The Reading / Listening - Lantern Festival - Level 1

UNESCO gave an award to a festival. It added South Korea's Lotus Lantern Festival to its list of intangible cultural heritage. Some things that UNESCO adds to its list are tangible - meaning we can touch them. Examples are the Pyramids in Egypt. If something is intangible, we cannot touch it. Events like South Korea's Lotus Lantern Festival, a dance or a method for weaving baskets are examples of intangible heritage.



The South Korean festival celebrates Buddha's birthday. It symbolizes light and fairness. The festival dates back 2,000 years. There was a temple in 57BC that royals visited to see lotus lanterns. Today, people decorate temples with lanterns made of paper and bamboo. Towns hold parades where people carry lanterns through the streets. A spokesperson said: "We will try to make the festival a cultural heritage that can be loved by people around the world."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Lantern Festival - Level 0 Lantern Festival - Level 2   or  Lantern Festival - Level 3

Sources
  • http://koreabizwire.com/s-koreas-lantern-lighting-fest-listed-as-unesco-intangible-cultural-heritage/177167
  • http://m.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20201216000210
  • http://world.kbs.co.kr/service/news_view.htm?lang=e&Seq_Code=158327


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. UNESCO gave an award
  2. its list of intangible cultural
  3. Some things that UNESCO
  4. we can
  5. If something is
  6. Korea's Lotus Lantern
  7. a method for weaving
  8. examples of intangible
  1. heritage
  2. adds to its list
  3. intangible
  4. Festival
  5. to a festival
  6. touch them
  7. baskets
  8. heritage

Paragraph 2

  1. It symbolizes light
  2. The festival dates
  3. There was a temple
  4. royals visited to
  5. people decorate
  6. lanterns made of
  7. a cultural
  8. loved by people
  1. in 57BC
  2. paper and bamboo
  3. around the world
  4. back 2,000 years
  5. heritage
  6. temples
  7. and fairness
  8. see lotus lanterns

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

UNESCO (1) _____________________ to a festival. It added South Korea's Lotus Lantern Festival to (2) ___________________ intangible cultural heritage. Some things that UNESCO (3) _____________________ list are tangible - meaning we (4) _____________________. Examples are the Pyramids in Egypt. If something is intangible, (5) _____________________ it. Events like South Korea's Lotus Lantern Festival, a dance or a method for weaving (6) _____________________ of intangible heritage.

The South Korean festival celebrates Buddha's birthday. It (7) _________________ fairness. The festival dates back 2,000 years. There was (8) _____________________ 57BC that royals visited to (9) _____________________. Today, people decorate temples with lanterns made of paper and bamboo. Towns hold parades where people carry lanterns (10) _________________. A spokesperson said: "We will (11) _____________________ the festival a cultural heritage that (12) _________________ by people around the world."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

UNESCOgaveanawardtoafestival.ItaddedSouthKorea'sLotusLanter
nFestivaltoitslistofintangibleculturalheritage.SomethingsthatUNES
COaddstoitslistaretangible-meaningwecantouchthem.Examplesar
ethePyramidsinEgypt.Ifsomethingisintangible,wecannottouchit.Ev
entslikeSouthKorea'sLotusLanternFestival,adanceoramethodforwe
avingbasketsareexamplesofintangibleheritage.TheSouthKoreanfes
tivalcelebratesBuddha'sbirthday.Itsymbolizeslightandfairness.Thef
estivaldatesback2,000years.Therewasatemplein57BCthatroyalsvis
itedtoseelotuslanterns.Today,peopledecoratetempleswithlanterns
madeofpaperandbamboo.Townsholdparadeswherepeoplecarrylant
ernsthroughthestreets.Aspokespersonsaid:"Wewilltrytomakethefe
stivalaculturalheritagethatcanbelovedbypeoplearoundtheworld."

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

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Free writing

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