Talking turkey

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Lessons 3-4  Talking turkey


1 Discuss in class.

What do you associate wIth the dish in the picture?
What do you think the title means?



2. A. Read two jumbled interviews about Christmas.

Decide which bits belong to Lydia, and which to Roy.
Put the numbers into the appropriate column and express the main Idea. The first one is done for you.


1 The thing is, you can't knock it, can you? It's a great time of year. I definitely still wish it could be Christmas every day and I can honestly say I still like the song. It's a good song, really.

2 Of course, I love the way Santa looks: great beard, cool boots and wild hair. He rocks. And I would like to wear a Santa's outfit on TV again. I'm definitely not into getting presents, although I do like to buy them. For me all I need is my mates, a nice relaxing time and a good laugh.
3 I think Christmas is just an excuse for us to spend money in horrible stores that have horrible, overpriced objects that no one truly wants or desires, I try to shop as little as possible. I hate to spend my money supporting corporations or slave traders.

4 I hate everything about Christmas I think it's the most horrible holiday based on gluttony and materialism. I didn't believe in the Bible in the first place, and Christmas isn't even the birth of Christ: it's been totally misdated.

5 I don't go in for all of the trees and decorations and lights and that rubbish. It's not that I'm against the commercialisation of it. That doesn't bother me, to be honest. No, I just think that it's a time to be with your mates. So you don't need all of that other stuff.

6 I hate Santa Claus, It's disgusting: a white-haired old man, a fat, jelly-bellied character coming down a chimney he couldn't fit down anyway, Elves? Never believed in them, ReIndeer? It's animal exploitation. If a stranger with white hair and a red suit came into my house. I'd shoot him first and ask questions later. And then I'd steal all the gifts and sell them down at the local flea market.


slave traders - pa6oтopговцы
gluttony - обжорство
to misdate - путать даты
jelly-bellied - with a fat. quivering stomach
(belly = stomach)
elf (pI: elves)- a magic creature, which looks like a small person with,
pointcd ears
reindeer - ceверный олень
flea market - блошиный рынок

B. Both Lydia and Roy were asked similar questions.

Read their answers once more and complete the Questions.
1 What / attitude ...........,..............................., ?
2 What / (dis)like / about................................ ?
3 What / think / commercialisation .........,........ ?
4 How / feel/about / Santa Claus ......,.........., ?

informal - relaxed and friendly without being restricted by rules of correct behaviour. An informal
style of writing and speaking is suilable for ordmary conversations or letters to friends. Be careful when using such words and phrases as they might sound strange said by a non-native speaker.

C. Answer the questions from B for yourself.


3. A. In ex. 2A find the expressions in bold. Matc'::!hem to the expressions below.

1 friends (as said mostly by men)
2 notto be interested in
3 to criticize especially in an unfair or annoying way
4 something that doesn't deserve serious attention (informal)
5 not to like something or do something often becat,Jse you enjoy it
6 a number of different things (informal)
7 very attractive, fashionable (informal)
8 to cause great Shock and surprise

B. What is special about Roy's choice of words?   6.03-7.jpg

Their language tells their story
every time they speak.

C. Use the line to describe

Roy's and Lydia's attitudes to Christmas (support your opinion with words from the text).
Your own attitude, (Why?)



4 Find out about your classmates' attitudes to Christmas.    

1 Question three people and take note of their answers.
2 Answer your classmates' Questions too.
3 Don't just give short answers - develop your ideas.

Use this chart for taking notes.




5   Prepare a report for a radio programme summarizing the results of your survey (ex. 4).

Useful tips

decide exactly what it would contain (include information on all 3 points)
organise your ideas and use linking words
write the full script; avoid very informal expressions
use the Language Support box to improve the wording


O. Л. Гроза, О. Б. Дворецкая, Н. Ю. Казырбаева, В. В. Клименко, М. Л. Мичурина, Н. В. Новикова, Т. Н. Рыжкова, Е. Ю. Шалимова, Английский язык нового тысячелентия, Учебник английского языка для 10 класса общеобразовательных учреждений. — 2-е изд. — М. Титул, 2004. — 175 с, ; ил.

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