The Reading / Listening - Level 2

A father in Mexico was surprised when he put an invitation to his daughter Rubi's 15th birthday party on Facebook. He thought it was for his family, friends and neighbours, but the post went viral. Over 1.2 million people accepted his invitation. Crescencio Ibarra said he would not turn away anyone who came to the party. Mr Ibarra said in a TV interview that he had no idea why his post became so popular. He said: "We wanted to invite the people from the area, that's all." So many people might attend the party that there will also be a lot of police there.



A 15th birthday is an important event in a girl's life in Mexico. It is the time when she comes of age. The girl has a traditional party called a quinceañera. The party usually has lots of guests and the girl wears a beautiful dress, a tiara and make-up. At Rubi's party, three different bands will play music. There will be a horse race. The winner will get $490. There are many memes (joke pictures) of Mr Ibarra's post on social media. Rubi's favourite shows Donald Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto agreeing to let Mexican migrants in the USA return to Mexico for her party.

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Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-38235093
  • http://q13fox.com/2016/12/06/more-than-1m-guests-rsvp-to-girls-quinceanera-after-dads-invite-goes-viral/
  • http://www.kansascity.com/news/nation-world/world/article119262218.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. A father in Mexico was
  2. his daughter Rubi's
  3. family, friends
  4. the post went
  5. Over 1.2 million people
  6. he would not turn
  7. he had no idea why his post
  8. there will also be a lot
  1. accepted his invitation
  2. viral
  3. became so popular
  4. 15th birthday party
  5. away anyone
  6. surprised
  7. of police there
  8. and neighbours

Paragraph 2

  1. A 15th birthday is an important
  2. It is the time when she comes
  3. The girl has a traditional
  4. a tiara and
  5. There will be a horse
  6. The winner will
  7. Mexican migrants
  8. return to Mexico
  1. of age
  2. for her party
  3. race
  4. in the USA
  5. event in a girl's life
  6. make-up
  7. party
  8. get $490

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A father in Mexico was surprised (1) ___________________ an invitation to his daughter Rubi's 15th birthday party on Facebook. He thought (2) ___________________ family, friends and neighbours, but the (3) ___________________. Over 1.2 million people accepted his invitation. Crescencio Ibarra said he would not turn away anyone (4) ___________________ party. Mr Ibarra said in a TV interview that he had no idea why his post became so popular. He said: "We wanted (5) ___________________ people from the area, that's all." So many people might attend the party that there will (6) ___________________ police there.

A 15th birthday is (7) ___________________ in a girl's life in Mexico. It is the time when (8) ___________________. The girl has a traditional party called a quinceañera. The party usually has lots of guests and (9) ___________________ beautiful dress, a tiara and make-up. At Rubi's party, three different bands will play music. (10) ___________________ horse race. The winner will get $490. There are many memes (joke pictures) of Mr Ibarra's post (11) ___________________. Rubi's favourite shows Donald Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto (12) ___________________ Mexican migrants in the USA return to Mexico for her party.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AfatherinMexicowassurprisedwhenheputaninvitationtohisdaughter
Rubi's15thbirthdaypartyonFacebook.Hethoughtitwasforhisfamily,fr
iendsandneighbours,butthepostwentviral.Over1.2millionpeopleacc
eptedhisinvitation.CrescencioIbarrasaidhewouldnotturnawayanyon
ewhocametotheparty.MrIbarrasaidinaTVinterviewthathehadnoidea
whyhispostbecamesopopular.Hesaid:"Wewantedtoinvitethepeoplef
romthearea,that'sall."Somanypeoplemightattendthepartythatther
ewillalsobealotofpolicethere.A15thbirthdayisanimportanteventinag
irl'slifeinMexico.Itisthetimewhenshecomesofage.Thegirlhasatraditi
onalpartycalledaquinceañera.Thepartyusuallyhaslotsofguestsandt
hegirlwearsabeautifuldress,atiaraandmake-up.AtRubi'sparty,thr
eedifferentbandswillplaymusic.Therewillbeahorserace.Thewinnerwi
llget$490.Therearemanymemes(jokepictures)ofMrIbarra'spostons
ocialmedia.Rubi'sfavouriteshowsDonaldTrumpandMexicanPresiden
tEnriquePenaNietoagreeingtoletMexicanmigrantsintheUSAreturnto
Mexicoforherparty.

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

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Free writing

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Answers

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