The Reading / Listening - Denuclearization - Level 6

The leaders of the USA and North Korea are set to meet for the first time ever. A historic summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Supreme Leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un will take place at an as yet undisclosed location by May. The two leaders will discuss North Korea's denuclearization. US Vice-President Mike Pence said American diplomacy had brought North Korea to the negotiating table. He said: "It is evidence that President Trump's strategy to isolate the Kim regime is working." North Korea's ambassador to the UN hailed the "courageous decision" of Mr Kim for bringing about the meeting. He said Kim would help secure "peace and stability in the Korean peninsula and the East Asia region".



World leaders welcomed the upcoming inaugural meeting. Such unprecedented talks seemed unlikely a few months ago, when the two leaders were hurling insults at each other. It could be a sign that one-time enemies could now be "frenemies". South Korea's President Moon Jae-in said the meeting was "like a miracle". He said there would be obstacles ahead, but the talks were a key step towards denuclearization. He added: "The May meeting will be recorded as a historic milestone in achieving peace on the Korean Peninsula." China's President Xi Jinping telephoned Mr Trump to welcome the development. He advised both sides to proceed with caution so as not to impede improving relations.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Denuclearization - Level 4  or  Denuclearization - Level 5

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43345209
  • https://www.wsj.com/articles/china-cautiously-welcomes-trump-kim-summit-1520618342
  • http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20180309000664


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. NUCLEAR WEAPONS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about nuclear weapons. 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?
       leaders / USA / North Korea / historic / summit / denuclearization / diplomacy / peace
       unprecedented / insults / enemies / frenemies / obstacles / milestone / caution
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. DENUCLEARIZATION: Students A strongly believe there will be denuclearization on the Korean Peninsular; Students B strongly believe otherwise.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. TALKS: What should the two leaders talk about, and why? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Talk about

Why?

Small talk

 

 

Power

 

 

Denuclearization

 

 

South Korea

 

 

US forces in Asia

 

 

Future relations

 

 

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5. LEADER: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "leader". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. LOCATION: Rank these with your partner. Put the best place for the two leaders to meet at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Moscow
  • Tahiti
  • Switzerland
  • Tokyo
  • The White House
  • Pyongyang
  • Seoul
  • Beijing

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. set a. Not revealed or made known publicly.
      2. summit b. Prepared and ready.
      3. undisclosed c. The activity or skill of managing international relations, usually by a country's representatives abroad.
      4. diplomacy d. Trying to reach an agreement or compromise by discussion with others.
      5. negotiating e. A meeting between heads of government.
      6. isolate f. Not stopped by danger or pain; brave.
      7. courageous g. Cause a person or place to be or remain alone or apart from others.

    Paragraph 2

      8. inaugural h. Never done or known before.
      9. unprecedented i. Things that block one's way or prevents or hinders progress.
      10. insults j. The first or the beginning of an activity, or period of office.
      11. frenemies k. A disrespectful or abusive remark or action towards another person, culture, country, etc.
      12. obstacles l. An action or event that shows an important change or stage in development.
      13. milestone m. A person with whom one is friendly despite a basic dislike or rivalry.
      14. impede n. Delay or prevent someone or something by stopping them from doing something.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The leaders of the USA and North Korea have never met before.     T / F
  2. The meeting will take place in early June.     T / F
  3. North Korea's leader said Trump's diplomacy brought him to the talks.     T / F
  4. An ambassador said Mr Kim would bring stability to East Asia.     T / F
  5. A few months ago, the two leaders were trading insults.     T / F
  6. It is possible the two leaders could become frenemies.     T / F
  7. South Korea's leader likened the summit to a miracle.     T / F
  8. China's leader advised both sides not to be cautious.     T / F

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

  1. set
  2. location
  3. negotiating
  4. strategy
  5. secure
  6. upcoming
  7. hurling
  8. obstacles
  9. milestone
  10. impede
  1. throwing
  2. plan
  3. landmark
  4. imminent
  5. discussion
  6. hurdles
  7. ready
  8. hinder
  9. obtain
  10. place

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

  1. A historic
  2. brought North Korea to the negotiating
  3. Trump's strategy to isolate the Kim
  4. the UN hailed
  5. peace and stability in the
  6. the two leaders were hurling insults
  7. there would be obstacles
  8. a key step towards
  9. recorded as a
  10. proceed with caution so as not to impede
  1. Korean peninsula
  2. improving relations
  3. denuclearization
  4. summit
  5. regime
  6. historic milestone
  7. table
  8. at each other
  9. the courageous decision
  10. ahead

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
decision
discuss
summit
table
set
stability
strategy
place

The leaders of the USA and North Korea are (1) ____________ to meet for the first time ever. A historic (2) ____________ between U.S. President Donald Trump and Supreme Leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un will take (3) ____________ at an as yet undisclosed location by May. The two leaders will (4) ____________ North Korea's denuclearization. US Vice-President Mike Pence said American diplomacy had brought North Korea to the negotiating (5) ____________. He said: "It is evidence that President Trump's (6) ____________ to isolate the Kim regime is working." North Korea's ambassador to the UN hailed the "courageous (7) ____________ " of Mr Kim for bringing about the meeting. He said Kim would help secure "peace and (8) ____________ in the Korean peninsula and the East Asia region".

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
historic
miracle
unlikely
caution
upcoming
key
welcome
sign

World leaders welcomed the (9) ____________ inaugural meeting. Such unprecedented talks seemed (10) ____________ a few months ago, when the two leaders were hurling insults at each other. It could be a (11) ____________ that one-time enemies could now be "frenemies". South Korea's President Moon Jae-in said the meeting was "like a (12) ____________ ". He said there would be obstacles ahead, but the talks were a (13) ____________ step towards denuclearization. He added: "The May meeting will be recorded as a (14) ____________ milestone in achieving peace on the Korean Peninsula." China's President Xi Jinping telephoned Mr Trump to (15) ____________ the development. He advised both sides to proceed with (16) ____________ so as not to impede improving relations.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  The leaders of the USA and North Korea are set to meet for the ______
     a.  first time every
     b.  first time even
     c.  first time ever
     d.  first time evens
2)  ... will take place at an as yet undisclosed ______
     a.  location at May
     b.  location by May
     c.  location on May
     d.  location to May
3)  It is evidence that President Trump's strategy to isolate the Kim ______
     a.  regime is working
     b.  regimen is working
     c.  regiment is working
     d.  regimental is working
4)  North Korea's ambassador to the UN hailed the "______"
     a.  courageously decision
     b.  courageous decision
     c.  courageously decisions
     d.  courageous decisions
5)  help secure peace and stability in the Korean peninsula and the ______
     a.  East Asia regional
     b.  East Asia legion
     c.  East Asia liaison
     d.  East Asia region

6)  World leaders welcomed the upcoming ______
     a.  in ore Ural meeting
     b.  inner growl meeting
     c.  in a crawl meeting
     d.  inaugural meeting
7)  unlikely a few months ago, when the two leaders were hurling ______ other
     a.  insult at each
     b.  insults at each
     c.  insulting at each
     d.  insulted at each
8)  South Korea's President Moon Jae-in said the meeting was "______"
     a.  liken a miracle
     b.  likes a miracle
     c.  liked a miracle
     d.  like a miracle
9)  The May meeting will be recorded as a historic milestone ______
     a.  in achieving a peace
     b.  in achieve in peace
     c.  in a chi vine peace
     d.  in achieving peace
10)  He advised both sides to proceed with caution so as not to impede ______
     a.  improve in relations
     b.  in prove in relations
     c.  improving relations
     d.  improving relation

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The leaders of the USA and North Korea are (1) ___________________ for the first time ever. A (2) ___________________ between U.S. President Donald Trump and Supreme Leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un will (3) ___________________ an as yet undisclosed location by May. The two leaders will discuss North Korea's denuclearization. US Vice-President Mike Pence said American diplomacy had brought North Korea to the negotiating table. He said: "It is evidence that President Trump's (4) ___________________ the Kim regime is working." North Korea's ambassador to the UN hailed the "(5) ___________________" of Mr Kim for bringing about the meeting. He said Kim would help secure "(6) ___________________ in the Korean peninsula and the East Asia region".

World leaders welcomed the upcoming (7) ___________________. Such unprecedented talks seemed unlikely a few months ago, when the two leaders were (8) ___________________ each other. It could be a sign that one-time enemies could now be "frenemies". South Korea's President Moon Jae-in said the meeting was "(9) ___________________". He said there would (10) ___________________, but the talks were a key step towards denuclearization. He added: "The May meeting will be recorded as a historic (11) ___________________ peace on the Korean Peninsula." China's President Xi Jinping telephoned Mr Trump to welcome the development. He advised both sides to proceed with caution so as (12) ___________________ improving relations.

Comprehension questions

  1. How many times have US and North Korean leaders met before?
  2. Where will the meeting take place?
  3. What did the US Vice-President say had brought N. Korea to talks?
  4. What kind of decision did an ambassador say Mr Kim made?
  5. What did the ambassador say Mr Kim would secure in East Asia?
  6. What were the two leaders hurling at each other a few months ago?
  7. What could the leaders be instead of enemies?
  8. What did South Korea's president liken the meeting to?
  9. What did S. Korea's president say the meeting would be recorded as?
  10. How did China's leader advise the two sides to proceed?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  How many times have US and North Korean leaders met before?
a) 3
b) 0
c) 2
d) 1
2)  Where will the meeting take place?
a) Switzerland
b) Pyongyang
c) Washington DC
d) no one knows yet
3) What did the US Vice-President say had brought N. Korea to talks?
a) American diplomacy
b) common sense
c) the US military
d) money
4) What kind of decision did an ambassador say Mr Kim made?
a) an informed one
b) a nonsensical one
c) a courageous one
d) a risky one
5) What did the ambassador say Mr Kim would secure in East Asia?
a) good times
b) peace and stability
c) nuclear weapons
d) wealth and prosperity

6) What were the two leaders hurling at each other a few months ago?
a) insults
b) mud
c) bad jokes
d) threats
7) What could the leaders be instead of enemies?
a) golf rivals
b) best buddies
c) frenemies
d) sparring partners
8) What did South Korea's president liken the meeting to?
a) a miracle
b) the UN
c) a dove
d) a noisy chat room
9) What did S. Korea's president say the meeting would be recorded as?
a) a historic milestone
b) an MP3
c) a measurement
d) a courtesy
10) How did China's leader advise the two sides to proceed?
a) like a turtle
b) ASAP
c) with caution thrown to the wind
d) with caution

Role play

Role  A – The White House
You think the White House is the best place for the summit. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their places. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): Pyongyang, Seoul or Beijing.

Role  B – Pyongyang
You think Pyongyang is the best place for the summit. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their places. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): the White House, Seoul or Beijing.

Role  C – Seoul
You think Seoul is the best place for the summit. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their places. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): Pyongyang, the White House or Beijing.

Role  D – Beijing
You think Beijing is the best place for the summit. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their places. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why):  Pyongyang, Seoul or the White House.

After reading / listening

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

'nuclear'

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  • and 'weapon'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • ago
    • sign
    • ahead
    • key
    • telephoned
    • caution
    • set
    • yet
    • discuss
    • table
    • decision
    • region




    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 - Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un to meet

    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 'Korea'?
    3. What brought about these talks?
    4. What do you know about North Korea's leader?
    5. How historic is this summit?
    6. Where do you think the meeting should take place?
    7. What do you know about North Korean-US relations?
    8. How "courageous" is the decision to meet?
    9. What questions would you like to ask President Trump?
    10. What advice do you have for President Trump?

    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 'negotiations'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. How do you think the two leaders will get on?
    5. Can the two leaders become friends?
    6. What are the similarities between Mr Trump and Mr Kim?
    7. What are the differences between Mr Trump and Mr Kim?
    8. What do you think the outcome of the talks will be?
    9. What advice do you have for Kim Jong-un?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Kim Jong-un?

    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 leaders of the USA and North Korea are (1) ____ to meet for the first time ever. A historic (2) ____ between U.S. President Donald Trump and Supreme Leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un will take place at an as (3) ____ undisclosed location by May. The two leaders will discuss North Korea's denuclearization. US Vice-President Mike Pence said American (4) ____ had brought North Korea to the negotiating table. He said: "It is evidence that President Trump's strategy to isolate the Kim (5) ____ is working." North Korea's ambassador to the UN hailed the "courageous decision" of Mr Kim for bringing (6) ____ the meeting. He said Kim would help secure "peace and stability in the Korean peninsula and the East Asia region".

    World leaders welcomed the upcoming inaugural meeting. Such unprecedented talks seemed unlikely a few months ago, when the two leaders were (7) ____ insults at each other. It could be a sign that (8) ____ enemies could now be "frenemies". South Korea's President Moon Jae-in said the meeting was "like a miracle". He said there would be obstacles ahead, but the talks were a (9) ____ step towards denuclearization. He added: "The May meeting will be recorded as a historic milestone (10) ____ achieving peace on the Korean Peninsula." China's President Xi Jinping telephoned Mr Trump to welcome the development. He (11) ____ both sides to proceed with caution (12) ____ as not to impede improving relations.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     set     (b)     bet     (c)     let     (d)     met    
    2. (a)     submit     (b)     summary     (c)     summit     (d)     surmise    
    3. (a)     let     (b)     met     (c)     yet     (d)     set    
    4. (a)     drastically     (b)     dynasty     (c)     dichotomy     (d)     diplomacy    
    5. (a)     regiment     (b)     regimental     (c)     regime     (d)     regimen    
    6. (a)     around     (b)     about     (c)     over     (d)     to    
    7. (a)     whistling     (b)     hurling     (c)     whirling     (d)     hurtling    
    8. (a)     once     (b)     one-time     (c)     on time     (d)     one    
    9. (a)     lock     (b)     chain     (c)     key     (d)     security    
    10. (a)     by     (b)     on     (c)     at     (d)     in    
    11. (a)     adviser     (b)     advising     (c)     advice     (d)     advised    
    12. (a)     about     (b)     such     (c)     though     (d)     so

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. A historic ummsit
    2. an as yet nislcuodesd location
    3. American pdmolaicy
    4. the UN hailed the "urgaceouos decision"
    5. help secure peace and aibtlstiy
    6. in the Korean nnipsuela

    Paragraph 2

    1. welcomed the upcoming nagiruual
    2. hurling nusilts at each other
    3. like a iracmle
    4. there would be socatlbes ahead
    5. a historic lseitmnoe
    6. so as not to mpeide improving relations

    Put the text back together

    (...)  said American diplomacy had brought North Korea to the negotiating table. He said: "It is evidence
    (...)  World leaders welcomed the upcoming inaugural meeting. Such unprecedented talks seemed
    (...)  that President Trump's strategy to isolate the Kim regime is working." North Korea's
    (...)  yet undisclosed location by May. The two leaders will discuss North Korea's denuclearization. US Vice-President Mike Pence
    (...)  meeting. He said Kim would help secure "peace and stability in the Korean peninsula and the East Asia region".
    (...)  between U.S. President Donald Trump and Supreme Leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un will take place at an as
    (...)  time enemies could now be "frenemies". South Korea's President Moon Jae-in said the meeting was "like a
    (...)  unlikely a few months ago, when the two leaders were hurling insults at each other. It could be a sign that one-
    1  ) The leaders of the USA and North Korea are set to meet for the first time ever. A historic summit
    (...)  miracle". He said there would be obstacles ahead, but the talks were a key step
    (...)  ambassador to the UN hailed the "courageous decision" of Mr Kim for bringing about the
    (...)  peace on the Korean Peninsula." China's President Xi Jinping telephoned Mr Trump to welcome the
    (...)  towards denuclearization. He added: "The May meeting will be recorded as a historic milestone in achieving
    (...)  development. He advised both sides to proceed with caution so as not to impede improving relations.

    Put the words in the right order

    1. meet   Set   the   for   to   first   time   ever   .
    2. place   at   an   as   yet   Take   undisclosed   location   .
    3. brought   to   Korea   North   the   Diplomacy   negotiating   table   .
    4. strategy   isolate   Trump's   regime   the   to   is   working   .
    5. would   Kim   said   help   He   secure   peace   .
    6. leaders   welcomed   the   upcoming   World   inaugural   meeting   .
    7. seemed   a   unlikely   Talks   few   months   ago   .
    8. enemies   One-time   now   could   be   "frenemies"   .
    9. as   historic   Recorded   in   milestone   a   achieving   peace   .
    10. sides   both   He   to   advised   with   proceed   caution   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    The leaders of the USA and North Korea are set / met to meet for the first time ever. A historic / history summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Supreme Leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un will give / take place at an as / has yet undisclosed location by May. The two leaders will discuss North Korea's denuclearization. US Vice-President Mike Pence said American diplomacy had brought / bought North Korea to the negotiating table. He said: "It is evidence / espionage that President Trump's strategy to resonate / isolate the Kim regime is working." North Korea's ambassador to / by the UN hailed the "courageous / courage decision" of Mr Kim for bringing about the meeting. He said Kim would help secure "peace and stable / stability in the Korean peninsula and the East Asia region".

    World leaders welcomed the incoming / upcoming inaugural meeting. Such unprecedented talks seemed / seen unlikely a few months ago, when the two leaders were hurling / hurtling insults at each other. It could be a sign that one-time enemies could not / now be "frenemies". South Korea's President Moon Jae-in said the meeting was "like a miracle". He said there would be obstacles ahead / headed, but the talks were a stage / key step towards denuclearization. He added: "The May meeting will be recorded / records as a historic milestone in / so achieving peace on the Korean Peninsula." China's President Xi Jinping telephoned Mr Trump to welcome the development. He advised / advice both sides to proceed with caution so as not to stampede / impede improving relations.

    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

    the leaders of the usa and north korea are set to meet for the first time ever a historic summit between us president donald trump and supreme leader of north korea kim jongun will take place at as yet undisclosed location by may the two leaders will discuss north koreas denuclearization us vicepresident mike pence said american diplomacy had brought north korea to the negotiating table he said it is evidence that president trumps strategy to isolate the kim regime is working north koreas ambassador to the un hailed the courageous decision of mr kim for bringing about the meeting he said kim would help secure peace and stability in the korean peninsula and the east asia region

    world leaders welcomed the upcoming inaugural meeting such unprecedented talks seemed unlikely a few months ago when the two leaders were hurling insults at each other it could be a sign that onetime enemies could now be frenemies south koreas president moon jaein said the meeting was like a miracle he said there would be obstacles ahead but the talks were a key step towards denuclearization he added the may meeting will be recorded as a historic milestone in achieving peace on the korean peninsula chinas president xi jinping telephoned mr trump to welcome the development he advised both sides to proceed with caution so as not to impede improving relations

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    TheleadersoftheUSAandNorthKoreaaresettomeetforthefirsttimeev
    er.AhistoricsummitbetweenU.S.PresidentDonaldTrumpandSuprem
    eLeaderofNorthKoreaKimJong-unwilltakeplaceatanasyetundisclose
    dlocationbyMay.ThetwoleaderswilldiscussNorthKorea'sdenucleariz
    ation.USVice-PresidentMikePencesaidAmericandiplomacyhadbroug
    htNorthKoreatothenegotiatingtable.Hesaid:"ItisevidencethatPresid
    entTrump'sstrategytoisolatetheKimregimeisworking."NorthKorea's
    ambassadortotheUNhailedthe"courageousdecision"ofMrKimforbrin
    gingaboutthemeeting.HesaidKimwouldhelpsecure"peaceandstabilit
    yintheKoreanpeninsulaandtheEastAsiaregion".Worldleaderswelco
    medtheupcominginauguralmeeting.Suchunprecedentedtalksseem
    edunlikelyafewmonthsago,whenthetwoleaderswerehurlinginsultsat
    eachother.Itcouldbeasignthatone-timeenemiescouldnowbe"frene
    mies".SouthKorea'sPresidentMoonJae-insaidthemeetingwas"like
    amiracle".Hesaidtherewouldbeobstaclesahead,butthetalkswereake
    ysteptowardsdenuclearization.Headded:"TheMaymeetingwillberec
    ordedasahistoricmilestoneinachievingpeaceontheKoreanPeninsula.
    "China'sPresidentXiJinpingtelephonedMrTrumptowelcomethedevel
    opment.Headvisedbothsidestoproceedwithcautionsoasnottoimped
    eimprovingrelations.

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    What three things must happen for talks to succeed? Will they happen? Why (not)?

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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. NUCLEAR WEAPONS: Make a poster about nuclear weapons. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. DENUCLEARIZATION: Write a magazine article about the whole world getting rid of their nuclear weapons if North Korea denuclearizes. 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 nuclear weapons. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to bring about worldwide denuclearization. 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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