My Moscow Extra 1 Exercise 1

How do you think the Internet can enable you to study better?

You may work in groups. You will have to do some additional Web search. Compare your findings with your partners’ results.

Case study. The Internet as a Study Help.

Match the statements about the role of Internet with your own position “Agree”, “Disagree” or “Undecided”.

1) The Internet helps students to learn.  


2) The Internet distracts school students from their studies.


3) The Internet makes users feel addicted to it.  


4) The Internet helps learners study in social networks.


5) The Internet offers us useful sources of information.


6) The Internet offers school students harmful information.


7) The Internet is not safe and “knows” our personal data.


8) The Internet lets students publish information for others.



Think and list three reasons why people use the Internet 1___ 2___ 3 ____ . Then write a short summary of your position (75 words).

My Moscow Extra 1 Exercise 2

Mark the following statements as True / False (T/F) and explain.

In my school, here in Moscow, by connecting to the Internet, I can now:

- become more independent and active in my studies


- get more knowledge in addition to the course-book


- get higher scores in the tests  


- hear new and interesting information from my classmates


- learn about different viewpoints on various issues


- communicate with my peers from home and do joint projects


- do additional training and testing tasks of my choice


- do my homework faster and easier


- find the answer to a question during the lesson using a mobile device


- say that with the Internet learning gives me more joy



Now, explain your choice (75 words)

My Moscow Extra 1 Exercise 3

Read the results of the research done in one of the Moscow schools into the use of the Internet by students for their learning. Then write (75 words) what applies to you and your classmates and what does not apply. You may first have to ask your peers a couple of quick question.

  The research has made it clear that the majority of students believed the Internet was a useful educational tool. Only a very small amount of participants stated that they were not able to use it for educational purposes. There were certain areas where students felt comfortable when using the Internet for learning. All the students were unanimous that the most convenient were the online search engines. 95% or students were using the search engines easily and efficiently to prepare for their lessons. Some 60% stated that they used social websites to share knowledge with friends and to talk about school subjects. A little less that 40% claimed that they could easily use the Internet to download the necessary files and pictures. About 20% of the participants stated that they used e-dictionaries, e-encyclopedias and online translation tools to help them write their homework and do their projects. Unfortunately, less than 10% of the participants said they were good at using blogs, wikis and e-learning portals to broaden their knowledge. It turned out that neither students nor teachers could really cope with e-learning portals efficiently. Unfortunately, only a few school students had their own websites where they published the results of their learning activities and shared interesting materials.

Write some questions and give the answer options (Yes/No) for the opinion poll among your peers on the use of the Internet for study purposes. To hold an opinion poll, go to http://pollbagel.com/?gclid=CLCctseystICFUVfGQodTuQAYw  Share the results with the peers and present findings on your own website.   

Now, summarize your findings in the report/presentation, publish it on the Internet site and share it in class.

My Moscow Extra 2 Exercise 1

Which activities can you do in a Panda park? Which of these activities require strength?/balance?/speed?/precision? Which are the most challenging activities? Have you ever tried any kind of these activities? Was it  fun?/ dangerous?/demanding?

You may work in groups for the ICT activities.

Case study. Aerial Experience.

Match the questions and the information that answers them. Then answer the following questions:

- What names exist for the aerial adventure parks? Tree to Tree Park. Loon Mountain Park. Treetop Adventure Park.

- What attractions can you find in the aerial adventure parks? Tope bridges. Log bridges. Nets in the air. Tightropes. Suspension bridge.

Suggest why people invent new attractions in amusement parks. 1 ____ 2 ____ 3 ____ .

Now, explain why aerial adventure parks and attractions are called such names, and say what attractions you have seen in the aerial adventure parks (Panda Parks) in Moscow. 

Go to Internet to find information about Moscow Rope Park in VDNH.  Then prepare to tell your English-speaking friend about this park. If you have visited the park and taken photos, attach pictures to your description. Make a presentation.

Now, summarize your findings in the report/presentation, publish it on the Internet site and share it in class.

My Moscow Extra 3 Exercise 1

Study the information about people from Moscow and other cities across Russia conquering challenging places on Earth. Then share the most interesting facts with your English-speaking friends.



Moscow, Kazan, Yoshkar-Ola, Voronezh and othersparticipated in the contest to travel to the North Polesent their young people to the North Poleon the skis in 6 daysthe polar base “Barneo”were selected from 18 regions of Russia89 degrees North latitude

Read short bits of information about the expedition of school and university students to the North Pole and match them by dragging and dropping.

- seven young polar explorers

- fifty young people

- 18 Russia’s regions    

- among the cities were     

- the expedition reached    

- the polar base “Barneo” is situated at the point of

- the expedition passed 110 kilometers on the drifting ice


Remember at least three names of famous Polar explorers 1 ____ 2 ____ 3 ____

Write about your findings (50 words).

My Moscow Extra 3 Exercise 2

Read the biographical facts about the legendary polar explorer Ivan Dmitrievich Papanin and select the right answer from the multiple choice options.

   Ivan Dmitrievich Papanin was born in Sevastopol into the family of a sailor. In 1914 he started his service in the Imperial Russian Navy. He took part in the Russian Civil War on the Bolshevik side, fighting in Ukraine.  In 1931 he took part in the expedition of the icebraker Malygin to Franz Josef Land in the North. Then, in 1932-1933 he was the head of a polar expedition to Tikhaya Bay on Franz Josef Land. In 1934-1935 he was in command of a polar station on Cape Chelyuskin.

   In 1937-1938 he was in charge of the famous expedition North Pole-1. Four researchers, Ivan Papanin, Ernst Krenkel, Yevgeny Fyodorov and Petr Shirshov, landed on the drifting ice from an airplane flown by Mikhail Vodopyanov. For 234 days, Papanin's team carried out a wide range of scientific observations in the near-polar zone, until taken back by the two icebreakers  Murman and Taimyr. It was the first expedition of its kind in the world. All members of the expedition received the title of Hero of the Soviet Union, which was extremely rare before World War ll.

1 Ivan Papanin was:
a) the first in his family sea traveller b) a sailor  c) one of the family sailors d) was not a sailor


2 Ivan Papanin travelled to:
a) France   b) the Arctic  c) the Antarctic d) the North Sea


3 Ivan Papanin was in charge of:
a) one expedition b) two expeditions c) three expeditions d) four expeditions


4 Ivan Papanin was the first in the world to:
a) travel to the North Pole b) reach the North Pole c) stay long in the North Pole d) do long-time research in the North Pole


5 To recognize his deserves, Ivan Papanin was awarded:
a) a popular honorary title b) an exceptionally rare title c) one of the many honorary titles d) a modest title for his deserves



Now, summarize your findings in the report/presentation, publish it on the Internet site and share it in class.

My Moscow Extra 4 Exercise 1

Collect the information about Moscow and be ready to advertise the capital as a tourist destination. Publish your leaflet on your website. Now go to My Moscow Extra. You may work in groups.

Case study.  Moscow as a tourist mecca.

Shopping is a tourist attraction. To find more information about the most renowned shopping malls in Moscow, go to the Internet Name the malls where visitors can:

- taste excellent food in the numerous restaurants and cafes

- enjoy a classic Russian architectural design

- feel like in a royal palace

- do shopping underground near Moscow Kremlin

- enjoy themselves and relax in the biggest mall in Europe


Give three things that attract tourists to Moscow 1 ___ 2 ___ 3 ___ .

Learn on the Internet more about the pedestrian area Arbat Street from the Internet site of your choice and write why Old Arbat attracts tourists like a magnet (50 words).

Hold an opinion poll among young people to find out their answers to the question “Why visit Moscow?”  To hold an opinion poll go to http://pollbagel.com/?gclid=CLCctseystICFUVfGQodTuQAYw

  • Classical and modern architecture
  • Art exhibitions and museums
  • Theaters and shows of high quality
  • Parks and promenades
  • Excellent hotels and delicious cuisine
  • Doing shopping and buying souvenirs   
  • Dancing parties and youth clubs

Produce a leaflet inviting your English-speaking peers to visit the best place in Moscow (the choice is yours). Use your own photos and the ideas that you have collected.  Publish the leaflet on your Internet site. Then, present it to your friends.

Now, summarize your findings in the report/presentation, publish it on the Internet site and share it in class.


My Moscow Extra 5 Exercise 1

You will do a small research task into the learners’ exam stress. As a result, you will write and publish your essay on the problem. You will work individually and in groups.

Case study. Coping with exam stress at school.

List three reasons why students feel anxiety before exams 1 ___ 2 ___ 3 ___ .

Read about school concerns of your British peers, including exam stress, and then write how this compares to your own school experience (30 words):

  The number of young people in Britain seeking psychological counseling over exam stress has increased by 200% in recent years.  The top most frequent school worries in the UK are the nonstop treadmill of school testing, sitting up late, feeling tired and anxiety before the approaching exams.

To learn about some useful tips of dealing with exam stress, go to the Internet and continue the following pieces of advice on how to deal with stress before an examination:

 - Avoid

- Eat

- Say NO to

- Force yourself to

- Feel

Hold an online opinion poll among your peers by asking them only ONE of the following questions. Then discuss the results in class. To hold an opinion poll go to http://pollbagel.com/?gclid=CLCctseystICFUVfGQodTuQAYw

- Do you feel stress when your language exam is a year away?

- Do you feel stress when your language exam is approaching?

- Do you feel stress when your language exam is tomorrow morning?

- Do you feel stress during the language exam?

- Do you feel stress expecting the results of your language exam?

- Do you forget about your stress immediately after you know the results?

- Do you know an effective strategy to cope with the exam stress?

Work out brief recommendations for your peers and do some reasoning on paper in the form of an essay (250 words) on the subject “Beating exam stress”. Do your writing by answering successively the following questions:

- What do your peers think and say about beating exam stress?

- What do you personally think about the strategies of beating exam stress?

- What are the opinions of your peers that run counter to what you think?

- What counter-arguments can you give to your opponents defending your point?

-  What conclusion can you make regarding the strategies of beating exam stress?