1. Point out the actuality of the topic. Answer the question: What is “home” for people and particularly for you?
2. If you look up the translation of the Russian word “дом” you will be given two variants: “a home” and “a house”. How do they differ from each other? Which of these words is more common (generally used)? Look up the following words in the English-English dictionary: house, dwelling, building, block of flats, housing.
3. What is included in the notion “home”? Do you agree with the following list: family relations, hearth and a particular way of life? How do you understand them? Consult the dictionary if you are not sure. What should you add to the list?
4. What do people value: the atmosphere or the building? Speak about various correlations between home and house: you have a house but it’s not a home for you, you have warm relations in the family, so called hearth, but live in poor conditions (paradise in shelter); life of homeless people and etc. Do you have your own space or private territory? Is it important for you? Why?
5. Speak about different variants of housing: own, rented, and taken in installments and hostel. compare and contrast various types of buildings: multi-storeyed, terraced, ranch house, bungalow, semi-detached, detached and so on (consult the English-English dictionary)
6. Speak about the house of your dream.
1. State the actuality of the topic. It’s generally agreed that society benefits from the work of its members. Do you agree with this statement?
2. Think of the difference in the semantics and usage of the nouns “work”, “job”, “profession”, “career”, “vocation”. Which of the words given has high- or low-surrender value? Think of possible collocations each word can have.
3. What kind of work would you prefer? Explain why.
➢ arduous, back breaking
➢ humdrum, monotonous