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Band Performance Standard Descriptor Evidence

2 Understand meanings at word, phrase and sentence level. B2 DB1 Acquiring a range of vocabulary by reading texts B2 DB1 E1 Able to acquire a range of vocabulary by identifying: words of the same meaning (synonyms) words opposite in meaning (antonyms) one word for a group of words (hyponyms)

Read the text below and answer the following questions.

GIVING GIFTS
We always give gifts to our parents, friends, siblings, relatives and teachers. We give gifts on occasions like Christmas Day, Chinese New Year, birthdays, birth of newborn, Mothers Day and others. Guidelines in giving gifts Offer gifts in pairs. An even number symbolizes good luck and a good ending When you return a gift from a guest, the gift you give him/her in future must be of greater value than his/hers.

Taboos associated with gifts Never give a handkerchief for it connotes parting with a person forever. To give an umbrella would mean a break-up. Do not give jasmines or plum blossoms to businessmen for jasmines mean business losses and plum blossoms mean bad luck. It is very horrible to give a clock to someone on his birthday for it sounds like burying ones parent. Never give things in pairs to a sick person for nobody wants misfortune twice.

Task: a) Read the words in Box A and match with their exact meaning in Box B.
A 1. siblings 2. associated 3. parting 4. misfortune 5. occasions o o o o o connected leaving mishap events or celebrations brothers and sisters B

b) Find the opposites of the words given. The answers can be found in the reading text above.
reject / refuse beginning past temporary pleasant

: : : : :

Based on the text above, find the words that are related to the hypernyms given below: i. ii. iii. Family Flowers : : _____________, ____________, ______________ _____________, ____________________ _____________, ____________, ______________ _____________, ____________

Celebrations :

Sample Answers Task: a) Read the words in Box A and match with their exact meaning in Box B.
A 1. siblings o connected B

2. associated

leaving

3. parting

mishap

4. misfortune

events or celebrations

5. occasions

brothers and sisters

b) Find the opposites of the words given. The answers can be found in the reading text above
reject / refuse beginning past temporary

offer ending

future forever

pleasant

horrible

c) Based on the text above, find the words that are related to the hypernyms given below: i. ii. iii. Family : Flowers : Celebrations : parents, siblings, relatives jasmines, plum blossoms Christmas Day, Chinese New Year, birthdays, birth of newborn, Mothers Day