English Lesson on International Youth Day

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THE LESSON ON INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY

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August the 12th is International Youth Day. It came about because the United Nations General Assembly wanted a day to celebrate the young people of the world. On December the 17th, 1999 the General Assembly declared International Youth Day at the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth in Lisbon, Portugal. The aim of the day is to focus on youth issues around the world. The idea is simple. The world’s youth make up over a sixth of the world population, therefore they need a special day. The UN defines a youth as anyone in the age group between 15 and 24 years old. Experts predict the number of youth in the world will greatly increase over the coming years, especially with a decrease in child mortality.



Many different things happen on International Youth Day. There are activities and events all around the world. These are run by youth and for youth. The day promotes the benefits that young people bring to our world. There are youth conferences on issues like education and finding a job and many charity events. Other things include concerts, parades and educational workshops in schools. There is a different theme each year. The first was “Addressing Health and Unemployment”. Other themes have been on youth and sustainable development, youth and tackling poverty, and youth and climate change. The more this day is celebrated, the more responsible our young people will be.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

a day to celebrate

a.

of the world population

2

The aim of the day is to focus

b.

will greatly increase

3.

youth make up over a sixth

c.

15 and 24 years old

4.

the age group between

d.

mortality

5.

the number of youth in the world

e.

the young people

6.

a decrease in child

f.

on youth issues

Paragraph 2

1.

There are activities and events

a.

in schools

2

These are run by

b.

poverty

3.

the benefits that young people

c.

all around the world

4.

educational workshops

d.

theme each year

5.

There is a different

e.

youth and for youth

6.

tackling

f.

bring to our world

LISTENING GAP FILL

August the 12th is International Youth Day. ______________ because the United Nations General Assembly wanted a day to celebrate the young _________________. On December the 17th, 1999 the General Assembly declared International Youth Day at the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth in Lisbon, Portugal. _______________ is to focus on youth issues around the world. The idea is simple. The world’s youth make ________________ the world population, therefore they need a special day. The UN defines a youth as anyone in the age group between 15 and 24 years old. _________________ number of youth in the world will greatly increase over the coming years, especially with a decrease ________________.

Many different ______________ International Youth Day. There are activities and events all around the world. These are run by ________________. The day promotes the benefits that young people bring to our world. There are youth conferences ______________ education and finding a job and many charity events. Other things include concerts, parades and educational workshops in schools. There _________________ each year. The first was “Addressing Health and Unemployment”. Other themes have been on youth and sustainable development, youth and ______________, and youth and climate change. The more this day is celebrated, the more responsible our ________________ be.

WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

August the 12th is International Youth Day. It ____________ about because the United Nations General Assembly wanted a day to ____________ the young people of the world. On December the 17th, 1999 the General Assembly declared International Youth Day at the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth in Lisbon, Portugal. The ____________ of the day is to focus on youth ____________ around the world. The idea is simple. The world’s youth make up over a ____________ of the world population, therefore they need a special day. The UN defines a youth as anyone in the age ____________ between 15 and 24 years old. Experts ____________ the number of youth in the world will greatly increase over the coming years, especially with a decrease in ____________ mortality.

 

 

 

sixth
aim
came
child
group
predict
celebrate
issues

Many different things ____________ on International Youth Day. There are activities and events all around the world. These are ____________ by youth and for youth. The day ____________ the benefits that young people bring to our world. There are youth conferences on issues like education and finding a job and many charity ____________. Other things ____________ concerts, parades and educational workshops in schools. There is a different ____________ each year. The first was “Addressing Health and Unemployment”. Other themes have been on youth and sustainable development, youth and ____________ poverty, and youth and climate change. The more this day is celebrated, the more ____________ our young people will be.

 

 

include
 
run
responsible
events
happen
tackling
theme
promotes

CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

August the 12th is International Youth Day. It come / came about because the United Nations General Assembly wanted a day to celebrate the young person / people of the world. On December the 17th, 1999 the General Assembly declared / declaring International Youth Day at the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth in Lisbon, Portugal. The aim of the day is to focus on youth / young issues around the world. The idea is simplest / simple. The world’s youth make up over a sixth of the world population, therefore they need a special day. The UN defines / definitions a youth as anyone in the age group between 15 and 24 years old. Experts predict the number of youth in the world will greatly increasing / increase over the coming years, especially with a decrease in children / child mortality.

Many different things happening / happen on International Youth Day. There are activities and events all around the world. These are run / running by youth and for youth. The day promotes the benefits that young people bringing / bring to our world. There are youth conferences on issues like education and finding a work / job and many charity events. Other things including / include concerts, parades and educational workshops in schools. There is a different theme / them each year. The first was “Addressing Health and Unemployment”. Other themes have been on youth and sustainable development, youth and tackling poor / poverty, and youth and climate change. The more this day is celebrated, the more responsible our youth / young people will be.

MULTIPLE CHOICE

August the 12th is International Youth Day. It (1) ____ about because the United Nations General Assembly wanted a day to celebrate the (2) ____ people of the world. On December the 17th, 1999 the General Assembly declared International Youth Day at the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth in Lisbon, Portugal. The aim of the day is to (3) ____ on youth issues around the world. The idea is simple. The world’s youth make up over (4) ____ sixth of the world population, therefore they need a special day. The UN (5) ____ a youth as anyone in the age group between 15 and 24 years old. Experts predict the number of youth in the world will greatly increase (6) ____ the coming years, especially with a decrease in child mortality.

Many different things happen on International Youth Day. There are activities and events (7) ____ around the world. These are run by youth and for youth. The day promotes the benefits that young people (8) ____ to our world. There are youth conferences on issues like education and finding a job and many charity events. Other things (9) ____ concerts, parades and educational workshops in schools. There is a different (10) ____ each year. The first was “Addressing Health and Unemployment”. Other themes have been on youth and sustainable development, youth and (11) ____ poverty, and youth and climate change. The more this day is celebrated, the more (12) ____ our young people will be.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

come

(b)

coming

(c)

comes

(d)

came

2.

(a)

youth

(b)

young

(c)

youngest

(d)

youngish

3.

(a)

focused

(b)

focusing

(c)

focus

(d)

focuses

4.

(a)

a

(b)

the

(c)

some

(d)

five

5.

(a)

definition

(b)

defines

(c)

define

(d)

definitely

6.

(a)

over

(b)

past

(c)

above

(d)

across

7.

(a)

whole

(b)

entire

(c)

all

(d)

every

8.

(a)

carry

(b)

deliver

(c)

take

(d)

bring

9.

(a)

inclusive

(b)

including

(c)

include

(d)

includes

10.

(a)

them

(b)

themes

(c)

thematic

(d)

theme

11.

(a)

tackle

(b)

tackling

(c)

tackles

(d)

tackler

12.

(a)

responsible

(b)

response

(c)

responsive

(d)

responds

SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

elctebear the young people of the world

2.

oucfs on youth

3.

over a hisxt

4.

The UN sieendf a youth

5.

Experts ecdptri

6.

child otylaitrm

Paragraph 2

7.

activities and vteens

8.

promotes the iebftsen

9.

sissue like education

10.

a different etmeh each year

11.

tackling oetpryv

12.

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PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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International Youth Day at the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth in Lisbon, Portugal. The aim

(    )

of the day is to focus on youth issues around the world. The idea is simple. The world’s youth make up over a sixth

(    )

of the world population, therefore they need a special day. The UN defines a youth as anyone in the age group between 15

(    )

world. These are run by youth and for youth. The day promotes the benefits that young people

(    )

a day to celebrate the young people of the world. On December the 17th, 1999 the General Assembly declared

(    )

increase over the coming years, especially with a decrease in child mortality.

(    )

events. Other things include concerts, parades and educational workshops in schools. There is a different

(    )

bring to our world. There are youth conferences on issues like education and finding a job and many charity

1  )

August the 12th is International Youth Day. It came about because the United Nations General Assembly wanted

(    )

change. The more this day is celebrated, the more responsible our young people will be.

(    )

and 24 years old. Experts predict the number of youth in the world will greatly

(    )

on youth and sustainable development, youth and tackling poverty, and youth and climate

(    )

theme each year. The first was “Addressing Health and Unemployment”. Other themes have been

(    )

Many different things happen on International Youth Day. There are activities and events all around the

SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

celebrate    the    young    people    of    the    world    A    day    to.   

2.

on    focus    to    is    day    the    of    aim    The    issues    youth.   

3.

world    population    Youth    make    up    over    a    sixth    of    the.   

4.

15    between   group   age   the   in   Anyone    old    years    24   and.   

5.

the    years    Greatly    over    coming    increase.   

6.

are    events    the    There    and    around    activities    all    world.   

7.

youth    by    youth    These    and    are    for    run.   

8.

that    bring    world    benefits    people    our    The    young    to.   

9.

year    each    theme    different    a    is    There.   

10.

was    first    The    Unemployment    and    Health    Addressing

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 YOUTH DAY SURVEY

Write five questions about International Youth Day 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 Youth Day 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 Youth Day. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about International Youth Day. 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 Youth Day. 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

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