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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


 

California has an awareness day that all countries around the world should have. It is Drowsy Driver Awareness Day and it happens on April 6 every year. Its aim is to raise awareness of the dangers of driving your car (or riding your motorcycle) for long periods without a rest. It also highlights the dangers of driving when you are very tired. The day was thought up by former California Highway Patrol officer Phil Konstantin. He witnessed many accidents that happened because of tiredness and had experience of falling asleep at the wheel and narrowly avoided a serious accident. He also tells the tragic story of how his wife died in a car accident because she fell asleep at the wheel. He warned: “It can happen to anyone.”

Drowsy Driver Awareness Day is also a memorial day for those who have died in a car crash involving a drowsy driver. California’s Highway Patrol says 100 people die each year in collisions with drowsy drivers. It says in the ten-year period between 1993 and 2003, over 41,000 people died  in accidents where a drowsy driver was involved. America’s National Sleep Foundation reports that 62 per cent of people drive while feeling drowsy. In addition, 27 per cent said they had actually dozed off while driving. Many more people die each year from crashes related to drowsy drivers than from many serious illnesses. On this day, do something to make drivers aware of the dangers of getting behind the wheel when they are tired.

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

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

all countries

a.

at the wheel

2

the dangers of driving when

b.

around the world

3.

accidents that happened

c.

to anyone

4.

falling asleep

d.

because of tiredness

5.

the tragic story of how

e.

you are very tired

6.

It can happen

f.

his wife died

 

Paragraph 2

1.

a memorial day for those

a.

in collisions

2

100 people die each year

b.

year from crashes

3.

accidents where a drowsy driver

c.

who have died

4.

62 per cent of people drive

d.

was involved

5.

Many more people die each

e.

of the dangers

6.

make drivers aware

f.

while feeling drowsy


LISTENING GAP FILL

California has an awareness _________________ around the world should have. It is Drowsy Driver Awareness Day and it happens on April 6 every year. Its _________________ awareness of the dangers of driving your car (or riding your motorcycle) for long periods without a rest. It also highlights _________________ driving when you are very tired. The day _________________ former California Highway Patrol officer Phil Konstantin. He witnessed many accidents that happened because of tiredness and had experience of falling asleep at the wheel and narrowly _________________ accident. He also tells the tragic story of how his wife died in a car accident because she _________________ wheel. He warned: “It can happen to anyone.”

Drowsy Driver Awareness Day is also a memorial _________________ have died in a car crash involving a drowsy driver. California’s Highway Patrol says 100 people _________________ collisions with drowsy drivers. It says in the ten-year period between 1993 and 2003, over 41,000 people died in accidents where a drowsy _________________. America’s National Sleep Foundation reports that 62 per cent of people _________________ drowsy. In addition, 27 per cent said they had actually dozed off while driving. Many more people _________________ crashes related to drowsy drivers than from many serious illnesses. On this day, do something to make drivers _________________ of getting behind the wheel when they are tired.


WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

California has an awareness day that all countries around the world __________ have. It is Drowsy Driver Awareness Day and it happens on April 6 every year. Its aim is to __________ awareness of the dangers of driving your car (or riding your motorcycle) for long periods without a __________. It also highlights the dangers of driving when you are very tired. The day was __________ up by former California Highway Patrol officer Phil Konstantin. He witnessed many __________ that happened because of tiredness and had experience of falling asleep at the wheel and narrowly __________ a serious accident. He also tells the __________ story of how his wife died in a car accident because she fell asleep at the wheel. He warned: “It can __________ to anyone.”

 

 

 

tragic
raise
accidents
thought
happen
should
rest
avoided

Drowsy Driver Awareness Day is also a __________ day for those who have died in a car crash __________ a drowsy driver. California’s Highway Patrol says 100 people die each year in collisions with drowsy drivers. It says in the ten-year __________ between 1993 and 2003, over 41,000 people __________ in accidents where a drowsy driver was involved. America’s National Sleep Foundation reports that 62 per cent of people drive while __________ drowsy. In addition, 27 per cent said they had actually dozed off while driving. Many more people die each year from crashes __________ to drowsy drivers than from many serious __________. On this day, do something to make drivers aware of the dangers of getting __________ the wheel when they are tired.

 

 

feeling
 
period
illnesses
memorial
behind
died
involving
related


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

California has an awareness days / day that all countries around the world should have. It is Drowsy Driver Awareness Day and it happening / happens on April 6 every year. Its aim is to raise awareness of the dangers of driving your car (or riding your motorcycle) for long periods / period without a rest. It also highlights the dangerous / dangers of driving when you are very tired. The day was thought up / down by former California Highway Patrol officer Phil Konstantin. He witnessed many accidents that happened because of tired / tiredness and had experience of falling asleep at the wheel and narrowly avoids / avoided a serious accident. He also tells the tragic story of how his wife died in a car accident because she fell asleep at the wheel. He warned: “It can happening / happen to anyone.”

Drowsy Driver Awareness Day is also a memorial / memorize day for those who have died in a car crash involved / involving a drowsy driver. California’s Highway Patrol says 100 people die each year in collisions with drowsy drivers. It says / say in the ten-year period between 1993 and 2003, over 41,000 people dead / died in accidents where a drowsy driver was involved / involvement. America’s National Sleep Foundation reports that 62 per cent of people drive while feeling drowsy. In addition, 27 per cent said they has / had actually dozed off while driving. Many more people die each year from crashes / crashed related to drowsy drivers than from many serious illnesses. On this day, do something to make drivers awareness / aware of the dangers of getting behind the wheel when they are tired.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

California has an awareness day that all countries around the world (1) ____ have. It is Drowsy Driver Awareness Day and it happens on April 6 every year. Its (2) ____ is to raise awareness of the dangers of driving your car (or riding your motorcycle) for long periods without a rest. It also highlights the (3) ____ of driving when you are very tired. The day was thought up by former California Highway Patrol officer Phil Konstantin. He witnessed many accidents that happened because (4) ____ tiredness and had experience of falling asleep at the wheel and (5) ____ avoided a serious accident. He also tells the tragic story of how his wife died in a car accident because she fell asleep at the wheel. He warned: “It can (6) ____ to anyone.”

Drowsy Driver Awareness Day is also a (7) ____ day for those who have died in a car crash involving a drowsy driver. California’s Highway Patrol says 100 people (8) ____ each year in collisions with drowsy drivers. It says in the ten-year period between 1993 and 2003, over 41,000 people died  in accidents where a drowsy driver was (9) ____. America’s National Sleep Foundation reports that 62 per cent of people drive while feeling drowsy. In (10) ____, 27 per cent said they had actually dozed off while driving. Many more people die each year from crashes related (11) ____ drowsy drivers than from many serious illnesses. On this day, do something to make drivers aware of the dangers of (12) ____ behind the wheel when they are tired.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

should

(b)

should’ve

(c)

had

(d)

having

2.

(a)

aiming

(b)

aim

(c)

aimed

(d)

aims

3.

(a)

dangerous

(b)

dangers

(c)

endanger

(d)

endangers

4.

(a)

at

(b)

on

(c)

as

(d)

of

5.

(a)

narrow

(b)

narrowed

(c)

narrowly

(d)

narrower

6.

(a)

happening

(b)

happened

(c)

happens

(d)

happen

7.

(a)

memorize

(b)

memories

(c)

memorial

(d)

remember

8.

(a)

dead

(b)

die

(c)

death

(d)

dying

9.

(a)

involved

(b)

involvement

(c)

involves

(d)

involving

10.

(a)

addition

(b)

plus

(c)

also

(d)

added

11.

(a)

for

(b)

at

(c)

to

(d)

by

12.

(a)

got

(b)

get

(c)

gets

(d)

getting


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

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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Paragraph 2

7.

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8.

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9.

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10.

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11.

die each year from serchas

12.

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PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

driver was involved. America’s National Sleep Foundation reports that 62 per cent of people drive while

(    )

because she fell asleep at the wheel. He warned: “It can happen to anyone.”

(    )

(or riding your motorcycle) for long periods without a rest. It also highlights the dangers of driving when you are very

(    )

avoided a serious accident. He also tells the tragic story of how his wife died in a car accident

(    )

and it happens on April 6 every year. Its aim is to raise awareness of the dangers of driving your car

1  )

California has an awareness day that all countries around the world should have. It is Drowsy Driver Awareness Day

(    )

feeling drowsy. In addition, 27 per cent said they had actually dozed off while driving. Many more people

(    )

a drowsy driver. California’s Highway Patrol says 100 people die each year in collisions with drowsy drivers. It says in

(    )

die each year from crashes related to drowsy drivers than from many serious illnesses. On this day, do

(    )

tired. The day was thought up by former California Highway Patrol officer Phil Konstantin. He witnessed

(    )

Drowsy Driver Awareness Day is also a memorial day for those who have died in a car crash involving

(    )

the ten-year period between 1993 and 2003, over 41,000 people died in accidents where a drowsy

(    )

something to make drivers aware of the dangers of getting behind the wheel when they are tired.

(    )

many accidents that happened because of tiredness and had experience of falling asleep at the wheel and narrowly


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

happens    April    every    it    on    6    year

2.

dangers    driving    awareness    the    of    raise    of

3.

driving    tired    when    the    you    dangers    are    of    very

4.

that    accidents    many    witnessed    He    happened

5.

narrowly    serious    avoided    accident    a

6.

100    die    year    collisions    people    each    in

7.

between    ten    1993    -    and    year    2003    period    the

8.

driver    involved    where    drowsy    was    accidents    a

9.

dozed   off   while   driving   27   per   cent   said   they   had   actually

10.

of    behind    wheel    dangers    getting    the    the


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 DROWSY DRIVER AWARENESS DAY SURVEY

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

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Drowsy Driver 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 Drowsy Driver Awareness Day. Write about what will happen on this day around the world.

ANSWERS

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


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