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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


 

World Theatre Day was created in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute. It is celebrated every year on March 27 by theatre companies around the world. Theatre groups of all kinds put on special performances and events to mark the day. The most important event is the message given by a leading figure in world theatre. The first message was given by the French poet, novelist and film maker Jean Cocteau. World Theatre Day is also an occasion for actors, playwrights and directors to celebrate the power of the performing arts and how they bring people together. It is also a good chance for artists to show the world how theatre can and does create peace between people.

Theatre is one of the oldest performing arts. It dates back thousands of years. It has its roots in story telling and evolved into acting and the stage. The word ‘theatre’ comes from the Greek ‘theatron’, which means "the seeing place". Theatre forms a rich part of every culture, from ancient Greek tragedies and Japanese Kabuki, to Indian Sanskrit epics and the medieval world of Islamic puppet theatre. Today theatre is enjoyed by millions of theatre-goers around the world. People have a huge choice of dramas, musicals and comedy theatre. They can enjoy watching the top actors on Broadway or London’s West End, or simply watch their local amateur dramatics production.

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

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

It is celebrated every

a.

arts

2

Theatre groups of all kinds put

b.

in world theatre

3.

a leading figure

c.

peace between people

4.

The first message was given

d.

year on March 27

5.

the power of the performing

e.

on special performances

6.

theatre can and does create

f.

by the French poet

 

Paragraph 2

1.

Theatre is one of the oldest

a.

of dramas

2

It has its roots

b.

dramatics production

3.

Theatre forms a rich

c.

performing arts

4.

millions of theatre-

d.

part of every culture

5.

People have a huge choice

e.

goers around the world

6.

watch their local amateur

f.

in story telling


LISTENING GAP FILL

World Theatre Day was created in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute. _________________ every year on March 27 by theatre companies around the world. Theatre groups _________________ on special performances and events to mark the day. The most important event is the message _________________ figure in world theatre. The first message was given by the French poet, novelist and film maker Jean Cocteau. World Theatre Day _________________ for actors, playwrights and directors to celebrate the power of the performing arts _________________ people together. It is also a good chance for artists to show the world how theatre _________________ peace between people.

Theatre _________________ performing arts. It dates back thousands of years. It has its roots in story telling and evolved into acting and the stage. The word _________________ the Greek ‘theatron’, which means "the seeing place". Theatre forms _________________ every culture, from ancient Greek tragedies and Japanese Kabuki, to Indian Sanskrit _________________ medieval world of Islamic puppet theatre. Today theatre _________________ millions of theatre-goers around the world. People have a huge choice of dramas, musicals and comedy theatre. They can enjoy watching the top actors on Broadway or London’s West End, or _________________ local amateur dramatics production.


WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

World Theatre Day was __________ in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute. It is celebrated every year on March 27 by theatre __________ around the world. Theatre groups of all kinds put on special performances and events to __________ the day. The most important event is the message given by a __________ figure in world theatre. The first message was given by the French poet, __________ and film maker Jean Cocteau. World Theatre Day is also an occasion for actors, playwrights and directors to __________ the power of the performing arts and how they bring __________ together. It is also a good chance for artists to show the world how theatre can and does create __________ between people.

 

 

 

leading
companies
peace
mark
celebrate
created
people
novelist

Theatre is one of the __________ performing arts. It __________ back thousands of years. It has its __________ in story telling and evolved into acting and the __________. The word ‘theatre’ comes from the Greek ‘theatron’, which means "the seeing place". Theatre forms a __________ part of every culture, from ancient Greek tragedies and Japanese Kabuki, to Indian Sanskrit epics and the medieval world of Islamic __________ theatre. Today theatre is enjoyed by millions of theatre-goers around the world. People have a huge __________ of dramas, musicals and comedy theatre. They can enjoy watching the top actors on Broadway or London’s West End, or simply watch their __________ amateur dramatics production.

 

 

rich
 
choice
roots
local
oldest
stage
puppet
dates


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

World Theatre Day was created in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute. It is celebrated every / all year on March 27 by theatre companies around the world. Theatre groups of all kinds put in / on special performances and events to mark the day. The most important event is the message gave / given by a leading figure in world theatre. The first message was given by / at the French poet, novelist and film maker Jean Cocteau. World Theatre Day is also an occasional / occasion for actors, playwrights and directors to celebrate the powerful / power of the performing arts and how they bring people togetherness / together. It is also a good chance for artists to show the world how theatre can and do / does create peace between people.

Theatre is one of the eldest / oldest performing arts. It dates / dating back thousands of years. It has its roots in story telling and evolved into acted / acting and the stage. The word ‘theatre’ comes from the Greek ‘theatron’, what / which means "the seeing place". Theatre forms a rich part of every culture, from ancient Greek tragic / tragedies and Japanese Kabuki, to Indian Sanskrit epics and the medieval world of Islamic puppet theatre. Today theatre is enjoying / enjoyed by millions of theatre-goers around the world. People have a huge choose / choice of dramas, musicals and comedy theatre. They can enjoy watching the top actors on Broadway or London’s West End, or simply / simple watch their local amateur dramatics production.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

World Theatre Day was (1) ____ in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute. It is celebrated every year on March 27 by theatre companies around the world. Theatre groups of (2) ____ kinds put on special performances and events to mark the day. The most important event is the message (3) ____ by a leading figure in world theatre. The first message was given by the French poet, novelist and film maker Jean Cocteau. World Theatre Day is also an (4) ____ for actors, playwrights and directors to celebrate the power (5) ____ the performing arts and how they bring people together. It is also a good chance for artists to show the world how theatre can and (6) ____ create peace between people.

Theatre is one of the oldest performing arts. It (7) ____ back thousands of years. It has its roots in story telling and evolved into acting and the stage. The word ‘theatre’ (8) ____ from the Greek ‘theatron’, which means "the seeing place". Theatre forms a rich part of every culture, from ancient Greek tragedies and Japanese Kabuki, to Indian Sanskrit epics and the medieval (9) ____ of Islamic puppet theatre. Today theatre is enjoyed by millions of theatre-goers around the world. People have a huge (10) ____ of dramas, musicals and comedy theatre. They can (11) ____ watching the top actors on Broadway or London’s West End, or (12) ____ watch their local amateur dramatics production.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

creation

(b)

creative

(c)

created

(d)

creating

2.

(a)

all

(b)

each

(c)

these

(d)

every

3.

(a)

gave

(b)

given

(c)

giving

(d)

gives

4.

(a)

occasionally

(b)

occasion

(c)

occasions

(d)

occasioned

5.

(a)

at

(b)

to

(c)

of

(d)

with

6.

(a)

do

(b)

done

(c)

doing

(d)

does

7.

(a)

dates

(b)

date

(c)

dating

(d)

dateline

8.

(a)

goes

(b)

writes

(c)

speaks

(d)

comes

9.

(a)

worldly

(b)

worldwide

(c)

world

(d)

world-class

10.

(a)

choose

(b)

choice

(c)

chosen

(d)

choices

11.

(a)

enjoyable

(b)

enjoys

(c)

enjoying

(d)

enjoy

12.

(a)

simply

(b)

simple

(c)

simplest

(d)

simpler


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

theatre ascniepom

2.

special rnfesopceram

3.

a agliedn figure

4.

lesontvi and film maker

5.

playwrights and reidsroct

6.

tarece peace

 

Paragraph 2

7.

its rotos in story telling

8.

every uecutrl

9.

ancient Greek aetdgseir

10.

ppetup theatre

11.

a huge hicoce

12.

mraeaut dramatics


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

performances and events to mark the day. The most important event is the message given by a leading

(    )

actors on Broadway or London’s West End, or simply watch their local amateur dramatics production.

(    )

artists to show the world how theatre can and does create peace between people.

1  )

World Theatre Day was created in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute. It is celebrated every

(    )

year on March 27 by theatre companies around the world. Theatre groups of all kinds put on special

(    )

means "the seeing place". Theatre forms a rich part of every culture, from ancient Greek

(    )

Theatre is one of the oldest performing arts. It dates back thousands of years. It has its roots in story

(    )

of dramas, musicals and comedy theatre. They can enjoy watching the top

(    )

tragedies and Japanese Kabuki, to Indian Sanskrit epics and the medieval world of Islamic puppet

(    )

telling and evolved into acting and the stage. The word ‘theatre’ comes from the Greek ‘theatron’, which

(    )

theatre. Today theatre is enjoyed by millions of theatre-goers around the world. People have a huge choice

(    )

of the performing arts and how they bring people together. It is also a good chance for

(    )

maker Jean Cocteau. World Theatre Day is also an occasion for actors, playwrights and directors to celebrate the power

(    )

figure in world theatre. The first message was given by the French poet, novelist and film


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

year    every    celebrated    is    It    27    March    on

2.

kinds   Theatre   put   groups   on   of   special   all   performances

3.

the    message    French    was    poet    given    The    by    first

4.

the    arts    the    of    performing    celebrate    power

5.

can   create   the   theatre   does   show   how   and   peace   world

6.

is    Theatre    arts    performing    oldest    the    of    one

7.

story    It    its    in    telling    has    roots

8.

part    rich    a    forms    Theatre    culture    every    of

9.

millions    theatre    of    is    theatre    enjoyed    -    by    goers

10.

watch    production    dramatics    amateur    local    their


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 THEATRE DAY SURVEY

Write five questions about World Theatre 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

_____________

STUDENT 2

_____________

STUDENT 3

_____________

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 Theatre 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 Theatre Day. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

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