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4-SKILLS Describing A Place Part I The British Isles (Author-Bouabdellah)

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 Technicum Si-Tarek Of Relizane

 First Year Students

Technological Streams 2004/2005

Practice: Describing A Place -I-

A– Get Ready:                        
             1.     Choose the correct caption:

2.     Match each item in column C with one in A and another one in B: 




a.   Algeria

b.  Australia

c.   Brazil

d.  France

e.   Poland

f.    Morocco

g.   Russia

h. South Africa

i.     Vietnam

j.     Sweden

1.  Between the South Pacific and the Indian Ocean

2.  Central Europe

3.  Eastern Europe

4. Eastern part of the Scandinavian Peninsula

5.  North of Africa

6.  Northeastern part of South America.

7.  Northwestern Africa.

8.  Southeastern Asia

9.  Southernmost part of Africa

10.  West of Europe


                               A      B

B. Australian      

C. Brazilian       


E. Moroccan     

F.  Polish            


H.South Africans

I.   Swedish        

J.   Vietnamese   


B–Read & Understand:                

If you look at a map of Europe, you see two large islands to the north-west of France. These two islands, and the smaller ones round them, are called the British Isles. The larger of the two is called Great Britain; the smaller one, to the west, is Ireland. Between them is the Isle of Man.

There are three countries in Great Britain: Scotland in the north, England in the South, and Wales in the West. Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland; and the people are Scots. The people living in Wales are Welsh and their capital is Cardiff. The capital of England, London, is also the capital of the whole United Kingdom. Ireland has two parts: in the south, there is the Irish Republic, or Eire, with its capital Dublin. The north of Ireland is part of the United Kingdom, but Northern Ireland, or Ulster, has its own capital, Belfast. People in both islands speak English, but some Irish speak the Irish language, some Scots speak Gaelic and many Welshmen speak welsh.

Although the British Isles are no bigger than Italy, there is a great variety of scenery. The north of Scotland and parts of Wales have beautiful mountains and valleys; the south of England has rich farmlands and even palm-trees in the south-west. People love walking on the hills or camping by the lakes, and they do not have to travel very far if they want to see the countryside or the sea.

The British often complain about the weather, but it is rarely extremely hot like the Sahara, nor extremely cold like central Russia. It is an excellent climate for agriculture, but not always good for holidays.

Activity One: Skim throuhg the text then answer these question.

                                      a. How many paragraphs are there in the passage above?

               b. Which paragraph tells you about...

                                 1-...the weather and climate in the British Isles.
                                 2-...where the  British Isles are located and what they consist of.
                                 3-...the major parts of the British Isles and their people.
                                 4-...the geographical aspects of the British Isles.
            Activity Two: Match the elements that go together.





1.   Scotland

2.   England

3.   Wales

4.   Eire

5.   Ulster(N-Ireland)









Activity Three: Match the words and their meaning.



1. variety =

2. scenery =

3. complain =

4. extremely =

a. very.

b. diversity.

c.  Express unhappiness.

d.  The appearance of a place. (landscape)


Activity Four: Arethe following sentences true, false or not mentioned in the text.

1.     Ireland is larger than Britain.

2.     Great Britain is Scotland, England and Wales.

3.     Cardiff is the capital of Scotland.

4.     The United Kingdom is in the south of Ireland.

5.     There are rich farmers in England.

6.     There are beautiful mountains in Scotland.

7.     The British never complain about the weather.

8.     The British climate is not always good for holidays.


Activity Five: Answer the following questions according to the text.

1.     Name the islands described in the passage.

                             2.     Do all the people in Great Britain speak English? How many languages are mentioned in the passage?
                                   The number 
                             3.     How does Italy compare with the British Isles?
                             4.     What kind of weather do the British have?