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Chinese Car Company Adopts Panda (7th February, 2010)

A giant panda arrived in China from the USA on Friday and immediately became rich. The Chinese car maker Sichuan agreed to adopt the panda, Tai Shan, for the rest of his life. The auto company paid around $150,000 to look after Tai Shan. The company must now pay for the panda’s food, medical care and other daily expenses. A Sichuan spokesman said Tai Shan would act as the company’s ambassador. He said Tai Shan will give the company a better image and help it become more famous around the world.

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The car company is getting a good deal from Tai Shan. It will get lots of publicity for many years. Tai Shan will become a celebrity in China and perhaps all over the world. Everyone loves pandas and this will help Sichuan sell cars. The adoption cost of $150,000 is very small. Advertising on TV, in newspapers or on the Internet is much more expensive. Tai Shan will give the car company several decades of free publicity. Maybe more companies will start adopting animals. I wonder what animal Microsoft or Coca Cola could adopt.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

arrived in China

a.

expenses

2

for the rest

b.

care

3.

The auto company paid

c.

of his life

4.

medical

d.

from the USA

5.

daily

e.

better image

6.

give the company a

f.

around $150,000

 

Paragraph 2

1.

getting a good

a.

a celebrity

2

get lots of

b.

adopting animals

3.

become

c.

deal

4.

Advertising on

d.

of free publicity

5.

several decades

e.

TV

6.

start

f.

publicity


LISTENING GAP FILL

A giant panda arrived in China from the USA on Friday and ____________________. The Chinese car maker Sichuan agreed to adopt the panda, Tai Shan, for ____________________. The auto company ____________________ to look after Tai Shan. The company ____________________ the panda’s food, medical care and other daily expenses. A Sichuan spokesman said Tai Shan ____________________ company’s ambassador. He said Tai Shan will give the company a better image and help it become more ____________________ world.

The car company is getting ____________________ Tai Shan. It will get ____________________ for many years. Tai Shan will become a celebrity in China and ____________________ world. Everyone loves pandas ____________________ Sichuan sell cars. The adoption cost of $150,000 is very small. Advertising on TV, in newspapers or on the Internet is ____________________. Tai Shan will give the car company several decades of free publicity. Maybe more companies will start adopting animals. I ____________________ Microsoft or Coca Cola could adopt.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

A giant panda arrived in China from the USA on Friday and immediately (1) ____ rich. The Chinese car maker Sichuan agreed to adopt the panda, Tai Shan, for the (2) ____ of his life. The auto company paid around $150,000 to look after Tai Shan. The company must now pay for the panda’s food, medical care and other (3) ____ expenses. A Sichuan spokesman said Tai Shan would (4) ____ as the company’s ambassador. He said Tai Shan will give the company a better (5) ____ and help it become more famous around the world.

The car company is getting a good (6) ____ from Tai Shan. It will get lots of publicity for many years. Tai Shan will become a (7) ____ in China and perhaps all over the world. Everyone loves pandas and this will help Sichuan sell cars. The adoption cost of $150,000 is very small. Advertising on TV, in newspapers or on the Internet is (8) ____ more expensive. Tai Shan will give the car company several decades of (9) ____ publicity. Maybe more companies will start adopting animals. I (10) ____ what animal Microsoft or Coca Cola could adopt.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

become

(b)

becomes

(c)

became

2.

(a)

resting

(b)

rest

(c)

rested

3.

(a)

daily

(b)

days

(c)

day

4.

(a)

act

(b)

action

(c)

actors

5.

(a)

imagination

(b)

imagining

(c)

image

6.

(a)

dealing

(b)

dealt

(c)

deal

7.

(a)

celebrate

(b)

celebrity

(c)

celery

8.

(a)

many

(b)

more

(c)

much

9.

(a)

free

(b)

freely

(c)

freedom

10.

(a)

wander

(b)

wonder

(c)

wound


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

rarivde in China

2.

emeabc rich

3.

meicdal care

4.

daily peeessnx

5.

a better iaemg

6.

more msfauo

 

Paragraph 2

7.

ggttein a good deal

8.

become a cyteilbre

9.

all over the wodrl

10.

aslvere decades

11.

free ibucptlyi

12.

I drwneo


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

around $150,000 to look after Tai Shan. The company must now pay for the panda’s food, medical care and

(    )

Tai Shan will give the company a better image and help it become more famous around the world.

1  )

A giant panda arrived in China from the USA on Friday and immediately became rich. The Chinese car

(    )

become a celebrity in China and perhaps all over the world. Everyone loves pandas and this will

(    )

The car company is getting a good deal from Tai Shan. It will get lots of publicity for many years. Tai Shan will

(    )

publicity. Maybe more companies will start adopting animals. I wonder what animal Microsoft or Coca Cola could adopt.

(    )

the Internet is much more expensive. Tai Shan will give the car company several decades of free

(    )

other daily expenses. A Sichuan spokesman said Tai Shan would act as the company’s ambassador. He said

(    )

maker Sichuan agreed to adopt the panda, Tai Shan, for the rest of his life. The auto company paid

(    )

help Sichuan sell cars. The adoption cost of $150,000 is very small. Advertising on TV, in newspapers or on


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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

1.

A     arrived     from     panda     China     USA     giant     in     the.    

2.

agreed     adopt     panda     Sichuan     to     the.    

3.

pay     panda’s     The     now     the     must     for     food     company.    

4.

other     expenses     Medical     and     daily     care.    

5.

better     the     a     image     Give     company.    

6.

will     a     company     getting     deal     car     is     good     The.    

7.

lots     for     get     publicity     years     will     of     many     It.    

8.

will     Sichuan     cars     This     help     sell.    

9.

of     cost     adoption     The     small     very     is     $150,000.    

10.

animals     More     will     adopting     companies     start.    


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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WRITING

Write about pandas 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. PANDAS: Search the Internet and find more information about Tai Shan the giant panda. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about pandas. Include imaginary interviews with a panda. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to the owner of Sichuan Cars. Ask him/her three questions about Tai Shan the panda. Give him/her three of your opinions on how Tai Shan could help his/her company. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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