English Listening Lesson on
 Birthdays

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THE LESSON ON BIRTHDAYS

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Birthdays are brilliant. I’m 62 years old and I still love them. I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad birthday. In fact, I think birthdays get better and better the older you become. Sure, kids love birthdays because they get presents and get to eat cake. But when you get older, birthdays make you feel special. It’s your special day. Even if no one wishes you a happy birthday, it’s still your special day. A lot of my friends think I’m mad. They hate their birthdays because it means they’re another year older. I hope I get to celebrate my hundredth birthday. I’m not sure if I can blow out 100 candles though. When I look back at all my birthdays, it’s difficult to choose the best. I’ll just say my last birthday is always the best one.





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THE ACTIVITIES

LISTENING GAP FILL

Birthdays are brilliant. I’m 62 years old ______________________ them. I don’t think I’ve ______________________ bad birthday. In fact, I think birthdays get better and better ______________________ become. Sure, kids love birthdays because they get presents and ______________________ cake. But when you get older, birthdays ______________________ special. It’s your special day. Even if no one wishes you a happy birthday, ______________________ special day. A lot of my friends think I’m mad. They hate their birthdays because ______________________ they’re another year older. I hope ______________________ celebrate my hundredth birthday. I’m not sure if I ______________________ 100 candles though. When I look back at all my birthdays, it’s difficult to choose the best. I’ll just say my last birthday ______________________ best one.




CORRECT THE SPELLING

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UNJUMBLE THE WORDS

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DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT BIRTHDAYS SURVEY

Write five GOOD questions about birthdays in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

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WRITING

Write about birthdays 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. INTERNET INFO: Search the Internet and find more information about birthdays. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about birthdays. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. BIRTHDAYS POSTER Make a poster about birthdays. Show it to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your posters.

5. MY BIRTHDAYS LESSON: Make your own English lesson on birthdays. Make sure there is a good mix of things to do. Find some good online activities. Teach the class / another group when you have finished.

6. ONLINE SHARING: Use your blog, wiki, Facebook page, MySpace page, Twitter stream, Del-icio-us / StumbleUpon account, or any other social media tool to get opinions on birthdays. Share your findings with the class.

ANSWERS

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