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U.K. Celebrates Queen's Diamond Jubilee (2nd June, 2012)

A very, very British event will take place in London tomorrow. A huge celebration for Queen Elizabeth II's diamond jubilee – 60 years on the throne. The Queen will sail down the River Thames for three hours followed by 1,000 boats and ships. Along the route, there will be hundreds of thousands of flag-waving and cheering people. After that there will be street parties across Britain, concerts and national holidays when Britons can admire their jubilee mugs and other souvenirs.

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The Queen became head of state at the age of 25. Today, she is one of the world's longest reigning monarchs. Many British people are looking forward to the jubilee. Londoner Barry Watkins said: "She's the best. We're fortunate to have her as our queen. She is everything that is great about Britain." However, others are not in a party mood. Brenda Smith from York said: "Kings and queens are history. I don't want my tax going to a rich family who set a bad example to everyone with all their scandals."

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

… will take

a.

cheering people

2

60 years on

b.

route

3.

Along the

c.

holidays

4.

flag-waving and

d.

the throne

5.

national

e.

souvenirs

6.

mugs and other

f.

place in London

 

Paragraph 2

1.

head of

a.

to the jubilee

2

one of the world's longest

b.

to have her

3.

looking forward

c.

state

4.

We're fortunate

d.

example to everyone

5.

not in a party

e.

reigning monarchs

6.

set a bad

f.

mood


LISTENING GAP FILL

A very, very British event __________________ London tomorrow. A huge celebration for Queen Elizabeth II's diamond jubilee – 60 years on the throne. The Queen __________________ River Thames for three hours __________________ boats and ships. Along the route, there will be ___________________ of flag-waving and __________________. After that there will be street parties across Britain, concerts and national holidays when Britons can admire their jubilee mugs __________________.

The Queen became head of state ________________. Today, she is one of the world's ________________ monarchs. Many British people are looking forward to the jubilee. Londoner Barry Watkins said: "She's the best. We're ___________________ her as our queen. She is everything that is great about Britain." However, others are not ________________. Brenda Smith from York said: "Kings and queens are history. I don't want ________________ to a rich family who set a bad example to everyone with ________________."


MULTIPLE CHOICE

A very, very British event will (1) ____ place in London tomorrow. A huge celebration for Queen Elizabeth II's diamond jubilee – 60 years on the throne. The Queen will sail (2) ____ the River Thames for three hours followed (3) ____ 1,000 boats and ships. Along the (4) ____, there will be hundreds of thousands of flag-(5) ____  and cheering people. After that there will be street parties across Britain, concerts and national holidays when Britons can (6) ____ their jubilee mugs and other souvenirs.

The Queen became (7) ____ of state at the age of 25. Today, she is one of the world's longest (8) ____ monarchs. Many British people are looking forward (9) ____ the jubilee. Londoner Barry Watkins said: "She's the best. We're (10) ____ to have her as our queen. She is everything that is great about Britain." However, others are not in a party (11) ____. Brenda Smith from York said: "Kings and queens are history. I don't want my (12) ____ going to a rich family who set a bad example to everyone with all their scandals."

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

give

(b)

have

(c)

take

2.

(a)

down

(b)

under

(c)

over

3.

(a)

at

(b)

by

(c)

of

4.

(a)

root

(b)

loot

(c)

route

5.

(a)

making

(b)

waving

(c)

burning

6.

(a)

admire

(b)

admiration

(c)

admirable

7.

(a)

foot

(b)

head

(c)

back

8.

(a)

raining

(b)

wringing

(c)

reigning

9.

(a)

as

(b)

at

(c)

to

10.

(a)

fortunate

(b)

fortunately

(c)

fortune

11.

(a)

happen

(b)

mood

(c)

season

12

(a)

tax

(b)

taxi

(c)

taxonomy


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

very British eentv

2.

A huge iltanebrceo

3.

hundreds of ohndussta

4.

flag-waving and icreeghn people

5.

onaainlt holidays

6.

mugs and other isuerosnv

 

Paragraph 2

7.

longest reigning achsnmro

8.

looking arowrdf to

9.

We're naftetruo to have her

10.

hestro are not in a party mood

11.

set a bad xpemlea

12.

all their dsclsaan


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

"She's the best. We're fortunate to have her as our queen. She is everything that is great

(    )

and cheering people. After that there will be street parties across Britain,

(    )

The Queen became head of state at the age of 25. Today, she is one of the world's longest reigning

(    )

from York said: "Kings and queens are history. I don't want my tax

(    )

for Queen Elizabeth II's diamond jubilee – 60 years on the throne. The Queen will sail

(    )

down the River Thames for three hours followed by 1,000 boats and

(    )

concerts and national holidays when Britons can admire their jubilee mugs and other souvenirs.

(    )

monarchs. Many British people are looking forward to the jubilee. Londoner Barry Watkins said:

(    )

about Britain." However, others are not in a party mood. Brenda Smith

1  )

A very, very British event will take place in London tomorrow. A huge celebration

(    )

going to a rich family who set a bad example to everyone with all their scandals."

(    )

ships. Along the route, there will be hundreds of thousands of flag-waving


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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

1.

will     British     ,     take     event     A     place     very     very.    

2.

The     the     Queen     River     will     Thames     sail     down.    

3.

people     -     waving     Thousands     and     of     cheering     flag.    

4.

street     be     will     There     Britain     across     parties.    

5.

their     mugs     Britons     admire     jubilee     can.    

6.

state    of    head   became    Queen    The    25    of     age    the     at.    

7.

monarchs     reigning     longest     world's     the     of     One.    

8.

as     fortunate     our     to     queen     have     her     We're.    

9.

others     in     mood     ,     not     party     However     are     a.    

10.

bad     example     to     everyone     A    rich    family    who    set     a.    


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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DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

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 Britain's queen 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. BRITAIN'S QUEEN: Search the Internet and find more information about Britain's queen. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Britain's queen. Include an imaginary interview with her and a British person who dislikes the monarchy. 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 Britain's queen. Ask her three questions about being queen. Give her three of your opinions on kings and queens. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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