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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


 

Singles Awareness Day (SAD) is a holiday for those who like not being attached. It is on the same day as Valentine’s Day, but some people want it either side so it is not overshadowed by roses, chocolates, cards, cupids and hearts. On SAD, singles around the world go out and celebrate their single status. They want to show that being single is a reason to celebrate and that you don’t have to have a partner to be happy. People who celebrate this day greet one another with the greeting “Happy SAD!” Other people send themselves flowers, buy themselves chocolates and send themselves Happy SAD cards. It’s all a good excuse for singles to have some fun and spoil themselves for a day.

In Japan, China and South Korea, singles have taken their partner-less status a step further. They have created “Lovers Go Die” clubs. This is a movement against PDAs (public displays of affection). Members oppose the immorality of lovers, people who sleep around, those who have one-night stands and people who kiss and fondle in public. They discourage couples from getting caught up in the commercialization of Valentine’s Day. They want couples to avoid overpriced dinners, gifts and flowers. They point out that being single is a good way of saving money. There are other benefits. Singles have fewer arguments, and they can choose what movie to watch and which restaurant to go to.

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 holiday for those who like

a.

fun and spoil themselves

2

… go out and celebrate their single

b.

reason to celebrate

3.

being single is a

c.

not being attached

4.

you don’t have to have a

d.

status

5.

Other people send

e.

partner to be happy

6.

a good excuse for singles to have some

f.

themselves flowers

 

Paragraph 2

1.

singles have taken their partner-less

a.

of Valentine’s Day

2

public displays of

b.

movie to watch

3.

caught up in the commercialization

c.

way of saving money

4.

They want couples to avoid

d.

status a step further

5.

being single is a good

e.

overpriced dinners

6.

they can choose what

f.

affection


LISTENING GAP FILL

Singles Awareness Day (SAD) is a holiday ___________________ not being attached. It is on the same day as Valentine’s Day, but some people want ___________________ it is not overshadowed by roses, chocolates, cards, cupids and hearts. On SAD, singles around the world go out and celebrate ___________________. They want to show that being single is a reason to celebrate and that you don’t have to have a partner to be happy. People who celebrate this ___________________ with the greeting “Happy SAD!” Other people send themselves flowers, buy themselves chocolates and send themselves Happy SAD cards. It’s all a good excuse for singles to have some fun and ___________________ for a day.

In Japan, China and South Korea, singles have taken their ___________________ a step further. They have created “Lovers Go Die” clubs. This is a movement against PDAs (___________________ affection). Members oppose the immorality of lovers, people who sleep around, those who have one-night stands and people who kiss and fondle in public. They discourage couples from ___________________ in the commercialization of Valentine’s Day. They want couples to avoid overpriced dinners, gifts and flowers. They ___________________ single is a good way of saving money. There are other benefits. Singles have ___________________, and they can choose what movie to watch and which restaurant to go to.


WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

Singles Awareness Day (SAD) is a holiday for those who like not being __________. It is on the same day as Valentine’s Day, but some people want it either __________ so it is not overshadowed by roses, chocolates, cards, cupids and hearts. On SAD, singles around the world go out and celebrate their single __________. They want to show that being single is a __________ to celebrate and that you don’t have to have a __________ to be happy. People who celebrate this day __________ one another with the greeting “Happy SAD!” Other people send themselves flowers, buy themselves chocolates and __________ themselves Happy SAD cards. It’s all a good excuse for singles to have some fun and __________ themselves for a day.

 

 

 

side
attached
spoil
reason
greet
status
send
partner

In Japan, China and South Korea, singles have __________ their partner-less status a step further. They have __________ “Lovers Go Die” clubs. This is a movement __________ PDAs (public displays of affection). Members oppose the immorality of __________, people who sleep around, those who have one-night stands and people who kiss and fondle in __________. They discourage couples from getting caught up in the commercialization of Valentine’s Day. They want couples to __________ overpriced dinners, gifts and flowers. They point out that being single is a good __________ of saving money. There are other benefits. Singles have __________ arguments, and they can choose what movie to watch and which restaurant to go to.

 

 

fewer
 
against
avoid
taken
lovers
way
created
public


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Singles Awareness Day (SAD) is a holiday for those / these who like not being attached. It is on the same day as Valentine’s Day, but some people want it either sides / side so it is not overshadowed by roses, chocolates, cards, cupids and hearts. On SAD, singles around the world go in / out and celebrate their single status. They want to show that being single is a / the reason to celebrate and that you don’t have to have a partner to be happy. People who celebrate this day greeting / greet one another with the greeting “Happy SAD!” Other / Another people send themselves flowers, buy themselves chocolates and send themselves / them Happy SAD cards. It’s all a good excuse for singles to have some fun and spoil / spill themselves for a day.

In Japan, China and South Korea, singles have taking / taken their partner-less status a step / stop further. They have created “Lovers Go Die” clubs. This is a moment / movement against PDAs (public displays of affection). Members oppose / opposite the immorality of lovers, people who sleep around, those who have one-night stands and people who kiss / kissing and fondle in public. They discourage couples from getting caught down / up in the commercialization of Valentine’s Day. They want couples to avoid overpriced dinners, gifts and flowers. They point in / out that being single is a good way of saving money. There are other benefits. Singles have fewer / less arguments, and they can choose what movie to watch and which restaurant to go to.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Singles Awareness Day (SAD) is a holiday for those who like not being      (1) ____. It is on the same day as Valentine’s Day, but some people want it (2) ____ side so it is not overshadowed by roses, chocolates, cards, cupids and hearts. On SAD, singles around the world go out and celebrate their single (3) ____. They want to show that being single is a reason to celebrate and that you don’t have to have a partner to be happy. People who celebrate this day (4) ____ one another with the greeting “Happy SAD!” Other people send themselves flowers, buy themselves chocolates and send themselves Happy SAD cards. It’s all a good (5) ____ for singles to have some fun and (6) ____ themselves for a day.

In Japan, China and South Korea, singles have taken their partner-less status a (7) ____ further. They have created “Lovers Go Die” clubs. This is a movement against PDAs (public displays of (8) ____). Members oppose the immorality of lovers, people who sleep around, those who have one-night stands and people who kiss and fondle in (9) ____. They discourage couples from getting caught up in the commercialization of Valentine’s Day. They want couples to (10) ____ overpriced dinners, gifts and flowers. They point out that being single is a good way of saving money. There are other      (11) ____. Singles have fewer arguments, and they can (12) ____ what movie to watch and which restaurant to go to.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

attach

(b)

attached

(c)

attaches

(d)

attached

2.

(a)

neither

(b)

either-or

(c)

either

(d)

neither-nor

3.

(a)

status quo

(b)

status

(c)

statuses

(d)

stats

4.

(a)

greet

(b)

greeters

(c)

greetings

(d)

greeting

5.

(a)

excuses

(b)

excuse

(c)

excuse me

(d)

excusable

6.

(a)

spoiler

(b)

spoiling

(c)

spoil

(d)

spoilt

7.

(a)

stop

(b)

step

(c)

stops

(d)

steps

8.

(a)

affection

(b)

affectionate

(c)

affections

(d)

affected

9.

(a)

publicity

(b)

publicly

(c)

public

(d)

publicize

10.

(a)

avoidance

(b)

avoiding

(c)

avoids

(d)

avoid

11.

(a)

beneficial

(b)

benefit

(c)

benefited

(d)

benefits

12.

(a)

choose

(b)

chose

(c)

choice

(d)

choosing


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

being edaactht

2.

cdpius and hearts

3.

single sattus

4.

a reason to raecebetl

5.

gteer one another

6.

lspoi themselves for a day

 

Paragraph 2

7.

a step trrfheu

8.

upcbil displays of affection

9.

people who sleep onadru

10.

getting uthgca up in the commercialization

11.

oaivd overpriced dinners

12.

There are other ibtefnse


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

In Japan, China and South Korea, singles have taken their partner-less status a step further. They have

(    )

day greet one another with the greeting “Happy SAD!” Other people send themselves flowers, buy themselves

(    )

immorality of lovers, people who sleep around, those who have one-night stands and people who kiss and

(    )

hearts. On SAD, singles around the world go out and celebrate their single status. They want to show that being

(    )

single is a reason to celebrate and that you don’t have to have a partner to be happy. People who celebrate this

(    )

Valentine’s Day, but some people want it either side so it is not overshadowed by roses, chocolates, cards, cupids and

(    )

chocolates and send themselves Happy SAD cards. It’s all a good excuse for singles to have some

(    )

created “Lovers Go Die” clubs. This is a movement against PDAs (public displays of affection). Members oppose the

(    )

fewer arguments, and they can choose what movie to watch and which restaurant to go to.

(    )

fun and spoil themselves for a day.

(    )

out that being single is a good way of saving money. There are other benefits. Singles have

1  )

Singles Awareness Day (SAD) is a holiday for those who like not being attached. It is on the same day as

(    )

fondle in public. They discourage couples from getting caught up in the commercialization

(    )

of Valentine’s Day. They want couples to avoid overpriced dinners, gifts and flowers. They point


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

not    for    like    attached    holiday    who    being    a    those.   

2.

being    is    reason    celebrate    single    a    to

3.

have    a    be    don’t    have    to    you    to    partner    happy

4.

people    flowers    send    Other    themselves

5.

a    good    excuse    for    singles    to    have    some    fun    It’s    all

6.

further  singles  have  taken  their  partner  -  less  status  a  step

7.

the    in    up    caught    Day    Valentine’s    of    commercialization

8.

dinners    want    to    overpriced    They    couples    avoid

9.

way    single    of    is    saving    a    money    good    being

10.

movie    to    watch    they    can    choose    what


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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5.

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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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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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THE SINGLES AWARENESS DAY SURVEY

Write five questions about Singles Awareness Day 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 Singles Awareness Day 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 Singles Awareness Day. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Singles Awareness Day. 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 Singles Awareness Day. 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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