Seminar 4

London Seminar
Read the text about the Tower of London and answer the questions:
  1. Who were the princes Edward and Richard and what happened to them?
  2. What does the superstition say about the Ravens?
  3. How old are the crown jewels? Why?
  4. What were the different uses of the Tower throughout its history?
  5. How do you become a Beefeater?
  6. What is the ceremony of the keys?
Week 2

Sights around the UK


Fill in the gaps

coast/staircase/chalk/monument/stones/columns/temple/tribes

Stonehenge is an ancient ___________that is located on Salisbury Plain in Southern England. Stonehenge was built around 2500 BC with ___________from South Wales over 395 km away. The purpose of the Stonehenge is obscure - it may have been a ___________, a place to watch the movement of the sun and stars, a burial place, or all three. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 1984.


Hadrian´s Wall is a Roman wall that runs for about 120 miles across Northern England. It was built by the Romans in the 2nd century AD to prevent the attacks of Scottish ___________. It was originally 3 m wide and 4.5 m high.


The Giant´s Causeway lies on the north ___________of Northern Ireland and it is an impressive formation of about 40,000 basalt ___________descending like a giant ___________into the sea.



Week 1
Choose books for your literary essays (fall deadline 20th Sept)
HW Read materials (Places of interest outside London) get ready 3 facts about 3 places of interest

UK (Geography, Landmarks and Sights, Cities, British) 
  • How is the UK administratively divided?
  • Describe the geographical features of the UK (seas, islands, mountains, lowlands, rivers and lakes)
  • Describe the UK climate.
  • What are some of the famous tourist spots? Can you describe them? (Success pre-int, culture shock 4, handout)
  • Name some of the historical, cultural and economic centres of the UK. What are they famous for?
  • What are the symbols of the UK?
  • Can you name some famous Britons (scientists, artists, politicians, hist. figures)?

People who will not attend the seminar will have their slide filled in so that we can work with it

Anglo-American Literature Essay Info:

For specific requirements check the document down on this web page

Most common problems and how to avoid them:

  • please use SPELLCHECK !!!
  • be careful what the pronouns HE/SHE /IT in your text refer to
  • when you tell the story of the book, it should be done in PRESENT SIMPLE (similarly to when you write a review)
  • use logic when you join the sentences together, we have many more expressions to do that than just BUT and AND, use expressions like HOWEVER, ON THE CONTRARY, ON THE OTHER HAND, IN ADDITION, WHAT'S MORE ...
  • use ARTICLES correctly
  • do not use expressions like HE'S, IT'S in formal writing
  • after you cite the passage from the book, write a few sentences about the style of the author, and how it is reflected in the extract
  • the names of the books are usually written in italics in formal writing, you should capitalize all important words in the title (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest)
  • when you recommend the book to people avoid expressions like “I recommend this book to people who like reading, who prefer short books, etc….”, rather give some serious reason why to read / not to read the book and to what extent it met your expectations



Origins of America text Questions
  1. How did Spanish feel about North America?

  2. How did Florida become part of the USA?

  3. What is the origin of many US towns with Spanish names?

  4. Which plants were introduced to the English?

  5. What was the main difference between the economies of the southern and the northern colonies?

  6. How did most Americans feel about buying Alaska? Why?

  7. Why is the year 1624 important in the history of NYC?

  8. How did the Dutch lose their colonies?

  9. How did France lose most of its colonies in America? What happened to the rest?


Behind the Maple Leaf text questions
  1. What can you say about the area and population of Canada?

  2. Who are the native peoples of Canada?

  3. What kind of business contributed to the French interest in the area of today's Canada?

  4. Why did the population of the area grow rapidly after 1776?

  5. When was the first Canadian constitution ratified?

  6. Which province, according to the text, is the only one that is bilingual?

  7. Can you name 3 provinces/territories along with their characteristics?


Australia text questions

Story of Australia Questions

  1. Did Aboriginals have a single culture and language in the past?

  2. Who established the first colony in Australia? What was it like?

  3. Why were settlers coming to Australia in the 19th century? What nationalities came to Australia?

  4. How did the settlement of Australia affect the Aboriginals?

  5. has the situation of the Aboriginals changed recently?

Australia Questions

  1. Can you characterise the Australian relief and climate?

  2. Who mapped the eastern coast of Australia, which nationality was he?

  3. What is the political system like?

  4. Can you describe the Australian flag?

  5. What holidays do the Australian people celebrate?


UK Geography, People, Places of Interest 
  • How is the UK administratively divided?
  • Describe the geographical features of the UK (seas, islands, mountains, lowlands, rivers and lakes)
  • Describe the UK climate.
  • What are some of the famous tourist spots? Can you describe them? (Success pre-int, culture shock 4, handout)
  • Name some of the historical, cultural and economic centres of the UK. What are they famous for?
  • What are the symbols of the UK?
  • What are the British people like?
  • Can you name some famous Britons (scientists, artists, politicians, hist. figures)?

Sights around UK


Fill in the gaps

coast/staircase/chalk/monument/stones/columns/temple/tribes

Stonehenge is an ancient ___________that is located on Salisbury Plain in Southern England. Stonehenge was built around 2500 BC with ___________from South Wales over 395 km away. The purpose of the Stonehenge is obscure - it may have been a ___________, a place to watch the movement of the sun and stars, a burial place, or all three. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 1984.


Hadrian´s Wall is a Roman wall that runs for about 120 miles across Northern England. It was built by the Romans in the 2nd century AD to prevent the attacks of Scottish ___________. It was originally 3 m wide and 4.5 m high.


The Giant´s Causeway lies on the north ___________of Northern Ireland and it is an impressive formation of about 40,000 basalt ___________descending like a giant ___________into the sea.



Question for the text from Bridge (January 2010)


  1. What is the difference between the UK in 1801 and today?

  2. Which part of the article is no longer true?

  3. What is devolution?

  4. When did Ireland become independent?

  5. What is the Good Friday Agreement?

  6. Who is the Prince of Wales?

  7. Can you name some famous Welshmen / women?

  8. What is the Giant´s Causeway?

  9. What is typical in Scotland?

  10. Which places of interest in England would you mention?



Origins of America Questions

  1. How did Spanish feel about North America?

  2. How did Florida become part of the USA?

  3. What is the origin of many US towns with Spanish names?

  4. Which plants were new for the English?

  5. What were the main differences between the economies of the southern and the northern colonies?

  6. How did most American feel about buying Alaska? Why?

  7. Why is the year 1624 important in the history of NYC?

  8. How did the Dutch lose their colonies?

  9. How did France lose most of its colonies in America? What happened to the rest?




Australia text questions

Story of Australia Questions

  1. Did Aboriginals have a single culture and language in the past?

  2. Who established the first colony in Australia? What was it like?

  3. Why were settlers coming to Australia in the 19th century? What nationalities came to Australia?

  4. How did the settlement of Australia affect the Aboriginals?

  5. has the situation of the Aboriginals changed recently?

Australia Questions

  1. Can you characterise the Australian relief and climate?

  2. Who mapped the eastern coast of Australia, which nationality was he?

  3. What is the political system like?

  4. Can you describe the Australian flag?

  5. What holidays do the Australian people celebrate?



New Zealand text questions:
  1. Where is NZ situated and what is its relief like?
  2. Who were the people to inhabit the islands and when?
  3. When did NZ become an independent country?
  4. Who is the official head of state?
  5. What does the NZ Parliament consist of?
  6. What are the Waitangi Day and Anzac Day?

Essay feedback:

Only a few of the essays meet the requirements given in September (check the document down on this web page)

Some of the essays show real literary insight

Most of them have been written quickly without much attention paid to detail and grammatical accuracy.

I appreciate those of you who have read in English; however, there is no chance for me to reflect that in your mark


Most common problems and how to avoid them in the next essay:

  • please use SPELLCHECK !!!
  • be careful what the pronouns HE/SHE / IT in your text refer to
  • when you tell the story of the book, it should be done in PRESENT SIMPLE (similarly to when you write a review
  • use logic when you join the sentences together, we have many more expressions to do that than just BUT and AND
  • do NOT start your sentences with BUT and AND, use expressions like HOWEVER, ON THE CONTRARY, ON THE OTHER HAND, IN ADDITION, WHAT'S MORE ...
  • use ARTICLES correctly
  • do not use expressions like HE'S, IT'S in formal writing
  • after you cite the passage from the book, write a few sentences about the style of the author, and how it is reflected in the extract
  • the names of the books are usually written in italics in formal writing, you should capitalize all important words in the title (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest)
  • when you recommend the book to people avoid expressions like “I recommend this book to people who like reading, who prefer short books, etc….”, rather give some serious reason why to read / not to read the book

Ireland text questions
  1. Where is the Rep of Ireland located?

  2. What is its relief like?

  3. What about the climate?

  4. Can you name the nations that invaded Ireland in the past?

  5. When was the independent state established?

  6. What is the political system like?

  7. Is Ireland a member of the EU? Are there any benefits for the country?

  8. Who does the St. Patrick’s day commemorate?

  9. Where is O'Connell Street?

  10. What is Jonathan Swift’s relationship to Dublin?

  11. What is the Temple Bar area famous for?

  12. What is the Book of Kells?


UK History Questions
  1. What do you know about the early settlement of the British Isles?
  2. What are the major periods in the history of the UK? 
  3. Which are the most important historical documents?
  4. Can you name some important historical figures?
  5. Can you name some of the conflicts (wars) that shaped the history of the United Kingdom?
  6. How was the United Kingdom formed?
  7. What can you say about the latest developments in the UK?

EU 
  • What is the EU?

  • What is its history?

  • What are its symbols?

  • How many member states does the EU have at the moment? Can you name them?

  • When did the Czech Republic join the EU?

  • What are the main goals of the European Union?

  • What are the major EU institutions? Where in Europe do they work?

  • What are the four fundamental freedoms the EU is based on?

  • What changes has joining the EU brought to our country?

  • What is your personal opinion on our membership

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