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Mayor Bans Death In His Town (14th March, 2012)

The mayor of a small town in southern Italy has banned residents from dying because there is no cemetery in which to bury them. Giulio Cesare Fava, the mayor of Falciano del Massico, explained to villagers at the beginning of March that it was illegal to die. He told them: “It is forbidden for residents…to go beyond the borders of Earth’s life and go to the afterlife.” The village has a population of just over 3,700 people but so far two elderly town folk have not followed his order.

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The mayor issued his ban because of a disagreement with a neighbouring village, which has owned the cemetery since 1964. The two towns could not agree on a new plan to make the cemetery bigger, so Mr Fava decided to stop using the old one. Instead, he plans to build a new cemetery in Falciano del Massico. It is unclear what Mr Fava plans to do with the bodies of those who do not follow his ban. The population is aging and more people will die before the new cemetery is built.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.
Paragraph 1

1.

the mayor of a small

a.

which to bury them

2

there is no cemetery in

b.

followed his order

3.

at the beginning

c.

afterlife

4.

go beyond the borders of

d.

of March

5.

go to the

e.

town in southern Italy

6.

two elderly town folk have not

f.

Earth’s life

Paragraph 2

1.

a disagreement with a

a.

the cemetery bigger

2

owned the cemetery

b.

do with the bodies

3.

a new plan to make

c.

since 1964

4.

unclear what Mr Fava plans to

d.

is built

5.

The population is

e.

neighbouring village

6.

before the new cemetery

f.

aging


LISTENING GAP FILL


The __________________ town in southern Italy has banned residents from dying because __________________ in which to bury them. Giulio Cesare Fava, the mayor of Falciano del Massico, __________________ at the beginning of March that it was illegal to die. He told them: “It is forbidden for residents…to go __________________ of Earth’s life and go into to the afterlife.” The village has a population __________________ 3,700 people but so far two elderly town folk have not __________________.
The mayor __________________ because of a disagreement with a neighbouring village, which has owned the cemetery since 1964. The two towns could not __________________ plan to make the cemetery bigger, so Mr Fava __________________ using the old one. Instead, he __________________ a new cemetery in Falciano del Massico. It is unclear what Mr Fava plans to do with the bodies of those __________________ his ban. The __________________ and more people will die before the new cemetery is built.


MULTIPLE CHOICE


The mayor of a small town in southern Italy has (1) ____ residents from dying because there is no cemetery in (2) ____ to bury them. Giulio Cesare Fava, the mayor of Falciano del Massico, explained to villagers at the        (3) ____ of March that it was illegal to die. He told them: “It is forbidden for residents…to go (4) ____ the borders of Earth’s life and go into to the afterlife.” The village has a population of (5) ____ over 3,700 people but so (6) ____ two elderly town folk have not followed his order.
The mayor issued his ban because of a disagreement (7) ____ a neighbouring village, which has (8) ____ the cemetery since 1964. The two towns could not agree (9) ____ a new plan to make the cemetery bigger, so Mr Fava decided to stop using the old one. (10) ____, he plans to build a new cemetery in Falciano del Massico. It is unclear what Mr Fava plans to do with the (11) ____ of those who do not follow his ban. The population is aging and more people will die before the new cemetery is (12) ____.
Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

binned

(b)

banned

(c)

banner

2.

(a)

which

(b)

how

(c)

when

3.

(a)

starting

(b)

early

(c)

beginning

4.

(a)

yonder

(b)

beyond

(c)

being

5.

(a)

must

(b)

just

(c)

dust

6.

(a)

for

(b)

fir

(c)

far

7.

(a)

with

(b)

by

(c)

as

8.

(a)

owed

(b)

owned

(c)

downed

9.

(a)

in

(b)

at

(c)

on

10.

(a)

Instead

(b)

Moreover

(c)

Really

11.

(a)

body

(b)

bodily

(c)

bodies

12

(a)

built

(b)

building

(c)

builds


SPELLING


Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

a small town in eruothns Italy

2.

at the beniinggn of March

3.

deonby the borders of Earth’s life

4.

go to the afileerft

5.

two ylereld town folk

6.

edofllwo his order

 

Paragraph 2

7.

The mayor esuisd his ban

8.

wdneo the cemetery since 1964

9.

ergae on a new plan

10.

It is nelaucr what Mr Fava plans to do

11.

The population is gangi

12.

before the new cemetery is ltbiu


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER


Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

one. Instead, he plans to build a new cemetery in Falciano del Massico. It is unclear

(    )

village, which has owned the cemetery since 1964. The two towns could not agree

(    )

of Falciano del Massico, explained to villagers at the beginning of

(    )

people but so far two elderly town folk have not followed his order.

(    )

what Mr Fava plans to do with the bodies of those who do not follow

(    )

The mayor issued his ban because of a disagreement with a neighbouring

1  )

The mayor of a small town in southern Italy has banned residents from

(    )

of Earth’s life and go to the afterlife.” The village has a population of just over 3,700

(    )

his ban. The population is aging and more people will die before the new cemetery is built.

(    )

on a new plan to make the cemetery bigger, so Mr Fava decided to stop using the old

(    )

March that it was illegal to die. He told them: “It is forbidden for residents…to go beyond the borders

(    )

dying because there is no cemetery in which to bury them. Giulio Cesare Fava, the mayor


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


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

1.

southern     The     a     in     of     town     Italy     mayor     small.    

2.

no     which     them     is     in     bury     There     cemetery     to.    

3.

of     borders     the     beyond     Go     life     Earth’s.    

4.

of     population     a     has     village     The     3,700     over     just.    

5.

folk     followed     town     not     order     elderly     have     his     Two.    

6.

The    his    of     issued     because    disagreement    mayor    ban    a.    

7.

plan     The     two     towns     could     not     agree     on     a     new.    

8.

Fava     stop     old     Mr     to     the     decided     using     one.     

9.

It     what     plans     unclear     Fava     do     is     Mr     to.    

10.

built     People     will     die    before    the     new     cemetery     is.    


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.

________________________________________________________

3.

________________________________________________________

4.

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5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________


WRITING


Write about death 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. DEATH: Search the Internet and find more information about the death ban in Falciano del Massico. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about the ban on death. Include imaginary interviews with the mayor and a resident. 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 villager. Ask him/her three questions about the ban on death. Give him/her three of your opinions on it. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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