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A new trade deal will make technology cheaper. Over 50 countries will end import duties on 200 products over the next four years. The countries signed the deal at the WTO. The products include smartphones, cameras, game consoles and satellites. This will affect $1.3 trillion worth of business - about 7 per cent of world trade.



The deal will be good for shoppers and for companies. The countries worked hard on this deal. It will be very good for smaller companies. The EU hopes more countries will sign in the next few years. It said countries can work together to find answers that will help everyone.

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Sources
  • http://www.pcworld.com/article/2953092/trilliondollar-world-trade-deal-aims-to-make-it-products-cheaper.html
  • http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/27/opinion/a-smart-deal-to-cut-tariffs-on-tech-products.html?_r=0
  • http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2419443/trillion-euro-technology-trade-deal-could-cut-the-cost-of-consoles


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The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

1.

A new trade

a.

at the WTO

2.

make technology

b.

duties

3.

50 countries will end import

c.

worth of business

4.

over the next

d.

smartphones

5.

countries signed the deal

e.

deal

6.

The products include

f.

four years

7.

game

g.

cheaper

8.

This will affect $1.3 trillion

h.

consoles



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

The deal will be good

a.

hard on this deal

2.

The countries worked

b.

will help everyone

3.

It will

c.

companies

4.

smaller

d.

few years

5.

The EU hopes more

e.

together

6.

in the next

f.

countries will sign

7.

countries can work

g.

for shoppers

8.

find answers that

h.

be very good

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

A (1) ___________________ will make technology cheaper. Over 50 countries will end (2) ___________________ 200 products (3) ___________________ four years. The countries signed the deal at the WTO. The (4) ___________________ smartphones, cameras, game (5) ___________________. This will affect $1.3 trillion worth of business - about 7 per cent (6) ______________.

The deal (7) ___________________ shoppers and for companies. The countries worked (8) ___________________ deal. It will be (9) ___________________ smaller companies. The EU hopes more countries (10) ___________________ the next few years. It said countries (11) ___________________ to find answers that (12) ___________________.





PUT A SLASH ( / ) WHERE THE SPACES ARE

Anewtradedealwillmaketechnologycheaper.Over50countrieswillen
dimportdutieson200productsoverthenextfouryears.Thecountriessi
gnedthedealattheWTO.Theproductsincludesmartphones,cameras,g
ameconsolesandsatellites.Thiswillaffect$1.3trillionworthofbusiness
-about7percentofworldtrade.Thedealwillbegoodforshoppersandfo
rcompanies.Thecountriesworkedhardonthisdeal.Itwillbeverygoodfo
rsmallercompanies.TheEUhopesmorecountrieswillsigninthenextfew
years.Itsaidcountriescanworktogethertofindanswersthatwillhelpev
eryone.

WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

Student A: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

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WRITING

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Answers

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