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Celebrations and Events

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I. Introduction:

Special events like family get-togethers, barbecues, and weddings form part of our everyday relationships with relatives and friends. Listen to the words below and consult a dictionary if you need a definition. Write a sample sentence for each word to learn how it is used in context. You can use the Internet to find such sentences.

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  1. baby shower
  2. barbecue / cookout
  3. birthday party
  4. dance
  5. family get-together
  6. going-away party
  7. feast
  8. fireworks display
  9. funeral
  10. graduation
  11. parade
  12. picnic
  13. potluck dinner
  14. reception
  15. wedding
  16. welcome party
  • attend a party
  • cancel a get-together
  • hold a reception
  • postpone a dance
  • throw a going-away party

II. Practice: Top
Now, complete the sentences below with the best answer:
1. We're going to throw a ________________ for my brother because he is going overseas for a year to study.

A. paradeB. reception C. going-away party

2. It looks like were going to have to _____________ the cookout until next week because of the weather.

A. postpone B. hold C. throw

3. When you have a ____________ at someone's house in some parts of the United States, you should bring a dish to share with the rest of the people.

A. potluck dinner B. feast C. dance

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III. Follow-Up: Top
Do people in your country have special events and celebrations throughout the year for weddings, graduations, the birth of children, and other special times? If so, who is usually invited, what foods and drink are served, and are there any traditional games that are played on these days? Also, collect information on how such events are celebrated in different countries.

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