VOTING IN UKRAINE

Цілі: вдосконалювати лексичні навички й навички читання; вдосконалювати навички аудіювання й говоріння; розвивати логічне мислення; виховувати повагу до законів і зацікавленість у розширенні своїх знань.

Procedure

1.Warm-up

1) What is the minimum voting age in your country?

2) Who represents you in your local and national government?

3) How long is the term of elected officials in your country?

4) Which party is now in power in your country?

5) When were they elected?

6) Who is the leader of this party?

7) Is voting an important responsibility of a citizen?

8) Why do you think voting is important?

2. Reading

Do ex. 1, p. 255.

3. Grammar practice

Do ex. 2, p. 256.

4. Speaking Work in pairs

Act the dialogue

and make up one of your own.

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS

Alex. This election is going to be close!

Helen. I think you’re right. The Republicans and the Democrats are fighting for every vote.

Alex. Did you watch the conventions?

Helen. Yes, I watched a little bit. The party platforms are extremely different.

Alex. Yes, they are! Watching them on TV, it was hard to believe they come from the same country!

Helen. Oh, it wasn’t that bad.

Alex. Hmmm, anyway the delegates certainly clapped hard for their nominees.

Helen. But it was the same stump speech over and over again. In both parties!

Alex. That’s what politicians do best. Talk… the problem is whether they actually do very much.

Helen. Oh, you’re a pessimist!

Alex. I wouldn’t say that. It’s just that I’m sick and tired of all the attack

ads.

Helen. I see your point. It would be nice to know what they want to govern the country, rather than why they think the other guy isn’t any good.

Alex. They treat us like idiots! I hate sound bites. Short simple statements that don’t really give me much information. Treat me like I have a brain.

Helen. Some say we get what we deserve. Voter turnout is so low, perhaps we don’t deserve any better.

Alex. But that’s why people don’t come out to vote. They don’t feel represented even if they do vote.

Helen. I think we need a third party in this country.

Alex. I couldn’t agree with you more!

Helen. Perhaps a third party would stop the partisanship.

Alex. Another thing that I don’t think is fair is the electoral system.

Helen. No kidding! Just think, a state like California has 54 electoral votes. One vote majority in the popular vote and ALL of those 54 votes go to ONE candidate!

Alex. It just isn’t fair.

Helen. Of course, there are reasons for that.

Alex. Hmmm. I guess…

Helen. Are you a registered voter?

Alex. Of course! I’m a registered voter and I go to the voting booth to vote. I want that vote to represent my voice.

Helen. OK, OK, no need to give a speech.

Alex. Ha ha, I just think it’s my duty as a citizen to vote.

Helen. Yes, I agree with you. If you can vote, vote!

5. Speaking

Do ex. 3, p. 256.

6. Summary

1) Why do we have laws?

2) What laws in your country do you hate?

3) Are there any laws in your country that you think should be made tighter?

4) Have you ever broken any laws?

5) Do you think the laws in your country are similar to those in other countries?

6) Do you think there are laws for the rich and different laws for the poor?

7) Where, when and why do you think laws first started?

8) What laws do you tend to ignore?

9) Do you think all laws are good?

10) Would you like to be a lawmaker?

11) What would your country be like if there were no laws?

12) What’s the craziest law you know of?

13) What do you think of the idea of international laws that would replace all national laws?

14) What new laws would you like your country to introduce?

15) Do you think laws are evenly applied to everyone in your society?

16) What new laws do you think we’ll have fifty years from now?

17) Have you ever been to see a lawyer?

18) What law would you like to make for your English class?

7. Homework

Do ex. 4, p. 256.




VOTING IN UKRAINE