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THE LESSON ON WORLD DIABETES DAY

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World Diabetes Day (WDD) is celebrated every year on November 14. This is the birthday of Dr. Frederick Banting, one of the discoverers of insulin in 1922. WWD was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the WHO (World Health Organization). It became an official U.N. holiday in 2007. Millions of people around the world get together to raise awareness of diabetes. There are many campaigns that draw people’s attention to the growing threat of diabetes. People in over 160 countries participate. A five-year project started in 2009 that has the slogan: “Diabetes Education and Prevention”. The WDD logo is a blue circle. This symbolizes life and health. Blue is also the colour of the sky and the U.N. flag.



Diabetes is a very complicated disease. It is when the body cannot produce or use insulin - a hormone needed to convert sugar into energy necessary for daily life. It affects 250 million people worldwide, throughout their lives. Many sufferers live with diabetes from catching it as children. People with diabetes look after 95% of their own treatment – usually through several injections of insulin a day. Without insulin, people with diabetes would die. The IDF says diabetes is spreading around the world. There are over 300 million people at risk. In many cases, people can avoid diabetes. The disease affects those who are overweight, so eating healthily and exercising are very important.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

celebrated

a.

of insulin

2

one of the discoverers

b.

and health

3.

an official U.N.

c.

the growing threat

4.

draw people’s attention to

d.

every year

5.

A five-

e.

holiday

6.

This symbolizes life

f.

year project

Paragraph 2

1.

a very complicated

a.

energy

2

convert sugar into

b.

at risk

3.

It affects 250 million

c.

disease

4.

several injections of

d.

who are overweight

5.

300 million people

e.

people worldwide

6.

The disease affects those

f.

insulin a day

LISTENING GAP FILL

World Diabetes Day (WDD) is __________________ on November 14. This is the birthday of Dr. Frederick Banting, one of the discoverers of insulin in 1922. WWD __________________ 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the WHO (World Health Organization). It __________________ U.N. holiday in 2007. Millions of people around the world get together to raise __________________. There are many campaigns __________________ attention to the growing __________________. People in over 160 countries participate. A five-year project started in 2009 __________________: “Diabetes Education and Prevention”. The WDD logo is a blue circle. This symbolizes life and health. Blue is also the colour of the sky __________________.

Diabetes is a very __________________. It is when the body cannot produce or use insulin - a hormone needed __________________ into energy necessary for daily life. It affects 250 million people worldwide, throughout their lives. Many __________________ diabetes from catching it as children. People with diabetes __________________ of their own treatment – usually through __________________ insulin a day. Without insulin, people with diabetes would die. The IDF says diabetes is spreading __________________. There are over 300 million people at risk. In many cases, people __________________. The disease affects those who are overweight, so __________________ and exercising are very important.

WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

World Diabetes Day (WDD) is celebrated every year on November 14. This is the birthday of Dr. Frederick Banting, one of the ____________ of insulin in 1922. WWD was ____________ in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the WHO (World Health Organization). It became an ____________ U.N. holiday in 2007. Millions of people around the world get ____________ to raise awareness of diabetes. There are many campaigns that ____________ people’s attention to the growing ____________ of diabetes. People in over 160 countries participate. A five-year project started in 2009 that has the ____________: “Diabetes Education and Prevention”. The WDD logo is a blue circle. This symbolizes ____________ and health. Blue is also the colour of the sky and the U.N. flag.

 

 

 

together
threat
discoverers
life
official
slogan
created
draw

Diabetes is a very ____________ disease. It is when the body cannot produce or use insulin - a hormone needed to ____________ sugar into ____________ necessary for daily life. It affects 250 million people worldwide, throughout their lives. Many ____________ live with diabetes from ____________ it as children. People with diabetes look after 95% of their own treatment – usually through ____________ injections of insulin a day. Without insulin, people with diabetes would die. The IDF says diabetes is ____________ around the world. There are over 300 million people at risk. In many cases, people can avoid diabetes. The disease affects those who are overweight, so eating ____________ and exercising are very important.

 

 

convert
 
sufferers
several
spreading
complicated
healthily
energy
catching

CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

World Diabetes Day (WDD) is celebrated every year on November 14. This is the birthday of Dr. Frederick Banting, one of the discoveries / discoverers of insulin in 1922. WWD was / has created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the WHO (World Health Organization). It became an officially / official U.N. holiday in 2007. Millions of people around the world get joined / together to raise awareness of diabetes. There are many campaigns that sketch / draw people’s attention to the growing threat / threaten of diabetes. People in over 160 countries participate. A five-year project started in 2009 that has / have the slogan: “Diabetes Education and Prevention”. The WDD logo is a blue circle. This symbolic / symbolizes life and health. Blue is also the colour of the sky and the U.N. flag.

Diabetes is a very complication / complicated disease. It is when the body cannot produce or use insulin - a hormone needed for / to convert sugar into energy necessary for daily live / life. It affects 250 million people global / worldwide, throughout their lives. Many sufferers live with diabetes from caught / catching it as children. People with diabetes look after 95% of their own treatment – usually through several injections of insulin a day / daily. Without insulin, people with diabetes would die. The IDF says diabetes is spreading around the world. There are over 300 million people at risky / risk. In many cases, people can avoid diabetes. The disease affects those who are overweight, so eating healthily and exercising is / are very important.

MULTIPLE CHOICE

World Diabetes Day (WDD) is celebrated every year on November 14. This is the birthday of Dr. Frederick Banting, one of the (1) ____ of insulin in 1922. WWD (2) ____ created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the WHO (World Health Organization). It became an (3) ____ U.N. holiday in 2007. Millions of people around the world (4) ____ together to raise awareness of diabetes. There are many campaigns that draw people’s attention to the (5) ____ threat of diabetes. People in over 160 countries participate. A five-year project started in 2009 that has the slogan: “Diabetes Education and Prevention”. The WDD logo is a blue (6) ____. This symbolizes life and health. Blue is also the colour of the sky and the U.N. flag.

Diabetes is a very complicated disease. It is when the body cannot produce or (7) ____ insulin - a hormone needed to (8) ____ sugar into energy necessary for daily life. It affects 250 million people worldwide, throughout their lives. Many sufferers live with diabetes from (9) ____ it as children. People with diabetes look after 95% of their own treatment – usually through several injections of insulin a day. Without insulin, people with diabetes would (10) ____. The IDF says diabetes is spreading around the world. There are over 300 million people at (11) ____. In many cases, people can avoid diabetes. The disease affects those who are overweight, so eating healthily and exercising (12) ____ very important.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

discovery

(b)

discoverers

(c)

discoveries

(d)

discovered

2.

(a)

was

(b)

be

(c)

were

(d)

has

3.

(a)

officially

(b)

office

(c)

officials

(d)

official

4.

(a)

get

(b)

do

(c)

take

(d)

be

5.

(a)

growth

(b)

grown

(c)

growing

(d)

grows

6.

(a)

circular

(b)

circled

(c)

circles

(d)

circle

7.

(a)

use

(b)

useless

(c)

useful

(d)

used

8.

(a)

conversion

(b)

converter

(c)

convert

(d)

converts

9.

(a)

caught

(b)

catches

(c)

catch

(d)

catching

10.

(a)

death

(b)

die

(c)

dead

(d)

dying

11.

(a)

risky

(b)

risk-free

(c)

risk

(d)

risking

12.

(a)

is

(b)

are

(c)

be

(d)

were

SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

bcedtleaer every year

2.

the eericvrdsso of insulin

3.

an ailffoci U.N. holiday

4.

many siacgpmna

5.

A five-year jcrpeto started

6.

a blue lrceci

Paragraph 2

7.

a very complicated sadiees

8.

convert sugar into yenrge

9.

coesinjtin of insulin

10.

nriaedpgs around the world

11.

divoa diabetes

12.

eating ihtaylehl

PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

catching it as children. People with diabetes look after 95% of their own treatment – usually through several injections of insulin

(    )

Diabetes is a very complicated disease. It is when the body cannot produce or use

(    )

affects those who are overweight, so eating healthily and exercising are very important.

(    )

a day. Without insulin, people with diabetes would die. The IDF says diabetes is spreading

(    )

insulin - a hormone needed to convert sugar into energy necessary for daily life. It affects

(    )

threat of diabetes. People in over 160 countries participate. A five-year project started in 2009 that has the

(    )

(World Health Organization). It became an official U.N. holiday in 2007. Millions of people around the world get

(    )

250 million people worldwide, throughout their lives. Many sufferers live with diabetes from

1  )

World Diabetes Day (WDD) is celebrated every year on November 14. This is the birthday of Dr. Frederick Banting, one of the

(    )

discoverers of insulin in 1922. WWD was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the WHO

(    )

health. Blue is also the colour of the sky and the U.N. flag.

(    )

together to raise awareness of diabetes. There are many campaigns that draw people’s attention to the growing

(    )

slogan: “Diabetes Education and Prevention”. The WDD logo is a blue circle. This symbolizes life and

(    )

around the world. There are over 300 million people at risk. In many cases, people can avoid diabetes. The disease

SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

the     of     of     discoverers     insulin     One.    

2.

official     an     became     It     2007     in     holiday     .     U.N.    

3.

to     together     Get     diabetes     of     awareness     raise.    

4.

threat     growing     the     to     attention     people’s     Draw.    

5.

the     colour     Blue     of     is     the     also     sky.    

6.

is     very     disease     Diabetes     a     complicated.    

7.

into     needed     energy     to     convert     A     sugar     hormone.    

8.

people     affects     million     worldwide     It     250.    

9.

are     at     over     risk     300     million     There     people.    

10.

very     are     exercising     and     healthily     Eating     important.    

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.

________________________________________________________

4.

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5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________

THE WORLD DIABETES DAY SURVEY

Write five questions about World Diabetes 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.

 

 

 

 

Q.2.

 

 

 

 

Q.3.

 

 

 

 

Q.4.

 

 

 

 

Q.5.

 

 

 

 

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 World Diabetes Day for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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ANSWERS

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




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