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Cuddles Brings Miracle Baby Back to Life (28th August, 2010)

An Australian mother refused to believe doctors who said her newborn baby was dead. Kate Oggs prematurely gave birth to twins Emily and Jamie – they both weighed a kilogram. Emily was healthy but doctors battled for 20 minutes to save her brother’s life. The doctor told Ms Oggs: “We've lost Jamie, he didn't make it, sorry.” She didn’t believe he was dead and cuddled him for two hours. Suddenly, Jamie started breathing and then opened his eyes. His mother said it was a miracle but she thought the skin-to-skin contact saved her son.

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Jamie’s father David was very proud of his wife. He told Australia’s Channel 7 TV: "Luckily, I've got a very strong, very smart wife. She instinctively did what she did. If she hadn't done that, Jamie probably wouldn't be here." Ms Oggs has appeared on TV in Australia to advise all new mothers to hug their babies immediately after they are born. Doctors call this "kangaroo care", named after the way kangaroos care for their young after they are born. Experts say it creates a long-term bond between mother and baby.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

refused to believe

a.

birth to twins

2

prematurely gave

b.

brother’s life

3.

battled

c.

saved her son

4.

save her

d.

doctors

5.

cuddled him

e.

for 20 minutes

6.

the skin-to-skin contact

f.

for two hours

 

Paragraph 2

1.

David was very proud

a.

to hug their babies

2

She instinctively did

b.

after they are born

3.

a very strong,

c.

of his wife

4.

advise all new mothers

d.

term bond

5.

care for their young

e.

very smart wife

6.

it creates a long-

f.

what she did


LISTENING GAP FILL

An Australian mother ___________________ doctors who said her newborn baby was dead. Kate Oggs ___________________ to twins Emily and Jamie – they both weighed a kilogram. Emily was healthy ___________________ 20 minutes to save her brother’s life. The doctor told Ms Oggs: “We've lost Jamie, ___________________, sorry.” She didn’t believe he was dead _____________________ two hours. Suddenly, Jamie started breathing and then opened his eyes. His mother said it was a miracle but she thought the skin-to-skin ___________________.

Jamie’s father David ___________________ his wife. He told Australia’s Channel 7 TV: "Luckily, I've got a very strong, very smart wife. She instinctively ___________________. If ___________________, Jamie probably wouldn't be here." Ms Oggs has appeared on TV in Australia ___________________ to hug their babies immediately after they are born. Doctors call this "kangaroo care", ___________________ kangaroos care for their young after they are born. Experts say ___________________ bond between mother and baby.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

An Australian mother (1) ____ to believe doctors who said her newborn baby was dead. Kate Oggs prematurely gave (2) ____ to twins Emily and Jamie – they both weighed a kilogram. Emily was healthy but doctors battled for 20 minutes to save her brother’s life. The doctor told Ms Oggs: “We've (3) ____ Jamie, he didn't make it, sorry.” She didn’t believe he was          (4) ____ and cuddled him for two hours. Suddenly, Jamie started breathing and then opened his eyes. His mother said it was a miracle but she thought the skin-(5)-____ -skin contact saved her son.

Jamie’s father David was very (6) ____ of his wife. He told Australia’s Channel 7 TV: "Luckily, I've got a very strong, very smart wife. She instinctively (7) ____ what she did. If she hadn't done that, Jamie probably wouldn't be here." Ms Oggs has appeared (8) ____ TV in Australia to advise all new mothers to hug their babies immediately after they are born. Doctors call this "kangaroo care", named (9) ____ the way kangaroos care for their young after they are born. Experts say it creates a long-(10)____ bond between mother and baby.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

reused

(b)

refused

(c)

refuse

2.

(a)

birth

(b)

births

(c)

born

3.

(a)

gone

(b)

tragic

(c)

lost

4.

(a)

dead

(b)

death

(c)

dead

5.

(a)

by

(b)

to

(c)

at

6.

(a)

pride

(b)

proudly

(c)

proud

7.

(a)

done

(b)

do

(c)

did

8.

(a)

on

(b)

over

(c)

through

9.

(a)

before

(b)

after

(c)

following

10.

(a)

semester

(b)

term

(c)

session


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

federsu to believe

2.

gave trhbi to twins

3.

Emily was hheatly

4.

ddlecdu him for two hours

5.

Jamie started ihbngerta

6.

skin-to-skin onctact

 

Paragraph 2

7.

David was very ordpu of his wife

8.

very tamrs wife

9.

lprobayb wouldn't

10.

vdaesi all new mothers

11.

care for their uygon

12.

bond ewbtnee mother and baby


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

Jamie’s father David was very proud of his wife. He told Australia’s Channel 7 TV: "Luckily, I've got a

1  )

An Australian mother refused to believe doctors who said her newborn baby was dead. Kate Oggs

(    )

but doctors battled for 20 minutes to save her brother’s life. The doctor told Ms Oggs: “We've lost Jamie,

(    )

prematurely gave birth to twins Emily and Jamie – they both weighed a kilogram. Emily was healthy

(    )

care for their young after they are born. Experts say it creates a long-term bond between mother and baby.

(    )

he didn't make it, sorry.” She didn’t believe he was dead and cuddled him for two hours. Suddenly, Jamie started

(    )

very strong, very smart wife. She instinctively did what she did. If she hadn't done that, Jamie probably

(    )

wouldn't be here." Ms Oggs has appeared on TV in Australia to advise all new mothers to hug their

(    )

babies immediately after they are born. Doctors call this "kangaroo care", named after the way kangaroos

(    )

breathing and then opened his eyes. His mother said it was a miracle but she thought the skin-to-skin contact saved her son.


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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

1.

An     doctors     believe     to     refused     mother     Australian.    

2.

twins     to     birth     gave     prematurely     Oggs     Kate.    

3.

minutes   to   save   her   brother’s   life   Doctors   battled   for   20.  

4.

believe     was     didn’t     he     dead     She.    

5.

it     said     mother     His     miracle     a     was.    

6.

David     proud     wife     father     very     his     Jamie’s     was     of.    

7.

,     wife     got     strong     smart     I've     very     very     a.    

8.

to     Advise     hug     all     their     new     babies     mothers.    

9.

care     kangaroos     way     The     young     their     for.    

10.

bond     and     A     term     mother     -     between     baby     long.    


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 miracles 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. KANGAROO CARE: Search the Internet and find more information about “kangaroo care”. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about miracles. Include imaginary an interview with someone who experienced one. 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 a mother. Ask her three questions about motherhood. Give her three pieces of advice on how to best care for her baby. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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