Практикум по английскому языку (с дифференцированными лексико-грамматическими заданиями): Учебно-методическое пособие к комплексу “Headway Elementary”, страница 10

          to send       [`send]                  to propose           [prә`pәυz]

to type        [`tαıp]                   to be engaged      [ın`geıdзd]


What is the idea of the text?  From this list find two common words for the columns A and B and make up two phrases (for example: column 1- computer, column 2- love story, the phrase is computer love story).

dictionary            love            radio                    romance     friendship            email          parents                 internet                photo

C. Answer the questions: Do you believe in distant love? Why? Do you remember the stories of happy or unhappy internet love? After reading the text think of the title.



They exchanged computer messages for nine months. Then they realized they were in love. One day John sent a message to Ashley. It said, 'I love you. Why don't we get married?' On the other side of the Atlantic Ocean she typed her answer and 'Yes!' appeared on John's screen. They were engaged.

This week 28-year-old John travelled from his home in Britain to the United States to see his fiancйe for the first time. He also proposed again - this time on one knee. The 26-year-old teacher said 'yes' again.

John explained, 'This is love in the twenty-first century. I feel I know Ashley very well. The advantage of a computer romance is that you get to know the real person who is far away from you.'

Ashley said, 'John's a true English gentleman. I knew that from his messages on the screen and it's great to see him.'

John and Ashley 'met' through their home computers in March last year. John is going to live in the United States after the wedding next year. Until then, John will return to Britain. 'Sadly, we’re going back to computer love. Happily, we know each other much better now.'


Vocabulary and speaking


1. Match the words to make phrases. Put them in chronological order like in the text.

to travel               messages

to exchange                   to Britain

to propose           to the USA

to return              on one knee

2. Is the statement true or false? Prove it using the text.

- John and Ashley wrote messages for a year.

- They live in different countries.

- Ashley said ”no” to John.

- After their wedding they will live in Britain.


1. Fill in the gaps with appropriate word: a verb or a noun

- Ashley’s  answer  … on the screen

- we  live in the twenty-first … now

- computer romance has a great …

- after the proposal John will … to Britain.

- every day they send … to each other

2. Try to guess who and when says these words? Why do you think so?

- «Oh, dear, I must come back to my work. »

- «Do you want to be my wife? »

- «Your messages are really nice and kind. »

- «I agree. »

- «Internet helps people from other countries to meet.»


1. Try to guess what is the difference between the phrases:

-we are in love / we fell in love

-we are married / we got married

-we are engaged / we got engaged.

Make up 6 your own sentences about John and Ashley with these phrases.

2. Make up a similar love- story. Base on these facts.

          Brian and Carrie                               intelligent and funny person

          wrong number                                  sweet voice

          four months of phone talks            diamond ring


Past Simple


1. Put these verbs into the Past Simple and divide them into two columns (regular and irregular):

know              say           meet   exchange    type   appear   explain   realize   travel

2. Make these sentences negative

e.g. John sent a message to Ashley . - John didn’t send a message to Ashley

1. He proposed to Ashley two times.

2. John saw his fiancйe in the USA.

3. Ashley got a message with proposal.

4. John decided to stay in the USA after the meeting.

5. They got married just after the first meeting.


1. Correct the mistakes in the sentences. There is one or two mistakes in each.

e.g. John sended much messages to Ashley. - John sent  many messages to Ashley

1. John and Ashley meet in March in last year.