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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


 

International Beer Day is a celebration of one of the world’s best-loved drinks. People in almost every country drink beer. Many beer-drinking countries say their country’s beer is the best. The International Beer Day website says the day “was created so that all of humanity could be united every August 5th, in celebration of beer!” The site encourages people to have a “beertastic” holiday. It suggests several ways of doing this, including giving beer as a gift. The first International Beer Day was celebrated in 2007. It is a newcomer on the holiday calendar but looks set to stay. The day’s creators said they wanted something different from the Munich Beer Festival, or Oktoberfest, which was for Germans. They wanted a worldwide event.

Beer is the world's oldest alcoholic drink. It is actually the third most popular drink, after water and tea. It is brewed from cereals like barley and wheat. Most beers are made in the same way around the world. There are two main types —lager beer and the darker ale. Beer is an important part of socializing. People often say it is a “social lubricant”. Many young people are drinking beer today and this is leading to problems in society. There are health problems of drinking too much beer. Beer is also blamed for yobbish behavior. In Britain, youngsters who disturb the peace when drunk are called “lager louts”. For most of the world’s beer drinkers though, nothing can beat having a few beers with 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 of the world’s best-

a.

as a gift

2

People in almost every

b.

be united

3.

all of humanity could

c.

holiday calendar

4.

giving beer

d.

loved drinks

5.

a newcomer on the

e.

something different

6.

they wanted

f.

country drink beer

 

Paragraph 2

1.

Beer is the world's oldest

a.

of socializing

2

It is brewed from cereals

b.

yobbish behavior

3.

Beer is an important part

c.

alcoholic drink

4.

this is leading to

d.

having a few beers

5.

Beer is also blamed for

e.

like barley and wheat

6.

nothing can beat

f.

problems in society


LISTENING GAP FILL

International Beer Day is a celebration ________________ best-loved drinks. People in almost every country drink beer. Many beer-drinking countries say their country’s ________________. The International Beer Day website says the day “was created so that all of humanity ________________ every August 5th, in celebration of beer!” The site encourages people to have a “beertastic” holiday. It suggests several ways of doing this, including ________________ gift. The first International Beer Day was celebrated in 2007. It is a newcomer on the holiday calendar ________________ stay. The day’s creators said they wanted something different from the Munich Beer Festival, or Oktoberfest, ________________ Germans. They wanted a worldwide event.

Beer is the world's oldest alcoholic drink. It is ________________ most popular drink, after water and tea. It is brewed from cereals like barley and wheat. Most beers ________________ same way around the world. There are two main types — lager beer and the darker ale. Beer is an important part of socializing. People ________________ “________________”. Many young people are drinking beer today and this is leading to problems in society. There are health problems of drinking too much beer. Beer is ________________ yobbish behavior. In Britain, youngsters who disturb the peace when drunk are called “lager louts”. For most of the world’s beer drinkers though, ________________ having a few beers with friends.


WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

International Beer Day is a ____________ of one of the world’s best-loved drinks. People in almost every country drink beer. Many beer-drinking countries say their country’s beer is the ____________. The International Beer Day website says the day “was created so that all of humanity could be ____________ every August 5th, in celebration of beer!” The site ____________ people to have a “beertastic” holiday. It ____________ several ways of doing this, including giving beer as a gift. The first International Beer Day was celebrated in 2007. It is a ____________ on the holiday calendar but looks set to stay. The day’s creators said they wanted something ____________ from the Munich Beer Festival, or Oktoberfest, which was for Germans. They wanted a worldwide ____________.

 

 

 

suggests
best
event
encourages
celebration
different
newcomer
united

Beer is the world's oldest alcoholic drink. It is ____________ the third most popular drink, after water and tea. It is ____________ from cereals like barley and wheat. Most beers are made in the same way around the world. There are two main ____________ — lager beer and the darker ale. Beer is an important part of ____________. People often say it is a “social lubricant”. Many young people are drinking beer today and this is ____________ to problems in society. There are health problems of drinking too much beer. Beer is also ____________ for yobbish behavior. In Britain, youngsters who ____________ the peace when drunk are called “lager louts”. For most of the world’s beer drinkers though, nothing can ____________ having a few beers with friends.

 

 

leading
 
brewed
disturb
actually
socializing
beat
types
blamed


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

International Beer Day _________________ one of the world’s best-loved drinks. People in almost every country drink beer. Many beer-drinking countries say their _________________ the best. The International Beer Day website says the day “was created so that all of humanity could _________________ August 5th, in celebration of beer!” The site encourages people to have a “beertastic” holiday. It suggests several _________________, including giving beer as a gift. The first International Beer Day was celebrated in 2007. It is a newcomer on the holiday calendar but _________________. The day’s creators said they wanted something different from the Munich Beer Festival, or Oktoberfest, _________________ Germans. They wanted a worldwide event.

Beer is the world's oldest alcoholic drink. It _________________ third most popular drink, after water and tea. It is brewed from cereals like barley and wheat. Most beers are made _________________ around the world. There are two main types —lager beer and the darker ale. Beer is _________________ of socializing. People often say it is a “social lubricant”. Many young people are drinking beer today and this _________________ problems in society. There are health problems of drinking too much beer. Beer is also blamed for yobbish behavior. In Britain, youngsters who disturb the _________________ are called “lager louts”. For most of the world’s beer drinkers though, nothing can _________________ beers with friends.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

International Beer Day is a celebration of one of the (1) ____ best-loved drinks. People in almost every country drink beer. Many beer-drinking countries say their country’s beer is (2) ____ best. The International Beer Day website says the day “was created so that all of (3) ____ could be united every August 5th, in celebration of beer!” The site encourages people to have a “beertastic” holiday. It (4) ____ several ways of doing this, including giving beer as a gift. The first International Beer Day was celebrated in 2007. It is a newcomer (5) ____ the holiday calendar but looks set to stay. The day’s creators said they wanted something different from the Munich Beer Festival, or Oktoberfest, which was for Germans. They wanted a worldwide (6) ____.

Beer is the world's oldest (7) ____ drink. It is actually the third most popular drink, after water and tea. It is brewed from cereals (8) ____ barley and wheat. Most beers are made in the same way around the world. There are two main (9) ____ — lager beer and the darker ale. Beer is an important part of socializing. People often say it is a “(10) ____ lubricant”. Many young people are drinking beer today and this is leading to problems in society. There are health problems (11) ____ drinking too much beer. Beer is also blamed for yobbish behavior. In Britain, youngsters who disturb the peace when drunk are called “lager louts”. For most of the world’s beer drinkers though, nothing can (12) ____ having a few beers with friends.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

worlds

(b)

worlds’

(c)

world’s

(d)

worldly

2.

(a)

the

(b)

one

(c)

a

(d)

some

3.

(a)

human

(b)

humanly

(c)

humane

(d)

humanity

4.

(a)

suggest

(b)

suggests

(c)

suggested

(d)

suggestion

5.

(a)

on

(b)

in

(c)

by

(d)

with

6.

(a)

events

(b)

eventful

(c)

event

(d)

eventual

7.

(a)

alcohol

(b)

alcoholism

(c)

alcohols

(d)

alcoholic

8.

(a)

likely

(b)

likeable

(c)

like

(d)

likes

9.

(a)

typing

(b)

types

(c)

type

(d)

typed

10.

(a)

socially

(b)

socialize

(c)

socials

(d)

social

11.

(a)

of

(b)

by

(c)

at

(d)

on

12.

(a)

beats

(b)

beat

(c)

beaten

(d)

beater


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

the world’s best-elvdo drinks

2.

all of aynihutm

3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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Paragraph 2

7.

the third most ppulrao drink

8.

It is bdreew from cereals

9.

There are two main tpeys

10.

scaiol lubricant

11.

ailgedn to problems in society

12.

youngsters who rudtbis the peace


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

for yobbish behavior. In Britain, youngsters who disturb the peace when drunk are called “lager louts”. For

(    )

website says the day “was created so that all of humanity could be united every August 5th, in celebration

(    )

Beer is the world's oldest alcoholic drink. It is actually the third most popular drink, after water

(    )

most of the world’s beer drinkers though, nothing can beat having a few beers with friends.

1  )

International Beer Day is a celebration of one of the world’s best-loved drinks. People in almost every

(    )

way around the world. There are two main types —lager beer and the darker ale. Beer is an important part

(    )

to problems in society. There are health problems of drinking too much beer. Beer is also blamed

(    )

on the holiday calendar but looks set to stay. The day’s creators said they wanted something different from the

(    )

Munich Beer Festival, or Oktoberfest, which was for Germans. They wanted a worldwide event.

(    )

and tea. It is brewed from cereals like barley and wheat. Most beers are made in the same

(    )

country drink beer. Many beer-drinking countries say their country’s beer is the best. The International Beer Day

(    )

of beer!” The site encourages people to have a “beertastic” holiday. It suggests several ways of doing

(    )

this, including giving beer as a gift. The first International Beer Day was celebrated in 2007. It is a newcomer

(    )

of socializing. People often say it is a “social lubricant”. Many young people are drinking beer today and this is leading


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

world’s    best    One    -    of    loved    the    drinks.   

2.

People    beer    drink    country    every    almost    in.   

3.

Created    all    could    that    humanity    united    so    of    be.   

4.

on    It    the    is    holiday    a    calendar    newcomer.   

5.

different    said    they    The    wanted    day’s    something    creators.   

6.

popular    actually    drink    the    third    It    most    is.   

7.

brewed    is    It    barley    like    cereals    from.   

8.

a    often    social    say    lubricant    it    is    People.   

9.

problems    of    There    drinking    are    too    health    much.   

10.

beat    can    Nothing    beers    few    a    having.   


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 INTERNATIONAL BEER DAY SURVEY

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

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about International Beer 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 International Beer 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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