конкурс English Speaking - 2016. Анастасія Бескровна, конкурсна робота № 170.
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  • Before I’ll start talking about my lesson let me introduce myself. My name is Nastya. I’m a student of 9’th form. I’m in love with foreign languages (later you’ll understand why) and dancing. Also like history and reading. Couldn’t imagine my life without books. Nowadays it’s very necessary to know foreign languages. Everyone, who knows foreign languages can speak to people from other countries, read foreign writers in the original, which makes your outlook wider. It’s not surprising that many intellectuals and well-educated people are polyglots. The great German poet Goethe once said, “He, who knows no foreign language, does not know his own one”. That is why in order to understand myself and the world around I have to study English. It’s clear as noonday, that my favorite subject is English. That’s why I was looking forward to the demonstration lesson, the main theme of which was English culture and customs. It’s almost impossible to observe all traditions and way of living in Great Britain in one lesson, because in each part there is a big variety of them, so we decided to choose only one nation – the Scots. The Scots are more extravagant, their traditions are more colourful and exciting. The Gaelic language and songs, the tartan, the bagpipes are completely Scottish. There is no other part of the British Isles, where national spirit is stronger, national pride more intense and national traditions more appreciated than in Scotland. We started lesson from solely Scottish holidays, or ones that have some features inherent only Scots. For every Scotsman one of the most important red-letter day is St. Andrews day. It’s a great feast, celebrated on 30-th of November, in honor of St. patron of Scotland. This holiday is marked with a celebration of Scottish culture, with traditional Scottish food, music and dance. Also it’s an official flag day in Scotland. According to the legend, king Angus before the battle with Anglo-Saxons saw the portent in the sky - x-shaped cross on which Saint Andrew was crucified. The battle was won and since that white cross on blue background have been being the national symbol of Scotland. One more interesting festival is Hogmanay. This unusual for the first glance holiday is very familiar to us. It is synonymous with the celebration of New Year in the Scottish manner. There are many interesting and funny customs, associated with Hogmanay. The most widespread national custom is the practice of first-footing, which starts immediately after midnight. This involves being the first person to cross the threshold of a friend or a neighbor and the giving of symbolic gifts (salt, coal, shortbread, black bun, ext.) The Hogmanay custom of singing “Auld Lang Syne” has become common in many countries. “Auld Lang Syne” is a Scots poem by Robert Burns. It is the second most prevalent song after “Happy birthday”. This Scottish tradition spread almost all over the world. Can you imagine national holiday in honor of any famous person? There is one in Scotland! Scots love their poet Robert Burns so much that even proclaimed his birthday 25-th of January as a national Scotland high day! They spend Burns Night with their clothest friends and family, have a festive supper, dance, sing songs and have rest all together. One of the most entertaining fests is Up-Helly-ta. It’s the colossal fire festival, which is the biggest in Europe nowadays! Street battles of the Vikings, thousands of torches, medieval costumes, sounds of horns and huge ship Drakkar which will burnt at the end - all this you can see in Lervik on last Tuesday of January. Scotland wouldn’t be Scotland without it’s mysterious legends. So on our lesson we couldn’t ignore them. Perhaps all Scotland myths and legends are almost nothing in comparison with tales about terrifying monster, living in Scotland lake Loch Ness. It is the most popular legend in Scotland, which is well-known all over the world. Snake-head monster has been seen by thousands of people, but unfortunately, or fortunately there is no any proofs of the existence of it. Scots are delighted with the ghosts. Not surprising, because there are a lot of castles, ruins – pleasant places of living for different spirits. The most horrible and bewitching places is underground quarter in Edinburgh. When there was a plague thousands of dying people were cast in this dungeons. And now their phantoms roam under the city streets. Everyone, who thinks about Scotland imagine Kilt - indispensable part of Scotland national costume. That’s why one of the most memorable part of the lesson was presentation of the national Scotland costume. Of course we hadn’t tartan, but our interpretation of Scotland Kilt and beret made from an old plaid wasn’t less colourful and interesting. Our scotsman added Scotland atmosphere and brought a small piece of Caledonia in class! My classmates took the lead and prepared small productions of Scottish humor. We wanted to show real Scottish character and rivaly between the English and the Scots. And their manner and behavior are best described in numerous jokes, some of them we showed. We even couldn’t imagine, that would understand humor of another nation, but we did! And that was really funny to us! Then we had a small quiz, where my team won! Therefrom we knew a lot of interesting facts, that couldn’t even suppose! For example, everybody knows about very famous Scotsman Robert Burns, but he isn’t only the one prominent native of Scotland. Few aware, that so well-known people as Alexander Graham Bell, Sir Walter Scott, Robert Stevenson and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle also have been born in Scotland. We also learnt about Scotland cow - Hairy Coo – funny alpine animal and Scottish Coo-Coo-day (April fool’s day). This lesson was so saturated, interesting and very useful. We have elevated our mind, increased vocabulary, got acquainted with the traditions, superstitions and character of Scots, had joined to their culture, and the most important, we got many pleasant impressions! Don’t believe that school is boring! Lessons like this make schooldays full of emotions and fun!