English for Academic Study
Lecture 1 (Worksheet)
1. Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions
Read the passage below and answer the questions given during lecture
When the Barbie doll first appeared in pre-feminist 1959, she had large breasts, a tiny waist, rounded lips, shapely legs, and her little feet were shod in high-heeled shoes. Barbie wore heavy make-up and her gaze was shy and downcast. She was available in only two options: airline stewardess or nurse. ……………….
In 1960, Barbie had her own car and house. ‘A Barbie Goes to College’ play set was also available. In 1967, Barbie’s face was updated to sport a more youthful, model-like appearance with a direct and fearless ...view middle of the document...
Still, he, like almost everyone else who tries to reconstruct the past, is anxious to see the new fossils when they go on display. From his point of view, seeing just may be believing.
2. The plant known as Kudzu was introduced to South America in the 1920’s. At the time, it promised to be a boon to farmers who needed a cheap and abundant food crop for pigs, goats, and cattle. However, within half a century, kudzu had overrun seven million acres of land, and many patches of the plant had developed root systems weighing up to three hundred pounds. Currently, no one really knows how to keep kudzu under control, and it is creating problems for everyone from farmers to boaters.
3. The web of some spiders contains drops of glue that hold their prey fast. Other webs contain a kind of natural Velcro that tangles and grabs the legs of insects. Then, too, spider webs do not always function simply as traps. Some webs also acts as lures. Garden spiders use a...