Christmas in Poland

                                 Christmas in Poland                    SCORE ……………/50

PART 1 Choose one of the options to complete the text. …………../10

In Poland, Advent is 1……………… beginning of Christmas Time. It’s a time when people try to 2………….. peaceful and remember the real reason 3…………… Christmas. People try not to have excess of anything. Some people give 4…………….. their favourite foods or drinks and parties and discos are not widely held. Some people also go to Church quite frequently. There is the tradition 5………….. the ‚roraty’, special masses (or communion services) held 6……………… dawn and dedicated to Mary for receiving the good news from the angel Gabriel. During Advent, people 7……………. prepare their houses for Christmas. There’s 8…………….. of cleaning and people wash their windows and clean their carpets very thoroughly. Everything must be clean for Christmas day! 9…………. Christmas, children in schools and preschools take part in „Jasełka” (Nativity Plays). They are very popular and often more secular 10……………… religious. The Christmas story is also sometime put into modern times.The smell of tangerines in schools or workplaces is widely thought to mean that Christmas time is about to start!

1) a) a                  b) the               c) x

2) a) be                b) say              c) work

3) a) on               b) for               c) of

4) a) off              b) away            c) up

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The 12 Dishes of Polish Christmas B2

In Poland, Christmas Eve dinner is the most important celebration of the year. Although this meal is reserved for the closest family, it is customary to set an extra plate and seat for an unexpected guest or even a vagrant. Most of the dishes served are cooked specifically on this special day – and only once a year.

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Reading comprehension A2

Mary and George went to the same class in a secondary school. They always had an argument. She was a beautiful girl with very long, blond hair and blue eyes. And he was very ugly, tall and skinny. When they finished school, they met by accident on the holiday camp and fell in love with each other. From that time, they have lived together and they have been married. They have got children, one pretty and one ugly. But they are happy. They live in a big house with garden.

 

ANSWER THE QUESTIONS

1. What type of school did Marry and George go to?

2. Did they like each other?

3. How did Mary look like?

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Reading comprehension A2

Bob is a new person in our department. But he is very ill and we don’t know when he is back. In the morning he spent a lot of time in the toilet. He caught diarrhea from his daughter. He was exhausted so he took a day off. We hope he will be fine on Monday. We keep our fingers crossed for him because we miss him very much.

 

1. Who is Bob?

2. How is Bob today?

3. Is he working now?

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Reading comprehension A1/A2

One day I found a little puppy in front of my house.It had little ears and brown fur. It looked like a little fluffy ball. Because it was a cold December day and the temperature was below zero I took the dog to my house. I called it Spot. My parents said this kind of dogs was very energetic and smart and they agreed to keep it. I was very happy because it was the first dog in our house. The next day we bought a bowl and food for the dog.  It has lived with us till today.

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ANSWER THE QUESTIONS

1. What happened in front of the house?

2. How did the dog look like?

3. What was the weather like outside?

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England bans smoking in cars with children upper-intermediate

England bans smoking in cars with children

Drivers in England will be banned from smoking in their cars if they are carrying children as passengers. The move, which will become law on 1 October, follows a similar ban in Wales and aims to protect young people under 18 from second-hand smoke. Scotland is also considering introducing a ban. Anyone found flouting the law in England could be fined £50. It will not apply to anyone driving alone or driving in a convertible car with the top down. The regulations were passed in the Commons after 342 MPs voted in favour of legislation while just 74 voted against. According to the British Lung Foundation, more than 430,000 children are exposed to second-hand smoke in cars each week. Passive smoke in children can increase the risk of asthma, meningitis and cot death, say public health experts. While many support a ban, some say it is an unnecessary intrusion.  

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SUPERSIZE ME word formation pre-intermediate | słowotwórstwo poziom pre-intermediate

WORDformation. Put the words in appropriate form.

Morgan Spurlock was watching a TV programme about fast food when he head an idea. A representative of McDonalds was saying that their food was nutritious and 1) ……………………… (health). Morgan 2) ………………………….. (agree) with this, and he 3) …………………… (decision) to do an experiment. He decided to eat in fast food restaurants every day, three times a day, for thirty days.

At the 4) ………………………………….. (begin) of this experiment, Morgan went to three doctors, who checked his weight and his health. Morgan was 5) …………………………… (energy), healthy and happy. Then he started his fast food diet. At first he didn’t feel too unhealthy, but soon he was having 6) …………………………… (head) and stomach aches.

Normally Morgan didn’t eat many burgers, but suddenly he was eating them constantly and he felt 7) ………………………… (good); he wasn’t eating enough fruit and vegetables, and he was eating too much fat. A burger and chips with a large cola gives you enough energy to walk seven miles, but Morgan didn’t do any exercise.

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HALLOWEEN tasks for advanced learners | zadania dla zaawansowanych

Halloween

PUT ONE SUITABLE WORD

Straddling the line between fall 1…………………… winter, plenty and paucity, life and death, Halloween is a time 2…………………… celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward 3……………….. roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 4…………………….. a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was 5…………………. as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. 6…………………………. time, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized 7…………………………. child-friendly activities such 8…………………….. trick-or-treating. In a number of countries around the world, as the days grow shorter and the nights 9…………………………… colder, people continue 10 ………………………. usher in the winter season with gatherings, costumes and sweet treats.

Text adapted from www.history.com/topics/halloween/history-of-halloween

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Reading: Stretch my legs, Doc! upper-intermediate

Stretch my legs, Doc!

Swee Jing paid more money that most Chinese people earn in a year to have both her legs broken and stretched. The pretty college graduate is now lying in a hospital bed, clearly still in pain, after the doctors sawed through the flesh and bone of both legs in eight places. Each leg now has eight steel rods sticking out of it below the knee and these are connected to a steel cage surrounding each leg. Once the broken bones start to heal the doctors will begin to turn the screws on the cage pushing the steel rods apart and so stretching the leg. It is a slow and painful process that will take 18 months to add 8cm to Swee Jing’s height.

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