Camel beauty contest opens in UAE

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Camel beauty contest opens in UAE

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    The Article 2

    -Warmups 3 Before Reading / Listening 4 While Reading / Listening 5 Listening Gap Fill 6 After Reading / Listening 7 Student Survey 8 Discussion 9 Language Work 10 Writing 11 Homework 12 Answers 13

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    A beauty contest with a difference opened in the United Arab Emirates on April 2nd. The Abu Dhabi Camel Festival, which will be held until April

    10th, will see 10,000 camels trying to look their most beautiful. There is almost $10 million on offer in prize money as well as 100 cars for the lucky winners. The event is the biggest camel festival in the Arabian Gulf region. Camel owners will bring their animals from Saudi Arabia, Qatar,

    Bahrain, Oman and Kuwait to compete for the prizes. The camels are put into different categories, depending on their age and type. All camels must be pedigree - from a pure-bred origin. They must also be free from

    any contagious diseases or physical defects. A group of expert camel judges will choose the best animals in each of the categories. The identities of the judges are a closely-guarded secret to make sure the

    competition is fair.

    The festival is part of efforts by Abu Dhabi‟s culture and heritage authority to keep the traditions of the country alive. It also provides a financial boost for the city. Festival organizer Sheikh Beti said: “The economic impact of the festival has already been felt…as local businesses are

    thriving thanks to the…participants from the Gulf countries and camel owners.” The festival has led to an increase in camel prices. Sheikh Beti, however, believes that camel owners will not sell their „ships of the desert‟ until after the competitions. He thinks people will want to keep

    their hopes of winning high. All camels at the festival will receive free medical care, plus food and water supply. Abu Dhabi specializes in pedigree camels and produced the world‟s first ever “test-tube” camel.

    The city also pioneered the use of robot camel riders, which have now replaced child jockeys.

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    1. CAMELS: Walk around the class and talk to other students about camels. Change partners often. After you finish, sit with your original partner(s) and share what you found out.

    2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, decide which of these topics or words from the article are most interesting and which are most boring.

     beauty contests / looking beautiful / prize money / pedigree / judges / fairness /

    culture / heritage / financial boosts / hopes of winning / medical care / jockeys

    Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently. 3. ANIMAL METAPHORS: Camels are known as “ships of the desert”. Why? Is this a good metaphor? Talk about this with your partner(s). Make your own metaphors for the creatures below and give your reasons for choosing them. Change partners and share your metaphors.

    Creature Metaphor Reason




    blue whale





    4. BEAUTIFUL: Which are the most beautiful of these categories of animals. Agree on each one with your partner.

    ; birds ; insects

    ; spiders ; farm animals

    ; dogs ; reptiles

    ; cats ; fish and sea mammals

    5. BEAUTY: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word „beauty‟. Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

    6. QUICK DEBATE: Students A strongly believe that camels are the most

    beautiful animals on Earth; Students B strongly disagree they think animal X is the most

    beautiful. Change partners again and talk about your roles and conversations.

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    BEFORE READING / LISTENING 1. TRUE / FALSE: Look at the article‟s headline and guess whether these sentences

    are true (T) or false (F):

    a. T / F A beauty pageant for camels is now on in the United Arab Emirates. b. T / F There is almost $10 million available in prize money.

    c. T / F The contest is for UAE camels only.

    d. T / F Top celebrities from the Gulf region decide on the winning camels. e. T / F The contest loses Abu Dhabi a lot of money.

    f. T / F Owners were selling their camels for high prices before the contest. g. T / F Abu Dhabi created the first ever test-tube camel.

    h. T / F Abu Dhabi use robot jockeys instead of children to ride camels. 2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article:

    1. contest a. developed 2 on offer b. challenge 3. compete c. effect 4. origin d. available 5. identities e. attempts 6. efforts f. ancestry 7. boost g. pageant 8. impact h. increase 9. thriving i. booming 10. pioneered j. names 3. PHRASE MATCH: Match the following phrases from the article (sometimes more

    than one combination is possible): 1. 10,000 camels trying to look a. the country alive 2 There is almost $10 million on b. diseases 3. compete c. “test-tube” camel 4. free from any contagious d. offer in prize money 5. The identities of the judges are a closely- e. of robot camel riders 6. to keep the traditions of f. their most beautiful 7. provides a financial g. are thriving 8. local businesses h. guarded secret 9. produced the world‟s first ever i. boost for the city 10. pioneered the use j. for the prizes

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