The Reading / Listening - Level 3

A very scary slide has opened to the public in Los Angeles. Slides are usually seen in children's parks, but the scary Skyslide is on the outside of a building, 70 stories high. To make it scarier, the Skyslide is made of glass, which is just 3 cm thick. People who go on it have to look down at the street 300 metres below them. It is part of the U.S. Bank Tower in downtown L.A. It cost $3.5 million to build. The slide starts at the 70th floor and goes down one story to the 69th floor. It is only 15 metres from start to finish and takes about five seconds to get from top to bottom. Riders must sit on a special safety mat and push themselves out of a window. Only one person can go on it at a time.



The president of the company that owns the building said there were many meetings about what kind of attraction it should have. They wanted something special. The president said: "We have to do something that doesn't exist anywhere else." She said the slide is safe enough to support a school bus filled with people. An L.A. Times reporter spoke about the ride. He said: "The ride takes just a few seconds. Before you can get a really proper scream going, you're launched out onto a safety mat on an outdoor deck on the 69th floor." Tickets to get into the Skyspace area on the 70th floor are $25 for adults and $19 for children aged between 3-12. A ride on the Skyslide costs an additional $8.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Level 0 Level 1   or  Level 2

Sources
  • http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-skyslide-downtown-los-angeles-tourism-20160623-snap-story.html
  • http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-hawthorne-skyslide-20160621-snap-story.html
  • https://www.timeout.com/los-angeles/blog/braving-the-glass-skyslide-at-the-us-bank-towers-skyspace-062316


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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. CITY ATTRACTIONS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about city attractions. Change partners often and share your findings.

2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?

       slide / public / children's parks / downtown / start to finish / special / safety / mat /
       president / meetings / attraction / exist / support / school bus / scream / launched

Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.

3. SLIDES: Students A strongly believe slides are better than stairs; Students B strongly believe stairs are better than slides.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. CHILDREN'S PARKS: How can they be better? Talk about this with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

  • Slides
  • Swings
  • Climbing frames
  • Grassy areas
  • Safety
  • Sports
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5. SCARY: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "scary". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. ATTRACTIONS: Rank these with your partner. Put the best attractions at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Old buildings
  • Shopping malls
  • Parks
  • Amusement parks
  • Scary slides
  • Jetcoasters
  • Art galleries
  • Street performers

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if a-h below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. A slide has opened in a children's park in Los Angeles.     T / F
  2. The glass on the slide is 3 cm thick.     T / F
  3. The glass slide cost $3.5 million to build.     T / F
  4. Only one person can use the slide at a time.     T / F
  5. The building's owners had one meeting to decide to build the slide.     T / F
  6. The slide is strong enough to support a school bus filled with people.     T / F
  7. The ride takes nearly a minute to complete.     T / F
  8. It will cost $25 to go on the slide.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. scary
  2. stories
  3. below
  4. starts
  5. finish
  6. kind
  7. safe
  8. just
  9. proper
  10. additional
  1. secure
  2. begins
  3. floors
  4. sort
  5. extra
  6. frightening
  7. only
  8. end
  9. beneath
  10. real

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. A very scary slide has opened
  2. look down at the street
  3. The slide starts at the 70th floor and
  4. Riders must sit on a special
  5. Only one person can go on it
  6. something that doesn't exist
  7. school
  8. The ride takes
  9. get into the Skyspace area
  10. A ride on the Skyslide costs
  1. safety mat
  2. just a few seconds
  3. at a time
  4. on the 70th floor
  5. 300 metres below them
  6. an additional $8
  7. to the public
  8. anywhere else
  9. goes down one story
  10. bus

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
outside
part
public
finish
time
thick
bottom
floor

A very scary slide has opened to the (1) ____________ in Los Angeles. Slides are usually seen in children's parks, but the scary Skyslide is on the (2) ____________ of a building, 70 stories high. To make it scarier, the Skyslide is made of glass, which is just 3 cm (3) ____________. People who go on it have to look down at the street 300 metres below them. It is (4) ____________ of the U.S. Bank Tower in downtown L.A. It cost $3.5 million to build. The slide starts at the 70th (5) ____________ and goes down one story to the 69th floor. It is only 15 metres from start to            (6) ____________ and takes about five seconds to get from top to (7) ____________. Riders must sit on a special safety mat and push themselves out of a window. Only one person can go on it at a (8) ____________.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
attraction
safety
owns
additional
support
adults
exist
proper

The president of the company that (9) ____________ the building said there were many meetings about what kind of (10) ____________ it should have. They wanted something special. The president said: "We have to do something that doesn't (11) ____________ anywhere else." She said the slide is safe enough to (12) ____________ a school bus filled with people. An L.A. Times reporter spoke about the ride. He said: "The ride takes just a few seconds. Before you can get a really (13) ____________ scream going, you're launched out onto a (14) ____________ mat on an outdoor deck on the 69th floor." Tickets to get into the Skyspace area on the 70th floor are $25 for (15) ____________ and $19 for children aged between 3-12. A ride on the Skyslide costs an (16) ____________ $8.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Skyslide is on the outside of a building, ______
     a.  70 stores height
     b.  70 storied high
     c.  70 stories height
     d.  70 stories high

2)  People who go on it have to look down at the street 300 ______
     a.  metres bellow them
     b.  metres billow them
     c.  metres below them
     d.  metres blow them

3) 15 metres from start to finish and takes about five seconds to get ______
     a.  from tops to bottoms
     b.  from top to bottom
     c.  from tops to bottom
     d.  from top to bottoms

4)  Riders must sit on a special safety mat and push themselves ______
     a.  outer of window
     b.  out off a window
     c.  out of a window
     d.  out of the window

5)  Only one person can go on ______
     a.  it at a time
     b.  it tat a time
     c.  it tatter time
     d.  it at the time

6)  there were many meetings about what kind of ______ have
     a.  attraction it should
     b.  attractions it should
     c.  attractive it should
     d.  a traction it should

7)  We have to do something that doesn't ______ else
     a.  exits anywhere
     b.  exist anywhere
     c.  exit anywhere
     d.  exists anywhere

8)  She said the slide is safe enough to support a school bus ______
     a.  filled within people
     b.  filled without people
     c.  filled wither people
     d.  filled with people

9)  Before you can get a really proper scream going, you're launched out ______
     a.  onto a safe tea mat
     b.  into a safety mat
     c.  onto the safety mat
     d.  onto a safety mat

10)  A ride on the Skyslide costs ______
     a.  an additionally $8
     b.  an add it on all $8
     c.  an addition all $8
     d.  an additional $8

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A very scary slide has opened (1) ___________________ Los Angeles. Slides are usually seen in children's parks, but the scary Skyslide is on the outside of a building, 70 stories high. To (2) ___________________, the Skyslide is made of glass, which (3) ___________________. People who go on it have to look down at the street 300 metres below them. It is part of the U.S. Bank Tower in downtown L.A. It cost $3.5 million to build. The slide starts at the 70th floor (4) ___________________ one story to the 69th floor. It is only 15 metres from start to finish and takes about five (5) ___________________ from top to bottom. Riders must sit on a special safety mat and push themselves out of a window. Only one person can go on (6) ___________________.

The president of the company (7) ___________________ building said there were many meetings about what kind of attraction it should have. They wanted (8) ___________________. The president said: "We have to do something that doesn't exist (9) ___________________." She said the slide is safe enough to support a school bus filled with people. An L.A. Times reporter spoke about the ride. He said: "The ride (10) __________________ seconds. Before you can get a really proper scream going, you're launched out onto a safety (11) ___________________ outdoor deck on the 69th floor." Tickets to get into the Skyspace area on the 70th floor are $25 for adults and $19 for children aged between 3-12. A ride on the Skyslide costs (12) ___________________.

Comprehension questions

  1. In which city did the slide open?
  2. How many stories high is the slide?
  3. What company is located in the building?
  4. How long does the slide ride take from start to finish?
  5. How many people can go on the slide at one time?
  6. Who said there were many meetings about the slide?
  7. What is the slide strong enough to support?
  8. What do people sit on when they go on the slide?
  9. How much does it cost to get to the Skyspace area?
  10. How much extra does it cost to go on the slide once you are on floor 70?




Multiple choice quiz

1) In which city did the slide open?
a) Chicago
b) Los Angeles
c) New York
d) Miami

2) How many stories high is the slide?
a) 17
b) 56
c) 69
d) 70

3) What company is located in the building?
a) the U.S. Bank
b) the L.A. Times
c) Skyslide Inc.
d) Amazon

4) How long does the slide ride take from start to finish?
a) about 15 seconds
b) about 25 seconds
c) about 5 seconds
d) about 50 seconds

5) How many people can go on the slide at one time?
a) 3
b) 1
c) 2
d) 4

6) Who said there were many meetings about the slide?
a) a company president
b) a banker
c) a reporter
d) a maker of slides

7) What is the slide strong enough to support?
a) an earthquake
b) a tank
c) a school bus filled with people
d) 100 people

8) What do people sit on when they go on the slide?
a) a safety mat
b) a roller
c) a special chair
d) a glass tray

9) How much does it cost to get to the Skyspace area?
a) $25
b) $15
c) $55
d) $35

10) How much extra does it cost for the slide once you are on floor 70?
a) $18
b) $28
c) $88
d) $8

Role play

Role A —Scary slides

You think scary slides are the best attraction for a city. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them things that are wrong with their attractions. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): art galleries, shopping malls or old buildings.

Role B —Art galleries

You think art galleries are the best attraction for a city. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them things that are wrong with their attractions. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): scary slides, shopping malls or old buildings.

Role C —Shopping malls

You think shopping malls are the best attraction for a city. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them things that are wrong with their attractions. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): art galleries, scary slides or old buildings.

Role D —Old buildings

You think old buildings are the best attraction for a city. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them things that are wrong with their attractions. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why):  art galleries, shopping malls or scary slides.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'glass'

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  • and 'slide'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • owns
    • special
    • exist
    • few
    • deck
    • additional
    • very
    • just
    • 300
    • part
    • finish
    • time




    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 - Glass slide opens 300 metres above the street

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What springs to mind when you hear the word 'slide'?
    3. What do you think of the Skyslide?
    4. Would you like to go on the slide?
    5. How dangerous do you think the slide is?
    6. What kind of slides do you like?
    7. What do you think of the cost of the slide to build?
    8. Should the slide have been longer?
    9. How scary do you think the ride on the slide is?
    10. What scary things do you like doing?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What other attractions could the building have?
    3. What's your favourite building and why?
    4. Why do people like to do scary things?
    5. What other things can you do in LA?
    6. Where else in the world could you make a good slide?
    7. What do you think of the name Skyslide?
    8. How could you make a slide more exciting?
    9. What do you think of the price of the ride on the slide?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the owner of the slide?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

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

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

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

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    A very scary slide has opened (1) ____ the public in Los Angeles. Slides are usually seen in children's parks, but the scary Skyslide is (2) ____ the outside of a building, 70 stories high. To make it scarier, the Skyslide is made of glass, which is just 3 cm (3) ____. People who go on it have to look down at the street 300 metres (4) ____ them. It is part of the U.S. Bank Tower in downtown L.A. It cost $3.5 million to build. The slide starts at the 70th floor and goes down one story to the 69th floor. It is only 15 metres from start to finish and takes about five seconds to (5) ____ from top to bottom. Riders must sit on a special safety mat and push themselves out of a window. Only one person can go on it at a (6) ____.

    The president of the company that (7) ____ the building said there were many meetings about what kind of (8) ____ it should have. They wanted something special. The president said: "We have to do something that doesn't (9) ____ anywhere else." She said the slide is safe enough to support a school bus (10) ____ with people. An L.A. Times reporter spoke about the ride. He said: "The ride takes just a few seconds. Before you can get a really (11) ____ scream going, you're launched out onto a safety mat on an outdoor deck on the 69th floor." Tickets to get into the Skyspace area on the 70th floor are $25 for adults and $19 for children aged between 3-12. A ride on the Skyslide costs an (12) ____ $8.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     at     (b)     to     (c)     on     (d)     by    
    2. (a)     at     (b)     on     (c)     to     (d)     of    
    3. (a)     thicken     (b)     thickly     (c)     thickness     (d)     thick    
    4. (a)     under     (b)     below     (c)     down     (d)     fall    
    5. (a)     travel     (b)     get     (c)     shift     (d)     journey    
    6. (a)     times     (b)     timing     (c)     time     (d)     timed    
    7. (a)     owners     (b)     owes     (c)     owns     (d)     own    
    8. (a)     contraction     (b)     distraction     (c)     attraction     (d)     inaction    
    9. (a)     consist     (b)     desist     (c)     exits     (d)     exist    
    10. (a)     fills     (b)     filling     (c)     filler     (d)     filled    
    11. (a)     proper     (b)     properly     (c)     prosper     (d)     prop up    
    12. (a)     add     (b)     addition     (c)     additional     (d)     additionally

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (    )     to do something that doesn't exist anywhere else." She said the slide is safe enough to support a school bus

    1  )     A very scary slide has opened to the public in Los Angeles. Slides are usually seen in children's

    (    )     mat on an outdoor deck on the 69th floor." Tickets to get into the Skyspace area on the 70th floor are

    (    )     takes just a few seconds. Before you can get a really proper scream going, you're launched out onto a safety

    (    )     meetings about what kind of attraction it should have. They wanted something special. The president said: "We have

    (    )     seconds to get from top to bottom. Riders must sit on a special safety mat and push

    (    )     parks, but the scary Skyslide is on the outside of a building, 70 stories high. To make it scarier, the Skyslide is made of

    (    )     floor and goes down one story to the 69th floor. It is only 15 metres from start to finish and takes about five

    (    )     $25 for adults and $19 for children aged between 3-12. A ride on the Skyslide costs an additional $8.

    (    )     themselves out of a window. Only one person can go on it at a time.

    (    )     below them. It is part of the U.S. Bank Tower in downtown L.A. It cost $3.5 million to build. The slide starts at the 70th

    (    )     The president of the company that owns the building said there were many

    (    )     glass, which is just 3 cm thick. People who go on it have to look down at the street 300 metres

    (    )     filled with people. An L.A. Times reporter spoke about the ride. He said: "The ride

    Put the words in the right order

    1. glass   is   thick   just  ,  made   The   3   which  of   Skyslide   cm   is   .
    2. street   People   who   go   on   it   have   to   look   down   at   the   .
    3. 70th   floor   and   goes  down   one   story  The   slide  starts  at  the  .
    4. themselves  Riders   must  sit   on   a  special  safety  mat   and  push  .
    5. on   a   one   go   at   Only   can   it   time   person   .
    6. president   owns   of   the   the   building   company   The   that   .
    7. kind   have   of   Meetings   attraction   about   it   what   should   .
    8. doesn't   to   exist   do   anywhere   something   We   that   have   .
    9. school   slide   enough   a   The   safe   support   bus   is   to   .
    10. 8   on   costs   $   ride   Skyslide   additional   A   the   an   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    A very scary / scared slide has opened to the public in Los Angeles. Slides are usual / usually seen in children's parks, but the scary Skyslide is on the outside of a building, 70 stories height / high. To make it scarier, the Skyslide is made of / for glass, which is just 3 cm thick. People who go on it have to look up / down at the street 300 metres below / above them. It is part of the U.S. Bank Tower in downtown L.A. It cost $3.5 million to built / build. The slide starts at the 70th floor and goes down one / once story to the 69th floor. It is only 15 metres from start to finish and takes about five seconds to get from top to bottom. Riders must sat / sit on a special safety mat and push themselves out of a window. Only one person can go on it at a times / time.

    The president of the company that owns / owners the building said there were many / much meetings about what kind of attraction it should have. They wanted something specially / special. The president said: "We have to do something that doesn't exist / exit anywhere else." She said the slide is safe enough to support a school bus fills / filled with people. An L.A. Times reporter spoke / speaking about the ride. He said: "The ride takes just a few / flew seconds. Before you can get a really properly / proper scream going, you're launched out onto a safety mat on an outdoor deck / duck on the 69th floor." Tickets to get into the Skyspace area on the 70th floor are $25 for adults and $19 for children aged between 3-12. A ride on the Skyslide costs an addition / additional $8.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Th_ pr_s_d_nt _f th_ c_mp_ny th_t _wns th_ b__ld_ng s__d th_r_ w_r_ m_ny m__t_ngs _b__t wh_t k_nd _f _ttr_ct__n _t sh__ld h_v_. Th_y w_nt_d s_m_th_ng sp_c__l. Th_ pr_s_d_nt s__d: "W_ h_v_ t_ d_ s_m_th_ng th_t d__sn't _x_st _nywh_r_ _ls_." Sh_ s__d th_ sl_d_ _s s_f_ _n__gh t_ s_pp_rt _ sch__l b_s f_ll_d w_th p__pl_. _n L._. T_m_s r_p_rt_r sp_k_ _b__t th_ r_d_. H_ s__d: "Th_ r_d_ t_k_s j_st _ f_w s_c_nds. B_f_r_ y__ c_n g_t _ r__lly pr_p_r scr__m g__ng, y__'r_ l__nch_d __t _nt_ _ s_f_ty m_t _n _n __td__r d_ck _n th_ 69th fl__r." T_ck_ts t_ g_t _nt_ th_ Skysp_c_ _r__ _n th_ 70th fl__r _r_ $25 f_r _d_lts _nd $19 f_r ch_ldr_n _g_d b_tw__n 3-12. _ r_d_ _n th_ Skysl_d_ c_sts _n _dd_t__n_l $8.

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    a very scary slide has opened to the public in los angeles slides are usually seen in children's parks but the scary skyslide is on the outside of a building 70 stories high to make it scarier the skyslide is made of glass which is just 3 cm thick people who go on it have to look down at the street 300 metres below them it is part of the us bank tower in downtown la it cost $35 million to build the slide starts at the 70th floor and goes down one story to the 69th floor it is only 15 metres from start to finish and takes about five seconds to get from top to bottom riders must sit on a special safety mat and push themselves out of a window only one person can go on it at a time

    the president of the company that owns the building said there were many meetings about what kind of attraction it should have they wanted something special the president said "we have to do something that doesn't exist anywhere else" she said the slide is safe enough to support a school bus filled with people an la times reporter spoke about the ride he said "the ride takes just a few seconds before you can get a really proper scream going you're launched out onto a safety mat on an outdoor deck on the 69th floor" tickets to get into the skyspace area on the 70th floor are $25 for adults and $19 for children aged between 3-12 a ride on the skyslide costs an additional $8

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    AveryscaryslidehasopenedtothepublicinLosAngeles.Slidesareusuall
    yseeninchildren'sparks,butthescarySkyslideisontheoutsideofabuildi
    ng,70storieshigh.Tomakeitscarier,theSkyslideismadeofglass,which
    isjust3cmthick.Peoplewhogoonithavetolookdownatthestreet300me
    tresbelowthem.ItispartoftheU.S.BankTowerindowntownL.A.Itcost$
    3.5milliontobuild.Theslidestartsatthe70thfloorandgoesdownonesto
    rytothe69thfloor.Itisonly15metresfromstarttofinishandtakesaboutf
    ivesecondstogetfromtoptobottom.Ridersmustsitonaspecialsafetym
    atandpushthemselvesoutofawindow.Onlyonepersoncangoonitatati
    me.Thepresidentofthecompanythatownsthebuildingsaidtherewere
    manymeetingsaboutwhatkindofattractionitshouldhave.Theywante
    dsomethingspecial.Thepresidentsaid:"Wehavetodosomethingthatd
    oesn'texistanywhereelse."Shesaidtheslideissafeenoughtosupporta
    schoolbusfilledwithpeople.AnL.A.Timesreporterspokeabouttheride.
    Hesaid:"Theridetakesjustafewseconds.Beforeyoucangetareallypro
    perscreamgoing,you'relaunchedoutontoasafetymatonanoutdoorde
    ckonthe69thfloor."TicketstogetintotheSkyspaceareaonthe70thfloor
    are$25foradultsand$19forchildrenagedbetween3-12.ArideontheSk
    yslidecostsanadditional$8.

    Free writing

    Write about Los Angeles for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    It is crazy to make a $3.5 million slide on a building. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about Los Angeles. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. CITY ATTRACTIONS: Make a poster about city attractions. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. BUILDING SLIDES: Write a magazine article about slides on buildings. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against them.

    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).

    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on city attractions. Ask him/her three questions about what makes a good attraction. Give him/her three of your ideas. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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