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Методические указания по курсу «Практикум по культуре речевого общения (английский язык)»

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UNIT 1. Something to shout about!

Task 1. Choose the most suitable word to fill each space. (40 marks)

1. The company’s …… was to increase productivity by employing more people.

A decision

B objective

C resolution

D desire

2. When I studied, we had no such subject as Business ……

A Morals

B Values

C Rights

D Ethics

3. After many deaths, the survivors longed for some medical ……..

A breakthrough

B revolution

C novelty

D innovation

4. For the …… of finding an affluent husband, hiring a matchmaker is a wise move.

A aim

B purpose

C object

D intention

5. If you didn’t get the job on the grounds of your social ……, you can resort to legal action.

A past

B history

C background

D being

6. Alice couldn’t project a (n) …… image during the casting.

A upbeat

B optimistic

C positive

D cheerful

7. Mark can play computer games on ….. that he does all the work about the house.

A condition

B term

C rule

D decree

8. People used different things to tell the time as far …… as the 9th century BC.

A behind

B back

C beyond

D before

9. Going to the pictures is a popular pastime among the …… and the old alike.

A youth

B teenagers

C adolescents

D young

10. Peter couldn’t agree that Greg was really a valuable …… to their football team.

A addition

B accumulation

C supplement

D appendage

11. Jill had the necessary competitive …… in order to be first past the post.

A mind

B soul

C spirit

D thought

12. If the restaurant is not situated …… beside the river, I won’t go there.

A exact

B direct

C precise

D right

13. Filing was a tedious task that …… almost 50% of Linda’s time at work.

A covered

B occupied

C received

D completed

14. He thinks he’s fat just because there’s a wide …… of fast food to choose from.

A degree

B variance

C scale

D range

15. ….. relatives usually don’t visit us at all.

A Faraway

B Remote

C Distant

D Slight

16. That pop star is known for his toughness and …… in treating his assistants.

A ruthlessness

B cruelty

C kindness

D manipulation

17. Claire was lucky to …… such a wonderful career opportunity.

A clutch

B follow

C pull

D seize

18. Kate never cooks, she …… her boyfriend to do it for her.

A makes

B gets

C lets

D puts

19. If the boss is not able to attend a meeting, he uses his right to …….

A allot

B entrust

C assign

D delegate

20. Henry likes his old cell phone and really thinks it’s in excellent …….

A state

B condition

C form

D shape

Task 2. Complete sentences with words formed from the words in capitals. (20 marks)

1. Brenda’s friends always treat each other with …… and respect. CIVIL

2. Fast food is thought to be …… to health. DETRIMENT

3. Harry’s parents were very upset as he showed no …… to study. DETERMINE

4. I’m happy Liam had the …… to bring the presentation for the meeting; otherwise our boss would have been furious. SIGHT

5. Lucy was the youngest daughter of a very …… Australian family. PROSPER

6. Nile is living happily in ……, with his pension. RETIRE

7. Paul was determined to become a designer and his …… paid off. PERSIST

8. Rose was too busy at work and missed Jill’s ……. WARM

9. The audience didn’t like the scenario and was also very …… by the actors’ play. IMPRESS

10. The epidemic of cholera was spreading at an …… rate. ALARM

Task 3. Underline the correct word. (20 marks)

1. Diners’ praise greatly boosted/pushed/shaped/fostered chef’s confidence.

2. Fred was thinking of preparing for the exam, but on stronger/second/better/deeper thoughts, he decided to go to the party.

3. Henry’s face was glistening/glaring/beaming/flashing when he heard Mary’s «I do’.

4. His clever son was a fluff/nest/feather/badge in his cap.

5. I can’t understand why Bob constantly rubs Fiona up the wrong side/way/end/time.

6. I want to follow Columbus’s travel/voyage/trip/crossing to the West Indies.

7. I’m so irritated as Jill takes/robs/grabs/steals the show at every party.

8. The lifting effect wears off/through/down/in in two days.

9. The performance made/passed/sent/offered such a good impression on the audience that the actors were given a 30-minute standing ovation.

10. Though the US and the UAE had agreed on a truce, the former carried through/in/over/on hostile acts.

Task 4. Fill in the gaps with ONE word. (20 marks)

1. Both companies have benefited …… the meeting.

2. Dan’s dream has come true — he has the world …… his feet.

3. Fred isn’t a good student; he always keeps his head …… the clouds.

4. Her family never keeps …… with the Joneses.

5. I know Chris has done it …… purpose.

6. Jack was found guilty …… robbery.

7. Lena aced her finals; she’s …… seventh heaven.

8. Mother can’t give me pocket money as we’re …… a strict budget.

9. The offender compensated me …… the property damage.

10. They complimented Mike …… his generosity.

UNIT 2. Escape Artists

Task 1. Choose the most suitable word to fill each space. (40 marks)

1. Ben regretted he had never gone on a fishing …… with his father.

A trip

B journey

C trek

D hike

2. Yesterday me favorite band gave a rousing …… of their most popular song.

A translation

B execution

C rendition

D edition

3. The foreman’s command was barely …… above the noise of machinery.

A listened

B audible

C loud

D clear

4. It was quite …… for him to find out that Mary had been dating secretly.

A discordant

B discontenting

C disconcerting

D discouraging

5. The builders heard an ominous crack in the ceiling and in an instant it came down with a …… noise.

A vociferous

B raucous

C boisterous

D deafening

6. Jane didn’t want to wake up in such a …… summer afternoon.

A chilly

B frosty

C frigid

D glacial

7. Mark organized a romantic dinner on the …… of the cruise liner.

A floor

B ground

C platform

D deck

8. The region boasts its …… beaches and plentiful flora and fauna.

A pristine

B pure

C faultless

D untouched

9. If you want to make an unusual dressing for the salad, use the …… to cut the cheese into tiny pieces.

A whisk

B colander

C saucepan

D grater

10. When I pass all the exams, I’ll party and let my …… down at last.

A hair

B heads

C hearts

D souls

11. Dora can learn anything at a ……. It’s amazing!

A look

B glance

C stare

D glimpse

12. Fred and Harry were …… over which flowers to give Nina for her birthday.

A at large

B at odds

C at a standstill

D at a loose end

13. Claire expressed her …… for high-heeled shoes in an arrogant manner.

A likeness

B preference

C care

D inclination

14. Michael …… great pride in his aristocratic pedigree.

A gets

B finds

C has

D takes

15. Mental sharpness is …… to your research, otherwise you’ll fail.

A needed

B required

C essential

D desirable

16. The fort has been under …… for three years.

A blockage

B cordon

C closure

D siege

17. Each time I fly to London, the plane enters severe …….

A turbulence

B instability

C unsteadiness

D wavering

18. It was incredibly hot; we could hardly breathe in the …… heat.

A bubbling

B smoldering

C blistering

D sizzling

19. What you really need is a …… bath to feel fresh and vigorous again.

A restful

B gentle

C soothing

D mild

20. Having studied at the university for 5 years, Kate has never seen the …… of the museum.

A curator

B escort

C dean

D conductor

Task 2. Complete sentences with an infinitive or a gerund. (16 marks)

1. Sandra prefers …… to ……. READ/SING

2. …… doesn’t really hold my interest. I’d much rather …… at home. TRAVEL/STAY

3. Ben doesn’t like …… at all. He likes …… far better. FISH/HUNT

4. Alice would better …… than …… the piano. DANCE/PLAY

5. Peter doesn’t think he’d fancy …… But …… might be nice for him. DIVE/FENCE

6. …… isn’t her cup of tea. She prefers …….. PLAN/ACT

7. Julie likes …… better than …….. DRIVE/CYCLE

8. Ted would prefer to …… rather than ……. RUN/SWIM

Task 3. Underline the correct word. (22 marks)

1. After she recovered from pneumonia, the doctor advised Mary to take it careful/slow/gradual/easy for a few weeks.

2. Becoming disabled out of the blue is a (n) unapproachable/disheartening/daunting/demoralizing prospect for most people.

3. Henry’s silly jokes avoid/warn/repel/rebuke most girls in the class.

4. How do you suppose/presume/hypothesize/believe that she got married to that rich boy without any dowry?

5. Ken books/does/has/takes close friends over every Friday night.

6. Mr. Thompson is into/under/on/in investigation for suspected mass murder.

7. Offering pet-lover Kate to go hunting was a (n) absurd/abstract/abnormal/absent suggestion.

8. Seeing how poor people die of starvation was the most harrowing/worrying/stressing/terrorizing experience in my life.

9. The cleaner had upset the whole pail of water, that’s why the floor was very slippery/slick/slimy/greasy.

10. The house repairs are at a stoppage/pause/hurdle/standstill.

11. The minister expressed his dissention/disturbance/discourse/dismay at the continued practice of gender discrimination.

Task 4. Fill in the gaps with ONE word. (22 marks)

1. The waitress understood the poor boy couldn’t afford a glass of lemonade and told him it was …… the house.

2. Parents have confidence …… Jack’s ability to succeed in finals.

3. The town’s budget depends heavily …… the coal industry.

4. Fred couldn’t manage to convince the jury …… his innocence.

5. Teachers aren’t always to blame …… their students’ poor results.

6. Her opinion is based …… the facts she has found in books.

7. I never eat oranges because I’m allergic …… them.

8. While writing her thesis, Jill puzzled …… the theoretical and practical aspects of the studied phenomenon.

9. The police didn’t give any comment on the number of people arrested …… vandalizing the local cemetery.

10. It’s high time for you to see things clearly and stop being critical …… your appearance.

11. Jack confided …… friends that he and his wife planned to separate.

UNIT 3. People Power

Task 1. Choose the most suitable word to fill each space. (40 marks)

1. I can’t even imagine that Bob could go so …… as to insult Jill.

A long

B far

C distant

D much

2. Martha is definitely …… to Linda in her keen sense of taste.

A proud

B arrogant

C superior

D stubborn

3. Tom never thinks about consequences. He is so ……!

A impulsive

B repulsive

C compulsive

D expulsive

4. Fiona’s …… expression reminded me of my happy days in Hawaii.

A dreamer

B dreamy

C dreamed

D dreamful

5. Steve was born in a (n) …… family, without siblings or other relatives.

A concentrated

B extended

C solid

D nuclear

6. After three years of cohabiting, Jane and Fred …… apart.

A hovered

B drifted

C wandered

D separated

7. Mark and Sandra decided to strengthen their close relations by …….

A breaking the bank

B turning the page

C tying the knot

D making the grade

8. The student was strongly …… to thoroughly research the topic.

A advised

B suggested

C recommended

D proposed

9. If you don’t want to be …… upon, just do what they ask.

A scowled

B grimaced

C glowered

D frowned

10. John put some pins on the teacher’s chair with an unmistakable …… of satisfaction.

A shine

B beam

C ray

D glow

11. No matter what challenges he encounters, Jack is always full of …….

A beans

B sprouts

C wine

D peas

12. Did I say «fair»? It was just a ……. of the tongue.

A slide

B slip

C glide

D skim

13. Mary’s such a liar! I wonder whether we’ll hear a …… of truth in her new story.

A speck

B crumb

C dot

D grain

14. Ken is so generous and kind; he’s got a (n) ……. of gold.

A soul

B arm

C heart

D attitude

15. Henry never enjoys himself at parties. He is such a ……!

A lazy-bones

B wet blanket

C soft touch

D couch potato

16. They are both doctors and are involved in ……. relationships only.

A superficial

B personal

C heartfelt

D working

17. Read for exams and you’ll …… excellent results.

A succeed

B achieve

C earn

D win

18. Jane is very careful with ……. on a new relationship.

A getting

B boarding

C climbing

D embarking

19. Sean lives beyond his means. He’s such a ……!

A spendthrift

B idler

C waster

D financier

20. Bill doesn’t want Mrs. Brown become his step-mother as she’s …….

A quarreler

B quarrelsome

C quarreling

D quarrelful

Task 2. Eight out of the ten sentences contain an unnecessary word. Write the unnecessary words right after the sentences. If a sentence contains no errors, put a plus (+) next to it. (20 marks)

1. His help may come in a handy one day.

2. Nile’s overpowering arrogance has triggered it off Kate’s marked aversion.

3. Peter can’t stand it when his some little daughter looks up to the modern pop idols.

4. Linda is so an apprehensive. I don’t know how she will survive that challenge.

5. As soon as I entered the living room, Ben started to spill the beans.

6. No matter how hard Chris had tried, he couldn’t get the hang of it.

7. Whether you want to succeed in some sport or a job interview, you must to be ready to put up a struggle for your place under the sun.

8. Jumping in with out of place remarks which is second nature to Henry.

9. Stop being so hesitant and get your ideas across!

10. A good psychologist is more able to tap into his client’s psyche.

Task 3. Underline the correct word or phrase. (20 marks)

1. After having a baby, Linda has taken a back seat/past place/back corner/past position in her career.

2. I have already had numbered/numeric/numerous/ innumerate discussions with my mother on that topic.

3. Jane spends hours, if not days, in front of the mirror. She’s so self-confessed/self-confident/self-obsessed/self-conscious!

4. Mary managed to remain steady and didn’t fall by sheer/simple/basic/bare coincidence.

5. Mr. Green truly believes that touching his precious/intaglio/valuable/treasury Ferrari can be regarded as blasphemy.

6. Peter’s precarious/permanent/fixed/stable managerial position inspired Linda’s confidence in the tomorrow.

7. Please, Pam, stop poking/peeking/tapping/tipping into my feelings, leave me alone.

8. The voyage to New York goes/lasts/spends/continues two weeks.

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