We are from the
different worlds

Module 1 Lesson 2
A generation gap?...
1. Reading
Study the text vocabulary:
Behave - to do things in a particular way: The children behaved very badly.

Exaggerated - adjective describing something in a way that makes it seem better, worse, larger, more important etc than it really is.

Gang - noun a group of young people who spend time together and often cause trouble: Gangs of youths roamed the streets.

Generation - noun a group of people in society who are born and live around the same time: People retiring today are wealthier than the previous generation.

Lack - a situation in which you do not have any, or enough, of something that you need or want.

Mystery - noun, something that you are not able to understand, explain, or get information about.

Respect - a feeling of admiration that you have for someone because of their personal qualities, their achievements, or their status, and that you show by treating them in a polite and kind way:
Children should treat their parents with respect.

Selfish - adjective, thinking only about yourself and not caring about other people:
A spoiled selfish child.

Shape - to influence the way that a person, idea, or situation develops:
His generation firmly believed they could shape the future.
1.1 Read the text:
Liam (16)
Young people aren't treated fairly by the media. Every day there's something negative in the papers about people of my age – stuff like antisocial behaviour, or drugs, or fights between gangs. The media create the idea that young people don't have enough respect for other members of society, and that all they care about is having a good time. Well, all I know is that my friends aren't like that.

New technology is one of the things that make it harder for the different generations to understand each other. Things like social networking sites are an everyday part of my life, but they're a mystery to a lot of people of my parents' age. Little things like that add to a sense of separation.

John (59)
Lots of people of my age seem to think the country's going to the dogs, but I tell them they're looking at the past through rose-coloured glasses. They say young people today are more individualistic, or even selfish, than in the past, and that their sense of right and wrong isn't as strong as that of older people. There might be a little bit of truth in that, but in general I think the differences are exaggerated. I know I don't look at my own kids, who are 19 and 23, and wish they were more like I was at their age.

One thing that worries me slightly, though, is the possibility that kids today don't appreciate what they've got. Young people in Britain have more money to spend than they did 50 years ago, and more choices available to them, but I don't think they're happier than we were.

Sally (85)
Of course there's a gap between people my age and the younger generations. British people of my age have lived through a war, and many of us can remember poverty of a kind that hardly exists these days, at least in Britain. That really shapes your outlook on life. Most young people growing up today have never known hardship, so they're less likely to appreciate what they've got.

I'm sure youngsters' behaviour hasn't got worse in every way, but I do think some of them lack respect for authority. They don't have enough discipline. My granddaughter is a teacher, and tells me awful stories about some of the children in her school. In my day it would have been unthinkable to behave like they do – we would have got the cane, and rightly so.

2. Exercises
for the text
2.1 Here are some simple definitions for words that appear in the text. Find the words they refer to and fill in the gaps.
1. If you _ _ _ k at something through r _ _ _-c _ _ _ _ _ _ _ g __ _ _ _ s (idiom), you consider it to be better than it really is.

2. _ _ v _ _ _ y (noun): a situation in which someone does not have enough money to pay for their basic needs

3. _ _ _ ia (noun) radio, television, newspapers, theinternet, andmagazines, consideredasagroup

4. A person who is _ n_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ c (adjective) believes that what individual people want is more important than what society or the government wants.

5. _ i _ (noun – informal):child or, sometimes, teenager or young adult

6. If something or somewhere is _ _ _ ng to the _ o _ s (idiom), it is becoming much worse than it used to be.

7. If you _ p _ _ _ _ _ _ te (verb) something, or a situation, you understand its true nature. You would realize, for example, how good or important it is.

8. a _ _ _ or _ _ _ (noun): the people and institutions in society that have the power to tell other people what to do (e.g. the police, and teachers)

9. un _ _ _ _ _ able (adjective): impossible to imagine

10. c _ _ _ (noun): a long, thin stick. ('The c _ _ _' is a punishment given to children in schools in which they are hit with a long thin stick. In Britain it has been illegal in all state schools since 1987, and in all private schools since 2003.)

11. y _ _ _ _ _ _ er (noun – informal): child or young person. (In Britain this is a word used mainly by old people.)

12. _ _ _ _ soc _ _ _ (adjective): showing a lack of care for other people or for society in general

13. h _ _ _ sh _ _ (noun): a situation in which life is very difficult

14. A s _ _ _ _ l _ etw _ _ _ _ _ _ s_ _ _ (noun), such as Facebook or MySpace, allows you to communicate with friends and make new friends.

15. _ _ _ look (noun): your general attitude to things.

1.2 Now it' s high time to answer questions from the video. Record the answers and share them in our telegram group.

1.Who is in your immediate family?
2.How big is your extended family?
3.Do you get on well with your family?
4.Who do you take after in your family?
5.What do you like to do when you get together with your family?
English speakers often use the present continuous tense (subject + 'be' = verb-ing) to talk about future arrangements. A future arrangement is a plan that you have decided and organised with another person.

I'm spending Christmas and New Year with my Mum and Dad.
We're meeting our cousin Susanat 3 o'clock tomorrow afternoon.
They are flying to New York tomorrow morning. (they have made this arrangement with the airline)

Another important way to use the present continuous tense is to talk about temporary
actions, which we expect to change.

We're currently travelling around Australia (but we won't stay there forever).

Maria's temporarilyliving with her parents
(but she plans to move to her own place soon).

John's looking after his grandparents
this week (but next week his sister is going to help out and he will return home).

John's driving his father's car while his own car is in the workshop.

(He won't need his father's car after his car has been repaired).

They're temporarily living with his Uncle Fred. They'll stay there until they find an apartment.

Julia's working in Chicago this month (but she will be back in her office in LA next month).

I'm studying in Berlin this year (but I will return to my language studies in Cambridge at the end of the year).
The following time phrases are common with this use of the present continuous tense:
For the time being



this week / month / year / etc.

I am currently filling in for the manager who is away on holiday (but when she returns I'll go back to my old job).
2.2 Grammar practice: fill out the gaps with the options given below.
1. Ted ____________ (take) a shower right now.

2. What ____________ (we / have) for dinner tonight?

3. My brother __________________ (have) a daughter and a son.

4. I __________________ (not / solve) any problems at the moment, so I can help you.

5. My grandfather often _________________ (come) over for dinner at the weekends, but today he (to come)______________ as he is busy with his gardening.

6. My school _________________ (begin) at nine every day.

7. What ________________ (you / do) tomorrow night?

9. I usually ____________ (not / work) on Sundays but today I _______________ (work) because my partner is ill.

10. Thank you for invitation, but I won't come, as I ________________( to spend) my Cristhmas holidays with mom and dad.
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