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Royal nurse kills herself after prank call (9th December, 2012)

A 46-year-old nurse has killed herself after falling for a prank telephone call. Jacintha Saldanha, a mother of two, connected a telephone call to the nurse who was treating the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton. The caller used a fake accent and said she was the British Queen. It was really a DJ called Mel Greg from an Australian radio station. Ms Saldanha believed it was the Queen and passed the call on to the Duchess' nurse, who gave details of her patient's condition.

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Friends of Jacintha said she felt "very lonely and confused" after making the mistake of connecting the call. She knew it was her mistake. She said she felt sorry that she allowed a prank caller to find out private details of the Duchess of Cambridge. The radio's DJ has been taken off her show. The Sydney radio station, called 2Day FM, has received over 10,000 comments on its Facebook page. Posters are angry at the DJ and the radio station. Some people said the DJ has blood on her hands. Ms Greg is now receiving counseling.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

killed

a.

of two

2

a mother

b.

herself

3.

connected a

c.

accent

4.

fake

d.

station

5.

radio

e.

patient's condition

6.

gave details of her

f.

telephone

Paragraph 2

1.

lonely and

a.

caller

2

connecting

b.

confused

3.

a prank

c.

counseling

4.

received over

d.

the call

5.

protestors are

e.

Facebook page

6.

receiving

f.

angry


LISTENING GAP FILL

A 46-year-old nurse has killed herself after falling for a prank   (1) ____________________. Jacintha Saldanha, a (2) _______________ connected a telephone call to the nurse who (3) _______________________ Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton. (4) The caller used ____________________ and said she was the British Queen. It was (5) ____________ called Mel Greg from an Australian radio station. Ms Saldanha believed it was the Queen and (6) ________________ on to the Duchess' nurse, who gave details of her patient's condition.

Friends of Jacintha said she felt very (7) __________________ after making the mistake of (8) ___________________. She knew it was her mistake. She said she felt sorry that she allowed a  (9) ____________ to find out private details of the Duchess of Cambridge. The radio's DJ has been (10) ________________. The Sydney radio station, called 2Day FM, has received over 10,000   comments on its Facebook page. Posters are (11) __________________ DJ and the radio station. Some people said the DJ has (12) _________________. Ms Greg is now receiving counseling.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

A 46-year-old nurse has killed herself after (1) ____ for a prank (2) ____ call. Jacintha Saldanha, a mother of two, connected a telephone call to the nurse who was (3) ____ the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton. The caller used a (4) ____ accent and said she was the Queen. It was really a DJ called Mel Greg from an Australian radio station. Ms Saldanha (5) ____ it was the Queen and passed the call on to the Duchess' nurse, who gave details of her patient's (6) ____.

Friends of Jacintha said she felt "very lonely and (7) ____ after making the mistake of (8) ____   the call. She knew it was her mistake. She said she felt sorry that she allowed a prank caller to find out (9) ____ details of the Duchess of Cambridge. The radio's DJ has been taken off her show. The Sydney (10) ____ station, called 2Day FM, has received over 10,000 comments on its Facebook page. Posters are (11) ____ at the DJ and the radio station. Some people said the DJ has blood on her hands. Ms Greg is now (12) ____ counseling.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

calling

(b)

falling

(c)

dropping

2.

(a)

smart phone

(b)

computer

(c)

telephone

3.

(a)

treating

(b)

treatment

(c)

treated

4.

(a)

flake

(b)

fake

(c)

fluke

5.

(a)

before

(b)

believed

(c)

belief

6.

(a)

condition

(b)

community

(c)

command

7.

(a)

confused

(b)

condition

(c)

happy

8.

(a)

connection

(b)

join

(c)

connecting

9.

(a)

private

(b)

local

(c)

fantastic

10.

(a)

radio

(b)

television

(c)

hospital

11.

(a)

hungry

(b)

anger

(c)

angry

12

(a)

connecting

(b)

going

(c)

receiving


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

prank hetpolene call.

2.

encecnodt a telephone call

3.

netgairt the Duchess of Cambridge

4.

used a fake enctac

5.

siaAltrnua radio station

6.

details of her patient's iicdnoont

 

Paragraph 2

7.

making the mistake of gnoeitrccr the call

8.

wdalole a prank caller to find out

9.

find out epairvt details

10.

2Day FM evreidec over 10,000 comments

11.

people said the DJ has bodlo on her hands

12.

Ms Greg is now nicegeirv counseling.


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

station. Ms Saldanha believed it was the Queen and passed the call

(    )

taken off her show. The Sydney radio station, called 2Day FM, has received over 10,000

(    )

sorry that she allowed a prank caller to find out private details of the Duchess of Cambridge. The radio's DJ has been

1  )

A 46-year-old nurse has killed herself after falling for a prank telephone call. Jacintha Saldanha, a mother

(    )

the mistake of connecting the call. She knew it was her mistake. She said she felt

(    )

on to the Duchess' nurse, who gave details of her patient's condition.

(    )

accent and said she was the British Queen. It was really a DJ called Mel Greg from an Australian radio

(    )

Friends of Jacintha said she felt "very lonely and confused" after making

(    )

comments on its Facebook page. Posters are angry at the DJ and the radio station. Some people

(    )

of two, connected a telephone call to the nurse who was treating

(    )

the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton. The caller used a fake

(    )

said the DJ has blood on her hands. Ms Greg is now receiving counseling


PUT THE WORDS IN THE RIGHT ORDER

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

1.

-     has     A     year     nurse     herself     -     old     killed     46.    

2.

to     call     telephone     a     Connected     nurse     the.    

3.

caller     a     accent     The     used     fake.    

4.

said     She     Queen     British     the     was     she.    

5.

details     her     condition     Gave     of     patient's.    

6.

felt     lonely     confused     She     very     and.    

7.

mistake     the     Making     call     the     connecting     of.    

8.

a    prank    caller    to    find    out    private    details    She    allowed.    

9.

has     off     DJ     taken     show     radio's     been     her     The.    

10.

the     blood     hands     said     has     her   people    DJ    on     Some.    


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.

________________________________________________________

2.

________________________________________________________

3.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________


WRITING

Write about the British royal family 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. PRANK CALL: Search the Internet and find more information about prank calls. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about this story. Include an imaginary interview with the Duchess of Cambridge. 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 a royal expert. Ask him/her three questions about the British royal family. Give him/her three of your opinions on it. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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