The Reading / Listening - Parking Restrictions - Level 6

A man in New Zealand has taken road traffic safety into his own hands. For the past 20 years, Russell Taylor has been illegally painting yellow parking-restriction lines on the road outside his house. Mr Taylor told the BBC news agency that the reason for his actions was to improve traffic safety in his neighborhood in the capital, Wellington. He also wanted to protest against gentrification. Mr Taylor said he initially painted the yellow lines after becoming fed up with the local council's lack of interest in following up residents' complaints about road safety. He explained that he had seen numerous accidents and near-collisions on his narrow street and that his actions have made the road safer.



Wellington City Council confirmed it was aware of the road markings and that they would be removed. It pointed out that it was illegal to install "fake traffic devices," such as Taylor's homemade yellow lines. It said: "We're aware of problems and complaints about parking in Holloway Road, and that the fire service had trouble getting to a house fire there in the past year because of parked vehicles." It also said it would be meeting residents to discuss the idea of installing no parking signs. The council added that Mr Taylor would not be prosecuted for his illegal road markings. It said: "Given the glorious and healthy history of civic activism in Holloway Road, we would rather not pick an unnecessary fight."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Parking Restrictions - Level 4  or  Parking Restrictions - Level 5

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40776651
  • http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11897443
  • https://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/national/95282017/Colour-me-bad-Wellington-man-admits-painting-illegal-yellow-lines-on-his-street-for-20-years


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. PARKING RESTRICTIONS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about parking restrictions. 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?

       hands / parking / news agency / traffic safety / capital / gentrification / accidents /
       road markings / devices / complaints / fire service / residents / no parking / history

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

3. NO PARKING: Students A strongly believe cars should not be allowed to park on streets; Students B strongly disagree. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. TRAFFIC SAFETY: How can we deal with these problems? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Problems

Solutions

Illegal parking

 

 

Speeding

 

 

Texting while driving

 

 

Tailgating

 

 

Drink driving

 

 

Seatbelts

 

 

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

6. TRAFFIC: Rank these with your partner. Put the best ways of reducing traffic at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • car-free days
  • underground roads
  • drone cars
  • free bicycles
  • more expensive cars
  • more buses
  • car-free areas
  • car-pooling

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. A man in New Zealand hurt his hands controlling the traffic.     T / F
  2. The man painted red lines outside his house for 20 years.     T / F
  3. The man didn't like the council's lack of interest in road safety.     T / F
  4. The man said he had never seen any accidents on his road.     T / F
  5. Wellington Council said it would not remove the lines the man painted.    T / F
  6. Parked vehicles stopped the fire services from getting to a house.     T / F
  7. The council will meet residents to talk about no parking signs.     T / F
  8. The council will not take any legal action against Russell Taylor.     T / F

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

  1. illegally
  2. improve
  3. protest
  4. fed up
  5. numerous
  6. removed
  7. residents
  8. installing
  9. glorious
  10. unnecessary
  1. sick and tired
  2. wonderful
  3. many
  4. erased
  5. boost
  6. putting in
  7. complain
  8. undesired
  9. unlawfully
  10. citizens

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

  1. taken road traffic safety into
  2. Taylor has been illegally painting yellow
  3. the reason for his actions was to
  4. He also wanted to protest
  5. he had seen numerous accidents
  6. It pointed
  7. We're aware of problems and
  8. It also said it would be meeting
  9. Mr Taylor would not be prosecuted for
  10. we would rather not pick
  1. residents to discuss the idea
  2. improve traffic safety
  3. and near-collisions
  4. an unnecessary fight
  5. parking-restriction lines
  6. his illegal road markings
  7. his own hands
  8. out that it was illegal
  9. against gentrification
  10. complaints

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
lack
past
safer
improve
own
numerous
initially
outside

A man in New Zealand has taken road traffic safety into his (1) ____________ hands. For the (2) ____________ 20 years, Russell Taylor has been illegally painting yellow parking-restriction lines on the road (3) ____________ his house. Mr Taylor told the BBC news agency that the reason for his actions was to (4) ____________ traffic safety in his neighborhood in the capital, Wellington. He also wanted to protest against gentrification. Mr Taylor said he (5) ____________ painted the yellow lines after becoming fed up with the local council's (6) ____________ of interest in following up residents' complaints about road safety. He explained that he had seen (7) ____________ accidents and near-collisions on his narrow street and that his actions have made the road (8) ____________.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
complaints
trouble
fight
signs
fake
glorious
confirmed
vehicles

Wellington City Council (9) ____________ it was aware of the road markings and that they would be removed. It pointed out that it was illegal to install "(10) ____________ traffic devices," such as Taylor's homemade yellow lines. It said: "We're aware of problems and (11) ____________ about parking in Holloway Road, and that the fire service had (12) ____________ getting to a house fire there in the past year because of parked (13) ____________." It also said it would be meeting residents to discuss the idea of installing no parking (14) ____________. The council added that Mr Taylor would not be prosecuted for his illegal road markings. It said: "Given the (15) ____________ and healthy history of civic activism in Holloway Road, we would rather not pick an unnecessary (16) ____________."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  A man in New Zealand has taken road traffic safety ______ hands
     a.  onto his own
     b.  into his own
     c.  in to his own
     d.  unto his own

2)  illegally painting yellow parking-restriction lines on the road ______
     a.  outer side of his house
     b.  out sides his house
     c.  outside this house
     d.  outside his house

3) improve traffic safety in his neighborhood ______, Wellington
     a.  in the capital
     b.  in the capitals
     c.  in the capitalize
     d.  in the cap it all

4) painted the yellow lines after becoming fed up with the local ______ interest
     a.  council slack of
     b.  council's slack of
     c.  council's lack of
     d.  council lack of

5)  He explained that he had seen numerous accidents and ______
     a.  nearly-collisions
     b.  near-collision
     c.  nearly-collision
     d.  near-collisions

6)  confirmed it was aware of the road markings and that they ______
     a.  would being remove
     b.  would be removed
     c.  would be removal
     d.  would been removed

7)  It pointed out that it was illegal to install "______"
     a.  flake traffic devices
     b.  fake traffic device is
     c.  fake trafficked devices
     d.  fake traffic devices

8)  trouble getting to a house fire there in the past year because of ______
     a.  parked vehicles
     b.  parked beer calls
     c.  parked veer calls
     d.  parked via calls

9) it would be meeting residents to discuss the idea of installing ______
     a.  no parking sins
     b.  no parking signals
     c.  no parking sines
     d.  no parking signs

10)  The council added that Mr Taylor would not be prosecuted for his ______ markings
     a.  illegal road
     b.  illegal load
     c.  illegal lode
     d.  illegal rode

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A man in New Zealand has taken road traffic (1) ___________________ own hands. For the past 20 years, Russell Taylor has been illegally painting yellow parking-restriction (2) ___________________ road outside his house. Mr Taylor told the BBC news agency that the reason (3) ___________________ was to improve traffic safety in his neighborhood in the capital, Wellington. He also wanted to protest against gentrification. Mr Taylor said (4) ___________________ the yellow lines after becoming fed up with the local council's (5) ___________________ in following up residents' complaints about road safety. He explained that he had seen numerous accidents and near-(6) ___________________ narrow street and that his actions have made the road safer.

Wellington City Council confirmed it (7) ___________________ the road markings and that they would be removed. It pointed out that it was illegal (8) ___________________ traffic devices," such as Taylor's homemade yellow lines. It said: "(9) ___________________ problems and complaints about parking in Holloway Road, and that the fire service had trouble getting to a house fire (10) ___________________ past year because of parked vehicles." It also said it would be meeting residents to (11) ___________________ of installing no parking signs. The council added that Mr Taylor would not be prosecuted for his illegal road markings. It said: "Given the glorious and healthy history of civic activism in Holloway Road, we would rather (12) ___________________ unnecessary fight."

Comprehension questions

  1. For how long has the man been painting lines in front of his house?
  2. What did the man want to improve in his neighborhood?
  3. In which city did the man live?
  4. How did the man feel about the city's lack of interest in road safety?
  5. How wide is the street on which the man lives?
  6. What did the council say it would do to the lines?
  7. What had trouble reaching a house fire in Holloway Road?
  8. Who will the council be meeting?
  9. What did the council say it would not do to Mr Taylor?
  10. What do the council not want to pick with Mr Holloway?




Multiple choice quiz

1) For how long has the man been painting lines in front of his house?
a) 40 years
b) 30 years
c) 20 years
d) 10 years

2) What did the man want to improve in his neighborhood?
a) traffic safety
b) noise pollution
c) traffic flow
d) commuting

3) In which city did the man live?
a) Christchurch
b) Hamilton
c) Auckland
d) Wellington

4) How did the man feel about the city's lack of interest in road safety?
a) happy
b) fed up
c) bored
d) depressed

5) How wide is the street on which the man lives?
a) fairly wide
b) very wide
c) narrow
d) 3 metres

6) What did the council say it would do to the lines?
a) repaint them
b) remove them
c) extend them
d) change their colour

7) What had trouble reaching a house in Holloway Road?
a) Mr Taylor's family
b) a car mechanic
c) the police
d) the fire service

8) Who will the council be meeting?
a) car owners
b) residents
c) the police
d) Mr Taylor

9) What did the council say it would not do to Mr Taylor?
a) prosecute him
b) help him
c) thank him
d) congratulate him

10) What do the council not want to pick with Mr Holloway?
a) a new road
b) a house
c) a bone
d) a fight

Role play

Role  A – Higher Car Tax

You think higher car tax is the best way to reduce traffic in towns. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ways. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): more buses, underground roads or free bicycles.

Role  B – More Buses

You think more buses is the best way to reduce traffic in towns. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ways. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): higher car tax, underground roads or free bicycles.

Role  C – Underground Roads

You think underground roads is the best way to reduce traffic in towns. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ways. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): more buses, higher car tax or free bicycles.

Role  D – Free Bicycles

You think free bicycles is the best way to reduce traffic in towns. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ways. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why):  more buses, underground roads or higher car tax.

After reading / listening

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

'parking'

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  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'restrictions'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • pointed
    • fake
    • problems
    • trouble
    • discuss
    • civic
    • own
    • outside
    • reason
    • protest
    • fed
    • numerous




    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 - Man paints own 'no parking' lines outside his house

    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 'parking'?
    3. How is parking in your town?
    4. How is road traffic safety in your country?
    5. Is illegal parking a problem in your town?
    6. What do you think of Mr Taylor's actions?
    7. What problems are there in your neighborhood?
    8. What kind of gentrification is there in your town?
    9. What would you complain to your local council about?
    10. What advice do you have for Mr Taylor?

    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 'restriction'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. How can road markings help traffic safety?
    5. Are there too many cars in towns and cities?
    6. What would you like to meet your local council about?
    7. Do you think Mr Taylor should be prosecuted?
    8. How important is civic activism?
    9. How can we make the roads safer?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Mr Taylor?

    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 man in New Zealand has taken road traffic (1) ____ into his own hands. For the past 20 years, Russell Taylor has been (2) ____ painting yellow parking-restriction lines on the road outside his house. Mr Taylor told the BBC news agency that the reason for his actions was to (3) ____ traffic safety in his neighborhood in the capital, Wellington. He also wanted to protest against gentrification. Mr Taylor said he initially painted the yellow lines after (4) ____ fed up with the local council's lack of interest in following (5) ____ residents' complaints about road safety. He explained that he had seen numerous accidents and near-collisions on his (6) ____ street and that his actions have made the road safer.

    Wellington City Council confirmed it was (7) ____ of the road markings and that they would be removed. It pointed out that it was illegal to install "fake traffic devices," (8) ____ as Taylor's homemade yellow lines. It said: "We're aware of problems and complaints about parking in Holloway Road, and that the fire service had trouble (9) ____ to a house fire there in the past year because of parked vehicles." It also said it would be meeting (10) ____ to discuss the idea of installing no parking signs. The council added that Mr Taylor would not be prosecuted (11) ____ his illegal road markings. It said: "Given the glorious and healthy history of civic activism in Holloway Road, we would (12) ____ not pick an unnecessary fight."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     safest     (b)     safety     (c)     safe     (d)     safely    
    2. (a)     legality     (b)     illegally     (c)     legalize     (d)     illegible    
    3. (a)     prove     (b)     reprove     (c)     approve     (d)     improve    
    4. (a)     became     (b)     becoming     (c)     become     (d)     becomes    
    5. (a)     as     (b)     down     (c)     in     (d)     up    
    6. (a)     arrow     (b)     barrow     (c)     narrow     (d)     marrow    
    7. (a)     aware     (b)     beware     (c)     wary     (d)     malware    
    8. (a)     so     (b)     some     (c)     such     (d)     same    
    9. (a)     gets     (b)     got     (c)     get     (d)     getting    
    10. (a)     residents     (b)     residence     (c)     residential     (d)     residences    
    11. (a)     for     (b)     of     (c)     by     (d)     at    
    12. (a)     rather     (b)     prefer     (c)     instead     (d)     instead

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    2. opmvrie traffic safety
    3. he lliyitnai painted the yellow lines
    4. following up residents' lapctonmis
    5. he had seen nmousreu accidents
    6. near-iliosnocls on his narrow street

    Paragraph 2

    1. Wellington City Council rmocnifed it
    2. fake traffic desveci
    3. We're ewaar of problems
    4. parked ciehvesl
    5. Mr Taylor would not be sdeeroctpu
    6. Given the loosugri and healthy history

    Put the text back together

    (    )     vehicles." It also said it would be meeting residents to discuss the idea of installing no parking

    (    )     agency that the reason for his actions was to improve traffic safety in his neighborhood in the

    (    )     near-collisions on his narrow street and that his actions have made the road safer.

    (    )     service had trouble getting to a house fire there in the past year because of parked

    (    )     capital, Wellington. He also wanted to protest against gentrification. Mr Taylor said he initially painted the yellow

    (    )     illegally painting yellow parking-restriction lines on the road outside his house. Mr Taylor told the BBC news

    (    )     homemade yellow lines. It said: "We're aware of problems and complaints about parking in Holloway Road, and that the fire

    (    )     the glorious and healthy history of civic activism in Holloway Road, we would rather not pick an unnecessary fight."

    (    )     lines after becoming fed up with the local council's lack of interest in following up residents'

    (    )     Wellington City Council confirmed it was aware of the road markings and that they would be

    (    )     signs. The council added that Mr Taylor would not be prosecuted for his illegal road markings. It said: "Given

    (    )     removed. It pointed out that it was illegal to install "fake traffic devices," such as Taylor's

    (    )     complaints about road safety. He explained that he had seen numerous accidents and

    (  1  )     A man in New Zealand has taken road traffic safety into his own hands. For the past 20 years, Russell Taylor has been

    Put the words in the right order

    1. safety   has   own   taken   hands   road   A   into   man   his   traffic.
    2. parking  lines  road   yellow   restriction   the   painting   -  on  Illegally.
    3. was   traffic   reason   actions   improve   The   his   to   safety   for.
    4. council's   of   up   interest   with   He   the   became   lack   fed   local.
    5. he   that   seen   accidents   numerous   He   explained   had.
    6. it   that  out   pointed   It  devices  traffic  fake   install  to   illegal  was.
    7. aware   about   complaints   and   We're   of   parking   problems.
    8. discuss   be   the   meeting   idea   residents   It   to   would.
    9. be   his  markings   not   for   road   would   prosecuted   illegal   Taylor.
    10. pick   not   rather   would   We   fight   unnecessary   an.

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    A man in New Zealand has taken road traffic safely / safety into his own hands. For the past / passed 20 years, Russell Taylor has been illegally / illegal painting yellow parking-restriction lines in / on the road outside his house. Mr Taylor told the BBC news agency that the reason for / why his actions was to improve traffic safety in his neighborhood in the capital, Wellington. He also wanted to protest for / against gentrification. Mr Taylor said he initially painted the yellow lines after becoming freed / fed up with the local council's lack of interest in following up / of residents' complaints about road safety. He explained that he had seen numerous / numbers accidents and near-collisions on his narrowly / narrow street and that his actions have made the road safer.

    Wellington City Council confirmed it was aware of / by the road markings and that they would be removal / removed. It pointed out that it was illegal to install / instill "fake traffic devices," such has / as Taylor's homemade yellow lines. It said: "We're aware of problems and complaints / complains about parking in Holloway Road, and that the fire service had trouble / troubled getting to a house fire there in the past year because of parked vehicle / vehicles." It also said it would be meeting residents to discuss the idea of installing no parking signs. The council addition / added that Mr Taylor would not be prosecuted for his illegal road markings. It said: "Taken / Given the glorious and healthy history of civic activism in Holloway Road, we would rather / prefer not pick an unnecessary fight."

    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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    W_ll_ngt_n C_ty C__nc_l c_nf_rm_d _t w_s _w_r_ _f th_ r__d m_rk_ngs _nd th_t th_y w__ld b_ r_m_v_d. _t p__nt_d __t th_t _t w_s _ll_g_l t_ _nst_ll "f_k_ tr_ff_c d_v_c_s", s_ch _s T_yl_r's h_m_m_d_ y_ll_w l_n_s. _t s__d: "W_'r_ _w_r_ _f pr_bl_ms _nd c_mpl__nts _b__t p_rk_ng _n H_ll_w_y R__d, _nd th_t th_ f_r_ s_rv_c_ h_d tr__bl_ g_tt_ng t_ _ h__s_ f_r_ th_r_ _n th_ p_st y__r b_c__s_ _f p_rk_d v_h_cl_s." _t _ls_ s__d _t w__ld b_ m__t_ng r_s_d_nts t_ d_sc_ss th_ _d__ _f _nst_ll_ng n_ p_rk_ng s_gns. Th_ c__nc_l _dd_d th_t Mr T_yl_r w__ld n_t b_ pr_s_c_t_d f_r h_s _ll_g_l r__d m_rk_ngs. _t s__d: "G_v_n th_ gl_r___s _nd h__lthy h_st_ry _f c_v_c _ct_v_sm _n H_ll_w_y R__d, w_ w__ld r_th_r n_t p_ck _n _nn_c_ss_ry f_ght."

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    a man in new zealand has taken road traffic safety into his own hands for the past 20 years russell taylor has been illegally painting yellow parking-restriction lines on the road outside his house mr taylor told the bbc news agency that the reason for his actions was to improve traffic safety in his neighborhood in the capital, Wellington he also wanted to protest against gentrification mr taylor said he initially painted the yellow lines after becoming fed up with the local council's lack of interest in following up residents' complaints about road safety he explained that he had seen numerous accidents and near-collisions on his narrow street and that his actions have made the road safer

    wellington city council confirmed it was aware of the road markings and that they would be removed it pointed out that it was illegal to install "fake traffic devices" such as taylor's homemade yellow lines it said "we're aware of problems and complaints about parking in holloway road and that the fire service had trouble getting to a house fire there in the past year because of parked vehicles" it also said it would be meeting residents to discuss the idea of installing no parking signs the council added that mr taylor would not be prosecuted for his illegal road markings it said "given the glorious and healthy history of civic activism in holloway road we would rather not pick an unnecessary fight"

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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    nstgentrification.MrTaylorsaidheinitiallypaintedtheyellowlinesafter
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    dents'complaintsaboutroadsafety.Heexplainedthathehadseennum
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    rkinginHollowayRoad,andthatthefireservicehadtroublegettingtoaho
    usefirethereinthepastyearbecauseofparkedvehicles."Italsosaiditwo
    uldbemeetingresidentstodiscusstheideaofinstallingnoparkingsigns.
    ThecounciladdedthatMrTaylorwouldnotbeprosecutedforhisillegalro
    admarkings.Itsaid:"Giventhegloriousandhealthyhistoryofcivicactivi
    sminHollowayRoad,wewouldrathernotpickanunnecessaryfight."

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    No one should be allowed to park cars on city streets. 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 parking restrictions. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

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

    4. PARKING RESTRICTIONS: Write a magazine article about parking restrictions. 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 parking restrictions. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to reduce the number of illegally parked cars in the city. 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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