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The life of George Orwell

Progress 01-04 A


Your pen friend from England is coming to see you. Write an email about a place in your town that you often visit. Tell him/her:

  • what kind of place it is;
  • where the place is;
  • how to get there;
  • two attractions of this place;
  • why you want him/her to see this place.


A computer game: The Lost Statue

In this game you are in a small country called Neverland. It is a deserted place. The weather there is terrible. It rains a lot and there are strong winds. The only people there are two young brothers. They live alone in their small house on the beach. In the game, you are one of the boys – Josh or Frank. Josh loves the beach very much and he is good at windsurfing. Frank is interested in doing quizzes and playing guessing games.

One day, they meet a strange man. He collects old things. He needs to find a small statue from the Stone Age and he asks the boys for help.

You decide to help the man. First, you talk to the man and learn about the lost statue. Then, with your brother, organise a trip around Neverland to look for it. On the way you play games, answer questions, do quizzes, visit different places and talk to different people. Collect objects and souvenirs – they are very useful and help you find the lost statue and win the game.

The Lost Statue is a great game! Discover the secrets of Neverland and learn about the old times. Play it now and have fun!

Read the text and decide which answer is correct, a, b or c.

1 Neverland is

a a big island.

b a deserted country.

c an old city.


2 The weather in Neverland is

a warm and sunny.

b cold and cloudy.

c rainy and windy.


3 Frank and Josh live in

a a castle.

b a house on the beach.

c a motel.


4 In the game you are

a a boy.

b the strange man.

c the lost statue.


5 The strange man

a collects old objects.

b organises trips around Neverland.

c teaches history.


Read the text again and decide if the statements are true (T) or false (F).


1 _____ The two brothers live in a big house in the forest.

2 _____ Josh is good at quizzes.

3 _____ Frank’s hobby is playing guessing games.

4 _____ The man wants to find an ancient stone.

5 _____ Collecting different objects in the game helps the player to finish it.


Progress 05-08 A


Write a letter (about 100–150 words) to a friend in England and tell them about an unusual event. In your letter write:

  • where and when it happened;
  • who took part and what he/she did;
  • what your reaction was and what you actually did;
  • who you told about the event and if the person reacted in a similar way.


The life of George Orwell

George Orwell was born in India in 1903. When he was four years old, his mother took him and his sister back to England but his father stayed in India.

In England, the young boy had a private teacher but it was difficult for his parents to find the money to pay for it. He was lucky later – when he was thirteen he won a scholarship to Eton College but he was not a very good student.

He always thought of becoming a writer. When he was eleven, he wrote a poem about World War I. This poem was very good and it appeared in the local newspaper.

George had a difficult but interesting life. For a long time he couldn’t find a well-paid job. He lived in Paris and London but he didn’t have much money and he had to stay in poor parts of these cities. In London he even lived in the street for some time. These years helped him to write his first book called Down and Out in Paris and London, published in 1933. In 1936 George went to Spain to write for newspapers about the Civil War. Three years later he wanted to join the army to fight in World War II but he was very ill and couldn’t become a soldier. He decided to work for the BBC and in 1945 he published Animal Farm. After the war he moved to Scotland where he wrote his final book, Nineteen Eighty-Four.

He died in London in 1950. He was only forty-seven.


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