UNIT 6 GETTING TO KNOW MORE ABOUT......(Para conocer más sobre...) thinking person

In this unit you will do exercises to help you ask and answer questions about personalities, events and places and to exchange opinions and give simple reasons.

question iconDo you know the personalities in these pictures? Can you speak about them?

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A conversation often depends on questions to keep it going. To do so you ask and answer questions, but you also use some expressions to keep the flow of conversation./para mantener el flujo de la conversación.

EXERCISE 1

Read the conversation. Then practice with your partner:


antonio maceo

Anna: Who is the person in the picture?

Jessica: He is Antonio Maceo, a brave patriot in Cuban history.

Anna: In my country I've never read about him. What else can you tell me about him?

Jessica: Sure. He participated in the War of Independence in the 19th Century. He defended the continuation of the struggle in a historical event we know by the name of "Protesta de Baraguá".

Anna: How can I learn more about him?

Jessica: Well, you can read his biography in my history book. But I invite you to visit his memorial in Cacahual. Do you want to go?

Anna: Sure. Tomorrow is Saturday. Let's go tomorrow.

Jessica: O.K. See you, then.

Anna: See you.

EXERCISE 2

READ THE CONVERSATION AGAIN. THEN, ACT IT OUT.

EXERCISE 3

Substitute the expressions in bold( en negritas) and use the following in a new conversation.

•Other question techniques

Do you happen to know...

Something else I want to know is this...

•Answering techniques

Well, let me see...

Well now...

Oh, let me think for a moment...

Exercise 4

Now your teacher will give cards with some information about other important personalities.

For example:

Work with a partner. One of you is an interviewer. The other is a famous personality (musician, sportsperson, writer, etc). Ask and answer questions to know about him/her.

Read this information about grammar and then do the exercise.

Exchanging opinions and giving simple reasons

When you are sharing opinions in a conversation you need to use some expressions to explain your thinking.

In my opinion... I don't think so

I think...

I believe...

I also think...

Robert: We have to prepare a project work about Hemingway. What can we do?

Susan: I think we should divide the team.

Robert: Why should we split?

Susan: Very simple. Two students go to the library to find information in books, magazines, etc. And the others go to Hemingway Museum.

Robert: In my opinion, Nelly and Katia should go to the library because they usually take very good notes.

Susan: And you and I can go to the museum because it is nearer to our homes.

Exercise 5

Practice this conversation. Then act it out.

Exercise 6

Go around the class and ask your classmates' opinions about the following topics or others given by your teacher or your classmates.

a.The importance of the French revolution

b.The students' participation in school activities

Instructions:

Use simple sentences to give your opinions. Your teacher will help you.

Exercise 6

Read the following sentences and tick those which express habitual actions

  1. The Earth moves around the Sun.____
  2. Manuel García Valdés painted many feminine faces.____
  3. Ernest Hemingway came to Cuba on December 27, 1939.____
  4. José Martí wrote The Golden Age.____
  5. The journalists report about the daily events in the world.____
  6. Children get up early in the morning ____
  7. Rose and Gina are going to watch the TV lessons.____
  8. My friends understand when the teacher speaks quickly.____
  9. Peter is sick. The doctor will find out what his problem is.____
  10. We will remember Ernesto Che Guevara forever.____
  11. His brother works hard at the hospital.____
  12. Alicia Alonso founded the National Ballet of Cuba.____

EXERCISE 7 Work in pairs.

Ask your partner what he or she does every morning. Use the information in a short conversation.

EXERCISE 8

Read this passage referring to someone's routine. Put each verb into the correct form.

Every morning Jessica Miller____(wake up) and ____(turn) off the electric fan. While she____(take) a shower she’s thinking over the clothes she is going to wear. Generally her mother____(call) her up and she always____(say):”Good moning. I____(be) in a hurry, please. Call me back in the evening, OK. Good-bye”. She____(hang) up the phone quickly and ____(go) out.

EXERCISE 9

Reread the passage. It refers to:

  1. a) Jessica's mother's activities.
  2. b) Jessica's activities.
  3. c) Jessica's routine before going out.
  4. d) Jessica's routine after going out.

EXERCISE 10

According to the reading tell if the sentences are true (T), false (F) or I don't know (?)

1.Jessica doesn't have an air conditioning unit.____

2.She is going to wear a blue skirt.____

3.Her mother calls her up every morning.____

4.Her telephone is out of order.____

4.Jessica will call her mother back in the evening._____

EXERCISE 11

What does Jessica Miller do every morning?

Exchange your answer with your partner/classmates.

Complete the boxes with the habits and routines.



EXERCISE 12

Ask one or more people to find out about his/her/their daily activities.

(e.g. sleep, food, clothes, work, housework, etc). Exchange questions and answers.

e.g. What do you usually do...? I usually....

When does he/she wake up? She/He wakes up at 6:30 a.m.

When do they have breakfast? They have breakfast...

EXERCISE 13

Organize the information and present it to your classmates.

Exercise 14

Read this information to complete the tasks below.

To form the simple past of regular verbs, add -ed to the base form of the verbs.

e.g. 1. Jessica Miller enjoyed teaching.

2. She used different videotapes in her classes.

IRREGULAR VERBS IN THE PAST:

The past form of irregular verbs cannot be predicted. We distinguish three types of irregular verbs.

(1) Verbs in which all three parts(the base, the past, and the past participle) are identical, for example, cut-cut-cut .

(2) Verbs in which two of the three parts are identical, for e.g. lend-lent-lent

come-came-come

(3) Verbs in which all three parts are different, e.g.: write-wrote-written

eat-ate-eaten

see-saw-seen

The negative of regular and irregular verbs is formed with DID NOT and the infinitive.

e.g. I did not receive my English booklet.

Ann did not see your message yesterday.

They did not know the news.

We use DID for both singular and plural nouns.

The interrogative of regular and irregular verb is formed with

DID +SUBJECT+INFITIVE.

e.g.Did you receive your geography tabloid?

When did Ann see your message?

EXERCISE 15

A. .Work in pairs

1.Copy the squares.

like

open

be

buy

win

have

listen

eat

spend

help

go

get

love

sleep

reply

teach

tell

drink

paint

see

write

draw

read

watch

play

put

speak

2.Choose to play O or X.

3.O starts. Choose a square and write a sentence in the past with a word from that square. For example:

visit----I visited the Revolution Musem last weekend.

4.If your partner agrees that your sentence is correct, draw a circle in the square. If your sentence is wrong, it is X's turn.

5. You win the game if you make a line of O's or X's across, down or diagonally.

B. Ask one or more people where he/she/they went last..., what he/she/they did last...,when he/she/they... Prepare a dialogue and practice it with your partner.

EXERCISE 16

Complete the interviewer's questions. Use the correct form of the verbs in simple past.

Q1: When____you first______(become) interested in music?

A: I______ (become) interested when I ____(be) five.

Q2: ____you________(practice) on your own at that age?

A: No, I_________. I______(begin) practicing at eight.

Q3: ____you_______(realize) then that you ____(have) a special talent for music?

A: Well, I_______ (not-realize) it.

EXERCISE 17

Arrange the information about the famous personality you interviewed. Present it to your classmate.

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