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Jordan’s Queen Rania is a very modern monarch. She has worked for companies like Citibank and Apple Computer and appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show. She also uses YouTube to help people around the world understand more about the Arab world. She became a Jordanian royal after marrying King Abdullah bin Al-Hussein in June 1993, six months after they met.

She was born as Rania Al-Yassin in Kuwait in 1970. Her parents were Palestinian.  She graduated from the American University in Cairo with a degree in Business Administration. She is frequently in the Forbes magazine list of the 100 most powerful women in the world. Being an honorary colonel of the Jordanian Armed Forces might help keep her there.

Queen Rania is famous around the world for her charity work. She fights for education reform and better school facilities for poor children. She is a strong believer in the need for compulsory English language classes at schools. She is involved with a great variety of organizations and campaigns for better vaccines, cancer research, family safety and many more worthy causes.

Harpers & Queen magazine named her the world’s third most beautiful woman in 2005. She is a very strong supporter of women’s rights. She tours the world talking about women’s issues at international conferences. In particular, she speaks about people’s misunderstandings about women's role in Islam. She inspires women around the world and works to improve their lives.

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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.

monarch

a.

regularly

2

like

b.

bachelor’s

3.

understand

c.

such as

4.

degree

d.

influential

5.

frequently

e.

ruler

6.

powerful

f.

make sense of


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

fights

g.

resources

8.

facilities

h.

motivates

9.

worthy

i.

champion

10.

supporter

j.

campaigns

11

inspires

k

advance

12

improve

l

important

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article:

1.

Queen Rania is a very

a.

women around the world

2

understand more

b.

Business Administration

3.

She was born as

c.

facilities

4.

a degree in

d.

English language classes

5.

the 100 most powerful

e.

about the Arab world

6.

better school

f.

causes

7.

the need for compulsory

g.

women in the world

8.

many more worthy

h.

modern monarch

9.

misunderstandings about

i.

Rania Al-Yassin in Kuwait

10.

She inspires

j.

women's role in Islam


LISTENING GAP FILL

Jordan’s Queen Rania _________________ monarch. She has worked for companies like Citibank and Apple Computer _________________ Oprah Winfrey Show. She also uses YouTube to help people around the world understand _________________ world. She became a Jordanian royal after marrying King Abdullah bin Al-Hussein in June 1993, _________________ met.

_________________ Rania Al-Yassin in Kuwait in 1970. Her parents were Palestinian.  She graduated from the American University in Cairo _________________ Business Administration. She _________________ Forbes magazine list of the 100 most powerful women in the world. Being an honorary colonel of the Jordanian Armed Forces _________________ there.

Queen Rania is famous around the world _________________. She fights for education reform and _________________ for poor children. She is a strong believer _________________ compulsory English language classes at schools. She is involved with a great variety of organizations and campaigns for better vaccines, cancer research, family safety and _________________ causes.

Harpers & Queen magazine _________________ third most beautiful woman in 2005. She is a _________________ of women’s rights. She tours the world talking about women’s issues at international conferences. In particular, she speaks about people’s misunderstandings _________________ in Islam. _________________ around the world and works to improve their lives.


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Jordan’s Queen Rania is a very modern monarchy / monarch. She has worked for companies like Citibank and Apple Computer and appeared on / in the Oprah Winfrey Show. She also uses YouTube to help people around the world understand many / more about the Arab world. She became a Jordanian royal after marrying King Abdullah bin Al-Hussein in June 1993, six months after they meeting / met.

She was born name / as Rania Al-Yassin in Kuwait in 1970. Her parents were Palestinian.  She graduated from the American University in Cairo with a degrees / degree in Business Administration. She is frequently / frequent in the Forbes magazine list of the 100 most powerful women in the world. Being an honorary colonel of the Jordanian Armed Forces might help keep her here / there.

Queen Rania is famous around the world from / for her charity work. She fights for education reform and better school facilities for poor children / child. She is a strong believer / belief in the need for compulsory English language classes at schools. She is involved with a great variety of organizations and campaigns for better vaccines, cancer research, family safely / safety and many more worthy causes.

Harpers & Queen magazine named her the world’s third most beautiful women / woman in 2005. She is a very strong / strength supporter of women’s rights. She touring / tours the world talking about women’s issues at international conferences. In particular, she speaks about people’s misunderstandings about women's role in Islam. She inspires women around the world and works to improve / improvement their lives.


SPELLING

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

Paragraph 1
 

1.

a very ormdne monarch

2.

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3.

understand more about the Arab owrdl

4.

She became a Jordanian ryaol


Paragraph 2
 

5.

Her rstpena were Palestinian

6.

She rageuadtd from the American University

7.

She is yfelqtenur in the Forbes magazine

8.

most fwprluoe women in the world


Paragraph 3
 

9.

famous around the world for her ihatcyr work

10.

better school fcaelsiiit

11.

the need for compulsory English ulgnagea classes

12.

involved with a great yetravi of organizations


Paragraph 4
 

13.

the world’s rdthi most beautiful woman

14.

She is a very strong utseorppr of women’s rights

15.

In rirlapauct, she speaks about people’s misunderstandings

16.

She eiirnssp women around the world


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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the American University in Cairo with a degree in Business Administration. She is frequently in the Forbes magazine list of the 100

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need for compulsory English language classes at schools. She is involved with a great variety of organizations

(    )

 

marrying King Abdullah bin Al-Hussein in June 1993, six months after they met.

(    )

 

around the world understand more about the Arab world. She became a Jordanian royal after

(    )

 

particular, she speaks about people’s misunderstandings about women's role in Islam. She inspires

(    )

 

Harpers & Queen magazine named her the world’s third most beautiful woman in 2005. She is a very strong

(    )

 

She was born as Rania Al-Yassin in Kuwait in 1970. Her parents were Palestinian. She graduated from

(    )

 

most powerful women in the world. Being an honorary colonel of the Jordanian Armed Forces might help keep her there.

1  )

 

Jordan’s Queen Rania is a very modern monarch. She has worked for companies like Citibank

(    )

 

and Apple Computer and appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show. She also uses YouTube to help people

(    )

 

Queen Rania is famous around the world for her charity work. She fights for

(    )

 

and campaigns for better vaccines, cancer research, family safety and many more worthy causes.

(    )

 

supporter of women’s rights. She tours the world talking about women’s issues at international conferences. In

(    )

 

education reform and better school facilities for poor children. She is a strong believer in the

(    )

 

women around the world and works to improve their lives.


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

Jordan’s   monarch   modern   very   a   is   Rania   Queen

2.

Citibank   has   for   like   She   worked   companies

3.

more   understand   world   Arab   the   about

4.

graduated   She   Cairo   in   University   American   the   from

5.

the   most   women   of   100   powerful   list

6.

fights   reform   for   She   education

7.

for   facilities   school   better   children   poor

8.

language   English   compulsory   schools   at   classes

9.

women’s   very   rights   strong   She   supporter   is   of   a

10.

She   world   the   around   women   inspires


QUEEN RANIA DISCUSSION (Write your questions)

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

1.

What do you know about Queen Rania?

2.

Would you like to meet Queen Rania?

3.

What would you like to know about Queen Rania and why?

4.

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5.

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6.

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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 Queen Rania?

2.

What questions would you like to ask Queen Rania?

3.

What would her 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 QUEEN RANIA SURVEY

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

3. QUEEN RANIA POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Queen Rania. 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 Queen Rania. Include an imaginary interview with her. Write about what she does every day and what she 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 Queen Rania. Ask her three questions about her life. Give her three suggestions on what she should do in her future. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your “Queen Rania expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.


ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

monarch

a.

ruler

2

like

b.

such as

3.

understand

c.

make sense of

4.

degree

d.

bachelor’s

5.

frequently

e.

regularly

6.

powerful

f.

influential


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

fights

g.

campaigns

8.

facilities

h.

resources

9.

worthy

i.

important

10.

supporter

j.

champion

11

inspires

k

motivates

12

improve

l

advance

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

Queen Rania is a very

a.

modern monarch

2

understand more

b.

about the Arab world

3.

She was born as

c.

Rania Al-Yassin in Kuwait

4.

a degree in

d.

Business Administration

5.

the 100 most powerful

e.

women in the world

6.

better school

f.

facilities

7.

the need for compulsory

g.

English language classes

8.

many more worthy

h.

causes

9.

misunderstandings about

i.

women's role in Islam

10.

She inspires

j.

women around the world

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