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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


 

One of the most pressing problems facing our world today is the advance of deserts and the droughts this causes. June 17 is officially the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. It was created by the United Nations to draw attention to the seriousness of farmland and forests lost to deserts. The UN General Assembly drew up the “Convention to Combat Desertification in Those Countries Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, Particularly in Africa”. This long-titled initiative hopes to reverse desertification. To do this, agencies must educate poorer nations about the dangers of land degradation. Such education is one way to help reduce poverty and encourage sustainable development.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a speech that “land degradation affects a significant portion of the Earth’s arable lands, directly impacting the well-being of people and economic development of countries”. He added that: “As the population grows, and with it the demand for agriculture production, traditional systems of managing the land are collapsing.” Mr. Ban said the UN must work harder to reduce poverty and protect dry lands. He told the world: “The time has come for the international community to recognize that dry land, where nearly half of the world’s poor live, is not waste land. Rather, they are potential areas for agricultural intensification for both food and energy needs.”

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

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

One of the most pressing

a.

about the dangers

2

farmland and forests

b.

up the Convention

3.

The UN General Assembly drew

c.

reduce poverty

4.

reverse

d.

problems facing our world

5.

educate poorer nations

e.

lost to deserts

6.

education is one way to help

f.

desertification

 

Paragraph 2

1.

a significant

a.

being of people

2

directly impacting the well-

b.

poor live

3.

traditional systems of

c.

portion

4.

the UN must work harder

d.

needs

5.

where nearly half of the world’s

e.

to reduce poverty

6.

food and energy

f.

managing the land


LISTENING GAP FILL

One of _____________________ problems facing our world today is the advance of deserts and the droughts this causes. June 17 is officially the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. It _____________________ United Nations to draw attention to the seriousness of farmland and _____________________. The UN General Assembly drew up the “Convention to Combat Desertification in Those Countries Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, Particularly in Africa”. This _____________________ hopes to reverse desertification. To do this, agencies must educate _____________________ the dangers of land degradation. Such education is one way to help reduce poverty and encourage _____________________.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon _____________________ that “land degradation affects a significant portion of the Earth’s arable lands, _____________________ well-being of people and economic development of countries”. He added that: “As the population grows, _____________________ for agriculture production, traditional systems of managing the land are collapsing.” Mr. Ban said the UN must _____________________ poverty and protect dry lands. He told the world: “The time has come for the international community to _____________________, where nearly half of the world’s poor live, is not waste land. Rather, they are potential areas for agricultural intensification _____________________ needs.”


WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

One of the most __________ problems facing our world today is the advance of deserts and the droughts this __________. June 17 is officially the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. It was created by the United Nations to __________ attention to the seriousness of farmland and forests lost to deserts. The UN General Assembly __________ up the “Convention to Combat Desertification in Those Countries Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, Particularly in Africa”. This long-__________ initiative hopes to __________ desertification. To do this, agencies must educate poorer __________ about the dangers of land degradation. Such education is one way to help reduce __________ and encourage sustainable development.

 

 

 

reverse
causes
drew
poverty
pressing
nations
titled
draw

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a __________ that “land degradation affects a significant __________ of the Earth’s arable lands, directly impacting the well-being of people and __________ development of countries”. He added that: “As the population __________, and with it the demand for agriculture production, traditional systems of managing the __________ are collapsing.” Mr. Ban said the UN must work harder to reduce poverty and protect dry lands. He told the world: “The __________ has come for the international community to recognize that dry land, where nearly half of the world’s poor live, is not __________ land. Rather, they are potential areas for agricultural intensification for both food and energy __________.”

 

 

portion
 
needs
time
economic
speech
land
waste
grows


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

One of the most pressing / ironing problems facing our world today is the advance of deserts and the droughts this effects / causes. June 17 is officially the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. It was created by the United Nations to sketch / draw attention to the seriousness of farmland and forests lost to deserts. The UN General Assembly drew up / down the “Convention to Combat Desertification in Those Countries Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, Particularly in Africa”. This long-titled initiative / invitation hopes to reverse desertification. To do this, agencies must educate / education poorer nation / nations about the dangers of land degradation. Such education is one way to help reduction / reduce poverty and encourage sustainable development.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a speak / speech that “land degradation affects a significant portion of the Earth’s arable lands, directly / direction impacting the well-being of people and economic development of countries”. He added / subtracted that: “As the population grows, and with it the demand for agriculture production, traditional systems of management / managing the land are collapsing.” Mr. Ban said the UN must work harder to reduce poor / poverty and protect dry lands. He told the world: “The time has go / come for the international community to recognize that dry land, where nearly half of the world’s poor / poverty live, is not waste land. Rather, they are potential areas for agricultural intensification for both food and energy needs / necessary.”


MULTIPLE CHOICE

One of the most (1) ____ problems facing our world today is the advance of deserts and the droughts this causes. June 17 is (2) ____ the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. It was created by the United Nations to (3) ____ attention to the seriousness of farmland and forests lost to deserts. The UN General Assembly drew up the “Convention to Combat Desertification in Those Countries Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, Particularly in Africa”. This long-titled initiative (4) ____ to reverse desertification. To do this, agencies must (5) ____ poorer nations about the dangers of land degradation. Such education is one way to help reduce (6) ____ and encourage sustainable development.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a speech that “land degradation (7) ____ a significant portion of the Earth’s arable lands, (8) ____ impacting the well-being of people and economic development of countries”. He added that: “As the population (9) ____, and with it the demand for agriculture production, traditional systems of managing the land are collapsing.” Mr. Ban said the UN must work harder to (10) ____ poverty and protect dry lands. He told the world: “The time has come for the international community to recognize that dry land, where nearly half (11) ____ the world’s poor live, is not waste land. Rather, they are potential areas for agricultural intensification for both food and energy (12) ____.”

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

pressing

(b)

pressed

(c)

pressure

(d)

press

2.

(a)

official

(b)

officials

(c)

officially

(d)

office

3.

(a)

sketch

(b)

draw

(c)

paint

(d)

decorate

4.

(a)

hoping

(b)

hoped

(c)

hope

(d)

hopes

5.

(a)

educational

(b)

education

(c)

educate

(d)

educated

6.

(a)

poverty

(b)

poor

(c)

poorly

(d)

impoverish

7.

(a)

effects

(b)

affects

(c)

affective

(d)

effective

8.

(a)

direct

(b)

direction

(c)

directs

(d)

directly

9.

(a)

grows

(b)

growth

(c)

growing

(d)

grown

10.

(a)

reduction

(b)

reduces

(c)

reduce

(d)

reduced

11.

(a)

at

(b)

of

(c)

as

(d)

for

12.

(a)

necessary

(b)

needy

(c)

needed

(d)

needs


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

One of the most pgsseinr problems

2.

the dvaecan of deserts

3.

draw tiantoetn to

4.

hopes to sererev desertification

5.

educate oorpre nations

6.

eilntasuabs development

 

Paragraph 2

7.

a significant orntoip of the Earth’s arable lands

8.

diletycr impacting the well-being of people

9.

the ndmead for agriculture

10.

work harder to reduce ortvype

11.

not wtsea land

12.

food and rygnee needs


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

by the United Nations to draw attention to the seriousness of farmland and forests lost to deserts. The UN

(    )

this, agencies must educate poorer nations about the dangers of land degradation. Such education is one

(    )

Drought and/or Desertification, Particularly in Africa”. This long-titled initiative hopes to reverse desertification. To do

(    )

General Assembly drew up the “Convention to Combat Desertification in Those Countries Experiencing Serious

(    )

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a speech that “land degradation affects a significant

(    )

systems of managing the land are collapsing.” Mr. Ban said the UN must work harder to reduce

(    )

portion of the Earth’s arable lands, directly impacting the well-being of people and economic development of

(    )

poverty and protect dry lands. He told the world: “The time has come for the international community to recognize

(    )

countries”. He added that: “As the population grows, and with it the demand for agriculture production, traditional

(    )

way to help reduce poverty and encourage sustainable development.

1  )

One of the most pressing problems facing our world today is the advance of deserts and the droughts this

(    )

that dry land, where nearly half of the world’s poor live, is not waste land. Rather, they are potential

(    )

areas for agricultural intensification for both food and energy needs.”

(    )

causes. June 17 is officially the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. It was created


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

the    most    pressing    problems    facing    our    world

2.

the    advance    of    deserts    and    the    droughts    this    causes

3.

farmland    and    forests    lost    to    deserts

4.

agencies    must    educate    poorer    nations

5.

reduce    poverty    and    encourage    sustainable    development

6.

a    significant    portion    of    the    Earth’s    arable    lands

7.

directly    impacting    the    well-being    of    people

8.

traditional    systems    of    managing    the    land

9.

the    UN    must    work    harder    to    reduce    poverty

10.

for    both    food    and    energy    needs


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 TO COMBAT DESERTIFICATION & DROUGHT SURVEY

Write five questions about Day to Combat Desertification & Drought 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 to Combat Desertification & Drought 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 to Combat Desertification & Drought. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Day to Combat Desertification & Drought. 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 to Combat Desertification & Drought. 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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