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H.E. Sheikha Lubna Khalid Sultan al Qasimi is a pioneering woman. She was born a princess of the royal family of Sharjah in the UAE and became the first woman to gain a high-ranking job in the UAE government. She was appointed Minister for Economy and Planning of the United Arab Emirates in November 2004.

Sheikha Lubna is a role model for all young Emirati women hoping to become a successful businesswoman. She was a bright and diligent student at school and got good grades. These allowed her to study for a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science at California State University. She completed her education by earning an Executive MBA from the American University of Sharjah.

Sheikha Lubna got job offers from all over the USA but decided to return to the UAE and make a success of herself there. She got a job as a computer programmer and worked ten hours a day. She was the only Emirati and the only woman in her workplace. She moved on to be a senior manager of information systems at the Dubai Ports Authority.

Sheikha Lubna’s talent, skills and experience were spotted by the ruler of Dubai. He appointed her as head of Tejari.com, a cutting-edge e-ideas project. This was her stepping stone into her position as one of the UAE’s leaders. She is now an ambassador for her country overseas and an example of what women in her country can achieve.

240 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.

pioneering

a.

chosen

2

high-ranking

b.

hard working

3.

appointed

c.

top

4.

diligent

d.

getting

5.

completed

e.

innovative

6.

earning

f.

finished


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

decided

g.

top

8.

return

h.

made up her mind

9.

senior

i.

innovative

10.

spotted

j.

go back

11

cutting-edge

k

abroad

12

overseas

l

noticed

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article:

1.

She was born a princess of the

a.

model

2

the first woman to gain a

b.

offers from all over the USA

3.

Sheikha Lubna is a role

c.

diligent student at school

4.

She was a bright and

d.

her country can achieve

5.

She completed

e.

stone

6.

Sheikha Lubna got job

f.

high-ranking job in the UAE

7.

make a success

g.

in her workplace

8.

the only woman

h.

her education

9.

This was her stepping

i.

royal family of Sharjah

10.

an example of what women in

j.

of herself


LISTENING GAP FILL

H.E. Sheikha Lubna Khalid Sultan al Qasimi is ________________. She was born a princess ________________ of Sharjah in the UAE and became the __________________ a high-ranking job in the UAE government. She was appointed Minister for ___________________ of the United Arab Emirates in November 2004.

Sheikha Lubna ________________ for all young Emirati women hoping to become a successful businesswoman. She was ________________ student at school and got good grades. These allowed ________________ Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science at California State University. She completed her ___________________ an Executive MBA from the American University of Sharjah.

Sheikha Lubna got job ________________ the USA but decided to return to the UAE and ________________ herself there. She got a job as a computer programmer and worked ________________. She was the only Emirati and the only woman ________________. She moved on to be a senior manager of information systems at the Dubai Ports Authority.

Sheikha Lubna’s talent, skills and experience ________________ the ruler of Dubai. He appointed her as head of Tejari.com, a ________________ project. This was ________________ into her position as one of the UAE’s leaders. She is now an ambassador for her country overseas and an example of what women in her ________________.


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

H.E. Sheikha Lubna Khalid Sultan al Qasimi is a pioneering / pioneer woman. She was born a princess of the royal family of Sharjah in the UAE and became the first woman to grain / gain a high-ranking job in the UAE government. She was appointing / appointed Minister for Economy / Economical and Planning of the United Arab Emirates in November 2004.

Sheikha Lubna is a role / roll model for all young Emirati women hoping to become a successful businesswoman. She was a brightly / bright and diligent student at school and got good grades. These allowed her for / to study for a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science at California State University. She completed her education by earned / earning an Executive MBA from the American University of Sharjah.

Sheikha Lubna got job offers from all over / everywhere the USA but decided to return to the UAE and make a successful / success of herself there. She got a job was / as a computer programmer and worked ten hours a day. She was the only Emirati and the only woman in her workplace. She moved on to be a senior management / manager of information systems at the Dubai Ports Authority.

Sheikha Lubna’s talented / talent, skills and experience were spotless / spotted by the ruler of Dubai. He appointed her as head of Tejari.com, a cutting-edge e-ideas project. This was her stepping rock / stone into her position as one of the UAE’s leaders. She is now an ambassador for her country overseas and an e.g. / example of what women in her country can achieve.


SPELLING

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

Paragraph 1
 

1.

a iepienrnog woman

2.

the olyar family of Sharjah

3.

a high-nirngka job in the UAE government

4.

She was aoednptpi Minister for Economy and Planning


Paragraph 2
 

5.

Sheikha Lubna is a role delom for all young Emirati women

6.

She was a bright and dglnetii student at school

7.

These alewodl her to study for a Bachelor's Degree

8.

She mptecelod her education


Paragraph 3
 

9.

Sheikha Lubna got job soffre from all over

10.

make a uscssce of herself

11.

the only woman in her aewprkclo

12.

She moved on to be a rseoni manager


Paragraph 4
 

13.

potdtes by the ruler of Dubai.

14.

a cutting-edge e-ideas roctpje

15.

an ambassador for her country rovsseae

16.

women in her country can eheiacv


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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day. She was the only Emirati and the only woman in her workplace. She moved on to be a senior

(    )

 

Sheikha Lubna’s talent, skills and experience were spotted by the ruler of

(    )

 

Sheikha Lubna is a role model for all young Emirati women hoping to become a

(    )

 

appointed Minister for Economy and Planning of the United Arab Emirates in November 2004.

(    )

 

study for a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science at California State University. She completed her

(    )

 

manager of information systems at the Dubai Ports Authority.

(    )

 

Sheikha Lubna got job offers from all over the USA but decided to return to the UAE and make a

(    )

 

education by earning an Executive MBA from the American University of Sharjah.

(    )

 

successful businesswoman. She was a bright and diligent student at school and got good grades. These allowed her to

(    )

 

success of herself there. She got a job as a computer programmer and worked ten hours a

(    )

 

overseas and an example of what women in her country can achieve.

1  )

 

H.E. Sheikha Lubna Khalid Sultan al Qasimi is a pioneering woman. She was born a princess of the

(    )

 

Dubai. He appointed her as head of Tejari.com, a cutting-edge e-ideas project. This was her stepping

(    )

 

stone into her position as one of the UAE’s leaders. She is now an ambassador for her country

(    )

 

royal family of Sharjah in the UAE and became the first woman to gain a high-ranking job in the UAE government. She was


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

royal   the   of   princess   a   Sharjah   of   family

2.

to   UAE   woman   the   high-ranking   first   in   a   the   job   gain

3.

all   for   model   role   a   women   Emirati   young

4.

She   diligent   was   student   a   at   bright   school   and

5.

Executive   education   MBA   by   She   earning   completed   an   her

6.

Lubna   offers   over   Sheikha   job   all   USA   got   from   the

7.

her  in  woman  only  the  and  Emirati  only  the  was  She  workplace

8.

skills   Sheikha   and   Lubna’s   experience   talent   were   ,   spotted

9.

country   an   overseas   ambassador   She   for   is   her   now

10.

an   what   her   achieve   of   in   can   example   women   country


SHEIKHA LUBNA DISCUSSION (Write your questions)

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

1.

What do you know about Sheikha Lubna?

2.

Would you like to meet Sheikha Lubna?

3.

What would you like to know about Sheikha Lubna 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 Sheikha Lubna?

2.

What questions would you like to ask Sheikha Lubna?

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 SHEIKHA LUBNA SURVEY

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

3. SHEIKHA LUBNA POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Sheikha Lubna. 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 Sheikha Lubna. 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 Sheikha Lubna. 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 “Sheikha Lubna expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.


ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

pioneering

a.

innovative

2

high-ranking

b.

top

3.

appointed

c.

chosen

4.

diligent

d.

hard working

5.

completed

e.

finished

6.

earning

f.

getting


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

decided

g.

made up her mind

8.

return

h.

go back

9.

senior

i.

top

10.

spotted

j.

noticed

11

cutting-edge

k

innovative

12

overseas

l

abroad

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

She was born a princess of the

a.

royal family of Sharjah

2

the first woman to gain a

b.

high-ranking job in the UAE

3.

Sheikha Lubna is a role

c.

model

4.

She was a bright and

d.

diligent student at school

5.

She completed

e.

her education

6.

Sheikha Lubna got job

f.

offers from all over the USA

7.

make a success

g.

of herself

8.

the only woman

h.

in her workplace

9.

This was her stepping

i.

stone

10.

an example of what women in

j.

her country can achieve

ALL OTHER EXERCISES:

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