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Student A Student B
19. Learn the dialogues.
1) – Is England a monarchy or a parliamentary republic?
– Britain is a parliamentary monarchy.
– How is that?
– It’s simple: there’s the King or the Queen and there’s a parliament enjoying the right to pass laws and elect the government.
2) – There are 2 chambers in British Parliament, aren’t there?
– Yes, the House of Lords and House of Commons.
– The seats in Parliament are hereditary, aren’t they?
– Not exactly. The seats are hereditary in the House of Lords but as to the members of the House of Commons, they are elected every 5 years.
3) – Неllo, Steve. Nice to see you again.
– Hello Paul. Havenʾt seen you for ages. Where have you been?
– Iʾve been in England as matter of fact. Iʾve seen the Houses of Parliament and the Backingham Palace where the Queen lives.
– Does she rule the country?
– The Queen reigns, but doesnʾt rule. Queen Elizabeth II ascended the British throne in 1953.Great Britain is a constitutional monarchу. The Queen acts through Parliament on the advice of her Prime Minister.
– Does she make any political decisions?
– No, she doesnʾt. By the way, no king or queen of England is allowed to enter the House of Commons.
– I see you are full of impression. Would you have time to drop round and have a chat with us this evening? I know my parents would be glad to see you.
– Thanks, Iʾd like to very much.
– Good, see you tonight then.
20. Role play. Work in two groups, one – acting MPs supporting the bills to be introduced the other – rejecting it. Discuss all pros and cons of the bills given below, and give your arguments:
– The UK accepting the "Euro" as payment.
– Canceling the heredity principal of Lords as MPs.
– Restrictions of monarch's powers in the UK.
– Efficiency of the multi-party system.