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Traffic Safety for Christmas Reindeer (22nd December, 2010)

There is an increasing number of cars on roads in Norway, home to many of Santa’s reindeer. About 500 reindeer are killed each year in car crashes. Officials from the Norwegian Public Roads Administration have come up with a great idea to keep Santa’s helpers safe this Christmas – reflective yellow tags that are put on the reindeer’s antlers. The leader of the project, Kristian Oevernes, told the Reuters news agency: “It really works….This is the first time it has happened.” Oevernes told the reporter that Santa might also use this idea.

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Very few people think about the problems Santa and his reindeer have at Christmas. It must be difficult to fly around the world in one night to deliver so many presents. It gets more and more dangerous every year because there are so many planes in the sky and cars on the road. Santa and his reindeer need as much protection as they can get. Another problem with delivering presents is the disappearance of chimneys. Santa has to think of new ways to get inside houses that do not have a chimney. Apartments are particularly tricky.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

an increasing number

a.

car crashes

2

killed each year in

b.

tags

3.

come up

c.

of cars on roads

4.

reflective yellow

d.

it has happened

5.

The leader

e.

with a great idea

6.

the first time

f.

of the project

 

Paragraph 2

1.

fly around the world

a.

in the sky

2

It gets more and

b.

delivering presents

3.

so many planes

c.

in one night

4.

Another problem with

d.

tricky

5.

houses that do not

e.

more dangerous

6.

particularly

f.

have a chimney


LISTENING GAP FILL

There ______________________ of cars on roads in Norway, home to many of Santa’s reindeer. About 500 reindeer are killed ______________________. Officials from the Norwegian Public Roads Administration have ______________________ idea to keep Santa’s helpers safe this Christmas – reflective yellow tags ______________________ reindeer’s antlers. The leader of the project, Kristian Oevernes, told the Reuters news agency: “It really works….This ______________________ has happened.” Oevernes told the reporter that Santa ______________________ idea.

Very ______________________ the problems Santa and his reindeer have at Christmas. It ______________________ fly around the world in one night to deliver so many presents. It gets more and ______________________ year because there are so many planes in the sky and cars on the road. Santa and his reindeer need as much protection ______________________. Another problem with delivering presents is the disappearance of chimneys. Santa ______________________ ways to get inside houses that do not have a chimney. Apartments are ______________________.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

There is an (1) ____ number of cars on roads in Norway, home to many of Santa’s reindeer. About 500 reindeer are killed (2) ____ year in car crashes. Officials from the Norwegian Public Roads Administration have come (3) ____ with a great idea to keep Santa’s helpers safe this Christmas – reflective yellow tags that are put on the reindeer’s antlers. The (4) ____ of the project, Kristian Oevernes, told the Reuters news agency: “It really (5) ____ ….This is the first time it has happened.” Oevernes told the reporter that Santa might also (6) ____ this idea.

Very (7) ____ people think about the problems Santa and his reindeer have at Christmas. It must be difficult to fly around the world in one night to (8) ____ so many presents. It gets more and more dangerous every year because there are (9) ____ many planes in the sky and cars on the road. Santa and his reindeer need as (10) ____ protection as they can get. Another problem (11) ____ delivering presents is the disappearance of chimneys. Santa has to think of new ways to get inside houses that do not have a chimney. Apartments are particularly (12) ____.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

increase

(b)

increasing

(c)

increases

2.

(a)

whole

(b)

each

(c)

throughout

3.

(a)

down

(b)

along

(c)

up

4.

(a)

leader

(b)

lead

(c)

leaded

5.

(a)

working

(b)

works

(c)

workers

6.

(a)

use

(b)

useful

(c)

uses

7.

(a)

several

(b)

few

(c)

numerous

8.

(a)

delivery

(b)

delivering

(c)

deliver

9.

(a)

so

(b)

such

(c)

as

10.

(a)

many

(b)

more

(c)

much

11.

(a)

by

(b)

for

(c)

with

12

(a)

tricky

(b)

tricks

(c)

tricked


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

an increasing ernmbu

2.

car shercsa

3.

a egrta idea

4.

The leader of the oectrjp

5.

news yecang

6.

It really rwsko

 

Paragraph 2

7.

fly rdonua the world

8.

dreviel so many presents

9.

more nrdegoasu

10.

nspeal in the sky

11.

get eidsni

12.

particularly ycikrt


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

Very few people think about the problems Santa and his reindeer have

(    )

tags that are put on the reindeer’s antlers. The leader of the project, Kristian Oevernes, told the Reuters news

(    )

reporter that Santa might also use this idea.

(    )

ways to get inside houses that do not have a chimney. Apartments are particularly tricky.

1  )

There is an increasing number of cars on roads in Norway, home to many of Santa’s reindeer. About 500

(    )

up with a great idea to keep Santa’s helpers safe this Christmas – reflective yellow

(    )

at Christmas. It must be difficult to fly around the world in one night to deliver so many presents. It gets more

(    )

delivering presents is the disappearance of chimneys. Santa has to think of new

(    )

and more dangerous every year because there are so many planes in the sky and cars

(    )

agency: “It really works….This is the first time it has happened.” Oevernes told the

(    )

reindeer are killed each year in car crashes. Officials from the Norwegian Public Roads Administration have come

(    )

on the road. Santa and his reindeer need as much protection as they can get. Another problem with


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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

1.

number     on     There     increasing     cars     an     of     roads     is.    

2.

About     year     each     killed     are     reindeer     500.    

3.

with     great     up     a     idea     Come.    

4.

happened     the     has     is     it     This     time     first.    

5.

idea     Santa     also     this     might     use.    

6.

problems     the     about     think     people     few     Very.    

7.

world     difficult     must     around     to     be     the     fly     It.    

8.

more     It     dangerous     gets     every     more     year     and.    

9.

cars     and    sky    the    in    planes    many    So    road     the     on.   

10.

Another     presents     delivering     with     problem.    


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 reindeer 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. SANTA AND REINDEER: Search the Internet and find more information about reindeer. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about reindeer. Include imaginary interviews with some reindeer and what they think about Christmas and Santa. 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 Santa. Ask him three questions about reindeer and safety. Give him three of your opinions on how to keep reindeer safe. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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