a) Make sure you know these words:
positive — положительный
an ambulance — машина скорой помощи
negative — отрицательный
a traffic jam — пробка, затор на дороге
b) Listen to the tape, 19, and say why the young member of the Women’s Club wanted to stop the car producer.
Put these sentences in the order they are given in the text to make an outline of the story. Then work in pairs and tell the story to each other. Give your own conclusion.
Main ecological problems in the gentleman’s talk.
Positive aspects of cars.
Usual Friday meetings at the Women’s Club.
Negative aspects of cars.
Pretend you are at the Women’s Club meeting. Play the role of the gentleman and answer the following.
Which in your opinion is the most serious ecological problem?
What continents and countries suffer mainly from shortages of food? Can this be helped?
Why are cars dangerous for the people in towns and cities?
Why do you think there are more and more cars with every coming year?
Listen to the text again and write down positive and negative effects that cars have.
Discuss these questions with your friends.
Do you think cars have improved life or not? Have they made people’s life at least easier?
Which do you think is the best way to travel — by car, by train, by plane, on a bicycle, on foot? Explain your choice.
If you have a lot of money, will you buy a car? Do you think it is important to have a car nowadays?
Is it more important to have a car if you live in the city or in the country? Why?
Do you agree that cars ruin the countryside, the wildlife?