I want to become a computer programmer. I am interested in computers. My favourite subject in school was Computer Science.

My hobby is computer games and computer programming. I have got a computer at home and can spend hours working with it.

It is much easier to do things on computer, for example to write a composition. You can change the text as many times as you want and you dont need to rewrite everything if you have changed something. You can even go on dates sitting at your computer.

We are living in the age of technology and the profession of programmer can give you a lot of opportunities. I think future will belong to computers.



Post-reading activities


Fill in the correct word.

1. Choosing a career and getting a job are the two things any person develops/does in his lifetime.

2. Some of school leavers enter a university/business.

3. He wants to find a job after the graduation from/after the university.

4. You should take into consideration all the possibilities that your future profession may prove/provide.

5. To make the right choice/character we should consider our abilities.

6. I think my knowledge will be enough to succeed/speak in my future work.


2. Find the English equivalents:

; ; ; ;




Pre-reading Activities

1. Read and memorize the following words and word-combinations:




to give one's preference to smth

the humanities ()

favourite subject

to do well without any effort


to look forward to smth.

to improve

language skills and habits


on a regular basis

to graduate from


to be of great demand

to entrust ,


devotion to ones cause

unique ,


from time immemorial -

honorable , ,


to develop the character

to broaden the world outlook

to be of great social importance

to impart

generosity ,

to take a real interest

to obtain , .

2. Answer the following questions:

1. What is your future profession? / What is your profession?

2. Did you have a dilemma in choosing your profession (occupation)?

3. What subjects have you always given your preference to?

4. Did your parents (friends) impose their views, likes and dislikes on you?

5. When did you make your choice to become a teacher?

6. How many hours a day do you (your parents) work?

7. How do you (your parents) earn your (their) living?

8. What special education does your (future) profession require?

9. Why are the teachers proud of their profession and their role in educating young people?

10. What is the noblest and most difficult of the professions?

11. Are the teachers of great demand nowadays?

12. What is the teachers aim in life?

13. What should one do to be a good teacher?


Reading Activities

Read the following text and try to understand its general meaning. ready to retell this text:


School! Lessons, games, clubs, homework. A bell rings. You go to a classroom. A bell rings. You have lunch. A bell rings. You go home.

Nevertheless, one day you go to school for the last time. What to do after that? You realize that the time to choose one job out of the hundreds has come. It is going to be a hard choice and nobody can make it for you.

Before you can choose, you ask yourself quite a lot of questions. What do you know you are good at? What do you enjoy doing? It is difficult to know all the answers to these questions until you have left school and actually begun work.

Many young people consider teaching as a career. It is not surprising: after your parents, your teacher may be the most important person in your life. With all the teachers you meet, you think there is not anything you do not know about the work. That is where you are wrong, since only those who are in it can appreciate it. Have you ever asked yourself why most teachers are so devoted to their work and privately think, though they may not like to admit it openly, that they serve humanity doing the most vital job of all? Those of us who spend our days in schools know how rewarding the job is. At the same time, it is not easy and a challenge to your character, abilities and talent, as teaching is a constant stream of decisions.

Children in your classroom are not just boys and girls. Every one is a unique individual who has never been before and will never again exist. If you like people, you will love teaching. To be a good teacher you must be genuinely interested in what you are doing.

The most important things in the world are awareness and learning wanting to know every day of your life more and more and more. Because every time you learn something new you become something new. An ignorant teacher teaches ignorance, a fearful teacher teaches fear, and a bored teacher teaches boredom. However, a good teacher catalyzes in his pupils the burning desire to know and love for the truth and beauty.

John Steinbeck, writing about his school days said, Ive come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and you know how few great artists there are in the world. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since its medium is the human mind and the human spirit. What an incredible responsibility to be the guardians of the human spirit and the human mind! I think, that is the reason why humanity has the deepest respect for teachers.

I would never stop teaching and I am sure that you, having chosen it for your career, feel the same way. If you do not feel that way then, please, for all our sakes, get out! The human mind and the human spirit are too wondrous to destroy. But if you are prepared to accept the responsibility, I wish you all the luck in the world.


Post-reading Activities

1. Transcribe and learn to read the following words:

Machines, appreciate, humanity, vital, challenge, individual, awareness, ignorance, fearful, boredom, medium, accept, routine, stimulating, variety.

2. Explain the meaning of the words and word combinations listed below:

Think privately, the most vital job, a rewarding job, a challenge to your character, an ignorant teacher, a guardian, the same routine, stimulating work, to go in for teaching

3. Write English equivalents of the following words and phrases.
Use them in the sentences of your own:

, , , , , -, , , , , , , .

4. Find in the text the synonyms for the following words and word combinations:

to do well in smth., in fact, because, faithful, confess, gratifying, sincerely, knowledge, to ruin.

5. Enlarge upon the following topics:

1. After your parents your teacher may be the most important person in your life.

2. Teaching is not easy and a real challenge to your character, abilities and talent.

3. To be a good teacher you must be genuinely interested in what you are doing.

4. Teaching is a constant stream of decisions.

5. Every time you learn something new you become something new.

Prompts: theres one more thing to be noted, moreover, what's more..., I might as well add that..., in addition, on top of that..., something else I'd like to say is..., talking of... .

6.Make your comments about teaching profession and requirements to teachers using the following phrases:

I should (I'd) like to make it clear that...   Look, I'll tell you what...
There's much truth in what you're saying, yet...   It's like this. You see...
It is as well to remember that...   I'll start by saying that...
There's no denying that...   As I see it...
What I'm going to say may seem not so relevant, yet...   In my opinion...
I see your point, but...   As far as I can see...
In conclusion I'd like to say that...   On the one hand... on the other...For one thing... for another...
This is the way I look at it.This is the way I see it.   It's common knowledge that...
You are free to disagree with mebut...   All things considered...
I should (I'd) like to make it clear that...   All other things being equal...
There's much truth in what you're saying, yet...   It must be admitted that...
It is as well to remember that...    

7. Read the following text. Be ready to discuss it:


G. S. Skovoroda, an outstanding Ukrainian enlightener, philosopher and poet was a spokesperson of the ideas of humanism and peasant enlightenment, a herald of new trends in philosophy and sociology in Ukraine in the second half of the 18th century.

Grygoriy Savych Skovoroda was born on the 22nd of November 1722 in the village of Ghernukha of the Kyiv province in the family of a land-starved Cossack. A gifted boy learned to read very early, liked folk music and singing, composed melodies himself and played the cow-flute. Having finished a village primary school, being a twenty-year old youth, G.S. Skovoroda entered the Kyiv Academy the first higher school and cultural-enlightening center of Ukraine.

In 17451750 G.S. Skovoroda made a trip abroad, was in Hungary, travelled along Austria, Slovakia, and Poland, visited a number of cities of North Italy and Germany. Being abroad, he deepened his knowledge, made acquaintance with the mode of life, daily round habits and art of the peoples of Europe.

In 1751 the pedagogical activity of G.S. Skovoroda began. In Pereyaslav seminary he taught poetics. The pedagogue-innovator tried to restore the teaching of poetics on a new progressive foundation.

In 1753 G.S. Skovoroda graduated from the Kyiv Academy and during almost six years was working as a home teacher at a landlord's in the village of Kovrae near Pereyaslav. It was during these years when G.S. Skovoroda used to be among the people that his outlook of the philosopher-humanist and public figure was being formed and his poetic work began.

In 1759 G.S. Skovoroda accepted the invitation to teach poetics in the Kharkiv Collegium which in the 18th century was the centre of education of Slobidska Ukraine. There a young pedagogue was working with some intervals during ten years.

G.S. Skovoroda expounded his pedagogical views in a number of works. Vivid expressions of pedagogical convictions were found in his letters to his closest pupil-friend M. I. Kovalynsky. He expresses in them his profound, passionate thoughts about the upbringing of love to work, devotion to the Fatherland in young people. The pedagogical inheritage of G.S. Skovoroda entered the treasury of home pedagogy, his name is beside the names of the most famous pedagogues of the world.

G.S. Skovoroda entered the history of the Ukrainian culture first of all as an outstanding thinker. One of the first in the history of the Ukrainian philosophical and sociological thought G.S. Skovoroda sharply criticized the vices of feudal-serfdom society, parasitism of temporal and acclesiastical nobility, bravely and sharply protested against lifeless scholasticism and religious dogmatism.

8. Prepare a 3-minute talk on one of the great teachers of the past or today, give reasons for your choice:

9. Act out the dialogue "Choosing is not so easy as it looks".

10. Prove that the following proverbs (sayings) have sense:

1. Business before pleasure.

2. The work shows the workman.

3. Idleness is the mother of all evil.

4. Practice makes perfect.

5. A bad shearer never had a good sickle. (A bad worker quarrels with his tools).

6. Jack-of-all-trades is master of none.

7. The hardest work is to do nothing.

8. Ninety per cent of inspiration is perspiration.

9. Through hardship to stars.

10. What is worth doing at all is worth doing well.

11. He that would eat the fruit must climb the tree.

12. He that will not work shall not eat.

13. He'll eat till he sweats and work till he freezes.

14. Doing is better than saying.

15. Make the best of a bad job.

10. Translate into English:

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2. , .

3. , .

4. , .

5. , , , .

6. , , .

7. , .

8. .

9. .

10. , .


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