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4 Password game Have you ever watched Password on television? The show had 2 contestants who needed to discover a secret word. They each had a partner who would provide 1-word clues to help the contestant discover the secret word. The whole class can help: raise hands to provide clues. Clues could be synonyms, vocabulary words, antonyms, examples etc. Practise the list ‘English Worldwide: United Kingdom’ on Quizlet. TIP Make sure you practise at least 4 times a week, or you will have a hard time passing the test. Go online and login to do Fast ForWord. Reading level 3 exercise Twisted Pictures. 5 Let’s predict Read the headline and subheadlines and study the picture. What do you expect the text to be about? I think this text is about: Use the title, pictures and all other outstanding things to predict. The Murky Attraction of the Loch Ness Monster 1) Many scientists have spent decades studying the loch best known for a creature affectionately known as ‘Nessie’. Why does this mythical monster hold such fascination for so many people? Willie Cameron, an expert on the Highland tourism market, says about one million people visit Loch Ness and the surrounding area every year, with the value to the economy worth about £25m. And he says most of them are attracted by the phenomenon of the Loch Ness monster. “Loch Ness has become a brand as big as Elvis Presley, Madonna and Coca-Cola,” he says. So when did the Loch Ness monster gain such mythical status, and what is the fascination with finding it? 71 ENGLISH WORLDWIDE - UNITED KINGDOM - GTL

2) Jonathan Downes, director of the Centre for Fortean Zoology, says the legend of the monster dates back to the 6th century, but it was not until the 1930s that it really took off. Since then there have been more than a thousand people insisting they have seen creatures in Loch Ness. Most descriptions of encounters lend themselves to either the theory of a multi-humped sea serpent or a long necked dinosaur. “People like to think of it as a giant Jurassic reptile. I think people find the idea of a 21st century monster, a survivor from the age of the dinosaurs, irresistibly romantic,” says Downes. 3) Downes continues: “The odd thing about the Loch Ness monster is that although it is ‘the most iconic mystery creature’, it is actually the one with the least amount of evidence of it being real. So-called physical evidence has turned out to be hoaxes. Footprints turned out to have been made by a stuffed hippo or stuffed elephant, and a ‘monster body’ that washed up in 1972 turned out to be a dead elephant seal.” 4) Scientist Adrian Shine has first-hand experience of how unreliable sightings can be. Shortly after he arrived in Loch Ness in the 1970s, he rowed out on the lake. “Suddenly there it was – the classic profile of a large hump and then I saw a half-submerged head which seemed to be moving.” He excitedly began snapping pictures but soon realised that it was nothing more than a strange-shaped rock sticking out of the water. “That was when I realised that if I couldn’t trust my own eyes I shouldn’t necessarily trust anybody else’s.” 20 , Shine says it is hard to dismiss ‘the honesty and volume’ of eyewitness testimony of the Loch Ness monster. 5) Shine is still hoping to find out what is behind the mystery and says the beauty of the monster myth is that no one can disprove it, short of draining the loch. “It could be the Atlantic Sturgeon, a fish that is known to grow over 4m long and has reptilian scaled plates along its back. It could very easily have swum into the loch, been spotted and left again leaving nothing behind save an enigma. But even if I do manage to prove it was a sturgeon, I am under no illusion that it will bring an end to the mystery of Nessie. You can’t kill this legend with science.” bbc.co.uk, 2012 TIP One way of strategic reading is by reading the first and last sentence of each paragraph and summarizing the paragraph. 72 ENGLISH WORLDWIDE - UNITED KINGDOM - GTL