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INTENSIVE READING TASK 1. Discuss these questions in pairs. 1) Do you usually go out on weekends? 2) Do you feel you are influenced by your friends? 3) Have you ever tried any kind of drugs? TASK 2. Read the text.








DRUGS?    Name: Pepe Age: 16 Nationality: EEUU

I was 14 years old when my cousin Alex invited me to go to the disco. It was amazing. I was dancing with Alex and his friends when a boy told us to go outside and smoke marijuana. My cousin and his friends usually smoke marijuana and they told me to try it. As everyone was smoking I decided to give it a try. We were having fun. Suddenly, I started to feel dizzy, my heart was beating very quickly and I faint. I woke up in hospital. The doctor told me that my blood pressure lowered and I faint because of that. At that moment I decided not to take drugs anymore.

Name: Veronica Age: 18 Nationality: Spanish

The exam period was coming and I was very nervous. I had many subjects to study and little time. I had to do something, so I decided to drink coffee during the nights in order not to fall asleep. But it was not the solution because a big quantity of coffee coffe e affecte affected d my nervo nervous us sy system. stem. The day day before the exam I was studying at home and I had a fit of hysterics. It was really bad. I was not able to take the exam. So I think caffeine is a drug, it is no nott go good od for for our our heal health th.. It is bett better er to st stud udyy yourself without any help.

Name: Manu Age: 17 Nationality: Argentinean

I’m addicted to drugs. The first time I took drugs I was 15 years old. Many of my friends took drugs so I also tried it too. I started smoking marijuana, then alcoholic drinks. I got drunk every weekend. Then I tried tri ed cocain cocaine e when when I was 16. Every Every weeken weekend d I consum consumed ed alcoho alcohol, l, cocaine and other kind of drugs. I was caught by the police in one wass ho hooke oked d on drug oc occa casi sion on.. But But I re real aliz ized ed that that I wa drugs, s, I was was so dependent on them that I need cocaine every every day. I couldn’t give it up. Nowadays, I am in a detoxification hospital and I’m improving a lot. I hope to stop thinking about drugs soon.


TASK 3. Use the words in bold from the text to complete these definitions.

A pla place ce tha thatt sp speci eciali alizes zes in the tre treatm atment ent of alcoho alcoholis lism m or drug drug addiction: _________________ (n).  Having the sensation or tendency to fall: ________________ (adj). 

To be suddenly discovered doing something by someone: ___________ (v).  To obtain a strong and possessive hold on someone or something: ___________ (v).  To taste something new for you: __________ (v).  The pressure of the circulating blood: ______ __________ ____ (n).  To fall into a usually brief state of unconsciousness: ____ _________ _____ (v).  To get into a panic: ____________ (n).  Compulsively or physiologically dependent on something habitforming: ____________ (adj).  To drink a great deal of alcohol: ____________ (v). 

Subordination to someone or something needed or greatly desired: ___________ (n).  To stop doing something: _________ __________ _ (v). TASK 4. Write a list about the harmful effects of drugs. TASK 5. WRITING. Write a composition about this topic of drugs. Imagine you are talking to your children about drugs. How would you prevent your children of taking drugs? (50-60 words) Follow these steps:

- Introduction: Introduce the topic and the purpose of it. - Development: Show your ideas about taking drugs. - Conclusion: Summarize the main ideas.


Remember using the tenses seen in class (simple and continuous present, simple past…), quantifiers, adverbs of frequency and Have to.

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