Match the answers a-k to
the questions 1-10.
Example: Did you have a good day?
1 What's the date today? 2 What did you think of the film? 3 Where's room 107? 4 How far is that? 5 What do you think of the singer? 6 Can you help me? 7 Are there any banks near here? 8 What are you going to do tomorrow? 9 Where's the bus station? 10 When's your birthday?
a I think she's
great. b It's next week. c Oh, about twenty kilometres. d Yes, there are two in the centre. e It depends on the weather. f It's on the second floor. g It's the twelfth of May. h Go straight on, turn left, and it's opposite
the park. i Yes - it was brilliant. j I really liked it. k Sure.
1 Read the text and answer
the questions. Isambard Brunel.
Isambard Brunel was a great engineer. He built
bridges, railways, tunnels, and boats. But what
do we know about his life and work?
Brunel was born in Portsmouth
in the south of England on 9th April 1806. His
mother was English, but his father, Marc Brunel,
was French. His father was a famous engineer in
France, but he left his country in 1793. First
he went to America and then to England, where
he married an English woman in 1799. Isambard
went to school in England and France, and spoke
English and French.
When he returned to England
from school in France, Brunel went to work for
his father. In his first job, he and his father
built a tunnel under the River Thames in London.
Then, in 1831, Brunel won a big competition. It
was for a bridge across the River Avon in Bristol
in the south of England. The Clifton Suspension
Bridge took 30 years to build, but today it is
one the most beautiful bridges in the world.
In 1833, Brunel got a new
job. He became chief engineer for the Great Western
Railway Company, and work began on the train line
from London to Bristol. Today, when you travel
to Bristol by train, you go over beautiful bridges
and through fantastic tunnels - Brunel built them
all. As well as bridges, tunnels and railways,
Brunel designed some famous boats. The 'Great
Western', built in 1837, was the first steamship
to go across the Atlantic Ocean to the USA. And
the 'Great Eastern', built in 1859, was the biggest
boat in the world.
Brunel wasn't a good businessman.
The 'Great Eastern' was very expensive to build
and he lost his money. He also smoked a lot every
day and worked very hard. He was only 53 when
he died on 15th September 1859.
Example: What was Isambard Brunel's job?
1 Where was Isambard Brunel from? 2 What was his father's job? 3 What languages did Brunel speak? 4 What happened in 1799? 5 Which company did he get a job with in
1833? 6 Why did he lose his money? 7 How old was he when he died?
2 Read the text again and
tick (v) True or False.
Example: Brunel wasn't an engineer.
1 Brunel's mother was French.
2 Brunel spoke two languages.
3 Brunel's father went to the USA.
4 Brunel's first job was in France.
5 Brunel's first job was working with
6 They finished building the Clifton Suspension
Bridge in the 1860s.
7 Brunel's train line went from London
8 Brunel didn't like hard work.
Answer the questions and
write about the life of a famous historical person
in your country.
Who was he/she?
Why was he/she famous?
What were the important events and achievements
in his/her life?
When did he/she die?
1 Portsmouth (in the south of England)
2 an engineer
3 English and French
4 Brunel's father married an English woman.
5 the Great Western Railway Company
6 He wasn't a good businessman and he built a
very expensive boat.