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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


 

June the 26th is International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. It is a day organized by the United Nations to raise awareness of the dangers of drug abuse and the illegal drug trade. It started in 1988 and has got bigger each year. This seems necessary as the trade in illegal drugs is increasing greatly. The 26th of June was chosen for historical reasons. It was on this day that a Chinese official of the Qing dynasty, Lin Zexu, dismantled the opium trade in Guangdong, China, just before the Opium War started. Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Anan said: "Illicit drugs destroy innumerable individual lives and undermine our societies.” He added the drug trade “remains a major challenge for the international community”.

The United Nations estimates the annual illegal drug trade is worth US$500 billion a year. It leads to considerable problems in most societies around the world. Drugs can destroy families, communities and lives and make people turn to crime. The revenues from drugs help tyrants stay in power and finance terrorist groups. Billions of dollars a year are spent on trying to catch international drug traffickers, and the drug dealers that plague our streets. Many countries seem to be fighting a losing battle against the drug gangs. Younger and younger people are using drugs. They are now a huge problem in schools. The UN says nearly 200 million people worldwide are addicted to drugs.

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

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

raise awareness of the dangers

a.

individual lives

2

It started in 1988 and has got

b.

of drug abuse

3.

The 26th of June was chosen

c.

major challenge

4.

the opium

d.

for historical reasons

5.

drugs destroy innumerable

e.

trade

6.

the drug trade remains a

f.

bigger each year

 

Paragraph 2

1.

the annual illegal drug trade is worth

a.

to crime

2

make people turn

b.

our streets

3.

finance

c.

are addicted to drugs

4.

drug dealers that plague

d.

US$500 billion

5.

fighting a losing

e.

terrorist groups

6.

200 million people worldwide

f.

battle


LISTENING GAP FILL

June the 26th is International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. It is a ____________________ the United Nations to raise awareness of the dangers of drug abuse and the illegal drug trade. It started in 1988 ____________________ each year. This seems necessary as the trade in illegal drugs is increasing greatly. The 26th of June was ____________________ reasons. It was on this day that a Chinese official of the Qing dynasty, Lin Zexu, dismantled the opium trade in Guangdong, China, just before the Opium War started. Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Anan said: "Illicit drugs destroy innumerable individual lives and ____________________.” He added the drug trade “remains ____________________ for the international community”.

The United Nations ____________________ illegal drug trade is worth US$500 billion a year. It leads to considerable problems in most societies around the world. Drugs ____________________, communities and lives and make people turn to crime. The revenues from drugs help tyrants stay ____________________ terrorist groups. Billions of dollars a year are spent on trying to catch international drug traffickers, and the drug dealers that ____________________. Many countries seem to be fighting a losing battle against the drug gangs. Younger and younger people are using drugs. They are now a huge problem in schools. The UN says nearly 200 million people worldwide ____________________.


WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

June the 26th is International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. It is a day __________ by the United Nations to raise awareness of the __________ of drug abuse and the illegal drug trade. It started in 1988 and has got bigger each year. This seems necessary as the trade in illegal drugs is increasing __________. The 26th of June was __________ for historical reasons. It was on this day that a Chinese official of the Qing dynasty, Lin Zexu, __________ the opium trade in Guangdong, China, just before the Opium War __________. Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Anan said: "Illicit drugs __________ innumerable individual lives and undermine our societies.” He added the drug trade “remains a major __________ for the international community”.

 

 

 

greatly
organized
started
challenge
dangers
chosen
destroy
dismantled

The United Nations __________ the annual illegal drug trade is worth US$500 billion a year. It __________ to considerable problems in most societies around the world. Drugs can __________ families, communities and lives and make people turn to crime. The revenues from drugs help __________ stay in power and finance terrorist groups. Billions of dollars a year are spent on trying to __________ international drug traffickers, and the drug dealers that plague our streets. Many countries seem to be fighting a __________ battle against the drug gangs. Younger and younger people are using drugs. They are now a __________ problem in schools. The UN says nearly 200 million people worldwide are __________ to drugs.

 

 

losing
 
leads
addicted
destroy
estimates
catch
tyrants
huge


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

June the 26th is International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. It is a day organization / organized by the United Nations to raise awareness of the dangers of drug abuser / abuse and the illegal drug trade. It started in 1988 and has got bigger each year. This seems / seem necessary as the trade in illegal drugs is increasing greatly. The 26th of June was choice / chosen for historical reasons. It was on this day that a Chinese office / official of the Qing dynasty, Lin Zexu, dismantled the opium trade in Guangdong, China, just before the Opium War started / starting. Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Anan said: "Illicit drugs destroy innumerable individual life / lives and undermine our societies.” He added the drug trade “remains a major / majority challenge for the international community”.

The United Nations estimates the annually / annual illegal drug trade is worth US$500 billion a year. It leads to considerable problems in most societies / society around the world. Drugs can destroy families, communities and lives and make people turn at / to crime. The revenues from drugs help tyrants stay in power and financial / finance terrorist groups. Billions of dollars a year are spent on trying to catch international drug traffickers, and the medicine / drug dealers that plague our streets. Many countries seem to be fighting a losing / loser battle for / against the drug gangs. Younger and younger people are using drugs. They are now a huge problem in schools. The UN says nearly 200 million people worldwide are addicted / addictive to drugs.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

June the 26th is International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. It is a day (1) ____ by the United Nations to (2) ____ awareness of the dangers of drug abuse and the illegal drug trade. It started in 1988 and has got bigger each year. This (3) ____ necessary as the trade in illegal drugs is increasing greatly. The 26th of June was chosen for (4) ____ reasons. It was on this day that a Chinese official of the Qing dynasty, Lin Zexu, dismantled the opium trade in Guangdong, China, just before the Opium War started. Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Anan said: "Illicit drugs (5) ____ innumerable individual lives and undermine our societies.” He added the drug (6) ____ “remains a major challenge for the international community”.

The United Nations estimates the annual illegal drug trade is (7) ____ US$500 billion a year. It leads to considerable problems in most societies around the world. Drugs can destroy families, communities and lives and make people (8) ____ to crime. The revenues from drugs help tyrants stay in power and finance terrorist groups. Billions of dollars a year are (9) ____ on trying to catch international drug traffickers, and the drug dealers that plague (10) ____ streets. Many countries seem to be fighting a (11) ____ battle against the drug gangs. Younger and younger people are using drugs. They are now a huge problem in schools. The UN says nearly 200 million people worldwide are (12) ____ to drugs.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

organized

(b)

organization

(c)

organizer

(d)

organizes

2.

(a)

rise

(b)

risen

(c)

raise

(d)

arise

3.

(a)

seem

(b)

seems

(c)

seemingly

(d)

seemed

4.

(a)

history

(b)

historical

(c)

historian

(d)

histories

5.

(a)

destruction

(b)

destroys

(c)

destroying

(d)

destroy

6.

(a)

trade

(b)

trader

(c)

trades

(d)

traded

7.

(a)

worth

(b)

worthy

(c)

worthless

(d)

worthwhile

8.

(a)

spin

(b)

U-turn

(c)

turn

(d)

rotate

9.

(a)

spends

(b)

spending

(c)

spend

(d)

spent

10.

(a)

his

(b)

their

(c)

my

(d)

our

11.

(a)

losers

(b)

losing

(c)

lose

(d)

loose

12.

(a)

addictive

(b)

addict

(c)

addicted

(d)

addiction


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

a day edrignoaz by the United Nations

2.

the gsrndea of drug abuse

3.

chosen for htloaisrci reasons

4.

a Chinese fcfiiloa

5.

undermine our ssiceiote

6.

a major enaecllgh for the international community

 

Paragraph 2

7.

owrth US$500 billion a year

8.

Drugs can dsrtoey families

9.

seveeunr from drugs

10.

the drug dealers that lpgaeu our streets

11.

drug angsg

12.

200 million people worldwide are tdeiddac to drugs


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

the opium trade in Guangdong, China, just before the Opium War started. Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Anan said:

(    )

chosen for historical reasons. It was on this day that a Chinese official of the Qing dynasty, Lin Zexu, dismantled

(    )

a year. It leads to considerable problems in most societies around the world. Drugs can destroy

(    )

added the drug trade “remains a major challenge for the international community”.

(    )

problem in schools. The UN says nearly 200 million people worldwide are addicted to drugs.

(    )

families, communities and lives and make people turn to crime. The revenues from drugs help tyrants stay in

(    )

"Illicit drugs destroy innumerable individual lives and undermine our societies.” He

1  )

June the 26th is International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. It is a day organized by the

(    )

traffickers, and the drug dealers that plague our streets. Many countries seem to be fighting a losing

(    )

United Nations to raise awareness of the dangers of drug abuse and the illegal drug trade. It started in 1988 and has got

(    )

battle against the drug gangs. Younger and younger people are using drugs. They are now a huge

(    )

The United Nations estimates the annual illegal drug trade is worth US$500 billion

(    )

bigger each year. This seems necessary as the trade in illegal drugs is increasing greatly. The 26th of June was

(    )

power and finance terrorist groups. Billions of dollars a year are spent on trying to catch international drug


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

day     by     United     a     organized     the     Nations

2.

abuse     drug     of     dangers     the     of     awareness     raise

3.

increasing     trade     illegal     is     the     in     drugs

4.

War     Opium     the     before     just     started

5.

trade     a     challenge     drug     remains     major     the

6.

problems     to     It     considerable     leads

7.

power     in     stay     tyrants     help     drugs     from     revenues

8.

to     trying     traffickers     drug     international     catch

9.

fighting     gangs     drug     the     against     battle     losing     a

10.

people     drugs     to     addicted     are     worldwide


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 DAY AGAINST DRUG ABUSE AND ILLICIT TRAFFICKING SURVEY

Write five questions about Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 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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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 Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 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 Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. 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 Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. 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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