Once a month, Mrs Green, 9F’s English teacher, organises a 'Show and Tell' event for her class. A student is invited to bring an unusual or interesting object to school and talk about it to the rest of the class. Last week, Monica brought a family heirloom into the English class and spoke about it. Listen to what she said and then answer the questions.
Monica: The object I’m going to talk to you about this morning is my grandfather’s scrapbook. My granddad was born in Sha Tin in 1940, Between 1951 and 1954, he kept a scrapbook. Nobody keeps scrapbook these days and I think that’s a pity because scrapbooks are a living piece of history. I hope you will agree with me when I show you what Granddad did with his special scrapbook. Here it is.
Student 1: I don’t know what a scrapbook is. Is it a sort of diary?
Monica: No, not exactly. You don’t write in it what you did every day. In fact, you don’t have to write in a scrapbook at all if you don’t want to. A scrapbook is a collection of bits and pieces of information that you find interesting. Articles from magazines or newspapers, photos, postcards and so on.
Student 2: Is your granddad still alive?
Monica: Oh, yes. My grandfather is still alive and he gave me his scrapbook three years ago. It’s my most precious possession. I’m his oldest grandchild and that’s why he passed it onto me. But I do share it with my cousins and brothers and sisters. We all love looking at it and so do our parents.
Student 1: What did your grandfather put in his scrapbook?
Monica: Anything that interested him, really. He cut interesting stories out of newspapers and pasted them in. He sometimes bought postcards and stuck those in. There are more than 30 postcards of places in Hong Kong in the early nineteen-fifties. It’s fascinating to see what our city looked like in those days. Most of the area where we live was fields, countryside, and small groups of houses and farms fifty years ago. He cut out photos and advertisements from newspapers and magazines and stuck them in. There are even some labels from food cans from the 1950s.
Student 2: Did he put photos of himself and his family in the scrapbook?
Monica: Yes, yes he did. My granddad was one of the first in our family to own a camera. He had a part-time job working on a farm after school and with the money he earned, he saved up and bought himself a camera. But most of the photos he took and put in the scrapbook are photos of places, not people.
Student 1: How many pages does the scrapbook have?
Monica: I’ve never actually counted the pages but there must be more than fifty. And as you can see, the pages are big, the same size as a newspaper page, I think. Okay... Now, I’d like to show you some of the things in it. On the first page ...