Let’s Agree to Differ

Unit Two: On Your Hobby Horse

2.4 Let’s Agree to Differ

Word Bank

Phrase Bank

Communication Box:


Science fiction programme

Chat show

Fantasy film

Soap opera

Analytical programme

To see all the programmes running

To be a couch potato

(not) to drag smb away

From the screen

To be hypnotized by something

To enjoy every bit of it

There’s nothing like… for….

I like to… the best.

In contrast to you, I… .

I’m all for….

I differ.

To each his own.

Let’s agree to differ. Tastes differ.

I. Conversation Warm-up.

Read what people say about TV as a leisure activity. Guess who said these words and why. Say who you agree with.

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Example: My mum says it’s a passive activity. She advises me to spend more time out in the open. But I like to watch children’s programmes, especially cartoons.

II. Pronunciation Warm-up.

Read the poem and practise the sounds /і:/ and /ɔ:/. Say how much it can be about you.


…In almost every house we’ve been,

We’ve watched kids gaping at the screen.

They loll and slop and lounge about,

And stare until their eyes pop out.

(Last week in someone’s place we saw a dozen eyeballs on the floor).

They sit and stare, and stare and sit Until they’re hypnotized by it.

III. Function Smart.

Read and learn how to express differences in tastes. Look at the pictures and fill in the mini-dialogues.

A) – There’s nothing like playing… !

– Really? I prefer… .

– Okay, okay. Let’s agree to differ.

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B) – I like to collect… the best.

It’s so informative.

– In contrast with you, I collect

– To each his own.

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С) – I prefer… to… .

– Tastes differ. I’m all for… .

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D) – I’m keen on… . And you?

– I differ. I’m interested in.

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IV. Word Smart

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To see all the programmes running;

To be a couch potato;

(not) to drag somebody away from the screen;

To be hypnotized by something;

To enjoy every bit of it;

To be to somebody’s taste.

1. Study these words and word-combinations and say:

A) what is your favourite:

– TV report;

– TV show;

– TV drama or programme.

B) what kind of TV viewer you are.

A) what your TV plans are for:

– tonight;

– tomorrow afternoon;

– Sunday morning.

B) what you will watch on TV if:

– you have free time;

– you are in a good mood;

– the weather is bad.

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At home: Ask your family members about their favourute TV programmes and compare their tastes with yours. Fill in the chart below.



TV tastes

Same with your TV tastes?

Different from your TVtastes?


Sports reports


Go to Ex. 33, 34 of your Workbook

V. Time to Listen and Read

1. Listen to / read the description of different TV programmes in a TV magazine and say which of them are to these people’s tastes: a five-year – old child; a sportsperson; a teenager; a housewife.


Are you tired of switching from channel to channel? Looking for sometimes special? Wishing to see a programme to your taste? Then, here is what you need to know before you become a couch potato:

A soap opera is the most popular form of television programmes in the world today. It is a story about the lives of ordinary people who live in the same street or town. It is on TV three times or more each week. It comes in half-hour episodes. We call them soap operas (or soaps) because in the US they were first paid for by companies who made soap. Televiewers are glued to the screen because they can feel real worries and hopes of real people. This week you get a chance to enjoy the BBC’s EastEnders.

An animated cartoon is a film made by photographing a series of pictures, clay models, etc. It can be short or long. It was W>

An American musical is a unique form of a TV music programme. It combines song, dance, comedy and drama. Among the most successful musicals ever written is CATS by Andrew Lloyd Webber. It has been seen by millions of people. Don’t miss your TV chance on Friday evening. We are sure that no daily routine will drag you away from the screen. We wish you to enjoy every bit of it.

A video workout is a series of fitness programmes on TV produced by stars, such as Jane Fonda and Cindy Crawford which you can watch and take part in at home. Do your parents complain about you being a couch potato? Then jump at the opportunity to spend time watching television usefully for your he>

Across Culture: Great Britain, the USA

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The BBC – одна з провідних радіо – і телевізійних організацій у Великій Британії.

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EastEnders – популярний британський телесеріал про соціальні проблеми робітничого району Лондона.

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Jane Fonda – американська акторка, авторка відеопрограм фізичних вправ.

1) Answer the questions.

1. What is special about a soap opera?

2. What was W>

3. What makes a good musical?

4. What TV programme is useful for your he>

5. What do you need to know NOT to become a couch potato?

2) Say what TV programme could make you think these thoughts.

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VI. Time to Communicate

A) Look at the pictures and describe the TV programmes in them.

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B) In pairs, talk about your tastes in televiewing as in the pattern below.


A. Are you a regular televiewer?

B. In fact, I am.

A. Are you a couch potato?

B. …

A. What TV programmes are to your taste?

B. …

A. What do you think of…?

B. …

C) In small groups, talk about your hobbies and express differences in tastes. Use the structures:

1. There’s nothing like… for me.

2. I like to… the best.

3. I prefer… to… .

4. I’m also keen on… .

5. In contrast to… , I’m all for… .

VII. Time to Listen

Listen to the joke about passionate TV viewers and say what the humour of the situation is.

VIII. Time to Write

Comment on the proverb “One person’s meat is another person’s poison”. Illustrate it with differences in tastes as to your friends’ hobbies. Begin with:

They say…

To me it means that…

I agree / disagree with… because… .

Let’s take… as an example.

So, as you see, … .

Go to Ex. 35, 36 of your Workbook

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