sábado, 2 de noviembre de 2013

biographies to practise asking questions

Read the biographies and ask all the questions you can. There´s no need to answer
BIOGRAPHY 1    Read it and ask all the questions that we practised in class
Alexander Graham Bell was born in Scotland. His mother, who was deaf, was a musician and a painter of portraits. His father, who taught deaf people how to speak, invented "Visible Speech". This was a code which showed how the tongue, lips, and throat were positioned to make speech sounds. Graham, or "Aleck", as his family called him, was interested in working with the deaf throughout his life.
He only attended school for five years; from the time he was ten until he was fourteen, but he never stopped learning. He read the books in his grandfather's library and studied tutorials.
When he was a teenager, he and his brother Melly used the voice box of a dead sheep to make a speaking machine that cried, "Mama!" This created even more interest in human speech and how it worked.
When he was in his early 20's, his two brothers died of tuberculosis * . Bell himself had the disease and his father moved the family to Canada looking for a better climate in which to live. Bell recovered from the disease.
Two years later he went to Boston to open a school for teachers of the deaf and then became a professor at Boston University. It was at this time that he met Mabel Hubbard, one of his students who was 10 years younger than he. Mabel had become deaf at the age of four due to scarlet fever. Five years after their meeting they were married. At the wedding ceremony he gave her a gift of all but 10 shares of the stock in the newly formed company called Bell Telephone Company. They had two daughters and two sons. Their sons both died at a young age.
Thomas Watson became an associate of Bell. He made parts and built models of Bell's inventions. One day while they were working Bell accidently heard the sound  coming over the telegraph wire. Watson had been tuning the metal reeds in the next room. Bell drew up a plan for the
telephone and they continued to experiment. The next day he transmitted the famous words, "Mr. Watson, come here. I want you!" A few months later on Feb. 14, 1876, he applied for a patent on his telephone. By 1917, nearly all of the United States had telephone service. He showed the invention to Queen Victoria of England and she wanted lines to connect her castles.  He became a U.S. citizen, but he died in Canada at the age of 75.
Since the moment the telephone was invented it has been one of the most useful means of communication all over the world. Nowadays, it has its most modern version, the mobile phone, which makes possible not only communication among people everywhere anytime, but also access to TV and radio.
Can you remember what your life was like before the cellular phone era? How has it changed your life?

BIOGRAPHY 2 - Complete the verbal tenses and then ask the questions.

Tom Caruso ________(be born) in Rome in 1980. His parents _________(take) him to Sicily when he ______(be)
fourteen. Tom _______(have got) three siblings. They all _______(work) in the same building company. Tom ______
(finish) the career of architecture when he ______(be) twenty five. He ________(work) in the same company since that moment.
Tom ______ (be)friendly. He _______(like) to go to parties and socialize. Now he _____(be) in love with Maria. They ___________(live) together for 2 years. They ___________
(get married) next year. Now he ____________(build) their house near the sea with the help of his brothers.  They __________(finish) it next December.


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