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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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Lewis Hamilton was born in England in 1985. He was named after American sprint champion Carl Lewis, so he was associated with speed even from when he was a baby. Perhaps it came as no surprise that Lewis got into racing of some sort. He won the Formula 1 World Championship in November 2008 to become F1’s youngest ever champion, at the age of 23.

Hamilton got into racing at a very young age. He loved radio-controlled cars. When he was seven, he came second in a national competition against adults. Lewis’ father knew his son had a special talent and bought him a go-kart. He began winning many championships and got a taste for bigger and faster things. He fell in love with Formula One.

When Lewis was just ten years old, he met the boss of the Formula 1 McLaren team Ron Dennis. Hamilton told him: "I want to race for you one day." He impressed Dennis and three years later Lewis joined McLaren’s Young Driver Support Programme. He won championships in formula two and three and became an F1 driver for McLaren in 2007.

Hamilton broke many records in his first season in Formula One and won many races. He finished second in the championship, missing out on the title by one point in his final race. He was determined to win in 2008 and did just that, winning the title by a single point on the last corner in the last lap of the last race of the season.


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

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.

named

a.

kind

2

associated

b.

unique

3.

sort

c.

linked

4.

got into

d.

liking

5.

special

e.

called

6.

taste

f.

entered


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

boss

g.

exactly

8.

impressed

h.

head

9.

championships

i.

last

10.

broke

j.

dazzled

11

final

k

titles

12

just

l

smashed

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

1.

it came as no surprise that

a.

many records

2

F1’s youngest

b.

and faster things

3.

Hamilton got into

c.

to win in 2008

4.

got a taste for bigger

d.

Formula 1 McLaren team

5.

He fell in

e.

racing at a very young age

6.

he met the boss of the

f.

Lewis got into racing

7.

I want to race for

g.

a single point

8.

Hamilton broke

h.

love with Formula One

9.

He was determined

i.

ever champion

10.

winning the title by

j.

you one day


LISTENING GAP FILL

Lewis Hamilton was born in England in 1985. He _________________ American sprint champion Carl Lewis, so he was _________________ _________________  was a baby. Perhaps it came as no surprise that Lewis got into racing ______________. He won the Formula 1 World Championship in November 2008 to become F1’s youngest ever champion, at the age of 23.

Hamilton _________________ very young age. He loved radio-controlled cars. When he was seven, _________________ a national competition against adults. Lewis’ father knew his son had a special talent and bought him a go-kart. He began winning many championships and _________________ and faster things. He _________________ Formula One.

When Lewis _________________ old, he met the boss of the Formula 1 McLaren team Ron Dennis. Hamilton told him: "I want to race _________________." He impressed Dennis _________________ Lewis joined McLaren’s Young Driver Support Programme. He won championships in formula two and _________________ F1 driver for McLaren in 2007.

Hamilton _________________ in his first season in Formula One and won many races. He finished second in the championship, _________________  the title by one point in his final race. He was _________________ in 2008 and did just that, winning the title by a single point on the last corner _________________ the last race of the season.


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Lewis Hamilton was birth / born in England in 1985. He was named after / before American sprint champion Carl Lewis, so he was associated with speed ever / even from when he was a baby. Perhaps it came as no surprise that Lewis got into racing of some sort / short. He won the Formula 1 World Championship in November 2008 to become F1’s youngest ever champion, at the age of 23.

Hamilton got into racing in / at a very young age. He loved radio-controlled cars. When he was seven, he come / came second in a national competition against adults / adult. Lewis’ father knew his son had a special talent and bought him a go-kart. He began winning many championships and got a touch / taste for bigger and faster things. He fell in love with Formula One.

When Lewis was just ten years old, he met / meet the boss of the Formula 1 McLaren team Ron Dennis. Hamilton told him: "I want to racing / race for you one day." He impressed / impressive Dennis and three years later Lewis joined McLaren’s Young Driver Support Programme. He won / beat championships in formula two and three and became an F1 driver for McLaren in 2007.

Hamilton broke / broken many records in his first season in Formula One and won many races. He finished second in the championship, missing in / out on the title by one point in his final / finally race. He was determined to win in 2008 and did just that / these, winning the title by a single point on the last corner in the last lap of the last race of the season.


SPELLING

These jumbled words are from the text. Spell them correctly.

Paragraph 1
 

1.

He was denma after American sprint champion Carl Lewis

2.

associated with edpes

3.

it came as no esrprusi

4.

F1’s etuynsog ever champion


Paragraph 2
 

5.

Hamilton got into racing at a very unogy age

6.

he came second in a annilato competition

7.

his son had a slcieap talent

8.

He fell in leov with Formula One


Paragraph 3
 

9.

he met the osbs

10.

He meisedprs Dennis

11.

three years later Lewis djnieo

12.

became an F1 edivrr for McLaren in 2007


Paragraph 4
 

13.

Hamilton beork many records

14.

He hnidfies second in the championship

15.

He was tmndeeried to win

16.

the last race of the aesnso


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

when he was a baby. Perhaps it came as no surprise that Lewis got into racing of some

(    )

to win in 2008 and did just that, winning the title by a single point on the last corner in the last

(    )

him a go-kart. He began winning many championships and got a taste for bigger and

( 1 )

Lewis Hamilton was born in England in 1985. He was named after

(    )

seven, he came second in a national competition against adults. Lewis’ father knew his son had a special talent and bought

(    )

team Ron Dennis. Hamilton told him: "I want to race for you one day." He impressed Dennis and three years

(    )

American sprint champion Carl Lewis, so he was associated with speed even from

(    )

lap of the last race of the season.

(    )

races. He finished second in the championship, missing out on the title by one point in his final race. He was determined

(    )

faster things. He fell in love with Formula One. When Lewis was just ten years old, he met the boss of the Formula 1 McLaren

(    )

three and became an F1 driver for McLaren in 2007. Hamilton broke many records in his first season in Formula One and won many

(    )

sort. He won the Formula 1 World Championship in November 2008 to become F1’s youngest ever champion, at the age

(    )

later Lewis joined McLaren’s Young Driver Support Programme. He won championships in formula two and

(    )

of 23. Hamilton got into racing at a very young age. He loved radio-controlled cars. When he was


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

champion    named   Carl    after   Lewis    American   He    sprint    was

2.

it    Perhaps    surprise    no    as    came

3.

second    against    in    adults    a   he    national    came    competition

4.

for    taste    a    got    things    faster    and    bigger

5.

One    fell    love    Formula    He    in    with

6.

years    When    was    ten    old    Lewis    just

7.

day    one    you    for    race    to    want    I

8.

season    first    his    in    records    many    broke    Hamilton

9.

point    one    by    title    the    on    out    missing

10.

last    the    last    the    of    the    of    race    season    lap


LEWIS HAMILTON DISCUSSION

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

1.

What do you know about Lewis Hamilton?

2.

Would you like to meet Lewis Hamilton?

3.

What would you like to know about Lewis Hamilton and why?

4.

___________________________________________________

5.

___________________________________________________

6.

___________________________________________________

7.

___________________________________________________

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 Lewis Hamilton?

2.

What questions would you like to ask Lewis Hamilton?

3.

What would his answers be to those questions?

4.

___________________________________________________

5.

___________________________________________________

6.

___________________________________________________

7.

___________________________________________________

8.

___________________________________________________


LEWIS HAMILTON SURVEY

Write five questions about Lewis Hamilton 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

_____________

STUDENT 2

_____________

STUDENT 3

_____________

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 Lewis Hamilton 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 Lewis Hamilton. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. LEWIS HAMILTON POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Lewis Hamilton. 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 Lewis Hamilton. 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 Lewis Hamilton. 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 “Lewis Hamilton expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.


ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

named

a.

called

2

associated

b.

linked

3.

sort

c.

kind

4.

got into

d.

entered

5.

special

e.

unique

6.

taste

f.

liking


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

boss

g.

head

8.

impressed

h.

dazzled

9.

championships

i.

titles

10.

broke

j.

smashed

11

final

k

last

12

just

l

exactly

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

it came as no surprise that

a.

Lewis got into racing

2

F1’s youngest

b.

ever champion

3.

Hamilton got into

c.

racing at a very young age

4.

got a taste for bigger

d.

and faster things

5.

He fell in

e.

love with Formula One

6.

he met the boss of the

f.

Formula 1 McLaren team

7.

I want to race for

g.

you one day

8.

Hamilton broke

h.

many records

9.

He was determined

i.

to win in 2008

10.

winning the title by

j.

a single point

ALL OTHER EXERCISES:

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