(Материалы для подготовки к обязательному выпускному экзамену по английскому языку, стр 8)
days are numbered
Tablet PC — a small computer that is easy to carry, with a large touch screen and sometimes without a physical keyboard
с самого начала, вначале; первоначально; на ранней стадии
United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization
a part of the UN, based in Paris, which is concerned especially with providing help for poorer countries with education and science
проблемы со зрением
a good use
the book was very useful to me — книга очень мне помогла /пригодилась
программные средства, программное обеспечение
as regards (to)
что касается; в отношении
on low incomes
A person’s or organization’s income is the money that they earn or receive, as opposed to the money that they have to spend or pay out.
Many families on low incomes will be unable to afford to buy their own home…
кроме того, более того
syn. also, as well, besides, in addition, what is more
it seems likely
it is quite likely
higher educational establishments
высшие учебные заведения
not cheap, cost a lot of money
The brand new car was very expensive, it cost $100 000.
What is the text about?
The text runs about the last days of the classical paper textbooks. They are going to be substituted by E-books soon. The Education Ministry is conducting an experiment to see how electronic tablet devices can be used for educational purposes. It is possible that in some years schoolchildren will use digital copies of ordinary school textbooks.
4. The project is expected to be successful because: first, technically and intellectually schoolchildren are ready to work with multimedia textbooks. Second, the project won’t cost much as only families of low incomes will need computers bought for them. Third, the project is thought to fully cover its costs in the first year of operation.
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