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Work with the map of the world.

a)show on the map the biggest exporters of tea (India, China, Sri-Lanka, Peru, Kenya);

b) show on the map the way of tea clippers from Great Britain to India, China, Ceylon Island;

c) show on the map seas and oceans which tea clippers went through;

d) show on the map the countries which were the colonies of Great Britain in XVIII – XIX centuries.






History teacher: Do you know that at first tea was imported fromChina in 1610? A Dutch ship brought a small box of tea from China to Holland.Forty years later, in1650, tea arrived in Britain. One way trade travelling lasted more than 18 months and was very dangerous. Sometimes numerous bags and boxes with tea became the attractive treasure for sea pirates. To deliver the best sorts of tea into English ports was a real sport competition. At that time young sea captains whosailed modern clippers were making an excellent career having taken part in a risky voyage. The most famous British tea clipper was “CuttySark“, one of the fastest ships in the world. Soon Great Britain has become a powerful customer of Indian and Chinese tea in the world. Having seen the possibilities of successful trade English merchants decided to improve package: from a huge tea box to a little tea paper bag. Great Britain could get milliards! How? It was selling ENGLISH carefully packed tea! And does it now…

So, is English tea really English? What do you think about it?




Tea Leaves

Many years ago tea was unknown in European countries.Many people didn’t even know the word “tea”. But drinking tea was very popular in the East.Once, a young sailor came back from India. He was the only son of an old woman and every time he returned from faraway country he brought his mother a present. Of course he tried to bring her something unusual that she could show her friends. That time he brought her a box of tea. The old woman did not know anything about tea. But she liked the smell and invited all her friends to come and taste it. When her guests arrived she invited them to the dinner table. The old woman treated them to cakes and fruit and tea leaves. When the sailor entered the room and saw a big plate filled with tea leaves he understood everything. He smiled when he saw his mother’s friends eating tea leaves with butter and salt. They pretended they liked it. But it was clear they didn’t enjoy eating tea leaves. “Where is the tea, mother?” the sailor asked. His mother pointed to the plate in the middle of the table. ”No, these are only the leaves of the tea”, the sailor said. “Where is the water?” “The water?” his mother asked. “I have thrown the water away, of course’.


After listening activity.

Say if the statements are true or false:

a) Drinking tea was very popular in many European countries.

b) A young sailor came back from India.

c) He was the only son of an old woman.

d) The sailor rarely brought his mother any presents.

e) A box of tea was unusual present.

f) The old woman didn’t like the smell of tea.

g) The old woman treated her friends to cakes, fruit and tea.

h) The guests drank tea with butter and salt.

i) They liked the tea a lot.

j) The woman threw the tea away.


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