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READ

There are lies, damned lies, and statistics. I like this saying. It means statistics lie even more than the biggest lies. It’s true. Statistics can be used to dress up any numbers. Politicians always use statistics to let us know things are better than they really are. Or sometimes to show things are much worse. Most governments have departments that pump out statistics. I actually like statistics. It’s interesting to look at the figures and make comparisons. I also like trying to find patterns in the numbers. My favourite statistics are about football. I can look at football stats for hours. The statistics I don’t like so much are those about my finances. There’s lots of red ink with these numbers and lots of minus signs.

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THE ACTIVITIES

LISTENING GAP FILL

There are lies, __________________ statistics. I like this saying. It means statistics lie even more than the biggest lies. It’s true. Statistics can be __________________ any numbers. Politicians always use statistics to let us know __________________ than they really are. Or sometimes to show things __________________. Most governments have departments __________________ statistics. I actually like statistics. It’s interesting to look at the figures and __________________. I also like trying to find patterns in the numbers. My favourite statistics are about football. I can look at football __________________. The statistics I don’t like so much are those about my finances. There’s __________________ with these numbers and lots of minus signs.

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)

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 statistics. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

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

4. STATISTICS POSTERMake a poster about statistics. Show it to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your posters.

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

ANSWERS

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