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Kate Middleton collapses after U.S. tour (26th July, 2011)

The Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton) has collapsed during her tour of North America. Doctors immediately ordered her to take a long rest and get plenty of sleep. The newly-married British royal was at the end of an 11-day tour of Canada and the USA. She was very busy and her daily schedule was full of appointments. Kate said she thought the trip was very tiring. It was her first official overseas trip with her husband Prince William. When she returned to Britain, she cancelled her official duties so that she could get some much needed rest.

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Media reports say Britain’s royal family is now worried about Kate's health. The Duchess lost a lot of weight before she got married in April and has lost a lot more since then. Her weight is now a topic for many British tabloids, who say she is a size zero. There are concerns that she may be too thin to have a baby. Britain's Daily Star said it was medically possible that “she will have extreme difficulty getting pregnant”. One reporter said: "Kate's got to relax and start eating properly because her next royal duty is to produce a son and heir.”

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.
Paragraph 1


1.

collapsed during her tour

a.

rest

2

take a long

b.

full of appointments

3.

get plenty

c.

11-day tour

4.

at the end of an

d.

of sleep

5.

her daily schedule was

e.

trip

6.

overseas

f.

of North America

Paragraph 2


1.

worried about

a.

have a baby

2

lost a lot

b.

tabloids

3.

a topic for many British

c.

a son and heir

4.

she may be too thin to

d.

Kate's health

5.

difficulty getting

e.

of weight

6.

her next royal duty is to produce

f.

pregnant


LISTENING GAP FILL


The Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton) _________________ her tour of North America. Doctors immediately ordered her to take a long rest _________________ sleep. The newly-married British royal was at the end of an 11-day tour of Canada and the USA. She was very busy and _________________ was full of appointments. Kate said she thought the ___________________. It was her first _________________ with her husband Prince William. When she returned to Britain, she cancelled her official duties so that she could get some _________________.
Media reports say Britain’s royal family _________________ Kate's health. The Duchess _________________ weight before she got married in April and has lost a lot _________________. Her weight is now a topic for many British tabloids, who say she _________________. There are concerns that she may be too thin to have a baby. Britain's Daily Star said it was medically possible that “she will have extreme difficulty _________________”. One reporter said: "Kate's got to relax and start eating properly because her _________________ is to produce a son and heir.”


MULTIPLE CHOICE


The Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton) has (1) ____ during her tour of North America. Doctors (2) ____ ordered her to take a long rest and get plenty of sleep. The (3) ____-married British royal was at the end of an 11-day tour of Canada and the USA. She was very busy and her daily schedule was full of (4) ____. Kate said she thought the trip was very tiring. It was her first official (5) ____ trip with her husband Prince William. When she returned to Britain, she cancelled her official duties so that she could get some (6) ____ needed rest.
Media reports say Britain’s (7) ____ family is now worried about Kate's health. The Duchess lost a lot of weight before she got married in April and has lost a lot more (8) ____ then. Her weight is now a topic for many British tabloids, who say she is a size zero. (9) ____ are concerns that she may be too thin to (10) ____ a baby. Britain's Daily Star said it was medically possible that “she will have extreme difficulty (11) ____ pregnant”. One reporter said: "Kate's got to relax and start eating properly because her next royal duty is to produce a son and (12) ____.”
Put the correct words from this table into the article.


1.

(a)

collapsed

(b)

collapsing

(c)

collapse

2.

(a)

right now

(b)

quick

(c)

immediately

3.

(a)

new

(b)

newly

(c)

newish

4.

(a)

appointment

(b)

appointments

(c)

appointed

5.

(a)

overseas

(b)

oceans

(c)

marine

6.

(a)

many

(b)

more

(c)

much

7.

(a)

royal

(b)

royalty

(c)

royals

8.

(a)

for

(b)

since

(c)

to

9.

(a)

They

(b)

Their

(c)

There

10.

(a)

do

(b)

born

(c)

have

11.

(a)

getting

(b)

having

(c)

doing

12

(a)

air

(b)

heir

(c)

hair


SPELLING


Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.


Paragraph 1

1.

gnuird her tour of North America

2.

get eynplt of sleep

3.

daily dcueslhe

4.

eaeovrss trip

5.

she edlccelna her official duties

6.

much eeendd rest

 

Paragraph 2

7.

worried about Kate's hthale

8.

lost a lot of eigwth

9.

British dtlbasoi

10.

There are nscnroec

11.

difficulty getting natgnepr

12.

decruop a son and heir


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER


Number these lines in the correct order.


1  )

The Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton) has collapsed during her tour of North America. Doctors immediately

(    )

duties so that she could get some much needed rest.

(    )

tabloids, who say she is a size zero. There are concerns that she may be too thin to have a

(    )

ordered her to take a long rest and get plenty of sleep. The newly-married British royal was at the end of

(    )

baby. Britain's Daily Star said it was medically possible that “she will have extreme difficulty getting

(    )

pregnant”. One reporter said: "Kate's got to relax and start eating

(    )

Media reports say Britain’s royal family is now worried about Kate's health. The Duchess lost a lot of

(    )

weight before she got married in April and has lost a lot more since then. Her weight is now a topic for many British

(    )

trip with her husband Prince William. When she returned to Britain, she cancelled her official

(    )

properly because her next royal duty is to produce a son and heir.”

(    )

appointments. Kate said she thought the trip was very tiring. It was her first official overseas

(    )

an 11-day tour of Canada and the USA. She was very busy and her daily schedule was full of


WORD JUMBLE


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


1.

her     during     Collapsed     America     North     of     tour.    

2.

rest    immediately    to    long    Doctors    her    a    ordered    take.   

3.

11     tour     the     an     day     At     of     -     end.    

4.

schedule     daily     Her     appointments     of     full     was.    

5.

official    overseas   trip    with   her    husband    It    was    her    first.   

6.

is    about   family    worried    health    royal    now    Kate's   Britain’s.

7.

Duchess     The     weight     of     lot     a     lost.    

8.

baby     may     thin     a     She     too     have     be     to.    

9.

getting     difficulty     extreme     have     will     She     pregnant.    

10.

and     Kate's     start     got     eating     to     properly     relax.    


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.

________________________________________________________

2.

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3.

________________________________________________________

4.

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5.

________________________________________________________

6.

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WRITING


Write about Kate Middleton 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. KATE MIDDLETON: Search the Internet and find more information about Kate Middleton. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about a royal family. Include imaginary interviews with some members of that family. 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 Kate Middleton (the Duchess of Cambridge). Ask her three questions about being a royal. Give her three of your opinions on royalty. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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