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READING FOR ACADEMIC PURPOSES

Topic 3: HIGHS AND LOWS

FEELING
Exercise 1: The text below is Nick’s talking about something that happened recently. Answer these 3 questions.
I've played football since I was eight years old and I'm now fifteen. I play in one of the best football teams in my region. My
brother who's fourteen is also in the team. My aim is to play in the national team - the under-sixteens of course. Last week we
were told that a coach was coming from the national team to watch us play so that he could choose the three best players to play
in a match against another country. The big moment arrived on Tuesday and we played our match just before the final whistle, I
scored a goal and I knew we'd won the match. I looked over at the coach and he nodded to me. The whistle blew. I knew I'd
played really well and I was sure I would be chosen. I couldn't wait to hear my name called. I ran over to the other players but I
was so excited I wasn't looking where I was going and bumped into someone. I fell badly and I broke my leg. I was taken to the
hospital and I found out that the coach had chosen me but now I can't play and my brother will take my place. The match is on
Saturday.
1. Who came to watch Nick’s team play? Why?
A coach from the national team to choose the three best players.
2. What happened after the match?
Nick bumped into someone and broke his leg
3. Who was chosen?
Nick’s brother.

Exercise 2: Do you know the meaning of the adjectives below? Which are positive  and which are negative ? Draw  above
the positive ones and  above the negative ones.

ashamed confident disappointed embarrassed excited guilty jealous proud relaxed upset

Exercise 3: Read the text again. How do you think Nick felt?
1. after he scored the goal?_______________________ 2. at the end of the day? _______________________

Exercise 4: Check your answers in Exercise 3 with the text below. Choose the adjectives from the list to describe how he felt at
the end of Saturday.
On Saturday I went to watch the match in a wheelchair. My brother played well and our team won but I refused to clap and say
well done to him. When we got home that evening he gave me a big parcel. It was a football signed by some of our national
players that he'd met after the match. He wanted me to have it. All I could think of was how badly I'd behaved.

1._____________________ 2._____________________ 3._____________________

Exercise 5: Read the email below. The underlined adjectives have similar meanings to those in the table below. Write them in
the correct column.

amazed annoyed depressed frightened pleased worried


surprised cross fed up (with) scared glad anxious
astonished furious miserable terrified delighted afraid
concerned

Hi Helga,

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I want to tell you about last Saturday when I went to the seaside with my friends. I was really glad that they phoned me because I
was feeling fed up so I was relieved to have something to do. But when we got to the seaside I realised they wanted to spend
their time at a theme park and I'm scared of going on the big rides. I got cross with them because they hadn't told me. In the end
they persuaded me to try. As I sat there waiting for the first ride to begin, I could feel my heart beating fast and I felt like
screaming, but as soon as It started I forgot to feel anxious about it because it was fun. When I got off I was surprised to realise
how much I'd enjoyed it and I went on all the other rides! Next time you must come too.
Love Tina

Exercise 6: These words also have similar meanings to the underlined words. Put them in the correct column in Ex.5. If you
think there is a word in a column which is stronger than the others, underline it.

afraid astonished concerned delighted miserable furious terrified

Exercise 7: Complete these phrases from Tina’s email.


1. I was really glad ______________ me.
2. I was relieved ______________ something to do.
3. I’m scared ______________ the high rides.
4. I got cross ______________ them.
5. I forgot to feel anxious ______________ it.
6. I was surprised ______________ how much I’d enjoyed it.

Exercise 8: Think about something you did recently, e.g. a sports match you played in, a place you visited, a party you went to.
Choose two of the adjective phrases below and write a sentence with each one.

worried about surprised that afraid of upset that pleased to annoyed with

ADVERBS AND ADJECTIVES


Exercise 9: Tina said she was feeling miserable. We can change the meaning of miserable with and adverb, e.g. I’m very
miserable or I’m quite miserable. Some adverbs are stronger than others.

STRONG: very, extremely, really, terribly, so LESS STRONG: quite, fairly, a bit

Add these adverbs to the table: extremely, fairly, really, terribly, a bit, so.

Exercise 10: IDIOMS. There are lots of different ways of saying we are happy or sad and many of them are idioms. Are these
people happy or sad? Draw  for happy or  for sad.
1. I'm feeling on top of the world after my holiday.
2. She waved goodbye and then she burst into tears.
3. I’ve got the job so I'm thrilled to bits!
4. My sister’s feeling sorry for herself because she lost her phone and can’t afford a new one.
5. She’s been walking on air ever since she met Mark.
6. You're full of the joys of spring today. Has your team won the championship?

Exercise 11: WORD BUILDING Choose the correct adjective in each of these sentences and then finish the rules in Ex.12
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1. I was really boring / bored on holiday. There was nothing to do.


2. Last night's show was really disappointing/disappointed - we wasted our money.
3. We were very surprising/surprised when we got to the hotel and it was closed.
4. Tom was so exciting /excited when he received your letter with the good news.
5. He hated talking in public so he felt very worrying / worried about giving a speech.
6. Sour gave me a ride on his motorbike. It was absolutely terrifying/terrified.
7. l didn’t find the holiday relaxing/relaxed because my friend wanted us to go out all the time.

Exercise 12: Put -ed or -ing in the sentences below.


Adjectives ending in __________ describe a feeling.
Adjectives ending in __________ describe what caused the feeling.

Exercise 13: Complete this table.

Noun fear amazement embarrassment pleasure annoyance excitement

Verb frighten amaze embarrass please annoy excite


annoying
frightening amazing embarrassing pleased annoyed exciting
Adjective
frightened amazed embarrassed pleasing excited

Noun depression anger pride anxiety misery jealousy


Adjective angry proud miserable jealous
depressed
anxious
depressing

Exercise 14: USE OF ENGLISH


For questions 1-10, read the text below. Use the word given in capitals at the end of each line to form a word that fits In the
space in the same line.

Jealousy is a (0) (confuse) confusing emotion and It can make people behave in totally (1) (expect) unexpected ways. It can of
course have a wide (2) (vary) variety of causes and some people feel jealous more easily than others. It could be that you are (3)
(disappoint) disappointed that your team didn’t win the (4) (champion) championship and you can't bear to watch the other
team receive the cup. The acceptable response is to offer them your (5)(congratulate) congratulations and
not to show your jealous feelings. Jealousy may also have its origins in other more (6) (person) personal circumstances such as a
friend getting a job you wanted yourself. You should not show your (7) (annoy) annoyance as this can make you look
(8) (real) really small-minded. If you do express your views, it will be (9) (embarrass) embarrassing for the other person, who
can't do anything about their success, and you may even lose a friend unless you (10) (apology) apologize immediately.

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