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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


 

World Freedom Day is a celebration started by former U.S. President George W. Bush. It commemorates the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. The tearing down of the Berlin Wall was the beginning of the end for communist rule in many parts of Europe. Bush started it in 2003 and made it an official American holiday, although people still go to work. Bush said: “After dividing families, friends, and communities for 28 years, the dismantling of the Berlin Wall reunited Germany and helped spread freedom across Central and Eastern Europe.” President Bush explained the importance of this day, saying: “The United States is committed to liberty, freedom, and the universal struggle for human rights. We strive to advance peace and democracy.”

The Berlin Wall was put up by the former German Democratic Republic (known as East Germany) after WWII. It completely surrounded West Berlin, which was controlled by America and its allies. It was the start of what became known as the Iron Curtain. The wall was the physical symbol of the Cold War between Eastern Europe and the West. Throughout 1989, there was a lot of social unrest in East Germany. Citizens called for freedom. On November the 9th, 1989, the East German government said people could visit West Berlin. Thousands of East Germans climbed onto and crossed the wall. They started to break it down with hammers. The fall of the Berlin Wall led to the reunification of Germany on October 3, 1990.

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

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

It commemorates the fall of

a.

for communist rule

2

the beginning of the end

b.

American holiday

3.

an official

c.

freedom

4.

dividing

d.

the Berlin Wall

5.

helped spread

e.

rights

6.

the universal struggle for human

f.

families

 

Paragraph 2

1.

the former German

a.

Curtain

2

It completely surrounded

b.

and crossed the wall

3.

the Iron

c.

Democratic Republic

4.

a lot of social

d.

of Germany

5.

East Germans climbed onto

e.

West Berlin

6.

the reunification

f.

unrest


LISTENING GAP FILL

World Freedom Day is __________________ by former U.S. President George W. Bush. It commemorates __________________ Berlin Wall in 1989. The tearing down of the Berlin Wall was the beginning of the end for communist rule __________________ of Europe. Bush started it in 2003 and made it an official American holiday, although people __________________. Bush said: “After dividing families, friends, and communities for 28 years, the dismantling of the Berlin Wall reunited Germany __________________ freedom across Central and Eastern Europe.” President Bush explained the importance of this day, saying: “The United States is __________________, freedom, and the universal struggle for human rights. We strive to advance peace and democracy.”

The Berlin Wall __________________ former German Democratic Republic (known as East Germany) after WWII. It __________________ West Berlin, which was controlled by America and its allies. It was the start of __________________ as the Iron Curtain. The wall was __________________ of the Cold War between Eastern Europe and the West. Throughout 1989, there was a lot of social unrest in East Germany. Citizens __________________. On November the 9th, 1989, the East German government said people could visit West Berlin. Thousands of East Germans climbed onto and crossed the wall. They started to break it __________________. The fall of the Berlin Wall led to the reunification of Germany on October 3, 1990.


WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

U.S. President George W. Bush. It commemorates the ____________ of the Berlin Wall in 1989. The ____________ down of the Berlin Wall was the beginning of the end for communist ____________ in many parts of Europe. Bush started it in 2003 and made it an official American holiday, although people ____________ go to work. Bush said: “After dividing families, friends, and communities for 28 years, the dismantling of the Berlin Wall ____________ Germany and helped ____________ freedom across Central and Eastern Europe.” President Bush explained the importance of this day, saying: “The United States is committed to ____________, freedom, and the universal struggle for human rights. We strive to ____________ peace and democracy.”

 

 

 

reunited
rule
liberty
fall
spread
tearing
advance
still

The Berlin Wall was ____________ up by the former German Democratic Republic (known as East Germany) after WWII. It completely ____________ West Berlin, which was controlled by America and its allies. It was the start of what became ____________ as the Iron Curtain. The wall was the ____________ symbol of the Cold War between Eastern Europe and the West. Throughout 1989, there was a lot of ____________ unrest in East Germany. Citizens called for freedom. On November the 9th, 1989, the East German government said people could ____________ West Berlin. Thousands of East Germans climbed onto and crossed the wall. They started to ____________ it down with hammers. The fall of the Berlin Wall ____________ to the reunification of Germany on October 3, 1990.

 

 

known
 
social
break
put
led
surrounded
physical
visit


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

World Freedom Day is a celebration started by farmer / former U.S. President George W. Bush. It commemorates the fall / fell of the Berlin Wall in 1989. The tearing down of the Berlin Wall was the beginning of the end for communist rule / ruler in many parts of Europe. Bush started it in 2003 and made it an official American holiday, although people still / yet go to work. Bush said: “After division / dividing families, friends, and communities for 28 years, the dismantling of the Berlin Wall reunited Germany and helped spread / spreading freedom across Central and Eastern Europe.” President Bush explained the importance of this day, said / saying: “The United States is committed to liberty, freedom, and the universal struggle for human rights. We strive to advance / forwards peace and democracy.”

The Berlin Wall was put down / up by the former German Democratic Republic (known / knowing as East Germany) after WWII. It completely surrounded West Berlin, which was controls / controlled by America and its allies. It was the start of what became known as the Iron Curtain. The wall was the physique / physical symbol of the Cold War between Eastern Europe and the West. Throughout 1989, there was a lot of social / socially unrest in East Germany. Citizens called for freedom. On November the 9th, 1989, the East German government said people could visit / visitor West Berlin. Thousands of East Germans climbed into / onto and crossed the wall. They started to break it down with hammers. The fall of the Berlin Wall led / fed to the reunification of Germany on October 3, 1990.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

World Freedom Day is a celebration started by former U.S. President George W. Bush. It commemorates the (1) ____ of the Berlin Wall in 1989. The tearing down of the Berlin Wall was the beginning of the (2) ____ for communist rule in many parts of Europe. Bush started it in 2003 and made it an (3) ____ American holiday, although people still go to work. Bush said: “After dividing families, friends, and communities for 28 years, the dismantling of the Berlin Wall (4) ____ Germany and helped spread freedom across Central and Eastern Europe.” President Bush explained the (5) ____ of this day, saying: “The United States is committed to liberty, freedom, and the universal struggle for human rights. We strive to (6) ____ peace and democracy.”

The Berlin Wall was (7) ____ up by the former German Democratic Republic (known as East Germany) after WWII. It completely (8) ____ West Berlin, which was controlled by America and its allies. It was the start of what became known as the Iron Curtain. The wall was the physical (9) ____ of the Cold War between Eastern Europe and the West. Throughout 1989, there was a lot of (10) ____ unrest in East Germany. Citizens called for freedom. On November the 9th, 1989, the East German government said people could visit West Berlin. Thousands of East Germans climbed (11) ____ and crossed the wall. They started to break it down with hammers. The fall of the Berlin Wall (12) ____ to the reunification of Germany on October 3, 1990.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

fell

(b)

fall

(c)

fallen

(d)

falls

2.

(a)

middle

(b)

start

(c)

top

(d)

end

3.

(a)

official

(b)

officers

(c)

officially

(d)

officials

4.

(a)

reunion

(b)

reunited

(c)

reunions

(d)

reuniting

5.

(a)

imports

(b)

important

(c)

importance

(d)

importantly

6.

(a)

forwards

(b)

ahead

(c)

straight

(d)

advance

7.

(a)

but

(b)

build

(c)

put

(d)

give

8.

(a)

surrounded

(b)

surrounds

(c)

surrounding

(d)

surrender

9.

(a)

symbolic

(b)

symbolize

(c)

symbolism

(d)

symbol

10.

(a)

socially

(b)

socialism

(c)

social

(d)

socialize

11.

(a)

into

(b)

onto

(c)

in

(d)

to

12.

(a)

led

(b)

fed

(c)

red

(d)

wed


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

emofrr U.S. President

2.

The atrenig down of the Berlin Wall

3.

an ialfcfoi American holiday

4.

helped dprsea freedom

5.

the motrecaipn of this day

6.

peace and drcaoemcy

 

Paragraph 2

7.

completely nrduusdero

8.

America and its elslia

9.

the Iron atriCun

10.

social stenur

11.

visit West Berlin

12.

baekr it down


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

allies. It was the start of what became known as the Iron Curtain. The wall was the physical symbol of the Cold

(    )

down with hammers. The fall of the Berlin Wall led to the reunification of Germany on October 3, 1990.

(    )

War between Eastern Europe and the West. Throughout 1989, there was a lot of social unrest in East Germany. Citizens called

(    )

of the Berlin Wall in 1989. The tearing down of the Berlin Wall was the beginning of the

(    )

Berlin. Thousands of East Germans climbed onto and crossed the wall. They started to break it

(    )

of the Berlin Wall reunited Germany and helped spread freedom across Central and Eastern Europe.” President Bush

(    )

The Berlin Wall was put up by the former German Democratic Republic (known as East Germany) after

(    )

for freedom. On November the 9th, 1989, the East German government said people could visit West

(    )

still go to work. Bush said: “After dividing families, friends, and communities for 28 years, the dismantling

(    )

the universal struggle for human rights. We strive to advance peace and democracy.”

(    )

WWII. It completely surrounded West Berlin, which was controlled by America and its

(    )

end for communist rule in many parts of Europe. Bush started it in 2003 and made it an official American holiday, although people

(    )

explained the importance of this day, saying: “The United States is committed to liberty, freedom, and

1  )

World Freedom Day is a celebration started by former U.S. President George W. Bush. It commemorates the fall


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

It     commemorates     the     fall     of     the     Berlin     Wall.

2.

The     beginning     of     the     end     for     communist     rule.

3.

The    dismantling    of    the    Berlin    Wall    reunited    Germany.

4.

The     United     States     is     committed     to     liberty.

5.

We     strive     to     advance     peace     and     democracy.

6.

Put     up     by     the     former     German     Democratic     Republic.

7.

What     became     known     as     the     Iron     Curtain.

8.

There     was     a     lot     of     social     unrest.

9.

Germans     climbed     onto     and     crossed     the     wall.

10.

The     reunification     of     Germany     on     October     3,     1990.


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 FREEDOM DAY SURVEY

Write five questions about World Freedom 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

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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 Freedom 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 Freedom Day. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

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