task i. is it difficult for you to understand a person far from your hometown if he / she speaks his / her own dialect? give an example.
task ii. list the countries where english is spoken as the first language.
task iii. what’s your point of view on making grammatical mistakes when communicating with english native speakers?
task i. read the text and fill in the blanks in the chart, trying to understand the main information of the text.
task ii. read the text and match the sentences with the inferences.
task iii. read the text and complete the chart showing the words or phrases related to “language”.
task i. below is the summary of the text with some words or phrases missing. choose the words or phrases from the box and make the summary complete.
english is the 1. ________ language in more than sixty countries. the accent, grammar and 2. ________ in these countries can be very different. the first english speakers from britain arrived in 3. ________ 200 years ago. they were prisoners sent there to work, mainly from 4. ________ and london. their irish and 5. ________ accents influenced how australian english is spoken as did the vocabulary of australia’s original inhabitants, the 6. ________. the english spoken in jamaica and the caribbean has some 7. ________ features of the african languages of the people’s ancestors. half the people in singapore speak english, and most of them speak a variety called singlish. singlish grammar and vocabulary has been influenced by a malay and chinese dialect called 8. ________. because english is so widely spoken it has become impossible to say whether there is a right or wrong way to speak it. perhaps being able to understand each other is more important.
(by ray cama)
task ii. list some english words which have the chinese origin.
task iii. what do you know about the difference between british and american english? give some examples.
task iv. do you think there will be more englishes in the world in the future? give your reasons.
task i. 略
task ii. 略
task iii. 略
task ii. 1. f 2. a 3. d 4. c 5. e 6. g 7. b
task iii. 1. professor 2. teacher 3. koala 4. apostrophe 5. intonation 6. rhythm 7. irish 8. jamaica
4. northern ireland
task iv. 略