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Kim Jong-il was born in 1941 in the Soviet Union. North Korea’s official biographies state his year of birth as 1942 and his birthplace as Korea. He was the leader of North Korea for over a decade. Since Kim was not actually the president, he never had to hold elections to keep power. He died from natural causes in December 2011.

North Koreans learn that a double rainbow over the mountains and a new star in the heavens announced Kim Jong-il’s birth. They are also taught that he was the world’s greatest and kindest ruler. They call him "Dear Leader". It is extremely dangerous for any North Korean to say anything negative about him. He was leader of the world’s fourth largest army.

He spent the first three years of his life in the Soviet Union and was known as Yuri. Official records say he was educated in Pyongyang. Foreign reports claim he went to school in China to escape the Korean War. He was involved in political activities throughout his schooling. At university he studied Marxism, philosophy and military science.

Kim left behind a daughter and three sons, but there is no official information about his marital history. His hobbies included collecting cars and watching movies. He had many luxury Mercedes and over 20,000 videos. His favorite films included the James Bond series. He also loved golf. North Korea’s government reports that Kim got up to four holes-in-one every time he played.

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’?

Paragraphs 1 and 2

 

 

1.

biographies

a.

really

2

state

b.

very

3.

actually

c.

say

4.

announced

d.

life stories

5.

extremely

e.

bad

6.

negative

f.

said

Paragraphs 3 and 4

 

 

7.

official

g.

get away

8.

escape

h.

marriage

9.

schooling

i.

approved

10.

marital

j.

adored

11

films

k

education

12

loved

l

movies

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

1.

North Korea’s official

a.

Kim Jong-il’s birth

2

he never had to hold

b.

every time he played

3.

a new star in the heavens announced

c.

biographies

4.

It is extremely

d.

activities

5.

He was leader of the world’s

e.

elections to keep power

6.

He spent the first three years of

f.

history

7.

He was involved in political

g.

dangerous

8.

marital

h.

his life in the Soviet Union

9.

His hobbies included

i.

fourth largest army

10.

Kim got up to four holes-in-one

j.

collecting cars

LISTENING GAP FILL

Kim Jong-il was born in 1941 in the Soviet Union. North Korea’s ____________________ state his year of birth as 1942 and his birthplace as Korea. He was the leader of North Korea __________________. Since Kim was not actually the president, he __________________ elections to keep power. He died from ____________________ December 2011.

North Koreans learn that a double rainbow over the mountains and __________________ heavens announced Kim Jong-il’s birth. They are also __________________ world’s greatest and kindest ruler. They call him "Dear Leader". It is __________________ for any North Korean to say anything __________________. He was leader of the world’s fourth largest army.

He spent __________________ of his life in the Soviet Union and was known as Yuri. Official records say he was educated in Pyongyang. Foreign reports __________________ school in China to escape the Korean War. He was involved in political activities __________________ schooling. At university he studied Marxism, philosophy __________________.

Kim __________________ daughter and three sons, but there is no official information about his __________________. His hobbies included collecting cars and watching movies. He had many luxury Mercedes and over 20,000 videos. His favorite ___________________ James Bond series. He also loved golf. North Korea’s government reports that Kim got up to __________________ every time he played.

CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Kim Jong-il was birth / born in 1941 in the Soviet Union. North Korea’s official biographies state / states his year of birth as 1942 and his birthplace as Korea. He was the leader of North Korea for over a decade. Since Kim was not actual / actually the president, he never had to hold elections to keep power. He died from natural caused / causes in December 2011.

North Koreans learn that a double rainbow over the mountains and a new star on / in the heavens announced Kim Jong-il’s birth. They are also learned / taught that he was the world’s greatest and kindest ruler. They call him "Dear Leader". It is extremely dangerous / danger for any North Korean to say anything negative about him. He was leader of the world’s forth / fourth largest army.

He spent the first three years of his living / life in the Soviet Union and was known as Yuri. Official record / records say he was educated in Pyongyang. Foreign reports claim he went to school in China to / for escape the Korean War. He was involved in political activities throughout / inside out his schooling. At university he studied Marxism, philosophy and military science.

Kim left / right behind a daughter and three sons, but there is no office / official information about his marital history. His hobbies included collection / collecting cars and watching movies. He had many luxury Mercedes and over 20,000 videos. His favorite films included the James Bond series / serious. He also loved golf. North Korea’s government reports that Kim got up to four holes-in-one every time he played.

SPELLING

These jumbled words are from the text. Spell them correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

facfiloi biographies, however, state his year of birth as 1942

2.

… and his rctiehlbpa as Korea

3.

leader of North Korea for over a aeddce

4.

he never had to hold seelcnoti to keep power

Paragraph 2

5.

a uolebd rainbow over the mountains

6.

a new star in the eaevshn

7.

the world’s greatest and nstdiek ruler

8.

dangerous for any North Korean to say anything evgenait

Paragraph 3

9.

… and was onwkn as Yuri

10.

he was tueeddca in Pyongyang

11.

He was odnvevil in political activities

12.

he studied Marxism, philosophy and military niceecs

Paragraph 4

13.

his aliartm history

14.

His hobbies ieunecld collecting cars

15.

He had many yulrxu Mercedes

16.

the James Bond eisres

PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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He spent the first three years of his life in the Soviet Union and was known as Yuri. Official records

(    )

included the James Bond series. He also loved golf. North Korea’s government

(    )

keep power. He died from natural causes in December 2011.

(    )

reports that Kim got up to four holes-in-one every time he played.

(    )

North Koreans learn that a double rainbow over the mountains and a new star in the

(    )

Kim left behind a daughter and three sons, but there is no official information about his marital history. His hobbies

(    )

in political activities throughout his schooling. At university he studied Marxism, philosophy and military science.

(    )

included collecting cars and watching movies. He had many luxury Mercedes and over 20,000 videos. His favorite films

(    )

his year of birth as 1942 and his birthplace as Korea. He was the leader of North Korea for

( 1 )

Kim Jong-il was born in 1941 in the Soviet Union. North Korea’s official biographies, however, state

(    )

heavens announced Kim Jong-il’s birth. They are also taught that he is the world’s greatest and kindest ruler. They call him "Dear Leader". It is extremely

(    )

over a decade. Since Kim was not actually the president, he never had to hold elections to

(    )

say he was educated in Pyongyang. Foreign reports claim he went to school in China to

(    )

escape the Korean War. He was involved

(    )

dangerous for any North Korean to say anything negative about him. He is leader of the world’s fourth largest army.

SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

official   Korea’s   North   biographies

2.

the   was   He   decade   a   over   for   Korea   North   of   leader

3.

the   over   rainbow   double   a   mountains

4.

is   he   ruler   kindest   and   greatest   world’s   the

5.

anything   him   negative   say   about

6.

three   of   life   first   years   his   the

7.

China   went   Foreign   to   reports   school   claim   in   he

8.

involved   his   in   schooling   political   He   activities   was   throughout

9.

official   history   information   there   about   is   his   no   marital

10.

included   films   favorite   His   series   Bond   James   the

KIM JONG-IL DISCUSSION

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

1.

What do you know about Kim Jong-il?

2.

Would you like to have met Kim Jong-il?

3.

What would you like to know about Kim Jong-il and why?

4.

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5.

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6.

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7.

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8.

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

1.

What did you learn from this text about Kim Jong-il?

2.

What questions would you like to have asked Kim Jong-il?

3.

What would his answers have been to those questions?

4.

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5.

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6.

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7.

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8.

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KIM JONG-IL SURVEY

Write five questions about Kim Jong-il 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.

 

 

 

 

Q.5.

 

 

 

 

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 Kim Jong-il 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 Kim Jong-il. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. KIM JONG-IL POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Kim Jong-il. 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 Kim Jong-il. Include an imaginary interview with his supporters. Write about what he did every day and what he thought 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 a Kim Jong-il expert. Ask him/her three questions about him. Give him three suggestions on how he could have done things differently. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your “Kim Jong-il expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.

ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2

 

 

1.

biographies

a.

life stories

2

state

b.

say

3.

actually

c.

really

4.

announced

d.

said

5.

extremely

e.

very

6.

negative

f.

bad

Paragraphs 3 and 4

 

 

7.

official

g.

approved

8.

escape

h.

get away

9.

schooling

i.

education

10.

marital

j.

marriage

11

films

k

movies

12

loved

l

adored

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

North Korea’s official

a.

biographies

2

he never had to hold

b.

elections to keep power

3.

a new star in the heavens announced

c.

Kim Jong-il’s birth

4.

It is extremely

d.

dangerous

5.

He was leader of the world’s

e.

fourth largest army

6.

He spent the first three years of

f.

his life in the Soviet Union

7.

He was involved in political

g.

activities

8.

marital

h.

history

9.

His hobbies included

i.

collecting cars

10.

Kim got up to four holes-in-one

j.

every time he played

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