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The Dalai Lama was born in Tibet on the 6th of July 1935. His real name is Tenzin Gyatso. He is the leader of Tibet’s Buddhists but he lives in India, where thousands of his followers visit him. He is the world's most famous Buddhist monk. He campaigns for freedom in Tibet and peace in the world.

Tenzin became Dalai Lama when he was just two years old. He became Tibet’s ruler in November 1950, when he was fifteen. This was just one month after China took over Tibet. His first big job was to try and save his country from Chinese rule. He tried for nine years, but then had to escape to India. He has never been back.

He traveled to the West – to Europe and the Americas. Thousands of people welcomed him. He has helped to spread love and harmony around the world. He gives speeches wherever he goes and he has won many awards. He got the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. He is always a famous figure on the news and is never without a huge smile.

The Dalai Lama has been one of the best-loved and most well-known world leaders for many decades. He continues to ask China to give his Tibetan people more control over their land. He makes Chinese leaders angry by talking about Tibet. One day he might meet them and talk about a better and brighter future.

238 words

Sources: http://www.wikipedia.org/ and assorted biographies.


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SYNONYM MATCH

Match the words from the article on the left with their synonyms on the right. Are your answers the same as other students’?

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

leader

a.

fans

2

followers

b.

only

3.

campaigns

c.

get away

4.

just

d.

chief

5.

escape

e.

returned

6.

been back

f.

fights


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

welcomed

g.

prizes

8.

spread

h.

famous

9.

awards

i.

happier

10.

well-known

j.

greeted

11

control

k

increase

12

brighter

l

power

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article:

1.

His real

a.

ruler in November 1950

2

He is the world's most

b.

talking about Tibet

3.

He campaigns

c.

speeches wherever he goes

4.

He became Tibet’s

d.

famous Buddhist monk

5.

save his country from

e.

and brighter future

6.

spread love and harmony

f.

Chinese rule

7.

He gives

g.

for freedom in Tibet

8.

never without a huge

h.

name is Tenzin Gyatso

9.

He makes Chinese leaders angry by

i.

around the world

10.

talk about a better

j.

smile


LISTENING GAP FILL

The Dalai Lama ________________ Tibet on the 6th of July 1935. His real name is Tenzin Gyatso. He is ________________ Tibet’s Buddhists but he lives in India, where thousands of his followers visit him. He is ________________ famous Buddhist monk. He campaigns for freedom in Tibet ________________ the world.

Tenzin became Dalai Lama __________________ two years old. He became Tibet’s ruler in November 1950, when he was fifteen. This was ________________ after China took over Tibet. His first big job was to try and save his country from Chinese rule. He tried for nine years, ________________ escape to India. He has never been back.

He traveled to the West – to Europe and the Americas. Thousands of people ________________. He has helped ________________ and harmony around the world. He gives speeches ________________ and he has won many awards. He got the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. He is always a famous figure on the news ________________ without a huge smile.

The Dalai Lama has been ________________ best-loved and most well-known world leaders ________________. He continues to ask China to give his Tibetan people more control over their land. He makes Chinese leaders ________________ about Tibet. One day he might meet them and talk ________________ and brighter future.


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

The Dalai Lama was born / birth in Tibet on the 6th of July 1935. His real name is Tenzin Gyatso. He is the leader / leading of Tibet’s Buddhists but he lives in India, where thousands of his followers visitors / visit him. He is the world's most famous Buddhist monk. He campaigns for freedom in Tibet and
peace / piece in the world.

Tenzin became Dalai Lama when he was just two years old. He became Tibet’s ruler / role in November 1950, when he was fifteen. This was just one month after China took / take over Tibet. His first big job was to try and safe / save his country from Chinese rule. He tried for nine years, but then had to escape to India. He has never been front / back.

He traveled to the West – to Europe and the Americas. Thousands of people welcoming / welcomed him. He has helped to spread love and harmony around the world / word. He gives speeches wherever he goes and he has won many awards. He got the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. He is always a famous number / figure on the news and is never without a huge / hug smile.

The Dalai Lama has been one of the best-loved and most well-known / knew world leaders for many decades. He continues to ask China to forgive / give his Tibetan people more control over there / their land. He makes Chinese leaders angry by talking about Tibet. One day he might meet them and talk about a better and brighter / brightest future.


SPELLING

The underlined, jumbled words are from the text. Spell them correctly.

Paragraph 1
 

1.

He is the alrdee of Tibet’s Buddhists

2.

oahstsund of his followers visit him.

3.

the world's most safoum Buddhist monk

4.

He campaigns for dmreeof in Tibet


Paragraph 2
 

5.

he was  sjut two years old

6.

He became Tibet’s rleru

7.

save his ntyrocu from Chinese for nine rule

8.

esecpa to India


Paragraph 3
 

9.

Thousands of people weoelmdc him

10.

spread love and oaymhnr around the world

11.

he has won many adwasr

12.

never outiwth a huge smile.


Paragraph 4
 

13.

He cousntnei to ask China

14.

orcontl over their land

15.

He makes Chinese leaders ranyg

16.

a better and rirbtehg future.


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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rule. He tried for nine years, but then had to escape to India. He has never been

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most famous Buddhist monk. He campaigns for freedom in Tibet and peace in the world. Tenzin became Dalai Lama when

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around the world. He gives speeches wherever he goes and he has won many

(    )

 

welcomed him. He has helped to spread love and harmony

(    )

 

one month after China took over Tibet. His first big job was to try and save his country from Chinese

(    )

 

smile. The Dalai Lama has been one of the best-loved and most well-known

(    )

 

over their land. He makes Chinese leaders angry

(    )

 

awards. He got the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. He is always a famous figure on the news and is never without a huge

(    )

 

of his followers visit him. He is the world's

( 1 )

 

The Dalai Lama was born in Tibet on the 6th of July 1935. His real name

(    )

 

he was just two years old. He became Tibet’s ruler in November 1950, when he was fifteen. This was just

(    )

 

is Tenzin Gyatso. He is the leader of Tibet’s Buddhists but he lives in India, where thousands

(    )

 

by talking about Tibet. One day he might meet them and talk about a better and brighter future.

(    )

 

world leaders for many decades. He continues to ask China to give his Tibetan people more control

(    )

 

back. He traveled to the West – to Europe and the Americas. Thousands of people


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

1935   6th   Tibet   was   The   of   on   born   Dalai   July   the   in   Lama

2.

the   is   He   monk   Buddhist   famous   most   world's

3.

in   Tibet   and   peace   in   the   world   He   campaigns   for

4.

he   was   just   two   years   old   Tenzin   became   Dalai   Lama   when

5.

He   fifteen   was   he   when   1950   November   in   ruler   Tibet’s   became

6.

never   He   been   has   back

7.

around   the   world   He   has   helped   to   spread   love   and   harmony

8.

got   He   1989   in   Prize   Peace   Nobel   the

9.

talking   Chinese   about   leaders   Tibet   angry   He   by   makes

10.

better   a   future   about   talk   brighter   and


DALAI LAMA DISCUSSION

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

1.

What do you know about the Dalai Lama?

2.

Would you like to meet the Dalai Lama?

3.

What would you like to know about the Dalai Lama and why?

4.

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5.

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6.

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7.

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8.

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

1.

What did you learn from this text about the Dalai Lama?

2.

What questions would you like to ask the Dalai Lama?

3.

What would his answers be to those questions?

4.

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5.

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6.

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7.

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8.

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THE DALAI LAMA SURVEY

Write five questions about the Dalai Lama 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 the Dalai Lama 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 the Dalai Lama. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. DALAI LAMA POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of the Dalai Lama. Show your poster to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all find out similar things?

4. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about the Dalai Lama. Include an imaginary interview with him. Write about what he does every day and what he thinks about.

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

5. LETTER: Write a letter to the Dalai Lama. Ask him three questions about his life. Give him three suggestions on what he should do in his future. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your “Dalai Lama expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.


ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

leader

a.

chief

2

followers

b.

fans

3.

campaigns

c.

fights

4.

just

d.

only

5.

escape

e.

get away

6.

been back

f.

returned


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

welcomed

g.

greeted

8.

spread

h.

increase

9.

awards

i.

prizes

10.

well-known

j.

famous

11

control

k

power

12

brighter

l

happier

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

His real

a.

name is Tenzin Gyatso

2

He is the world's most

b.

famous Buddhist monk

3.

He campaigns

c.

for freedom in Tibet

4.

He became Tibet’s

d.

ruler in November 1950

5.

save his country from

e.

Chinese rule

6.

spread love and harmony

f.

around the world

7.

He gives

g.

speeches wherever he goes

8.

never without a huge

h.

smile

9.

He makes Chinese leaders angry by

i.

talking about Tibet

10.

talk about a better

j.

and brighter future

ALL OTHER EXERCISES:

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