Підручник Англійська мова 9 клас для спеціалізованих шкіл з поглибленим вивченням англійської мови - Л.В. Калініна - Генеза 2017 рік

Unit 6 Your media literacy

6.2. Your Media Way

Word Bank

Phrase Bank

Communication Box

• broadcast;

• televiewer;

• radio addict;

• wildlife programme;

• science fiction programme;

• chat show;

• soap opera;

• analytical programme;

• docusoap;

• couch potato.

• to be glued to the screen;

• to keep somebody abreast of time;

• to switch from channel to channel;

• to enjoy something to one’s heart content;

• to cope with something;

• to deal with something;

• to see all the programmes running;

• (not) to drag something away from the screen;

• to be hypnotyzed by something;

• to enjoy every bit of something.

• Importantly, …

• That reminds me…

• What’s on TV today?

I. Go Ahead!

Read what these people say about the radio and television and guess who said these words and why. Say whom you agree with.

“Stay tuned”.


“It’s a passive activity”.


“It stops kids from doing their homework”.


“It has a great educational value”.


“It enriches knowledge”.


“It ruins the eyes”.

TV presenter

“Not all programmes are good”.

Radio reporter

Example: My mum says watching television is a passive activity. She advises me to spend more time out in the open. But I like to watch documentaries, especially docusoaps.

II. Reading

Read the dialogue in pairs. Say what was on TV that day.

Talking about TV Programmes

The school day is over. Paul and Lucy are walking home. They are discussing the TV programme for Friday afternoon.

Paul: We are free at last! School is over. Now, it’s time to play.

Lucy: Hooray! It’s Friday. We can enjoy ourselves to our hearts’ content. What are your plans?

Paul: I am going to a football match at 4.30 p.m. and then I am going to listen to my favourite FM radio station. What about you?

Lucy: I’ve got a lot of to do about the house first: cleaning my room, ironing my clothes, and food shopping. Importantly, I’ll have to cope with all that by 5 o’clock.

Paul: Why? Are you expecting guests?

Lucy: Not that. A new quiz show starts at 5.00 on Channel Four. I am going to watch it with my sister. I’m sure we’ll both be glued to the screen.

Paul: I bet you will. Can you explain what kind of quiz show it is?

Lucy: It’s a general knowledge quiz show “Mastermind”. Every time it deals with different areas, you know. It is going to be about great inventions and inventors today.

Paul: That reminds me. I haven’t got the TV guide for this week. What else is on TV today?

Lucy: If I’m not mistaken, there will be a humorous TV show called “Mr. Bean” around 7 p.m.

Paul: Oh? You mean that funny guy who almost never speaks and fails at everything he tries to do? I often see him on TV when I’m switching from channel to channel.

Lucy: That’s him. I can’t help laughing every time he gets into an embarrassing situation. You can almost hear people say “Well, say something! Don’t just stand there like Mr. Bean.”

Paul: Thanks for telling me about the show. Perhaps I’ll be back home by this time.

Across Cultures: Great Britain

Mastermind /ma:stəmaind/ - a popular British TV show in which four participants complete in answering general knowledge questions.

Mr. Bean /bi:n/ - a popular British comedy drama starring Rowan Atkinson.

III. Language Track

1. In the text, find 10 words in which ‘ng’ is read as /η/ and reproduce them in context. Practise saying them in the sentences of your own.

Example: /η/ - expecting Are you expecting guests?

1. Study the difference in meaning. In the text ‘Talking about TV Programmes”, find the sentences with these words and interpret their meanings. Make up your own sentences by analogy.

content /kən’tent/ adj. - happy and satisfied

Example: Andy was a good

contents /‘kontents/ — n (plural) 1. the things that are inside a box, bag, room, etc.

friend, and, Nicky was clearly very content.

n - a feeling of quiet happiness and satisfaction.

Example: Most of the gallery’s contents were damaged in the fire.

2. the things that are written in a letter, book, etc.

Example: In summer she could watch TV to her heart’s content.

Example: She kept the contents of the letter a secret.

2. Choose the right words from above and complete these sentences.

1. Please, open the book at the … . … page.

2. We can enjoy ourselves to our hearts’… .

3. The police emptied her bag and examined the … .

4. John seems … to sit in front of the television all night.

5. Look at the table of … before you buy the book.

6. Not … with her new car, Selina now wants a bike.

3. Guess the words by their definitions and match them to the right pictures. Express your opinion about them.

Example: This is a quiz-show. That’s my favourite TV programme. I’m always glued to the screen when it is on TV.

1. In the dialogue “Talking about TV Programmes”, find the question for more information and interpret its meaning in context.

Complete the instructions:

• If you want to ask for information, use…

• … word order.

2. Restore these direct questions and turn them into imbedded questions.

Example: When was the television invented? I wonder when the television was invented.

3. In pairs, ask each other for more information about your favourite gadgets. Follow the pattern below.


A. Do you know …?

B. Sorry, I’ve got no idea.

A Never mind. I wonder …?

B. No, I’m afraid not.

A One more thing. Do you happen to know …?

B. Well, … .

A. Ok, thank you anyway.

II. Communication Track


a) Think and decide what kind of radio listener/ televiewer you are. Give your reasons.

Example: I am not a radio addict, but I often listen to my favourite FM radio station. I enjoy listening to music and sometimes I don’t mind listening to a news report. The radio helps me to keep abreast of time.

b) In pairs, ask and answer the following questions.

1. Do you see all the programmes running? Why? Why not?

2. What is a typical couch potato like?

3. What TV programme can hypnotize you?

4. What helps you to keep abreast of time?

5. Who can’t drag you away from the screen when something interesting is on?

6. What radio programmes are to your taste?

c) In groups, look at the pictures and discuss the Ukrainian media today.


a) Before you listen

You are going to listen to the descriptions of four TV programmes in the pictures below. Make up a list of 3-5 ideas about the formats of the programmes.

b) While you listen

Listen to the TV guide and say which programmes may be to these people’s tastes. Give grounds for your choice.

• a five-year-old child

• a sportsperson

• a teenager

• a housewife

After you listen

Say what you think of these programmes. Comment on the title of the TV Guide.


a) Before you write

If you want to express your thoughts or views on a certain matter, write a letter to the Editor. It may be published in a special section of a newspaper or a magazine.

• Brainstorm with your friends what information about your media way should be included in a letter to the Editor.

• Make a list of words/phrases you’ll use to formulate it.

b) While you write

Follow the format of a letter to the Editor below.

How to Write a Letter to the Editor

Content tips

Language tips


Dear Sir / Madam Dear Editor

Stating the reasons for writing

I would like to compliment …

After watching …, I think this is about the most delightful …

Describing a problem

However, there are a couple of points that I observed while …

One is that …

The second point is tied to the first.


In closing, I want to thank you for … It is hoped that …


Yours faithfully. Yours sincerely. Sincerely yours. Sincerely.

At Home: In your WB, write a letter to the Editor about your favourite programme on Ukrainian television channels.

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