Ответы на задания Международной Олимпиады Skyteach для преподавателей английского языка

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По многочисленным просьбам участников размещаем правильные ответы на задания Олимпиады.

I  Секция: Do you know idioms and phrasal verbs?

Idioms and phrasal verbs enrich our vocabulary. Let’s see how well you know them! Choose the correct answer.

  1. The teacher exclaimed: ‘If you don’t ___ making spelling mistakes, you’ll be marked down in the exam!’
  • break out   
  • put down
  • cut out
  • make out

Правильный ответ:

The correct answer is (c) ‘cut out spelling errors’ which means ‘to stop doing something especially something wrong’.

  1. My sister passed her English exam with ____.
    Ответы на задания Международной Олимпиады Skyteach для преподавателей английского языка
  • showing sign
  • flying colours
  • blowing whistles
  • high hopes

Правильный ответ:

The correct answer is (b) ‘with flying colours’ which means ‘successfully’. The rest of the phrases don’t collocate with passing an exam.

  1. He ____ in Spanish before going to Barcelona last year.
  • did a flash course
  • took a crash course
  • went on a quick course
  • enrolled at a speed course.

Правильный ответ:

The correct answer is (b)’take a crash course’ which has a meaning of ‘to learn some basic information in a very short time’. The rest of the phrases don’t exist.

  1. A sentence ‘Past tenses weren’t put across very well’ means…
  • a teacher didn’t explain the past tenses
  • teacher’s explanations weren’t very clear
  • we didn’t have enough time to practice them.

Правильный ответ:

The correct answer is (b) ‘put across’  means ‘to explain or describe something’. So if something wasn’t put across well, it means it wasn’t explained properly.

  1. No matter how hard Ann tried, she couldn’t make _______ of Mixed conditionals.
  • pure and simple
  • right or wrong
  • head or tail
  • nice and easy

Правильный ответ:

The correct answer is (c) ‘head or tail’. It is a part of an expression ‘can’t make head or tail of smth’ which has a meaning of ‘not being able to understand’. Other word pairs aren’t suitable here.

  1. Choose an idiom which illustrates the picture.Ответы на задания Международной Олимпиады Skyteach для преподавателей английского языка
  • be full of beans
  • keep something under your hat
  • draw a blank

Правильный ответ:

The correct answer is (c) ‘draw a blank’ = ‘fail to remember or fail to answer’. For example, the teacher asked me a question but I drew a blank.

Be full of beans’= be full of energy.  ‘Keep something under your hat’ means ‘to keep secret’

  1. Jenny did her level best and her English ____ this year as a result.
  • went the extra mile
  • went all out
  • came on in leaps and bounds
  • up and running.

Правильный ответ:

The correct answer is (c) ‘came on in leaps and bounds’  = ‘improve quickly’. ‘Go the extra mile’  means ‘to make a special effort to achieve smth’. If we say ‘Jenny went the extra mile to improve her English’, it will be correct. ‘Go all out’ is ‘to put all your energy into what you are doing’. ‘Up and running’ is ‘to function successfully’.

  1.   Choose a picture that illustrates the meaning of the sentence: ‘This teacher is an eager beaver’.

a)

Ответы на задания Международной Олимпиады Skyteach для преподавателей английского языкаb)

Ответы на задания Международной Олимпиады Skyteach для преподавателей английского языкаc)

Ответы на задания Международной Олимпиады Skyteach для преподавателей английского языкаПравильный ответ:

The correct answer is (a). An eager beaver is somebody who is willing to work hard.

  1.  Our English teacher used to _____ and start talking about her family life.
  • speak off the cuff
  • beat about the bush
  • go off on a tangent
  • find common ground

Правильный ответ:

The correct answer is (c) ‘go off on a tangent’ which means ‘to start saying or thinking about something which is not connected with what they were saying before’. ‘speak off the cuff’ means ‘to do it without any preparation’. ‘Beat about the bush’  has a meaning of ‘avoiding talking about what it is important’. ‘Find common ground’ means ‘when people who disagree about most of the subjects find shared interests or beliefs’.

II  Секция: Which sentence is incorrect?

Teachers like correcting mistakes, don’t they? Can you find a sentence or a collocation which is incorrect?

  1. A student can’t be:
  • supremely talented.
  • incredibly talented.
  • hugely talented.
  • widely talented.

Правильный ответ:

The incorrect expression is (d) because ‘widely’ doesn’t collocate with ‘talented’. The rest of the adverbs go with the adjective http://www.freecollocation.com/search?word=talented.

  1.   Which sentence is incorrect?
    Ответы на задания Международной Олимпиады Skyteach для преподавателей английского языка
  • My mom gave me a good deal of encouragement
  • My mom gave me a considerable deal of encouragement
  • My mom gave me a great deal of encouragement

Правильный ответ:

The incorrect sentence is (b) ‘My mom gave me a considerable deal of encouragement’. A fixed phrase is ‘good/great deal of smth’.

  1.  A school performance can’t be:Ответы на задания Международной Олимпиады Skyteach для преподавателей английского языка
  • dazzling
  • staggering
  • wooden
  • sparkling.

Правильный ответ:

The incorrect adjective is (b) ‘staggering’=’very shocking or suprising’ because it doesn’t collocate with a noun ‘performance’. ‘Dazzling’ and ‘sparkling’ = ‘extremely exciting’. ‘Wooden’ performance shows a little expression.

  1. Which sentence is incorrect?
  • I had all intentions of starting the essay this morning.
  • I fully intended to start the essay this morning.
  • I had every intention of starting the essay this morning.
  • I clearly intended to start the essay this morning.

Правильный ответ:

The incorrect sentence is (a) ‘I had all intentions of starting the essay this morning’. The fixed phrase is ‘have every/no intention of doing smth’. ‘Fully’ and ‘clearly’ collocate with ‘intend’ .

  1. Which sentence is incorrect?
  • Children of well-heeled parents
  • Kids of well-to-do parents
  • Children of well-at-heel parents
  • Offsprings of well-off families

Правильный ответ:

The incorrect sentence is (c) ‘Children of well-at-heel parents’. We say ‘down-at-heel’ people which means ‘poor’. The rest of the words ‘well-heeled’, ‘ well-to-do’ and ‘well-off’ have a meaning of ‘rich’.

  1.  Which expression is not about this picture?
    Ответы на задания Международной Олимпиады Skyteach для преподавателей английского языка
  • a fading talent  
  • a promising student
  • a budding genius
  • a blossoming talent

Правильный ответ:

The incorrect sentence is (a) because ‘fading’ means ‘to lose strength gradually’.  ‘Promising’, ‘‘budding’ ‘blossoming’ mean ‘to show signs of future success’.

III Same or different?

  1. What is an American English variant for the underlined word in the sentence?

Ben used to play truant when he was at secondary school.

  1. a) play pipe    
  2. b) play hooky     
  3. c) play square

Правильный ответ:

The correct answer is  (b) ‘play hooky’.

  1. Choose a synonym for the underlined word.

My niece has a flair for languages.

  • knack
  • thirst
  • improvement

Правильный ответ:

The correct answer is (a) ‘knack’ =’ability or skill to do something well’.

  1.  Which word is not a synonym for the underlined word?

Before an exam, most of the students cram for it.

  • mug up    
  • swot
  • breeze through

Правильный ответ:

The correct answer is (c) ‘breeze through’ means ‘to easily complete, for example, an exam’.

Mug up’ (informal) and ‘swot’  mean to ‘study the subject quickly before an exam’.

  1. Choose an antonym for the underlined word.

Jack thought hard. The word rang a bell.

  • it was on the tip of his tongue  
  • it slipped his mind
  • it crossed his mind

Правильный ответ:

The correct answer is (b) ‘slip somebody’s mind/memory’ = ‘to be forgotten’.

Ring a bell’ means ‘to sound familiar though you can’t remember all details’ and similar to the idiom ‘to be on the tip of the tongue’=’you know something but can’t remember exactly’.

Cross somebody’s mind’  meaning ‘you suddenly think of it or think for a short time’ is neither synonym nor antonym for ‘ring a bell’.

4  Секция:    Prepositions and determiners

As people say, a little can go a long way. Complete the gaps with one word: either a preposition or a determiner. Please enter one word only. Don’t put any spaces!

  1. One of the most desirable qualities in a teacher is enthusiasm ____ the job.

Правильный ответ:

For.

After ‘enthusiasm’ we use a preposition ‘for smth’.

  1. I can’t seem to get the hang ____English articles.

Правильный ответ:

Of.

Get the hang of something’ means ‘to understand or to learn how to do it well.’

  1.  Our maths professor is _____ the hill but he still works.

Правильный ответ:

Over.

Be over the hill’ has a meaning of ‘being old and not useful or attractive’.

  1. His lectures are always wearing ____ students.

Правильные ответы:

On, out, upon.

Wear on smb’ means ‘to bore or annoy smb and make smb tired’.

Wear out smb” means to “to make smb feel very tired”.  

It is possible to say ‘wear upon smb’ which is a more formal variant.

  1. The headteacher creamed ____ the best students and moved them to a separate group.

Правильный ответ:

Off.

Cream off’ means ‘to separate the best people from a group and treat them differently’.

  1. I don’t know if my students will take kindly __ the idea of a long-term project. They are unwilling to do extra work.

Правильный ответ:

To.

One of the meanings of ‘take to’ is ‘to react or to like something’.

  1. My students do projects every __ often

Правильный ответ:

So.

‘Every so often’ means ‘sometimes, not frequently’.

V  Cекция: Check your listening skills

Listen to an interview with Christine Massey, who is a secondary school teacher. Choose the answer which best reflects her ideas.

1. What’s likely to happen in any lesson is always:

а) unpredictable

b) challenging

c) amusing

Правильный ответ: a

The speaker says: ‘….real lessons aren’t like that, they don’t work out the way you plan them.’

2. Teaching a subject should not only impart knowledge but also:

а) entertain students
b) get good exam results
c) help students to learn about  life

Правильный ответ: c

The speaker says: ‘And so what you’re teaching them in English is much less important than what you’re teaching them about ‘the big world’ and the world they’re going into.’

  1. One of the downsides of teaching is that:a) it can be emotionally stressful
    b) it is occasionally dull and unrewarding
    c) some students find it difficult to learn, which is discouraging

Правильный ответ: a

The speaker says: ‘I think the only downside is that it’s terribly hard work and it’s awfully tiring physically — and emotionally at times.’

  1. You can easily influence children and they will do anything if… 

    a) you are emotional with them
    b) you treat them like adults
    c) you develop proper relationships with them

Правильный ответ: c

The speaker says: ‘Children will do anything if you treat them properly… you can turn them into anything you want if you treat them well and you develop appropriate relationships with them.

  1.  The vital change that has taken place since Christine was at school is that:a) records of students’ achievements have replaced school reports.
    b) the quality of relationships between teachers and students have changed.
    c) the standards of education have dropped.

Правильный ответ: b

The speaker says: ‘There has been a real change in the quality of relationships, I think they’re are more open, more relaxed, less formal.’ She mentions ‘records of students’ achievements have replacing school reports…’ but in another context.

  1.  Good teachers appreciate students’ reactions because: 

    a) it increases students’ self-esteem and independence
    b) they can take onboard feedback from students
    c) students take some part of the responsibility for preparing course materials.

Правильный ответ: b

The speaker says: ‘ And that voice has always been a vital voice and the teachers who failed to take that on board, who didn’t listen to student feedback, were losing out on a whole valuable resource for planning and developing work.’

  1. A relaxed classroom leads to: 

    a) lower standards
    b) purposeful quality work
    c) sloppiness

Правильный ответ: b

The speaker says: ‘…a drop in the standards, I would violently disagree with that. I think that quality relationships brings quality work.’ and ‘A relaxed classroom isn’t about lower standards, it’s about purposeful quality work.

Ответы на задания Международной Олимпиады Skyteach для преподавателей английского языка

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  • светлана мамедова

    I have come across this olympiad and the answers suggested here. I would question the correctness of the phrase in section II (5) since the word ‘offspring’ has the same form in the plural.

    08.08.2021
  • Ирина

    подскажите, какое количество баллов для молодого учителя-практика приемлемо?) Участвовала в олимпиаде в августе, и не знаю, радоваться своим баллам или огорчаться))))

    05.08.2019
    • Skyteach

      Добрый день! На текущий момент средний балл Олимпиады составляет 60-65 баллов. В любом случае, даже если набран невысокий балл — это не повод огорчаться, так как задания Олимпиады были очень сложными.

      06.08.2019

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