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Complete the gaps with the appropriate word. Then listen and check your answers

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Match the following synonyms from the article.

Before listening


Task 2 Mark the statements true or false. Disapprove the false ones.

1. The author is a Swedish wife.

2.Swedish wives don’t appreciate unisex marriage.

3. Swedish wives enjoy their families and homes because they work.

4. Swedish men tend to say pleasant things to Swedish women very often.

5. It doesn’t matter who the breadwinner is in a Swedish family.

6. Both Katerina and Stefan have their careers.

7. A doctor who works in a Child Care Department thinks that qualified women shouldn’t work.

8 .Swedish husbands are ready to share household chores with their wives.

Task 3

NB! While presenting a topic (a monologue) make sure there is logical connection between sentences. To achieve it use different linkers appropriately. The following exercise will help you to practise the usage of linkers. It’s also advisable to include the information from the exercise in the final monologue on the topic.

Make sure you know all the linkers in the box. Then put one word in each of the blanks in the text.

Also although and because besides but so

……. there are many different kinds of families in the world, there are some things that are the same everywhere. Not all societies have western-type marriage with one wife and one husband, …. Some kind of marriage is universal. And when a person marries, …. The new wife or husband, he or she also gets a complete new family of in-laws. Marriage with close relatives do not always produce healthy children, all societies have rules about who can marry who. Each society …. Has a division of work based on age and sex. In modern western societies, there is a move to change this last rule …. It can be unfair to women, …. It will be interesting to see if this succeeds.

You’ll hear a news-based article the headline of which is «Internet helps families stay more in touch”.

1. Look at the article’s headline and guess whether these sentences are true (T) or false (F).

a. Communication technology is reuniting people separated at birth. T / F
b. Family members are in more regular contact today than ever before. T / F
c. Many of our parents’ parents now keep up with technology. T / F
d. Technology has a very negative effect on family communication. T / F
e. Families are building network connections inside their homes. T / F
1. Much a. quickly
according to b. writer
3. down to c. inside
4. in an instant d. almost identical
5. Savvy e. as stated by
6. Within f. linking
7. Decreased g. a lot
8. Similar h. know-how
9. Connectedness i. lowered
10. Author j. because of
Much has been __________ about how anti-social the Internet and mobile phones are. The truth is however, according to new research, ___________ technology is bringing people __________ together. A study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project found family members were keeping in __________ contact today more than ever before. And this is all down to e-mail, ___, our _______and SMS messaging. It makes __________. Years ago, it took a long time to write a letter, then find an envelope and go to the post office to buy a stamp and post it. Today we write mails while we wait for our __________ in the convenience store and they’re sent in an instant. Having free Internet telephone calls also __________ us to stay in touch more often and for longer. Everyone’s at it, from five-year-olds to tech-savvy _________.     change communication regular grandparents chat said helps sense closer cell phones
According to the Pew survey, technology has a very positive __________ on communication within families. Researchers asked 2,252 _______ whether new technologies had increased the __________ of communication with their family. Fifty-three __________ said it increased communication with family members they did not live with, two per cent said technology __________ this. Numbers were __________ for those living in the same house as their family. The project director Lee Rainey said: "There's a new __________ of connectedness being built inside of families with these technologies”. Survey co-author Barry Wellman agreed: "It used to be [that] husbands went __________ to work, wives went off to a different job or else stayed home…and the kids went off to school…and not until 5:30, 6 o'clock did they ever __________," he said.   adults decreased connect quality kind similar effect off percent


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