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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


 

National Hanging Out Day is a day to think about the environment and what you can do to help it. It is on April 19th each year. It’s very simple. On this day, you make sure you hang your clothes out to dry on a clothes line. We can save a lot of money and energy by using the humble clothes line. We waste money and energy by using electric dryers, which also add to global warming. Using a clothes line can actually save the average household several hundred dollars a year. In America, electric clothes dryers account for up to ten per cent of people’s electricity bills. The day was created by the Project Laundry List, which joins together with other organizations to educate communities about energy consumption.

Laundry List.org has other reasons for you to hang your clothes out to dry. It’s good for you. Standing in the fresh air, feeling the wind on your face and hearing the birds sing is therapeutic. It also makes your clothes smell fresher and last longer. Unfortunately, it’s difficult for some people to do this because some communities ban people from hanging their clothes out. Some people believe it makes the area look bad. To overcome this, many U.S. states have passed legislation that protects your “right to dry”. So April 19 is a celebration of the clothes line. If everyone in the USA swapped their dryer for a clothes line, homes would reduce their CO2 output by 3.3%. A single dryer in a U.S. home uses more energy a year than the average African uses.

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

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

a day to think

a.

of people’s electricity bills

2

hang your clothes

b.

several hundred dollars

3.

We waste money

c.

energy consumption

4.

save the average household

d.

out to dry

5.

dryers account for up to 10%

e.

about the environment

6.

educate communities about

f.

and energy

 

Paragraph 2

1.

Standing in the fresh

a.

and last longer

2

feeling the wind

b.

by 3.3%

3.

hearing the birds

c.

“right to dry”

4.

your clothes smell fresher

d.

air

5.

legislation that protects your

e.

sing is therapeutic

6.

reduce their CO2 output

f.

on your face


LISTENING GAP FILL

National Hanging Out Day is a _____________________ the environment and what you can do to help it. It is on April 19th each year. It’s very simple. On this day, _____________________ hang your clothes out to dry on a clothes line. We can save a lot of money _____________________ the humble clothes line. We waste money and energy by using electric dryers, which also add to global warming. Using a clothes line _____________________ average household several hundred dollars a year. In America, electric clothes dryers account _____________________ people’s electricity bills. The day was created by the Project Laundry List, which joins together with other organizations _____________________ about energy consumption.

Laundry List.org has _____________________ you to hang your clothes out to dry. It’s good for you. Standing in the fresh air, feeling the _____________________ and hearing the birds sing is therapeutic. It also makes your clothes smell _____________________. Unfortunately, it’s difficult for some people to do this because some communities ban people from hanging their clothes out. Some people believe it makes _____________________. To overcome this, many U.S. states have passed legislation that protects _____________________. So April 19 is a celebration of the clothes line. If everyone in the USA swapped their dryer for a clothes line, homes would reduce their CO2 output by 3.3%. A single dryer in a U.S. home uses more energy a _____________________ African uses.


WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

National Hanging Out Day is a day to __________ about the environment and what you can do to help it. It is on April 19th each year. It’s very __________. On this day, you make sure you hang your clothes out to dry on a clothes line. We can save a lot of money and energy by using the __________ clothes line. We __________ money and energy by using electric dryers, which also add to global warming. Using a clothes line can actually save the average household __________ hundred dollars a year. In America, electric clothes dryers account for __________ to ten per cent of people’s electricity bills. The day was created by the Project Laundry List, which __________ together with other organizations to __________ communities about energy consumption.

 

 

 

humble
up
simple
educate
several
think
waste
joins

Laundry List.org has other reasons for you to __________ your clothes out to dry. It’s good for you. Standing in the fresh air, feeling the __________ on your face and hearing the birds sing is therapeutic. It also makes your clothes smell fresher and __________ longer. Unfortunately, it’s difficult for some people to do this because some communities __________ people from hanging their clothes out. Some people believe it makes the area look __________. To overcome this, many U.S. states have passed legislation that protects your “__________ to dry”. So April 19 is a celebration of the clothes line. If everyone in the USA swapped their dryer for a clothes line, homes would __________ their CO2 output by 3.3%. A single dryer in a U.S. home uses more energy a year than the __________ African uses.

 

 

wind
 
right
last
ban
average
reduce
hang
bad


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

National Hanging Out Day is a day to thought / think about the environment and what you can do to help it. It is on April 19th each year. It’s very simple. On this day, you make / be sure you hang your clothes out to dry on a clothes line. We can saving / save a lot of money and energy by / for using the humble clothes line. We waste money and energy by using electric dryers, which also plus / add to global warming. Using a clothes line can actually save the average household several / few hundred dollars a year. In America, electric clothes dryers account for up / down to ten per cent of people’s electricity bills. The day was created by the Project Laundry List, which joint / joins together with other organizations to educate communities about energy consumption.

Laundry List.org has other reasons for you to hang / hanging your clothes out to dry. It’s good for you. Standing in the refresh / fresh air, feeling the wind on your face and hearing the birds sing is therapeutic. It also makes / takes your clothes smell fresher and last / lasting longer. Unfortunately, it’s difficult for some people to do this because some communities ban people from hanging their clothes in / out. Some people believe it makes the area look bad. To overcome this, many U.S. states have past / passed legislation that protects your “right to dry”. So April 19 is a celebration of the clothes line. If everyone in the USA swapped / swap their dryer for a clothes line, homes would reduce their CO2 output by / for 3.3%. A single dryer in a U.S. home uses more energy a year than the average African uses.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

National Hanging Out Day is a (1) ____ to think about the environment and what you can do to help it. It is on April 19th each year. It’s very simple. On this day, you (2) ____ sure you hang your clothes out to dry on a clothes line. We can save a lot of money and energy (3) ____ using the humble clothes line. We waste money and energy by using electric dryers, which also add to global warming. Using a clothes line can actually save the (4) ____ household several hundred dollars a year. In America, electric clothes dryers (5) ____ for up to ten per cent of people’s electricity bills. The day was created by the Project Laundry List, which joins together with (6) ____ organizations to educate communities about energy consumption.

Laundry List.org has other reasons (7) ____ you to hang your clothes out to dry. It’s good for you. Standing in the fresh air, feeling the wind on your face and hearing the birds sing is therapeutic. It also makes your clothes smell fresher and (8) ____ longer. Unfortunately, it’s difficult for some people to do this because some communities ban people (9) ____ hanging their clothes out. Some people believe it makes the area look bad. To overcome this, many U.S. states have (10) ____ legislation that protects your “right to dry”. So April 19 is a celebration of the clothes line. If everyone in the USA (11) ____ their dryer for a clothes line, homes would reduce their CO2 output by 3.3%. A single dryer in a U.S. home (12) ____ more energy a year than the average African uses.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

day

(b)

daily

(c)

daytime

(d)

days

2.

(a)

take

(b)

fake

(c)

make

(d)

rake

3.

(a)

for

(b)

from

(c)

by

(d)

at

4.

(a)

average

(b)

averaged

(c)

averaging

(d)

averages

5.

(a)

accounting

(b)

accounts

(c)

accountant

(d)

account

6.

(a)

another

(b)

other

(c)

the others

(d)

others

7.

(a)

for

(b)

at

(c)

by

(d)

from

8.

(a)

lasting

(b)

lasted

(c)

last

(d)

lastly

9.

(a)

for

(b)

if

(c)

of

(d)

from

10.

(a)

past

(b)

passing

(c)

passes

(d)

passed

11.

(a)

snapped

(b)

swapped

(c)

slapped

(d)

strapped

12.

(a)

use

(b)

uses

(c)

usage

(d)

useful


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

It’s very mplsie

2.

awste money

3.

the egaavre household

4.

lcettieyicr bills

5.

joins hettgeor

6.

nygree consumption

 

Paragraph 2

7.

other anrsseo

8.

eshrf air

9.

neefilg the wind

10.

smell frehesr

11.

apessd legislation

12.

crdeeu their CO2 output


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

money and energy by using electric dryers, which also add to global warming. Using a clothes line can actually save

(    )

to dry on a clothes line. We can save a lot of money and energy by using the humble clothes line. We waste

(    )

this, many U.S. states have passed legislation that protects your “right to dry”. So April 19 is a celebration

(    )

Laundry List.org has other reasons for you to hang your clothes out to dry. It’s good for you. Standing in the fresh

(    )

air, feeling the wind on your face and hearing the birds sing is therapeutic. It also makes your clothes smell

(    )

output by 3.3%. A single dryer in a U.S. home uses more energy a year than the average African uses.

(    )

people from hanging their clothes out. Some people believe it makes the area look bad. To overcome

(    )

help it. It is on April 19th each year. It’s very simple. On this day, you make sure you hang your clothes out

(    )

together with other organizations to educate communities about energy consumption.

(    )

per cent of people’s electricity bills. The day was created by the Project Laundry List, which joins

(    )

fresher and last longer. Unfortunately, it’s difficult for some people to do this because some communities ban

1  )

National Hanging Out Day is a day to think about the environment and what you can do to

(    )

the average household several hundred dollars a year. In America, electric clothes dryers account for up to ten

(    )

of the clothes line. If everyone in the USA swapped their dryer for a clothes line, homes would reduce their CO2


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

about    environment    day    think    the    a    to

2.

your    make    clothes    sure    out    you    to    hang    dry

3.

can    money    save    and    a    energy    lot    We    of

4.

several    dollars    the    household    hundred    save    average

5.

up    of    to    people’s    ten    electricity    per    bills    cent

6.

other    hang    reasons    your    for    clothes    you    out    to

7.

sing    birds    the    hearing    therapeutic    is

8.

last    your    smell    and    longer    clothes    fresher

9.

makes    it    believe    people    bad    look    area    the

10.

their    CO2    output    by    3.3    homes    would    reduce    %


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 NATIONAL HANGING OUT DAY SURVEY

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

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about National Hanging Out 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 National Hanging Out 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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