# Методические указания по английскому языку для студентов 3-5 курсов исторического факультета. Часть 2. Коныгина Г.И. - 23 стр.

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will still be fun to have tried to learn a bit of the language and to have tried to use it. I
mean, we always assume that other people will know English. It’s a mark of respect if
we try to learn their language, too.
Part 4
You’ll hear a talk about a new bridge that is going to be built. For questions 24-30,
decide whether the statement in the question is True or False. If it is True, write T on
A = announcer HE = Helen Edridge
A:
Next week one of the most important local issues will be put to the vote in the local
council: whether to build a new bridge over the river or not. The question will be settled
once and for all. With us today is Dr Helen Edridge to talk about her view of the matter.
HE:
Well, there’s been quite a controversy raging about building an additional bridge
over the river and this controversy has been going on for many years now, but I must
say that this has become a full-scale war ever since concrete suggestions were made to
build the bridge. It’s been a very long campaign, with a lot of accusations flying about -
accusations of being narrow-minded, short-sighted, even accusations of corruption,
which were later proven to be invented - in short, not a pretty campaign. I think that for
me the main question is whether this bridge will, indeed, free the town centre from
traffic, and I think I can safely say that almost everyone agrees that for some time it will
do that. The logic is really quite simple. Instead of crossing the river on one of the two
existing bridges, both of which are in the centre of town, drivers will cross the river
before they even come into town. The centre will be quieter, more people will come into
the centre and we will all finally be able to enjoy the town again. But - and this is a big
‘but’ - this will happen for only a very short period. The long-term effect may, in fact,
be utterly and totally different. The sad truth is that roads attract traffic, and because
there will now be an easy way to cross the river, more people will do so. The committee
reporting on building the bridge recognised this when saying that the increasing number
of vehicles would come because - and I quote - ‘the new bridge would provide a
shortcut between the industrial north and the ports in the south, and will make this route
particularly attractive to traffic connecting the two areas. This will result in great
economic benefits to the area.’
The result will be that the new bridge will be packed. More cars, especially more lorries,
will be passing through the area. Pollution will undoubtedly rise. In fact, the prediction
is that twice as many cars will take the north-south route than are currently taking the
present one, which, compared to the situation five years ago, is an increase of at least
ten times. And then, because roads attract traffic, as I said earlier, the route will become
so packed that drivers will once more go back to driving through the town centre and
crossing the river there. So, after being attractive for a short period, the centre will once
again be full of cars and empty of people, which may badly affect the economic
development of the area. So, really, I think that what will happen ...
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will still be fun to have tried to learn a bit of the language and to have tried to use it. I
mean, we always assume that other people will know English. It’s a mark of respect if
we try to learn their language, too.
Part 4
You’ll hear a talk about a new bridge that is going to be built. For questions 24-30,
decide whether the statement in the question is True or False. If it is True, write T on
A = announcer HE = Helen Edridge
A: Next week one of the most important local issues will be put to the vote in the local
council: whether to build a new bridge over the river or not. The question will be settled
once and for all. With us today is Dr Helen Edridge to talk about her view of the matter.
HE: Well, there’s been quite a controversy raging about building an additional bridge
over the river and this controversy has been going on for many years now, but I must
say that this has become a full-scale war ever since concrete suggestions were made to
build the bridge. It’s been a very long campaign, with a lot of accusations flying about -
accusations of being narrow-minded, short-sighted, even accusations of corruption,
which were later proven to be invented - in short, not a pretty campaign. I think that for
me the main question is whether this bridge will, indeed, free the town centre from
traffic, and I think I can safely say that almost everyone agrees that for some time it will
do that. The logic is really quite simple. Instead of crossing the river on one of the two
existing bridges, both of which are in the centre of town, drivers will cross the river
before they even come into town. The centre will be quieter, more people will come into
the centre and we will all finally be able to enjoy the town again. But - and this is a big
‘but’ - this will happen for only a very short period. The long-term effect may, in fact,
be utterly and totally different. The sad truth is that roads attract traffic, and because
there will now be an easy way to cross the river, more people will do so. The committee
reporting on building the bridge recognised this when saying that the increasing number
of vehicles would come because - and I quote - ‘the new bridge would provide a
shortcut between the industrial north and the ports in the south, and will make this route
particularly attractive to traffic connecting the two areas. This will result in great
economic benefits to the area.’
The result will be that the new bridge will be packed. More cars, especially more lorries,
will be passing through the area. Pollution will undoubtedly rise. In fact, the prediction
is that twice as many cars will take the north-south route than are currently taking the
present one, which, compared to the situation five years ago, is an increase of at least
ten times. And then, because roads attract traffic, as I said earlier, the route will become
so packed that drivers will once more go back to driving through the town centre and
crossing the river there. So, after being attractive for a short period, the centre will once
again be full of cars and empty of people, which may badly affect the economic
development of the area. So, really, I think that what will happen ...

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