The Reading / Listening - Monaco's Millionaires - Level 3

The tiny city-state of Monaco on France's Mediterranean coastline is having problems finding space for rich people. Monaco is less than 2 square kilometers in size and has some of the richest people in the world living there. It is called the playground of the rich and is home to a Formula 1 Grand Prix, a famous casino and a luxury yacht-lined harbor. Over 30 per cent of its 38,000 residents are millionaires. The country is running out of space for more millionaires. House prices are already the highest in the world, with an average price of around $100,000 per square meter. City planners say an estimated 2,700 more millionaires are hoping to move there in the next 10 years.



Monaco's ruler, Prince Albert II, has decided to build more homes in Monaco. He wants to reclaim land from the sea. He has OK'd a $2.1 billion project to fill in 15 acres of the sea with concrete and sand. The project will have a harbor big enough for 30 ships, a landscaped park, a Japanese garden and 120 new waterfront homes for the rich and famous. There will be a huge demand for the new homes. People are attracted by the luxury lifestyle and no income tax. Marine experts are worried the construction will cause great damage to sea life and the environment. The Prince said he cares about the environment. He said important species would be moved to a new artificial reef.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Monaco's Millionaires - Level 0 Monaco's Millionaires - Level 1   or  Monaco's Millionaires - Level 2

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20180206-the-country-running-out-of-space-for-its-millionaires
  • http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5099939/Monaco-s-1-5billion-plan-reclaim-land-sea.html
  • https://www.thenational.ae/world/europe/monaco-builds-into-the-sea-to-attract-more-millionaires-1.677409


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Warm-ups

1. MONACO: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about Monaco. 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?
       tiny / coastline / rich / playground / casino / luxury / millionaire / space / house prices
       ruler / project / sand / garden / demand / income tax / construction / environment
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. MONEY: Students A strongly believe rich people should share their money with poor people; Students B strongly believe they shouldn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. MILLIONAIRE: What are the good things about becoming a millionaire? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Good things

Bad things

Friends

 

 

Hobbies

 

 

Tax

 

 

Job

 

 

Family

 

 

Food

 

 

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5. RICH: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "rich". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. PLAYGROUND: Rank these with your partner. Put the most important things for a millionaires' playground at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • 7-star hotels
  • Casino
  • Opera house
  • Private beaches
  • yacht harbor
  • F1 Grand Prix
  • Jewelry stores
  • Museums

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. tiny a. The line of a country where the sea or ocean meets the land.
      2. coastline b. Great comfort and very expensive living.
      3. playground c. Very, very small.
      4. luxury d. The people who live in a house, town or country.
      5. harbor e. A place where boats and ships can stop and stay, or keep safe from bad weather.
      6. residents f. Made a guess at the amount of something.
      7. estimated g. A place where a particular group of people choose to enjoy themselves.

    Paragraph 2

      8. ruler h. Made or produced by human beings rather than occurring naturally, especially as a copy of something natural.
      9. reclaim i. Made to like something or take an interest in something.
      10. huge j. People who know a lot about a topic or area.
      11. attracted k. A person who controls a country.
      12. experts l. Get something back from somewhere.
      13. species m. A group of living organisms that are of the same type and are similar enough to breed (produce young).
      14. artificial n. Very, very big; enormous.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Monaco is just over 2 square kilometers in size.     T / F
  2. Over half of Monaco's 38,000 residents are millionaires.     T / F
  3. House prices in Monaco are the highest in the world.     T / F
  4. One square meter of property in Monaco can cost $100,000.     T / F
  5. Monaco will spend $2.1 million on reclaiming land from the sea.     T / F
  6. A new harbor will be big enough for 30 ships.     T / F
  7. People in Monaco pay just 5% in income tax.     T / F
  8. Important sea life near Monaco will be relocated to a new reef.     T / F

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

  1. tiny
  2. rich
  3. famous
  4. residents
  5. estimated
  6. ruler
  7. huge
  8. experts
  9. worried
  10. artificial
  1. leader
  2. guessed
  3. specialists
  4. wealthy
  5. concerned
  6. well known
  7. man-made
  8. very small
  9. enormous
  10. inhabitants

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

  1. on France's Mediterranean
  2. It is called the playground
  3. The country is running
  4. an average price of around $100,000
  5. more millionaires are hoping
  6. He wants to reclaim land
  7. 120 new waterfront
  8. People are attracted
  9. cause great damage to sea life
  10. moved to
  1. of the rich
  2. from the sea
  3. to move there
  4. by the luxury lifestyle
  5. coastline
  6. a new artificial reef
  7. and the environment
  8. per square meter
  9. homes
  10. out of space

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
space
average
harbor
next
playground
estimated
coastline
running

The tiny city-state of Monaco on France's Mediterranean (1) ____________ is having problems finding (2) ____________ for rich people. Monaco is less than 2 square kilometers in size and has some of the richest people in the world living there. It is called the (3) ____________ of the rich and is home to a Formula 1 Grand Prix, a famous casino and a luxury yacht-lined (4) ____________. Over 30 per cent of its 38,000 residents are millionaires. The country is (5) ____________ out of space for more millionaires. House prices are already the highest in the world, with an (6) ____________ price of around $100,000 per square meter. City planners say an (7) ____________ 2,700 more millionaires are hoping to move there in the (8) ____________ 10 years.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
project
lifestyle
reclaim
artificial
waterfront
decided
damage
huge

Monaco's ruler, Prince Albert II, has (9) ____________ to build more homes in Monaco. He wants to (10) ____________ land from the sea. He has OK'd a $2.1 billion project to fill in 15 acres of the sea with concrete and sand. The (11) ____________ will have a harbor big enough for 30 ships, a landscaped park, a Japanese garden and 120 new (12) ____________ homes for the rich and famous. There will be a (13) ____________ demand for the new homes. People are attracted by the luxury (14) ____________ and no income tax. Marine experts are worried the construction will cause great (15) ____________ to sea life and the environment. The Prince said he cares about the environment. He said important species would be moved to a new (16) ____________ reef.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  The tiny city-state of Monaco on France's Mediterranean ______
     a.  cost line
     b.  ghost line
     c.  ghost lane
     d.  coastline
2)  Monaco is less than 2 square kilometers in size and has some of the ______
     a.  richest people
     b.  rich test people
     c.  Ritz test people
     d.  britches people
3)  home to a Formula 1 Grand Prix, a famous casino and a luxury yacht-______
     a.  rained harbor
     b.  lined harbor
     c.  rind harbor
     d.  lint harbor
4)  the highest in the world, with an average price of around $100,000 ______
     a.  par square meter
     b.  purr square meter
     c.  pre square meter
     d.  per square meter
5)  an estimated 2,700 more millionaires are hoping to move there in ______ years
     a.  a next 10
     b.  the next 10
     c.  them next 10
     d.  these next 10

6)  He has OK'd a $2.1 billion project to fill in 15 acres of the sea with concrete ______
     a.  and sandy
     b.  end scanned
     c.  end sandy
     d.  and sand
7)  There will be a huge demand for the ______
     a.  new homeless
     b.  news homes
     c.  newly homes
     d.  new homes
8)  People are attracted by the luxury lifestyle and ______ tax
     a.  no income
     b.  not income
     c.  no in come
     d.  no outcome
9)  Marine experts are worried the construction will cause great ______ life
     a.  damage too sea
     b.  damage to scene
     c.  damages to see
     d.  damage to sea
10)  He said important species would be moved to a new ______
     a.  artificially reef
     b.  arty facial reef
     c.  arty fissure reef
     d.  artificial reef

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The tiny city-state of Monaco on France's Mediterranean                            (1) ___________________ problems finding space for rich people. Monaco is less than 2 square kilometers in size and has some of the richest people in the (2) ___________________. It is called the playground of the rich and is home to a Formula 1 Grand Prix, a (3) ___________________ a luxury yacht-lined harbor. Over 30 per cent of its 38,000 residents are millionaires. The country is (4) ___________________ space for more millionaires. House prices are already the highest in the world, with an average price of around $100,000 (5) ___________________. City planners say an estimated 2,700 more millionaires are hoping to move there in the              (6) ___________________.

Monaco's ruler, Prince Albert II, has decided to (7) ___________________ in Monaco. He wants to (8) ___________________ the sea. He has OK'd a $2.1 billion project to fill in 15 acres of the sea with concrete and sand. The project will have a (9) ___________________ for 30 ships, a landscaped park, a Japanese garden and 120 new waterfront homes for the rich and famous. There will be a (10) ___________________ the new homes. People are attracted by the luxury lifestyle and no income tax. Marine experts are worried the construction will (11) ___________________ to sea life and the environment. The Prince said he cares about the environment. He said important species would be moved to a (12) ___________________.

Comprehension questions

  1. What is the size of Monaco?
  2. What kind of playground do some people call Monaco?
  3. How many people live in Monaco?
  4. How much house space would $100,000 buy in Monaco?
  5. How many more millionaires will move to Monaco in the next decade?
  6. How much money will Monaco spend to reclaim an area of sea?
  7. What kind of garden will be created in the reclaimed area of sea?
  8. What do people not have to pay in Monaco?
  9. What will be damaged by building work besides the environment?
  10. Where did the Prince say sea life would be moved to?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What is the size of Monaco?
a) exactly 2 square kilometers
b) less than 2 square kilometers
c) just over 2 square kilometers
d) around 2 square kilometers
2) What kind of playground do some people call Monaco?
a) a money playground
b) a sea playground
c) a high-tech playground
d) a playground for the rich
3) How many people live in Monaco?
a) 32,000
b) 36,000
c) 38,000
d) 37,000
4) How much house space would $100,000 buy in Monaco?
a) one square metre
b) one bedroom
c) two rooms
d) a garage
5) How many more millionaires will move to Monaco in the next decade?
a) 27,000
b) 2,700
c) 7,200
d) 72,000

6) How much money will Monaco spend to reclaim an area of sea?
a) $2.1 billion
b) $1.2 billion
c) $2.1 million
d) $1.2 million
7) What kind of garden will be created in the reclaimed area of sea?
a) a high-tech garden
b) an English country garden
c) a Japanese garden
d) a rose garden
8) What do people not have to pay in Monaco?
a) income tax
b) tips
c) sales tax
d) rent
9) What will be damaged by building work besides the environment?
a) beaches
b) roads
c) cliffs
d) sea life
10) Where did the Prince say sea life would be moved to?
a) Italy
b) France
c) a new reef
d) an aquarium

Role play

Role  A – Yacht Harbor
You think a yacht harbor is the most important thing for a millionaires' playground. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least of these (and why): 7-star hotel, casino or private beach.

Role  B – 7-Star Hotel
You think a 7-star hotel is the most important thing for a millionaires' playground. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least of these (and why): yacht harbor, casino or private beach.

Role  C – Casino
You think a casino is the most important thing for a millionaires' playground. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least of these (and why): 7-star hotel, yacht harbor or private beach.

Role  D – Private Beach
You think a private beach is the most important thing for a millionaires' playground. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least of these (and why):  7-star hotel, casino or yacht harbor.

After reading / listening

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

'city'

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  • and 'state'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • build
    • sand
    • park
    • demand
    • worried
    • cares
    • coastline
    • less
    • home
    • residents
    • highest
    • next




    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 - Monaco running out of space for millionaires

    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 'rich'?
    3. What do you know about Monaco?
    4. What do you think about rich people?
    5. Why is Monaco so popular with rich people?
    6. Would you prefer to live in Monaco or in your town?
    7. What problems might a rich place like Monaco have?
    8. What are house prices in your town like?
    9. How can people become so rich?
    10. What's the first thing you'd buy if you became a millionaire?

    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 'millionaire'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you think being a millionaire would be like?
    5. What problems do you think millionaires have?
    6. What do you think of reclaiming land from the sea?
    7. Would a country reclaim land to build houses for poor people?
    8. Is space for millionaires more important than sea life?
    9. What are the bad things about the project?
    10. What questions would you like to ask a millionaire?

    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)

    The (1) ____ city-state of Monaco on France's Mediterranean coastline is having problems (2) ____ space for rich people. Monaco is less than 2 square kilometers in (3) ____ and has some of the richest people in the world living there. It is called the playground of the rich and is (4) ____ to a Formula 1 Grand Prix, a famous casino and a luxury yacht-lined harbor. Over 30 per cent of its 38,000 residents are millionaires. The country is running (5) ____ of space for more millionaires. House prices are already the highest in the world, with an average price of around $100,000 per square meter. City planners say an (6) ____ 2,700 more millionaires are hoping to move there in the next 10 years.

    Monaco's ruler, Prince Albert II, has (7) ____ to build more homes in Monaco. He wants to reclaim land from the sea. He has OK'd a $2.1 billion project to fill (8) ____ 15 acres of the sea with concrete and sand. The project will have a harbor big enough for 30 ships, a landscaped park, a Japanese garden and 120 new (9) ____ homes for the rich and famous. There will be a huge demand for the new homes. People are attracted (10) ____ the luxury lifestyle and no (11) ____ tax. Marine experts are worried the construction will cause great damage to sea life and the environment. The Prince said he cares about the environment. He said important species would be moved to a new (12) ____ reef.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     tinny     (b)     tint     (c)     tiny     (d)     tinted    
    2. (a)     finding     (b)     finds     (c)     found     (d)     founding    
    3. (a)     size     (b)     space     (c)     amount     (d)     volume    
    4. (a)     home     (b)     house     (c)     residence     (d)     address    
    5. (a)     up     (b)     in     (c)     over     (d)     out    
    6. (a)     estimates     (b)     estimation     (c)     estimate     (d)     estimated    
    7. (a)     decided     (b)     decides     (c)     decider     (d)     decision    
    8. (a)     up     (b)     on     (c)     up     (d)     in    
    9. (a)     waterfront     (b)     watery     (c)     watered     (d)     waters    
    10. (a)     of     (b)     by     (c)     at     (d)     as    
    11. (a)     coming     (b)     income     (c)     come in     (d)     outcome    
    12. (a)     artificial     (b)     article     (c)     artisan     (d)     artillery

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    2. the opardlgnyu of the rich
    3. a rxluuy yacht
    4. 38,000 ienredsst are millionaires
    5. an aevaegr price of around $100,000
    6. an tmisdetae 2,700 more

    Paragraph 2

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    2. There will be a huge enddma
    3. no nmceio tax
    4. great amgeda to sea life
    5. important csesiep would be moved
    6. a new afriitliac reef

    Put the text back together

    (...)  environment. He said important species would be moved to a new artificial reef.
    (...)  estimated 2,700 more millionaires are hoping to move there in the next 10 years.
    (...)  by the luxury lifestyle and no income tax. Marine experts are worried the construction will cause great
    (...)  space for rich people. Monaco is less than 2 square kilometers in size and has some
    (...)  homes for the rich and famous. There will be a huge demand for the new homes. People are attracted
    (...)  millionaires. The country is running out of space for more millionaires. House prices are already
    (...)  damage to sea life and the environment. The Prince said he cares about the
    (...)  casino and a luxury yacht-lined harbor. Over 30 per cent of its 38,000 residents are
    (...)  the highest in the world, with an average price of around $100,000 per square meter. City planners say an
    (...)  enough for 30 ships, a landscaped park, a Japanese garden and 120 new waterfront
    (...)  land from the sea. He has OK'd a $2.1 billion project to fill in 15 acres of the sea with concrete and sand. The project will have a harbor big
    (...)  Monaco's ruler, Prince Albert II, has decided to build more homes in Monaco. He wants to reclaim
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    Put the words in the right order

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    10. move   artificial   reef   .   new   Species   would   to   a

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    Monaco's ruler, Prince Albert II, has decided / decision to build more homes in Monaco. He wants to reclaim land of / from the sea. He has OK'd a $2.1 billion project to fill / filling in 15 acres of the sea with concrete and sand. The project will have a harbor big plenty / enough for 30 ships, a landscaped park, a / the Japanese garden and 120 new waterfront / watery homes for the rich and famous. There will be a huge / hug demand for the new homes. People are attracted by the luxury lifestyle and not / no income tax. Marine experts are worried the construction will cause great damage to sea life and the environmental / environment. The Prince said he cares about the environment. He said important species / specials would be moved to a new artificial reef.

    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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    M_n_c_' s   r_l_r ,   P r_n c_  A l b_r t   I I ,   h_s   d_c_d_d   t_  b__ l d   m_r_  h_m_s  _n   M_n_c_.   H_  w_n t s   t_  r_c l__ m   l_n d   f r_m   t h_  s__ .   H_  h_s   O K ' d _ $ 2 . 1   b_l l__ n   p r_j_c t   t_  f_l l  _n   1 5  _c r_s  _f   t h_  s__   w_t h   c_n c r_t_ _n d   s_n d .   T h_  p r_j_c t   w_l l   h_v__ h_r b_r   b_g  _n__ g h   f_r   3 0   s h_p s , _ l_n d s c_p_d   p_r k , _ J_p_n_s_  g_r d_n  _n d   1 2 0   n_w   w_t_r f r_n t   h_m_s   f_r   t h_  r_c h  _n d   f_m__ s .   T h_r_  w_l l   b__ h_g_  d_m_n d   f_r   t h_  n_w   h_m_s .   P__ p l_ _r_ _t t r_c t_d   b y   t h_  l_x_r y   l_f_s t y l_ _n d   n_ _n c_m_  t_x .   M_r_n_ _x p_r t s  _r_  w_r r__ d   t h_  c_n s t r_c t__ n   w_l l   c__ s_  g r__ t   d_m_g_  t_  s__   l_f_ _n d   t h_ _n v_r_n m_n t .   T h_  P r_n c_  s__ d   h_  c_r_s  _b__ t   t h_ _n v_r_n m_n t .   H_  s__ d  _m p_r t_n t   s p_c__ s   w__ l d   b_  m_v_d   t__ n_w  _r t_f_c__ l   r__ f .

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    the tiny citystate of monaco on frances mediterranean coastline is having problems finding space for rich people monaco is less than 2 square kilometers in size and has some of the richest people in the world living there it is called the playground of the rich and is home to a formula 1 grand prix a famous casino and a luxury yachtlined harbor over 30 per cent of its 38000 residents are millionaires the country is running out of space for more millionaires house prices are already the highest in the world with an average price of around 100000 per square meter city planners say an estimated 2700 more millionaires are hoping to move there in the next 10 years

    monacos ruler prince albert ii has decided to build more homes in monaco he wants to reclaim land from the sea he has okd a 21 billion project to fill in 15 acres of the sea with concrete and sand the project will have a harbor big enough for 30 ships a landscaped park a japanese garden and 120 new waterfront homes for the rich and famous there will be a huge demand for the new homes people are attracted by the luxury lifestyle and no income tax marine experts are worried the construction will cause great damage to sea life and the environment the prince said he cares about the environment he said important species would be moved to a new artificial reef.

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    Thetinycity-stateofMonacoonFrance'sMediterraneancoastlineisha
    vingproblemsfindingspaceforrichpeople.Monacoislessthan2squarek
    ilometersinsizeandhassomeoftherichestpeopleintheworldlivingther
    e.ItiscalledtheplaygroundoftherichandishometoaFormula1GrandPri
    x,afamouscasinoandaluxuryyacht-linedharbor.Over30percentofi
    ts38,000residentsaremillionaires.Thecountryisrunningoutofspacef
    ormoremillionaires.Housepricesarealreadythehighestintheworld,wi
    thanaveragepriceofaround$100,000persquaremeter.Cityplannerss
    ayanestimated2,700moremillionairesarehopingtomovethereinthen
    ext10years.Monaco'sruler,PrinceAlbertII,hasdecidedtobuildmoreho
    mesinMonaco.Hewantstoreclaimlandfromthesea.HehasOK'da$2.1b
    illionprojecttofillin15acresoftheseawithconcreteandsand.Theprojec
    twillhaveaharborbigenoughfor30ships,alandscapedpark,aJapanese
    gardenand120newwaterfronthomesfortherichandfamous.Therewill
    beahugedemandforthenewhomes.Peopleareattractedbytheluxuryli
    festyleandnoincometax.Marineexpertsareworriedtheconstructionwi
    llcausegreatdamagetosealifeandtheenvironment.ThePrincesaidhec
    aresabouttheenvironment.Hesaidimportantspecieswouldbemovedt
    oanewartificialreef.

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    There are too many millionaires in the world. They should share their money. 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 this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. MILLIONAIRES: Make a poster about millionaires. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. MARINE LIFE: Write a magazine article about never taking land from the sea so millionaires can buy another house. 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 millionaires. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on how you can become a millionaire. 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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