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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


 

April the 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD). Autism is a disorder that affects the development of the brain. People who suffer from autism often have problems interacting socially with others. They also repeat the same things again and again. WAAD started in 2007 when the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution to recognize the disorder. The Emir of Qatar pushed for this day to take place and won support from UN member states. WAAD is one of only three United Nations Days that focus on specific diseases. It aims to bring the world's attention to autism and the tens of millions of sufferers. On this day, countries hold events that celebrate the unique talents and skills of autistic people.

Autism affects as many as 1 in 150 children. No one knows the reason why, but boys are four times more likely to have autism than girls. Autism can affect any child in the world, regardless of where they live or their social background. It is the fastest growing serious developmental disability in the world and is a growing global health crisis. Autism affects more children around the world than AIDS, cancer and diabetes combined. Parents usually notice the first signs of autism in children from the age of two. Although there is no cure for the condition yet, education can help the child become more independent. However much care autistic children receive, few grow up and look after themselves.

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 disorder that affects the

a.

suffer from autism

2

People who

b.

adopted a resolution

3.

problems interacting

c.

skills of autistic people

4.

the UN General Assembly

d.

development of the brain

5.

tens of millions

e.

socially with others

6.

celebrate the unique talents and

f.

of sufferers

 

Paragraph 2

1.

Autism affects as many as

a.

for the condition yet

2

boys are four times more likely

b.

global health crisis

3.

a growing

c.

1 in 150 children

4.

Parents usually notice the first

d.

to have autism

5.

there is no cure

e.

after themselves

6.

few grow up and look

f.

signs of autism


LISTENING GAP FILL

April the 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD). Autism is a _________________ the development of the brain. People who suffer from autism often have problems interacting _________________. They also repeat the same things again and again. WAAD started in 2007 when the UN General Assembly adopted a _________________ the disorder. The Emir of Qatar pushed for this day to take place and _________________ UN member states. WAAD is one of only three United Nations Days that focus on specific diseases. _________________ the world's attention to autism and the tens of millions of sufferers. On this day, countries hold events that celebrate the _________________ skills of autistic people.

Autism affects _________________ 150 children. No one knows the reason why, but boys are four _________________ have autism than girls. Autism can affect any child in the world, regardless of where _________________ social background. It is the fastest growing serious developmental disability in the world and is a growing global health crisis. Autism affects more children _________________ than AIDS, cancer and diabetes combined. Parents usually notice the first signs of autism in children _________________ two. Although there is no cure for the condition yet, education can help the child become more independent. However much care autistic children receive, _________________ look after themselves.


WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

April the 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD). Autism is a __________ that affects the development of the brain. People who suffer from autism often have problems interacting __________ with others. They also __________ the same things again and again. WAAD started in 2007 when the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution to recognize the disorder. The Emir of Qatar __________ for this day to take place and won support from UN member states. WAAD is one of only three United Nations Days that __________ on specific diseases. It aims to bring the world's __________ to autism and the __________ of millions of sufferers. On this day, countries hold events that celebrate the __________ talents and skills of autistic people.

 

 

 

pushed
attention
disorder
tens
repeat
unique
socially
focus

Autism __________ as many as 1 in 150 children. No one knows the reason why, but boys are four times more __________ to have autism than girls. Autism can affect any child in the world, __________ of where they live or their social background. It is the fastest __________ serious developmental disability in the world and is a growing global health __________. Autism affects more children around the world than AIDS, cancer and diabetes __________. Parents usually notice the first signs of autism in children from the age of two. Although there is no __________ for the condition yet, education can help the child become more independent. However much care autistic children receive, few grow up and __________ after themselves.

 

 

likely
 
combined
regardless
look
crisis
affects
cure
growing


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

April the 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD). Autism is a disorder / order that affects the development of the brain. People who suffer / suffering from autism often have problems interacting socially with other / others. They also repeat the same things again and again. WAAD started in 2007 when the UN General Assembly adoption / adopted a resolution to recognize the disorder. The Emir of Qatar pushed / shoved for this day to take place and won support from UN member states. WAAD is one of / for only three United Nations Days that focus on specific diseases. It aims to bring the world's attention to autism and the tens / ten of millions of sufferers. On this day, countries hold events that celebrate the uniquely / unique talents and skills of autistic people.

Autism affects as many as 1 on / in 150 children. No one knows the reason why, but boys are four times more liked / likely to have autism than girls. Autism can affect any / only child in the world, regardless of where they life / live or their social background. It is the fastest growing serious developmental disability in the world and is a growing global / globally health crisis. Autism affects more children around the world than AIDS, cancer and diabetes combined. Parents usually notice / noticing the first signs of autism in children from the age of two. Although there is not / no cure for the condition yet, education can help the child become more independent. However much care autistic children receive, few grow / grew up and look after themselves.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

April the 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD). Autism is a (1) ____ that affects the development of the brain. People who suffer (2) ____ autism often have problems interacting socially with (3) ____. They also repeat the same things again and again. WAAD started in 2007 when the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution to (4) ____ the disorder. The Emir of Qatar pushed for this day to take place and won support from UN member states. WAAD is one of only three United Nations Days that focus (5) ____ specific diseases. It aims to bring the world's attention to autism and the tens of millions of sufferers. On this day, countries hold events that celebrate the unique talents and (6) ____ of autistic people.

Autism affects as many as 1 (7) ____ 150 children. No one knows the reason why, but boys are four times more (8) ____ to have autism than girls. Autism can affect any child in the world, regardless of where they live or their social background. It is the fastest (9) ____ serious developmental disability in the world and is a growing global health crisis. Autism affects more children around the world than AIDS, cancer and diabetes (10) ____. Parents usually notice the first signs of autism in children from the age of two. Although there is (11) ____ cure for the condition yet, education can help the child become more independent. However much care autistic children receive, few (12) ____ up and look after themselves.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

disorder

(b)

orderly

(c)

disorders

(d)

ordered

2.

(a)

for

(b)

that

(c)

from

(d)

at

3.

(a)

another

(b)

others

(c)

other

(d)

the other

4.

(a)

recognition

(b)

recognized

(c)

recognizes

(d)

recognize

5.

(a)

on

(b)

in

(c)

at

(d)

to

6.

(a)

skillful

(b)

skills

(c)

skilled

(d)

skillfully

7.

(a)

on

(b)

at

(c)

in

(d)

to

8.

(a)

liked

(b)

likes

(c)

likely

(d)

liking

9.

(a)

growth

(b)

grows

(c)

grown

(d)

growing

10.

(a)

combined

(b)

combination

(c)

combines

(d)

combine

11.

(a)

never

(b)

no

(c)

not

(d)

none

12.

(a)

grew

(b)

growth

(c)

grown

(d)

grow


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

Autism is a rderoids

2.

problems interacting aislocly with others

3.

won psotpur from UN member states

4.

foucs on specific diseases

5.

bring the world's tnnetiota to autism

6.

eiuqnu talents

 

Paragraph 2

7.

ctsfefa as many as 1 in 150 children

8.

four times more eilylk

9.

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10.

notice the first snsgi

11.

no rceu for the condition yet

12.

look ferat themselves


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

development of the brain. People who suffer from autism often have problems interacting socially with

(    )

cure for the condition yet, education can help the child become more independent. However

1  )

April the 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD). Autism is a disorder that affects the

(    )

others. They also repeat the same things again and again. WAAD started in 2007 when the UN General Assembly adopted

(    )

much care autistic children receive, few grow up and look after themselves.

(    )

support from UN member states. WAAD is one of only three United Nations Days that focus on specific diseases. It aims

(    )

a resolution to recognize the disorder. The Emir of Qatar pushed for this day to take place and won

(    )

world and is a growing global health crisis. Autism affects more children around the world than AIDS, cancer and

(    )

diabetes combined. Parents usually notice the first signs of autism in children from the age of two. Although there is no

(    )

events that celebrate the unique talents and skills of autistic people.

(    )

to bring the world's attention to autism and the tens of millions of sufferers. On this day, countries hold

(    )

Autism affects as many as 1 in 150 children. No one knows the reason why, but boys are four times

(    )

or their social background. It is the fastest growing serious developmental disability in the

(    )

more likely to have autism than girls. Autism can affect any child in the world, regardless of where they live


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

that    the    affects    brain    the    a    development    disorder    of

2.

socially    interacting    problems    have    others    with

3.

same    again    again    the    things    and    repeat

4.

from    support    won    states    member    UN

5.

autistic    of    skills    and    talents    unique    the    people

6.

1    affects    in    as    150    many    children    as    Autism

7.

have    times    autism    more    boys    likely    are    to    four

8.

in   usually   first   autism   Parents    the   of   children    notice    signs

9.

is    there    yet    condition    the    for    cure    no

10.

themselves    grow    and    after    few    up    look


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 AUTISM AWARENESS DAY SURVEY

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

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