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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


 

World Population Day is observed annually on July 11. Its aim is to raise awareness of global population problems. The event started in 1989 in response to the world’s population reaching five billion two years earlier. The United Nations Development Programme created the day and has since set up campaigns to warn us of the dangers of overpopulation. These problems include water shortages, food shortages, increased pollution, poverty and wars over scare resources. On World Population Day, the UN and governments around the world run educational campaigns in schools and local communities. It makes people aware of what we need to do so the world can survive with billions more people.

World Population Day focuses on sustainability and how to improve the lives of all people while protecting the Earth’s resources. Overpopulation refers to the point when the Earth does not have enough resources to feed everybody. Overpopulation can exist even in deserts where very few people live if there aren’t enough resources to sustain them. These resources include clean water, food, shelter, and clean air. There are many reasons why the Earth is becoming overpopulated today. Perhaps the biggest one is advances in medical science. Greater numbers of people have access to better health care and more cures have been found for killer diseases. We need to think more about how we use the Earth’s resources.

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

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

Its aim is to

a.

we need to do

2

The event

b.

raise awareness

3.

campaigns to warn us

c.

started in 1989

4.

pollution, poverty and wars over

d.

billions more people

5.

It makes people aware of what

e.

scare resources

6.

the world can survive with

f.

of the dangers

 

Paragraph 2

1.

World Population Day focuses

a.

have enough resources

2

the point when the Earth does not

b.

to better health care

3.

there aren’t enough resources

c.

the Earth’s resources

4.

advances in

d.

to sustain them

5.

people have access

e.

on sustainability

6.

how we use

f.

medical science


LISTENING GAP FILL

World Population Day is _____________________ July 11. Its aim is to raise awareness of global population problems. The event started in 1989 in response to the world’s population _____________________ years earlier. The United Nations Development Programme created the day and has since set up campaigns _____________________ dangers of overpopulation. These problems include water shortages, food shortages, increased pollution, poverty and wars _____________________. On World Population Day, the UN and governments around the world run educational campaigns in schools and local communities. It makes people aware of what _____________________ the world can survive with billions more people.

World Population Day focuses on sustainability _____________________ lives of all people while protecting the Earth’s resources. Overpopulation _____________________ when the Earth does not have enough resources to feed everybody. Overpopulation can exist even in deserts where _____________________ there aren’t enough resources to sustain them. These resources include clean water, food, shelter, and clean air. There are many reasons why the Earth is becoming overpopulated today. Perhaps the biggest _____________________ medical science. Greater numbers of people have access to better health care and more cures have been found for killer diseases. We need to think more _____________________ Earth’s resources.


WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

World Population Day is observed annually on July 11. Its aim is to __________ awareness of global population problems. The event started in 1989 in __________ to the world’s population reaching five billion two years earlier. The United Nations Development Programme created the day and has since __________ up campaigns to warn us of the dangers of overpopulation. These problems include water __________, food shortages, increased pollution, poverty and wars over scare __________. On World Population Day, the UN and governments around the world __________ educational campaigns in schools and local communities. It makes people __________ of what we need to do so the world can survive with __________ more people.

 

 

 

resources
response
billions
shortages
raise
aware
run
set

World Population Day focuses on sustainability and how to __________ the lives of all people while protecting the Earth’s resources. Overpopulation __________ to the point when the Earth does not have enough resources to __________ everybody. Overpopulation can exist even in deserts where very few people live if there aren’t __________ resources to sustain them. These resources include clean water, food, __________, and clean air. There are many reasons why the Earth is becoming overpopulated today. Perhaps the biggest one is __________ in medical science. Greater numbers of people have __________ to better health care and more cures have been found for __________ diseases. We need to think more about how we use the Earth’s resources.

 

 

enough
 
access
refers
killer
improve
shelter
advances
feed


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

World Population Day is observing / observed annually on July 11. Its aim is to raise awareness of global / globally population problems. The event started in 1989 in response to the world’s population reaching five billion two years earlier / earliest. The United Nations Development Programme created the day and has since set in / up campaigns to warn us of the dangers of overpopulation. These problems include water shortages, food / feeding shortages, increased pollution, poverty and wars under / over scare resources. On World Population Day, the UN and governments around the world run educational campaigns in schools and local communities. It makes people awareness / aware of what we need to do so the world can survive with billions more / many people.

World Population Day focuses on sustainability and how to improving / improve the lives of all people while protecting the Earth’s resources. Overpopulation refers to the pointing / point when the Earth does not have enough resources to feed / food everybody. Overpopulation can exist even in deserts where very few people live if there aren’t enough resources to sustain they / them. These resources include clean water, food, shelter, and clean air. There are many reasons why the Earth is becoming overpopulated yesterday / today. Perhaps the biggest one is advances in medical scientific / science. Greater numbers of people have access to better health care and more cares / cures have been found for killer diseases. We need to think more about how we use the Earth’s resources / resource.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

World Population Day is observed (1) ____ on July 11. Its aim is to raise awareness of global population problems. The event started in 1989 in response (2) ____ the world’s population reaching five billion two years earlier. The United Nations Development Programme created the day and has since set (3) ____ campaigns to warn us of the dangers of overpopulation. These problems include water shortages, food shortages, increased pollution, poverty and wars (4) ____ scare resources. On World Population Day, the UN and governments around the world (5) ____ educational campaigns in schools and local communities. It makes people aware of what we need to do so the world can (6) ____ with billions more people.

World Population Day focuses on sustainability and how to (7) ____ the lives of all people while protecting the Earth’s resources. Overpopulation refers to the point when the Earth does not have enough resources to (8) ____ everybody. Overpopulation can exist even in deserts where very few people live if there aren’t enough resources to sustain them. These resources (9) ____ clean water, food, shelter, and clean air. There are many reasons why the Earth is becoming overpopulated (10) ____. Perhaps the biggest one is advances in medical science. Greater numbers of people have access to better health care and more cures have been found for (11) ____ diseases. We need to think more about how we (12) ____ the Earth’s resources.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

annual

(b)

annually

(c)

year

(d)

years

2.

(a)

at

(b)

by

(c)

to

(d)

with

3.

(a)

up

(b)

in

(c)

upon

(d)

down

4.

(a)

under

(b)

to

(c)

across

(d)

over

5.

(a)

walk

(b)

stroll

(c)

run

(d)

pace

6.

(a)

survive

(b)

survival

(c)

surviving

(d)

survivor

7.

(a)

improvement

(b)

improve

(c)

improving

(d)

improves

8.

(a)

food

(b)

feeding

(c)

feed

(d)

feeds

9.

(a)

inclusive

(b)

included

(c)

including

(d)

include

10.

(a)

tomorrow

(b)

today

(c)

yesterday

(d)

soon

11.

(a)

death

(b)

murderer

(c)

dying

(d)

killer

12.

(a)

usage

(b)

use

(c)

using

(d)

users


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

World Population Day is observed ylunalna

2.

two years lerriae

3.

set up gasipcman

4.

water agsshoetr

5.

in schools and local itiomnsumce

6.

the world can vvriesu

 

Paragraph 2

7.

mopveir the lives of all people

8.

enough reueroscs to feed everybody

9.

clean water, food, heelstr, and clean air

10.

advances in medical cienecs

11.

eargter numbers of people

12.

rlliek diseases


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

in medical science. Greater numbers of people have access to better health care and more cures have been

(    )

resources to feed everybody. Overpopulation can exist even in deserts where very few people live if there aren’t

(    )

of overpopulation. These problems include water shortages, food shortages, increased pollution, poverty and wars

(    )

enough resources to sustain them. These resources include clean water, food, shelter, and clean

(    )

found for killer diseases. We need to think more about how we use the Earth’s resources.

(    )

campaigns in schools and local communities. It makes people aware of what we need

(    )

earlier. The United Nations Development Programme created the day and has since set up campaigns to warn us of the dangers

(    )

problems. The event started in 1989 in response to the world’s population reaching five billion two years

(    )

the Earth’s resources. Overpopulation refers to the point when the Earth does not have enough

(    )

air. There are many reasons why the earth is becoming overpopulated today. Perhaps the biggest one is advances

(    )

over scare resources. On World Population Day, the UN and governments around the world run educational

(    )

World Population Day focuses on sustainability and how to improve the lives of all people while protecting

(    )

to do so the world can survive with billions more people.

1  )

World Population Day is observed annually on July 11. Its aim is to raise awareness of global population


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

problems     population     global     of     awareness     Raise

2.

of    us    overpopulation     of   Campaigns   the    to    dangers    warn

3.

problems     shortages     include     These     water

4.

communities     campaigns     schools    local    Educational     in     and

5.

need     so     can     we     do     world     What     to     the     survive

6.

improve     to     How     people     all     of     lives     the

7.

enough     The     does     have     resources     Earth     not

8.

is     overpopulated     why     Earth     becoming     Reasons     the

9.

have     cures     More     diseases     killer     for     found     been

10.

more     the     about     Earth’s    how    resources     we    Think     use


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 POPULATION DAY SURVEY

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

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about World Population 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 Population 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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