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Camel beauty contest opens in UAE

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Camel beauty contest opens in UAE

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    Contents

    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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THE ARTICLE

    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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WARM-UPS

    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

    lion

    cockroach

    parrot

    blue whale

    frog

    ant

    horse

    crocodile

    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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    WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL: Put the words into the gaps in the text.

     A beauty contest with a __________ opened in the United Arab

    Emirates on April 2nd. The Abu Dhabi Camel Festival, which will be physical __________ until April 10th, will see 10,000 camels trying to look their held most beautiful. There is almost $10 million on __________ in prize

    compete money as well as 100 cars for the __________ winners. The event is the biggest camel festival in the Arabian Gulf region. Camel owners will offer bring their animals from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and depending Kuwait to __________ for the prizes. The camels are put into different

    difference categories, __________ on their age and type. All camels must be pedigree - from a pure-bred origin. They must also be free from any identities contagious diseases or __________ defects. A group of expert camel lucky judges will choose the best animals in each of the categories. The

     __________ of the judges are a closely-guarded secret to make sure the competition is fair.

     The festival is part of __________ by Abu Dhabi‟s culture and heritage

    authority to keep the traditions of the country __________. It also high provides a financial boost for the city. Festival organizer Sheikh Beti pioneered said: “The economic __________ of the festival has already been

    alive felt…as local businesses are thriving __________ to the…participants from the Gulf countries and camel owners.” The festival has led to an thanks increase in camel prices. Sheikh Beti, however, __________ that camel specializes owners will not sell their „ships of the desert‟ until after the

    efforts competitions. He thinks people will want to keep their hopes of winning

    __________. All camels at the festival will receive free medical care, believes plus food and water supply. Abu Dhabi __________ in pedigree camels impact and produced the world‟s first ever “test-tube” camel. The city also __________ the use of robot camel riders, which have now replaced child jockeys.

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LISTENING: Listen and fill in the spaces.

    A beauty _____________________ opened in the United Arab Emirates on April 2nd. The Abu Dhabi Camel Festival, which __________________ April 10th, will see 10,000 camels trying to look their most beautiful. There is almost $10 million _____________________ 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 _____________________ different categories, depending on their age and type. All camels must be pedigree - from a pure-bred origin.

    _____________________ 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 _____________________ the competition is fair.

    The festival _____________________ Abu Dhabi‟s culture and heritage authority to keep the traditions of the country alive. It also _____________________ for the city. Festival organizer Sheikh Beti said: “The economic impact of the festival has already been felt…as local businesses _____________________ 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

    _____________________ „ships of the desert‟ until after the competitions. He thinks people will want to ________________________ 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, _____________________ child jockeys.

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AFTER READING / LISTENING

    1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionaries / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words „beauty‟

    and „contest‟.

    beauty contest

    ; Share your findings with your partners.

     Make questions using the words you found. ;

    ; Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    ; Share your questions with other classmates / groups.

    ; Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings. 5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall exactly how these were used in the text:

    ; held ; efforts

    ; trying ; boost

    ; offer ; thriving

    ; depending ; sell

    ; physical ; free

    ; fair ; pioneered

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    STUDENT BEAUTY CONTEST SURVEY Write five GOOD questions about beauty contests in the table. Do this in pairs. Each

    student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

     STUDENT 1 STUDENT 2 STUDENT 3

    _____________ _____________ _____________

     Q.1.

     Q.2.

     Q.3.

     Q.4.

     Q.5.

    ; Now return to your original partner and share and talk about what you found

    out. Change partners often.

    ; Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.

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CAMEL DISCUSSION

    STUDENT A‟s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B) a) What did you think when you read the headline?

    b) What springs to mind when you hear the word „camel‟?

    c) Have you heard anything about the beauty contest in the UAE? d) What do you think about beauty contests for camels?

    e) Would you like to go and see the beauty contest?

    f) What do you think judges look for in a beautiful camel?

    g) Do you think the prize money is too small?

    h) What treats do you think the winning camels might get from their

    owners?

    i) What other things do you think go on at a camel festival? j) Would you like to be a judge at the contest?

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    STUDENT B‟s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A) a) Did you like reading this article?

    b) What kinds of beauty contests are there in your country? c) What does your country do to keep its culture and heritage alive? d) Do you like the metaphor for camels „ships of the desert‟? e) What contests have you entered?

    f) Do you always keep your hopes of winning high?

    g) Why do you think Abu Dhabi wanted to create a test-tube camel? h) Do you think robots racing camels is a good idea?

    i) What questions would you like to ask a camel owner at the festival? j) Did you like this discussion?

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LANGUAGE

    CORRECT WORD: Put the correct words from ad below in the article.

    A beauty contest with a (1) ____ opened in the United Arab Emirates on April 2nd. The Abu Dhabi Camel Festival, which will be (2) ____ until April 10th, will see 10,000 camels trying to look their most beautiful. There is almost $10 million (3) ____ 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 (4) ____ 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 (5) ____ any contagious diseases or physical defects. A group of expert camel judges will choose the best animals in (6) ____ 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 (7) ____ by Abu Dhabi‟s culture and heritage authority to keep the traditions of the country alive. It also provides a financial (8) ____ for the city. Festival organizer Sheikh Beti said: “The economic impact of the festival has

    already been felt…as local businesses are thriving (9) ____ to the…participants from the Gulf countries and camel owners.” The festival has led to an increase in camel prices. Sheikh Beti, (10) ____, 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 (11) ____. 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 (12) ____ of robot camel riders, which have now replaced child jockeys.

    1. (a) differs (b) differ (c) different (d) difference

    2. (a) hold (b) holding (c) held (d) withheld

    3. (a) in (b) on (c) to (d) of

    4. (a) for (b) four (c) fore (d) fours

    5. (a) on (b) in (c) from (d) for

    6. (a) few (b) whole (c) every (d) each

    7. (a) effort (b) efforts (c) effortless (d) effects

    8. (a) boost (b) boast (c) beast (d) best

    9. (a) thankful (b) thanks (c) thanked (d) thank you

    10. (a) so (b) but (c) however (d) although

    11. (a) high (b) hi (c) hay (d) hey

    12. (a) used to (b) used (c) useful (d) use

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