Interactive English: Reception

Reading and Listening

Achievement Check Preparation

on May 7, 2013

On May 21st we have our first Achievement Check so in the next lesson we will do a practice check together. For the practice, we will listen to a historical story called “Spy Kitty vs. the Soviets” and read a magazine article titled “Sunday Morning at Bill’s Cafe”. In the comments, please make a prediction about what we might hear in the listening and read in the text.

Also, when you read pages 56-95 of The Curious Incident, please answer all these questions in your journal and don’t forget to keep a list of characters!

1. What are A-levels?

2. What is Reverend Peters going to do for Christopher?

3. Which of Christopher’s behavioural problems do you think is the most interesting or difficult to deal with? Why?

4. Are Christopher and his father still friends with Mr. Shears?

5. When Siobhan asks him, what does Christopher say regarding how he feels about his mother and Mr. Shears?

6. What do you think might happen in the next 20 pages?

Also please bring a book of your choice to class next week to do for the next book review (and please bring my book back if you still have it) :)

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13 responses to “Achievement Check Preparation

  1. Kyoko Nomura(T4) says:

    I think we will hear how the spy kitty worked to get important imformation from the Soviets and how the Soviets struggled with the kitty. From the magazine article, I think we will read about a person who spends his/her Sunday morning at Bill’s Cafe.

  2. Miki Hosoda (T4) says:

    “Spy Kitty vs. the Soviets” may be a story about kittens who worked for the United States to reveal some of the Soviet’s important military secrets during the Cold War. I think the magazine article is about various kinds of people who come to Bill’s Cafe on Sunday mornings. They all have different social status, personality and so on. I think that every one of them have completely different reasons for coming to the cafe.

  3. Ai Inoue(T4) says:

    Assuming from the title, the listening would probably take place after WWII. We might hear about the various ways the U.S. invented to spy on the soviet, including kitties with video cameras attached.
    As for the reading, it might be an article about what people do in a cafe while eating breakfast.

  4. Arisa Kurihara (T4) says:

    I think the listening is about the Cold War and how the US used many ways to spy on the Soviet. The reading may be about the people who come to Bill’s cafe on Sunday mornings.

  5. Ayane Kawahara (T4) says:

    In the listening, I think we might hear something related to Cold War and United State’s spying techniques used to get information of the Soviet. I have heard that many spies were active during the Cold War.
    In the reading, assuming from the title I suppose it will be about cafes and it might be something statistical.

  6. Kurumi Takeuchi (T4) says:

    In the listening, we probably hear something about the period of the Cold War and how the United State’s got information about Soviet through spies. I think the reading is about what people chat in a cafe in the morning.

  7. Fumina Watanabe (T4) says:

    In the listening, I think we will learn about the Cold War and about the kitten that worked as a spy. In the reading, I think we will learn about an incident that happened on one Sunday morning at Bill’s Cafe.

  8. MaikoImai T4 says:

    I think “spy kittie”is a code name for something that rivals with the soviet. So maybe an American spy or a data that is special.
    The article is going to be short stories of many people that came to the cafe. Some might be funny and others touching perhaps.

  9. Ryuji Furukido(T4) says:

    In the listening, I think we will hear a story about how America tried to use kitties to get information from the Soviets. And in the reading, we will read an article that says what kind of people come to Bill’s cafe on Sunday mornings and what they think.

  10. Eri Fukui (T4) says:

    From the title ‘Spy Kitty vs. the Soviets,’ I assumed that Spy Kitty is a spy from the United States, spying on the Soviets, trying to obtain any kind of information. As for ‘Sunday Morning at Bill’s Cafe,’ I think it is about Bill’s Cafe on Sunday mornings like it says in the title.

  11. Natsumi Maruyama (T4) says:

    The listening would be about kitten that happen to spy Soviets. And information that kitten got can be trusted or not. The reading would be about people who came to Bill’s cafe for different reasons. And they would become friends or something.

  12. hong soon hyuk(t4) says:

    I think we are going to hear a story that a trained kitty takes a big part of solving the mystery.

  13. T4 yuto says:

    I think spy kittens will be a document about how the US spied on USSR during the Cold War. I think Kittens is just a code name for an attractive woman that tries to lure out soviet government officials and the information they have.
    And Sunday mornings at bills cafe, I bet, is a story of a man who runs a cafe. And every Sunday morning, he serves something special to the customers and connect each other to make the neigborhood’a bond stronger.

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