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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


 

World Press Freedom Day is on May 3 every year. The U.N. General Assembly introduced it in 1993. The aim of the day is to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of the press. It is also a reminder to governments to respect the right to freedom of expression. This right is a key part of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Many news organizations join forces to defend world media from attacks on their independence. The day is also a special time for journalists to pay tribute to colleagues who have lost their lives while reporting. UNESCO gives a special prize on this day to the person or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to protecting or promoting press freedom.

U.N. General Secretary Ban Ki-moon spoke about the importance of a free media and of protecting journalists. He said: “A free, secure and independent media is one of the foundations of peace and democracy. Attacks on freedom of press are attacks against international law, against humanity, against freedom itself….I am therefore…alarmed at the way journalists are increasingly being targeted around the world, and dismayed when such crimes are not thoroughly investigated and prosecuted.” Mr. Ban called on all societies to “spare no effort in bringing to justice the perpetrators of attacks on journalists”. He also paid tribute “to all who work in difficult and dangerous conditions” to bring us the news.

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

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

The aim of the day is to

a.

to colleagues

2

respect the right to freedom

b.

lives

3.

join forces to defend world media

c.

of expression

4.

pay tribute

d.

raise awareness

5.

lost their

e.

contribution

6.

made an outstanding

f.

from attacks

 

Paragraph 2

1.

the importance of a

a.

and democracy

2

the foundations of peace

b.

being targeted

3.

journalists are increasingly

c.

effort

4.

crimes are not thoroughly

d.

free media

5.

spare no

e.

tribute

6.

paid

f.

investigated


LISTENING GAP FILL

World Press Freedom Day is on May 3 every year. The U.N. General Assembly _______________ 1993. The aim of the day is to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of the press. It is _______________ to governments to respect the right to freedom of expression. This right is _______________ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Many news organizations join forces to defend world media ____________________ independence. The day is also a special time for journalists to pay tribute to colleagues who have _______________ reporting. UNESCO gives a special prize on this day to the person or organization that has __________________ contribution to protecting or promoting press freedom.

U.N. General Secretary Ban Ki-moon _______________ importance of a free media and of protecting journalists. He said: “A free, secure and independent _______________ the foundations of peace and democracy. Attacks on freedom of press are attacks against international law, against humanity, against freedom itself….I am therefore…_________________ way journalists are increasingly being targeted around the world, and dismayed when _________________ thoroughly investigated and prosecuted.” Mr. Ban called on all societies to “_______________ in bringing to justice the perpetrators of attacks on journalists”. He also paid tribute “to all who work in difficult and dangerous conditions” to _______________.


WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

World Press Freedom Day is on May 3 every year. The U.N. General Assembly __________ it in 1993. The aim of the day is to __________ awareness of the importance of freedom of the press. It is also a reminder to governments to respect the __________ to freedom of expression. This right is a key part of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Many news organizations __________ forces to defend world media from __________ on their independence. The day is also a special time for journalists to __________ tribute to colleagues who have lost their lives while reporting. UNESCO gives a special __________ on this day to the person or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to protecting or promoting press __________.

 

 

 

attacks
right
freedom
introduced
pay
join
raise
prize

U.N. General Secretary Ban Ki-moon spoke about the __________ of a free media and of protecting journalists. He said: “A free, __________ and independent media is one of the foundations of peace and democracy. Attacks on freedom of press are __________ against international law, against humanity, against freedom itself….I am therefore…__________ at the way journalists are increasingly being targeted around the world, and __________ when such crimes are not thoroughly investigated and prosecuted.” Mr. Ban called on all societies to “__________ no effort in bringing to justice the perpetrators of attacks on journalists”. He also paid __________ “to all who work in difficult and dangerous __________” to bring us the news.

 

 

alarmed
 
secure
tribute
importance
conditions
attacks
spare
dismayed


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

World Press Freedom Day is on May 3 every / all year. The U.N. General Assembly introduced it in 1993. The aims / aim of the day is to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of the press. It is also a reminder to governments to respect the right / left to freedom of expression. This right is a key part of / for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Many news organizations join / joint forces to defend world media from attacks on their independence. The day is also a special / specially time for journalists to pay tribute to colleagues who have losing / lost their lives while reporting. UNESCO gives a special prize on this day to the person or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to protecting or promoting iron / press freedom.

U.N. General Secretary Ban Ki-moon spoke about the important / importance of a free media and of protecting journalists. He said: “A free, secure / security and independent media is one of the foundations of peace and democratic / democracy. Attacks on freedom of press are attacks against international law, against humanity, against freedom oneself / itself….I am therefore…alarmed at the way journalists are increasingly being targeted around the world, and dismayed / dismay when such crimes are not thoroughly investigated and prosecuted.” Mr. Ban called on every / all societies to “spare no effort in bringing to justice the perpetrators of attacks on journalists”. He also paid / pay tribute “to all who work in difficult and dangerous conditions” to bring / report us the news.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

World Press Freedom Day is on May 3 (1) ____ year. The U.N. General Assembly introduced it in 1993. The aim of the day is to raise awareness of the (2) ____ of freedom of the press. It is also a reminder to governments to respect the right to freedom of expression. This right is a (3) ____ part of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Many news organizations join forces to (4) ____ world media from attacks on their independence. The day is also a special time for journalists to (5) ____ tribute to colleagues who have lost their lives while reporting. UNESCO gives a special prize on this day to the person or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to protecting or (6) ____ press freedom.

U.N. General Secretary Ban Ki-moon spoke about the importance of a free media and (7) ____ protecting journalists. He said: “A free, secure and independent media is one of the foundations of peace and democracy. Attacks on freedom of press are attacks (8) ____ international law, against humanity, against freedom itself….I am therefore…(9) ____ at the way journalists are increasingly being targeted around the world, and dismayed when such crimes are not (10) ____ investigated and prosecuted.” Mr. Ban called on all societies to “(11) ____ no effort in bringing to justice the perpetrators of attacks on journalists”. He also (12) ____ tribute “to all who work in difficult and dangerous conditions” to bring us the news.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

all

(b)

whole

(c)

every

(d)

entire

2.

(a)

important

(b)

importantly

(c)

importance

(d)

imports

3.

(a)

key

(b)

lock

(c)

chain

(d)

combination

4.

(a)

defensive

(b)

defend

(c)

defender

(d)

defence

5.

(a)

sell

(b)

lend

(c)

buy

(d)

pay

6.

(a)

promotion

(b)

promoting

(c)

promoted

(d)

promoter

7.

(a)

of

(b)

for

(c)

at

(d)

by

8.

(a)

via

(b)

versus

(c)

for

(d)

against

9.

(a)

alarm bells

(b)

alarming

(c)

alarmed

(d)

alarms

10.

(a)

thoroughly

(b)

through

(c)

thorough

(d)

throughout

11.

(a)

repair

(b)

despair

(c)

compare

(d)

spare

12.

(a)

sold

(b)

paid

(c)

bought

(d)

lent


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

The U.N. General Assembly udtdnciroe it in 1993

2.

the otarmnceip of freedom

3.

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4.

join reocfs to defend world media

5.

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6.

made an outstanding cibnrtoniotu

 

Paragraph 2

7.

rpticegnto journalists

8.

one of the snfodioanut of peace

9.

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10.

increasingly being teaedgrt

11.

not thoroughly enedittvsaig

12.

work in difficult and dangerous noidntcsio


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

also a special time for journalists to pay tribute to colleagues who have lost their

(    )

made an outstanding contribution to protecting or promoting press freedom.

(    )

“to all who work in difficult and dangerous conditions” to bring us the news.

(    )

around the world, and dismayed when such crimes are not thoroughly investigated and prosecuted.” Mr. Ban called

(    )

Human Rights. Many news organizations join forces to defend world media from attacks on their independence. The day is

(    )

lives while reporting. UNESCO gives a special prize on this day to the person or organization that has

(    )

on all societies to “spare no effort in bringing to justice the perpetrators of attacks on journalists”. He also paid tribute

(    )

of the day is to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of the press. It is also a reminder to governments to

(    )

against freedom itself….I am therefore…alarmed at the way journalists are increasingly being targeted

(    )

respect the right to freedom of expression. This right is a key part of the Universal Declaration of

(    )

democracy. Attacks on freedom of press are attacks against international law, against humanity,

(    )

U.N. General Secretary Ban Ki-moon spoke about the importance of a free media and of protecting

1  )

World Press Freedom Day is on May 3 every year. The U.N. General Assembly introduced it in 1993. The aim

(    )

journalists. He said: “A free, secure and independent media is one of the foundations of peace and


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

freedom     the     the     of     of     press     importance

2.

expression     the     to     of     respect     right     freedom

3.

attacks     from     media     world     defend     to     forces     join

4.

lives     who     pay     have     tribute     lost     to     their     colleagues

5.

UNESCO     day     this     on     prize     special     a     gives

6.

the     media     free     a     of     importance

7.

of     foundations     the     of     one     peace

8.

not     crimes     thoroughly     are     investigated

9.

justice     perpetrators     attacks     to     the     of     bringing

10.

and     difficult     in     work     conditions     dangerous


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 WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY SURVEY

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

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about World Press Freedom 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 Press Freedom Day. Write about what will happen on this day around the world.

Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

ANSWERS

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


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