Exercise 17 Answer the questions. Compare them in pairs.
1. There are two questions in the quiz. Which categories do the questions belong to: art, geography, history, music, science?
2. Where are the World Athletics Championships being held this year?
3. Is Joe Rawling a reporter, a runner or injured at the moment?
4. What is the subject of the phone-in?
5. What do we learn about Kerry’s opinions?
6. In the travel news, what is the cause of the delays on the M4?
7. Is the situation on the M6 better or worse than before?
8. What is the young man in the soap trying to tell the young woman?
9. Does the young woman respond positively?
Exercise 18 Look at the headline of the article. Without reading the article, decide whether it is a fact or a myth. Read and translate the article and find out what the latest research suggests.
Watching TV is bad for toddlers
To give your children a head start in life, sit them in front of the television. A study of 200 American pre-schoolers has revealed that toddlers who watch TV for two hours a day develop more quickly than those who do without. On average, the two-and-three-year-olds who watched TV scored 10 per cent higher in reading, maths and vocabulary. However, the programmes have to be aimed at their age group – children derive no benefits from watching TV designed for adults. ‘Television opens up the world to many young children and gives them the head start, which is sustained in improved academic achievements through out their school lives,’ said Aletha Huston of the University of Texas. But the positive impact of TV declines with age, reports The Sunday Times. Older children who watch more than 16 hours of TV a week perform worse than their peers.
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Exercise 19 Choose the best summary of the article according to the information in the text.
Watching TV programmes
seems to benefit all children up to the age of 16;
is particularly beneficial for 2- and 3-year-olds;
is good for toddlers whatever the programme.
Exercise 20 Complete the letters to a TV magazine with the adjectives in the box.
Well done Channel 10 for the brilliant series City Mysteries. The characters were really (1)___ and the stories were certainly never (2)___ . I was so (3) ___ when it finished. Are there plans for a new series?
I’m rather (4) ___ about ABC’s policy on not showing violence before 9 p.m. I watched The Precinct at 8.30 p.m. last Thursday and was (5) ___ at the amount of violence shown. Me ten-year-old daughter, who was watching with me, found it quite (6) ___.
I was really (7) ___ when I saw that Celebrity Spot was back on SBS. I always look forward to the programme because it has such (8) ___ guests. However, last Friday’s show was very (9) ___ - the interviewer asked such stupid questions and hardly gave Mel B a chance to speak!
Exercise 21 Writing Write a letter to a TV magazine or TV channel and explain a) why you like watching this channel or TV programme; b) what you like most of all in this programme; c) what you’d like to change.
Remember the rules of writing a letter:
First, put your address (the left corner).
Put the name and address of the person you are writing to.
Put the date.
Begin your letter with “Dear …” or “Dear Sir/Madam” (if you don’t know the name of the person you’re writing to).
Paragraph 1 is Introduction.
Paragraph 2 is The main part.
Paragraph 3 is Ending. Use phrases like I look forward to hearing from you. Yours faithfully. Yours sincerely.