English Listening Lesson on
 Homelessness

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THE LESSON ON HOMELESSNESS

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Homelessness is a terrible thing. It really shouldn’t exist today. A country should be ashamed if anyone is homeless. Governments are so rich today, yet they have no money to provide basic needs for their citizens. This is rubbish. Think how much money governments waste on fancy cars and other unnecessary things. It’s a crime. Even in rich countries, there are thousands of homeless. The government tries to sweep them under the carpet. They want to pretend the problem doesn’t exist. The world’s richest countries spend billions of dollars on weapons, but can’t make sure people have a roof over their head. This is disgusting. All world leaders should be ashamed of themselves. I feel so sorry for the homeless.





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LISTENING GAP FILL

Homelessness is _______________________. It really shouldn’t exist today. A country should be ashamed _______________________ homeless. Governments are so rich today, yet they have no money to provide _______________________ their citizens. This is rubbish. Think how much money governments _______________________ fancy cars and other unnecessary things. It’s a crime. Even in rich countries, there are _______________________ homeless. The government tries to sweep them _______________________. They want to pretend the problem _______________________. The world’s richest countries spend billions of dollars on weapons, but can’t _______________________ people have _______________________ their head. This is disgusting. All world leaders should be ashamed of themselves. I _______________________ for the homeless.




CORRECT THE SPELLING

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UNJUMBLE THE WORDS

thing a Homelessness terrible is. It really shouldn’t exist today. if should ashamed country be A anyone is homeless. Governments are so rich today, yet they have money no needs basic provide to for their citizens. This is rubbish. Think how much money governments waste on cars fancy things unnecessary other and. It’s a crime. Even in rich countries, there are thousands of homeless. The government under carpet to them the tries sweep. They want to pretend doesn’t the exist problem. The world’s richest countries spend billions of dollars on weapons, but can’t have people sure make roof a over their head. This is disgusting. All world leaders should be ashamed of themselves. for homeless feel sorry the I so.

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 HOMELESSNESS SURVEY

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

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

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

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

ANSWERS

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