Sunday, 18 December 2011

Objective Proficiency p 79. School Uniform. Extra Listening

If people came to school wearing exactly what they pleased, we would see some 1.________/ ______/ __________.
If you look at the 2.__________/ __________, you’ll see almost everybody is wearing a uniform.
At the finest schools like 3.____________, Winchester, 4_______, St John’s school, 5__________. And I do not 6._________ those schools _______ for 7.________ reasons. Many go into the music business, so you cannot say uniform has made them 8._________________.
If a monitor was to catch 9._________/ ________ year boys 10. ________/ ________ the 11.________/ ___________/ _________, how would they know that it is a monitor?
There is yet another side to this 12.____________/ ___________: having to choose what to wear. I for one don't want to stand 13._____________  in front of eleven pairs of trousers.
Dereck Bainbridge claims the official uniform is expensive and a 14_________/ _________/ _______ the parents of the poorer children. If they passed exams in 15___________ and business management, they could afford new 16___________ and holiday 17____________ in Fuengirola. But I 18__________.
Since some people cannot be trusted to sign the punishment book without 19________/ _________/ __________, they cannot be trusted to dress 20__________ for school. If certain people  arrived in 21____________ sweaters and the heating was off due to 22____________/ ___________, they would be 23__________/ ____________ their monitors to borrow their 24___________. A hypothesis which, as Hamlet said, is "25___________ not to be wished"
School uniform promotes a sense of 26__________ and 27__________/ ____________. Two, it prevents discrimination 28______/ _________/ ___________/ _______ class and economic differences. Three, my father is the 29__________/ ___________ of uniform to this school.

KEY 
1. pretty funny sights. 



2. Bayeux Tapestry (a finely decorated cloth wall covering made in the 11th century. It shows the events that led to the Battle of Hastings (1066) between the Normans under William the Conqueror and the English under King Harold II, and the death of King Harold. It is 74 yards/68 metres long and is kept in a museum at Bayeux in northern France.)




3. Eton (an English public school for boys near Windsor in Berkshire, started in 1440 by King Henry VI. Its students are mainly from rich families, and many of Britain’s public figures were educated there. Its former students are known as Old Etonians. There is a strong sense of competition between Eton and Harrow, another boys’ public school
Princes William and Harry were sent to Eton.)


4. Harrow 



5. Leatherhead 



6. Pick out (to choose somebody/something carefully from a group of people or things. Select)



7. snob


 
8. fuddy-duddy (a person who has old-fashioned ideas or habits. E.g. You're such an old fuddy-duddy! Adjective: fuddy-duddy ideas)



9. two fourth 



10. hanging around



11. lower corridor pegs




12. vexed question (vexed question/issue a problem that is difficult to deal with. Thorny. E.g.
The conference spent days discussing the vexed question of border controls.)



13. dithering (dither: to hesitate about what to do because you are unable to decide. E.g. Stop dithering and get on with it. Dither over something She was dithering over what to wear.)



14. great strain on 



15. accountancy



16. blazers




17. flatlets (flatlet: a very small flat/apartment)



18. digress (/daɪˈɡres/ to start to talk about something that is not connected with the main point of what you are saying)



19. drawing private parts 



20. suitably



21. backless




22. education cuts



23 crawling to (crawl (to somebody) (informal, disapproving) to be too friendly or helpful to somebody in authority, in a way that is not sincere, especially in order to get an advantage from them. E.g. She's always crawling to the boss.)



24 cardigans 




25 devoutly



26 identity



27 team spirit



28 on the grounds of (a reason for doing sth)



29. sole supplier

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