Let’s become closely acquainted with Foggy Albion

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Hello everybody! Glad to see you! Ladies and gentlemen! Welcome to Albion, where according to Bernard Shaw the mist is considered to be good weather, the rain is considered to be the fog, and the shower is said to be the rain. The Sun there looks like the Moon, and the Moon looks like cheese.



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 Foggy Albion»


Практичні: вчити студентів обмінюватись інформацією про Об’єднане Королівство, активізувати мовленнєві навички, вчити студентів отримувати, аналізувати та використовувати отриману інформацію.

Освітні: сформувати більш повне уявлення студентів про Об’єднане Королівство Великої Британії та Північної Ірландії, його культуру та різні аспекти життя народу; поглибити і розширити знання студентів про вже відомі факти британської культури.

Розвиваючі: формувати навички само- і взаємоконтролю, розвивати пам'ять та логіку, розумові та мовленнєві здібності студентів.

    Виховні: виховувати толерантне ставлення та пізнавальний інтерес студентів до культури народу Об’єднаного Королівства Великої Британії та Північної Ірландії.

   Обладнання: мультимедійний проектор, матеріал для  презентації, стінгазети про національні символи та цікаві місця Об’єднаного Королівства, карта Великої Британії.

Teacher:  Good afternoon, dear students and our guests! I'm happy to greet you at our party devoted to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. For a long period we've been studying the history, geography, traditions and other aspects of the life of the country and its people. So now you're here to show how well you know different aspects of people's life in the United Kingdom and of course your knowledge of the language.

(слайд 1)

Presenter 1: Hello everybody! Glad to see you! Ladies and gentlemen! Welcome to Albion, where according to Bernard Shaw the mist is considered to be good weather, the rain is considered to be the fog, and the shower is said to be the rain. The Sun there looks like the Moon, and the Moon looks like cheese.

Presenter 2: Well, I suppose, you know that Great Britain is often called “the Foggy Albion”. As far as I can  guess, “foggy” due to the famous English fogs. What does “Albion” mean?

Presenter 1: In the first century Before Christ the Romans who invaded England called it the Albion (meaning “white”) because of white cliffs of Dover (the chalk banks of the coast between France and England). Although “Albion” was purely a descriptive saying made in 55 BC by Julius Caesar, yet the name remains.

Presenter 2: So, we invite you to the exciting tour round this interesting country. As you know the UK consists of 4 parts: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Denis, what part do you think is worth seeing?

(слайд 2) 

Presenter 1:  Well, Aliona, it all depends upon your interests. I think all parts are interesting and attractive in their own way. Today we’ll try to visit all the parts and all wonderful places of this country.

Presenter 2: So dear guests, let’s begin our trip with England.

(слайд 3)

Student 1. You are welcome to England the heart of Britain. It is a southeastern part of the country. England is the richest, the most fertile and industrial part of the country. Of the four parts which make up Great Britain it is the largest and most densely populated part. Over 46 of 57 million people of the United Kingdom live in England.  The coasts of England are washed by The North Sea, the Irish Sea and the English Channel. No part of England is more than 120 kilometres from the sea. It’s interesting to note that the sea has been important in the history of England. (слайд 4) It was a good protection against the attacks of the outside people. Fishing has always been an important industry. The sea also has a great effect on England’s climate.

( слайд 5) Southern England (also called the South) is dominated by London and its suburbs, which stretch for miles around the capital. This is the most important region in the country in terms of industry, agriculture and population. The South-East is the largest and more highly developed region with London and Greater London area as the major centres.

Student 2. In England there are many places which are often visited by Englishmen and tourists.

(слайд 6) In Northwest England, there are many beautiful lakes with green, wooden or grassy shores, grey mountains all around. This region is called the Lake District. (слайд 7 ) These are  favourable holiday places of Englishmen.

We can’t but mention Stonehenge. (слайд 8 )  It is a prehistoric monument located in the English county of Wiltshire. One of the most famous sites in the world, Stonehenge is composed of earthworks surrounding a circular setting of large standing stones. It is at the centre of the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England, including several hundred burial mounds. Archaeologists had believed that the iconic stone monument was erected around 2500 BC, Archaeological evidence found in 2008 indicates that Stonehenge served as a burial ground from its earliest beginnings.

Student 3:  Each country in the United Kingdom has its own patron saint and floral emblem. I’d like to tell you some words about national  symbols of England. On the 23d of April the English celebrate St. George’s Day in honour of St. George, the patron saint of England. A story dating back to the 6th century tells that St George rescued a maiden by slaying a fire-breathing dragon. The Saint’s name was shouted as a battle cry by English knights who fought beneath the red-cross banner of St. George during the Hundred Years War (1338-1453).

The national flower of England is the rose. The flower has been adopted as England’s emblem since the time of the Wars of the Roses – civil wars (1455-1485) between the royal house of Lancaster (whose emblem was a red rose) and the royal house of York (whose emblem was a white rose).

Student 4. ENGLAND  George Gordon Byron

England. With all thy faults, I love thee still,

I said at Calais, and have not forgot it.

I like the taxes, when they are not too many;

I like a sea coal fire, when not too dear;

I like a beef steak, too, as well as any;

Have no objection to a pot of beer;

I like the weather when it is not rainy,

That is, I like two months of very year.

Breathes there a man with soul so dead,

Who never to himself hath said,

This is my own, my native land.

Whose heart hath within him burned

From As home his footsteps he hath turned,

Wandering on a foreign, strand.

Presenter 1:Thank you very much for the information and we come to the other part of the United Kingdom.

Presenter 2: You are welcome to Wales.

(слайд  9)

Student 5. Wales is a small country bounded on the north and west by the Irish Sea and on the south by the Bristol Channel. It has an area of more than 8 thousand square miles and the population about 3 million people. The biggest towns are Swansea, Cardiff and Newport. (слайд10 )

Wales is traditionally divided into North Wales and South Wales (sometimes into North Wales, Mid Wales and South Wales). Wales is a highland country of old hard rocks. 6% of Wales is covered by forest, and much of the country is pasture-land for sheep and cattle.

Although some parts of Wales are good for farming, the mountainous area has very poor land.

(слайд 11 )  The capital of Wales is Cardiff, the largest city of Wales. Cardiff is situated near the mouth of the river Taff. It is an important industrial city and a port. It is also an administrative and educational centre.

Student 6: The second largest city in Wales is Swansea where mainly steel production can be found. (слайд 12 )  To the north of Wales is the large port of Liverpool, and to the south the busy port of Bristol. In between these two English towns you'll hear two languages spoken: Welsh and English. The Welsh language is commonly spoken by about 20% of the population.

The Welsh people, especially in rural areas, are fond of music, singing, poetry and drama. There is no other part of the British Isles where national spirit is stronger, national pride more intense or national traditions more cherished than in Wales. They still proudly wear their national dress on festive occasions; the Welsh language is taught side by side with English in schools.

Student 7: In Wales there are a lot of places which are known all over Britain and among tourists from other countries. (слайд  13) Under the influence of tourism the list of seven geographic and cultural landmarks in Wales The Seven Wonders of Wales was composed.  All the "wonders" are in north Wales: Snowdon (the highest mountain), the Gresford bells (the peal of bells in the medieval church of All Saints at Gresford), the Llangollen bridge (built in 1347 over the River Dee), St Winefride's Well (a pilgrimage site at Holywell in Flintshire), the Wrexham steeple (16th century tower of St. Giles Church in Wrexham), the Overton Yew trees (ancient yew trees in the churchyard of St. Mary's at Overton-on-Dee) and Pistyll Rhaeadr - a tall waterfall, at 240 ft (73 m).

Student 8: On the 1st of March people in Wales celebrate St. David’s Day in honour of St.David, the patron  saint of Wales. He was a Celtic monk and bishop who lived in the 6th century. He spread the word of Christianity across Wales.

The national flower of Wales is the daffodil, which is traditionally worn on St. David’s Day. The vegetable called leek is also considered to be a traditional emblem of Wales. 

There are many explanations of how the leek came to be adopted as the national emblem of Wales. One is that St David advised the Welsh, on the eve of battle with the Saxons, to wear leeks in their caps to distinguish friend from foe. As Shakespeare records in Henry V, the Welsh archers wore leeks at the battle of Agincourt in 1415.

Presenter 2: Now you are welcome to the other beautiful and picturesque part of the United Kingdom. Many artists depicted Scotland in their works and many poets sang the praise of it. (слайд  14)

Student 9:  Scotland forms the northern part of Great Britain, including the islands of the Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland. The population of Scotland is a little over 5 million people.

(слайд  15)  Scotland is a very mountainous country: three-fourth of the area of Scotland is occupied by mountains. Scotland is famous for its beautiful large lakes with mountains round them. There are many rivers in Scotland, but they are not long. The longest and the most important Scottish river is the Clyde.

Scotland is divided into three regions: the Highlands, the northern and the most underpopulated area with a harsh climate, the Lowlands, the most industrial region, where live about three quarters of the population, and the Southern Uplands, with hills, which border on England. (слайд  16)

The Highlands of Scotland are among the oldest mountains in the world. They reach the highest point in Ben Nevis. Many valleys between the hills are filled with lakes, called lochs. The best-known is Loch Ness. The most important city here is Aberdeen which is the oil centre of Scotland.

Student 10: Well… When I see so beautiful places I can’t but remember the poem of the famous Scottish poet Robert Burns.

My heart’s in the Highlands. (R. Burns)

My heart’s in the Highlands, my heart is not here,

My heart’s in the Highlands a-chasing the deer,

A-chasing the wild deer and fallowing the roe -

My heart’s in the Highlands, wherever I go!

Farewell to the Highlands, farewell to the North,

The birthplace of valour, the country of worth!

Wherever I wander, wherever I rove,

The hills of the Highlands for ever I love.

Farewell to the mountains high covered with snow,

Farewell to the straths and green valleys below,

Farewell to the forests and wild-hanging woods,

Farewell to the torrents and long-pouring floods!

My heart’s in the Highlands, my heart is not here,

My heart’s in the Highlands a-chasing the deer,

A-chasing the wild deer and fallowing the roe -

My heart’s in the Highlands, wherever I go!

Student 11:  On the 30th of November people in Scotland celebrate St. Andrew’s Day in honour of St. Andrew, the patron saint of  Scotland. St. Andrew was one of Christ’s twelve apostles.

The national flower of Scotland is the thistle, a prickly-leaved purple flower which was first used in the 15th century as a symbol of defense. The Scottish Bluebell is also seen as the flower of Scotland. The national dress of Scotland is a kilt with shirt, waistcoat and tweed jacket.

Presenter 1: Now I understand why so many people are fond of Britain, its landscape, culture, people…We can’t be tired of it. Here one can come across the past and the present, the old and the modern, live side by side in mutual tolerance and respect. It is not surprising that many painters, poets and writers regard Britain as the source of  inspiration.

Presenter 2: So we’d like to visit the last part of the country, Northern Ireland. (слайд  17)

Student 12: As you probably know, Ireland is the second largest of the British Isles lying in the Atlantic off the west coast of Great Britain. The island of Ireland is politically divided into two parts: Northern Ireland, which forms part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland.

(слайд  18)

Northern Ireland has a population of about 1,5 million. It occupies 1/5 of the island of Ireland. This is a land of blue mountains and forest parks, mazy lakes and windswept moors, white Atlantic sands, an inland sea. In fact, it's a country that is just pretending to be small. Dozens of small towns are hidden away down among the green places of the countryside, and fishing villages string out along the shores.

Northern Ireland is surrounded by the sea to the north and east. The outstanding feature of the Irish weather is its changeability. Extremely high or low temperatures are unknown. The Irish Sea also has some influence in winter. There is an old Irish saying that Ireland must be the cleanest place in the world, because God washes it every day. (слайд19) 

Its capital city is Belfast. It is the leading industrial centre and a large port. Its chief industries are the production of linen and other textiles, clothing, shipbuilding, engineering.

The heritage of Northern Ireland is largely rural. Ulster people are outdoor people. They spend their leisure time pottering around the coast or going on family expeditions to the mountains at weekends. The rivers are full of fish, with friendly hotels and B&Bs along the banks to welcome anglers at the end of the day, and lively musical evenings in nearby hostelries.

Student 13: On the 17th of March in the whole Ireland people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, in honour of St.Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. St. Patrick is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. He was born in Wales somewhere around ad 385. He was carried off by pirates and spent 6 years in slavery before escaping and training as a missionary. He died on the 17th of March in AD 461 and this day has since been commemorated as St. Patrick’s Day. St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated with parades in the large cities. People wear shamrocks, a three-leaved plant similar to clover, the national flower of Northern Ireland. An Irish tale tells of how Patrick used the three-leafed shamrock to explain the Trinity. He used it in his sermons to represent how the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit could all exist as separate elements of the same entity.

Presenter 1. And now, dear students and our guests, we offer you to watch a video film about the United Kingdom.

( Watching a film)

Teacher: So, our trip has  come to its end. We well know that there is so much to see in Great Britain, that even the British can always find new places of interest to discover. And it’s impossible to discuss all of them for such a short period. We’ll do it next time.


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