Writing a talk
8 The Millennium Dome
London's Millennium Dome was built to mark the year 2000. It was a controversial project because of the huge cost of the building. Nevertheless, for one year it housed an exhibition celebrating British society and culture. Read the two talks about London's Millennium Dome and complete this factfile.
| The Dome|
Size: Roof 8 hectars
Cost: £758 million
No. of attractions: 20 zones
No. of restaurants: Over 30
Surprising facts: the largest roof in the world, enough space for thirteen Concert Halls,
This is the first time I've done this tour, so I'm a bit nervous Anyway, welcome to London's Millennium Dome. You probably already know about its history. The Dome was built in 1999, the roof covers eight hectares, and it cost Ј758 million to build. There are twenty different zones in the Dome and over 30 restaurants. Today we're going to visit four zones.
The zones explore different aspects of today's society and are really interesting. Anyway, today we are going to visit four zones. These are the Home Planet Zone, the Play Zone, Body Zone and the Money Zone. There is lots to see in these zones, and you can buy souvenirs at the Central Arena afterwards. There are lots of gift shops there. There are over 30 restaurants, bars and cafes in the Dome. They all serve food and drink throughout the day. They are all in the Central Arena. There is also a Tourist Information Centre and lots of souvenir shops.
In the zones we're going to do things like go on a virtual reality tour of the Earth, and learn about advances in science and medicine. There's also a Millennium Show. It's really good. We can watch this after we've visited the zones. I think the most interesting one is the Money Zone because you can see what a million pounds looks like. I hope you enjoy the tour.
1 Good afternoon and welcome to London's Millennium Dome. Before we begin the tour, I'd like to tell you a little about its history. The Dome was built in 1999 to celebrate the new millennium, and is one of London's most famous buildings. In fact it's one of the biggest buildings ever constructed. If you look above you, you'll see the largest roof in the world, which covers an amazing eight hectares. There is enough space inside the Dome for thirteen Concert Halls, so it's not surprising that it cost an incredible £758 million!
2 So what are we going to see today? Well, inside the Dome are twenty different attractions or 'zones'. These zones explore different aspects of today's society, and each one has a different approach and style. This tour will take you around four of the most popular zones. We will spend the first hour at the Home Planet Zone where you can go on a virtual tour of planet Earth. Then we'll go to the Play Zone where you can score a goal, play a concerto and explore an electronic playground. Next we will visit the Body Zone to learn about advances in science and medicine. And for the final part of the tour well stop at the Money Zone, where you can see what a million pounds looks like, then decide how to spend it! Finally at 2 p.m, we will see the spectacular Millennium Show. This tells a dramatic love story in three acts using flying performers, dancers and impressive visual effects.
3 We will finish the tour at the Central Arena. There are over 30 restaurants, bars and cafes here which serve food and drinks throughout the day. There are also gift shops if you want to buy some souvenirs. I hope you all find the tour interesting.
9 Comparing talks
A Now read the two talks more carefully and answer these questions. Which talk, A or B:
1 includes surprising facts? - A
2 uses a wide variety of adjectives? - A
3 repeats the same words and expressions? - B
4 gives the same information more than once? - B
5 gives irrelevant information? - B
6 is clearly organised? - A
B Which talk do you think is the most interesting and informative?
10 Summarising the paragraphs
A Now look at Talk B. Match these summary headings to the paragraphs.
1 Practical information - 3
2 History of the Dome and surprising facts - 1
3 Things you are going to see and do - 2
B In paragraph 2, which words and phrases are used to order events?
then, next, for the final part, finallly
C List the adjectives used to describe things.
most famous, one of the biggest, the largest, amazing, incredible, most popular, dramatic, spectacular, impressive, interesting
Using Talk B as a model, write about a famous building in your country. Use this outline to help you.
Good afternoon and welcome to ... (name of place). Before we begin the tour, I'd like to tell you a little about its history. ... was built ... (date and why built). It is ... (why is it famous, add surprising facts).
So what are we going to see today? Well, this tour will ... (general information about what you are going to see and do). We will spend the first part of the tour... (specific information). Then we'll explore the .... Next we will visit the .... And for the final part of the tour we'll....
We will finish the tour at ... (last part of building you are going to visit). If you want to know more facts about... (name of place), buy any souvenirs, or have something to eat, there is / are ... (practical information). I hope you all enjoy the tour.
Unit 1. BORN TO BE BRILLIANT. Writing
descriptions. Travel and sightseeing. |
Unit 2. THE WRONG MAN. Writing a profile. Words
Unit 3. TIMES PAST. Writing
a Talk. The Millenium Dome.
Unit 4. SMALL BEGINNINGS. Writing
a letter of complaint.
Unit 5. FAME AND FORTUNE. Writing
a composition. The Lottery.
Unit 6. TAKING RISKS. Writing
Unit 7. MEANS OF COMMUNICATION. Writing
a report. ON THE IMPORTANCE OF THE INTERNET TO YOUNG PEOPLE.
Unit 8. WHAT IF ... ? Writing
a discursive composition. An ideal job.
Unit 9. TRAVELLERS' TALES. Writing a story. My holiday