Тема 1: Geographical Position and Climate of Australia

Тема 1: Geographical Position and Climate of Australia

Vocabulary

1.Прочитайте и выучите слова:

Australia Австралия
Commonwealth Содружество наций
Tasmania Тасмания
New South Wales Новый Южный Уэльс
Northern Territory Северная Территория
Queensland Квинсленд
South Australia Южная Австралия
Victoria Виктория
Western Australia Западная Австралия
Canberra Канберра
Sydney Сидней
Blue Mountains Голубые горы
Murray River Муррей
Ayers Rock Айерс Рок
Great Barrier Reef Большой Барьерный риф
   
boomerang бумеранг
crocodile крокодил
kangaroo кенгуру
eucalyptus эвкалипт
desert пустыня
antithesis полная противоположность
equator экватор
monsoon мусон
average среднее (значение)
flood наводнение
cyclone циклон
abound изобиловать
box jellyfish кубовая медуза
coral коралл
holiday-maker отпусник, турист
precious драгоценный
wheat пшеница

Прочитайте и сделайте письменный перевод текста.

Тема 2:Political system of Australia

1.Прочитайте и выучите слова:

governor general генерал-губернатор
appoint назначать (на должность), утверждать (в должности)
executive council исполнительный совет
advisory cabinet совещательный кабинет
legislative законодательный
senate сенат
senator сенатор
executive power исполнительная власть
coalition коалиция, союз
take effect вступать в силу
external affairs иностранные дела
interstate междуштатный
international trade международная торговля
defense мероприятия оборонного характера
inconsistent противоречивый, несовместимый
penalty наказание; взыскание; штраф
participation участие
election выборы

Прочитайте и письменно переведите текст.

Тема 3: Canada

1.Прочитайте и выучите слова:

Quebec Квебек (провинция Канады)
Toronto Торонто
Montreal Монреаль (город в Канаде, провинция Квебек)
Ottawa Оттава
St. Elias Mountains горы Святого Ильи
Alberta Альберта (провинция Канады)
Saskatchewan Саскачеван (провинция Канады)
Manitoba Манитоба (провинция Канады)
Hudson Bay Гудзонов залив
the Canadian Shield Канадский щит
the Erie озеро Эри
the Ontario озеро Онтарио
the Niagara Peninsula  
New Brunswick Нью-Брансуик
Nova Scotia Новая Шотландия (провинция Канады)
Prince Edward Island Остров Принца Эдуарда (провинция Канады)
Newfoundland пров. Ньюфаундленд
   
monarch монарх
province провинция
ancestry происхождение
maintaining сохранение
symbolize символизировать
harsh суровый
mighty великий, могущественный
indent изрезывать, надрезать, придавать зигзагообразное очертание
shield защищенный
hoodoo порча, сглаз, невезение, неудача
dinosaur fossils окаменелости динозавра
zinc цинк
uranium уран
ablaze сверкающий, блестящий
sap сок
maple syrup кленовый сироп
culinary delicacy лакомство
flourish преуспевать
profusion изобилие


Прочитайте и письменно переведите текст.

Canada

Canada is the second largest country in the world. Only Russia has a greater land area. Canada is situated in North America. Canada is slightly larger than the United States, but has only about a tenth as many people. About 28 million people live in Canada. About 80 % of the population lives within 320 km of the southern border. Much of the rest of Canada is uninhabited or thinly populated because of severe natural conditions.

Canada is a federation of 10 provinces and 2 territories. Canada is an independent nation. But according to the Constitution Act of 1982 British Monarch, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom is recognized as Queen of Canada. This symbolizes the country's strong ties to Britain. Canada was ruled by Britain completely until 1867, when Canada gained control of its domestic affairs. Britain governed Canada's foreign affairs until 1931, when Canada gained full independence.

Canada's people are varied. About 57 % of all Canadians have some English ancestry and about 32 % have some French ancestry. Both English and French are official languages of the country. French Canadians, most of whom live in the provinces of Quebec, have kept the language and customs of their ancestors. Other large ethnic groups are German, Irish and Scottish people. Native people - American Indians and Eskimos - make up about 2 % of the country's population." 77 % of Canada's people live in cities or towns. Toronto and Montreal are the largest urban areas. Ottawa is the capital of the country.

Today, maintaining a sense of community is one of the major problems in Canada because of differences among the provinces and territories. Many Canadians in western and eastern parts of the country feel that the federal government does not pay enough attention to their problems. 80 % of Quebec's population is French Canadians. Many of them believe that their province should receive a special recognition in the Canadian constitution.

Geography

While some countries have too much history, Canada has too much geography.

From Sea to Sea

Occupying the northern half of the North American continent, Canada has a landmass of nearly 10 million km².

Canada's motto, 'From Sea to Sea', is geographically inaccurate. In addition to its long coastlines on the Atlantic and Pacific, Canada has a third sea coast on the Arctic Ocean, giving it the longest coastline of any country.

To the south, Canada shares an 8,892-km boundary with the United States. To the north, the Arctic islands come within 800 km of the North Pole. Canada's neighbour across the frozen Arctic Ocean is Russia.

A Long Thin Band

Because of the harsh northern climate, only 12 per cent of the land is suitable for agriculture. Thus, most of the population of 26 million live in cities within a few hundred kilometres of the southern border - where the climate is milder - in a long thin band stretching between the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans.

Numberless Lakes and Great Rivers

It has been estimated that Canada has one-seventh of the world's fresh water. In addition to sharing the Great Lakes with the United States, Canada has many other freshwater seas and mighty rivers.

The Pacific Coast

Bathed by warm, moist Pacific air currents, the British Columbia coast, indented by deep fiords and shielded from the Pacific by Vancouver Island, has the most moderate.

The Cordillera

Canada's highest peaks, however, are not in the Rockies, but in the St. Elias Mountains, an extension of the Cordillera stretching north into the Yukon and Alaska. The highest point in Canada is Mt. Logan (6,050 m).

The Prairies

The plains of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba are among the richest grain-producing regions in the world.

Yet even here are surprises. If you drive north, you descend into the Red Deer River valley. Here, in desert-like conditions, water and wind have created strange shapes in the sandstone called 'hoodoos'. The same forces of erosion have uncovered some of the largest concentrations of dinosaur fossils, examples of which are displayed in museums in Canada and around the world.

Alberta is Canada's leading producer of petroleum. The sedimentary rocks underlying the Prairies have important deposits of oil, gas and potash.

The Canadian Shield

Look at a map of Canada and you will see a huge inland sea called Hudson Bay. Wrapped around this bay like a horseshoe is a rocky region called the Canadian Shield.

The region is a storehouse of minerals, including gold, silver, zinc, copper and uranium, and Canada's great mining towns are located here - Sudbury and Timmins in Ontario, Val d'Or in Quebec, and Flin Flon and Thompson in Manitoba.

Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Lowlands

Southern Quebec and Ontario, the industrial heartland of Canada, contain Canada's two largest cities, Montreal and Toronto. In this small region, 50 per cent of Canadians live and 70 per cent of Canada's manufactured goods are produced.

The region also has prime agricultural land. The Niagara Peninsula, for example, has some of the best farmland in Canada. The large expanses of lakes Erie and Ontario extend the number of frost-free days, permitting the cultivation of grapes, peaches, pears and other soft fruits.

The region is sugar maple tree country. In the autumn, the tree's leaves - Canada's national symbol - are ablaze in red, orange and gold. The sap is collected in spring and evaporated to make maple syrup and sugar, a culinary delicacy first used by the aboriginal North American peoples.

Atlantic Provinces - Appalachian Region

New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland are the smallest Canadian provinces, and the first to be settled by Europeans.

The shallow continental shelf extends 400 km off the east coast of Newfoundland where the mixing of ocean currents has created one of the richest fishing grounds in the world.

Agriculture flourishes in the fertile valleys, such as the Saint John River Valley, New Brunswick, and the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia.

Prince Edward Island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence is famous for its potatoes. This fertile island is Canada's smallest province, making up a mere 0.1 percent of Canada's landmass.

The Arctic

North of the tree-line is a land of harsh beauty. During the short summer, when daylight is nearly continuous and a profusion of flowers blooms on the tundra, the temperature can reach 30°C. Yet the winters are long, bitterly cold, dark and unforgiving.

3. Translate the following word combinations:

Severe natural conditions, an independent nation, domestic affairs, official languages, ethnic groups, major problems, harsh northern climate, thin band, mighty rivers.

4. Match the sentences according to the information of the text:

1 Canada is a Mt. Logan (6,050 m).
2 Canada is situated b10 provinces and 2 territories.
3 Much of the rest of Canada is uninhabited or c the second largest country in the world.
4 Canada is a federation of d the capital of the country.
5 About 57 % of all Canadians have some English ancestry and e Canada has a landmass of nearly 10 million km².
6 Ottawa is f only 12 per cent of the land is suitable for agriculture.
7 Occupying the northern half of the North American continent, g in North America.
8 Because of the harsh northern climate, h that Canada has one-seventh of the world's fresh water.
9 It has been estimated i thinly populated because of severe natural conditions.
10 The highest point in Canada, j about 32 % have some French ancestry.

5. Give the definitions of the following words:

1border a the land on the edge of the coast, especially the shape of this land as seen from the air
2 ancestry b the thick, dark liquid from under the ground from which petrol is produced
3 custom c the members of your family who lived a long time ago
4 landmass d a narrow area of sea between high cliffs
5 coastline e a large area of flat dry land
6ocean f a sweet sticky liquid obtained from some kinds of maple tree which is eaten especially on pancakes
7fiord g something that is done by people in a particular society because it is traditional
8plain h the official line that separates two countries, states, or areas, or the area close to this line
9oil i the great mass of salt water that covers most of the Earth's surface
10maple syrup ja large area of land such as a continent

6. Complete the sentence according to the information from the text:

1.Canada is situated in ... .

2. Canada is slightly larger than the United States, ... .

3. Canada is a federation of ... .

4. Britain governed Canada's foreign affairs until 1931, ... .

5. Both ... are official languages of the country.

6. To the south, ... with the United States.

7. It has been estimated that Canada has ... .

8. The plains of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba are among ... .

9. The sedimentary rocks underlying the Prairies have important deposits of ... .

10. Wrapped around this bay like a horseshoe is a rocky region ... .

7. Agree or disagree with the following statements:

1.About 50 % of the population lives within 320 km of the southern border.

2. Much of the rest of Canada is uninhabited or thinly populated because of severe natural conditions.

3. Canada is a federation of 10 provinces and 2 territories.

4. Canada was ruled by Britain completely until 1867.

5. Both English and German are official languages of the country.

6. Canada's neighbour across the frozen Arctic Ocean is Norway.

7. The highest point in Canada, Mt. McKinley.

8. The region is sugar maple tree country.

9. The sap is collected in summer and evaporated to make maple syrup and sugar.

10. Prince Edward Island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence is famous for its potatoes.

Political System of Canada

Canada is an independent federal parliamentary state. The Queen of Great Britain, Elizabeth II, is the official head of the state, but the Governor General acts as her representative. Canada combines the American federal form of government with the British cabinet system.

As a federation, Canada is made up of ten provinces and two territories. Canadian central government in Ottawa represents all the people of Canada. Each province has its own government and parliament.

Parliament of Canada consists of two houses, the Upper House called the Senate, and the Lower House called the House of Commons. The Senate has 104 members. Senators are appointed by the Governor General on the recommendation of the Prime Minister. The Senate has less power than the House of Commons. Members of the House of Commons are elected for a term of five years. The cabinet system of Canada unites the legislative and the executive branches. The Prime Minister and the Cabinet are usually members of the House of Commons, which is the highest authority in the government. The Cabinet consists of 20 or more ministers, chosen by the Prime Minister from leaders of the majority party in the House of Commons.

Today most of the Governor General’s powers have disappeared and he follows the directions of the Cabinet.

The two leading political parties in Canada are the Progressive Conservative Party and the Liberal Party. The New Democratic Party is also rather influential.

In 1867, Canada was just a colony with internal autonomy; since 1931, it has been an independent state in the world community.

Canada's Constitution is actually a British statute, the British North America Act, 1867, which has been amended more than 20 times since its inception. Since 1982 when Canadians obtained the right to amend the Constitution in Canada - this founding statute has been known as the Constitution Act, 1867.

The Constitutional Framework

Canada is a constitutional monarchy, a federal state and parliamentary democracy with two systems of law and two official languages. Since 1982, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms has been entrenched in the Constitution.

Official Languages

English and French are the two official languages at the federal level. Institutional bilingualism has existed in Quebec since 1867, in Manitoba since 1870 and in New Brunswick since 1982.

3. Translate the following word combinations:

Parliamentary state, official head, legislative branch, executive branch, leading political party, internal autonomy, independent state.

4. Match the sentences according to the information of the text:

1 Canada is a the Upper House called the Senate, and the Lower House called the House of Commons.
2 Canada combines b the Progressive Conservative Party and the Liberal Party.
3 As a federation, Canada is made up of c an independent federal parliamentary state.
4 Each province has d on the recommendation of the Prime Minister.
5 Parliament of Canada consists of two houses, e for a term of five years.
6 Senators are appointed by the Governor General f the American federal form of government with the British cabinet system.
7 Members of the House of Commons are elected g its own government and parliament.
8 The Prime Minister and the Cabinet are usually members of the House of Commons, h the two official languages at the federal level.
9 The two leading political parties in Canada are i ten provinces and two territories.
10 English and French are j which is the highest authority in the government.

5. Complete the sentence according to the information from the text:

1. The Queen of Great Britain, Elizabeth II, is the official head of the state, … .

2. Canadian central government in Ottawa … .

3. The Senate has … members.

4. Senators are appointed by … l on the recommendation of …

5. The cabinet system of Canada unites … .

6. The New Democratic Party is … .

7. Canada's Constitution is actually a British statute, the British North America Act, 1867, ... .

8. Canada is a constitutional monarchy ... .

9. ... are the two official languages at the federal level.

10. The Cabinet consists of … or more ministers.

6. Agree or disagree with the following statements:

1.Canada is an independent federal parliamentary state.

2.The Queen of Great Britain, Elizabeth II, is the official head of the state.

3.Canada is made up of twelve provinces and ten territories.

4.Parliament of Canada consists of two houses: the House of Lords and the House of Commons.

5.The Senate has 504 members.

6.Senators are appointed by the Governor General on the recommendation of the Queen.

7.Members of the House of Commons are elected for a term of five years.

8.The Prime Minister and the Cabinet are usually members of the House of Lords.

9.The two leading political parties in Canada are the Progressive Conservative Party and the Liberal Party.

10.Canada's Constitution is actually a British statute.

Тема 1: Geographical Position and Climate of Australia

Vocabulary

1.Прочитайте и выучите слова:

Australia Австралия
Commonwealth Содружество наций
Tasmania Тасмания
New South Wales Новый Южный Уэльс
Northern Territory Северная Территория
Queensland Квинсленд
South Australia Южная Австралия
Victoria Виктория
Western Australia Западная Австралия
Canberra Канберра
Sydney Сидней
Blue Mountains Голубые горы
Murray River Муррей
Ayers Rock Айерс Рок
Great Barrier Reef Большой Барьерный риф
   
boomerang бумеранг
crocodile крокодил
kangaroo кенгуру
eucalyptus эвкалипт
desert пустыня
antithesis полная противоположность
equator экватор
monsoon мусон
average среднее (значение)
flood наводнение
cyclone циклон
abound изобиловать
box jellyfish кубовая медуза
coral коралл
holiday-maker отпусник, турист
precious драгоценный
wheat пшеница