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пятница, 21 января 2011 г.

82. England Stories Series: Stratford-Upon-Avon

Stratford-upon-Avon is located in the West Midlands region of England. The town is built over the river Avon and is a popular destination for many tourists as it is the birthplace of the famous playwright William Shakespeare. Among the landmarks of this small town are the Royal Shakespeare theater, the Holy Trinity Church where Shakespeare was baptized and buried, as well as houses, farms and estates that belonged to Shakespeare's family and are now turned into museums. The non-Shakespearean sites include Stratford Butterfly Farm which was opened in 1985 and the Carnegie Library, one of over 2,000 libraries funded by a Scottish-American businessman Andrew Carnegie. Tourism is not the only industry developed in Stratford-upon-Avon. The place is known for its hospitality and catering industry, as well as boat-building and maintainance, food manufacture and Information Technology (IT).

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  1. Assignment 1: Vocabulary.

    Read the following words and expressions. Write them down in your notebook, translate and remember them in context. Use these expressions to retell the text.

    1. a playwright
    2. a landmark
    3. to baptize/ to be baptized/a baptism
    3. to bury/ to be buried/a burial
    4. Trinity
    5. an estate
    6. catering industry
    7. maintainance (industry)

  2. Assignment 2: Find sentences with the Passive voice in this text. One of the examples is:

    This is the place where Shakespeare WAS BAPTIZED.

    Find at least five more examples.

    Note: Passive Voice is much more common in English, especially in formal writing and speaking.

  3. Assignment 3: Comprehension questions:

    1. What is the main reason for many tourists to travel to Stratford-upon-Avon?

    2. List some of the Shakeasperean and non-Shakespearean sites in Stratford-upon-Avon.

    3. What are other industries developed in this town?

  4. Assignment 4: Further research.

    Find out more information about Stratford-upon-Avon, its people, and its history. Tell or write about them.