4.1. Listen to the poem “The Road Not Taken”, mark stresses and tunes according to the model. Practice its reciting after the speaker.
The Road Not Taken
by Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,And sorry I could not travel bothAnd be one traveler, long I stoodAnd looked down one as far as I couldTo where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair,And having perhaps the better claim,Because it was grassy and wanted wear;Though as for that the passing thereHad worn them really about the same, And both that morning equally layIn leaves no step had trodden black.Oh, I kept the first for another day!Yet knowing how way leads on to way,I doubted if I should ever come back. I shall be telling this with a sighSomewhere ages and ages hence:Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--I took the one less traveled by,And that has made all the difference.
4.1. Listen to the dialogue “Feeling Unwell”, mark stresses and tunes according to the model. Practice its reading after the speakers.
Dr.Jones: Hello, Peter. What seems to be the problem?
Peter: Well, I haven’t been feeling very well for the last few days.
Dr.Jones: I see.
Peter: And my throat is sore and it hurts when I swallow.
Dr.Jones: Have you noticed a loss of appetite?
Peter: Not really. But it’s difficult to swallow.
Dr.Jones: Right then, let me have a look…mmm…yes your throat is quite inflamed. We’d better take your temperature.
Peter: Actually, I do feel a bit warm.
Dr.Jones: Hmm…just as I thought…38.5°C. I’d say you’ve got tonsillitis. Are you taking any medicine at the moment?
Peter: No, not really.
Dr.Jones: There’s nothing to worry about, really. I’m going to give you a prescription. Make sure you drink lots of hot fluids and soup, nothing cold.
4.1. Listen to the dialogue “The Biggest Change”, mark stresses and tunes according to the model. Practice its reading after the speakers.
The Biggest Change
Violet: The biggest change? I think it’s probably been medical progress. The situation has really improved. Luckily, doctors and surgeons can cure so many diseases now that were just impossible when I was younger.
Mark: That’s true.
Violet:Life-saving cures and operations have become more and more common. I’m sure in the future, disease won’t be such a big problem, because we’ll discover cures for most of the really bad diseases.
Mark: I don’t know about that. There are still no cures for some of the most common diseases, like flu. And in developing countries, there isn’t enough money to pay for some of the cures, so the situation hasn’t changed.
Violet:Yes, that is a problem.
Mark: No, I think that the biggest change has been the change in life style. It’s got much worse.
Mark: People work too much now, and unfortunately they don’t have time to spend with their families. And when people have free time, they just watch television. So not surprisingly, people are getting fatter. They are always too busy to cook properly, and so they eat fast food and…