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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


 

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities happens every year. It highlights issues that are an everyday concern for millions of people around the world. It started in 1992 when the United Nations created the day. There is a different focus every year. In 2006, the theme was disability and information technology; in 2007 it was "Decent Work for Persons with Disabilities"; and in 2008 it was on dignity and justice for those with disabilities. Organizers hope to promote global understanding of disability issues and of the rights and wellbeing of the disabled. People act in many ways to increase awareness, including organizing events, workshops and campaigns in support of the day.

Disability affects all societies and almost all families at some time. More than 650 million people across the globe live with disabilities. In richer nations, there are very good support systems for the disabled. However, in poorer nations, people with disabilities are further disabled by a lack of help, care, medicines and rights. It is a sad fact that 80 per cent of people with disabilities live in poorer countries. There is a very strong link between poverty and disability. The situation is also tragic for children. UNESCO says 90 per cent of children with disabilities in developing countries do not go to school. It is important we act on this day and recognize the rights and dignity of people with disabilities.

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

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

an everyday concern

a.

was disability

2

a different

b.

many ways

3.

In 2006, the theme

c.

for millions

4.

justice for those

d.

of disability issues

5.

global understanding

e.

focus every year

6.

People act in

f.

with disabilities

 

Paragraph 2

1.

Disability affects

a.

poverty and disability

2

good support systems

b.

of help

3.

a lack

c.

for the disabled

4.

a very strong link between

d.

dignity of people

5.

The situation

e.

all societies

6.

recognize the rights and

f.

is also tragic for children


LISTENING GAP FILL

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities happens every year. It highlights issues that are _________________ for millions of people around the world. It started in 1992 when the United Nations created the day. There is _________________ every year. In 2006, the theme was disability and information technology; in 2007 it was "Decent Work for Persons with Disabilities"; and in 2008 _________________ ____________________ with disabilities. Organizers hope to promote global understanding of disability issues _________________ and wellbeing of the disabled. People act in many ways to increase awareness, including organizing events, workshops and campaigns _________________ day.

Disability affects all societies and almost all ___________________. More than 650 million people _________________ live with disabilities. In richer nations, there are very good support systems for the disabled. However, in poorer nations, people with disabilities are further disabled _________________, care, medicines and rights. It is a sad fact that 80 per cent of people with disabilities live in poorer countries. There is _________________ between poverty and disability. The situation _________________ children. UNESCO says 90 per cent of children with disabilities in developing countries do not go to school. It is important we act on this day and recognize _________________ of people with disabilities.


WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities happens every year. It highlights ____________ that are an everyday ____________ for millions of people around the world. It started in 1992 when the United Nations ____________ the day. There is a different focus every year. In 2006, the ____________ was disability and information technology; in 2007 it was "Decent Work for Persons with Disabilities"; and in 2008 it was on dignity and ____________ for those with disabilities. Organizers hope to promote ____________ understanding of disability issues and of the rights and wellbeing of the disabled. People ____________ in many ways to increase awareness, including organizing events, workshops and ____________ in support of the day.

 

 

 

created
global
issues
justice
campaigns
concern
act
theme

Disability ____________ all societies and almost all families at some time. More than 650 million people ____________ the globe live with disabilities. In richer nations, there are very good ____________ systems for the disabled. However, in poorer nations, people with disabilities are further disabled by a ____________ of help, care, medicines and rights. It is a sad fact that 80 per cent of people with disabilities live in ____________ countries. There is a very strong ____________ between poverty and disability. The situation is also ____________ for children. UNESCO says 90 per cent of children with disabilities in developing countries do not go to school. It is important we act on this day and ____________ the rights and dignity of people with disabilities.

 

 

support
 
poorer
tragic
across
recognize
affects
link
lack


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities happens every year. It highlights / highlighting issues that are an everyday / daily concern for millions of people around the world. It started in 1992 when the United Nations created the day. There is a difference / different focus every year. In 2006, the theme was disability and information / informative technology; in 2007 it was "Decent Work for Persons with Disabilities"; and in 2008 it was in / on dignity and justice for those with disabilities. Organizers hoping / hope to promote global understanding of disability issues and of the rights and well done / wellbeing of the disabled. People act in many ways to increase awareness, including organizing events, workshops and campaigns in support of / on the day.

Disability affects all societies and almost all families at / in some time. More than 650 million people across the globe live with disabilities. In richer / richly nations, there are very good support systems for the disabled. However, in poorer nations, people with disabilities are further disabled by a lacked / lack of help, care, medicines and rights. It is a sadly / sad fact that 80 per cent of people with disabilities live in poorer countries. There is a very strong / strength link between poverty and disability. The situation is also tragic / tragedy for children. UNESCO says 90 per cent of children with disabilities in developing / development countries do not go to school. It is important we act / action on this day and recognize the rights and dignity of people with disabilities.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities happens every year. It highlights issues that are an (1) ____ concern for millions of people around the world. It started in 1992 when the United Nations created the day. There is a (2) ____ focus every year. In 2006, the theme was (3) ____ and information technology; in 2007 it was "Decent Work for Persons with Disabilities"; and in 2008 it was (4) ____ dignity and justice for those with disabilities. Organizers hope to promote global understanding of disability issues and of the rights and (5) ____  of the disabled. People act in many ways to increase awareness, including organizing events, workshops and campaigns in support (6) ____ the day.

Disability (7) ____ all societies and almost all families at some time. More than 650 million people across the globe live with disabilities. In richer nations, there are very good support systems for the disabled. However, in (8) ____ nations, people with disabilities are further disabled by a (9) ____ of help, care, medicines and rights. It is a sad fact that 80 per cent of people with disabilities live in poorer countries. There is a very strong link between poverty and disability. The situation is also (10) ____ for children. UNESCO says 90 per cent of children with disabilities in developing countries do not go to school. It is important we (11) ____ on this day and (12) ____ the rights and dignity of people with disabilities.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

daily

(b)

everyday

(c)

daytime

(d)

day out

2.

(a)

difference

(b)

differing

(c)

differed

(d)

different

3.

(a)

disability

(b)

disabled

(c)

disables

(d)

disable

4.

(a)

of

(b)

at

(c)

on

(d)

in

5.

(a)

being

(b)

wellbeing

(c)

well well

(d)

well done

6.

(a)

by

(b)

at

(c)

on

(d)

of

7.

(a)

affects

(b)

affective

(c)

effects

(d)

effective

8.

(a)

poverty

(b)

poorly

(c)

poorer

(d)

the poor

9.

(a)

lacking

(b)

lack

(c)

lacked

(d)

lacks

10.

(a)

tragedy

(b)

tragically

(c)

tragedies

(d)

tragic

11.

(a)

act

(b)

action

(c)

acting

(d)

acts

12.

(a)

recognition

(b)

recognizing

(c)

recognize

(d)

recognizes


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

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2.

an everyday nccreon

3.

a different ucfso every year

4.

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5.

scarenei awareness

6.

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Paragraph 2

7.

people across the ogble

8.

good outpspr systems

9.

poreor countries

10.

link between vrpyeto and disability

11.

cgarit for children

12.

It is ioantmrtp we act


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

1  )

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities happens every year. It highlights issues that are an everyday

(    )

by a lack of help, care, medicines and rights. It is a sad fact that 80 per cent of people with disabilities live in

(    )

Disability affects all societies and almost all families at some time. More than 650 million people across the

(    )

promote global understanding of disability issues and of the rights and wellbeing

(    )

workshops and campaigns in support of the day.

(    )

focus every year. In 2006, the theme was disability and information technology; in 2007 it was "Decent Work for

(    )

school. It is important we act on this day and recognize the rights and dignity of people with disabilities.

(    )

support systems for the disabled. However, in poorer nations, people with disabilities are further disabled

(    )

concern for millions of people around the world. It started in 1992 when the United Nations created the day. There is a different

(    )

Persons with Disabilities"; and in 2008 it was on dignity and justice for those with disabilities. Organizers hope to

(    )

poorer countries. There is a very strong link between poverty and disability. The situation is also tragic

(    )

of the disabled. People act in many ways to increase awareness, including organizing events,

(    )

globe live with disabilities. In richer nations, there are very good

(    )

for children. UNESCO says 90 per cent of children with disabilities in developing countries do not go to


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

an     everyday     Issues     concern     that     for     are     millions.    

2.

is     There     year     every     focus     different     a.    

3.

disabilities     with     those     for     justice     and     Dignity.    

4.

global     of     issues     Promote     understanding     disability.    

5.

ways     People     to     act     increase     in     awareness     many.    

6.

million     people     More     across     than     the     650     globe.     

7.

help     disabled     a     of     Further     by     lack

8.

between     A     poverty     very     and     strong     disability     link.    

9.

also     is     situation     The     children     for     tragic.    

10.

act     It     on     is     this     important     day     we.    


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.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________


THE DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES SURVEY

Write five questions about Day of Persons with Disabilities 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

_____________

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

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about the Day of Persons with Disabilities. 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 the Day of Persons with Disabilities. 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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