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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


 

International Dance Day, also known as World Dance Day, is celebrated on April 29 each year. It started in 1982 to commemorate the birthday of the dancer Jean-Georges Noverre. The day is organized by the International Dance Council (IDC), which is part of UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). The aim of this day is to promote all kinds of dance around the world and to highlight the importance of dance to world culture. An additional purpose of celebrating this day is to encourage governments around the world to introduce dance in schools. The IDC believes dance education is an important part of school life from primary school, especially because it is an important part of our culture.

Dancing is something everyone can do. Young children love dancing. It forms a large part of their play in their early years. In our adult life, we continue to dance at weddings, parties and discos. We can continue to dance even in our 80s, 90s and beyond. It is an extremely healthy activity. Dance is also an art form. Dancers study for decades to perfect their art. There are many different forms of dance, ranging from classical ballet to hip-hop, belly dancing, flamenco and traditional folk dances.  The word ‘dance’ means the movement of the body to music, usually in a rhythmic way. We can dance alone, with a partner or as part of a large group. Dancing can be a very social interaction.

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

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

also known

a.

part of school life

2

promote all

b.

dance to world culture

3.

highlight the importance of

c.

as World Dance Day

4.

introduce dance

d.

of our culture

5.

dance education is an important

e.

kinds of dance

6.

an important part

f.

in schools

 

Paragraph 2

1.

Dancing is something

a.

art form

2

in our 80s, 90s

b.

social interaction

3.

Dance is also an

c.

and beyond

4.

Dancers study for decades to

d.

body to music

5.

the movement of the

e.

everyone can do

6.

Dancing can be a very

f.

perfect their art


LISTENING GAP FILL

International Dance Day, _____________________ World Dance Day, is celebrated on April 29 each year. It started in 1982 to commemorate _____________________ dancer Jean-Georges Noverre. The day is organized by the International Dance Council (IDC), _____________________ UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). The aim of this day is to promote all kinds of dance around the world _____________________ importance of dance to world culture. An additional purpose of celebrating this day is to encourage governments _____________________ introduce dance in schools. The IDC believes dance education is an important part of school life from primary school, _____________________ is an important part of our culture.

Dancing is something _____________________. Young children love dancing. It _____________________ of their play in their early years. In our adult life, we continue to dance at weddings, parties and discos. We can continue to dance even in our _____________________. It is an extremely healthy activity. Dance is also an art form. Dancers study for decades _____________________. There are many different forms of dance, ranging from classical ballet to hip-hop, belly dancing, flamenco and traditional folk dances. The word ‘dance’ means the movement _____________________ music, usually in a rhythmic way. We can dance alone, with a partner or as part of a large group. Dancing _____________________ interaction.


WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

International Dance Day, also __________ as World Dance Day, is celebrated on April 29 each year. It started in 1982 to commemorate the __________ of the dancer Jean-Georges Noverre. The day is organized by the International Dance Council (IDC), which is __________ of UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). The aim of this day is to __________ all kinds of dance around the world and to highlight the importance of dance to world __________. An additional __________ of celebrating this day is to encourage governments around the world to introduce dance in schools. The IDC __________ dance education is an important part of school life from primary school, __________ because it is an important part of our culture.

 

 

 

culture
known
purpose
part
especially
believes
birthday
promote

Dancing is __________ everyone can do. Young children love dancing. It forms a large part of their play in their __________ years. In our adult life, we continue to dance at weddings, parties and discos. We can __________ to dance even in our 80s, 90s and beyond. It is an extremely healthy activity. Dance is also an __________ form. Dancers study for decades to perfect their art. There are many different forms of dance, __________ from classical ballet to hip-hop, belly dancing, flamenco and traditional folk dances.  The word ‘dance’ __________ the movement of the body to music, usually in a rhythmic __________. We can dance alone, with a partner or as part of a large group. Dancing can be a very __________ interaction.

 

 

continue
 
ranging
way
something
social
early
means
art


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

International Dance Day, also knowing / known as World Dance Day, is celebrated on April 29 each year. It started in 1982 to commemorate / commemoration the birthday of the dancer Jean-Georges Noverre. The day is organized by / to the International Dance Council (IDC), which is partly / part of UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). The aimed / aim of this day is to promote all kinds of dance around the world and to highlight the importance of dance at / to world culture. An additional purpose / porpoise of celebrating this day is to encourage governments around the world to introduce dance in schools. The IDC believes dance education is an important part of school lively / life from primary school, especially because it is an important part of our culture.

Dancing is something everyone can doing / do. Young children love dancing. It forms a large / largest part of their play in their early years. In our adult life, we continue to dance at weddings, parties and discos. We can continue to dance ever / even in our 80s, 90s and beyond. It is an extremely healthy activity. Dance is also an arty / art form. Dancers study for decades to perfection / perfect their art. There are many different forms of dance, ranging / range from classical ballet to hip-hop, belly dancing, flamenco and traditional folk dances.  The word ‘dance’ means the move / movement of the body to music, usually in a rhythmic way. We can dance alone, with a partner or as part of a large group. Dancing can be a very social / socially interaction.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

International Dance Day, also (1) ____ as World Dance Day, is celebrated on April 29 each year. It started in 1982 to commemorate the birthday of the dancer Jean-Georges Noverre. The day is (2) ____ by the International Dance Council (IDC), which is part of UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). The aim of (3) ____ day is to promote all kinds of dance around the world and to highlight the (4) ____ of dance to world culture. An additional purpose of celebrating this day is  (5) ____ encourage governments around the world to introduce dance in schools. The IDC believes dance education is an important part of school life from primary school, (6) ____ because it is an important part of our culture.

Dancing is something everyone can (7) ____. Young children love dancing. It forms a large part of their play in their early years. In our adult (8) ____, we continue to dance at weddings, parties and discos. We can continue to dance even in our 80s, 90s and beyond. It is an (9) ____ healthy activity. Dance is also an art form. Dancers study for decades to perfect their (10) ____. There are many different forms of dance, ranging from classical ballet to hip-hop, belly dancing, flamenco and traditional folk dances.  The word ‘dance’ (11) ____ the movement of the body to music, usually in a rhythmic way. We can dance alone, with a partner or as part of a large group. Dancing can be a very (12) ____ interaction.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

known

(b)

knower

(c)

knew

(d)

knowing

2.

(a)

organization

(b)

organizer

(c)

organizes

(d)

organized

3.

(a)

these

(b)

this

(c)

it

(d)

those

4.

(a)

impact

(b)

important

(c)

importance

(d)

imported

5.

(a)

for

(b)

with

(c)

by

(d)

to

6.

(a)

special

(b)

especially

(c)

specialist

(d)

specials

7.

(a)

do

(b)

doing

(c)

done

(d)

does

8.

(a)

lively

(b)

live

(c)

life

(d)

living

9.

(a)

extreme

(b)

extremity

(c)

extremely

(d)

extremist

10.

(a)

arty-farty

(b)

arty

(c)

artistic

(d)

art

11.

(a)

meaning

(b)

means

(c)

meanings

(d)

mean

12.

(a)

social

(b)

socially

(c)

socialism

(d)

socials


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

also wnkno as …

2.

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3.

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4.

An additional ppresou

5.

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6.

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Paragraph 2

7.

something oyveerne can do

8.

In our audlt life

9.

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10.

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11.

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12.

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PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

even in our 80s, 90s and beyond. It is an extremely healthy activity. Dance is also an art form. Dancers study

(    )

Organization). The aim of this day is to promote all kinds of dance around the world and to highlight the importance

1  )

International Dance Day, also known as World Dance Day, is celebrated on April 29 each year. It started

(    )

around the world to introduce dance in schools. The IDC believes dance education is an important

(    )

part of school life from primary school, especially because it is an important part of our culture.

(    )

alone, with a partner or as part of a large group. Dancing can be a very social interaction.

(    )

Dancing is something everyone can do. Young children love dancing. It forms a large part of their play in their early

(    )

of dance to world culture. An additional purpose of celebrating this day is to encourage governments

(    )

the movement of the body to music, usually in a rhythmic way. We can dance

(    )

for decades to perfect their art. There are many different forms of dance, ranging from classical

(    )

ballet to hip-hop, belly dancing, flamenco and traditional folk dances.  The word ‘dance’ means

(    )

years. In our adult life, we continue to dance at weddings, parties and discos. We can continue to dance

(    )

in 1982 to commemorate the birthday of the dancer Jean-Georges Noverre. The day is organized by the

(    )

International Dance Council (IDC), which is part of UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

World    is    April    year    Day    on    each    Dance    celebrated    29

2.

the    around    dance    of    kinds    all    promote    world

3.

celebrating    day    additional    of    this    An    purpose

4.

life    important    dance    part    education    of    is    school    an

5.

of    part    important    an    is    it    culture    our

6.

everyone    something    is    Dancing    do    can

7.

part    large    a    forms    It    play    their    of

8.

to    80s    dance    We    even    can    in    continue    our

9.

study    Dancers    art    their    perfect    to    decades    for

10.

very    interaction    can    a    social    Dancing    be


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 INTERNATIONAL DANCE DAY SURVEY

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

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about International Dance 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 International Dance 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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