Read the text again and choose the correct alternative to complete the sentences

1 The writer suggests that the participants experiences have influenced their decisions / how they feel about their lives / viewers opinions of them.

2 The writer says that Neils past is reflected in his face / work is poorly paid / physical health is better now.

3 Andrew has the impression that his life is not as successful as it could have been / has been very uneventful / was carefully planned for him.

4 The writer says that Tonys background highlights the unfairness of the class system / has been no obstacle to success / was severely deprived.

5 Tony is a lawyer / jockey / taxi driver.

6 We learn that some of the participants are American / less than enthusiastic about appearing in the series / unlikely to contribute to future programmes.

4 Discuss the questions:

How have you and your life changed in the last seven years?

Would you be interested in appearing in a documentary series like 7-Up?

Why or why not?

5 Read and translate the text:

Growing up on television

In 1964 Granada Television made a documentary entitled 7-Up, featuring fourteen seven-year-olds from startlingly different backgrounds, sharing their thoughts, describing their feelings and revealing their hopes and dreams for the future. Since then the programme makers have charted the lives of these individuals, broadcasting updates on their progress every seven years. David Taylor watched the latest instalment, 49-Up, with the participants now well into middle age.

What strikes one about the 7-Uppers who still appear in the programme is that most, if not all of them, seem at last to have found happiness. The university professor, the teacher, the librarian, the barrister, the builder and the taxi driver have all had their ups and downs, yet in spite, or perhaps because of this, they appear more content with their lives than ever before, able to reflect on their experiences and better appreciate what they have achieved. For some, the process has taken a long time: Now is the first time that I actually feel happy in my own skin, admits a calm and composed Susie, who at 21 was visibly ill-at-ease in front of the cameras.

Even Neil, who at 28 feared for his sanity, agrees that he now has a stronger sense of purpose. Of all those appearing in the series, Neil surely underwent the most dramatic changes, and his story represents all that is unpredictable in life. The angelic features of the seven-year-old who was going to be an astronaut and if not, a coach driver, are now rough and weathered, bearing testimony to the time he spent on the road, homeless and wandering around the west coast of Scotland. He is still without a full-time job but his political work as a member of a local district council keeps him occupied and enables him to supplement the income he receives from state benefits. Whilst for some participants, things did not turn out quite as they would have hoped, for others life held fewer surprises. It was as if my life was mapped out for me, says Andrew, who at seven years old already knew the schools he would attend, the university he would study at and the profession he would follow - that of a lawyer. Andrew came from a privileged background, and although he acknowledges that the world for younger people nowadays is much more competitive and less predictable than before, his children will undoubtedly benefit from the private education his earnings have enabled him to provide for them.

And then there's Tony, the working-class lad from the East End of London. One of the programmes original aims was to expose Britains rigid class system, but Tony is evidence that humble beginnings need not prevent one from getting on in life. His route to financial wellbeing was not the academic one that Andrew followed, but like the so lawyer, he was always dear about what he wanted to do: he left school at fifteen, trained to be a jockey, and knew that if that didnt work out, he would drive a London cab which he does to this day. And like Andrew, he and his wife have bought a second home: not a converted bam in the English countryside, but a house in Spain, where he hopes to set up a sports bar in the near future.

The success of the 7-Up series in America shows that the programme is perhaps more about universal truths than local class concerns, dealing with issues that all classes eo have to deal with such as work, relationships and families. For a number of the participants, however, it is an intrusion into their privacy. They are uncomfortable about having their lives held up to such close scrutiny, and the producer Michael Apted has to work hard every seven years to persuade them to come back on the programme.

And most do: of the original fourteen 7-Uppers, twelve chose to appear in this latest instalment. One can only hope that they will come back for the next one, as their contributions provide a fascinating record of the human condition. Its like Big Brother, says John, the barrister. It is actually real life TV with the added bonus that you can see people grow old, lose their hair, get fat.



1 Prepare a mend-map on the theme: Childcare.

Use Internet to find more information about mind-map creation and Childcare

2 Answer the questions:

Have you ever been involved in childcare?

Was it a positive or negative experience for you?

What difficulties can a person face while taking care of children?

What are best ways of making friends with children?

Module 2: Social problems. 19-20, 10.




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