English Listening Lesson on
 Diamonds

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THE LESSON ON DIAMONDS

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There’s a famous song that says “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend”. Is that true? Do all women like diamonds? They are certainly very beautiful, especially when you see them sparkling. But really, only rich people can afford diamonds. When I bought my wife’s wedding ring, we could only afford a smallish diamond. There were lots of beautiful rings in the store with huge diamonds but they all cost an arm and a leg. One day I’ll buy her a big diamond as a surprise. Nowadays you have to worry where diamonds come from. Many countries sell diamonds to buy guns and tanks. These are called blood diamonds. If you buy a diamond, make sure it has a certificate so you know which country it came from.





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THE ACTIVITIES

LISTENING GAP FILL

There’s a famous ______________________ “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend”. Is that true? Do all women like diamonds? They are certainly very beautiful, especially ______________________ them sparkling. But really, only rich people ______________________ diamonds. When I bought my wife’s wedding ring, we could ______________________ smallish diamond. There were lots of beautiful rings ______________________ with huge diamonds but they all cost an arm ______________________ . One day I’ll buy her a big diamond as a surprise. Nowadays you ______________________ where diamonds come from. Many countries sell diamonds ______________________ and tanks. These are called blood diamonds. If ______________________ diamond, make sure it has a certificate so you know which country ______________________ .




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

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STUDENT DIAMONDS SURVEY

Write five GOOD questions about diamonds 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 diamonds 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 diamonds. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

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

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

5. MY DIAMONDS LESSON: Make your own English lesson on diamonds. 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 diamonds. Share your findings with the class.

ANSWERS

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