• Reading: Elicit strategies for dealing with the sentence insertion task. Remind the students to identify the topic of each paragraph, and the function of each missing sentence.
• In a weaker class, work on the first gap together, identifying the topic before and after the gap and looking for clues as to what is missing.
• Remind the students to make sure, after they have finished the task, that the remaining sentence does not fit in any of the gaps.
• Use of English: Encourage the students to read the whole text first to grasp the overall meaning. Remind them that the missing words are often grammar words, prepositions or articles. After the students have filled all the gaps, encourage them to read out the text to make sure their answers fit grammatically and logically.
• Listening: Remind the students that in this type of task the order of the statements fits the order of the information in the recording. Tell them to prepare for the listening by reading the sentences carefully and underlining any key words. Encourage them to eliminate the wrong answers as well as identifying the correct one. Play the recording twice.
• Writing: Read through and discuss the task together, then refer students to the Writing Bank for guidance. Students plan an essay or letter to be written at home or in class. • Speaking: Elicit strategies for the tasks from the students. If necessary, in a weaker class, brainstorm ideas before starting. Students work in pairs to do each task.
• Reading: 1 G, 2 A, 3 E, 4 D, 5 F, 6 C
• Use of English: 1 at, 2 during / in, 3 to, 4 each, 5 had, 6 They, 7 what, 8 little, 9 it, 10 so
• Listening: 1 A, 2 C, 3 D, 4 B
Transcript WB 22
Presenter Hello and welcome to Top TV with me, Richard Pilkington, and this week’s guest, writer and broadcaster Moira Devlin. So Moira, what’s not to be missed this week? Moira Well, this week it’s all about archaeology for me. Egypt Unwrapped is a new Anthony Geffen documentary that premiered on the National Geographic Channel on Sunday. We get another chance to watch it on Tuesday, and I can’t recommend it highly enough! Presenter Yes, I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that Egypt Unwrapped has performed miracles in the ratings, knocking even the most popular soaps and reality shows off the top spot. Why do you think that is? Moira Well, I think the signs are that we are entering a new phase of television in terms of what people expect from our programming. It does seem that although viewers want to be entertained, of course, these days they also want something more substantial. So now factual documentaries are almost certain to become much more popular again. Just wait till you see the ‘screaming man’. Presenter The screaming man? Who’s that? Moira He’s the subject of Geffen’s documentary. He’s as close to a celebrity as anyone who has been dead for over 2,000 years can be! He is also one of the greatest mysteries of archaeology. First of all, there’s the obvious puzzle of why when his face was mummified it was locked in a horrible grimace. It makes him look as if he’s constantly screaming in terror. The other thing is that his body was buried without any markings or adornments alongside some of the most famous pharaohs. His hands and feet were bound at the time of his death and his unmarked coffin suggests that those who buried him made a conscious attempt to deny him the glory of the next life. Presenter And what does the film reveal about the screaming man? Moira When the mummy was found, archaeologist Gaston Maspero and two other scientists ran an autopsy and came up with several theories. One was that the body had not been mummified properly. This assumption led to the hypothesis that the man was an official who might have died while he was on an assignment outside Egypt, and the body had to be quickly preserved by people lacking in the expertise required for the task. But a computer tomography scan proved those deductions wrong. Presenter Do you mean they used a CT scan? Moira No, they couldn’t; it was in the 1880s. But modern scientists have. Geffen and his team applied to Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, and were granted permission to give the screaming man a professional CT scan. Presenter That’s fascinating. Moira Oh yes! It’s quite incredible. Just like in your favourite mummy movies: a team of scientists and Egyptologists met in the archives of the Cairo Museum, where they loaded the screaming man on a medical stretcher and carried him like paramedics, through the marble hallways past hordes of astounded tourists. It must have been an incredible sight. I wish they’d filmed that too. Presenter It does sound amazing. And what did the scan show? Moira Well, that’s something I’m not going to give away! You’ll have to see for yourself. If you want to learn the secrets of the screaming man, just tune in to the National Geographic Channel this Tuesday evening. Presenter I certainly will. Moira, thank you for being with us today.