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Family Vocabulary Exercises

1. Word Practice

Find a photograph of your family. Using a graphics program, label yourself as "Me" and then label the other people in relationship to you (eg "Mother", "Sister", "Brother" etc). This exercise will help you remember the vocabulary you learned. If you are a MyEC member, upload your photo to your My Page.

2. Reading Practice

Read the following birth announcement. Then answer the questions below it.
(Answers are at the bottom of the page.)

Paul and Kerry McDonald would like to welcome their new son Christopher Casey to the clan! Weighing 4.2 kilograms, Chris was born on January 2nd at 3:30pm. He will join sister Rachel, 6 and brother Malcolm, 4 in the McDonald household in Vancouver, Canada. Christopher's proud aunts Kathy McDonald and Sherry Smith were present at his birth. Grandparents, Lisa and Mike Smith were also present. Chris's grandmother in Texas will be arriving soon to meet her new grandson. Cousins Jerry, Fern, and Lindsay can't wait to meet baby Chris too! The proud parents would like to thank all of their extended family for the warm wishes and gifts.
  1. What is Christopher's mother's name?
  2. Who are Christopher's siblings?
  3. How is Kathy McDonald related to the newborn?
  4. Who will be coming to see Chris soon ?
  5. Who is Kathy in relation to Kerry?

3. Writing Practice

A) Create your own birth announcement. You don't have to include all of your family members. Make sure to mention some of your extended relatives. Which family members were present at the time of your birth? If you are a MyEC member, post your birth announcement on your MyEC blog.

B) Create your own English family tree. Add the names of your family members in the correct spots. Or, create a graph, indicating how many siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents you have.

Reading Practice Answers:
  1. Christopher's mother's name is Kerry.
  2. Christopher's siblings are Rachel and Malcolm.
  3. Kathy McDonald is Christopher's aunt.
  4. Chris's grandmother will be coming to see him soon.
  5. Kathy is Kerry's sister-in-law.

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