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UNIVERSIDAD DISTRITAL FRANCISCO JOSE DE CALDAS

INSTITUTO DE LENGUAS DE LA UNIVERSIDAD DISTRITAL - ILUD


INTERMEDIATE 1

AUTONOMOUS WORK No. 1

READING
LEVI

S BLUE JEANS
Levi Strauss was born in Germany in the mid 1800's and emigrated to the United States as a young
man. He lived in New York City and learned the dry-goods business for several years. In 1853 he took
his knowledge and his dreams to San Francisco (California., USA.) His dream to succeed came true
over the next 20 years as he became a very successful businessman.
Many of Levi Strauss' customers were cowboys and miners. They needed clothing that was strong and
durable. Strauss found a special fabric from France that was comfortable and lasted a long time. It was
called "serge de Nimes," which was later shortened to the word denim.

Another man named Jacob Davis bought large amounts of the denim fabric from Levi Strauss. He was a tailor who made
pants for hard-working men. One of his customers was continually tearing the pockets off his pants. So Jacob Davis
decided to put rivets on certain parts of the pants to make them stronger. The customer loved the new pants so much that
he told all his friends, and soon Jacob Davis was busy making lots of pants with rivets.
Jacob Davis soon realized that using rivets was a great business idea, and he didn't want anybody to
steal that idea. He decided that he would need to get a patent. But being a poor tailor, he didn't have
enough money to pay for the patent. After thinking it over, he went to the businessman Levi Strauss
and told him his idea. He said, "If you agree to pay for the patent, we will share the profits from the
riveted pants." Levi Strauss did agree, and the new riveted pant business was called Levi Strauss
and Company. Today Levi's jeans are more popular than ever, and Levi's name continues to live
on.g

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1. Answer the following sentences by writing True (T) or False (F).

1. Levi Strauss was born in 1853.


2. Levi Strauss wanted to become a great businessman.
3. Levi Strauss sewed pants in his business.
4. Jacob Davis sewed pants in his business.
5. Jacob David used denim to make pants.
6. Jacob Davis put rivets in pants because they looked good.
7. Levi Strauss didn't want to pay for Jacob Davis' patent.
8. Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis became business partners.

USE OF ENGLISH
Make a sentence using the words given. Use the past continuous for things that happened over a period of time and the
simple past for things that happened a one time. The first one has been done for you:
0. I walk down the street
(5:00-5:10),see an old man (5:04),whileWhile I was walking down the street at about 5:00-5:10 pm, I saw an old man at
5:04 pm. Or I saw an old man at 5:04 pm, while I was walking down the street at about 5 :00- 5:10 pm.
1.Susan, bake a cake (3:45-4:45),drop a spoon
(3:51),when__________________________________________
2. We, a burglar comes in the house (3:00), sleep (10:006:00),as______________________________________
3. George and Tammy, play golf (4:30-6:30), see a movie star on the golf course (6:01),
and
_____________________________________________________________________________________
4. The cat, scratch its ear (12:01-12:02), a mouse runs by (12:01), while________________________________

SPEAKING
A GOOG FRIEND ISREAD AND ANSWER THE QUESTIONS AND YOU WILL DISCOVER IF YOU WERE RIGHT OR WRONG:
SOMEONE WHO? Describe one of your closest friends.

Do you have any childhood friendships that are still strong today? If so, tell us about them.
o Do you have any long distance friends? How do you keep in touch with your long-distance
friends?
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How often do you see your long-distance friends?

Do you think it is a good idea to borrow money from a friend? Why or why not?

Do you make friends easily?

Has a friend ever let you down?

Have you made any friends over the Internet?


o

How often do you write to them?

Have you ever met them in person?

How are your friendships different now than they were when you were a child?

How do you maintain a good friendship?

How do you make new friends?

How many people do you consider your "best friends?"

Is it common to have friendships across generations?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of these types of friendships?

Do you have any friends from a different generation than you?

There is a saying "To have a good friend, you need to be a good friend."
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How can you be a good friend?

What do you usually do with your friends?

What factors may result in the breakdown of a good friendship?

What is a best friend?

What is the longest friendship that you have had?

What makes friends different from family?

What qualities do you think are important in a friend?


o

What is a friend?

What things should friends never do?

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Why do you like your best friend?


o

What are some things you like about your best friend?

Where is a good place to meet new friends?


o

Where is a good place to meet a new boyfriend/girlfriend?

Do you think it is possible to have a best friend of the opposite sex without becoming a girlfriend or
boyfriend?

Do you think it would be possible for you still be friends with an ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend?

There is a proverb that says, "A friend in need is a friend indeed." Do you agree?

Do you believe that there is an end to any true friendships?

Do you believe your parents should be your friends?

What do you do if you receive a friend's call but you forgot his/her name?

Friendship is the most important relationship. Do you agree? Why? Why not?

What do you like best about your best friend(s)?

What are some ways your best friend has influenced your life in a positive way?

What are some ways your best friend has influenced your life in a positive way?

How close do you get to your friends?

Why do you need a friend?

What do you do when you have a misunderstanding with your friend?

Do you trust all of your friends? Why? Now let us know your opinions, share them with

your peers !

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