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THE LESSON ON HUGO CHAVEZ

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Hugo Chavez served as President of Venezuela from 1998 until 2013. He was very popular in his country and was re-elected twice. His policies focused on helping the poor in his country. He used the nation’s oil wealth to fight poverty and illiteracy. He was strongly in favour of Latin American integration and was a fierce opponent of the USA.

Chavez was born in 1954 in a mud hut. Both of his parents were schoolteachers but his family was very poor. He was sent to live with his grandmother in the big city so he could go to school. When he was 17, he enrolled at the Venezuelan Academy of Military Sciences. He graduated in 1975 with a degree in Military Arts and Science.

Chavez's military career lasted 17 years, during which he held several teaching positions. He was a very passionate teacher and frequently criticized Venezuela’s government. He developed a political belief called "Bolivarianism", which was influenced by the thought of the Venezuelan revolutionary Simon Bolivar, and Karl Marx. This shaped his later ideas about helping the people of Venezuela.

In 1992, Chavez attempted a coup to take control of Caracas. He failed but was elevated as a national hero. In 1998 he won the presidential election with 56% of the votes. He introduced major social reforms and nationalized many industries. He also gave land back to Venezuela’s poor and introduced free health care and education. He died from respiratoty problems on March 6th, 2013, aged 58. Chavez remains a popular figure throughout South America.

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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1.

focus

a.

moneyless

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in favour of

b.

shack

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fierce

c.

for

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hut

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centre on

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poor

e.

bachelor’s

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degree

f.

strong


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7.

several

g.

overthrow

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passionate

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important

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shaped

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is still

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coup

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enthusiastic

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major

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formed

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remains

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a number of

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article:

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His policies focused

a.

of the USA

2

He was strongly in favour of

b.

back to Venezuela’s poor

3.

a fierce opponent

c.

social reforms

4.

live with his grandmother

d.

Latin American integration

5.

He graduated in 1975

e.

popular figure

6.

He was a very passionate

f.

in the big city

7.

frequently criticized

g.

teacher

8.

He introduced major

h.

with a degree

9.

He also gave land

i.

on helping the poor

10.

He remains a

j.

Venezuela’s government

LISTENING GAP FILL

Hugo Chavez _____________ President of Venezuela from 1998 until 2013. He was very popular in his country and was _____________. His policies focused on helping the poor in his country. He used the nation’s oil _____________ poverty and illiteracy. He was strongly in favour of Latin American integration and was a _____________ of the USA.

Chavez was born in 1954 in _____________. Both of his parents were schoolteachers but his family was very poor. He was sent to live with his grandmother _____________ so he could go to school. When he was 17, _____________ the Venezuelan Academy of Military Sciences. He graduated in 1975 _____________ in Military Arts and Science.

Chavez's military _____________ 17 years, during which he held several teaching positions. He was a _______________ teacher and frequently criticized Venezuela’s government. He developed a political belief called "Bolivarianism", which was influenced by _____________ the Venezuelan revolutionary Simon Bolivar, and Karl Marx. This _______________ ideas about helping the people of Venezuela.

In 1992, Chavez attempted a _____________ control of Caracas. He failed but was elevated as a national hero. In 1998 he won the presidential election with 56% _____________. He introduced major social reforms and nationalized many industries. Chavez _____________ back to Venezuela’s poor and introduced free health care and education. He died from respiratoty problems on March 6th, 2013, aged 58. _____________ popular figure throughout South America.

CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Hugo Chavez was the President of Venezuela from 1998 until 2013. He was very common / popular in his country and was re-election / re-elected twice. His policies focused on / in helping the poor in his country. He used the nation’s oil wealth to fight poverty and illiteracy. He was strongly in favour for / of Latin American integration and was a fierce opponent of the USA.

Chavez was born in 1954 at / in a mud hut. Both of his parents were schoolteachers but his family was very poor. He was sent / sending to live with his grandmother in the big city so he could go to school. When he was 17, he enrolled / rolled at the Venezuelan Academy of Military Sciences. He graduated in 1975 with a degree on / in Military Arts and Science.

Chavez's military career lasted 17 years, during which / when he held several teaching positions. He was a very passionate teacher and frequently / frequent criticized Venezuela’s government. He developed a political believe / belief called "Bolivarianism", which was influenced by the thought of the Venezuelan revolutionary Simon Bolivar, and Karl Marx. This shaped / shape his later ideas about helping the people of Venezuela.

In 1992, Chavez attempted a coup / soup to take control of Caracas. He failed but was lifted / elevated as a national hero. In 1998 he won the presidential election with 56% of the votes. He introduced major socially / social reforms and nationalized many industries. He also gave land back to Venezuela’s poor and introduced free / freely health care and education. He died from respiratory problems on March 6th, 2013, aged 58. Chavez remains a popular figure throughout South America.

SPELLING

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

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was re-edecetl twice

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fight otpyrve and illiteracy

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a eericf opponent of the USA


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He addregaut in 1975

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Chavez's military ecarer lasted 17 years

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He was a very onesispaat teacher

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He introduced major social efrosrm

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introduced free health care and uocaendit

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He sraeimn a popular figure

PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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at the Venezuelan Academy of Military Sciences. He graduated in 1975 with a degree in Military Arts and Science.

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in favour of Latin American integration and was a fierce opponent of the USA.

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Chavez was born in 1954 in a mud hut. Both of his parents were schoolteachers but his family was very

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poor. He was sent to live with his grandmother in the big city so he could go to school. When he was 17, he enrolled

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Chavez's military career lasted 17 years, during which he held several teaching positions. He was a very passionate

(    )

belief called "Bolivarianism", which was influenced by the thought of the Venezuelan revolutionary Simon Bolivar,

(    )

teacher and frequently criticized Venezuela's government. He developed a political

(    )

in his country and was re-elected twice. His policies focused on helping the poor in his country. He used the nation's oil wealth to fight poverty and illiteracy. He was strongly

( 1 )

Hugo Chavez served as President of Venezuela from 1998 until 2013. He was very popular

(    )

poor and introduced free health care and education. He died from respiratory

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social reforms and nationalized many industries. He also gave land back to Venezuela's

(    )

In 1992, Chavez attempted a coup to take control of Caracas. He failed but was elevated as a national

(    )

problems on March 6th, 2013, aged 58. Chavez remains a popular figure throughout South America.

(    )

and Karl Marx. This shaped his later ideas about helping the people of Venezuela.

(    )

hero. In 1998 he won the presidential election with 56% of the votes. He introduced major

 

SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

of  2013 served   Venezuela   as   from   1998   President   Chavez to

2.

focus   helping   poor   policies   on   the   His

3.

poverty   oil   He   wealth   uses   to   the   fight   nation’s

4.

a   born   mud   in   hut   1954   Chavez   in   was

5.

sent   was   He   city   big   the   in   grandmother   his   with   live   to

6.

career   military   Chavez's   years   17   lasted

7.

people   ideas   This   about   shaped   helping   his   the   later

8.

of   coup   Caracas   to   Chavez   take   attempted   control   a

9.

Venezuela’s   to   back   land   gave   also   He   poor

10.

popular   a   remains   He   America   South   throughout   figure

HUGO CHAVEZ DISCUSSION

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

1.

What do you know about Hugo Chavez?

2.

Would you like to have met Hugo Chavez?

3.

What would you like to know about Hugo Chavez 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 Hugo Chavez?

2.

What questions would you like to have asked Hugo Chavez?

3.

What would his answers have been to those questions?

4.

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HUGO CHAVEZ SURVEY

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

3. HUGO CHAVEZ POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Hugo Chavez. 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 Hugo Chavez. Include an imaginary interview with experts on him.

Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to a Hugo Chavez expert. Ask him three questions about his life. Give him three of your opinions on him. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your "Hugo Chavez expert" partner(s) will try and answer your questions.

ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

focused

a.

centre on

2

in favour of

b.

for

3.

fierce

c.

strong

4.

hut

d.

shack

5.

poor

e.

moneyless

6.

degree

f.

bachelor’s


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

several

g.

a number of

8.

passionate

h.

enthusiastic

9.

shaped

i.

formed

10.

coup

j.

overthrow

11

major

k

important

12

remains

l

is still

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

His policies focused

a.

on helping the poor

2

He is strongly in favour of

b.

Latin American integration

3.

a fierce opponent

c.

of the USA

4.

live with his grandmother

d.

in the big city

5.

He graduated in 1975

e.

with a degree

6.

He was a very passionate

f.

teacher

7.

frequently criticized

g.

Venezuela’s government

8.

He introduced major

h.

social reforms

9.

He also gave land

i.

back to Venezuela’s poor

10.

He remains a

j.

popular figure

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