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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


 

Senior Citizens Day is on August the 21st. It is a day to celebrate the world’s older people. Their number is increasing rapidly every year. In 1950 there were 200 million people over 60 years old. That number nearly tripled to 600 million in 2000. Experts say that by 2025, there will be over 1 billion old folk. The day was started by former U.S. President Ronald Reagan. He said there should be a day for us to show our gratitude for what old people have achieved in their lives, and for their contributions to our communities and society. It is also a day on which we can focus on the rights of the aged all over the world. In today’s world where equality is so important, there are many issues surrounding ageism.

There are many things we can do on Senior Citizens Day. Perhaps the first thing we should do is tell the older people in our lives how much we love them. We should thank them for all they have done for us. It is important to spend time with seniors, especially those who live alone, who may be lonely. Spending time with seniors shows them they are still appreciated. There are many things we can learn from them. They are full of wonderful stories of a different age. President Reagan said: “For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they continue to accomplish, we owe older citizens our thanks…We can best demonstrate our gratitude and esteem by making sure that our communities are good places in which to grow older.”

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

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

a day to celebrate the world’s

a.

old people have achieved

2

Their number is increasing

b.

to 600 million

3.

That number nearly tripled

c.

of the aged

4.

show our gratitude for what

d.

older people

5.

focus on the rights

e.

surrounding ageism

6.

there are many issues

f.

rapidly every year

 

Paragraph 2

1.

tell the older people in our lives

a.

of a different age

2

It is important to spend

b.

learn from them

3.

There are many things we can

c.

time with seniors

4.

wonderful stories

d.

how much we love them

5.

we owe older citizens

e.

which to grow older

6.

good places in

f.

our thanks


LISTENING GAP FILL

Senior Citizens Day is on August the 21st. It is _______________ the world’s older people. Their number is _______________ every year. In 1950 there were 200 million people over 60 years old. That number nearly tripled to 600 million in 2000. _______________ by 2025, there will be over 1 billion old folk. The day was started by former U.S. President Ronald Reagan. He said there should _______________ to show our gratitude for what old people have achieved in their lives, and for their contributions to our communities and society. It is also a day on which _______________ the rights of the aged all over the world. In today’s world where equality is so important, there are many __________________ ageism.

There are many things we can do on Senior Citizens Day. Perhaps the first thing we should _________________ people in our lives how much we love them. We should thank them for _________________ for us. It is important to spend time with seniors, especially those who live alone, _________________. Spending time with seniors shows them they are still appreciated. There are many things we can learn from them. They are full of wonderful stories of _______________. President Reagan said: “For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they continue to accomplish, _______________ citizens our thanks…We can best demonstrate our gratitude _______________ making sure that our communities are good places in which to grow older.”


WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

Senior Citizens Day is on August the 21st. It is a day to ____________ the world’s older people. Their number is increasing ____________ every year. In 1950 there were 200 million people over 60 years old. That number nearly ____________ to 600 million in 2000. Experts say that by 2025, there will be over 1 billion old ____________. The day was started by former U.S. President Ronald Reagan. He said there should be a day for us to show our ____________ for what old people have achieved in their lives, and for their contributions to our communities and society. It is also a day on which we can ____________ on the ____________ of the aged all over the world. In today’s world where equality is so important, there are many issues surrounding ____________.

 

 

 

tripled
focus
rapidly
celebrate
ageism
gratitude
folk
rights

There are many things we can do on Senior Citizens Day. Perhaps the first thing we should do is ____________ the older people in our lives how much we love them. We should thank them for all they have ____________ for us. It is important to spend time with seniors, especially those who live alone, who may be ____________. Spending time with seniors shows them they are still appreciated. There are many things we can ____________ from them. They are full of wonderful stories of a different ____________. President Reagan said: “For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they ____________ to accomplish, we ____________ older citizens our thanks…We can best demonstrate our gratitude and esteem by making sure that our communities are good places in which to ____________ older.”

 

 

done
 
age
owe
learn
grow
tell
lonely
continue


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Senior Citizens Day is on August the 21st. It is a day to celebrate the world’s older / elder people. Their number is increasing rapids / rapidly every year. In 1950 there were 200 million people over 60 years old. That number nearly tripled / triple to 600 million in 2000. Experts say that by 2025, there will be over 1 billion old folk. The day was started by former / farmer U.S. President Ronald Reagan. He said there should be a day for us to show our grateful / gratitude for what old people have achieved / achievement in their lives, and for their contributions to our communities and society / social. It is also a day on which we can focus on the rights of the aged all over the world. In today’s world where equality is so important, there are many issues surrounding ageism / ageist.

There are many things we can do on Senior Citizens Day. Perhaps the first thing we should do is tell / told the older people in our lives how much / many we love them. We should thank them for all they have done for us. It is important to spending / spend time with seniors, especially those who live alone, who may be loneliness / lonely. Spending time with seniors shows them they are still appreciated. There are many things we can learn / learnt from them. They are full of wonderful stories of a different age / ages. President Reagan said: “For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they continue to accomplish, we owe / lend older citizens our thanks…We can best demonstrate our gratitude and esteem by making sure that our communities are good places in which to growth / grow older.”


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Senior Citizens Day is on August the 21st. It is a day to celebrate the world’s (1) ____ people. Their number is increasing (2) ____ every year. In 1950 there were 200 million people over 60 years old. That number nearly (3) ____ to 600 million in 2000. Experts say that by 2025, there will be over 1 billion old folk. The day was started by former U.S. President Ronald Reagan. He said there should be a day for us to show our (4) ____ for what old people have achieved in their lives, and for their contributions to our communities and (5) ____. It is also a day on which we can focus on the rights of the aged all over the world. In today’s world where (6) ____ is so important, there are many issues surrounding ageism.

There are many things we can do on Senior Citizens Day. Perhaps the first thing we should do is tell the older people in our (7) ____ how much we love them. We should thank them for all they have (8) ____ for us. It is important to spend time with seniors, especially those who live alone, who may be (9) ____. Spending time with seniors shows them they are still appreciated. There are many things we can learn from them. They are full of wonderful stories of a different (10) ____. President Reagan said: “For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they continue to accomplish, we (11) ____ older citizens our thanks…We can best demonstrate our gratitude and esteem by making sure that our communities are good places in which to (12) ____ older.”

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

oldies

(b)

oldish

(c)

older

(d)

olden

2.

(a)

rapidly

(b)

rapids

(c)

rapid

(d)

rabid

3.

(a)

three

(b)

tripled

(c)

three-fold

(d)

trio

4.

(a)

grateful

(b)

gratitude

(c)

gratefully

(d)

grated

5.

(a)

socially

(b)

social

(c)

society

(d)

societal

6.

(a)

equals

(b)

equal

(c)

equalities

(d)

equality

7.

(a)

lively

(b)

living

(c)

lives

(d)

alive

8.

(a)

doing

(b)

does

(c)

did

(d)

done

9.

(a)

alone

(b)

loneliness

(c)

lonesome

(d)

lonely

10.

(a)

age

(b)

ages

(c)

aged

(d)

aging

11.

(a)

woe

(b)

woo

(c)

ewe

(d)

owe

12.

(a)

growth

(b)

grow

(c)

grew

(d)

growing


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

increasing ldaipry every year

2.

That number nearly tilepdr

3.

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4.

what old people have hicveead

5.

the rtsghi of the aged

6.

issues surrounding gmiaes

 

Paragraph 2

7.

the older people in our eilvs

8.

dnesp time with seniors

9.

they are still praeipdetca

10.

otuhtugorh life

11.

demonstrate our ttdurgaei

12.

rwog older


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

world where equality is so important, there are many issues surrounding ageism.

(    )

to 600 million in 2000. Experts say that by 2025, there will be over 1 billion old folk. The day was started

(    )

society. It is also a day on which we can focus on the rights of the aged all over the world. In today’s

(    )

demonstrate our gratitude and esteem by making sure that our communities are good places in which to grow older.”

(    )

people in our lives how much we love them. We should thank them for all they have done for us. It is important to spend

1  )

Senior Citizens Day is on August the 21st. It is a day to celebrate the world’s older people. Their number is

(    )

There are many things we can do on Senior Citizens Day. Perhaps the first thing we should do is tell the older

(    )

increasing rapidly every year. In 1950 there were 200 million people over 60 years old. That number nearly tripled

(    )

time with seniors, especially those who live alone, who may be lonely. Spending time

(    )

with seniors shows them they are still appreciated. There are many things we can learn from them. They are full

(    )

old people have achieved in their lives, and for their contributions to our communities and

(    )

by former U.S. President Ronald Reagan. He said there should be a day for us to show our gratitude for what

(    )

of wonderful stories of a different age. President Reagan said: “For all they have achieved

(    )

throughout life and for all they continue to accomplish, we owe older citizens our thanks…We can best


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

A    world’s    day    older    to    people    celebrate    the.   

2.

year    every    rapidly    increasing    is    number    Their.   

3.

tripled    nearly    number    That    million    600    to.   

4.

our    what    have    Show    for    people    gratitude    old    achieved.   

5.

aged    can    the    the    We    on    of    focus    rights.   

6.

We    us    for    done    have    they    all   for   them    thank    should.   

7.

spend    It    time    is    with    important    seniors    to.   

8.

things    learn    many    can    them    are    we    from    There.   

9.

owe    citizens    thanks    We    older    our.   

10.

Communities    places    to    good    which    older    are    in    grow.   


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 SENIOR CITIZENS DAY SURVEY

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

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Senior Citizens 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 Senior Citizens 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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