Progress Check - DIFFICULTIES / LANGUAGES

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I Listening comprehension

Listen to the following opinions (A-G), and decide which sentences (1-7) you would use to report what each person has said:
[brak nagrania - chyba trzeba usunac cwiczenie] (wypowiedzi do odczytania z uwzględnieniem różnorodności akcentów, głównie brytyjskiego – Anglia, Londyn oraz amerykańskiego - wypowiedź C, Chicago)
A.
This race section by the BBC is pointless. Political correctness means than anything that is said criticising minority groups will be seen as racist and not used.
Belinda de Lucy, London
B
I am an educated young Asian man, born and raised in England. As the first generation born in the UK, we have adopted British culture and, therefore, don’t not need to be taught about 'being British'. But what do the British people know about Asian and black culture?
J Raj, Wolverhampton
C.
Very interesting, and I learned quite a bit that I've never come across before. However, I think you left out quite a lot of detail in your synopsis. That is, the massive emigration of "ethnic Britons" from their homeland over the past four centuries. In a nation where race and immigration are nearly inseparable, it might put things into a better perspective to investigate why so many of our ancestors preferred to take their chance in the wilderness of North America or Australia.
Matthew Wainwright, Chicago, USA
D.
I was accused, a few months ago, of being racist by a colleague of Asian descent from Bradford. I was gobsmacked. But when he added that he thought that I was racist, because I didn't like Yorkshiremen - I am from a part of Cumbria that used to be Lancashire - I relaxed again. Actually, Zahid and I are best mates. But I wish he'd pick less sensitive topics to wind me up about.
Jeremy, England
E.
I'm so glad the mainstream media has finally decided to tackle this issue. As my other black female friends and I move up the career ladder, the black men I went to school and university with are not having anywhere near the same sort of success. This is bound to put a strain on relationships, with the frequent result of children of black parents living in female-headed homes.
Aniz, London
F.
Racism is rife in the workplace. Whilst working in London and Dartford between 1989 and 1990, I witnessed the worst racism of my working life, not involving whites, but between the blacks and Asians themselves. I am sure there are racists in the workplace, but it is wrong to continually present racist behaviour as being unique to white people.
Keith Shilton, England
G.
I understand the feelings of the men featured in this article. I do feel, however, that the understanding has to come from both sides. Where I live, the Asian community is segregated from the rest of society, and they don't seem to integrate.
Matthew, Banbury England
From: www.bbc.co.uk


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II. Use of English

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III. Writing a formal letter. Paragraph matching.

Look at the letter of apology below, and put the paragraphs in the correct order: House and Styles

26.01.2006

Mr. Smith ,
R. Smith Ltd.
23 Meadow road
Aberdeen

Dear Mr. Smith,

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Yours sincerely,
R. Cliff
Enc. Invoice No.T4469

Adapted from: A Handbook of Commercial Correspondence. A.Ashley, Oxford University Press

Write a letter of complaint to which the one above is the answer. Use a maximum of 60 words (10 marks)

III. Reading comprehension

Read the following text on foreign languages:

Attitudes to Language in Europe

The European Day of Languages is celebrated on 26th September. BBC News Online reflects on the attitudes across several European Union countries to languages and the learning of other tongues.

Lucien Libert, Paris, France
Languages are very important in France. The English language is essential to get a good career and the more languages you can learn, the better.
English is the first language you learn at school and you start very young. Most people have at least eight years of learning English at school so, even outside of the capital, people's knowledge of English tends to be good.
Learning German or Spanish comes next and Latin is also taught at most schools. Some even teach ancient Greek, but that is more unusual.
However, whilst French people are very keen to learn languages, there is also a movement to protect the French language and to "Francise" new English or American words. For example, the word CD-ROM was quickly converted and absorbed into the French language as "cederom".
Other moves that have helped to protect French language and culture include the law brought into effect by minister Jacques Toubon that requires radio stations to play French music 40% of the time and foreign film titles to be translated into French.
James Helm, Dublin, Ireland
The English language predominates in Ireland, but the ancient Irish language is an enduring source of pride and interest, and it remains a living tongue that is used in several areas.
Schools are required to teach Irish, and most students learn it as part of the curriculum. There is a continuing debate about how best to protect and promote the language for future generations.
Dr David Barnwell, head of modern languages at Dublin's Linguistics Institute, says there are encouraging trends in the numbers of people signing up for foreign language courses in Ireland.
Spanish is increasingly popular, he says, with many people wanting to learn it for leisure and business reasons.
In recent years, some primary schools have introduced foreign language classes for younger pupils, and the Irish government has tried to encourage schools to diversify in the languages they offer, extending the choice from the four favourites, French, Spanish, German and Italian.
Meanwhile, Dublin remains a very popular choice of destination for European language students wanting to learn English.
Adapted from: A Story from BBC NEWS
from: http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/hi/world/europe/3143464.stm
Published: 2003/09/26 23:30:23 GMT


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