Mr. and Mrs. Barker were having a quiet day at home. Their 17-year-old daughter was away in Scotland staying with a friend. At 12 noon, Mr. and Mrs. Barker got a phone call from the friend where their daughter was supposed to be staying, saying that she had disappeared. They were just about to call the police when the phone rang again. A hoarse voice informed Mr. Barker that his daughter had been kidnapped and that unless he paid a ransom of $1000 he would never see his daughter alive again. When Mr. Barker inquired who the caller was, the voice answered that it was someone he knew well. The voice then gave him instructions about where and when to hand over the money. He was warned not to tell the police or to attempt to have the phone call traced. Mr. Barker went to the bank and immediately withdrew the money out of his bank account and left on the next train to Brighton. When he arrived, he entered the Grand Hotel at five to six and carefully placed the briefcase beside a sofa as arranged. At six o’clock precisely, a woman in a scarf and raincoat approached, took the briefcase and
At 10 p.m. the same evening, to his great relief, his daughter returned home. She could hardly refrain from laughing. Imagine his surprise when she handed him his briefcase containing the $ 1000. It turned out that she and her friend had decided to play a practical joke. It was she who put on a hoarse voice to phone her father and it was she who had collected the briefcase in Brighton. The joke had succeeded but, strangely enough, Mr. and Mrs. Barker did not appreciate it as much as their daughter did.
Task 1. Find the English equivalents
Исчезать, они как раз собирались позвонить, хриплый голос, если он не заплатит выкуп, увидеть дочь живой, передать деньги, его предупредили, снять деньги с банковского счёта, как было условлено, ровно в 6 часов, к величайшему облегчению, она едва сдерживала смех, оказалось что, шутка удалась, оценить.
Task 2. Answer the questions
Where was the Barkers’ daughter?
What did a hoarse voice on the phone tell them?
Why do you think Mr. Barker did not call the police?
Who took the briefcase with the money?
Did Mr. and Mrs. Barker appreciate the joke?
Task 3. Retell the story :
On the part of Mr. Barker
On the part of the Barkers’ daughter
На основе текста "Kidnap" разработаны задания, направленные на развитие навыков устной речи. Первое задание направлено на расширение словарного запаса, учащимся предлагается найти английские эквиваленты для перевода; второе задание представляет собой ответы на вопросы по содержанию прочитанного. Проверив понимание содержания и освоив основную лексику учащимся предлагается в третьем задании пересказать текст от разных действующих лиц. уровень сложности заданий - от Elementary до Pre-Intermidiate. По своему усмотрению преподаватель может добавить свои задания или частично изменить их.
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