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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


 

Saint Patrick's Day, March 17, is an annual celebration of the patron saint of Ireland. It is a national holiday in Ireland, and millions of Irish people all over the world where there are Irish communities celebrate. Celebrations are based on all things Irish and the colour green. City authorities in Chicago even dye the city’s river green for this day. Many people wear green clothes, eat Irish food and drink the Irish drink Guinness, which many bars also try and dye green. There are also traditional St Patrick’s Day parades. The one in Dublin is spread over five days and attracts half a million people. The New York parade is the largest, with two million spectators. Many people with no Irish connections celebrate and declare themselves Irish for a day.

Saint Patrick was a Christian missionary. Some scholars say he was born in England, while others believe he was Italian. Most agree he lived in the fifth century. When he was sixteen, he was captured and taken as a slave to Ireland. He lived as a slave for six years before escaping. He joined the church to train as a priest and became a missionary in the north and west of Ireland. Legend has it that Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland. There are many other legends about Patrick that have cemented him as a key part of Irish culture. March 17 is believed to be the date of his death. Unlike other saints, Patrick was never canonized by a Pope, although most Christian churches list him as a “Saint in Heaven”.

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

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

the patron saint

a.

spectators

2

where there are Irish

b.

five days

3.

dye the city’s river

c.

connections

4.

spread over

d.

green

5.

two million

e.

of Ireland

6.

Many people with no Irish

f.

communities

 

Paragraph 2

1.

Some scholars say he was

a.

as a slave to Ireland

2

Most agree he

b.

to train as a priest

3.

captured and taken

c.

a Pope

4.

He joined the church

d.

lived in the fifth century

5.

Patrick drove all the snakes

e.

born in England

6.

Patrick was never canonized by

f.

out of Ireland


LISTENING GAP FILL

Saint Patrick's Day, March 17, ________________ celebration of the patron saint of Ireland. It is a national holiday in Ireland, and millions of Irish people all over the world ________________ Irish communities celebrate. Celebrations are based on all things Irish and the colour green. City authorities in Chicago ________________ river green for this day. Many people wear green clothes, eat Irish food and drink the Irish drink Guinness, which many bars ________________ green. There are also traditional St Patrick’s Day parades. The one in Dublin ________________ five days and attracts half a million people. The New York parade is the largest, with two million spectators. Many people with no Irish connections celebrate and ________________ Irish for a day.

Saint Patrick was a Christian missionary. Some scholars say he was born in England, while ________________ was Italian. Most agree he lived in the fifth century. When he was sixteen, he was captured and ________________ to Ireland. He lived as a slave for six years before escaping. He joined the church ________________ priest and became a missionary in the north and west of Ireland. Legend has it that Patrick ________________ snakes out of Ireland. There are many other legends about Patrick that have cemented him as a key part of Irish culture. March 17 is believed ________________ of his death. Unlike other saints, Patrick was never canonized by a Pope, although most Christian churches ________________ “Saint in Heaven”.


WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

Saint Patrick's Day, March 17, is an __________ celebration of the patron saint of Ireland. It is a national holiday in Ireland, and millions of Irish people all over the __________ where there are Irish communities celebrate. Celebrations are __________ on all things Irish and the colour green. City authorities in Chicago even __________ the city’s river green for this day. Many people wear green clothes, eat Irish food and drink the Irish drink Guinness, which many bars also __________ and dye green. There are also traditional St Patrick’s Day parades. The one in Dublin is __________ over five days and attracts half a million people. The New York parade is the __________, with two million spectators. Many people with no Irish connections celebrate and __________ themselves Irish for a day.

 

 

 

spread
based
declare
largest
annual
dye
try
world

Saint Patrick was a Christian missionary. Some __________ say he was born in England, while others __________ he was Italian. Most agree he lived in the fifth __________. When he was sixteen, he was captured and taken as a slave to Ireland. He lived as a slave for six years before __________. He joined the church to __________ as a priest and became a missionary in the north and west of Ireland. Legend has it that Patrick drove all the __________ out of Ireland. There are many other legends about Patrick that have cemented him as a key part of Irish culture. March 17 is believed to be the __________ of his death. Unlike other saints, Patrick was never canonized by a Pope, although most Christian churches __________ him as a “Saint in Heaven”.

 

 

escaping
 
date
century
snakes
scholars
list
train
believe


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Saint Patrick's Day, March 17, is an annually / annual celebration of the patron saint of Ireland. It is a national holiday in Ireland, and millions of Irish people every / all over the world where there are Irish communities celebrate / celebration. Celebrations are based on all things Irish and the colour green. City authorities in Chicago even die / dye the city’s river green for this day. Many / Much people wear green clothes, eat Irish food and drink the Irish drink Guinness, which many bars also try and dye green. There are also traditional St Patrick’s Day parades. The one in Dublin is spread / spreading over five days and attracts half a million people. The New York parade is the large / largest, with two million spectators. Many people with no Irish connections celebrate and declare themselves Irish for / by a day.

Saint Patrick was a Christian mission / missionary. Some scholars say he was born in England, while others belief / believe he was Italian. Most agree he lived in the fifth century. When he was sixteen, he was captured and taken as a slavery / slave to Ireland. He lived as a slave for six years before escaping. He joined the church to train / trained as a priest and became a missionary in the north and west of Ireland. Legend has it that Patrick drove / driven all the snakes out of Ireland. There are many other legends about Patrick that have cement / cemented him as a key part of Irish culture. March 17 is believed to be the date of his death. Unlike other / another saints, Patrick was never canonized by a Pope, although most Christian churches list / listing him as a “Saint in Heaven”.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Saint Patrick's Day, March 17, is an annual (1) ____ of the patron saint of Ireland. It is a national holiday in Ireland, and millions of Irish people all over the world where there are Irish (2) ____ celebrate. Celebrations are based on all (3) ____ Irish and the colour green. City authorities in Chicago even (4) ____ the city’s river green for this day. Many people wear green clothes, eat Irish food and drink the Irish drink Guinness, which many bars also try and dye green. There are also traditional St Patrick’s Day parades. The (5) ____ in Dublin is spread over five days and attracts half a million people. The New York parade is the largest, with two million spectators. Many people with (6) ____ Irish connections celebrate and declare themselves Irish for a day.

Saint Patrick was a Christian missionary. Some (7) ____ say he was born in England, while others believe he was Italian. Most agree he lived in the fifth century. When he was sixteen, he was captured and taken as a (8) ____ to Ireland. He lived as a slave for six years before (9) ____. He joined the church to train as a priest and became a missionary in the north and west of Ireland. Legend has it that Patrick (10) ____ all the snakes out of Ireland. There are many other legends about Patrick that have cemented him as a key part of Irish culture. March 17 is (11) ____ to be the date of his death. Unlike other saints, Patrick was never canonized by a Pope, although most Christian churches (12) ____ him as a “Saint in Heaven”.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

celebrate

(b)

celebrations

(c)

celebration

(d)

celebrated

2.

(a)

communities

(b)

community

(c)

commune

(d)

communal

3.

(a)

thing

(b)

thingy

(c)

things

(d)

thingamy

4.

(a)

die

(b)

died

(c)

dyed

(d)

dye

5.

(a)

this

(b)

one

(c)

ones

(d)

that

6.

(a)

no

(b)

non

(c)

know

(d)

now

7.

(a)

scholarly

(b)

scholars

(c)

scholar

(d)

school

8.

(a)

slavery

(b)

slaved

(c)

slave

(d)

slaving

9.

(a)

escaped

(b)

escapist

(c)

escape

(d)

escaping

10.

(a)

drive

(b)

drove

(c)

driven

(d)

driver

11.

(a)

belief

(b)

believer

(c)

believing

(d)

believed

12.

(a)

list

(b)

listing

(c)

lists

(d)

list of


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

an alannu celebration

2.

a ilaoannt holiday

3.

sbdea on all things Irish

4.

dye the city’s vrrei green

5.

prasde over five days

6.

The New York aedpra

 

Paragraph 2

7.

others lebivee he was Italian

8.

he lived in the fifth yuncert

9.

taken as a veasl

10.

atinr as a priest

11.

sgnedel about Patrick

12.

the date of his ehdat


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

Saint Patrick was a Christian missionary. Some scholars say he was born in England, while others

(    )

believe he was Italian. Most agree he lived in the fifth century. When he was sixteen, he was captured and taken as a

1  )

Saint Patrick's Day, March 17, is an annual celebration of the patron saint of Ireland. It is a national holiday in

(    )

saints, Patrick was never canonized by a Pope, although most Christian churches list him as a “Saint in Heaven”.

(    )

spectators. Many people with no Irish connections celebrate and declare themselves Irish for a day.

(    )

out of Ireland. There are many other legends about Patrick that have cemented him as a key part of Irish

(    )

over five days and attracts half a million people. The New York parade is the largest, with two million

(    )

on all things Irish and the colour green. City authorities in Chicago even dye the city’s river

(    )

bars also try and dye green. There are also traditional St Patrick’s Day parades. The one in Dublin is spread

(    )

green for this day. Many people wear green clothes, eat Irish food and drink the Irish drink Guinness, which many

(    )

culture. March 17 is believed to be the date of his death. Unlike other

(    )

became a missionary in the north and west of Ireland. Legend has it that Patrick drove all the snakes

(    )

slave to Ireland. He lived as a slave for six years before escaping. He joined the church to train as a priest and

(    )

Ireland, and millions of Irish people all over the world where there are Irish communities celebrate. Celebrations are based


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

saint    celebration    of    of    Ireland    the    an    patron    annual

2.

are    on    things    Celebrations    based    all    Irish

3.

the    in    city’s    Chicago    river    even    green    dye    authorities

4.

in    five    Dublin    days    is    The    spread    one    over

5.

Many    with    Irish    celebrate    people    no    connections

6.

was    he    say    scholars    Some    England    in    born

7.

century    fifth    the    in    lived    he    agree    Most

8.

escaping    as    for    before    lived    slave    years    He    a    six

9.

the    all    drove    Patrick    Ireland    of    out    snakes

10.

other    about    There    many    legends    Patrick    are


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

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

1.

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3.

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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 SAINT PATRICK’S DAY SURVEY

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

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Saint Patrick’s 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 Saint Patrick’s 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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