The Reading / Listening - Level 0

British people will soon choose to stay in or leave the European Union (EU). It is called Brexit. People have strong feelings about leaving and staying. Many scientists say staying is best for British science. One of them said: "Inside the EU, Britain helps [guide] the biggest scientific powerhouse in the world."



Top British scientist Stephen Hawking said Brexit would be, "a disaster for UK science". Britain would get less research money. British scientists would not work as often with European scientists. However, the campaign group Scientists For Britain says Brexit would be better for British science. It would not harm the UK.

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Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-36505736
  • http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/06/10/13-nobel-laureates-urge-britain-to-stay-in-european-union/
  • http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-eu-science-idUKKCN0YX05C


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. people will soon
  2. People have strong
  3. leaving and
  4. Many
  5. staying is best
  6. One of
  7. Inside
  8. the biggest scientific
  1. for British science
  2. staying
  3. feelings
  4. powerhouse
  5. choose
  6. the EU
  7. scientists
  8. them

Paragraph 2

  1. Top British
  2. Brexit would be
  3. get less research
  4. British scientists
  5. would not work
  6. campaign
  7. better for British
  8. It would not harm
  1. science
  2. as often
  3. the UK
  4. money
  5. scientist
  6. would
  7. a disaster
  8. group

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

British people will soon (1) ___________________ in or leave the European Union (EU). It (2) ___________________. People have (3) ___________________ about leaving and staying. Many scientists say staying (4) ___________________ British science. One of them said: "(5) ___________________, Britain helps [guide] the biggest scientific (6) ___________________ world."

(7) ___________________ scientist Stephen Hawking said Brexit would be, "(8) ___________________ UK science". Britain would (9) ___________________ money. British scientists would not work (10) ___________________ European scientists. However, the (11) ___________________ Scientists For Britain says Brexit would be better for British science. It (12) ___________________ UK.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

BritishpeoplewillsoonchoosetostayinorleavetheEuropeanUnion(EU)
.ItiscalledBrexit.Peoplehavestrongfeelingsaboutleavingandstaying.
ManyscientistssaystayingisbestforBritishscience.Oneofthemsaid:"I
nsidetheEU,Britainhelps[guide]thebiggestscientificpowerhouseinth
eworld."TopBritishscientistStephenHawkingsaidBrexitwouldbe,"adi
sasterforUKscience".Britainwouldgetlessresearchmoney.Britishscie
ntistswouldnotworkasoftenwithEuropeanscientists.However,theca
mpaigngroupScientistsForBritainsaysBrexitwouldbebetterforBritish
science.ItwouldnotharmtheUK.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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Answers

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