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What should we do? Who is to blame? These questions are regularly asked by any high school English teacher at least twice a year: after winter and summer academic sessions.



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What should we do? Who is to blame? These questions are regularly asked by any high school English teacher at least twice a year: after winter and summer academic sessions. On the one hand, during the academic year the instructors spare no pains to give the students all the knowledge they possess, on the other, - the students demonstrate willingness to absorb it, and in the learning process they are engaged they manifest their wish not to give up and cope with the articles, tenses, phrasal verbs and spelling rules.

But at the final exam the students use the same four-letter words they have used since primary school and still prefer simple tenses to Perfect and Progressive we have been trying so hard to instill into their minds.

At the same time we remember Nabokov 's words: "I grew up like any ordinary child who spoke 3 languages". Indeed a lot of people in the world speak at least 2 languages, plenty of people speak 4 and some can communicate in 5 and even more, so it can't be all that impossible; can it?

Admitting that learning a language needs systematic study we, instructors of English as a Foreign Language, work hard to make it pleasure for our students.

As professionals we have tried a variety of approaches over the past several decades. English by TV, video, computer-assisted training, "communication" movement, - these have been combined in various quantities with traditional learning like grammar exercises, translation and reading. And some approaches looked so powerful only a few years ago! Some theories seemed so irresistibly attractive! Just remember Esperanto, artificial language invented by a Polish doctor Lamenhof in 1887. It is considered a very easy language to learn: there are 5 vowel sounds and the grammar is based on 16 rules which have no exceptions. And now after a hundred years there are 8 million people in the world speaking Esperanto and still 800 million speak English. And whatever the political views on the subject, we could agree that the English language dominates in such areas as the media, international safety, communications, the computer software industry and education. The scientists supply different ideas trying to explain the phenomena of English, but all admit that English spread around the world mainly via the British colonies and acknowledge that the future of the language is strongly linked to the future of the U.S.A.

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1.This is a spider. 2. That is a snail. 3. This is a space film. 4. That is a cartoon. 5. This is a star. 6. This is a boy. 7. This is a baby. 8. That is a plate. 9. That is a flower. 10. That is a bookshelf. 11. Is this a sofa? 12. Is this a bookcase? 13. Is this a man? 14. Is that a ball? 15. Is that a train? 16. Is that a plane? 17. Is the window open? 18. Is the door closed? 19. Is the boy near the window? 20. That is not a king. 21. That is not a queen. 22. That is not a bus. 23. This isn't a mountain. 24. That isn't a goose. 25. This isn't a mouse. 26. It is a sheep. 27. It is a cigarette. 28. It is a cat. 29. It is not a girl. 30. It isn't a bag. 31. It isn't a tree. 32. It is not a bad egg. 33. It is a good egg. 34. Is that a flower?