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среда, 9 марта 2011 г.

92. Advanced Listening: RSA Animate - The Secret Powers of Time

Did you ever wonder if location (or birthplace) influences the way a person thinks, dreams, works, and lives? The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) has attempted to find an answer to this dilemma. This 10-minute presentation will focus on people's thinking patterns, the way thinking determines our choices, actions, and destiny. Please, watch the video and complete the assignments below. This video is only for Upper-Intermediate or Advanced level students. This video is used with the permission of RSA-Animate.




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  1. Assignment 1: Find definitions of the following words:

    nostalgia
    keep the family record
    regret
    obvious
    hedonist
    sensation
    My live is fated
    to resist temptation
    Gross National Product
    to share time perspective
    the pace of life
    a partition
    to expire
    coronary
    to drop out from school
    a minority background
    poor performance
    to fit in a traditional classroom
    to feed-back
    single-function device
    to sacrifice
    sit-down dinners
    family values
    to be aware of smth
    negative attributions
    pig-headed

    Assignment 2: Discussion

    1. What are the six time-zones that the speaker is describing in this video?
    2. According to the speaker's observations, how is protestant ethic different from catholic ethic, and why does it matter?
    3. How is the "pace of life" measured?
    4. Why is there such a high school drop-out percentage in America? Who are the most vulnerable?
    5. What would Americans do if they were given an additional day a week?
    6. Where, according to the author, family values are found?
    7. How does this material apply to one's day-to-day life?

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