English Lesson on World Tai Chi Day

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THE LESSON ON WORLD TAI CHI DAY

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World Tai Chi and Qigong Day is an annual event held on the last Saturday of April each year. Its aim is to promote practices of Tai Chi and Qigong. In particular, followers of Tai Chi and Qigong hope to educate the world about the health benefits of the two exercises. The World Tai Chi Day website says it is also a day to help put people in touch with teachers and healing centres, to find out more about these two traditional Chinese disciplines. The annual event, which started in 1999, joins people in over 65 countries. That number grows every year as Tai Chi becomes better known. Celebrations include Tai Chi exhibitions and free classes in most participating cities around the world. The day is recognized by the World Health Organization.



Tai Chi is actually a Chinese martial art. It is called an internal martial art because it is not used for self-defence, but is instead practiced for health reasons. Doctors say it has benefits for those who have heart and blood pressure problems. Many people who practice it say it relieves stress and makes you live longer. Tai Chi is famous around the world for its followers doing their morning slow motion routines in parks. Traditionalists say that Tai Chi is a mixture of self defence and health and that these represent the two opposing forces of yin and yang. A form of Tai Chi with just 42 movements, called wushu, was a sport in the 11th Asian Games in 1990. There are attempts to make it an Olympic event.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

held on the last

a.

with teachers

2

educate the world about

b.

grows every year

3.

put people in touch

c.

Saturday of April

4.

these two traditional

d.

around the world

5.

That number

e.

the health benefits

6.

participating cities

f.

Chinese disciplines

Paragraph 2

1.

a Chinese martial

a.

defence and health

2

practiced for health

b.

pressure problems

3.

those who have heart and blood

c.

42 movements

4.

a mixture of self

d.

art

5.

A form of Tai Chi with just

e.

an Olympic event

6.

attempts to make it

f.

reasons

LISTENING GAP FILL

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day is __________________ held on the last Saturday of April each year. Its aim is to promote practices of Tai Chi and Qigong. In particular, followers of Tai Chi and Qigong hope to educate the world about the health benefits __________________. The World Tai Chi Day website says it is also a day to help put __________________ with teachers and healing centres, to find out more about these two traditional Chinese disciplines. The annual event, which started in 1999, __________________ over 65 countries. That number grows every year as Tai Chi __________________. Celebrations include Tai Chi exhibitions and free classes in most participating cities around the world. The __________________ by the World Health Organization.

Tai Chi is actually a Chinese martial art. It is called _______________ art because it is not used for self-defence, but is instead practiced for health reasons. Doctors __________________ for those who have heart and blood pressure problems. Many people who practice it say it relieves stress and __________________ longer. Tai Chi is famous around the world for its followers doing their morning slow motion __________________. Traditionalists say that Tai Chi is a mixture of self defence and health and that these represent _________________ forces of yin and yang. A form of Tai Chi with just 42 movements, called wushu, was a sport in the 11th Asian Games in 1990. There are attempts __________________ Olympic event.

WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day is an __________ event held on the last Saturday of April each year. Its aim is to __________ practices of Tai Chi and Qigong. In particular, followers of Tai Chi and Qigong hope to educate the world about the health __________ of the two exercises. The World Tai Chi Day website says it is also a day to help put people in __________ with teachers and healing centres, to find out more about these two __________ Chinese disciplines. The annual event, which started in 1999, __________ people in over 65 countries. That __________ grows every year as Tai Chi becomes better known. Celebrations include Tai Chi exhibitions and free __________ in most participating cities around the world. The day is recognized by the World Health Organization.

 

 

 

touch
number
benefits
traditional
annual
classes
joins
promote

Tai Chi is actually a Chinese martial art. It is called an __________ martial art because it is not used for self-defence, but is instead practiced for health __________. Doctors say it has benefits for those who have heart and blood __________ problems. Many people who practice it say it relieves stress and makes you live __________. Tai Chi is famous around the world for its followers doing their morning slow motion __________ in parks. Traditionalists say that Tai Chi is a mixture of self defence and health and that these represent the two opposing __________ of yin and yang. A __________ of Tai Chi with just 42 movements, called wushu, was a sport in the 11th Asian Games in 1990. There are __________ to make it an Olympic event.

 

 

reasons
 
routines
internal
form
longer
attempts
forces
pressure

CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day is an annually / annual event held on the last Saturday of April each year. Its aim is to promote practices of Tai Chi and Qigong. In peculiar / particular, followers of Tai Chi and Qigong hope to educate the world about the health benefits / beneficial of the two exercises. The World Tai Chi Day website says it is also a day to help put people in / on touch with teachers and healing centres, to find out more about these two traditional Chinese disciplines. The annual event, which started in 1999, joints / joins people in over 65 countries. That number grew / grows every year as Tai Chi becomes better known. Celebrations include Tai Chi exhibitions and flee / free classes in most participating cities around the world. The day is recognized of / by the World Health Organization.

Tai Chi is actually / actual a Chinese martial art. It is called an internal martial art because it is not used for self-defence, but is instead practiced for health reason / reasons. Doctors say it has benefits for those who have heart and bloody / blood pressure problems. Many people who practice it say it relief / relieves stress and makes you live longer. Tai Chi is famous around the world for its follower / followers doing their morning slow motion routines in parks. Traditionalists say that Tai Chi is a mixture / mixes of self defence and health and that these represent the two opposing force / forces of yin and yang. A form of Tai Chi with just 42 movements, called wushu, was a sport in the 11th Asian Games in 1990. There are trying / attempts to make it an Olympic event.

MULTIPLE CHOICE

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day is an annual event (1) ____ on the last Saturday of April each year. Its aim is to promote practices of Tai Chi and Qigong. In (2) ____, followers of Tai Chi and Qigong hope to educate the world about the health benefits of the two exercises. The World Tai Chi Day website says it is also a day to help put people (3) ____ touch with teachers and healing centres, to find out more about these two (4) ____ Chinese disciplines. The annual event, which started in 1999, joins people in over 65 countries. That number (5) ____ every year as Tai Chi becomes better known. Celebrations include Tai Chi exhibitions and (6) ____ classes in most participating cities around the world. The day is recognized by the World Health Organization.

Tai Chi is (7) ____ a Chinese martial art. It is called an internal martial art because it is not used for self-defence, but is instead practiced for health reasons. Doctors (8) ____ it has benefits for those who have heart and blood pressure problems. Many people who practice it say it relieves (9) ____ and makes you live longer. Tai Chi is famous around the world for its followers doing their morning slow (10) ____ routines in parks. Traditionalists say that Tai Chi is a mixture of self defence and health and that these represent the two opposing forces of yin and yang. A (11) ____ of Tai Chi with just 42 movements, called wushu, was a sport in the 11th Asian Games in 1990. There are (12) ____ to make it an Olympic event.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

hold

(b)

holder

(c)

held

(d)

holds

2.

(a)

particular

(b)

peculiar

(c)

particulars

(d)

peculiarly

3.

(a)

on

(b)

in

(c)

of

(d)

at

4.

(a)

traditions

(b)

traditionally

(c)

tradition

(d)

traditional

5.

(a)

growth

(b)

grown

(c)

grows

(d)

grew

6.

(a)

freely

(b)

free

(c)

freedom

(d)

frees

7.

(a)

actually

(b)

actual

(c)

actuality

(d)

actualize

8.

(a)

speak

(b)

say

(c)

talk

(d)

voice

9.

(a)

stressed

(b)

stressing

(c)

stress

(d)

stresses

10.

(a)

motion

(b)

motioning

(c)

motioned

(d)

motionless

11.

(a)

forms

(b)

former

(c)

forums

(d)

form

12.

(a)

trying

(b)

stabs

(c)

goes

(d)

attempts

SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

eoprotm practices of Tai Chi

2.

In prlturcaia

3.

health etfbisne

4.

put people in cuhto

5.

That meurbn grows every year

6.

free acsessl

Paragraph 2

7.

liratma art

8.

health raoesns

9.

blood sprusere

10.

slow noitom

11.

opposing refcso of yin and yang

12.

an Olympic teven

PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

practices of Tai Chi and Qigong. In particular, followers of Tai Chi and Qigong hope to educate the world about the health

(    )

Tai Chi is actually a Chinese martial art. It is called an internal martial art because it is not used

(    )

longer. Tai Chi is famous around the world for its followers doing their morning slow motion routines in

(    )

11th Asian Games in 1990. There are attempts to make it an Olympic event.

(    )

for self-defence, but is instead practiced for health reasons. Doctors say it has benefits for those who have heart

(    )

benefits of the two exercises. The World Tai Chi Day website says it is also a day to help put people in

(    )

known. Celebrations include Tai Chi exhibitions and free classes in most participating cities

(    )

opposing forces of yin and yang. A form of Tai Chi with just 42 movements, called wushu, was a sport in the

(    )

parks. Traditionalists say that Tai Chi is a mixture of self defence and health and that these represent the two

1  )

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day is an annual event held on the last Saturday of April each year. Its aim is to promote

(    )

event, which started in 1999, joins people in over 65 countries. That number grows every year as Tai Chi becomes better

(    )

around the world. The day is recognized by the World Health Organization.

(    )

touch with teachers and healing centres, to find out more about these two traditional Chinese disciplines. The annual

(    )

and blood pressure problems. Many people who practice it say it relieves stress and makes you live

SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

last April event the of annual on Saturday an held

2.

world the benefits the about health educate

3.

put teachers with touch in people

4.

year grows That every number

5.

exhibitions Chi Tai classes free and

6.

martial Chinese a actually is Chi Tai art

7.

who those problems pressure blood and heart have

8.

health is of and Chi mixture defence Tai a self

9.

and yang the two opposing forces of yin

10.

attempts There Olympic it to are event an make

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.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

1.

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2.

________________________________________________________

3.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________

THE WORLD TAI CHI DAY SURVEY

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

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about World Tai Chi 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 Tai Chi 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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