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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


 

"Mardi Gras" is French for “Fat Tuesday”. It is the name of a celebration that takes place on the day before Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of the 40-day period of Lent. Mardi Gras is the final day of a three-day period, which starts on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday. In Catholic countries, people fast during lent. People eat well the day before Ash Wednesday and hold celebrations. These can be wonderful, colourful carnivals all over the world. The most famous are those in Rio de Janeiro, New Orleans and Venice. The tradition of Mardis Gras goes back hundreds of years in Catholic Europe. Explorers, settlers and missionaries exported the tradition worldwide.

Today, Mardi Gras is a riot of colour, street carnivals, marching bands, dancing and all-night partying in the streets. Many people dress up in spectacular costumes and wear beautiful masks. The biggest Mardis Gras carnivals are in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and New Orleans, Louisiana. Thousands of people from all over the world visit these cities to join in the fun. Venice is home to one of the oldest carnivals in the world, called Carnevale di Venezia. This dates back to 1268. Thousands of mask-wearing revelers fill the Venetian streets and attend special masked balls. In Sydney, Australia, Mardis Gras is celebrated by the city’s gay and lesbian community with street parades and costumes.

Sources: http://www.wikipedia.org/ and assorted sites.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

a celebration that takes place on the

a.

before Ash Wednesday

2

the beginning of the 40-day

b.

tradition worldwide

3.

the final day of a three-

c.

period of Lent

4.

People eat well the day

d.

back hundreds of years

5.

The tradition of Mardis Gras goes

e.

day before Ash Wednesday

6.

missionaries exported the

f.

day period

 

Paragraph 2

1.

Mardi Gras is a riot

a.

all over the world

2

Many people dress up in

b.

the Venetian streets

3.

Thousands of people from

c.

and lesbian community

4.

Venice is home to one of the oldest

d.

spectacular costumes

5.

mask-wearing revelers fill

e.

of colour

6.

celebrated by the city’s gay

f.

carnivals in the world


LISTENING GAP FILL

"Mardi Gras" is French for “Fat Tuesday”. It is the name of a celebration __________________ the day before Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of the 40-day period of Lent. Mardi Gras is __________________ three-day period, which starts on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday. In Catholic countries, people fast during lent. People __________________ before Ash Wednesday and hold celebrations. These can be wonderful, colourful carnivals all over the world. The ____________________ in Rio de Janeiro, New Orleans and Venice. The tradition of Mardis Gras goes back hundreds of years in Catholic Europe. Explorers, settlers and missionaries __________________ worldwide.

Today, Mardi Gras is __________________, street carnivals, marching bands, dancing and all-night partying in the streets. Many people dress __________________ costumes and wear beautiful masks. The biggest Mardis Gras carnivals are in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and New Orleans, Louisiana. Thousands of people __________________ the world visit these cities __________________. Venice is home to one of the oldest carnivals in the world, called Carnevale di Venezia. __________________ 1268. Thousands of mask-wearing revelers fill the Venetian streets and attend special masked balls. In Sydney, Australia, Mardis Gras is celebrated by the city’s gay and lesbian community with street __________________.


WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

"Mardi Gras" is French for “Fat Tuesday”. It is the __________ of a celebration that takes place on the day __________ Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of the 40-day __________ of Lent. Mardi Gras is the __________ day of a three-day period which starts on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday. In Catholic countries, people fast __________ lent. People eat well the day before Ash Wednesday and hold celebrations. These can be wonderful, colourful carnivals all __________ the world. The most famous are those in Rio de Janeiro, New Orleans and Venice. The __________ of Mardis Gras goes back hundreds of years in Catholic Europe. Explorers, __________ and missionaries exported the tradition worldwide.

 

 

 

tradition
final
name
over
before
during
settlers
period

Today, Mardi Gras is a riot of colour, __________ carnivals, marching bands, dancing and all-__________ partying in the streets. Many people dress up in spectacular costumes and wear beautiful __________. The biggest Mardis Gras carnivals are in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and New Orleans, Louisiana. Thousands of people from all __________ the world visit these cities to join in the fun. Venice is home to one of the __________ carnivals in the world, called Carnevale di Venezia. This dates back to 1268. Thousands of mask-wearing revelers __________ the Venetian streets and __________ special masked balls. In Sydney, Australia, Mardis Gras is celebrated by the city’s gay and lesbian __________ with street parades and costumes.

 

 

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masks
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community
street
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fill
night


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

Delete the wrong word in each of the pairs of italics.

"Mardi Gras" is French for / by “Fat Tuesday”. It is the name of a celebration that takes placed / place on the day before Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of the 40-day during / period of Lent. Mardi Gras is the final / finally day of a three-day period which starts on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday. In Catholic countries, people fast during lent. People eat well / good the day before Ash Wednesday and hold celebrations. These can be wonderful, colourful carnivals all overall / over the world. The most famous are those in Rio de Janeiro, New Orleans and Venice. The traditional /  tradition of Mardis Gras goes back hundreds of years in Catholic Europe. Explorers, settlers / settles and missionaries exported the tradition worldwide.

Today, Mardi Gras is a riot of colour / colourful, street carnivals, marching bands, dancing and all-night partying in the streets. Many people dress on / up in spectacular costumes and wearing / wear beautiful masks. The biggest Mardis Gras carnivals are in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and New Orleans, Louisiana. Thousands / Thousand of people from all over the world visit these cities to join in / on the fun. Venice is home to one of the oldest carnivals in the world, called Carnevale di Venezia. This date / dates back to 1268. Thousands of mask-wearing revelers fill the Venetian streets and attend special masked hoops / balls. In Sydney, Australia, Mardis Gras is celebrated by the city’s gay and lesbian community with street parade / parades and costumes.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

"Mardi Gras" is French (1) ____ “Fat Tuesday”. It is the name of a celebration that takes place on the day before Ash Wednesday, which       (2) ____ the beginning of the 40-day period of Lent. Mardi Gras is the final day of a three-day period, (3) ____ starts on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday. In Catholic countries, people fast during lent. People eat well the day before Ash Wednesday and (4) ____ celebrations. These can be wonderful, colourful carnivals all over the world. The most famous are those in Rio de Janeiro, New Orleans and Venice. The (5) ____ of Mardis Gras goes back hundreds of years in Catholic Europe. Explorers, settlers and missionaries (6) ____ the tradition worldwide.

Today, Mardi Gras is a riot of (7) ____, street carnivals, marching bands, dancing and all-night partying in the streets. Many people dress up           (8) ____ spectacular costumes and wear beautiful masks. The biggest Mardis Gras carnivals are in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and New Orleans, Louisiana. Thousands of people from all over the world visit (9) ____ cities to join in the fun. Venice is home to one of the oldest carnivals in the world, called Carnevale di Venezia. This (10) ____ back to 1268. Thousands of mask-wearing revelers fill the Venetian streets and (11) ____ special masked balls. In Sydney, Australia, Mardis Gras is celebrated by the city’s gay and lesbian communities (12) ____ street parades and costumes.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

for

(b)

from

(c)

with

(d)

by

2.

(a)

marking

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marker

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markings

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marks

3.

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when

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which

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where

(d)

whom

4.

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bold

(b)

cold

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hold

(d)

fold

5.

(a)

traditions

(b)

tradition

(c)

traditionally

(d)

traditional

6.

(a)

exported

(b)

exporting

(c)

exporter

(d)

export

7.

(a)

colouring

(b)

coloured

(c)

colour

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colourful

8.

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along

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for

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to

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up

9.

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attendee

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with


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

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Paragraph 2

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12.

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PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

well the day before Ash Wednesday and hold celebrations. These can be wonderful, colourful carnivals all over the

(    )

partying in the streets. Many people dress up in spectacular costumes and wear beautiful masks. The biggest

(    )

and attend special masked balls. In Sydney, Australia, Mardis Gras is celebrated by the city’s

1  )

"Mardi Gras" is French for “Fat Tuesday”. It is the name of a celebration that takes place on the day before Ash

(    )

called Carnevale di Venezia. This dates back to 1268. Thousands of mask-wearing revelers fill the Venetian streets

(    )

over the world visit these cities to join in the fun. Venice is home to one of the oldest carnivals in the world,

(    )

gay and lesbian community with street parades and costumes.

(    )

period, which starts on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday. In Catholic countries, people fast during lent. People eat

(    )

settlers and missionaries exported the tradition worldwide.

(    )

Mardis Gras goes back hundreds of years in Catholic Europe. Explorers,

(    )

Mardis Gras carnivals are in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and New Orleans, Louisiana. Thousands of people from all

(    )

world. The most famous are those in Rio de Janeiro, New Orleans and Venice. The tradition of

(    )

Today, Mardi Gras is a riot of colour, street carnivals, marching bands, dancing and all-night

(    )

Wednesday, which marks the beginning of the 40-day period of Lent. Mardi Gras is the final day of a three-day


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

Mardi    is    for    Tuesday    Gras    French    Fat

2.

of   day   final   the   is   Gras   Mardi   period   day   -   three   a

3.

fast    people    ,    countries    Catholic    In    lent    during

4.

goes    hundreds    years    Gras    back    of    Mardis

5.

tradition    exported    worldwide    the    missionaries

6.

Mardi    of    Gras    colour    is    Today    a    ,    riot

7.

spectacular    Many    dress    in    costumes    people    up

8.

cities    the    people    world    from    visit    all    these    over

9.

Venice    of    is    the    home    oldest    to    carnivals    one

10.

revelers    wearing    -    mask    streets    Venetian    the    fill


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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6.

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

1.

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6.

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THE MARDI GRAS SURVEY

Write five questions about Mardi Gras in the table. Do this in pairs/groups. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

Without your partner, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

STUDENT 1

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STUDENT 2

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STUDENT 3

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Q.1.

 

 

 

 

Q.2.

 

 

 

 

Q.3.

 

 

 

 

Q.4.

 

 

 

 

Q.5.

 

 

 

 

Return to your original partner(s) and share and talk about what you found out.  Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.


WRITING

Write about Mardi Gras for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find more information about Mardi Gras. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Mardi Gras. Write about what happens around the world. Include two imaginary interviews with people who did something on this day.

Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. POSTER: Make your own poster about Mardi Gras. Write about what will happen on this day around the world.

Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

ANSWERS

Check your answers in "THE READING / TAPESCRIPT" section at the top of this page.


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