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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


 

Friendship Day takes place on the first Sunday of August every year. It is one day of the year we can say thank you to our friends. The tradition began in the USA in 1935 and has slowly spread around the world. The U.S. Congress declared Friendship Day as a national celebration. It still has a way to go before it is as popular as Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. On Friendship Day people spend time with their friends and exchange presents. Some people send cards, write special songs or bake friendship cakes. One great way to celebrate is to make a poster or create an album about your friend or friends. Perhaps include Winnie the Pooh on it because the United Nations made Pooh the world’s Ambassador of Friendship in 1997.

Friends are extremely important to us. They are often like members of our own family. In fact, many people spend more time with their friends than with their relatives. People also tell their friends more secrets. We start friendships almost from the time we can walk. Everyone has special childhood friends, and some of these become lifelong friends. We usually meet out best friends early on in our life. Best friends usually stay best friends forever. Nowadays the Internet has changed the way we make friends. Many people strike up friendships online. The Web is also useful to find long-lost friends. There are many sites to find old friends.

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 day of the year we can

a.

way to go

2

slowly spread

b.

to make a poster

3.

It still has a

c.

say thank you

4.

people spend time

d.

Ambassador of Friendship

5.

One great way to celebrate is

e.

around the world

6.

the UN made Pooh the world’s

f.

with their friends

 

Paragraph 2

1.

Friends are extremely

a.

best friends forever

2

People also tell their friends

b.

early on in our life

3.

Everyone has special

c.

more secrets

4.

We usually meet out best friends

d.

important to us

5.

Best friends usually stay

e.

lost friends

6.

find long-

f.

childhood friends


LISTENING GAP FILL

Friendship Day takes _______________ Sunday of August every year. It is one day of the year we can say thank you to our friends. The tradition began in the USA in 1935 and has _________________ the world. The U.S. Congress declared Friendship Day as a national celebration. It still _______________ before it is as popular as Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. On Friendship Day _______________ their friends and exchange presents. Some people send cards, write special songs or bake friendship cakes. _________________ celebrate is to make a poster or create an album about your friend or friends. Perhaps include Winnie the Pooh _________________ United Nations made Pooh the world’s Ambassador of Friendship in 1997.

Friends are extremely important to us. They are often like members _________________. In fact, many people spend more time with their friends _______________ relatives. People also tell their friends more secrets. We start friendships almost from the _______________. Everyone has special childhood friends, and some of these become lifelong friends. We usually meet out best friends early _______________. Best friends usually stay best friends forever. Nowadays the Internet has _______________ we make friends. Many people strike up friendships online. The Web is also useful to _________________. There are many sites to find old friends.


WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

Friendship Day takes ____________ on the first Sunday of August every year. It is one day of the year we can say thank you to our friends. The ____________ began in the USA in 1935 and has slowly spread around the world. The U.S. Congress ____________ Friendship Day as a national celebration. It still has a way to go before it is as ____________ as Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. On Friendship Day people spend time with their friends and ____________ presents. Some people send cards, write special songs or bake friendship cakes. One ____________ way to celebrate is to make a poster or create an album about your friend or friends. Perhaps ____________ Winnie the Pooh on it ____________ the United Nations made Pooh the world’s Ambassador of Friendship in 1997.

 

 

 

popular
tradition
include
exchange
because
place
declared
great

Friends are ____________ important to us. They are often like members of our own family. In ____________, many people spend more time with their friends than with their ____________. People also tell their friends more secrets. We start friendships almost from the time we can walk. Everyone has ____________ childhood friends, and some of these become ____________ friends. We usually meet out best friends early on in our life. Best friends usually stay best friends ____________. Nowadays the Internet has changed the way we make friends. Many people strike up friendships ____________. The Web is also useful to find long-____________ friends. There are many sites to find old friends.

 

 

relatives
 
lifelong
online
extremely
lost
special
fact
forever


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Friendship Day takes / taking place on the first Sunday of August every year. It is one day of the year we can say thank you to your / our friends. The tradition began in the USA in 1935 and has slowly spread around the world. The U.S. Congress declaration / declared Friendship Day as a national celebration. It still has a way to go / come before it is as popular as Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. On Friendship Day people spend / spending time with their friends and exchange presents. Some people send cards, write special songs or bake friendship cakes. One great ways / way to celebrate is to make a poster or creative / create an album about your friend or friends. Perhaps include Winnie the Pooh on it because the United Nations made / gave Pooh the world’s Ambassador of Friendship in 1997.

Friends are extremely / extreme important to us. They are often like members of our own / owner family. In fact, many people spend more time with their friends than with their relation / relatives. People also tell their friends more secrets. We start friendships almost from the time we can walk. Everyone has specially / special childhood friends, and some of these become lifelong friends. We usually meet out best friends early in / on in our life. Best friends usually stay best friends forever. Nowadays the Internet has changed the way we make / take friends. Many people strike up friendships online. The Web is also useful to find long-lost / long-losing friends. There are many sites to find old friends.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Friendship Day takes place on the first Sunday (1) ____ August every year. It is one day of the year we can say thank you to our friends. The tradition (2) ____ in the USA in 1935 and has slowly spread around the world. The U.S. Congress declared Friendship Day as a national celebration. It still has a way to (3) ____ before it is as popular as Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. On Friendship Day people (4) ____ time with their friends and exchange presents. Some people send cards, write special songs or bake friendship cakes. One (5) ____ way to celebrate is to make a poster or create an album about your friend or friends. Perhaps include Winnie the Pooh on it because the United Nations made Pooh the world’s Ambassador (6) ____ Friendship in 1997.

Friends are (7) ____ important to us. They are often like members of our own family. In fact, many people spend more time with their friends than with their (8) ____. People also tell their friends more secrets. We start friendships almost from the time we can walk. Everyone has special childhood friends, and some of these become (9) ____ friends. We usually meet out best friends early on in our life. Best friends usually (10) ____ best friends forever. Nowadays the Internet has changed the way we make friends. Many people strike (11) ____ friendships online. The Web is also useful to find (12) ____-lost friends. There are many sites to find old friends.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

on

(b)

at

(c)

of

(d)

by

2.

(a)

began

(b)

beginnings

(c)

beginning

(d)

begin

3.

(a)

go

(b)

come

(c)

leave

(d)

arrive

4.

(a)

spent

(b)

spending

(c)

spender

(d)

spend

5.

(a)

grate

(b)

grateful

(c)

great

(d)

greatest

6.

(a)

at

(b)

of

(c)

with

(d)

on

7.

(a)

extremely

(b)

extremity

(c)

extremes

(d)

extreme

8.

(a)

relatively

(b)

relatives

(c)

relation

(d)

relativity

9.

(a)

so long

(b)

longing

(c)

lifelong

(d)

belong

10.

(a)

stays

(b)

staying

(c)

stayed

(d)

stay

11.

(a)

down

(b)

up

(c)

on

(d)

out

12.

(a)

length

(b)

longish

(c)

lengthy

(d)

long


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

the first Sunday of stgAuu

2.

slowly repads around the world

3.

a national nibeoaelrct

4.

exgahcne presents

5.

receat an album

6.

the Uitnde Nations

 

Paragraph 2

7.

Friends are xeeelytrm important

8.

pneds more time

9.

dilhchood friends

10.

onilglef friends

11.

sktrei up friendships online

12.

find nlgo-otsl friends


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

up friendships online. The Web is also useful

(    )

to find long-lost friends. There are many sites to find old friends.

(    )

United Nations made Pooh the world’s Ambassador of Friendship in 1997.

(    )

friendships almost from the time we can walk. Everyone has special childhood friends, and some of these become

(    )

an album about your friend or friends. Perhaps include Winnie the Pooh on it because the

1  )

Friendship Day takes place on the first Sunday of August every year. It is one day of the year we can say thank

(    )

declared Friendship Day as a national celebration. It still has a way to go before it is as popular as Mother’s Day

(    )

you to our friends. The tradition began in the USA in 1935 and has slowly spread around the world. The U.S. Congress

(    )

more time with their friends than with their relatives. People also tell their friends more secrets. We start

(    )

lifelong friends. We usually meet out best friends early on in our life. Best friends usually stay best

(    )

Friends are extremely important to us. They are often like members of our own family. In fact, many people spend

(    )

cards, write special songs or bake friendship cakes. One great way to celebrate is to make a poster or create

(    )

friends forever. Nowadays the Internet has changed the way we make friends. Many people strike

(    )

and Father’s Day. On Friendship Day people spend time with their friends and exchange presents. Some people send


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

August    the    first    Takes    Sunday    place    of    on.   

2.

The    USA    tradition    in    began    1935    in    the.   

3.

and    time    friends    presents    Spend    their    exchange    with.   

4.

great    way    to    celebrate    is    to    make    a    poster    One.   

5.

your    about    .    album    an    friend    Create

6.

us    Friends    extremely    to    are    important.   

7.

more    friends    their    tell    also    People    secrets.   

8.

friends    childhood    special    has    Everyone.   

9.

make    The    changed    we    has    way    friends    Internet    the.   

10.

find    are    old    many    friends    sites    to    There.   


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 FRIENDSHIP DAY SURVEY

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

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