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Icebreaker

Village Heroes

Level: Intermediate and above.

Language Aims: To practice reading for understanding, to practice asking and answering questions.

Time: 20 minutes

Preparation: Make copies of the worksheets for Students A and B so that each student in a pair will have either a Student A. or Student B. worksheet.

Procedure: Part One

1. Give half of the students in your class the Student A1 Worksheet, the other half the Student B1 Worksheet. Ask the As to sit together and the Bs to sit together.

2. Ask students to read through their worksheet about Brendan Quinn. (You may like to discourage them from using dictionaries.) and then ask them to look at the parts of the text that have gaps. They should think about what questions they will ask using the word prompts in the brackets. (Please note: some questions have already been made, others the students will have to complete). You may like to preteach some of the key vocabulary or encourage students to make guesses about what words mean using the context of the vocabulary to help them.

3. When everyone has had enough time, ask students to find a partner with someone with the other worksheet. Then ask students to sit in their pairs facing each other over a desk or table.

4. Students ask their partner questions to find the words that go in each gap. They answer their partner's questions. Their aim is to complete their worksheet with the correct information.

Procedure: Part Two

1. Give half of the students in your class the Student A2 Worksheet. Ask them to complete as much of the table about Neil Kerfoot as they can from their text.  Remind them that they can't complete all the answers because they only have part of the text.

2. Pairs of Students A and B work together and ask and answer each other's questions to complete the table about Neil Kerfoot. They should try to form proper questions using the table headings. 


ANSWER KEY:

Answers: A2/B2 Answers

Name:
 Neil Kerfoot
Age: 49
Position in Village by Village: 
CEO
University qualification: Master of Science in Charity Management
Day to Day jobs: looking at a computer, answering emails and asking people for money
What Village by Village does in Ghana:  works with villages to build wells, improve sanitation and give children scholarships
Who works for Village by Village: people interested in volunteering their time and energy to join them for short-term projects
One thing he enjoys about his job: when he visits Ghana and meets the people who have helped them complete projects
Hobbies: 
'his job', walking and hiking
Favorite food: ice-cream
Why he does his job: to reduce the suffering of children born into poverty in remote rural villages
Name of one girl who Village by Village helped: Madwa
What her life was like when they first met her:
 she had no parents and was very wild, often fighting other children
What her life is like now: she goes to school, she is a lot happier and her life is more balanced
Address of Village by Village: 
www.villagebyvillage.org.uk


 

Student Handouts: To Be Given To Students

Worksheet For Student A1:

Brendan Quinn, aged 1._____________________ (How old....?), is the Director of Operations in Ghana for Village by Village, a UK-based charity working in remote rural African villages 3._____________________ (What is the aim of Village by Village?). He was born in England and as a child he wanted to be a policeman. When he left school he studied 5.____________________ (What did he study at,..?) at college and university. He finds his construction studies really help him now because part of Village by Village's work is building village schools in Ghana.

Quinn's job description varies from day to day. His overall responsibility is managing the Village by Village team in Ghana but on any one day he might be 7.________________  (What things does he do...?). He likes the fact that Village by Village makes a difference to people's lives. He chose to work for the charity because he says, "9.______________ (Why did he choose to work for Village by Village?)."

One thing he finds challenging about his job is eating Banku. Banku is a kind of porridge made from maize. It is prepared as a ball of dough that is allowed to ferment for a couple of days and then boiled with water. You pick 11._____________________ (How do you eat..?). It is very thick and so you need to swallow it quickly so that it doesn't get stuck at the back of your throat. 

Quinn's favorite foods are Palak Paneer and garlic naan bread. In his free time he likes reading, 13._____________________ (What does Quinn...?). 

When asked for a story about his work in Ghana he recalls, "There was a boy called David who has severe polio and other problems so that his bones are curved and he can't walk. We were able to find him a 15._____________________ (What was Village by Village able to...?) by partnering with another NGO, therefore enabling him to go to school and be an accepted part of his peer group."


Worksheet For Student A2:

1. Use the text below to complete information about Neil Kerfoot on the table. You will not be able to answer all the questions.

2. Then work with Student B in a pair to share information to help each other complete the table.

Name: _______________________________ Age: _______
Position in Village by Village: ____________________________________________
University Qualification: ________________________________________________
Day to Day jobs: _______________________________________________________
What Village by Village does in Ghana: ____________________________________
______________________________________________________________________
Who works for Village by Village: _________________________________________
One thing he enjoys about his job: ________________________________________
Hobbies: ______________________________________________________________
Favorite food: _________________________________________________________
Why he does his job: ___________________________________________________
Name of one girl who Village by Village helped: _____________________________
What her life was like when they first met her: ______________________________
What her life is like now: ________________________________________________
Address of Village by Village: ____________________________________________

Neil Kerfoot, aged 49, is the CEO of Village by Village. He was born in England and his ambition when he was a child was to be a lecturer in building.  After he left school he went on to do a Master of Science university degree in Charity Management.

As CEO he spends a lot of each day "looking at a computer, answering emails and asking people for money". Village by Village works with villages in Ghana to build wells, improve sanitation and give children scholarships. The organization invites people interested in volunteering their time and energy to join them for short-term projects in Ghana helping on building projects, working in health clinics or acting as sports coaches to children who are crazy about football. Kerfoot says "I really enjoy it when I go to Africa to see the results of what we do and meet the people who help us make things better." (Continued/...)

 


Worksheet For Student B1:

Brendan Quinn, aged 42, is the Director of Operations in 2._______________ (In what country does he work for Village by Village?) for Village by Village, a UK-based charity working in remote rural African villages to decrease the suffering of children in poverty.

He was born in England and as a child he wanted to be a 4._____________________ (What did he want to be when he...?). When he left school he studied construction management at college and university. He finds his construction studies really help him now because 6._____________________ (Why does he find his university studies help him now?).

Quinn's job description varies from day to day. His overall responsibility is managing the Village by Village team in Ghana but on any one day he might be working on fund raising, mixing concrete or driving land rovers. He likes the fact that Village by Village 8.________________ (What is one thing he likes about Village by Village's work?). He chose to work for the charity because he says, "it gives me a chance to be part of a solution, not the problem."

One thing he finds challenging about his job is eating Banku. Banku is a kind of 10.____________________ (What is...?). It is prepared as a ball of dough that is allowed to ferment for a couple of days and then boiled with water. You pick it up with your hand, dip it in soup and then eat it. It is very thick and so you need to swallow it quickly so that it doesn't get stuck at the back of your throat. 

Quinn's favorite foods are 12.__________________ (What are..?). In his free time he likes reading, playing the guitar and listening to music. 

When asked for a story about his work in Ghana he recalls, "There was a boy called 14._____________________ (What was the name...?) who has severe polio and other problems so that his bones are curved and he can't walk. We were able to find him a  wheelchair by partnering with another NGO, therefore enabling him to 16.____________________ (What did this help him do?) and be an accepted part of his peer group."


Worksheet For Student B2:

1. Use the text below to complete information about Neil Kerfoot on the table. You will not be able to answer all the questions.

2. Then work with Student B in a pair to share information to help each other complete the table.

Name: _______________________________ Age: _______
Position in Village by Village: ___________________________________________
University Qualification: _______________________________________________
Day to Day jobs: ______________________________________________________
What Village by Village does in Ghana: ___________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
Who works for Village by Village: ________________________________________
One thing he enjoys about his job: _______________________________________
Hobbies: ____________________________________________________________
Favorite food: ________________________________________________________
Why he does his job: __________________________________________________
Name of one girl who Village by Village helped: ____________________________
What her life was like when they first met her: _____________________________
What her life is like now: _______________________________________________
Address of Village by Village: ___________________________________________

(/Continued) Kerfoot says he doesn't have hobbies at the moment; "My job is my hobby," but says when he does have time, he likes walking and hiking. His favorite food is ice-cream. He is choosing to work in Ghana to reduce the suffering of children born into poverty in remote rural villages.

One special memory for him was helping a girl called Madwa. "She now goes to school because we arranged for her to have a pair of shoes. Both her parents died or left and she was very wild, always fighting the other children. She didn't have any real structure in her life. Now 8 years later she is a lot happier and more balanced."

His message to people who like the sound of what Village by Village does: If you would like to go to Africa and support the charity Village by Village, please go to:www.villagebyvillage.org.uk


 

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