I am good at the subject. I am always scared of making a mistake.
5. Speak in class. Tell the classmates about your way of learning English. What can your friends recommend you to do?
In Ukraine children learn English from the first year and this is my seventh year. English is not a very difficult language and a lot of people all over the world speak it so I must know English very well. I try to practice it when I can. I listen to English songs and try to translate them into my language; I watch some short videos on YouTube and try to read some short texts. Of course it is not so easy but I try my best. This language is very interesting. We have only two lessons a week and I think that it is not good. I want to have more lessons, four or even five lessons a week. I want to have foreign friends and write them messages in English.
6. Write your plan for this school year. Use the prompts given below to help you.
English Learner’s year plan
This year I am going to work harder at my English skills. I want to improve my writing and speaking skills. I am going to work 2 hours a day. I need to practice English grammar. I am going to use some good English course books and dictionaries. I am going to consult my friends and teachers. Signature Teacher.