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In-Class Listening 5. Position in the Family

I. Pre-Listening Task

1.1. What’s your position in the family? Are you the oldest child, the middle child, the youngest child or an only child? Do you think your position in the family has an influence on your personality?

II. Listening and Comprehension Tasks

Listen to the psychologist talking about the influence your position in the family has on your personality. Complete the chart by writing more adjectives of personality in each column.

Oldest children Middle children Youngest children Only children
self-confident independent charming spoilt

Compare the results with your partner. Make the chart complete.

2.3. Listen to the recording once again and say who the following things are characteristic of:

· get maximum attention

· think of themselves more than of other people

· have to fight for their parents’ attention

· are more likely to go to university

· get the top jobs

· like being with people

· always have brothers and sisters to help them

· use their charm to get what they want

· make good leaders

· have to look after their younger brothers and sisters

· with time they worry a lot about things

· don’t have to share with anyone


III. After-Listening Tasks

Explain the adjectives of personality from the chart with the help of the expressions in 2.3.

3.2. Say if it is true for you – if not, why not; if it is true for your brothers and sisters or your friends. Use the vocabulary of the recording.

Out-of-Class Listening 5. Position in the Family and People’s Character

I. Listening and Comprehension Tasks

1.1. Listen to four people talking about how their position in the family has affected their personality. Which of the following adjectives are used to describe each position in the family? Mark them E (the eldest child), M (the middle child), Y (the youngest child) or O (an only child).

1. open-minded………. 6. ambitious……….

2. serious………. 7. aggressive……….

3. independent………. 8. adaptable……….

4. self-confident………. 9. relaxed……….

5. selfish………. 10. responsible……….


Listen to the speakers again and answer the following questions. Write the number of the speaker (1, 2, 3 or 4) in the gaps.

a) Who tries to do what people expect? …..

b) Who probably works best in a team or group? …..

c) Who probably had more freedom as a child? …..

d) Who may try to dominate others? …..

e) Who may be a bit irresponsible? …..

f) Who may blame other people for her/his mistakes? …..


II. After-Listening Tasks

Fill in prepositions in the following sentences.

1) Years of looking ______ my younger brothers has made me a bit bossy.

2) _____ a more positive note, I’m a good communicator.

3) I was left to play _____ my own.

4) I had to fit ____ with what my brothers and sisters wanted.

5) I get _____ ______ all sorts of people.

6) It has made me better _____ coping _____ problems _____ later life.

7) I tend to be passive to take responsibility _____ things.

8) All my parents’ hopes and expectations rested ___ me.

9) I try to live ___ ____ what people think _______ me.

10) One negative thing is I often felt left ______ .


Match the two columns to make up the expressions from the recording and use them in the sentences of your own.

to win back a link

to act like self-confidence

to lack attention

to be the baby attention

to be expected close

to be the centre friendships

to form thoughts

to share in the family

to let smb too of attention

to direct to conform

Date: 2016-01-03; view: 3499

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