Task 1. You will hear part of a radio programme in which a man talks about his child- hood in Australia. Listen and mark the sentences T (true) or F (false).
1. There is never any snow in the southern parts of Australia.
2. One of the things William really loved in his childhood was the feeling of loneliness.
3. The farmers used to burn the land when the cane was harvested.
4. A thousand kilometers is the Australian standard for a long distance.
5. At daytime in summers, people keep cool by swimming.
Task 2. Read the text. Choose one of the variants A, B or C.
1. The Avoncroft weekend course is for...
2. Those who sign up for the course...
B have some basic knowledge of Spanish.
3. In class students...
B speak Spanish.
4. Students learn Spanish...
C to communicate in the language both for business and pleasure.
5. The atmosphere at the lessons is...
Task 3. Read the text. Choose one of the variants A, B, C or D.
Most people feel a bit fed up and miserable when the weather changes. This is perfectly normal. (1) C Nobody likes chilly days and dark winter evenings. For those with Seasonal Affective Disorder (or SAD) (2) D too, the feelings are much worse. These people can start to feel bad as close as September, and they (3) C should not feel any better until spring. People (4) A who have this problem feels terribly depressed and very tired. (5) D During the winter months they feel the need to eat sweet things and other food such as bread and potatoes. Sunlight changes the balance of the brain’s chemicals and SAD is caused (6) B by not getting enough light. These days there are ways to help SAD sufferers. You can buy a “light box” which copies daylight, but you have to sit in front of it for about two hours every day to (7) C benefit.