that's english modulo 5 unit 1-2 reading

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  1. science:inventions
    • We like to think that the great scientists,
    • mathematicians, engineers and inventors of
    • history knew what they were doing. But this
    • hasn’t always been true. Many of the world’s
    • most important inventions are actually the result
    • of very lucky accidents!

    • Did you know that an American engineer called
    • Percy Spencer invented the microwave oven? At the
    • time he was trying to develop a machine for sending
    • microwaves in order to detect the position of
    • aeroplanes. One day, while he was standing next to
    • this machine, he noticed that the chocolate bar in his
    • pocket was melting. The microwaves were cooking
    • his chocolate bar! Spencer’s company designed and
    • manufactured the first microwave oven, and, only
    • two years later, in January 1947, it was cooking hot
    • dogs in Grand Central Station in NewYork.

    • One day, while he was sitting in a restaurant, the
    • British designer Hubert Cecil Booth noticed that
    • there was a lot of dust on the chair next to him.
    • He placed his handkerchief on the chair, opened 
    • his mouth, placed it against the handkerchief, and sucked. All the dust was on his handkerchief. He had a brilliant idea. He designed and built the first electric vacuum cleaner, which was so successful that the King of England used it to clean the carpets at Westminster Abbey before his coronation in 1901.

    • Josephine Cochrane had no interest in being an
    • inventor. She was a very rich American woman,
    • and she often used to have large dinner parties.
    • The problem with dinner parties, however, was that her servants had to wash hundreds of dishes every day – and they were very slow. Consequently, in 1886, she decided to design a kitchen appliance to clean the dishes. It was so useful that her friends started to order dishwashers from her. Josephine found a manufacturer and her dishwasher went
    • into production.
  2. used to
    • it’s amazing to think how things have changed since I was a boy. In our kitchen at home, we had a cooker and a fridge, and that was it. We used to wash dishes and plates by hand. I don’t think anybody in our street owned a dishwasher or a microwave oven. And when we wanted to wash our clothes, we used to go to a
    • launderette – it was a small shop in the high street near our house where people went to do their washing. I think my mother loved the launderette because she used to meet her friends there and have a chat. In the
    • living room, we had a TV, of course, but it had a very small screen compared to nowadays. And there were only three channels. We never used to watch it during the week – only at weekends. And we had a record player. It belonged to my father and he loved it. It was a hi-fi stereo record player. He used to play Frank Sinatra records all the time.
  3. used to
    • Well, I’m younger than Matt – much younger! So, I remember having a big American fridge, a microwave and a dishwasher at home when I was young. In fact, putting things in the dishwasher after dinner used to be my job when I was a teenager. But we didn’t use to have
    • a washing machine. All my friends’ parents did, but we lived across the road from a launderette so my parents didn’t think we needed one. I remember the old record player which we used to have, sitting in the corner of the living room. But I never used it. I had a portableTV
    • and a cassette player in my room, so I used to sit for hours upstairs watching my favourite programmes and listening to cassettes. I still have all my old cassettes in a box somewhere in my parents’ house. I never play them anymore, of course, now that everybody listens
    • to CDs or downloads music from the Internet. It’s a shame really. I have some great cassettes.
  4. unit 2 matt and fiona talking about how things have changed since the were young
    • Well, I’m younger than Matt – much younger! So, I remember having a big American fridge, a microwave and a dishwasher at home when I was young. In fact, putting things in the dishwasher after dinner used to be my job when I was a teenager. But we didn’t use to have a washing machine. All my friends’ parents did, but we lived across the road from a launderette so my parents didn’t think we needed one. I remember the old record
    • player which we used to have, sitting in the corner of the living room. But I never used it. I had a portableTV and a cassette player in my room, so I used to sit for hours upstairs watching my favourite programmes and
    • listening to cassettes. I still have all my old cassettes in a box somewhere in my parents’ house. I never play them anymore, of course, now that everybody listens to CDs or downloads music from the Internet. It’s a
    • shame really. I have some great cassettes.
  5. matt
    • It’s amazing to think how things have changed since I was a boy. In our kitchen at home, we had a cooker and a fridge, and that was it. We used to wash dishes and plates by hand. I don’t think anybody in our street owned a dishwasher or a microwave oven. And when
    • we wanted to wash our clothes, we used to go to a launderette – it was a small shop in the high street near our house where people went to do their washing. I think my mother loved the launderette because she used to meet her friends there and have a chat. In the living room, we had a TV, of course, but it had a very small screen compared to nowadays. And there were only three channels. We never used to watch it during the week – only at weekends. And we had a record player. It belonged to my father and he loved it. It
    • was a hi-fi stereo record player. He used to play Frank Sinatra records all the time.

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