The Reading / Listening - Level 2

The Doctors of the World charity has released some Christmas cards with a difference. The non-profit organization is selling four cards showing traditional Christmas scenes from the Holy Land with images of the war in Syria. The charity wants to make people aware of the suffering going on in the world, especially in Syria. One card shows Mary and Joseph on a donkey in the rubble of war-torn Syria. Another shows the baby Jesus asleep as a missile is fired in the distance behind him. The next card shows the three wise men looking up at a warplane flying overhead.



The charity's website explained that: "Rather than making a religious statement, these images seek to remind the public that this year war has forced millions from their homes….By purchasing our cards, you are helping us to provide healthcare to the most vulnerable, and together we will [put back] a little of the most festive feeling of all – hope." The money from the cards will buy medicine and medical equipment for people in Syria and other areas of conflict. The United Nations estimates that 65 million people have fled their homes because of violence and war.

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Sources
  • https://www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk/news/2016-christmas-cards


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. The Doctors of the World
  2. Christmas cards with
  3. The non-profit
  4. One card shows Mary and Joseph
  5. make people aware of the suffering
  6. in the rubble
  7. a missile is fired in the
  8. men looking up at a warplane
  1. organization
  2. flying overhead
  3. going on in the world
  4. a difference
  5. distance behind him
  6. charity
  7. on a donkey
  8. of war-torn Syria

Paragraph 2

  1. making a religious
  2. these images seek to
  3. war has forced millions
  4. provide healthcare to
  5. medicine and medical
  6. Syria and other areas
  7. 65 million people have
  8. because of violence
  1. fled their homes
  2. the most vulnerable
  3. and war
  4. statement
  5. of conflict
  6. from their homes
  7. equipment
  8. remind the public

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The Doctors of the World charity (1) ___________________ Christmas cards with a difference. The non-profit organization is selling (2) ___________________ traditional Christmas scenes from the Holy Land (3) ___________________ war in Syria. The charity wants to make people (4) ___________________ suffering going on in the world, especially in Syria. One card shows Mary and Joseph on a donkey (5) ___________________ of war-torn Syria. Another shows the baby Jesus asleep as a missile is fired in the distance behind him. The next card shows the three wise men looking up at a warplane (6) ___________________.

The charity's (7) ___________________ that: "Rather than making a religious statement, these (8) ___________________ remind the public that this year war has forced millions from their homes….By purchasing our cards, you are helping (9) ___________________ healthcare to the most vulnerable, and together we will [put back] a (10) ___________________ festive feeling of all – hope." The money from the cards will buy medicine and medical equipment for people in Syria and other (11) ___________________. The United Nations estimates that 65 million people (12) __________________ homes because of violence and war.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheDoctorsoftheWorldcharityhasreleasedsomeChristmascardswith
adifference.Thenon-profitorganizationissellingfourcardsshowingtra
ditionalChristmasscenesfromtheHolyLandwithimagesofthewarinSy
ria.Thecharitywantstomakepeopleawareofthesufferinggoingoninth
eworld,especiallyinSyria.OnecardshowsMaryandJosephonadonkeyi
ntherubbleofwar-tornSyria.AnothershowsthebabyJesusasleepas
amissileisfiredinthedistancebehindhim.Thenextcardshowsthethree
wisemenlookingupatawarplaneflyingoverhead.Thecharity'swebsite
explainedthat:"Ratherthanmakingareligiousstatement,theseimage
sseektoremindthepublicthatthisyearwarhasforcedmillionsfromtheir
homes….Bypurchasingourcards,youarehelpingustoprovidehealthca
retothemostvulnerable,andtogetherwewill[putback]alittleofthemos
tfestivefeelingofall–hope."Themoneyfromthecardswillbuymedicin
eandmedicalequipmentforpeopleinSyriaandotherareasofconflict.Th
eUnitedNationsestimatesthat65millionpeoplehavefledtheirhomesb
ecauseofviolenceandwar.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic 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.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

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

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Free writing

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