Загальнокультурна грамотність

Читання (робота у парах).

T: And now is the time for reading. You are to read the text about one of the most famous paintings – Mona Lisa Giaconda. Millions of people all over the world have been admiring it for 5 centuries already. The picture is in Louvre now. The lady is smiling charmingly and mysteriously at the visitors.
The parts of the text are mixed. You have to put the parts of the text in the сorrect order and read it in pairs.
                                                   The history of portrait
A     In that year one Italian workman, Peruggio, was working as a director in the Louvre. He    was also struck by the beauty of the portrait and often came to look at it. One day he heard a professor say: “ It was Napoleon who brought this picture to France as a military trophy from Italy. Peruggio was struck  by this idea and decided to take the picture and return it to his motherland. At dinner-time he cut the picture out of its frame, rolled it up and hid it under his overalls. In this way he carried it out of the museum. When he got home he hid  it behind  a cupboard where it lay in the dust for almost 2 years. It was only in 1913 that he brought the painting to Italy. But the  French Government would not agree to hand the picture  over  to the its rightful owner, the Italian people. There followed a diplomatic conflict and as a result the painting was returned to Paris. It is now again in the Louvre, where two watchmen guard it day and night.
B     In the year 1504, Mona Lisa Gioconda, one of the  loveliest and influential women in Florence once happened to see a miniature painted by Leonardo da Vinci. Mona Lisa was struck by the beauty of the painting. So she decided to have a portrait of herself painted by Leonardo. As a result, a few weeks later Leonardo began his famous portrait of the smiling Mona Lisa. It took him 3 years to paint this great masterpiece of art. Leonardo da Vinci was an Italian, but his famous masterpiece is not in the possession of the Italian people. This is what happened to it.
C     Leonardo da Vinci was a great Italian artist and talented scientist. He lived and created his masterpieces in the period of the Renaissance. He left us several beautiful paintings as well as his famous notebook with  numerous drawings and technical ideas. His works in the field of optics, mechanics and mathematics were truly remarkable and are of great interest to us even now. Leonardo da Vinci was one of the giants of creation not only in the history of art, but also in the history of science. One of his best known pictures is the portrait of Gioconda. The  history of this portrait is of  great interest.
D  Almost three hundred years after it was finished, in 1796, Napoleon’s army occupied  Milan. Besides reparations Napoleon demanded  many  valuable works of art. Among them was  Leonardo’s Mona Lisa.  Napoleon took the picture to France. For over a hundred years it was kept in the Louvre museum, in Paris. We find it there in 1911. Many people from various countries stand for hours  before Leonardo’s masterpiece. The colours on Gioconda’s  face are so fresh and her smile so lovely. The impression is that the artist has just finished  the portrait.
1-C;    2-B;    3-D;   4- A.

Перевірка розуміння прочитаного.
T: Answer my questions.

1.Some facts about L.V. Why do we call Leonardo da Vinci a giant of the   Renaissance?- C
     2.How the picture was created. Why did L.da V. paint Mona Lisa?- B
3.The picture was brought to France. Why was the picture brought to France? –D
4.Peruggio returns Mona Lisa to Italy. Why and by whom was the picture stolen? – A

T: Did you know this story? Was it interesting to learn something new? By the way, do you like this masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci?
Watching the pictures.

     Мозковий штурм  
    T.:   We live in the time of high  technologies and great scientific achievements and discoveries. But can our society go on along the road of progress and remain valuable without the development of some cultural aspects? I’m sure you realize it quiet well. Of course, no! So let’s try to find out what do we mean when we speak about such thing as “cultural development”.
Pupils brainstorm their ideas and come to the conclusion that “ cultural development” includes the following things:
       - education
       - upbringing
       - social surroundings
       - traditions
       - the way we treat other people
       - the way we work and study
       - the way we dress and speak
       - our behavior at home and public places
   Робота в групах.
  Pupils put the previous statements in order of their importance from their point of view. The speaker of each group presents their ideas to the class.
1. T.: Now let’s discuss the words of a famous English poet of the 19-th century Alfred Tennyson:
                                             “Better not be at all
                                              Than not to be noble.”
Express your ideas of this saying using the following table

From my point of view

I think

I’m sure

It seems to me




have to
respect each other
be polite
be tactful and kind
tell the truth
keep one’s promise
not do any harm
not hurt other people’s feelings
speak honestly
save other people’s time

 Проектна робота.
  The  pupils should prepare a project “ A man of high culture”.

Контрольне опитування.
What do you know about European culture?
1. This composer was born in Austria, Salzburg. The conservatory there is named after him.
2. “Don't waste your love on somebody, who doesn't value it.” Who wrote these words?
3.” Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”
  These words belong to the author of “The picture of Dorian Grey”.
Who is this writer?
4. What museum is the picture of “Mona Lisa “ kept? 
5. Who was the founder of artistic style “cubism”
6.Where is meissen  porcelain produced ?
7. Who created the most expensive and famous violins?
8.What Danish writer is called the king of fairy-tales?
9. “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” These words belong to Aristotle.  What country is his Motherland?
10. This music was created by polish famous composer of the beginning of the 19 century. Who is he?
 11.He was a student in Florence, he tried to design a flying machine but became famous due to the picture of “ Mona Lisa ”.
12. Where is the oldest European university situated?
13. The term "Impressionism" is derived from the title of his painting “Impression” which was exhibited in 1874 in the first of the independent exhibitions as an alternative to the Salon de Paris.Who was this artist?
14. Victor Marie Hugo described this famous church in his novel which has the same name. What church is it?
15.This woman is recognized as the icon of fashion. Who is she?
16. More than 450 Balls are organized at this Opera House. Where is it situated?

        The teacher introduces some information about the European Union.
   The European Union (EU) is a politico-economic union  of  states that are located primarily in Europe. The European integration has been providing for stability, peace and economic prosperity for the last 59 years. It helped to raise the level of living and create the inner market.
   The European Union (EU) was created after the Word War II. Process of the European integration began on 9, May 1950 when France offered to “form the first foundation of the European federation”. At first six countries united – Belgium, Germany France, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Today there are 28 members in the European Union.
   The European Union is based upon the supremacy of the law and democracy. Its main aims are:
Creation if the European citizenship;
Guarantees of freedom, security and law;
Assistance in economic and social progress.
The main institution is the European Parliament which is elected every five years by citizens in the countries-participants.

-        When was the European Union created?
-        What country suggested forming the foundation?
-        What six countries united at first?
-        What is the European Union based upon?
-        What aims does the European Union have?
-               What is the official anthem of the European Union?

  Let us recall member states of the European Union with their capitals, try to fill in the gaps.
 1. Austria  ______                           15._______- Rome
2. Belgium  - Brussels                        16. Latvia  - Riga
3. ________ - Sofia                            17. Lithuania- Vilnius
4. Croatia -Zagreb                              18.Luxembourg- ________
5. Cyprus- Nicosia                             19. Malta- Valletta
6. Czech_Republic- Prague              20. The Netherlands – _________
7. Denmark-________                      21. Poland - ________
8. Estonia - Tallinn                           22. Portugal -  Lisbon
9. ________ - Helsinki                     23. ________ - Bucharest
10.  _______- Paris                           24. Slovakia - Bratislava
11. Germany-_______                      25. Slovenia - Ljubljana        
12. Greece -_______                        26.________ - Madrid
13. Hungary_________                    27. ________- Stockholm
14. Republic_of_Ireland - Dublin    28. _________-  London              

Let`s make a mind-map. What things do you associate with the word art?
Look at the list of paintings. Can you complete the names the artists who painted them?

 Mona Lisa - L ___      d              V _               
The Scream - E               M __               
Sunflowers - V               V              G                    
Guernica - P               P                       
Poppies in a Field - C                  M                       


Listen and complete the description with the words in the box

                                     Mystery painting

   In the foreground 1                                       a man standing on a bridge. He 2          he is screaming. His face is expressing surprise and fear. His mouth is open in an ‘O’ shape, his eyes are wide open and his hands are on his bald head. In the 3                , on the 4________________, 5                              two people walking towards him but they don’t look worried. The sky is blood red and beneath the bridge, a blue river 6                                                                         flowing to the sea.
Мозковий штурм
A questionnaire to know are you musicmad?
1. Which instruments do you play…?
         very well (3 points for each)
         quite well (2 points for each)
         a little (1 point for each)
         not at all (0 points)
2. Is music important for you?
         Yes. (5 points)
         Sometimes. (3 points)
         It depends on the kinds of music. (2 points)
         No. (0 points)
3. How often do you relax  listening to music?
         Every day. (4 points for each)
         Most days. (3 points for each)
         Some days. (2 point for each)
         Never. (0 points)
4. How many concerts did you go last year?
         More than 5. (4 points)
         2-5. (3 points)
         1. (1 point)
         None. (0 points)
5. How many songs are there in the playlist on your phone?
         So many you can’t count. (4 points)
         20-40. (3 points)
         About10. (2 points)
         None. (0 points)
6. Where and when do you listen to music? (1 point for each)
         In the classroom.
         In your room.
         In bed.
         In transport.
         While you are working.
         While you are studying.
         Your variant … .
TOTAL: You are music mad! Score:
         25-30 :You are music mad! Take your earphones off  and listen to your teacher!
         20-25: You are fond of: music but you know there are other things in life.
         10-20: You like other things more than music.
         0-10 It’s OK. Music is for birds, not for you J
    And now let’s brainstorm the ideas that come to your mind when you think about music and its role in our everyday life. What is music associated with? 
Share your ideas!


1. Music makes humans…
2. Music becomes apparent in every …event.
3. Our life would be … without music.
4. Music creates strong … .
5. Listening to music is like … for our souls.
- And one more question
A famous German writer Berthold Averbach once said: ”Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life”
- What’s the conclusion?

Діалогічне мовлення
T: Complete the dialogues using sentences which given below.
Dialogue 1.
A: Could you tell me if you often go to the theatre?
B: ...
A: What kind of theatres do you prefer to go to?
B: ...
A: Where do you like to sit?
B: ...
A: Do you prefer to buy tickets beforehand or on the night of the performance?
B: ...
A: What play (performance) did you see last?
B: ...
A: Did you like it?
B: ...
A: Why don’t we go to our theatre on Sunday?
B: ...
 -         Great. Good idea.
-         I think it’s better to buy them beforehand.
-         I’d say I am a theatre lover. I often go to the theatre.
-         I like to sit in the stalls.
-         I prefer to go to a drama theatre.
-         It was ...
-         I enjoyed every minute of it.

Dialogue 2.
A: Could you tell me if you often go to the theatre?
B: ...
A: What kind of theatres do you prefer to go to?
B: ...
A: Where do you like to sit?
B: ...
A: Do you prefer to buy tickets beforehand or on the night of the performance?
B: ...
A: What play (performance) did you see last?
B: ...
A: Did you like it?
B: ...
A: Why don’t we go to our theatre on Sunday?
B: ...
     -         Great. Good idea.
-         I think it’s better to buy them beforehand.
-         I’d say I am a theatre lover. I often go to the theatre.
-         I like to sit in the stalls.
-         I prefer to go to a drama theatre.
-         It was ...
-    I enjoyed every minute of it.

-         Find the definitions of the theatrical professions:
a ticket taker            a) is a man (a woman) who acts in a play
     a prompter               b) is a leader of an orchestra
a conductor            c) a person who tells actors in a play what words to                                                         say when they forget
an usher                  d) a person who uses special paints and powder so                                              as to change or improve the appearance of the                                                           actors
     a stage producer      e) a person who shows people to their seats
   an actor (an actress)  f) a person who controls the preparation of a                                                                         performance
    a make-up man                   g) a person who examines tickets at the entrance.

-         What have performance you ever seen? Did you enjoy it? Write a short composition about your experience.
 - Now  we’ll return to modern London’s theatreland, the West End and speak about musicals. But first let’s do the following exercise.
 1. Pre-reading
Match the words connected with the theatre to their definitions:
1)    Musical                         a) the planning of the dance moves in a show
2)    Script                                     b) when a show begins in a theatre
3)    box office                      c) the spoken dialogue in a show
4)    to open                         d) when a show lasts for a time in a theatre
5)    to run                                     e) an afternoon performance of a show
6)    special effects                f) all the performers in a show
7)    choreography                g) the background and scenery for a show
8)    matinee                         h) a show with singing and dancing
9)    set                                 i) technical illusions
10)                      cast                      j) a theatre’s ticket-selling service.

Key: 1-h; 2-c; 3-j; 4-b; 5-d; 6-i; 7-a; 8-e; 9-g; 10-f.
2. While-reading.
         The “West End” is London’s the theatreland – home to over forty theatres. London’s plays, shows and operas attract around 11 million visitors per year and, with tickets costing around ₤30 each, they bring a lot of income into the capital. The biggest West End attractions are always musicals. Cats ran for 21 years, and Les Misrables is currently celebrating its 18th year in the West End. Here are some of the hottest tickets in town today.
         My Fair Lady is based on G.B.Shaw’s play Pygmalion and tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower seller chosen from the streets by a professor of linguistics and transformed into a lady. This current production opened in 2001 starring Martine McCutcheon from the soap East Enders. It features well-known songs such as “I am getting married in the morning” and “On the street where you live”.
         Bombay Dreams is based in the Indian film industry and features an all-Asian cast. The story centers around Akaash, a poor boy played by Raza Jaffrey, who becomes a film star and falls in love with the daughter of one of Bombay’s greatest film directors. The show features modern Indian pop music, such as “Shakalaka baby”, and dazzling costumes and choreography. It opened in 2002 and quickly became one of the most popular shows in London.
         We Will Rock You opened in 2002. This musical, with a script by comedian Ben Elton, takes place in the future, when rock music is illegal. The story is based on famous songs by Queen such as “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “I Want to Break Free”, the set resembles a rock concert and there are plenty of special effects. And Tony Vincent, who plays the hero Galileo Figaro, sounds very like Queen’s lead singer, Freddie Mercury.
Cockney – a working-class person from the East End of London;
Dazzling – very bright and colourful;
Linguistics – the study of languages.
3. Post-reading
Exercise 1. Answer the questions about the text.
1.     How many theatres are there in the West End? (Over forty)
2.     How many people go to the theatre in London each year? (Around 11 million)
3.     How much does an average ticket cost? (Around ₤30)
4.     What type of shows are the most popular? (Musicals)
5.     What musicals are mentioned in the text? (“Cats”, “Les Miserables”, “My Fair Lady”, “Bombay Dreams”, “We Will Rock You”)

Exercise 2. Complete this table with information about the three musicals.
My Fair Lady
We Will Rock You
Bombay Dreams
Opening year

Main character

Actor who plays him/ her

Songs from the show

My Fair Lady
We Will Rock You
Bombay Dreams
Opening year
Main character
Eliza Doolittle
Galileo Figaro
Actor who plays her/him
Martine McCutcheon
Tony Vincent
Raza Jaffrey
Songs from the show
“I’m getting married in the morning”, “On the street where you live”
“Bohemian Rhapsody”, “I Want to Break Free”
“Shakalaka Baby”

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