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World Meteorological Day

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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


 

Every year on the 23rd of March, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) celebrates World Meteorological Day (WMD). This is the date in 1950 that the WMO was created. A year later, it became a specialized agency of the United Nations to observe the world’s weather patterns and report on environmental issues. WMD focuses on different themes each year to raise our awareness of how the weather impacts on our lives. Previous themes have been weather, climate and water in the information age; water and sustainable development; preventing and coping with natural disasters; and understanding the global impacts of the changing polar environments. All 188 member states of the WMO participate in World Meteorological Day.

The WMO says its vision is “to provide world leadership in expertise and international cooperation in weather, climate, water resources and related environmental issues, and thereby contribute to the safety and well-being of people throughout the world, and to the economic benefit of all nations.” It says that the weather, our climate, and water “know no national boundaries” thus it is essential all countries cooperate to make sure we respect our planet and its resources. The WMO has helped increase our safety, protect us against natural disasters and safeguard the environment. It has a big task ahead in areas such as food security and water resources.

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

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

This is the date in 1950 that the

a.

patterns

2

observe the world’s weather

b.

impacts on our lives

3.

WMD focuses on different

c.

WMO was created

4.

how the weather

d.

environments

5.

coping with natural

e.

themes each year

6.

the changing polar

f.

disasters

 

Paragraph 2

1.

The WMO says its vision is

a.

safeguard the environment

2

contribute to the safety and well-

b.

ahead

3.

the economic benefit

c.

being of people

4.

it is essential all countries

d.

of all nations

5.

protect us against natural disasters and

e.

to provide world leadership

6.

It has a big task

f.

cooperate


LISTENING GAP FILL

_____________________ 23rd of March, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) celebrates World Meteorological Day (WMD). This ______________ 1950 that the WMO was created. A year later, it became a specialized agency of the United Nations to observe the world’s weather patterns ______________ environmental issues. WMD focuses on different themes each year to raise our awareness of how the weather ______________ lives. Previous themes have been weather, climate and water in the information age; water and sustainable development; preventing _________________ natural disasters; and understanding ______________ of the changing polar environments. All 188 member states of the WMO participate in World Meteorological Day.

The WMO says its vision is “______________ leadership in expertise and international cooperation in weather, climate, water resources and related environmental issues, _________________ to the safety and well-being of people throughout the world, and to the economic benefit of all nations.” ______________ weather, our climate, and water “know no national boundaries” thus it ______________ countries cooperate to make sure we respect our planet and its resources. The WMO has helped increase our safety, ________________ natural disasters and safeguard the environment. It has a big task ahead in areas ______________ security and water resources.


WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

Every year on the 23rd of March, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) __________ World Meteorological Day (WMD). This is the date in 1950 that the WMO was __________. A year later, it became a specialized agency of the United Nations to __________ the world’s weather __________ and report on environmental issues. WMD focuses on different themes each year to raise our awareness of how the weather __________ on our lives. Previous themes have been weather, climate and water in the information __________; water and sustainable development; preventing and coping with natural disasters; and understanding the global impacts of the changing __________ environments. All 188 member states of the WMO __________ in World Meteorological Day.

 

 

 

age
created
participate
patterns
celebrates
polar
impacts
observe

The WMO says its __________ is “to provide world leadership in expertise and international cooperation in weather, climate, water resources and related environmental __________, and thereby contribute to the __________ and well-being of people throughout the world, and to the economic benefit of all nations.” It says that the weather, our climate, and water “know no __________ boundaries” thus it is __________ all countries cooperate to make sure we respect our planet and its resources. The WMO has helped increase our safety, __________ us against natural disasters and safeguard the environment. It has a big __________ ahead in areas such as __________ security and water resources.

 

 

task
 
protect
issues
national
vision
food
essential
safety


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Every year on the 23rd of March, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) celebration / celebrates World Meteorological Day (WMD). This is the date on / in 1950 that the WMO was created. A year later / lateness, it became a specialized agency of the United Nations to observe the world’s weather patterns and reporting / report on environmental issues. WMD focuses on different themes each year to raise our awareness of how the weather compacts / impacts on our lives. Previous themes have been weather, climate and water in the information aged / age; water and sustainable development; preventing and coping with natural disasters; and understanding the global impacts of the changing polar / pole environments. All 188 member states of the WMO participate / participation in World Meteorological Day.

The WMO says its vision / visionary is “to provide world leadership in expertise and international cooperation in weather / weathered, climate, water resources and related environmental issues, and thereby contribute / contribution to the safety and well-being of people throughout the world, and to the economic beneficial / benefit of all nations.” It says that the weather, our climate, and water “know no national bounding / boundaries” thus it is essential all countries cooperate to make sure we respect our planet and their / its resources. The WMO has helped increase our safety, protect us against natural disasters and safeguard / safety the environment. It has a big task ahead in areas such as food secure / security and water resources.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Every year on the 23rd of March, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) celebrates World Meteorological Day (WMD). This is the (1) ____ in 1950 that the WMO was created. A year later, it became a specialized agency of the United Nations to (2) ____ the world’s weather patterns and report on environmental issues. WMD (3) ____ on different themes each year to raise our awareness of how the weather impacts on our (4) ____. Previous themes have been weather, climate and water in the information (5) ____; water and sustainable development; preventing and coping with natural disasters; and understanding the global impacts of the changing polar environments. All 188 (6) ____ states of the WMO participate in World Meteorological Day.

The WMO says its (7) ____ is “to provide world leadership in expertise and international cooperation in weather, climate, water resources and (8) ____ environmental issues, and thereby contribute to the safety and well-being of people throughout the world, and to the economic benefit of all nations.” It says that the weather, our climate, and water “know no (9) ____ boundaries” thus it is essential all countries cooperate to make sure we     (10) ____ our planet and its resources. The WMO has helped increase our safety, protect us (11) ____ natural disasters and safeguard the environment. It has a big (12) ____ ahead in areas such as food security and water resources.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

dated

(b)

dates

(c)

date

(d)

dating

2.

(a)

observers

(b)

observation

(c)

observed

(d)

observe

3.

(a)

focus

(b)

focuses

(c)

focused

(d)

focusing

4.

(a)

lives

(b)

live

(c)

alive

(d)

lived

5.

(a)

aged

(b)

ageing

(c)

age

(d)

ageless

6.

(a)

members

(b)

member

(c)

membership

(d)

member’s

7.

(a)

vision

(b)

visionary

(c)

television

(d)

revision

8.

(a)

relative

(b)

relation

(c)

relating

(d)

related

9.

(a)

national

(b)

nation

(c)

nationality

(d)

nations

10.

(a)

respectful

(b)

respecting

(c)

respects

(d)

respect

11.

(a)

opposed

(b)

against

(c)

at odds

(d)

contrast

12.

(a)

task force

(b)

tasked

(c)

task

(d)

tasking


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

the WMO was dtceaer

2.

a specialized cegyna

3.

weather anttspre

4.

iusabnestla development

5.

nigocp with natural disasters

6.

member sestat

 

Paragraph 2

7.

oirvepd world leadership

8.

water srceseour

9.

economic tefenbi of all nations

10.

cseerpt our planet

11.

edfurgasa the environment

12.

food ctiuryse


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

Meteorological Day (WMD). This is the date in 1950 that the WMO was created. A year later, it became a specialized

(    )

coping with natural disasters; and understanding the global impacts of the changing polar environments. All

(    )

cooperation in weather, climate, water resources and related environmental issues, and thereby contribute to the

(    )

188 member states of the WMO participate in World Meteorological Day.

(    )

weather, our climate, and water “know no national boundaries” thus it is essential all countries

(    )

safety, protect us against natural disasters and safeguard the environment. It has a big

(    )

have been weather, climate and water in the information age; water and sustainable development; preventing and

(    )

The WMO says its vision is “to provide world leadership in expertise and international

(    )

agency of the United Nations to observe the world’s weather patterns and report on environmental issues. WMD focuses

1  )

Every year on the 23rd of March, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) celebrates World

(    )

task ahead in areas such as food security and water resources.

(    )

safety and well-being of people throughout the world, and to the economic benefit of all nations.” It says that the

(    )

cooperate to make sure we respect our planet and its resources. The WMO has helped increase our

(    )

on different themes each year to raise our awareness of how the weather impacts on our lives. Previous themes


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

WMO    was    created    This    is    the    date    in    1950    that    the

2.

United    specialized    Nations    agency    it    of    became    the    a

3.

each    WMD    on    themes    year    focuses    different

4.

how    our    the    lives    weather    awareness    impacts    of    on

5.

global    the    environments    polar    changing    the    of    impacts

6.

people    the    well    of    to    and    being    contribute    safety    -

7.

countries    all    essential    is    it    cooperate

8.

we    its    respect    resources    our    make    planet    sure    and

9.

helped    our    The    has    increase    safety    WMO

10.

security   food   as   such   areas   in   ahead   task   big   a   has   It


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 WORLD METEOROLOGICAL DAY SURVEY

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

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about World Meteorological 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 World Meteorological 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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