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Module 4

Carnival Reading

Listen to the news broadcast and answer the following questions.
1. If you love to party and are crazy about samba dancing , where could you go in August? 2. When is the Notting Hill Carnival? 3. When does the roots of carnival dates back to? 1. London 2. Every year on the last weekend in August 3. The roots of the carnival date back to 1833 when slavery was abolished.

If you love to party and are crazy about samba dancing , there is only one place to go in August London . Yes, that's right. London . Every year on the last weekend in August, around 1.5 million people go to west London to take part in and enjoy one of the largest street parties in Europe , Notting Hill Carnival. With a colorful procession of dancers, a wide range of music and an atmosphere of fun and celebration, the carnival is not to be missed. The roots of the carnival date back to 1833 when slavery was abolished. In that year the former slaves in Trinidad, a British colony in the Caribbean, took to the streets in celebration for their own carnival party with music, dance and costumes .

Look at the following pictures to learn more about the topic--CARNIVAL.

Word Practice
Match the words in the box with their meanings.

atmosphere confusion costume crowd excitement magic mask mystery tradition

1. a situation where things do not seem well organisedconfusion 2. When you feel this, your heart beats fast. excitement 3. If you wear this, it hides your face and your feelings. mask 4. something you can’t explain mystery 5. a power which doesn’t seem to be natural magic 6. special clothes costume 7. lots of people in the same place crowd 8. A way of doing things passed on from generation to generation tradition 9. the air you breathe, but also the feeling a place gives you
atmosphere

Choose the correct meanings of the words and phrases
1. If you dress up, you put on ___________. a. lots of clothes b. special clothes 2. If you extend something, you make it _________. a. longer b. shorter 3. If you pretend to do something, you __________. a. try to do it b. behave as if you were doing it 4. When a crime is unpunished, the criminal __________ a. has been caught b. hasn’t been caught 5. Firearms are ________ a. guns b. fireworks

Choose the correct meanings of the words and phrases
6. If something is banned, you are ___________. a. allowed b. not allowed 2. If revive something, you _________. a. kill it b. bring it back to life 3. If you are wandering, you are ________ in a particular direction. a. going b. not going

Reading
Skimming:

Read again and match each paragraph with the topic sentences.

Reading
Skimming:

Read the passage and check the topics it mentions.

1. Different carnivals 2. The origins of carnival

3. Special food
4. Carnival in Venice

Para 1:

The meaning of carnival and how it was celebrated in history. People’s general impression of carnival. Carnival in Venice and problem it caused when people celebrated it.

Para 2:

Para 3:

Para 4:

How carnival is celebrated in Venice today. The law about wearing masks. The revival of the tradition of celebrating carnival.

Para 5:

Para 6:

Reading
Scanning:

Complete the sentences with the correct words and phrases.

1. Carnival originates from _________. a. South America b. North America c. Europe
2. It is celebrated _________. a. before Christmas b. between Christmas and Easter c. after Easter

3. At carnival people _________. a. don’t eat b. don’t eat meat c. eat and drink
4.The first carnival in Venice lasted for _________. a. one day b. five days c. forty days

5. In Venice people covered their _______ with masks. a. eyes b. faces c. hair
6. The government of Venice ________the wearing of masks. a. encouraged b. limited c. stopped

7. The original Venice carnival came to an end about ________ years ago. a. 500 b. 200 c. 30 8. The idea to start the carnival again came from________. a. tourists b. students c. the government

Carnival comes from two Latin words, meaning "no more meat". In Europe, where it began, carnival was ___________ followed (follow) by forty days without meat, as people prepared for the Christian festival of Easter. People saw Carnival _____a last as chance to have fun at the end of the winter season. Having (have) fun meant eating, drinking and __________ dressing up.

The most famous carnival in Europe was in Venice. At the beginning, it lasted _____ for just one day. People ate, drank, and wore masks. As time passed, however, the carnival period was extended, so that it began just after Christmas. For weeks on end people walked round the streets wearing _________(wear) masks, doing what they wanted without _________________(recognize). Ordinary people could being recognized to be (be) rich and important ,while famous pretend ______ people could have romantic adventures in secret. Many unpublished crime went ____________ (not punish)

The government realised that wearing masks had become a _______problem. Their use was limited by laws, the first of _______ which dates back to the fourteenth century. Men were not allowed to dress up ______ as women. In later times more laws were ____________ (pass). People who wore passed masks could not carry firearms; and no one could enter a If they broke the church __________ wearing (wear) a mask. ____ laws, they were put into prison for up to two years. At the end of the eighteenth century, masks were banned completely _____________(complete).

organizing They began making masks and __________ (organize) at parties, and threw bits of brightly coloured paper ___ tourists. to enjoy People arrive from all over Europe _________(enjoy) the fun. Hotels are fully booked and the narrow streets are with wonderful costumes. But the spirt of crowded _______ Venice carnival is not quite the same as ___ the great to Rio is music and American carnivals. If the key ___ movement , then in Venice it is the mystery of the mask.


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