The Reading / Listening - Speak English - Level 6

A top British official has said the UK government should set a target date for everybody in England to speak English. Dame Louise Casey is an expert on social welfare and community interaction. She said a "common language" would help to "heal rifts across Britain". Ms Casey has been a long-time critic of successive governments, who she deems have failed to focus on integration in an ever-increasingly multicultural Britain. She said politicians had continually failed to keep up with the "unprecedented pace and scale of immigration" over the past decade. She said that many communities were becoming increasingly divided, and a lack of ability in English was a key factor in creating division.



The UK's Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid, revealed that 770,000 people who live in England either speak no English whatsoever or hardly any. He warned that up to 70 per cent of those whose English skills were lacking were women, mostly from Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities. He said these women were at great risk from inequality and discrimination. Ms Casey said: "Everybody of working age and of school age should be able to speak one language, and I think the public in particular would feel some relief." Opponents of Ms Casey's views say England should be proud to be a multi-lingual country and not force people to learn English if they have no desire to.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Speak English - Level 4  or  Speak English - Level 5

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-43370514
  • https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/mar/14/sajid-javid-770000-people-in-england-not-able-to-speak-english
  • https://theconversation.com/why-britain-must-not-set-a-deadline-for-everyone-to-speak-english-93219


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. SPEAKING ENGLISH: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about speaking English. 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?
       official / target / date / social welfare / community / interaction / immigration / key /
       English / skills / risk / inequality / discrimination / one language / multi-lingual / proud
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. INTEGRATION: Students A strongly believe it is vital know the language of the country you live in so you can integrate; Students B strongly believe it isn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. LEARN ENGLISH: What are the best ways to learn English? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Best way

Why?

Speaking

 

 

Listening

 

 

Reading

 

 

Writing

 

 

Grammar

 

 

Vocabulary

 

 

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5. SPEAK: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "speak". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. ENGLISH: Rank these with your partner. Put the most important things to learn about English at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • idioms
  • polite forms
  • SMS abbreviations
  • travel English
  • spelling
  • pronunciation
  • slang
  • essay writing

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. expert a. A person who expresses an unfavorable opinion of something.
      2. interaction b. Following one another or following others.
      3. rifts c. A person who has a vast (huge) and trusted knowledge of or skill in a particular area.
      4. critic d. Never ever done or known before.
      5. successive e. A two-way or multi-way process of talking, behaving or managing relations among people.
      6. deems f. A serious break in friendly relations.
      7. unprecedented g. Regard, think of or consider in a specified way.

    Paragraph 2

      8. revealed h. A strong feeling of wanting to have something or wishing for something to happen.
      9. whatsoever i. Made previously unknown or secret information known to others.
      10. discrimination j. At all (used for emphasis).
      11. relief k. Someone who competes against or fights another in a contest, game, or argument; a rival or adversary.
      12. opponents l. A feeling of reassurance and relaxation following release from anxiety or distress.
      13. force m. The very unfair or damaging treatment of different categories of people or things, especially because of race, age, or sex, etc.
      14. desire n. Strength or energy as an attribute of physical action or movement.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. A UK official wants everyone in England to speak English.     T / F
  2. The official said a common language would heal divisions in Britain.     T / F
  3. The official has always strongly supported UK governments.     T / F
  4. The official said a lack of English skills created divisions in society.     T / F
  5. Over a million people in England do not speak English.     T / F
  6. Around 70% of those lacking English skills are women.     T / F
  7. People who cannot speak English in England do not face discrimination.     T / F
  8. Opponents of the official said people should be forced to learn English.     T / F

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

  1. top
  2. expert
  3. heal
  4. successive
  5. pace
  6. revealed
  7. whatsoever
  8. risk
  9. relief
  10. desire
  1. danger
  2. consecutive
  3. speed
  4. at all
  5. specialist
  6. wish
  7. comfort
  8. leading
  9. disclosed
  10. repair

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

  1. an expert on social welfare and
  2. a long-time critic of successive
  3. keep up with the unprecedented pace
  4. communities were becoming
  5. English was a key factor in
  6. speak no English
  7. hardly
  8. these women were at
  9. the public in particular would feel some
  10. be proud to be a multi-
  1. and scale of immigration
  2. relief
  3. creating division
  4. whatsoever
  5. governments
  6. great risk
  7. lingual country
  8. increasingly divided
  9. any
  10. community interaction

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
deems
set
factor
scale
rifts
divided
expert
continually

A top British official has said the UK government should (1) ____________ a target date for everybody in England to speak English. Dame Louise Casey is an (2) ____________ on social welfare and community interaction. She said a "common language" would help to "heal (3) ____________ across Britain". Ms Casey has been a long-time critic of successive governments, who she (4) ____________ have failed to focus on integration in an ever-increasingly multicultural Britain. She said politicians had (5) ____________ failed to keep up with the "unprecedented pace and (6) ____________ of immigration" over the past decade. She said that many communities were becoming increasingly (7) ____________, and a lack of ability in English was a key (8) ____________ in creating division.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
particular
hardly
desire
risk
lacking
lingual
revealed
views

The UK's Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid, (9) ____________ that 770,000 people who live in England either speak no English whatsoever or (10) ____________ any. He warned that up to 70 per cent of those whose English skills were (11) ____________ were women, mostly from Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities. He said these women were at great (12) ____________ from inequality and discrimination. Ms Casey said: "Everybody of working age and of school age should be able to speak one language, and I think the public in (13) ____________ would feel some relief." Opponents of Ms Casey's (14) ____________ say England should be proud to be a multi-(15) ____________ country and not force people to learn English if they have no (16) ____________ to.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  A top British official has said the UK government should _____ date
     a.  setter target
     b.  sets a target
     c.  set a target
     d.  set at target
2)  Casey is an expert on social welfare and ______
     a.  commune a tea interaction
     b.  come munity interaction
     c.  community interaction
     d.  commune natty interaction
3) who she deems have failed to focus on integration in an ever-______ Britain
     a.  increase in the multicultural
     b.  increase in the multi-culturally
     c.  increase in the mull tick cultural
     d.  increasingly multicultural
4) keep up with the "unprecedented pace and scale of immigration" over ______ decade
     a. the passed decade
     b. the parsed decade
     c. the past decade
     d. the psst decade
5)  She said that many communities were becoming ______
     a.  increasingly divided
     b.  increasingly added
     c.  increasingly multiplied
     d.  increasingly subtracted

6)  770,000 people who live in England either speak no English ______ any
     a.  whatsoever or hardly
     b.  whomsoever or hardly
     c.  which so ever or hardly
     d.  that's so ever or hardly
7)  He warned that up to 70 per cent of those whose English skills ______ women
     a.  were lacking in were
     b.  were lack in were
     c.  were lacking were
     d.  were lack king were
8)  He said these women were at great risk from inequality ______
     a.  end discrimination
     b.  and discrimination
     c.  undo discrimination
     d.  hand discrimination
9)  ...able to speak one language, and I think the public in particular would ______
     a.  feel some grief
     b.  feel some relief
     c.  feel some belief
     d.  feel some real leaf
10)  proud to be a multi-lingual country and not force people to learn English if they ______
     a.  have no decide to
     b.  have no desire to
     c.  have no dizzy ire to
     d.  have no disease to

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A top British official has said the UK government should (1) ___________________ date for everybody in England to speak English. Dame Louise Casey is an (2) ___________________ welfare and community interaction. She said a "common language" would help to "heal rifts across Britain". Ms Casey has been a (3) ___________________ of successive governments, who she deems have (4) ___________________ on integration in an ever-increasingly multicultural Britain. She said politicians had continually failed to (5) ___________________ the "unprecedented pace and scale of immigration" over the past decade. She said that many communities were becoming increasingly divided, and a (6) ___________________ in English was a key factor in creating division.

The UK's Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid, revealed that 770,000 people who live in England (7) ___________________ English whatsoever or hardly any. He warned that up to 70 per cent (8) ___________________ English skills were lacking were women, mostly from Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities. He said these women were (9) ___________________ from inequality and discrimination. Ms Casey said: "Everybody of working age and of school age should be able to speak one language, and I think the public in particular would (10) ___________________." Opponents of Ms Casey's views say England should be proud to be (11) ___________________ country and not force people to learn English if they (12) ___________________ to.

Comprehension questions

  1. What did a government official say should be set?
  2. What is the official an expert on, besides community interaction?
  3. What has the official been a long-time critic of?
  4. What have politicians failed to keep up with the pace of?
  5. What did the official say is happening to communities?
  6. How many people in England have poor English-speaking skills?
  7. What per cent of poor English speakers are women?
  8. Which communities are most of the poor female speakers from?
  9. Who did the official say might feel relief if everyone spoke English?
  10. What did opponents of the official say England should be proud of?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  What did a government official say should be set?
a) a limit on immigration
b) a target date
c) the time
d) an exam pass rate
2) What is the official an expert on, besides community interaction?
a) discrimination
b) immigration
c) teaching English
d) social welfare
3) What has the official been a long-time critic of?
a) England
b) non-English speakers
c) successive governments
d) the English language
4) What have politicians failed to keep up with the pace of?
a) immigration
b) new vocabulary
c) the times
d) discrimination
5) What did the official say is happening to communities?
a) not much at all
b) they were becoming divided
c) a lot
d) they were speaking English less

6) How many people in England have poor English-speaking skills?
a) 770,000
b) 707,000
c) 777,000
d) 770,770
7) What per cent of poor English speakers are women?
a) exactly 70%
b) just over 70%
c) up to 70%
d) around 70%
8) Which communities are most of the poor female speakers from?
a) Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities
b) poor and working class
c) western communities
d) traditional communities
9) Who did the official say might feel relief if everyone spoke English?
a) Sajid Javid
b) the government
c) English teachers
d) the public
10) What did opponents of the official say England should be proud of?
a) Great Britain
b) the UK
c) being a multi-lingual country
d) English

Role play

Role  A – Spelling
You think spelling is the most important thing to learn about English. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): slang, travel English or essay writing.

Role  B – Slang
You think slang is the most important thing to learn about English. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): spelling, travel English or essay writing.

Role  C – Travel English
You think travel English is the most important thing to learn about English. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): slang, spelling or essay writing.

Role  D – Essay Writing
You think essay writing is the most important thing to learn about English. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why):  slang, travel English or spelling.

After reading / listening

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

'speak'

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  • and 'English'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • 770,000
    • 70
    • mostly
    • risk
    • age
    • force
    • set
    • expert
    • heal
    • focus
    • pace
    • key




    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 - Calls for everyone in England to speak English

    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 'English'?
    3. How good is your English?
    4. Should everyone who lives in a country speak the language?
    5. How difficult is it to live somewhere and not speak the language?
    6. What problems might you have living in an English-speaking country?
    7. What rifts do you think exist in England?
    8. What's the difference between England, Britain and the United Kingdom?
    9. What do you think of multiculturalism?
    10. What do you think of immigration?

    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 'language'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Why don't people who live in Britain learn English?
    5. What are the best ways to learn English?
    6. How can you risk inequality if you can't speak the language?
    7. Would you like to live in England?
    8. How multi-lingual would you like to be?
    9. Should language ability be a requirement of citizenship?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the government official?

    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 top British official has said the UK government should (1) ____ a target date for everybody in England to speak English. Dame Louise Casey is an (2) ____ on social welfare and community interaction. She said a "common language" would help to "heal (3) ____ across Britain". Ms Casey has been a long-time critic of successive governments, who she (4) ____ have failed to focus on integration in an ever-increasingly multicultural Britain. She said politicians had continually failed to keep up with the "unprecedented (5) ____ and scale of immigration" over the past decade. She said that many communities were becoming increasingly divided, and a lack of ability in English was a key factor (6) ____ creating division.

    The UK's Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid, revealed that 770,000 people who live in England either speak no English whatsoever or (7) ____ any. He warned that up to 70 per cent of those whose English skills were lacking were women, (8) ____ from Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities. He said these women were at (9) ____ risk from inequality and discrimination. Ms Casey said: "Everybody of working age and of school age should be able to speak one language, and I think the (10) ____ in particular would feel some (11) ____." Opponents of Ms Casey's views say England should be proud to be a multi-lingual country and not (12) ____ people to learn English if they have no desire to.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     set     (b)     let     (c)     bet     (d)     met    
    2. (a)     expect     (b)     expat     (c)     expert     (d)     experiment    
    3. (a)     drifts     (b)     gifts     (c)     rifts     (d)     shifts    
    4. (a)     dreams     (b)     damns     (c)     dooms     (d)     deems    
    5. (a)     pace     (b)     race     (c)     face     (d)     lace    
    6. (a)     on     (b)     in     (c)     to     (d)     as    
    7. (a)     hard     (b)     hearing     (c)     heard     (d)     hardly    
    8. (a)     much     (b)     mostly     (c)     main     (d)     mere    
    9. (a)     large     (b)     decent     (c)     great     (d)     full    
    10. (a)     party     (b)     private     (c)     pantry     (d)     public    
    11. (a)     bemusement     (b)     anger     (c)     language     (d)     relief    
    12. (a)     farce     (b)     force     (c)     fierce     (d)     fracas

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. csceusisve governments
    2. tumiulutlrcal Britain
    3. keep up with the pendceeutnred pace
    4. scale of migaritmoin
    5. becoming acrinnisgely divided
    6. a key factor in creating vdsiiion

    Paragraph 2

    1. Secretary Sajid Javid evealred that
    2. speak no English otwsaehver
    3. Pakistani and Bangladeshi isnucetimmo
    4. at great risk from tnlieuaiqy
    5. the public in citrarulpa
    6. be a tmliu-lgnlaui country

    Put the text back together

    (...)  live in England either speak no English whatsoever or hardly any. He warned that up to 70 per cent
    (...)  becoming increasingly divided, and a lack of ability in English was a key factor in creating division.
    (...)  time critic of successive governments, who she deems have failed to focus on integration in an ever-
    (...)  increasingly multicultural Britain. She said politicians had continually failed to keep up with the "unprecedented pace
    1  ) A top British official has said the UK government should set a target date for everybody
    (...)  in England to speak English. Dame Louise Casey is an expert on social welfare and community
    (...)  and scale of immigration" over the past decade. She said that many communities were
    (...)  working age and of school age should be able to speak one language, and I think the public in
    (...)  communities. He said these women were at great risk from inequality and discrimination. Ms Casey said: "Everybody of
    (...)  The UK's Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid, revealed that 770,000 people who
    (...)  of those whose English skills were lacking were women, mostly from Pakistani and Bangladeshi
    (...)  interaction. She said a "common language" would help to "heal rifts across Britain". Ms Casey has been a long-
    (...)  proud to be a multi-lingual country and not force people to learn English if they have no desire to.
    (...)  particular would feel some relief." Opponents of Ms Casey's views say England should be

    Put the words in the right order

    1. help   Language   would   heal   to   rifts   across   Britain   .
    2. an   multicultural   Integration   ever-increasingly   Britain   .   in
    3. keep   up   the   unprecedented   Failed   with   to   pace   .
    4. becoming   Many   divided   .   were   increasingly   communities
    5. division   .   English   a   key   was   creating   in   factor
    6. no   Either   hardly   whatsoever   any   .   speak   or   English
    7. women   .   whose   English   skills   lacking   were   Those   were
    8. women   great   from   These   risk   at   inequality   .   were
    9. some   public,   relief   .   The   would   in   feel   particular,
    10. to   should   be   be   England   proud   multi-lingual   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    A top British official has said the UK government should set a forget / target date for everybody in England to speak English. Dame Louise Casey is an expert / expat on social welfare and community interaction. She said a "common language" would help to "heal rafts / rifts across Britain". Ms Casey has been a long-time critical / critic of successive governments, who she beams / deems have failed to focus on / in integration in an ever-increasingly multicultural Britain. She said politicians had continual / continually failed to keep up with the "unprecedented pace / space and scale of immigration" over the past decade / decadence. She said that many communities were becoming increasingly divided, and a slack / lack of ability in English was a key factor in creating division.

    The UK's Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid, revealed what / that 770,000 people who live in England either speak no English whatsoever nor / or hardly any. He warned that up / as to 70 per cent of those / them whose English skills were lacking were women, main / mostly from Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities. He said these women were to / at great risk from inequality and discrimination. Ms Casey said: "Everybody of working age and of school age should be ability / able to speak one language, and I think the public in particular / peculiar would feel some relief." Opponents of Ms Casey's views say England should be pride / proud to be a multi-lingual country and not farce / force people to learn English if they have no desire to.

    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)

    A   t_p   B r_t_s h  _f f_c__ l   h_s   s__ d   t h_  U K   g_v_r n m_n t   s h__ l d   s_t  _  t_r g_t   d_t_  f_r  _v_r y b_d y  _n   E n g l_n d   t_  s p__ k   E n g l_s h .   D_m_  L___s_  C_s_y  _s  _n  _x p_r t  _n   s_c__ l   w_l f_r_ _n d   c_m m_n_t y  _n t_r_c t__ n .   S h_  s__ d  _  " c_m m_n   l_n g__ g_"   w__ l d   h_l p   t_  " h__ l   r_f t s  _c r_s s   B r_t__ n " .   M s   C_s_y   h_s   b__ n  _  l_n g - t_m_  c r_t_c  _f   s_c c_s s_v_  g_v_r n m_n t s ,   w h_  s h_  d__ m s   h_v_  f__ l_d   t_  f_c_s  _n  _n t_g r_t__ n  _n  _n  _v_r -_n c r__ s_n g l y   m_l t_c_l t_r_l   B r_t__ n .   S h_  s__ d   p_l_t_c__ n s   h_d   c_n t_n__ l l y   f__ l_d   t_  k__ p  _p   w_t h   t h_  "_n p r_c_d_n t_d   p_c_ _n d   s c_l_ _f  _m m_g r_t__ n "  _v_r   t h_  p_s t   d_c_d_.   S h_  s__ d   t h_t   m_n y   c_m m_n_t__ s   w_r_  b_c_m_n g  _n c r__ s_n g l y   d_v_d_d ,  _n d  _  l_c k  _f  _b_l_t y  _n   E n g l_s h   w_s  _  k_y   f_c t_r  _n   c r__ t_n g   d_v_s__ n .

    T h_  U K ' s   C_m m_n_t__ s   S_c r_t_r y ,   S_j_d   J_v_d ,   r_v__ l_d   t h_t   7 7 0 , 0 0 0   p__ p l_  w h_  l_v_ _n   E n g l_n d  __ t h_r   s p__ k   n_  E n g l_s h   w h_t s__ v_r  _r   h_r d l y  _n y .   H_  w_r n_d   t h_t  _p   t_  7 0   p_r   c_n t  _f   t h_s_  w h_s_  E n g l_s h   s k_l l s   w_r_  l_c k_n g   w_r_  w_m_n ,   m_s t l y   f r_m   P_k_s t_n_ _n d   B_n g l_d_s h_  c_m m_n_t__ s .   H_  s__ d   t h_s_  w_m_n   w_r_ _t   g r__ t   r_s k   f r_m  _n_q__ l_t y  _n d   d_s c r_m_n_t__ n .   M s   C_s_y   s__ d :   " E v_r y b_d y  _f   w_r k_n g  _g_ _n d  _f   s c h__ l  _g_  s h__ l d   b_ _b l_  t_  s p__ k  _n_  l_n g__ g_,  _n d   I   t h_n k   t h_  p_b l_c  _n   p_r t_c_l_r   w__ l d   f__ l   s_m_  r_l__ f . "   O p p_n_n t s  _f   M s   C_s_y ' s   v__ w s   s_y   E n g l_n d   s h__ l d   b_  p r__ d   t_  b_ _  m_l t_- l_n g__ l   c__ n t r y  _n d   n_t   f_r c_  p__ p l_  t_  l__ r n   E n g l_s h  _f   t h_y   h_v_  n_  d_s_r_  t_.

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    a top british official has said the uk government should set a target date for everybody in england to speak english dame louise casey is an expert on social welfare and community interaction she said a common language would help to heal rifts across britain ms casey has been a longtime critic of successive governments who she deems have failed to focus on integration in an everincreasingly multicultural britain she said politicians had continually failed to keep up with the unprecedented pace and scale of immigration over the past decade she said that many communities were becoming increasingly divided and a lack of ability in english was a key factor in creating division

    the uks communities secretary sajid javid revealed that 770000 people who live in england either speak no english whatsoever or hardly any he warned that up to 70 per cent of those whose english skills were lacking were women mostly from pakistani and bangladeshi communities he said these women were at great risk from inequality and discrimination ms casey said everybody of working age and of school age should be able to speak one language and i think the public in particular would feel some relief opponents of ms caseys views say england should be proud to be a multilingual country and not force people to learn english if they have no desire to.

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    AtopBritishofficialhassaidtheUKgovernmentshouldsetatargetdatefo
    reverybodyinEnglandtospeakEnglish.DameLouiseCaseyisanexpert
    onsocialwelfareandcommunityinteraction.Shesaida"commonlangu
    age"wouldhelpto"healriftsacrossBritain".MsCaseyhasbeenalong-ti
    mecriticofsuccessivegovernments,whoshedeemshavefailedtofocus
    onintegrationinanever-increasinglymulticulturalBritain.Shesaidpoli
    ticianshadcontinuallyfailedtokeepupwiththe"unprecedentedpacean
    dscaleofimmigration"overthepastdecade.Shesaidthatmanycommu
    nitieswerebecomingincreasinglydivided,andalackofabilityinEnglish
    wasakeyfactorincreatingdivision.TheUK'sCommunitiesSecretary,S
    ajidJavid,revealedthat770,000peoplewholiveinEnglandeitherspeak
    noEnglishwhatsoeverorhardlyany.Hewarnedthatupto70percentofth
    osewhoseEnglishskillswerelackingwerewomen,mostlyfromPakistan
    iandBangladeshicommunities.Hesaidthesewomenwereatgreatriskfr
    ominequalityanddiscrimination.MsCaseysaid:"Everybodyofworking
    ageandofschoolageshouldbeabletospeakonelanguage,andIthinkthe
    publicinparticularwouldfeelsomerelief."OpponentsofMsCasey'sview
    ssayEnglandshouldbeproudtobeamulti-lingualcountryandnotforcep
    eopletolearnEnglishiftheyhavenodesireto.

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    Anyone who lives in another country must learn that country's language. 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. SPEAKING ENGLISH: Make a poster about speaking English. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. LEARNING THE LANGUAGE: Write a magazine article about people having to learn the language of the country they are living in. 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 speaking English. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to speak English better. 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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