• to present and practise multi-part verbs
• to practise intensive listening
If you had a chance to choose a school what school would it be? Try do
Introducing the Topic
Complete the notes with words from the Key Words box.
assessment; boarding school; chess club; homework; library; rules;
school trips; timetable
The school: location, number of students,_or day school, (boarding
Facilities: gymnasium,_, swimming pool (library)
Learning:_and subjects,_, amount of_, class size; (timetable, assessment,
After-school activities: choir,_, drama club,_; (chess club, school
Discipline:_, punishments, uniform. (Rules)
A) Two people are talking about the schools they went to — a traditional
British public school and an alternative school in the USA. Listen to the text
and complete the table.
The UK boarding school
The US alternative school
Location and size Facilities Learning
After-school activities Discipline
Man. Well, I went to a traditional British public school. I left four
years ago. The school is in a city. It has about 700 students and it's mostly a
boarding school. There are lots of facilities for sport — tennis courts, a
swimming pool, that sort of thing. There are also good science laboratories and
a lot of computers. The classes are small so if you fall behind with your work
the teacher will go over it with you. It may have changed just now, but we did
a lot of subjects and we even had lessons on Saturday mornings! We had some
free afternoons when we could get together. They gave us lots of homework and
we had tests all the time. I remember that after-school clubs were quite
popular. I was in a drama club — we once put on a performance of Hamlet — I
also set up a school radio station. There were lots of rules and discipline was
strict. We could only go out of the school at certain times, and we had to wear
a uniform. I didn't get into troubles very often, but one of my friends did. He
got lots of punishments — he wasn't allowed to go out at the weekends, and once
he was sent home for three weeks.
Wo man. My school was very different from most schools. It was a lovely
old house in a forest. There were only sixty pupils. There weren't any
facilities, but there was a good library if you wanted to look up information
or catch up with your work. You won't believe me, but we didn't have to go to
the lessons! There was no homework or tests, or anything like that. We could do
what we wanted — if we felt like it, we could play all the day. If we wanted to
study, we just went to the teachers and asked them to help us. At first I did
nothing. I put off studying for weeks! Then I got interested in science and
computers, and I studied science with a teacher who I got on with. I liked it
so much that now I'm studying engineering at university and I want to go on to
do further research. There were lots of other activities at school you could
take up if you wanted — sport, painting and acting. I guess the best thing was
that we were free, and the school was democratic. Everything was decided at
school meeting, and everyone could vote — each student had the same vote as
the teachers. We decided all kinds of things — we even selected the teachers!
And discipline, well, we all decided on rules and punishments when one of us
did something wrong. A lot of people don't believe me but I worked really well.
Location and size:
The UK: city, 700 students
The USA: forest, 60 students
Facilities: The UK: sport, science laboratories, computers. The USA: not
many facilities, a good library. Learning:
The UK: small classes, lessons on Saturday mornings, some free afternoons,
lots of homework, tests
The USA: 60 students, not have to go to lessons, no homework or tests,
do what they want
The UK: drama club, school radio station
The USA: lots of activities
The UK: lots of rules, strict, go out of school at certain times, wear
The USA: pupils were free, democratic, everyone had a vote, pupils decided
rules and punishments
B) Listen to two students discussing the schools. Complete the Function
File with the expressions from the list.
I don't agree; I don't think so; maybe, but; not necessary; not really;
you've got a point, but
Boy. I'd like to go to that alternative school. There's no timetable and
you don't have to go to the lesson. It sounds great.
G i r 1. (1)_I think it would be boring. And you'd fall behind with your
Boy. (2)_The girl studied engineering at university. She must have
learnt something at school!
Boy. (3)_She probably learnt things in her free time. Most students
would just do nothing in a school like this.
Boy. (4)_I would enjoy organizing my own timetable and doing what
I want. Better that the traditional school. Having lessons on Saturday
must be awful.
Girl. (5)_I often catch up with my work at weekend anyway. And the
boy had free time during the week.
Boy. (6)_he could only go out of the school at certain times. He
couldn't do what he wanted.
Girl. You just don't like discipline.
Boy. That's right — who does?
Answers: 1 — I don't think so. 2 — I don't agree. 3 — Not necessary. 4 —
Maybe, but... 5 — Not really. 6 — You've got a point, but
Work in pairs.
1. Which of two schools would you prefer to go?
2. What are advantages and disadvantages of traditional schools?
3. What are advantages and disadvantages of alternative schools?
catch up — to come from behind and reach the same place as someone
fall behind — not to finish something in time get on with smb — to enjoy
being a friend of someone get on with smth — to continue doing smth after
stopping for a short period of time
get together — to meet as a group
go on to — to do smth after doing smth else
go over smth — to repeat smth when smb is learning
look up — to find information in a book, on the Internet
put off — to change the time for a meetinf, decision, etc, until later
put on — to put clothes on
to make a television, radio, etc begin to work
to produce a play, a performance
set up smth — to organize a meeting, start a business
take up smth— to begin to do a sport or other activity
Complete the sentences with the multi-part verbs.
1. If you_(fall behind) with your work your teacher will_(go over) it
2. We had free afternoons when we could_(get together).
3. We once_(put on) a performance of Hamlet.
4. I also_(set up) a school radio station.
5. There was a good library if you wanted_(to look up) information or_
_ (catch up) with your work.
6. I_(put off) studying for weeks.
7. I studied science with a teacher who I_(got on with).
8. I want to_(go on to) do further research.
9. There were lots of other activities at school you could_(take up).
1. Make up 10 sentences with multi-part verbs.
2. Write a composition "Which school would you prefer to go and