• 8 March is International Women’s Day — devoted to celebrating the achievements of women and seeking gender equality.
  • The theme this year is #BreaktheBias — and campaigners are urging people to call out gender stereotyping and discrimination when they see it.
  • But when did International Women’s begin and why do we still need it today?

“Achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls is the unfinished business of our time, and the greatest human rights challenge in our world.”

So says United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres.

Gender equality is so important to the UN that it’s central to the Sustainable Development Goals.

And the continued fight for women’s rights is marked each year by International Women’s Day.


My philosophy on life is that you should live while you are alive and you should give others that same privilege. We shouldn’t judge people for the choices they make, because we all make bad decisions. You should do what you want with your life, as long as it makes you happy and causes no harm to others. Happiness is all we can hope for in this world and we have to strive to achieve it. We should help people when we can and graciously accept failures when we have to.

Application letter

I am excited to be applying for a teaching position at Cambridge university . As someone who loves education, possesses excellent organizational skills and can connect easily with students, this is the perfect opportunity for me to continue my professional development. I believe that my experience and passion for teaching would be the ideal fit for the philosophy and resources offered by your institution, and I am thrilled at the opportunity to join your team.

I have been a classroom teacher for the past 10 years in various capacities and grade levels. In each class that I have taught, 100% of my students passed their exams and improved their scores comparatively. On top of that, I received the Teacher of the Year award twice and was highly rated by parents and students alike.

I enjoy the challenge of teaching students academically but also helping them to thrive socially. As a team player, I have joined and participated in committees and school improvement projects to help build a better environment for students and staff alike.

Thank you for considering me for this position, and I hope that my accompanying resume will give you a better sense of the type of teacher I am. I look forward to meeting you in person and sharing with you my teaching philosophy while learning more about this job opportunity. I am a committed lifelong learner and I will continue to grow as a teacher and in my knowledge of subject matter throughout my time at your school.

Smoking as a modern problem

Tobacco smoking is one of the world’s largest health problems. Millions of people live in poor health because of smoking and researchers estimate that every year around 8 million people die an early death due to smoking.

It has been a major health problem for many decades. For the entire 20th century it is estimated that around 100 million people died prematurely because of smoking, most of them in rich countries.1

The share of smokers among the world population is falling and because smoking is such large health problem today this is one of the most positive developments in global health. It makes it possible that millions of people can live a longer and healthier life.

Fill in the Blanks

  1. The first time a message was transmitted over a telegraph was in 1840.
  2. Can you confirm that this is your handwriting?
  3. I took a detour to avoid traffic.
  4. We were all very weary after the long trip.
  5. There is merit in being a good listener.
  6. The judge listened to the burglar’s plea of not guilty.
  7. The runner and catcher were about to collide at home plate.
  8. Tyrone was relieve that he didn’t have any more work to do.
  9. When you run a company you have at least one new dilemma every day to solve.
  10. Did you verify our reservations at the hotel?
  11. We were baffled as to who murdered the wretched* old man.
  12. After having been married to Arthur for thirty years, Selma could anticipate everything he was
    going to say.

Infinitve or gerund

1. We have arranged for you to stay.

2. I dont mind Jane coming.

3.Would hate you to think.

4.I didn’t expect you to pay for everything.

5. I would love you to stay.

6. Living at home again will involve your younger sisters having to share a bedroom.

7. I reminded Hannah to do up the washing.

8. I can’t imagine you being shy.

9. The money my uncle left me enabled us to buy a bigger flat.

10. The guards prevented us from crossing the border.

11. Would you prefer me to call you later.

12. We don’t want to risk breaking down our car while we’re on holiday.

13. I dislike people answering their mobiles in restaurants.

14. I was made to do all the photocopying.

15. I recommend you to get a tablet.

Read and Match

1. Just Do It!

2. Just What the Doctor Ordered

3. Dangerous Consequences

4. Source of the Problem

5. Take It Easy!

6. Hard to Guess the Meaning

7. The Devil Is Not So Black As He is Painted

8. A Hidden Problem

A. You can often find articles and books addressing the problem of procrastination. If you don’t know this word, you might think it was a terrible disease. In reality, procrastination can be defined as a bad habit of doing something less important in order to avoid doing something more important. People procrastinate in many different areas, but we will focus on procrastinating at school, where it is a frequent problem.

B. Procrastination at school can lead to poor grades, low test scores, and finally not getting into a good university. Another negative result of procrastination is the stress of waiting to the last minute to do something. This can lead to staying up all night to prepare for a test. Also, the constant stress of having something hanging over your head, being scolded and criticized by teachers and parents can lead to feelings of guilt and worthlessness.

C. Usually it is very obvious when somebody is procrastinating, for example, playing video games instead of doing homework. Sometimes, however, it can be less obvious. Sharpening your pencils and cleaning your desk may fool some people into thinking you are working hard, but can also be forms of procrastination. Some pupils are even able to fool themselves into thinking they are working, when they are just trying to avoid real work.

D. It is not always clear why people procrastinate. Some are just lazy or don’t have enough willpower, but there may be other reasons, perfectionism for one. Some people are afraid that they will be judged by others as failures if their work is less than perfect. For example, a pupil may fear the judgment of parents and teachers on a school report. According to psychologists, this fear of failure may be a cause of procrastination.

E. Although it is difficult, there are ways to stop procrastinating. One way of doing it is to find out why you are procrastinating and deal with those problems. If you are a perfectionist, try to do the task quickly and not worry about it being perfect. Another solution, especially when the task seems too big, is to break it into smaller steps and do those one by one. This may lessen the desire to procrastinate.

F. Still, procrastinating can be a good thing. For those who spend much more time working on a project than is necessary, waiting until the last minute can be a more economical use of time. Also, some people while procrastinating do things that are creative or useful in other ways. Finally, a certain amount of procrastination is part of human nature. Feeling guilty about it can be worse and more damaging than the procrastination itself.

G. Procrastination is also a popular subject of laughter in films and TV shows and there are many coffee mugs, cartoons, and notebooks covered with jokes about it. Though many people consider it a serious psychological problem and even view it as a kind of disease, others laugh about it and are even proud to be procrastinators.








Assignmnets for 16.11.2020

When I arrived in England I thought I knew English. After I’d been here an hour I realized that I did not understand one word. In the first week I picked up a tolerable working knowledge of the language and the next seven years convinced me gradually but thoroughly that I A (5)would never know it really well, let alone perfectly. This is sad. My only consolation being that nobody speaks English perfectly.

Remember that those five hundred words an average Englishman uses are B (6)far from be. You may learn another five hundred and another five thousand and yet another fifty thousand and still you may come across a further fifty thousand C (3)you have never heard of before, and nobody else either.

If you live here long enough you will find out to your greatest amazement that the adjective nice is not the only adjective the language possesses, in spite of the fact that D(4)in the first three years you do not need to learn or use any other adjectives. You can say that the weather is nice, a restaurant is nice, Mr. Soandso is nice, Mrs. Soandso’s clothes are nice, you had a nice time, E (1)whatever it costs.

Then you have to decide on your accent. The easiest way to give the impression of having a good accent or no foreign accent at all is to hold an unlit pipe in your mouth, to mutter between your teeth and finish all your sentences with the question: “isn’t it?” People will not understand much, but they are accustomed to that and they will get a F (2)most excellent impression.

1. whatever it costs

2. most excellent impression

3. you have never heard of before, and nobody else either

4. in the first three years you do not need to learn or use any other adjectives

5. would never know it really well

6. far from be

Who are they

  1. My company : how staff feel about the organization they work for as opposed to the people they work with.
  2. Well-being:how staff feel about the pressure for work and the balance between their work and home duties.
  3. Giving something back :how much companies are thought by their staff to contribute to the local community and society.
  4. Personal growth :to what extent staff feel they are stretched and challenged by their job.
  5. Leadership :how staff feel towards their immediate boss.
  6. My manager :how employees feel about the head of the company and its senior manager
  7. My team :how staff feel about their immediate colleagues
  8. Fair deal:how happy the workforce is with their pay and benefits