araphrasing ctivities

 

Activity 1:

A first-year university student, Marie, doesn't know anyone at her university. Linda, her advisor suggested to her that she join the tennis club to meet new people. Listen to Marie read from her diary and help her paraphrase what she has to report to her advisor about her reason for not joining the tennis club.

 

Sunday

Dear Diary,

After playing tennis, Bob and I went to a party. At first, everything was wonderful. I was meeting new people. But everyone was drinking and drinking and drinking. And they kept giving me drinks. They said I had to drink to have fun. They said that everyone in the tennis club has to drink. That is the tradition of the tennis club. I don't like to drink. It makes me sick.

During the party, many people got very drunk. They were not fun to be with. I was the first person to leave the party. Bob looked angry when I left.

I feel alone now. I really want to have friends. I know that I could have many friends with the tennis club people if I liked to drink. And I like Bob. Maybe he could be my boyfriend! Should I change? I don't want to be left out. Do I have to drink to have friends? I'm confused.

(Adapted from Impact TOPICS , by Richard R. Day & Junko Yamanaka, Longman, Hong Kong , 2002, page 17.)

 

A paraphrase:

 

Dear Linda,

I came to see you but you were not in. I would like to tell you that I tried to join the tennis club but when ____________________________________________________________________________________

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Activity 2:

Read Laurie's article about the loss of Petra, his pet cat. Then in the space provided, help him paraphrase what he told Phil, his friend, about what has happened to one of his cats, Angel, after the death of Petra.

 

It's has been more than a week, but my cats still seems to be mourning the death of Petra, their top-cat. At first, I thought that one-eyed Angel was the least affected, since the relationship between the two cats consisted of attacks, screams and hisses. Without Petra, however, Angel has relegated herself to the patio, even avoiding her best friend, my boy, Pan-Pan.

(Adapted from Ways to deal with the loss , by Laurie Rosenthal, The Bangkok Post , 2005, page 14(back page))

 

A paraphrase:

 

Phil: Hey, Laurie. How's everything?

Laurie: Hi Phil. I'm rather upset. You know Petra, my lady. She died the other week.            _____________________________________________________________________________

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