Scotland

  1. Look at the slideshow!  Would you like to visit this country?

2. Work in pairs. Watch the following short video about 25 interesting facts about Scotland and complete the chart below with words which came to your mind in connection with what you`ll be watching. Compare it to the other groups. Give a talk on each topic.

                                    Nature                                            People                                     Traditions

                                    Lochs                                              red-haired                                   kilt

3. Read the text about famous Scottish events and answer the questions.

 Scotland is located in the northern part of Great Britain. Scottish traditions include Scottish dancing, celebrations at the start of a new year Hogmanay, and the Highland Games. Music is an important part of the culture. Bagpipes are famous traditional Scottish musical instruments. The country produces some of the world's finest whisky. There is much beautiful scenery throughout the country, including mountains (including the highest in Great Britain: Ben Nevis), lakes (known as lochs, including the famous Loch Ness), valleys (known as glens) and forests. The national emblem of Scotland is the thistle. The patron saint of Scotland is St Andrew. Scotland prints its own bank notes: notes printed by the Bank of Scotland or the Royal Bank of Scotland have the same value as those printed by the Bank of England.

Hogmanay is the Scots word for the last day of the year and is synonymous with the celebration of the New Year  in the Scottish manner. It is normally followed by further celebration on the morning of New Year's Day (1 January) or, in some cases, 2 January—a Scottish bank holiday.

The origins of Hogmanay are unclear, but it may be derived from Norse and Gaelic observances. Customs vary throughout Scotland, and usually include gift-giving and visiting the homes of friends and neighbours, with special attention given to the first-foot, the first guest of the new year.

Highland games are events held in spring and summer in Scotland as a way of celebrating Scottish culture. Certain aspects of the games are so well known as to have become emblematic of Scotland, such as the bagpipes, the kilt, and the heavy events, especially the caber toss. While centered on competitions in piping and drumming, dancing, and Scottish heavy athletics, the games also include entertainment and exhibits related to other aspects of Scottish culture.

Answer the questions.

  1. Where is Scotland located?

  2. What scenery can you enjoy in Scotland?

  3. Do the Scots have their own currency?

  4. What does Hogmanay celebrate? What are the traditions of this festivity?

  5. What sort of arts can you witness at Highland Games?

Match the highlighted words with the pictures.​

4. Choose one of the topics below and prepare the short report. Be ready to ask 5 questions to your groupmates.

  1. Loch Ness Monster

  2. Why Scottish whiskey is so widely spread?

  3. Edinburgh – the capital of Scotland.

  4. Sports in Scotland.

  5. Food in Scotland.

  6. The famous Scots.

  7. The origin of kilt.