The Reading / Listening - Bundesliga - Level 3

A German policewoman, Bibiana Steinhaus, will become the first female to referee in Europe's top leagues. Germany's Bundesliga promoted Ms Steinhaus on Friday. She was a referee in the lower divisions of German football. She is very happy to be Germany's first top-flight female referee. She said: "For us all, it's a dream come true. I'm very much looking forward to the task that awaits me." She also knew that people would be watching her to see how she manages in top-level men's matches. She said: "I am aware that I will be the first female referee in the Bundesliga and will be closely watched by the media". She added: "I'm used to pressure and am convinced I will find my feet quickly in the Bundesliga."



Steinhaus, 38, has a lot of experience as a referee, both in Germany and at international level. She has been refereeing Bundesliga 2 matches since 2011. She also refereed the 2011 women’s World Cup final and the women's gold medal match between Japan and the United States at the London Olympic games in 2012. After she was told about her promotion, she said: "I was quite speechless. I feel disbelief, joy, happiness, relief and curiosity. It was simply a roller-coaster ride of emotions." She added: "It has always been my dream to be a Bundesliga referee. That this dream will come true naturally fills me with joy." Steinhaus will next referee the Women’s Champions League final on June 1st.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Bundesliga - Level 0 Bundesliga - Level 1   or  Bundesliga - Level 2

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/39978823
  • http://www.bundesliga.com/en/news/Bundesliga/bibiana-steinhaus-to-become-bundesliga-s-first-female-referee-444644.jsp
  • http://www.bavarianfootballworks.com/2017/5/20/15668332/bibiana-steinhaus-first-female-referee-bundesliga-history


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Warm-ups

1. FOOTBALL: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about football. 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?

       policewoman / referee / football / happy / dream come true / media / pressure / feet /
       experience / international / final / gold medal / Olympics / roller coaster / emotions

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

3. REFEREES: Students A strongly believe men should referee men and women should referee women; Students B strongly believe anyone can referee anyone.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. EMOTIONS: When have you had these emotions or situations? Complete this table and share what you wrote with your partner(s). Change partners often.

Emotion

When?

Why?

Joy

 

 

Happiness

 

 

Relief

 

 

Speechlessness

 

 

Curiosity

 

 

Disbelief

 

 

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5. DREAM: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "dream". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. FOOTBALL JOBS: Rank these with your partner. Put the most important jobs in football at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • striker
  • goalkeeper
  • club owner
  • captain
  • FIFA boss
  • referee
  • manager / coach
  • scout

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Germany's first female Bundesliga referee is also a policewoman.     T / F
  2. Bibiana was promoted from the lower divisions in Poland.     T / F
  3. Bibiana said becoming a Bundesliga referee was a dream come true.     T / F
  4. Bibiana said she would find her feet quickly in the Bundesliga.     T / F
  5. Bibiana has been refereeing Bundesliga 2 matches since 2001.     T / F
  6. Bibiana refereed women's gold medal game at the London Olympics.     T / F
  7. Bibiana spoke a lot after she was told about her promotion.     T / F
  8. Bibiana first wanted to become a Bundesliga 5 years ago.     T / F

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

  1. female
  2. divisions
  3. dream
  4. task
  5. convinced
  6. experience
  7. matches
  8. speechless
  9. emotions
  10. naturally
  1. skill
  2. job
  3. certain
  4. lost for words
  5. leagues
  6. feelings
  7. woman
  8. of course
  9. ambition
  10. games

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

  1. She was a referee in the lower
  2. I'm very much looking forward to the
  3. closely watched
  4. I'm used to
  5. convinced I will find my
  6. Steinhaus, 38, has a lot of experience
  7. at international
  8. the women's gold
  9. I was quite
  10. this dream will come
  1. speechless
  2. feet quickly
  3. as a referee
  4. task that awaits me
  5. medal match
  6. by the media
  7. divisions
  8. true
  9. pressure
  10. level

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
lower
manages
media
flight
quickly
policewoman
forward
closely

A German (1) ___________, Bibiana Steinhaus, will become the first female to referee in Europe's top leagues. Germany's Bundesliga promoted Ms Steinhaus on Friday. She was a referee in the (2) ____________ divisions of German football. She is very happy to be Germany's first top-(3) ____________ female referee. She said: "For us all, it's a dream come true. I'm very much looking (4) ____________ to the task that awaits me." She also knew that people would be watching her to see how she (5) ____________ in top-level men's matches. She said: "I am aware that I will be the first female referee in the Bundesliga and will be (6) ____________ watched by the (7) ____________ ". She added: "I'm used to pressure and am convinced I will find my feet (8) ____________ in the Bundesliga."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
promotion
since
naturally
medal
final
disbelief
experience
dream

Steinhaus, 38, has a lot of (9) ____________ as a referee, both in Germany and at international level. She has been refereeing Bundesliga 2 matches (10) ____________ 2011. She also refereed the 2011 women’s World Cup final and the women's gold (11) ____________ match between Japan and the United States at the London Olympic games in 2012. After she was told about her (12) ____________, she said: "I was quite speechless. I feel (13) ____________, joy, happiness, relief and curiosity. It was simply a roller-coaster ride of emotions." She added: "It has always been my (14) ____________ to be a Bundesliga referee. That this dream will come true (15) ____________ fills me with joy." Steinhaus will next referee the Women’s Champions League (16) ____________ on June 1st.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Bibiana Steinhaus will become the first female to referee in ______
     a.  Europe's top leagues
     b.  Europe's stop leagues
     c.  Europe's atop leagues
     d.  Europe's topped leagues

2)  I'm very much looking forward to the task ______
     a.  that's await me
     b.  that awaits me
     c.  that's awaits me
     d.  that await me

3)  people would be watching her to see how she manages in top-______
     a.  leveled men's matches
     b.  level's men's matches
     c.  levels men's matches
     d.  level men's matches

4)  I will be the first female referee in the Bundesliga and will be closely ______
     a.  watched by a media
     b.  watched by this media
     c.  watched by the media
     d.  watched by them media

5)  I'm used to pressure and am convinced I will find ______
     a.  my foot quickly
     b.  my feet quickly
     c.  my fleet quickly
     d.  my fate quickly

6)  a lot of experience as a referee, both in Germany and ______
     a.  at internationals level
     b.  at internationalize level
     c.  at internationally level
     d.  at international level

7)  She also refereed the 2011 women’s World Cup final and the women's ______
     a.  gold medal match
     b.  gold metal match
     c.  gold medallion match
     d.  gold medals match

8)  I was quite speechless. I feel disbelief, joy, happiness, relief ______
     a.  and curiously
     b.  and curious city
     c.  and curio city
     d.  and curiosity

9)  It was simply a roller-coaster ride ______."
     a.  of emotions
     b.  off emotions
     c.  of emotion
     d.  off emotion

10)  That this dream will come true naturally ______.
     a.  fills my with joy
     b.  pills me with joys
     c.  fills me with joy
     d.  pills me with joy

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A German policewoman, Bibiana Steinhaus, will become the first female (1) ___________________ Europe's top leagues. Germany's Bundesliga promoted Ms Steinhaus on Friday. She was a referee (2) ___________________ of German football. She is very happy to be Germany's first top-flight female referee. She said: "(3) ___________________ dream come true. I'm very much looking forward to the task that awaits me." (4) ___________________ that people would be watching her to see how she manages in top-level men's matches. She said: "I (5) ___________________ will be the first female referee in the Bundesliga and will be closely watched by the media". She added: "I'm used to pressure and am (6) ___________________ find my feet quickly in the Bundesliga."

Steinhaus, 38, (7) ___________________ experience as a referee, both in Germany (8) ___________________ level. She has been refereeing Bundesliga 2 matches since 2011. She also refereed the 2011 women’s World Cup final and the women's (9) ___________________ between Japan and the United States at the London Olympic games in 2012. After she was told about her promotion, she said: "(10) ___________________. I feel disbelief, joy, happiness, relief and curiosity. It was simply a roller-coaster ride of emotions." She added: "It (11) ___________________ my dream to be a Bundesliga referee. That this dream (12) ___________________ naturally fills me with joy." Steinhaus will next referee the Women’s Champions League final on June 1st.

Comprehension questions

  1. What job does Bibiana have besides being a referee?
  2. Where did Bibiana referee up until now?
  3. Who will be closely watching Bibiana's refereeing?
  4. What did Bibiana say she is used to?
  5. What did Bibiana say she would find quickly?
  6. Since when has Bibiana been refereeing Bundesliga 2 matches?
  7. When did Bibiana referee the women's World Cup final?
  8. Where did Bibiana referee the final at the Olympics?
  9. What did Bibiana say after being told about her promotion?
  10. When will Bibiana referee a big match in Europe?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What job does Bibiana have besides being a referee?
a) teacher
b) lawyer
c) policewoman
d) sports journalist

2) Where did Bibiana referee up until now?
a) in the lower divisions
b) Serie A
c) England
d) Brazil's women's leagues

3) Who will be closely watching Bibiana's refereeing?
a) German's national coach
b) the media
c) the World Referee Group
d) FIFA's boss

4) What did Bibiana say she is used to?
a) giving red cards
b) bad language
c) rain and snow
d) pressure

5) What did Bibiana say she would find quickly?
a) the penalty spot
b) the whistle
c) her feet
d) the ball

6) Since when has Bibiana been refereeing Bundesliga 2 matches?
a) 2012
b) 2011
c) 2010
d) 2014

7) When did Bibiana referee the women's World Cup final?
a) 2014
b) 2013
c) 2012
d) 2011

8) Where did Bibiana referee the final at the Olympics?
a) Rio
b) London
c) Beijing
d) Sydney

9) What did Bibiana say after being told about her promotion?
a) OMG
b) nothing – she was speechless
c) yippee
d) wow, wow, wow

10) When will Bibiana referee a big match in Europe?
a) June 1st
b) May 31st
c) June 14th
d) July 1st

Role play

Role  A – Referee

You think a referee has the most important job in football. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their jobs. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): coach, striker or goalkeeper.

Role  B – Coach

You think a coach has the most important job in football. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their jobs. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): referee, striker or goalkeeper.

Role  C – Striker

You think a striker has the most important job in football. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their jobs. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): coach, referee or goalkeeper.

Role  D – Goalkeeper

You think a goalkeeper has the most important job in football. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their jobs. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why):  coach, striker or referee.

After reading / listening

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

'female'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'referee'.

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • • 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:

    • both
    • since
    • gold
    • simply
    • naturally
    • next
    • top
    • lower
    • us
    • task
    • aware
    • feet




    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 - Europe's top soccer leagues get first female referee

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'football'?
    3. Is football the world's best sport?
    4. How do you think Ms Steinhaus will do?
    5. What will be the most difficult thing for Ms Steinhaus?
    6. What would be a dream come true for you?
    7. What are you very much looking forward to?
    8. What responsibility does Bibiana have as the first female referee?
    9. Why will the media be watching Bibiana closely?
    10. What kind of pressure will Bibiana have?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'pressure'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you have a lot of experience doing?
    5. What are the differences between men's and women's football?
    6. When was the last time you were speechless?
    7. How might men and women referee differently?
    8. How might players act differently with a female referee?
    9. What advice do you have for Bibiana Steinhaus?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Bibiana Steinhaus?

    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 German policewoman, Bibiana Steinhaus, will (1) ____ the first female to referee in Europe's top leagues. Germany's Bundesliga promoted Ms Steinhaus on Friday. She was a referee in the (2) ____ divisions of German football. She is very happy to be Germany's first top-(3) ____ female referee. She said: "For us all, it's a dream come true. I'm very much looking forward to the (4) ____ that awaits me." She also knew that people would be watching her to see how she manages in top-level men's matches. She said: "I am aware that I will be the first female referee in the Bundesliga and will be (5) ____ watched by the media". She added: "I'm used to pressure and am convinced I will find my feet (6) ____ in the Bundesliga."

    Steinhaus, 38, has a lot of experience (7) ____ a referee, both in Germany and at international level. She has been refereeing Bundesliga 2 matches since 2011. She also refereed the 2011 women’s World Cup final and the women's (8) ____ medal match between Japan and the United States at the London Olympic games in 2012. After she was told about her promotion, she said: "I was (9) ____ speechless. I feel disbelief, joy, happiness, relief and (10) ____. It was simply a roller-coaster ride of emotions." She added: "It has always been my dream to be a Bundesliga referee. That this dream will come true (11) ____ fills me with joy." Steinhaus will (12) ____ referee the Women’s Champions League final on June 1st.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     becoming     (b)     became     (c)     becomes     (d)     become    
    2. (a)     low blow     (b)     lone     (c)     lowly     (d)     lower    
    3. (a)     flies     (b)     flight     (c)     flying     (d)     fly    
    4. (a)     tsk     (b)     tusk     (c)     task     (d)     tacks    
    5. (a)     closed     (b)     close     (c)     closely     (d)     closing    
    6. (a)     quickly     (b)     quick     (c)     quicken     (d)     quickish    
    7. (a)     has     (b)     as     (c)     is     (d)     was    
    8. (a)     gold     (b)     golden     (c)     golds     (d)     golder    
    9. (a)     quieten     (b)     quite     (c)     quit     (d)     quiet    
    10. (a)     curious     (b)     curiously     (c)     curiosity     (d)     curries    
    11. (a)     natural     (b)     naturals     (c)     naturally     (d)     naturalize    
    12. (a)     post     (b)     then     (c)     after     (d)     next

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    5. a roller-coaster ride of stenimoo
    6. lyruatnla fills me with joy

    Put the text back together

    (    )     aware that I will be the first female referee in the Bundesliga and will be closely watched by the media". She added: "I'm used

    (    )     level. She has been refereeing Bundesliga 2 matches since 2011. She also refereed the 2011 women’s World Cup

    (    )     happiness, relief and curiosity. It was simply a roller-coaster ride of emotions." She added: "It has always been

    (    )     with joy." Steinhaus will next referee the Women’s Champions League final on June 1st.

    (    )     Steinhaus, 38, has a lot of experience as a referee, both in Germany and at international

    1  )     A German policewoman, Bibiana Steinhaus, will become the first female to referee in Europe's top

    (    )     games in 2012. After she was told about her promotion, she said: "I was quite speechless. I feel disbelief, joy,

    (    )     my dream to be a Bundesliga referee. That this dream will come true naturally fills me

    (    )     divisions of German football. She is very happy to be Germany's first top-flight female referee. She said: "For us

    (    )     leagues. Germany's Bundesliga promoted Ms Steinhaus on Friday. She was a referee in the lower

    (    )     to pressure and am convinced I will find my feet quickly in the Bundesliga."

    (    )     all, it's a dream come true. I'm very much looking forward to the task that awaits me." She also knew that

    (    )     final and the women's gold medal match between Japan and the United States at the London Olympic

    (    )     people would be watching her to see how she manages in top-level men's matches. She said: "I am

    Put the words in the right order

    1. referee   The   in   first   Europe's   female   top   to   leagues   .
    2. lower   divisions  of   German  football   She  was   a   referee  in  the   .
    3. first   flight   Happy   Germany's   -   referee   be   top   female   to   .
    4. that  awaits   very   forward  task   I'm  looking   the   me   much   to   .
    5. will   feet   the   I   my   in   Convinced   find   quickly   Bundesliga   .
    6. Cup   the   final   2011   She   women’s   also   World   refereed   .
    7. match   and  The   medal   Japan   US   gold  between  the   women's   .
    8. emotions   simply   -   of   was   roller   ride   It   a   coaster   .
    9. Bundesliga   dream  a   has   my   be  It   been   to   referee   always   .
    10. joy   That  this   dream   will   come  true   naturally   fills   me   with   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    A German policewoman, Bibiana Steinhaus, will become the first female to referee in Europe's atop / top leagues. Germany's Bundesliga promoted Ms Steinhaus on Friday. She was a referee in the lowered / lower divisions of German football. She is very happy to be / been Germany's first top-flight female referee. She said: "For we / us all, it's a dream come true. I'm very much looking forward to the task that waits / awaits me." She also knew that people would be watching she / her to see how she manages in top-level men's matches. She said: "I am aware / awareness that I will be the first female referee in the Bundesliga and will be close / closely watched by the media". She added: "I'm used / use to pressure and am convinced I will find my feet quick / quickly in the Bundesliga."

    Steinhaus, 38, has a lot of / for experience as a referee, both in Germany and at / that international level. She has been refereed / refereeing Bundesliga 2 matches since 2011. She also refereed the 2011 women’s World Cup final / finally and the women's gold medal match between Japan and the United States at the London Olympic games in 2012. After she was told / telling about her promotion, she said: "I was quite speechless. I feel disbelief, joy, happiness, relief and curious / curiosity. It was simply a roller-coaster ride of emotions / emotionally." She added: "It has always been my dream / dreamy to be a Bundesliga referee. That this dream will come true / truth naturally fills me with joy." Steinhaus will next referee the Women’s Champions League final on / in June 1st.

    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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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    a german policewoman bibiana steinhaus will become the first female to referee in europe's top leagues germany's bundesliga promoted ms steinhaus on friday she was a referee in the lower divisions of german football she is very happy to be germany's first top-flight female referee she said "for us all it's a dream come true i'm very much looking forward to the task that awaits me" she also knew that people would be watching her to see how she manages in top-level men's matches she said "i am aware that i will be the first female referee in the bundesliga and will be closely watched by the media" she added "i'm used to pressure and am convinced i will find my feet quickly in the bundesliga"

    steinhaus 38 has a lot of experience as a referee both in germany and at international level she has been refereeing bundesliga 2 matches since 2011 she also refereed the 2011 women’s world cup final and the women's gold medal match between japan and the united states at the london olympic games in 2012 after she was told about her promotion she said "i was quite speechless i feel disbelief joy happiness relief and curiosity it was simply a roller-coaster ride of emotions" she added "it has always been my dream to be a bundesliga referee that this dream will come true naturally fills me with joy" steinhaus will next referee the women’s champions league final on june 1st

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    AGermanpolicewoman,BibianaSteinhaus,willbecomethefirstfemale
    torefereeinEurope'stopleagues.Germany'sBundesligapromotedMsS
    teinhausonFriday.ShewasarefereeinthelowerdivisionsofGermanfoo
    tball.SheisveryhappytobeGermany'sfirsttop-flightfemalereferee.Sh
    esaid:"Forusall,it'sadreamcometrue.I'mverymuchlookingforwardto
    thetaskthatawaitsme."Shealsoknewthatpeoplewouldbewatchinghe
    rtoseehowshemanagesintop-levelmen'smatches.Shesaid:"Iamaw
    arethatIwillbethefirstfemalerefereeintheBundesligaandwillbeclosel
    ywatchedbythemedia".Sheadded:"I'musedtopressureandamconvi
    ncedIwillfindmyfeetquicklyintheBundesliga."Steinhaus,38,hasaloto
    fexperienceasareferee,bothinGermanyandatinternationallevel.She
    hasbeenrefereeingBundesliga2matchessince2011.Shealsorefereed
    the2011women’sWorldCupfinalandthewomen'sgoldmedalmatchbet
    weenJapanandtheUnitedStatesattheLondonOlympicgamesin2012.
    Aftershewastoldaboutherpromotion,shesaid:"Iwasquitespeechless.
    Ifeeldisbelief,joy,happiness,reliefandcuriosity.Itwassimplyaroller-
    coasterrideofemotions."Sheadded:"Ithasalwaysbeenmydreamtobe
    aBundesligareferee.Thatthisdreamwillcometruenaturallyfillsmewit
    hjoy."SteinhauswillnextrefereetheWomen’sChampionsLeaguefinal
    onJune1st.

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    Football (soccer) is the most beautiful and greatest sport in the world. 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 football. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. WOMEN'S FOOTBALL: Make a poster about women's football. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. REFEREEING: Write a magazine article about women refereeing men's games in football. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.

    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 football. Ask him/her three questions about women refereeing men's matches. Give him/her three of your opinions on this. 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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