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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


 

If you love animals, then you should put World Animal Day on your calendar or in your diary. It takes place each year on the 4th of October. It all started in Italy in 1931 at an ecology conference. The scientists wanted to highlight the plight of endangered species. People were concerned about this even at the beginning of the last century. Today the day celebrates all kinds of animal life. Many countries around the world hold different activities and events. It is on October the 4th because this is the day of St Francis of Assisi, who is the patron saint of animals. Anyone, from any religion, background or country celebrates this important day.

You can get lots of information from the official www.worldanimalday.com website. The purpose of the site is to commemorate people’s love and respect for animals. It says the day “belongs to everyone” and is “a special opportunity for anyone who loves animals”. The site’s mission statement has four aims: To celebrate animal life in all its forms; to acknowledge the diverse roles that animals play in our lives; to celebrate humankind’s relationship with the animal kingdom; and to acknowledge and be thankful for the way in which animals enrich our lives. The site includes a quote from Mahatma Gandhi: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

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

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

on your calendar or

a.

species

2

an ecology

b.

of animal life

3.

endangered

c.

the last century

4.

the beginning of

d.

religion

5.

all kinds

e.

in your diary

6.

Anyone, from any

f.

conference

 

Paragraph 2

1.

lots of

a.

respect

2

love and

b.

kingdom

3.

a special

c.

can be judged

4.

mission

d.

information

5.

the animal

e.

opportunity

6.

moral progress

f.

statement


LISTENING GAP FILL

If you love animals, ___________________ World Animal Day on your calendar or in your diary. It takes place each year on the 4th of October. ___________________ Italy in 1931 at an ecology conference. The scientists wanted to ___________________ of endangered species. People were concerned about this even at the beginning of the last century. Today the day ___________________ of animal life. Many countries around the world hold different activities and events. It is on October the 4th ___________________ day of St Francis of Assisi, who is the patron saint of animals. Anyone, from any religion, background or country celebrates ___________________.

You can get lots of information from the official www.worldanimalday.com website. The ___________________ is to commemorate people’s love and respect for animals. It says the day “___________________” and is “a special opportunity for anyone who loves animals”. ___________________ statement has four aims: To celebrate animal life in all its forms; to acknowledge the diverse roles that animals ___________________; to celebrate humankind’s relationship with the animal kingdom; and to acknowledge and be thankful _____________________ animals enrich our lives. The site includes a quote from Mahatma Gandhi: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress ___________________ the way its animals are treated.”


WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

If you love animals, then you should ____________ World Animal Day on your calendar or in your diary. It takes place ____________ year on the 4th of October. It all started in Italy in 1931 at an ecology conference. The scientists wanted to highlight the ____________ of endangered ____________. People were concerned about this even at the beginning of the last century. Today the day celebrates all ____________ of animal life. Many countries around the world ____________ different activities and ____________. It is on October the 4th because this is the day of St Francis of Assisi, who is the patron saint of animals. Anyone, from any ____________, background or country celebrates this important day.

 

 

 

species
each
events
kinds
put
religion
plight
hold

You can get lots of information from the ____________ www.worldanimalday.com website. The ____________ of the site is to commemorate people’s love and respect for animals. It says the day “____________ to everyone” and is “a special opportunity for anyone who loves animals”. The site’s ____________ statement has four aims: To celebrate animal life in all its forms; to acknowledge the diverse ____________ that animals play in our lives; to celebrate humankind’s relationship with the animal ____________; and to acknowledge and be thankful for the way in which animals ____________ our lives. The site includes a quote from Mahatma Gandhi: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be ____________ by the way its animals are treated.”

 

 

mission
 
kingdom
belongs
enrich
official
purpose
judged
roles


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

If you loving / love animals, then you should put World Animal Day on your calendar or in your diary. It takes / makes place each year on the 4th of October. It all started in Italy in 1931 at an ecology conference. The scientists wanted to highlight the light / plight of endangered species. People were concerned about this ever / even at the beginning of the last century. Today the day celebrates all kinds of animal living / life. Many countries around the world hold different activities and events / eventful. It is on October the 4th because this is the day of St Francis of Assisi, who is the patron saint of insects / animals. Anyone, from any religious / religion, background or country celebrates this important day.

You can get lots / load of information from the official www.worldanimalday.com website. The purpose / reason of the site is to commemorate people’s love and respect for animals. It says the day “belongs / belongings to everyone” and is “a special opportunity for anyone who loves animals”. The site’s mission / missing statement has four aims: To celebrate animal life in all its farms / forms; to acknowledge the diverse roles that animals play in our lives; to celebrate humankind’s relationship with the animal kingdom; and to acknowledge and be thanks / thankful for the way in which animals enrich our lives. The site includes a quote from Mahatma Gandhi: “The greatness of a nation and its morality / moral progress can be judged / judgment by the way its animals are treated.”


MULTIPLE CHOICE

If you (1) ____ animals, then you should put World Animal Day on your calendar or in your diary. It takes place (2) ____ year on the 4th of October. It all started in Italy in 1931 at an ecology conference. The scientists wanted to highlight the plight of (3) ____ species. People were concerned about this even at the beginning of the last century. Today the day celebrates all kinds of animal (4) ____. Many countries around the world hold different activities and (5) ____. It is on October the 4th because this is the day of St Francis of Assisi, who is the patron saint of animals. Anyone, from any (6) ____, background or country celebrates this important day.

You can get lots of information from the (7) ____ www.worldanimalday.com website. The purpose of the site is to commemorate people’s love and respect (8) ____ animals. It says the day “belongs to everyone” and is “a special opportunity for anyone who loves animals”. The site’s (9) ____ statement has four aims: To celebrate animal life in all its forms; to acknowledge the diverse (10) ____ that animals play in our lives; to celebrate humankind’s relationship with the animal kingdom; and to acknowledge and be thankful for the way in which animals (11) ____ our lives. The site includes a quote from Mahatma Gandhi: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be (12) ____ by the way its animals are treated.”

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

loves

(b)

love

(c)

loving

(d)

lover

2.

(a)

all

(b)

each

(c)

whole

(d)

entire

3.

(a)

endangered

(b)

danger

(c)

dangers

(d)

endanger

4.

(a)

living

(b)

live

(c)

lifetime

(d)

life

5.

(a)

events

(b)

eventful

(c)

event

(d)

eventually

6.

(a)

religious

(b)

religious

(c)

religion

(d)

religiously

7.

(a)

office

(b)

official

(c)

officer’s

(d)

officially

8.

(a)

for

(b)

to

(c)

at

(d)

of

9.

(a)

missing

(b)

machine

(c)

motion

(d)

mission

10.

(a)

rolls

(b)

rules

(c)

roles

(d)

reels

11.

(a)

wealthy

(b)

money

(c)

enrich

(d)

spend

12.

(a)

judgment

(b)

judges

(c)

judge

(d)

judged


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

your rceadnal

2.

an lcgeooy conference

3.

endangered sicsepe

4.

last treyunc

5.

hold different secttaiivi

6.

from any igloinre

 

Paragraph 2

7.

lots of nitmofirona

8.

ceteprs for animals

9.

smniios statement

10.

diverse lroes

11.

animal nmgodik

12.

moral oresgspr


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

of St Francis of Assisi, who is the patron saint of animals. Anyone, from any religion,

(    )

website. The purpose of the site is to commemorate people’s love and respect

1  )

If you love animals, then you should put World Animal Day on your calendar or in your diary. It takes

(    )

of the last century. Today the day celebrates all kinds of animal life. Many countries around the world hold

(    )

You can get lots of information from the official www.worldanimalday.com

(    )

a quote from Mahatma Gandhi: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

(    )

for animals. It says the day “belongs to everyone” and is “a special opportunity for anyone

(    )

animal kingdom; and to acknowledge and be thankful for the way in which animals enrich our lives. The site includes

(    )

background or country celebrates this important day.

(    )

forms; to acknowledge the diverse roles that animals play in our lives; to celebrate humankind’s relationship with the

(    )

to highlight the plight of endangered species. People were concerned about this even at the beginning

(    )

place each year on the 4th of October. It all started in Italy in 1931 at an ecology conference. The scientists wanted

(    )

different activities and events. It is on October the 4th because this is the day

(    )

who loves animals”. The site’s mission statement has four aims: To celebrate animal life in all its


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

on     Day     Animal     World     Put     calendar     your.    

2.

1931     in     Italy     in     started     all     It.    

3.

last     the     of     beginning     the     At     century.    

4.

activities     different     hold     world     the     around     Countries.    

5.

You     get     of     can     lots     information.    

6.

people’s     Commemorate     animals     for     respect     and     love.    

7.

who     special     loves     opportunity     animals     for     anyone     A.    

8.

animal     Celebrate     forms     its     all     in     life.    

9.

relationship     the     kingdom     Humankind’s     with     animal.    

10.

Mahatma     includes     Gandhi     a     quote     The     from     site.    


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 ANIMAL DAY SURVEY

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

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