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Unit 3: Gifts of Youth

Reading Comprehension

Youth is considered as the nicest time of one's life. By nature, as a young person, you are fit, strong, sociable, enthusiastic, creative, ambitious and perseverant. Moreover, you have enough energy to face problems and you look forward to every day on which you may try something new and challenging. You are endowed with many more gifts that can make you so special and important as well, but you should just discover your strong points and use them the right and best way possible. Some people around you just blame you and describe you as naughty, immature, careless and irresponsible whereas others tend to tolerate your faults because of your lack of e perience. But no one can deny that the young are the lifeblood of any society. !n fact, they"re a great treasure to be invested. !f they are involved in serving their country, if they are motivated by all means possible to use the power of their mind and body positively, if they are properly valued and well#estimated as active citi$ens who can voice their opinions freely and show their talents, our country will surely prosper and become much better than it is now. When speaking about young people we should be aware of the fact that there are two different groups of young people% teenagers &between '( to ') years old* and those between twenty and thirty. Both groups have something in common, but there are also differences between them. Teenagers are a special group. +hey are not children anymore, but they are not yet adults. +hey are strongly influenced by their friends as well as mass media. But they are still influenced by their parents and partly by their teachers , As teenagers grow up, they interact with people outside their homes, each becoming an individual person with his-her own ideas and uni.ue personality. +eenagers oppose the older generation and want to live independently/ so they often have conflicts with their parents and teachers. Most of them attend secondary schools and prepare themselves for their future profession. +hey spend most of their time at school or studying for the following school day. !n their leisure time they like getting together with friends, listening to music, playing computer games and going to parties. Most of them live with their parents, have to help around the house and are given some pocket money to spend on study, hobbies, and small lu uries. +hose teenagers who want their own money try to find a part#time job, especially during school holidays. 0orking in the afternoons or at weekends could be very useful since it may help them to prepare for their future &adulthood* and get much more life e perience and wisdom. Some teenagers, especially in the 1S2, but also in other 3uropean countries, leave their family at the age of eighteen and live with their friends in rented flats. +heir parents do not usually object because they see that living on one's own can help young people become responsible and mature, and enable them to develop their personality. Some people say this is better than any parental advice. COMPRHENSION QUESTIONS: A. Are these stateme ts Tr!e or "a#se$ %!sti&' 'o!r a s(er% '. +he two groups of young people have similarities and differences. 4. 5nly 2merican teenagers leave their family once they are '6. (. Young people are a pillar of their society. B. A s(er the &o##o(i ) *!estio s a+o!t the te,t: '. 0hat are some assets and .ualities of young people7 4. 0hat should it be done for young people so that they can contribute to the development of their country7 (. 8o parents in the 1S2 approve of their young children's living on their own7 9ustify C. Com-#ete the &o##o(i ) se te .es &rom the te,t: '. 2dults are tolerant towards teenagers because ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, 4. +eenagers are affected more by ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, than by their parents or teachers. /. What 0o these (or0s re&er to i the te,t% 1' pt* '. 5thers% ,,,, : 4. +hose &paragraph 2*% ,,,, : (. !t &paragraph 2*% ,,,,.. E. "i 0 i the te,t (or0 or e,-ressio s that mea the same as% '. !n paragraph 3 a4 Mistakes% ;;;;;;;;;;;;;; +4 to encounter% ;;;;;;;; 4. !n paragraph 2 a4 a pillar% ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;; +4 skills% ;;;;;;;; (. !n paragraph 5 a4 freely% ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;; +4 oppose% ;;;;;;;;;;;;;; <. !n paragraph 6 a4 allow% 77777777777777777 +4 strengthen% 77777777777

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38 Some adults and parents blame to0a'9s )e eratio 1:the youth of today4, saying that the' want to get everything .uickly and easily &without any effort*, and that the' are reluctant, rebels, disrespectful, disobedient, and good for nothing &passive*,+he .uestion is% >ow would you react to this claim7 !s it really true7 28 8o you feel there is some kind of )e eratio )a- between you &as teenagers* and your parents7 !f yes, can you give any e amples for that7 , Ho( can both parents and their children ? who are no longer kids ? bridge that gap7 38 8on"t you think that your parents as well as people who are older than you are wiser and much more aware of life secrets, traps and fruits thanks to the so many e periences in life that they went through with time and social relationships7 !f you think so, to what e tent7 28 2re your parents strict or permissive &@ that is to say% 8o they control you seriously because they feel responsible for your behaviour or do they let you do whatever you like, allowing you much freedom because they * 58 +o what e tent should you, as teenagers, be open to, interact with and get influenced by the different world cultures ? which you get e posed to mainly through mass media7 ,.

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