English Lesson on International Day of Families

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THE LESSON ON INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FAMILIES

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The International Day of the Family is held on May 15 every year. This day celebrates families around the world and highlights their importance. It aims to strengthen the family unit by making family members aware of their responsibilities. The day hopes to raise awareness of equality within families and of sharing domestic duties. It also focuses on how families should encourage employment for all. The day was created by the United Nations General Assembly to support families and encourage them to contribute towards society. There is a different theme each year. In 1996, it was “Families: First Victims of Poverty and Homelessness”. Themes since then have focused on families and education, human rights, development, and disabilities.



The family is the most important unit of society. It is a group of people who share many things in common. These things include a residence and economic cooperation. A family also has one or more children. Some experts say the main function of the family is to continue the human race. Parents usually start a family because of their desire for children and to be happy. Every country has its own culture or cultures. Every culture has a different understanding of what family is. The way people look at families is changing as the world changes. Centuries ago, the extended family was the norm all across the world. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins all lived together. Today, the nuclear family is becoming more common.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

This day celebrates families

a.

theme each year

2

It aims to strengthen

b.

society

3.

raise awareness of equality

c.

on families

4.

encourage them to contribute towards

d.

around the world

5.

There is a different

e.

the family unit

6.

Themes since then have focused

f.

within families

Paragraph 2

1.

The family is the most important

a.

race

2

people who share many

b.

is changing

3.

continue the human

c.

unit of society

4.

The way people look at families

d.

becoming more common

5.

the extended family was the norm

e.

things in common

6.

the nuclear family is

f.

all across the world

LISTENING GAP FILL

The International Day of the Family is held on May 15 every year. This day celebrates families around the world __________________ importance. It __________________ the family unit by making family members __________________ responsibilities. The day hopes to raise awareness of equality within families and of sharing domestic duties. It also __________________ families should encourage employment for all. The day was created by the United Nations General Assembly to support families and __________________ contribute towards society. There is a different theme each year. In 1996, it was “Families: First Victims of Poverty and Homelessness”. Themes since __________________ on families and education, human rights, development, and disabilities.

The family is the most important unit of society. _________________ people who share many things in common. These things include a residence and economic cooperation. A family __________________ more children. Some experts say the main function of the family is to continue the human race. Parents __________________ family __________________ for children and to be happy. Every country has its own culture or cultures. Every culture has a different understanding __________________. The way people look at families is changing as the world changes. Centuries ago, the extended family was the norm all across the world. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins all lived together. Today, __________________ becoming more common.

WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

The International Day of the Family is held on May 15 every year. This day __________ families around the world and highlights their importance. It aims to strengthen the family __________ by making family members aware of their responsibilities. The day __________ to raise awareness of equality within families and of sharing domestic duties. It also __________ on how families should encourage employment for all. The day was created by the United Nations General Assembly to support families and __________ them to contribute towards society. There is a different __________ each year. In 1996, it was “Families: First Victims of Poverty and Homelessness”. Themes __________ then have focused on families and __________, human rights, development, and disabilities.

 

 

 

focuses
unit
since
encourage
celebrates
education
hopes
theme

The family is the most important unit of society. It is a group of people who __________ many things in common. These things include a residence and __________ cooperation. A family also has one or more children. Some experts say the main function of the family is to continue the human __________. Parents usually start a family because of their __________ for children and to be happy. Every country has its own culture or cultures. Every culture has a different understanding of what family is. The way people __________ at families is changing as the world __________. Centuries ago, the extended family was the __________ all across the world. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins all lived together. Today, the nuclear family is becoming more __________.

 

 

economic
 
look
norm
race
share
common
changes
desire

CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

Delete the wrong word in each of the pairs of italics.

The International Day of the Family is held / hold on May 15 every year. This day celebrates families around the world and highlights their importance. It aims to stronger / strengthen the family unit by making family members aware of their responsibilities. The day hopes to rise / raise awareness of equality within families and of sharing domestic duties. It also focuses on how families should encourage employment for all. The day was creation / created by the United Nations General Assembly to support families and encourage them at / to contribute towards society. There is a difference / different theme each year. In 1996, it was “Families: First Victims of Poverty and Homelessness”. Themes for / since then have focused on families and education, human rights, development / develop, and disabilities.

The family is the most important / importance unit of society. It is a group of people who share many things in / on common. These things include a residence / resident and economic cooperation. A family also has one or more children. Some experts say the main function of the family is to continue the human race / racing. Parents usually start a family because of their desire for children and to be happy. Every country has its own / owner culture or cultures. Every culture has a different understanding of what family are / is. The way people look at families is changing as the world changes. Centuries ago, the extended family was the normal / norm all across the world. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins all lived together. Today, the unclear / nuclear family is becoming more common.

MULTIPLE CHOICE

The international Day of the Family is (1) ____ on May 15 every year. This day celebrates families around the world and highlights their importance. It (2) ____ to strengthen the family unit by making family members aware of their responsibilities. The day hopes to (3) ____ awareness of equality within families and of sharing domestic duties. It also focuses (4) ____ how families should encourage employment for all. The day was created by the United Nations General Assembly to support families and encourage them to contribute (5) ____ society. There is a different theme each year. In 1996, it was “Families: First Victims of Poverty and Homelessness”. Themes since then (6) ____ focused on families and education, human rights, development, and disabilities.

The family is the most important unit of society. It is a group of people who share many things (7) ____ common. These things include a residence and economic cooperation. A family also has one or more children. Some experts say the (8) ____ function of the family is to continue the human race. Parents usually start a family because of their (9) ____ for children and to be happy. Every country has its own culture or cultures. Every culture has a (10) ____ understanding of what family is. The way people look at families is changing as the world changes. Centuries (11) ____, the extended family was the norm all across the world. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins all lived together. Today, the (12) ____ family is becoming more common.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

help

(b)

hold

(c)

holding

(d)

held

2.

(a)

aims

(b)

aim

(c)

aiming

(d)

take aim

3.

(a)

rise

(b)

raise

(c)

rising

(d)

arise

4.

(a)

in

(b)

to

(c)

on

(d)

so

5.

(a)

backwards

(b)

upwards

(c)

forwards

(d)

towards

6.

(a)

has

(b)

having

(c)

have

(d)

has had

7.

(a)

on

(b)

at

(c)

in

(d)

with

8.

(a)

mainly

(b)

main

(c)

maintain

(d)

mainstay

9.

(a)

desire

(b)

desired

(c)

desirable

(d)

desirably

10.

(a)

differ

(b)

different

(c)

difference

(d)

differed

11.

(a)

since

(b)

then

(c)

before

(d)

ago

12.

(a)

nuclear

(b)

nucleus

(c)

unclear

(d)

uncles

SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

families runaod the world

2.

entnrhegts the family unit

3.

risae awareness

4.

sharing domestic isuedt

5.

contribute sdtwoar society

6.

ceuodfs on families and education

Paragraph 2

7.

the most important unit of styeoci

8.

share many things in mconom

9.

the main nnctofiu of the family

10.

their irsdee for children

11.

the extended family was the nmor

12.

the aelnucr family

PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

children. Some experts say the main function of the family is to continue the human race. Parents usually start

(    )

the world. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins all lived together. Today, the nuclear family is becoming more common.

(    )

duties. It also focuses on how families should encourage employment for all. The day was created

(    )

aware of their responsibilities. The day hopes to raise awareness of equality within families and of sharing domestic

(    )

common. These things include a residence and economic cooperation. A family also has one or more

(    )

a family because of their desire for children and to be happy. Every country has its own culture or

(    )

by the United Nations General Assembly to support families and encourage them to contribute towards

(    )

changing as the world changes. Centuries ago, the extended family was the norm all across

(    )

world and highlights their importance. It aims to strengthen the family unit by making family members

(    )

cultures. Every culture has a different understanding of what family is. The way people look at families is

1  )

The International Day of the Family is held on May 15 every year. This day celebrates families around the

(    )

The family is the most important unit of society. It is a group of people who share many things in

(    )

society. There is a different theme each year. In 1996, it was “Families: First Victims of Poverty and

(    )

Homelessness”. Themes since then have focused on families and education, human rights, development, and disabilities.

SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

around     world     day     families     the     This     celebrates

2.

family     It     to     the     unit     aims     strengthen

3.

equality     of     awareness     raise     families     within

4.

society     towards     contribute     to     them     encourage

5.

is     different     each     There     a     theme     year

6.

important     family     unit     is     of     the     society     most     The

7.

things     common     who     many     in     people     share

8.

has     country     Every     culture     own     its

9.

people     way     The     changing     is     families     at     look

10.

more     the     family     becoming     common     nuclear     is

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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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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THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FAMILIES SURVEY

Write five questions about International Day Of Families in the table. Do this in pairs/groups. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

Without your partner, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

STUDENT 1

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STUDENT 2

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STUDENT 3

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Q.1.

 

 

 

 

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Return to your original partner(s) and share and talk about what you found out.  Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.

WRITING

Write about International Day Of Families 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: Search the Internet and find more information about International Day Of Families. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about International Day Of Families. Write about what happens around the world. Include two imaginary interviews with people who did something on this day.

Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. POSTER: Make your own poster about International Day Of Families. Write about what will happen on this day around the world.

Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

ANSWERS

Check your answers in "THE READING / TAPESCRIPT" section at the top of this page.




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