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THE LESSON ON GLORIA ARROYO

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Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was born into a political family in 1947. Her father was president of the Philippines during her teenage years. She is the fourteenth Philippine president and the country's second female president. She has governed her country during very stormy times and has survived many attempts to remove her from office. She is fluent in English, Tagalog and Spanish.

Arroyo’s father became president when she was 14. The family moved into the Malacanang Palace in Manila. She studied economics at university in Washington D.C. where she was a classmate of former US President Bill Clinton. She returned to the Philippines and married her childhood sweetheart. They had three children and then Gloria returned to her studies to get her Master’s degree and Ph.D.

In 1987, she joined the government as Assistant Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry. She entered politics in 1992 and was elected as Senator in the national elections. She wrote or sponsored 55 laws including anti-sexual harassment and indigenous people's rights laws. She became vice president in 1998 but quit in 2000 because of accusations of corruption against President Estrada.

Arroyo became Philippine president in January 2001, on the same day that US President George W. Bush assumed office in the USA. Arroyo outlined her vision of “building a strong republic”. She won the 2004 election by more than a million votes over her nearest rival. She has been praised for making “tough decisions” but is constantly dogged by allegations of corruption.

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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’?

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during

a.

doctorate

2

stormy

b.

expel

3.

remove

c.

relocated

4.

moved

d.

troubled

5.

sweetheart

e.

throughout

6.

Ph.D.

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boyfriend


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7.

entered

g.

resigned

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quit

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claims

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accusations

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opponent

10.

vision

j.

got into

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rival

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troubled

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dogged

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dream

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article:

1.

Arroyo was born

a.

remove her from office

2

She has governed her country

b.

for making “tough decisions”

3.

survived many attempts to

c.

indigenous people's rights laws

4.

she was a classmate of former

d.

during very stormy times

5.

married her

e.

by allegations of corruption

6.

anti-sexual harassment and

f.

into a political family

7.

accusations of

g.

her vision

8.

Arroyo outlined

h.

US President Bill Clinton

9.

She has been praised

i.

childhood sweetheart

10.

constantly dogged

j.

corruption

LISTENING GAP FILL

Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo _____________ political family in 1947. Her father was president of the Philippines during her teenage years. She is the fourteenth Philippine president _____________ second female president. She has governed her country during _____________ and has survived many attempts to remove her from office. _____________ English, Tagalog and Spanish.

Arroyo’s father became president _____________. The family moved into the Malacanang Palace in Manila. She studied economics at university in Washington D.C. _____________ classmate of former US President Bill Clinton. She returned to the Philippines and married _____________ sweetheart. They had three children and then Gloria returned to her studies _________________ degree and Ph.D.

In 1987, _____________ government as Assistant Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry. She entered _____________ and was elected as Senator in the national elections. She wrote or sponsored 55 laws including anti-sexual harassment and indigenous _____________ laws. She became vice president in 1998 _____________ because of accusations of corruption against President Estrada.

Arroyo became Philippine president in January 2001, _____________ that US President George W. Bush _____________ in the USA. Arroyo outlined her vision of “building a strong republic”. She won the 2004 election by more than a million votes _____________ rival. She has been praised for making “tough decisions” but is constantly _____________ allegations of corruption.

CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was born into a politics / political family in 1947. Her father was president of the Philippines during / between her teenage years. She is the fourteenth Philippine president and the country's second female president. She has / was governed her country during very stormy times and has survived many attempts to remove her from desk / office. She is fluent in English, Tagalog and Spanish.

Arroyo’s father became president when she was 14. The family moved into / onto the Malacanang Palace in Manila. She studied economics at university in Washington D.C. where she was a classmate / student of former US President Bill Clinton. She returned to the Philippines and married / marriage her childhood sweetheart. They had three children and then Gloria returned to her students / studies to get her Master’s degree and Ph.D.

In 1987, she joined the government as / was Assistant Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry. She entered political / politics in 1992 and was elected / erected as Senator in the national elections. She wrote or sponsored 55 laws including anti-sexual harassment and indigenous people's rights laws. She became vice president in 1998 but quit in 2000 because of accusations of / with corruption against President Estrada.

Arroyo became Philippine president in January 2001, on the same day that US President George W. Bush assumed / resumed office in the USA. Arroyo outlined her eyesight / vision of “building a strong republic”. She won the 2004 election by more than a million votes over her nearest trivial / rival. She has been praised for making “tough decisions” but is constantly dogged / doggy by allegations of corruption.

SPELLING

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

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born into a llcatpioi family

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during her enegtae years

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survived many stetapmt to remove her from office

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She is tnlfeu in English, Tagalog and Spanish


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The family odvme into the Malacanang Palace

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she was a cmassealt of former US President Bill Clinton

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married her childhood etsatherwe

8.

Gloria ernrdute to her studies


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She edrntee politics in 1992

10.

the national letosecin

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anti-lseuxa harassment

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accusations of tcpruooirn


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13.

George W. Bush amduses office

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outlined her osviin of “building a strong republic”

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her nearest vlria

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making “guhot decisions”

PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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In 1987, she joined the government as Assistant Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry. She entered

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Arroyo’s father became president when she was 14. The family moved into the Malacañang Palace in

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politics in 1992 and was elected as Senator in the national elections. She wrote or sponsored 55 laws including

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in January 2001, on the same day that US President George W. Bush assumed office in the USA. Arroyo outlined her

(    )

 

vision of “building a strong republic”. She won the 2004 election by more than a million votes over her nearest

(    )

 

Manila. She studied economics at university in Washington D.C. where she was a classmate of

1  )

 

Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was born into a political family in 1947. Her father was president of the Philippines during her

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teenage years. She is the fourteenth Philippine president and the country's second female

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sweetheart. They had three children and then Gloria returned to her studies to get her Master’s degree and Ph.D.

(    )

 

president. She has governed her country during very stormy times and has survived many

(    )

 

rival. She has been praised for making “tough decisions” but is constantly dogged by allegations of corruption.

(    )

 

anti-sexual harassment and indigenous people's rights laws. She became vice president in 1998 but quit

(    )

 

US President Bill Clinton. She returned to the Philippines and married her childhood

(    )

 

in 2000 because of accusations of corruption against President Estrada. Arroyo became Philippine president

(    )

 

attempts to remove her from office. She is fluent in English, Tagalog and Spanish.

SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

in   into   1947   a   Arroyo   political   was   family   born

2.

country   She   during   has   very   governed   stormy   her   times

3.

from   her   remove   to   attempts   many   survived   office

4.

Arroyo’s   14   was   she   when   president   became   father

5.

a   Bill   classmate   Clinton   of   she   US   was   President

6.

as   entered   1992   elected   She   in   was   Senator   politics   and

7.

1998   in   became   in   quit   She   president   but   2000   vice

8.

of   Arroyo   building   outlined   a   her   strong   vision   republic

9.

2004   election   by   more   than   a   million   votes   She   won   the

10.

She   decisions   tough   making   for   praised   been   has

GLORIA ARROYO DISCUSSION (Write your questions)

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

1.

What do you know about Gloria Arroyo?

2.

Would you like to meet Gloria Arroyo?

3.

What would you like to know about Gloria Arroyo and why?

4.

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

1.

What did you learn from this text about Gloria Arroyo?

2.

What questions would you like to ask Gloria Arroyo?

3.

What would her answers be to those questions?

4.

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THE GLORIA ARROYO SURVEY

Write five questions about Gloria Arroyo 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.

 

 

 

 

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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 Gloria Arroyo 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 Gloria Arroyo. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. GLORIA ARROYO POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Gloria Arroyo. 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 Gloria Arroyo. 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 Gloria Arroyo. 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 “Gloria Arroyo expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.

ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

during

a.

throughout

2

stormy

b.

troubled

3.

remove

c.

expel

4.

moved

d.

relocated

5.

sweetheart

e.

boyfriend

6.

Ph.D.

f.

doctorate


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

entered

g.

got into

8.

quit

h.

resigned

9.

accusations

i.

claims

10.

vision

j.

dream

11

rival

k

opponent

12

dogged

l

troubled

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

Arroyo was born

a.

into a political family

2

She has governed her country

b.

during very stormy times

3.

survived many attempts to

c.

remove her from office

4.

she was a classmate of former

d.

US President Bill Clinton

5.

married her

e.

childhood sweetheart

6.

anti-sexual harassment and

f.

indigenous people's rights laws

7.

accusations of

g.

corruption

8.

Arroyo outlined

h.

her vision

9.

She has been praised

i.

for making “tough decisions”

10.

constantly dogged

j.

by allegations of corruption

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