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Unit 3 Times past


Vocabulary

4 Word building

Complete the article with the correct form of the words in brackets.


Television is one of the most important 1 ............... (invent) of the twentieth century. The first TV programme was broadcast in 1929, and by the 2...............(begin) of the 1950s, almost every home had a television set. For the first time, people were able to watch 3 ............... (history) events, such as man's landing on the moon, in their homes. However, since its 4............... (appear), there has been a lot of 5...............(disagree) about the benefits of television. Many people blame it for the lack of 6 ............... (communicate) in today's society. Instead of talking or playing ganrtes in the evenings, families prefer to watch their 7...............(favour) programmes. People have become couch potatoes, sitting 8 ............... (permanent) in front of the TV and eating junk food. However, despite these drawbacks no one can deny the 9...............(vary) and interest television provides. Nowadays, with the 10............... (develop) of digital TV, hundreds of channels are available. More than ever before, television offers us a window on the world.



invent - invention
begin - beginning
history - historical
appear - appearance
disagree - disagreement
communicate - communication
favour - favourite
permanent - permanently
vary - variety
develop - development

5 TV programmes

A Look at the different programmes that are broadcast on television and answer these questions. Use a dictionary to help you.

Х cartoons Х current affairs programmes Х detective series
Х commercials Х quiz shows Х documentaries Х soap operas
Х news broadcasts Х chat shows Х science programmes

Which programmes

1 present facts?

    documentaries, science programmes, news broadcasts
2 tell a fictional story?

    detective series, soap operas
3 are usually watched by children?

    cartoons
4 usually show interviews with famous people?
    current affairs programmes, chat shows
5 involve a competition?

    quiz shows
6 advertise products in between programmes?
    commercials
B Which programmes do you watch regularly?