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Текст к уроку о знаменитых людях, писателях "Alexander Vampilov"


Alexander Vampilov

You are going to read the text about Alexander Vampilov, a playwright. You know his plays are on a different theatres home and abroad.

  1. Pre – reading task:

  1. Do you know when Alexander Vampilov born?

  2. What works of A.Vampilov are known to you?

  1. Check in your dictionary that you understand the following words:



influence at




to be drowned

  1. Read the text

Alexander Vampilov

Alexander Vampilov, who lived from 1937 to 1972, is one of Russia’s most famous playwright. He wrote 273 short stories, the book “Concidence”, six plays, including “The House with the Windows towards the Field”, “A Farewell in June” (1964), “ The duck Shooting” (1970), “The Elder Brother” (1970), “The last summer in Chulimsk” (1972), “The Provincial anecdotes” (1961).

Alexander was born in the family of teachers in an old settlement named Kutulic on the 19-th of August in 1937. Kutulic being on the shore of Lake Baikal being neither a town nor a big village was full of ancient wooden houses, dusty acacias and cows walking slowly along narrow crooked streets. His father, Buryat by birth, was a well educated teacher of the Russian Literature and his mother was a vice-principal of the school which Alexander went to in Kutulic.

Alexander was named in honour of Alexander Pushkin because the 100-th Annivercary of A. Pushkin’s death was widely celebrated across the country that year. He was the last son in the family. Alexander had two brothers and a sister.

His father, Valentin Vampilov was keen on Pushkin’s poetry, but he died when Alexander was a child. His granny, Alexandra Africanovna, like Pushkin’s nurse influenced his thoughts greatly and she read a lot to him. During his school years he read a lot and told his school friends long and interesting stories. The Russian Literature made a great impression on him. A. Chekhov was his favourite playwright.

After finishing school A. Vampilov entered Irkutsk State University where he read Literature and History. Being a student Alexander began to write short stories and newspaper articles. But he was not the top student but not because of his laziness. He spent much time on performing the plays. He used to play the guitar, write poems and sing songs. A. Vampilov chose for himself the name A. Sanin as a pen-name. The main traits of his character were confidence, sociability, frankness and honesty. A. Vampilov got married to a teacher and had one daughter.

His first literary success was the one-act play “The House with the Windows Towards the Field” which was written in 1963 and published in 1964.

After graduating the university he worked for the local paper “Sovetskaya Molodyozh” and traveled much across our great country.

Vampilov’s life as a writer was not a long one, only for 11 years. He died tragically.

Alexander was drowned in Lake Baikal which he loved very much in August 1972. His boat overturned but he managed to swim to the shore. After reaching the shore his heart stopped beating.

His plays are staged not only in Russia but in many foreign countries either. His plays “The Duck Shooting” and “The Elder Son” were successfully screened. In his plays A. Vampilov depicted the life of Russian people, his characters are ordinary people with their fates and feelings. And the playwright showed their thoughts and feeling with his great sympathy and admiration to them.

In Irkutsk the Theatre for Young Spectators and one street are named after Alexander Vampilov. On the shore of Lake Baikal, at the spot of his death, in Listvyanka, the monument to Alexander Vampilov was erected.

  1. Comprehension check:

1.There are four answers after each question. Only one is correct. Choose the correct one.

  1. Alexander was born in….

  1. an ancient Siberian city

  2. a big town not far from the Angara

  3. an old settlement named Kutulic

  4. Kultuc

  1. Vampilov was named in honour of…

  1. his father who was a teacher

  2. A.Chekhov, a Russian playwright

  3. his granny who read fairytales to him

  4. A.S.Pushkin, a Russian poet

  1. Being a student he spent much time on…

  1. playing the guitar

b) singing songs

c) writing poems

  1. performing the plays

  1. His first literary success was the play…

  1. The elder Son”

  2. The Last Summer in Chulimsk”

  3. The House with the Windows towards the Field”

  4. The duck Shooting”

  1. His life of a playwright lasted for…

  1. eleven years

  2. thirty-five years

  3. nineteen years

  4. thirty-seven years

2.Are there statements true (T) or false (F)?

1. A. Vampilov used to play the balalaika, the bayan and the garmoshka.

2. The monument to A. Vampilov is erected in Kutulic.

3. All his plays are screened.

4. The main traits of his character were frankness and honesty.

5. A. Vampilov died peacefully in August 1972.

  1. Match a line in A with a line in B


  1. His plays “The duck Shooting and “The Elder Son”

  2. After reaching the shore

  3. His first success was the one-act play

  4. He entered the University

  5. The settlement was full of ancient houses and cows


  1. his heart stopping beating.

  2. which was published in 1964.

  3. walking slowly along narrow crooked streets.

  4. where he read History and Literature.

  5. were successfully screened.

  1. Put the sentences into the correct order.

  1. His boat overturned but he managed to reach the shore.

  2. His plays depicted the life of the Russians, his characters were ordinary people with their fates and feelings.

  3. A. Vampilov worked for the local paper which was addressed to the young.

  4. A. Vampilov chose for himself the name A. Sanin as a pen-name.

  5. Alexander was not top student.

5.Translate the extract starting with “His plays are not only in Russia” up to “was erected” into Russian.


  1. Why are A. Vampilov’s works so popular today?

  2. Why didn’t A. Vampilov move to Moscow, St. Petersburg or abroad but made up his mind to live in Siberia?

Ключи к заданиям

  1. 1 – с, 2 – d, 3 – d, 4 – c, 5 – a.

  2. 1 – F, 2 – F, 3 – F, 4 – T, 5 – F.

  3. 1 – e, 2 – a, 3 – b, 4 – d, 5 – c.

  4. 4, 3, 2, 5.

Примечание: Данный текст взят из учебного пособия КУЛЬТУРОЛОГИЧЕСКОЕ ОБРАЗОВАНИЕ СРЕДСТВАМИ ИНОСТРАННОГО ЯЗЫКА – Иркутск, издательство Главного управления общего и профессионального образования администрации Иркутской области, 2002. Автор - составитель – Савченко А.М. (Заслуженный учитель Российской Федерации, трижды победитель Российско-Американских конкурсов: ТЕА-1998, SSEP- 2000, SSEP-2001)


А. Вампилову здесь 16 лет.


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Данный текст взят мною из учебного пособия для изучения английского языка (региональный компонент) "Культурологическое образование средствами иностранного языка" Автор-составитель пособия - А.М.Савченко (Заслуженный учитель Российской Федерации, трижды победитель Российско-Американских конкурсов - TEA -1998, SSEP-2000, SSEP-2001), Иркутск, 2002. Учебное пособие - хороший помощник при проведении уроков , факультативов по английскому языку. Данный текст подходит при изучении тем о великих людях России, при изучении вопросов литературы. Его содержание расширит кругозор учащихся 8-11 классов.

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