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Lebanon Breaks Wine Glass Record (31st October, 2010)

I bet you didn’t know there was a record for the world’s biggest wine glass. Well, there is, and Lebanon just broke it. The previous record was set by a team from Portugal in 1998. Elizabeth Smith, an official from the Guinness Book of World Records, made sure the Lebanese wine glass was the biggest ever in a ceremony at a wine festival in Beirut. She said: "I'm here from London and I'm very proud to announce that Vinifest and Eventions, and Lebanon have created a new Guinness world record for the largest wine glass."

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The record-breaking glass is 2.40 metres high and has a diameter of 1.65 metres. It can hold over 100 bottles of wine. The record attempt was the idea of wine producers from across Lebanon. They wanted to promote Lebanese wine. Many wineries donated bottles of local reds, whites and roses to fill the giant glass. There are no reports of who drank it. Lebanon has also been in the news for setting other food and drink related records. It recently made the world’s biggest bowl of hummus, a chick pea dish, and the biggest tabbouleh.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

I bet you

a.

of World Records

2

The previous record was set by

b.

festival

3.

the Guinness Book

c.

didn’t know

4.

at a wine

d.

proud

5.

I'm very

e.

world record

6.

created a new Guinness

f.

a team from Portugal

 

Paragraph 2

1.

The record-

a.

across Lebanon

2

It can hold over

b.

pea dish

3.

wine producers from

c.

breaking glass

4.

wineries donated bottles

d.

been in the news

5.

Lebanon has also

e.

100 bottles

6.

a chick

f.

of local reds


LISTENING GAP FILL

I ______________________ was a record for the world’s biggest wine glass. Well, there is, and Lebanon just broke it. The previous ______________________ from Portugal in 1998. Elizabeth Smith, ______________________ Guinness Book of World Records, made sure the Lebanese wine glass ______________________ in a ceremony at a wine festival in Beirut. She said: "I'm here from London ______________________ to announce that Vinifest and Eventions, and Lebanon have created a new Guinness world ______________________ wine glass."

The ______________________ 2.40 metres high and has a diameter of 1.65 metres. It ______________________ of wine. The record ______________________ of wine producers from across Lebanon. They wanted to promote Lebanese wine. Many ______________________ of local reds, whites and roses to fill the giant glass. There ______________________ drank it. Lebanon has also been in the news for setting other food and drink related records. It ______________________ biggest bowl of hummus, a chick pea dish, and the biggest tabbouleh.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

I (1) ____ you didn’t know there was a record for the world’s biggest wine glass. Well, there is, and Lebanon just (2) ____ it. The previous record was set by a team from Portugal in 1998. Elizabeth Smith, an (3) ____ from the Guinness Book of World Records, made sure the Lebanese wine glass was the biggest (4) ____ in a ceremony at a wine festival in Beirut. She said: "I'm here from London and I'm very proud (5) ____ announce that Vinifest and Eventions, and Lebanon have (6) ____ a new Guinness world record for the largest wine glass."

The record-(7) ____ glass is 2.40 metres high and has a diameter of 1.65 metres. It can hold over 100 bottles of wine. The record (8) ____ was the idea of wine producers from across Lebanon. They wanted to promote Lebanese wine. Many wineries (9) ____ bottles of local reds, whites and roses to (10) ____ the giant glass. There are no reports of who drank it. Lebanon has also been (11) ____ the news for setting other food and drink related records. It recently made the world’s biggest bowl of hummus, a chick pea (12) ____, and the biggest tabbouleh.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

bit

(b)

but

(c)

bet

2.

(a)

broke

(b)

break

(c)

broken

3.

(a)

offices

(b)

official

(c)

officially

4.

(a)

ever

(b)

even

(c)

never

5.

(a)

at

(b)

by

(c)

to

6.

(a)

creative

(b)

created

(c)

creation

7.

(a)

breaking

(b)

broken

(c)

breaks

8.

(a)

trying

(b)

attempt

(c)

tempting

9.

(a)

donates

(b)

donation

(c)

donated

10.

(a)

fill

(b)

full

(c)

fell

11.

(a)

on

(b)

an

(c)

in

12

(a)

bowl

(b)

dish

(c)

saucer


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

The voiuprse record

2.

Lebanon just okreb it

3.

an lacfoiif

4.

the bigtegs ever

5.

a wine tsfalive

6.

the rtsaelg wine glass

 

Paragraph 2

7.

a mdeieart of 1.65 metres

8.

hold over 100 olttsbe

9.

The record ampettt

10.

producers from srocsa Lebanon

11.

Many wineries ddeonta

12.

It rcytlnee made the world’s biggest bowl


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

World Records, made sure the Lebanese wine glass was the biggest ever in a ceremony at a wine festival in

(    )

bottles of wine. The record attempt was the idea of wine producers from across Lebanon. They wanted

(    )

I bet you didn’t know there was a record for the world’s biggest wine glass. Well, there is, and Lebanon just broke

(    )

it. The previous record was set by a team from Portugal in 1998. Elizabeth Smith, an official from the Guinness Book of

(    )

Beirut. She said: "I'm here from London and I'm very proud to announce that Vinifest and Eventions, and

(    )

The record-breaking glass is 2.40 metres high and has a diameter of 1.65 metres. It can hold over 100

(    )

to promote Lebanese wine. Many wineries donated bottles of local reds, whites and roses to fill the giant

(    )

glass. There are no reports of who drank it. Lebanon has also been in the news for setting other food and

1  )

Lebanon have created a new Guinness world record for the largest wine glass."

(    )

drink related records. It recently made the world’s biggest bowl of hummus, a chick pea dish, and the biggest tabbouleh.


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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

1.

record     bet     know     a     I     didn’t     was     you     there.    

2.

world’s     A     biggest     record     wine     for     glass     the.    

3.

by     previous     a     record     team     was     set     The.     

4.

the     was     glass     wine     Lebanese.     The     ever     biggest

5.

glass     wine     largest     the     for     record     World.    

6.

2.40     high     The     record     metres     -     breaking     glass     is

7.

It     bottles     can     of     hold     wine     over     100.    

8.

across     of     Lebanon     wine     producers     The     from     idea.    

9.

bottles     donated     wineries     Many     reds     local     of.    

10.

biggest    hummus    recently    world’s    of    It    the    bowl    made.   


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

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

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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WRITING

Write about world records 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. WORLD RECORDS: Search the Internet and find more information about world records. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about world records. Include imaginary interviews with the people who made the world record wine glass. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to the boss of the Guinness Book of World Records. Ask him/her three questions about world records. Give him/her three of your opinions on what the best ones are. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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