UNIT 6. 6G, page 54
1 a strange-looking tall old woman
2 a long dark country road
3 dishevelled long grey hair
4 a spooky old stone house
1 All of a sudden the train came to a halt.
2 We had been so deep in conversation, we hadn’t even noticed the other passengers had got off.
3 We gradually realised that we were in the middle of nowhere.
4 To our horror we discovered that there was no mobile phone coverage.
Students’ own answers
UNIT 6. Get..., page 55-56
EXAM TASK - Reading:
EXAM TASK - Use of English:
EXAM TASK - Listening:
Speaker 1 E
Speaker 2 A
Speaker 3 DSpeaker 4 B
Speaker 1 Children’s rights are one of the most pressing issues in today’s world. There’s so much injustice around! And I’ve made it my personal mission to bring the work of Janusz Korczak to the attention of all those who influence children’s lives in any way. Did you know that the Convention on the Rights of the Child passed by the United Nations in 1989 was inspired by his teachings? It took us over 50 years to hammer out the ‘rights’ that Korczak had already laid out in his books decades ago. His books entitled How to Love a Child and Respect for the Child prove that he was not only ahead of his own, but also of our times! I mean, Korczak’s insights and simple truths concerning children are as fresh and valuable today as they were then. If only more parents, teachers, counsellors and juvenile court judges would listen.
Speaker 2 In his orphanage, Korczak had a Children’s Court, which was presided over by child judges. Every child with a grievance had the right to bring the offender to the court of his peers. Teachers and children were equal before the Court and
even Korczak had to submit to its judgement. He envisaged that in 50 years every school would have such a court and that they would be a real source of emancipation for children, teaching them respect for the law and individual rights. I must say that the idea seems a bit utopian to me. I’ve been a teacher for fifteen years now and I’m a firm believer in the equality
of students and teachers. Yet having children make binding decisions on important matters is like saying they’re mature and experienced enough to make such decisions. I’m afraid that is a bit of a far-fetched notion.
Speaker 3 There was this radio thing about Korczak recently and we listened to that – the guys from the school council and I. So he had this idea about peer courts at school and we just couldn’t believe it. I mean there’s no school that wouldn’t benefit from a court like that. If students could judge one another and take responsibility into their own hands, then we could do
something about things like bullying and theft at school. I mean who knows better than the students who does what and which punishment would really work? And most of all – it would make teachers listen and respect our opinions and feelings. I wish our school would allow us something like that.
Speaker 4 We were all surprised at Korczak’s instruction to gather in the X-ray lab. The doctor arrived, bringing along a four-year-old from his orphanage. The X-ray machine was switched on and we saw the boy’s heart beating wildly. He was so frightened by the strange people, the dark room and the machine. Speaking softly, Korczak told us: ‘Don’t ever forget this sight. How wildly a child’s heart beats when he is frightened. It does even more so when the child reacts to an adult’s anger, not to
mention the fear of punishment.’ Then, heading for the door with the boy’s hand in his, he added, ‘That is all for today!’ That lesson was imprinted on our minds forever.