Theme: New Zealand. Новая Зеландия
Educative aim: the students will learn some information about the country of New Zealand; the students will speak and express their opinion about their image of New Zealand;
Developing aim: to develop the pupils’ speaking skill; to develop the pupils’ reading comprehension; the students will learn to work with a text;
Up-bringing aim: to develop the pupils’ logical thinking; to widen their outlook.
I. Checking home-task.
– Good morning, class. How are you today? What date is it today? Let’s begin our lesson and check your home task. You were to prepare a presentation on one of Australian animals, birds, fish or plants.
– The theme of our lesson today is “New Zealand”.
– Cover the text and do the quiz. What do you know about New Zealand?
1. What’s New Zealand’s biggest city?
2. Who are New Zealand’s original inhabitants?
3. What’s New Zealand’s capital?
4. What’s New Zealand’s highest mountain?
a. Mount Rushmore
b. Mount Blanc
c. Mount Cook
d. Mount Kinley
5. What’s the small bird living in New Zealand called?
6. What is New Zealand’s closest neighbour?
7. How many islands does New Zealand consist of?
a. 1 b. 7
c. 2 d. 5
8. What is the most popular sport in New Zealand?
9. What is New Zealand’s national symbol?
10. What is the name of the heaviest parrot in the world, found in New Zealand?
– Read the text about New Zealand and check your answers.
New Zealand is a very interesting and beautiful country. It has got a total area of 269,000 square kilometres. It is situated to the southeast of Australia in the Pacific Ocean. It consists of two main islands:
North Island and South Island and some smaller ones. Nearly 3.5 million people live in the country. New Zealand’s original inhabitants are Maori. New Zealand is an independent state, yet formerly it was a part of the British Empire. The official language is English. The head of the state is I he Queen. New Zealand is a self- governing state.
The Parliament consists of one House only, the House of Representatives. The Prime Minister is the head of the government.
The capital of New Zealand is Wellington. It is a financial centre too. I he city was founded in 1840 and has been the capital since 1865. There are Nome big cities such as Wellington, Christchurch, Auckland and Nelson. A tick land is the biggest city. Wellington and Auckland are the main ports of the country. There are some educational and cultural institutions in Wellington. They are the University of New Zealand, Victoria University College and others. Victoria University was established in 1897.
There are many mountains in New Zealand. The highest is Mount Cook (3,764 metres or 12,349 feet). It has many rivers and lakes. The main rivers are the Waikato and the Wairu.
Popular sports include netball, basketball, golf, tennis, rowing and it variety of water sports, particularly sailing and surf sports. Winter sport such as skiing and snowboarding, indoor and outdoor bowls are not so popular. But rugby is considered to be the national sport. New Zealand has got heavy industry. There are some major industries in the country, for example, iron and steel industry. The country has gas unci petroleum. There are many plants in the country. New Zealand is rich in minerals. Paper and rubber industries are developed too. New Zealand exports wool, meat, butter.
The climate of New Zealand is moist. New Zealand has a temperate climate with moderately high rainfall and many hours of sunshine. While the far north has subtropical weather during summer, and inland alpine areas of the South Island can be as cold as -10°C (14°F) in winter, most of the country lies close to the coast, which means mild temperatures. New Zealand weather can change unexpectedly.
IV. Speaking. Pair work
– Answer the questions with your partners.
1. Where is New Zealand situated?
2. Who is the head of the government?
3. What are the main cities?
4. Which is the most popular sport?
5. What are the main industries?
6. What is the climate like?
– Match a line in A with a line in B. Can you remember the contexts?
iron and steel
– Here are the answers. What are the questions?
1. 3.5 million people.
2. In 1840.
3. In minerals.
4. Wool, meat, butter.
5. Sailing and surfing.
6. The House of Representatives.
7. In 1897.
– What have you learnt today? Do you have any questions?
– The lesson is over! Good-bye.