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Inglês 9.º ano



Life Enriching Experiences

Read the text below and answer accordingly.



The experience of a lifetime

A year ago the words “Summer School” actually translated into: “you’re being punished”. But now I know different. I had the awesome opportunity (thanks, mom and dad!) to travel to Cambridge and take part in a residential academic program for students in grade 9, called Cambridge Prep.


Mind you, that as soon as the news dawned on me I felt overwhelmed and even tried to cancel it. I was scared. Well, terrified actually. The trip meant a whole month away from my country, my home, away from my family and friends, and as thrilling as that sounded, it was also very daunting for a fourteen year old, more so given the fact that I would have to speak English instead of Portuguese. Luckily my friends convinced me to stick with it and off I went.
Our mornings were jam-packed with all sort of curricular activities, but in the afternoons we always had elective activities such as walking tours, guided excursions to museums, a daily choice of sports, or simply some free time to read, relax, explore.
The school brochure read “students enjoy a daily schedule that combines intellectual and curricular adventure, cultural enrichment, guest speakers, field trips, activities and sports, all in a safe, supervised environment” and it was indeed all of that. But what wasn’t written there was what really mattered: the amazingly diverse student body and the exceptional friends you made, the adventures you had, the freedom you felt from being your own man and the exhilarating feeling you got from being immersed in the local community, from seeing all the famous places you had studied in your English class back home.
I was so wrapped up in all the new things around me that in the blink of an eye the month was over and sadly I had to come back home.
Looking back on my time at Cambridge I know the experience will forever remain a part of me. It allowed me to expand my horizons personally and culturally. I honestly feel that I have gained maturity, independence and judgment. My friends even say that I seem to be more confident. I have shared my Cambridge adventures with them and they always smile when I say that I now know what I want to do in two years time after I finish my secondary studies: I’m taking a gap year, I’m travelling around the world, meeting new people and exploring new cultures. Who would have thought summer school would end up being a life changing experience?

1. Decide if the following statements are True [T] or False [F].
a) He hasn't changed his mind about summer school.

b) He went to England.

c) As soon as he knew he was travelling abroad he was absolutely thrilled with the idea.

d) His family persuaded him to go.



2. Decide if the following statements are True [T] or False [F]. Correct the false ones.
a) Cambridge Prep is a summer school program.

b) They had to follow a curricular activity timetable throughout the day.

c) He has forgotten his time in England.

d) He became more mature after his time in Cambridge.



3. Choose the correct option.
Taking part in the Cambridge Prep program was...

a) a satisfying experience.

b) an outstanding experience.

c) an insignificant experience.



4. Choose the correct option.
To "stick with it" means:

a) you hit something with a stick.

b) you continue doing something although it is difficult.

c) you have a stick and you poke something with it.



5. Choose the correct option.
A "residential academic program" means:

a) a program which takes place in a residence or an academy.

b) a program where students learn together and share academic experiences.

c) a program where students live together in the same residence hall and share academic experiences.



6. Find synonyms in the text for the following words:
a) incapacitate emotionally (paragraph 2)

b) exciting (paragraph 2)

c) involved (paragraph 3)

d) overseen (paragraph 4)



7. Find antonyms in the text for the following words:
a) encouraging (paragraph 2)

b) global (paragraph 4)

c) diminish (paragraph 6)

d) immaturity (paragraph 6)



8. Match the words on the left with their meaning on the right.


1- Look back on.

a) to realize something for the first time

2- End up.

b) to continue to do or use something.

3- Stick with.

c) to think about a time or event in the past.

4- Dawn on.

d) to be in a particular place or state after doing something or because of doing it.


9. What do the following words refer to?
a) “it” (paragraph 2)

b) “our” (paragraph 3)

c) “there” (paragraph 4)

d) “it” (paragraph 5)



10. Finish the sentences according to the text.
a) He has changed his opinion about...

b) When he first knew about the Cambridge Prep program...

c) During the morning they had curricular activities but...

d) He believes this experience...



11. Find evidence for the following statements.
a) He is now in the tenth grade.

b) The Cambridge Prep program was a life enriching experience for him.

c) Students came from a wide variety of backgrounds.

d) At first he didn't feel at ease with the idea of going abroad.



12. Find the odd one out.
a) Evening; afternoon; fortnight; morning.

b) Curricular; unscholarly; academic; syllabus.

c) Theatre tour; guided tour; art gallery tour; museum tour.

13. Fill in the blanks with the words below.
Before continuing my a) __________ path and enrolling in an b) __________ course from the University c) __________ I’ve decided to take a d), which will give me time to figure out what I want to do in life.
Options:

Gap year; Elective; Brochure; Academic



14. Fill in the blanks with the words below.

While at Cambridge I had the opportunity to visit a a) __________ bakery. Their pastry was superb so they were always b) __________, and regardless of how many c) __________ batches of fresh cakes they made it all just seemed to sell out d) __________.


Options:

Daily; Jam-packed; Blink of an eye; Local



15. Write the correct questions for the following answers.
a) Ninth graders can take part in the Cambridge Prep.

b) The program lasted a month.

c) The idiom "being your own man" means to be independent.

d) He shared his Cambridge adventures with his friends.



16. Answer the following questions.
a) Why was he afraid of going to Cambridge?

b) Who persuaded him to go on the trip?

c) What would a typical day be like at Cambridge?

d) What does he want to do before going to university?



17. Portuguese teens aren’t used to the idea of going to school during summer. Would you consider taking part in a program such as the Cambridge Prep? What do you think you would personally gain/lose from it?
18. Being a teenager means you are constantly learning new things and sometimes the most unsuspecting actions – like trying a new sport, joining a new group or simply crossing paths with inspiring people - can lead to changes on how you see yourself and the world around you. Have you ever gone through one of those life changing moments? If not, can you think of anyone who has gone through an inspiring change or has inspired others to change?
19. What brings a smile to your face? What inspires you enough to make a difference on how you perceive yourself and the world around you?
20. Sometimes people aren’t happy with some aspects of their life. What do you think it takes to transform a person’s life in a way that you find meaning and satisfaction in what you do on a daily basis?


Life Enriching Experiences Answer Key Answer Key


1. a) F; b) T; c) F; d) F.

2.

a) T.


b) F - They only had to follow a curricular activity timetable in the morning.

c) F - His time in England will forever remain a part of him.

d) T.
3. b).
4. b).
5. c).
6. a) overwhelm; b) thrilling; c) immersed; d) supervised.
7. a) daunting; b) local; c) expand; d) maturity.
8. 1- c); 2- d); 3- b); 4- a)

9.

a) The trip.

b) The students who took part of the Cambridge Prep program.

c) The brochure.

d) The experience.
10.

a) ...summer school

b) ...he was overwhelmed and tried to cancel the trip.

c) ...in the afternoon they always had elective activities.

d) ...has changed him for the better. / will forever remain a part of him / has made him a more mature person.
11.

a) “in two years time after I finish my secondary studies”.

b) “It allowed me to expand my horizons personally and culturally. I honestly feel that I have gained maturity, independence and judgment.”

c) “the amazingly diverse student body”.

d) “I was scared. Well, terrified actually.”
12. Find the odd one out.

a) Fortnight.

b) Unscholarly.

c) Guided tour.



13. a) academic; b) elective; c) brochure; d) gap year.

14. a) local; b) jam-packed c) daily d) blink of an eye.
15.

a) Who can take part in the Cambridge Prep?

b) How long did the program last?

c) What does the idiom "being your own man" mean?

d) Who did he share his Cambridge adventures with?
16.

a) He was afraid of going to Cambridge because it meant being away from his friends and family for a month.

b) His friends were the ones who persuaded him to go on the trip.

c) On a typical day at Cambridge he would have curricular activities in the morning and elective activities in the afternoon.

d) Before going to university he wants to take a gap year.

17. Students should:

- express their opinion on the matter, using grammatically correct language, including vocabulary appropriate to the topic to enhance clarity and readability;

- present at least one gain/loss of taking part in programs such as the Cambridge Prep;

- demonstrate knowledge of the writing process related to creating an opinion essay with attention to organization, topic and quality of ideas by:

- generating and organizing ideas for writing;

- developing a clear purpose for writing;

- make generalizations and use supporting details;

- arranging paragraphs into a logical progression;

- revising their writing for clarity, coherence, smooth transitions and unity.
18. Students should:

- express their opinion on the matter, using grammatically correct language, including vocabulary appropriate to the topic to enhance clarity and readability;

- present at least one valid example (personal or otherwise) of a life changing moment by drawing on their prior experience and their interactions with others,

- demonstrate knowledge of the writing process related to creating an opinion essay with attention to organization, topic and quality of ideas by:

- generating and organizing ideas for writing;

- developing a clear purpose for writing;

- make generalizations and use supporting details;

- arranging paragraphs into a logical progression;

- revising their writing for clarity, coherence, smooth transitions and unity.
19. Students should:

- express their opinion on the matter, using grammatically correct language, including vocabulary appropriate to the topic to enhance clarity and readability;

- present at least one valid reason for what they signal as important in their life by drawing on their prior experience and their interactions with others,

- demonstrate knowledge of the writing process related to creating an opinion essay with attention to organization, topic and quality of ideas by:

- generating and organizing ideas for writing;

- developing a clear purpose for writing;

- make generalizations and use supporting details;

- arranging paragraphs into a logical progression;

- revising their writing for clarity, coherence, smooth transitions and unity.
20. Students should:

- express their opinion on the matter, using grammatically correct language, including vocabulary appropriate to the topic to enhance clarity and readability;

- present at least one valid reason for what they indicate as a catalyst of change in people’s lives by drawing on their prior experience and their interactions with others, establishing connections and forming interpretations;

- demonstrate knowledge of the writing process related to creating an opinion essay with attention to organization, topic and quality of ideas by:

- generating and organizing ideas for writing;

- developing a clear purpose for writing;

- make generalizations and use supporting details;

- arranging paragraphs into a logical progression;



- revising their writing for clarity, coherence, smooth transitions and unity.






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