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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


 

Canada Day is on July the 1st every year. Canadians all around the world celebrate the day when their nation became a country on July 1, 1867. Today, it is a federal national holiday. Many Canadians call it “Canada’s birthday”. Canada Day recognizes the British North America Act of 1867. This united Canada as a single country made up of four provinces. The holiday was not widely celebrated until the early 20th century and was actually called Dominion Day until 1982. The first official celebrations took place in 1917, which was the golden anniversary of nationhood. Canada's centennial in 1967 marked the start of Canada Day being celebrated with real pride. Dominion Day officially changed to Canada Day on October 27, 1982.

Canada Day is a time for Canadians to party. There are festivals and events all across the country. Canadian communities around the world also join in the fun. Most of the celebrations are outdoors. They include parades, fireworks displays and music concerts. There are also citizenship ceremonies for people becoming new citizens. Canada Day is quite a colourful occasion and it celebrates the nation’s multi-ethnicity. Canada is a very cosmopolitan country, so you can expect to see flags from all around the world being waved as well as the Canadian flag. Not every Canadian is happy on this day. Many people in the French-speaking province of Quebec see no reason to celebrate. They want their own independence from Canada.

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

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

Canadians all around the

a.

national holiday

2

Today, it is a federal

b.

widely celebrated

3.

This united Canada

c.

pride

4.

The holiday was not

d.

as a single country

5.

the golden anniversary

e.

world celebrate

6.

celebrated with real

f.

of nationhood

 

Paragraph 2

1.

Canada Day is a time for

a.

join in the fun

2

communities around the world also

b.

Canadians to party

3.

fireworks

c.

cosmopolitan country

4.

ceremonies for people

d.

from Canada

5.

Canada is a very

e.

becoming new citizens

6.

They want their own independence

f.

displays


LISTENING GAP FILL

Canada Day is on July ________________. Canadians all around the world celebrate the day when their nation became a country on July 1, 1867. Today, it is a ________________. Many Canadians call it “Canada’s birthday”. Canada Day recognizes the British North America Act of 1867. This __________________, single country made up of four provinces. The holiday was not ________________ until the early 20th century and was actually called Dominion Day until 1982. The first official celebrations ________________ 1917, which was the golden anniversary of nationhood. Canada's centennial in 1967 ________________ Canada Day being celebrated with real pride. Dominion Day officially changed to Canada Day on October 27, 1982.

Canada Day is a time for Canadians to party. There are festivals and ________________ the country. Canadian communities around the world _________________. Most of the celebrations are outdoors. They include parades, ________________ and music concerts. There are also citizenship ceremonies for people becoming new citizens. Canada Day is quite ________________ and it celebrates the nation’s multi-ethnicity. Canada is a very cosmopolitan country, so you can expect to see flags from all around the world ___________________ as the Canadian flag. Not every Canadian is happy on this day. Many people in the French-speaking province of Quebec see no ________________. They want their own independence from Canada.


WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

Canada Day is on July the 1st every year. Canadians all __________ the world celebrate the day when their nation became a country on July 1, 1867. Today, it is a federal __________ holiday. Many Canadians call it “Canada’s birthday”. Canada Day recognizes the British North America Act of 1867. This __________ Canada as a single country made up of four __________. The holiday was not __________ celebrated until the early 20th century and was actually called Dominion Day until 1982. The first official celebrations took place in 1917, which was the __________ anniversary of nationhood. Canada's centennial in 1967 marked the start of Canada Day being celebrated with real __________. Dominion Day __________ changed to Canada day on October 27, 1982.

 

 

 

provinces
national
officially
pride
around
widely
united
golden

Canada Day is a time for Canadians to party. There are festivals and events all __________ the country. Canadian communities around the world also __________ in the fun. Most of the celebrations are outdoors. They include parades, fireworks __________ and music concerts. There are also citizenship ceremonies for people becoming new __________. Canada Day is quite a colourful occasion and it celebrates the nation’s multi-ethnicity. Canada is a very cosmopolitan country, so you can __________ to see flags from all around the world being __________ as well as the Canadian flag. Not every Canadian is happy on this day. Many people in the French-speaking province of Quebec see no __________ to celebrate. They want their __________ independence from Canada.

 

 

expect
 
join
own
citizens
waved
across
reason
displays


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Canada Day is on July the 1st all / every year. Canadians all around the world celebrate the day when their nation became a country on July 1, 1867. Today, it is a federal nation / national holiday. Many Canadians call it “Canada’s birthday”. Canada Day recognizes the British North America Act of / at 1867. This united Canada as a single country made up of four provinces. The holiday was not wide / widely celebrated until the early / fast 20th century and was actually called Dominion Day until 1982. The first official celebrations took place / placed in 1917, which was the golden anniversary of nationhood. Canada's centennial in 1967 marked the starts / start of Canada Day being celebrated with real proud / pride. Dominion Day officially changed to Canada Day on October 27, 1982.

Canada Day is a time for Canadians to partying / party. There are festivals and events all across the country. Canadian communities around the world also join / joint in the fun. Most of the celebrations are outdoors. They include parades, fireworks displaying / displays and music concerts. There are also citizenship ceremonies for people becoming new / newish citizens. Canada Day is quite a colourful occasion and it celebrates the nations’ / nation’s multi-ethnicity. Canada is a very cosmopolitan country, so you can expect to see flags from all around the world being waved / waving as well as the Canadian flag. Not every Canadian is happily / happy on this day. Many people in the French-speaking province of Quebec see no reason to celebrate. They want their own independent / independence from Canada.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Canada Day is on July the 1st (1) ____ year. Canadians all around the world celebrate the day when their nation became a country on July 1, 1867. Today, it is a federal national holiday. Many Canadians (2) ____ it “Canada’s birthday”. Canada Day recognizes the British North America Act of 1867. This united Canada as a single country made (3) ____ of four provinces. The holiday was not widely celebrated until the (4) ____ 20th century and was actually called Dominion Day until 1982. The first official celebrations took place in 1917, which was the (5) ____ anniversary of nationhood. Canada's centennial in 1967 marked the start of Canada Day being celebrated with real (6) ____. Dominion Day officially changed to Canada Day on October 27, 1982.

Canada Day is a time for Canadians to party. There are festivals and events all (7) ____ the country. Canadian communities around the world also (8) ____ in the fun. Most of the celebrations are outdoors. They include parades, fireworks displays and music concerts. There are also citizenship ceremonies (9) ____ people becoming new citizens. Canada Day is quite a colourful occasion and it celebrates the (10) ____  multi-ethnicity. Canada is a very cosmopolitan country, so you can expect to see flags from all around the world being waved as (11) ____ as the Canadian flag. Not every Canadian is happy on this day. Many people in the French-speaking province of Quebec see no reason to celebrate. They want their own independence (12) ____ Canada.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

all

(b)

every

(c)

whole

(d)

ever

2.

(a)

calls

(b)

calling

(c)

call

(d)

caller

3.

(a)

up

(b)

down

(c)

at

(d)

with

4.

(a)

fast

(b)

soon

(c)

start

(d)

early

5.

(a)

golden

(b)

gold

(c)

goldish

(d)

golder

6.

(a)

proud

(b)

pride

(c)

proudest

(d)

proudly

7.

(a)

across

(b)

cross

(c)

crossing

(d)

crossover

8.

(a)

joining

(b)

joint

(c)

join

(d)

joins

9.

(a)

of

(b)

four

(c)

for

(d)

far

10.

(a)

nations

(b)

nations’

(c)

nation

(d)

nation’s

11.

(a)

good

(b)

well

(c)

better

(d)

fine

12.

(a)

for

(b)

by

(c)

to

(d)

from


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

a efaerld national holiday

2.

made up of four ercnsovpi

3.

the early 20th ytnucer

4.

the odlgne anniversary

5.

eaerdlbetc with real pride

6.

iflocfyali changed to Canada Day

 

Paragraph 2

7.

a time for Canadians to rtapy

8.

all sarsco the country

9.

fireworks dlsisayp

10.

people becoming new isietncz

11.

a colourful sicncoao

12.

reason to teecrblae


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

displays and music concerts. There are also citizenship ceremonies for people becoming new

(    )

Canada Day is a time for Canadians to party. There are festivals and events all across the country. Canadian communities

(    )

cosmopolitan country, so you can expect to see flags from all around the world being waved as well as the Canadian

(    )

provinces. The holiday was not widely celebrated until the early 20th century and was actually called Dominion Day until

1  )

Canada Day is on July the 1st every year. Canadians all around the world celebrate the day when their nation

(    )

pride. Dominion Day officially changed to Canada Day on October 27, 1982.

(    )

Day recognizes the British North America Act of 1867. This united Canada as a single country made up of four

(    )

nationhood. Canada's centennial in 1967 marked the start of Canada Day being celebrated with real

(    )

became a country on July 1, 1867. Today, it is a federal national holiday. Many Canadians call it “Canada’s birthday”. Canada

(    )

1982. The first official celebrations took place in 1917, which was the golden anniversary of

(    )

flag. Not every Canadian is happy on this day. Many people in the French-speaking province of Quebec see no

(    )

reason to celebrate. They want their own independence from Canada.

(    )

citizens. Canada Day is quite a colourful occasion and it celebrates the nation’s multi-ethnicity. Canada is a very

(    )

around the world also join in the fun. Most of the celebrations are outdoors. They include parades, fireworks


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

year     July     Canada     the     Day     1st     is     every     on

2.

up     made     country     single     A     provinces     four     of

3.

not     was     holiday     The     celebrated     widely

4.

first     The     1917     in     place     took     celebrations     official

5.

pride     Day     celebrated     real     Canada     being     with

6.

party     time     Canada     for     Day     Canadians     is     to     a

7.

communities     join     around     in     the     the     world     fun     also

8.

becoming     people     for     ceremonies     citizens     new

9.

cosmopolitan     very     a     is     Canada     country

10.

is     Canadian     every     Not     day     this     on     happy


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.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________


THE CANADA DAY SURVEY

Write five questions about Canada 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

_____________

STUDENT 2

_____________

STUDENT 3

_____________

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 Canada 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 Canada Day. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Canada 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 Canada 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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