The Reading / Listening - Cold Noodles - Level 6

Historic talks have taken place between the leaders of North and South Korea, aided by the dish of cold noodles. North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in discussed a whole range of bilateral issues, including the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsular. Cold noodles ensured the talks were conducted in a jovial manner. After Kim Jong-un made history by becoming the first North Korean leader to cross the border and step foot in the South, he joked about his gift of cold noodles for his counterpart. Long queues formed outside cold noodle shops in Seoul. On social media, the term "cold noodles" was trending higher than "North Korea-South Korea summit".



World leaders were optimistic on Friday that the summit would lead to peace between the two Koreas. The two countries are technically still at war, having never signed a peace treaty since the end of the Korean War in 1953. China praised the Korean leaders for their "political courage". It welcomed their joint declaration vowing to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula and seek a peace treaty. China's foreign ministry called the handshake on the border between the leaders a "historic moment". Many families either side of the border were separated by the Korean War. They are now hopeful that better relations between their two countries will allow them to reunite with family members after decades of separation.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Cold Noodles - Level 4  or  Cold Noodles - Level 5

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-43918330
  • http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/news/2018/04/27/0200000000AEN20180427007600315.html
  • http://www.northkoreatimes.com/news/257128733/china-hails-courage-of-north-south-korean-leaders


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. KOREA: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about Korea. 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?
       historic / talks / dish / noodles / denuclearization / manner / border / queues / summit
       optimistic / peace / treaty / Korean War / courage / handshake / leaders / separation
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. PEACE: Students A strongly believe peace will come to the Korean Peninsular this year; Students B strongly believe it won't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. GIFTS: What gifts would you buy these people, and why? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

What?

Why?

Your country's leader

 

 

Your favourite actor

 

 

A soldier

 

 

Kim Jong-un

 

 

Your favourite teacher

 

 

Someone you secretly like

 

 

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5. ISSUES: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "issues". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. NOODLES: Rank these with your partner. Put the best at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • noodle soup
  • noodle salad
  • soba
  • cold noodles
  • instant noodles
  • ramen
  • fried noodles
  • boiled noodles

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. historic a. Made sure that something shall occur or be the case.
      2. dish b. A set of different things of the same general type.
      3. range c. A particular variety or preparation of food served as part of a meal.
      4. bilateral d. A topic that is the subject of many posts on a social media website within a short period of time.
      5. ensured e. Famous or important in the past or possibly from now.
      6. counterpart f. Having or relating to two sides; affecting both sides.
      7. trending g. A person or thing holding a position or performing a function that corresponds to that of another person or thing in another place.

    Paragraph 2

      8. optimistic h. A meeting between heads of government.
      9. summit i. A formal or clearly-stated announcement.
      10. technically j. The action or state of moving or being moved apart.
      11. courage k. According to the facts or exact meaning of something; strictly.
      12. declaration l. Attempt to find something.
      13. seek m. The ability to do something that frightens one.
      14. separation n. Hopeful and confident about the future.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The article described the talks as being "prehistoric".     T / F
  2. The leaders talked about many issues of bilateral concern.     T / F
  3. Kim Jong-un became the second N. Korean leader to stand in S. Korea.   T / F
  4. The term "cold noodles" trended on social media during the summit.     T / F
  5. North and South Korea technically are still at war.     T / F
  6. China said the Korean leaders showed "political courage".     T / F
  7. The summit separated more Korean families across the border.     T / F
  8. There is little hope that families divided for decades will be reunited.     T / F

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

  1. whole
  2. issues
  3. manner
  4. term
  5. summit
  6. optimistic
  7. technically
  8. courage
  9. separated
  10. relations
  1. interaction
  2. entire
  3. hopeful
  4. matters
  5. way
  6. bravery
  7. divided
  8. meeting
  9. strictly speaking
  10. phrase

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

  1. Historic talks have taken
  2. aided by the dish
  3. the denuclearization of
  4. the talks were conducted in a
  5. cross the border and step
  6. World leaders were optimistic
  7. The two countries are technically
  8. signed a peace
  9. China's foreign
  10. allow them to reunite
  1. the Korean Peninsular
  2. treaty
  3. foot in the South
  4. with family members
  5. still at war
  6. place
  7. jovial manner
  8. ministry
  9. of cold noodles
  10. on Friday

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
ensured
border
place
term
bilateral
queues
jovial
aided

Historic talks have taken (1) ____________ between the leaders of North and South Korea, (2) ____________ by the dish of cold noodles. North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in discussed a whole range of (3) ____________ issues, including the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsular. Cold noodles (4) ____________ the talks were conducted in a (5) ____________ manner. After Kim Jong-un made history by becoming the first North Korean leader to cross the (6) ____________ and step foot in the South, he joked about his gift of cold noodles for his counterpart. Long (7) ____________ formed outside cold noodle shops in Seoul. On social media, the (8) ____________ "cold noodles" was trending higher than "North Korea-South Korea summit".

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
treaty
praised
relations
optimistic
decades
joint
moment
technically

World leaders were (9) ____________ on Friday that the summit would lead to peace between the two Koreas. The two countries are (10) ____________ still at war, having never signed a peace treaty since the end of the Korean War in 1953. China (11) ____________ the Korean leaders for their "political courage". It welcomed their (12) ____________ declaration vowing to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula and seek a peace (13) ____________. China's foreign ministry called the handshake on the border between the leaders a "historic (14) ____________ ". Many families either side of the border were separated by the Korean War. They are now hopeful that better (15) ____________ between their two countries will allow them to reunite with family members after (16) ____________ of separation.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in discussed a whole range of ______
     a.  bilateral tissues
     b.  bilateral re-issues
     c.  bilaterally tissues
     d.  bilateral issues
2)  Cold noodles ensured the talks were conducted ______ manner
     a.  in a jovial
     b.  in the jovial
     c.  inner jovial
     d.  inn a jovial
3) becoming the first North Korean leader to cross the border and ______ the South
     a.  steppes foot in
     b.  step feet in
     c.  step foot in
     d.  steppe foot in
4)  he joked about his gift of cold noodles for ______
     a.  his country part
     b.  this counterpart
     c.  his counterpart
     d.  his counterparts
5)  On social media, the term "cold noodles" ______
     a.  was trending higher
     b.  were trending higher
     c.  was trend in higher
     d.  were trend in higher

6)  World leaders were optimistic on Friday that the summit would ______
     a.  led of peace
     b.  lead at peace
     c.  led by peace
     d.  lead to peace
7)  The two countries are technically ______
     a.  still at warring
     b.  still at wars
     c.  still at war
     d.  still at warred
8)  China praised the Korean leaders for their ______
     a.  "politically courage"
     b.  "political courage"
     c.  "political courageous"
     d.  "politically courageous"
9) called the handshake on the border between the leaders ______
     a.  a "hysteric moments"
     b.  a " hysteric moment"
     c.  a "historic moment"
     d.  a "historic moments"
10)  allow them to reunite with family members after ______
     a.  decade off separation
     b.  decades of separated
     c.  decadence of separation
     d.  decadence off separation

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Historic talks have (1) ___________________ the leaders of North and South Korea, aided by (2) ___________________ cold noodles. North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in discussed a (3) ___________________ bilateral issues, including the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsular. Cold noodles ensured the talks were conducted in (4) ___________________. After Kim Jong-un made history by becoming the first North Korean leader to cross the border and step foot in the South, he joked about his gift of cold noodles for his counterpart. (5) ___________________ outside cold noodle shops in Seoul. On social media, the term "cold noodles" was (6) ___________________ "North Korea-South Korea summit".

World leaders (7) ___________________ Friday that the summit would lead to peace between the two Koreas. The two countries are technically still at war, having never (8) ___________________ treaty since the end of the Korean War in 1953. China praised the Korean leaders (9) ___________________. It welcomed their joint declaration vowing to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula and (10) ___________________ treaty. China's foreign ministry called the handshake on the border between the leaders a "historic moment". Many families (11) ___________________ the border were separated by the Korean War. They are now hopeful that better relations between their two countries will allow them to reunite with family members (12) ___________________ separation.

Comprehension questions

  1. What kind of talks did the article call the summit in Korea?
  2. What kind of issued did the leaders discuss?
  3. What kind of atmosphere did jokes about cold noodles create?
  4. How many N. Korean leaders have now stepped foot in the South?
  5. What was trending more than "North Korea-South Korea summit"?
  6. How were world leaders feeling on Friday?
  7. What has never been signed between the two Koreas?
  8. What did China praise the two leaders for?
  9. What did China call the handshake between the two leaders?
  10. How long have families been separated for?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What kind of talks did the article call the summit in Korea?
a) difficult
b) historic
c) noisy
d) talkative
2) What kind of issued did the leaders discuss?
a) controversial issues
b) difficult issues
c) unsolvable issues
d) bilateral issues
3) What kind of atmosphere did jokes about cold noodles create?
a) a jovial one
b) a bad one
c) a depressing one
d) a foreboding one
4) How many N. Korean leaders have now stepped foot in the South?
a) 4
b) 3
c) 1
d) 2
5) What was trending more than "North Korea-South Korea summit"?
a) "peace"
b) "cold noodles"
c) "Kim Jong-un"
d) "unification"

6) How were world leaders feeling on Friday?
a) puzzled
b) bored
c) optimistic
d) tired
7) What has never been signed between the two Koreas?
a) an agenda
b) a trade agreement
c) a sports deal
d) a peace treaty
8) What did China praise the two leaders for?
a) political courage
b) meeting
c) eating cold noodles
d) leading the world
9) What did China call the handshake between the two leaders?
a) a historic moment
b) amazing
c) heart-warming
d) nice
10) How long have families been separated for?
a) years
b) decades
c) months
d) centuries

Role play

Role  A – Instant Noodles
You think instant noodles are the best. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their noodles. Also, tell the others which is the least tasty of these (and why): ramen, fried noodles or cold noodles.

Role  B – Ramen
You think ramen is the best. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their noodles. Also, tell the others which is the least tasty of these (and why): instant noodles, fried noodles or cold noodles.

Role  C – Fried Noodles
You think fried noodles are the best. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their noodles. Also, tell the others which is the least tasty of these (and why): ramen, instant noodles or cold noodles.

Role  D – Cold Noodles
You think cold noodles are the best. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their noodles. Also, tell the others which is the least tasty of these (and why):  ramen, fried noodles or instant noodles.

After reading / listening

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

'cold'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'noodles'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • lead
    • war
    • end
    • seek
    • hopeful
    • members
    • place
    • range
    • manner
    • first
    • gift
    • higher




    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 - Cold noodles help nuclear-free Korea talks

    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 do you think of cold noodles?
    4. What do you know about relations between the Koreas?
    5. How historic are the talks between the two leaders?
    6. What are the chances of North Korea going nuclear-free?
    7. What do you think of Kim Jong-un giving a gift of cold noodles?
    8. How significant was it that Kim Jong-un stepped into South Korea?
    9. What bilateral issues do the two leaders need to talk about?
    10. What advice do you have for Kim Jong-un?

    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 'noodles'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Which are better - cold or hot noodles?
    5. What do you know about Kim Jong-un?
    6. What advice do you have for Moon Jae-in?
    7. What will signing a peace treaty change between the two Koreas?
    8. What are the benefits of Korean unification?
    9. What will happen in the Koreas over the next year?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the two leaders?

    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)

    Historic (1) ____ have taken place between the leaders of North and South Korea, aided by the (2) ____ of cold noodles. North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in discussed a whole (3) ____ of bilateral issues, including the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsular. Cold noodles ensured the talks were conducted in a (4) ____ manner. After Kim Jong-un made history by becoming the first North Korean leader to cross the border and step foot in the South, he joked about his (5) ____ of cold noodles for his counterpart. Long queues formed outside cold noodle shops in Seoul. On social media, the term "cold noodles" was (6) ____ higher than "North Korea-South Korea summit".

    World leaders were (7) ____ on Friday that the summit would lead to peace between the two Koreas. The two countries are (8) ____ still at war, having never signed a peace treaty since the end of the Korean War in 1953. China (9) ____ the Korean leaders for their "political courage". It welcomed their joint declaration vowing to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula and (10) ____ a peace treaty. China's foreign ministry called the handshake on the border between the leaders a "historic moment". Many families (11) ____ side of the border were separated by the Korean War. They are now hopeful that better relations between their two countries will allow them to reunite with family members after (12) ____ of separation.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     talkative     (b)     talking     (c)     talks     (d)     talk    
    2. (a)     dish     (b)     bowl     (c)     plate     (d)     saucer    
    3. (a)     range     (b)     angle     (c)     wrangle     (d)     rank    
    4. (a)     jovial     (b)     preview     (c)     joie de vivre     (d)     jot    
    5. (a)     tip     (b)     gift     (c)     perk     (d)     freebie    
    6. (a)     shifting     (b)     fashioning     (c)     styling     (d)     trending    
    7. (a)     optimism     (b)     optimistically     (c)     optimistic     (d)     optimal    
    8. (a)     technician     (b)     technicality     (c)     technique     (d)     technically    
    9. (a)     praised     (b)     prized     (c)     précised     (d)     prosed    
    10. (a)     seek     (b)     sleek     (c)     souk     (d)     sake    
    11. (a)     even     (b)     either     (c)     ether     (d)     ever    
    12. (a)     decadence     (b)     debacle     (c)     decades     (d)     decants

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. siiotchr talks have taken place
    2. discussed a whole range of blraltaie issues
    3. conducted in a vaolij manner
    4. for his urtponracte
    5. long qeuseu formed outside
    6. North Korea-South Korea mtmusi

    Paragraph 2

    1. World leaders were poticsmiti
    2. countries are ieylachnctl still at war
    3. political gceurao
    4. ingovw to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula
    5. seek a peace yrtate
    6. after dcsedea of separation

    Put the text back together

    (...)  side of the border were separated by the Korean War. They are now hopeful that better
    (...)  Leader Kim Jong-un and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in discussed a whole range
    (...)  counterpart. Long queues formed outside cold noodle shops in Seoul. On social media, the term
    (...)  declaration vowing to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula and seek a peace treaty. China's foreign
    (...)  first North Korean leader to cross the border and step foot in the South, he joked about his gift of cold noodles for his
    (...)  of the Korean War in 1953. China praised the Korean leaders for their "political courage". It welcomed their joint
    1  ) Historic talks have taken place between the leaders of North and South Korea, aided by the dish of cold noodles. North Korea's Supreme
    (...)  "cold noodles" was trending higher than "North Korea-South Korea summit".
    (...)  World leaders were optimistic on Friday that the summit would lead to peace between the two
    (...)  Koreas. The two countries are technically still at war, having never signed a peace treaty since the end
    (...)  of bilateral issues, including the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsular. Cold noodles ensured
    (...)  relations between their two countries will allow them to reunite with family members after decades of separation.
    (...)  the talks were conducted in a jovial manner. After Kim Jong-un made history by becoming the
    (...)  ministry called the handshake on the border between the leaders a "historic moment". Many families either

    Put the words in the right order

    1. between   the   have   taken   place   leaders   .   talks   Historic
    2. Discussed   whole   range   bilateral   a   issues   .   of
    3. jovial   talks   The   a   in   manner   .   conducted   were
    4. shops   .   formed   cold   outside   queues   Long   noodle
    5. The   was   trending   noodles"   higher   .   term   "cold
    6. lead   summit   that   would   the   to   Optimistic   peace   .
    7. two   countries   still   at   are   The   war   .   technically
    8. seek   Peninsula   Korean   the   Denuclearize   peace   .   and
    9. of   either   Families   were   separated   .   the   border   side
    10. family   decades   members   Reunite   separation   .   with   of   after

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Historic talks have taken / taking place between the leaders of North and South Korea, aided by the saucer / dish of cold noodles. North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in discussed a hole / whole range of bilateral issues, including / include the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsular. Cold noodles ensued / ensured the talks were conducted in a jovial mannerism / manner. After Kim Jong-un made history by becoming the first North Korean leader to cross the border and step foot / feet in the South, he joked about his gift of cold noodles for his counterpart / counterpoint. Long queues / cues formed outside cold noodle shops in Seoul. On social media, the turn / term "cold noodles" was trending higher than "North Korea-South Korea summit".

    World leaders were optimistic / optimism on Friday that the summit would lead to / by peace between the two Koreas. The two countries are technically still to / at war, having never signed a peace treaty for / since the end of the Korean War in 1953. China prised / praised the Korean leaders for their "political courage". It welcomed their joint declaration bowing / vowing to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula and seek / seem a peace treaty. China's foreign ministry called the handshake in / on the border between the leaders a "historic moment". Many families neither / either side of the border were separated by the Korean War. They are now hopeful that better relation / relations between their two countries will allow them to reunite with family members after decades of / off separation.

    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)

    H_s t_r_c   t_l k s   h_v_  t_k_n   p l_c_  b_t w__ n   t h_  l__ d_r s  _f   N_r t h  _n d   S__ t h   K_r__ ,  __ d_d   b y   t h_  d_s h  _f   c_l d   n__ d l_s .   N_r t h   K_r__ ' s   S_p r_m_  L__ d_r   K_m   J_n g -_n  _n d   S__ t h   K_r__ ' s   P r_s_d_n t   M__ n   J__ -_n   d_s c_s s_d  _  w h_l_  r_n g_ _f   b_l_t_r_l  _s s__ s ,  _n c l_d_n g   t h_  d_n_c l__ r_z_t__ n  _f   t h_  K_r__ n   P_n_n s_l_r .   C_l d   n__ d l_s  _n s_r_d   t h_  t_l k s   w_r_  c_n d_c t_d  _n  _  j_v__ l   m_n n_r .   A f t_r   K_m   J_n g -_n   m_d_  h_s t_r y   b y   b_c_m_n g   t h_  f_r s t   N_r t h   K_r__ n   l__ d_r   t_  c r_s s   t h_  b_r d_r  _n d   s t_p   f__ t  _n   t h_  S__ t h ,   h_  j_k_d  _b__ t   h_s   g_f t  _f   c_l d   n__ d l_s   f_r   h_s   c__ n t_r p_r t .   L_n g   q____ s   f_r m_d  __ t s_d_  c_l d   n__ d l_  s h_p s  _n   S___l .   O n   s_c__ l   m_d__ ,   t h_  t_r m   " c_l d   n__ d l_s "   w_s   t r_n d_n g   h_g h_r   t h_n   " N_r t h   K_r__ - S__ t h   K_r__   s_m m_t " .

    W_r l d   l__ d_r s   w_r_ _p t_m_s t_c  _n   F r_d_y   t h_t   t h_  s_m m_t   w__ l d   l__ d   t_  p__ c_  b_t w__ n   t h_  t w_  K_r__ s .   T h_  t w_  c__ n t r__ s  _r_  t_c h n_c_l l y   s t_l l  _t   w_r ,   h_v_n g   n_v_r   s_g n_d  _  p__ c_  t r__ t y   s_n c_  t h_ _n d  _f   t h_  K_r__ n   W_r  _n   1 9 5 3 .   C h_n_  p r__ s_d   t h_  K_r__ n   l__ d_r s   f_r   t h__ r   " p_l_t_c_l   c__ r_g_" .   I t   w_l c_m_d   t h__ r   j__ n t   d_c l_r_t__ n   v_w_n g   t_  d_n_c l__ r_z_  t h_  K_r__ n   P_n_n s_l_ _n d   s__ k  _  p__ c_  t r__ t y .   C h_n_' s   f_r__ g n   m_n_s t r y   c_l l_d   t h_  h_n d s h_k_ _n   t h_  b_r d_r   b_t w__ n   t h_  l__ d_r s  _  " h_s t_r_c   m_m_n t " .   M_n y   f_m_l__ s  __ t h_r   s_d_ _f   t h_  b_r d_r   w_r_  s_p_r_t_d   b y   t h_  K_r__ n   W_r .   T h_y  _r_  n_w   h_p_f_l   t h_t   b_t t_r   r_l_t__ n s   b_t w__ n   t h__ r   t w_  c__ n t r__ s   w_l l  _l l_w   t h_m   t_  r__ n_t_  w_t h   f_m_l y   m_m b_r s  _f t_r   d_c_d_s  _f   s_p_r_t__ n .

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    historic talks have taken place between the leaders of north and south korea aided by the dish of cold noodles north koreas supreme leader kim jongun and south koreas president moon jaein discussed a whole range of bilateral issues including the denuclearization of the korean peninsular cold noodles ensured the talks were conducted in a jovial manner after kim jongun made history by becoming the first north korean leader to cross the border and step foot in the south he joked about his gift of cold noodles for his counterpart long queues formed outside cold noodle shops in seoul on social media the term cold noodles was trending higher than north koreasouth korea summit

    world leaders were optimistic on friday that the summit would lead to peace between the two koreas the two countries are technically still at war having never signed a peace treaty since the end of the korean war in 1953 china praised the korean leaders for their political courage it welcomed their joint declaration vowing to denuclearize the korean peninsula and seek a peace treaty chinas foreign ministry called the handshake on the border between the leaders a historic moment many families either side of the border were separated by the korean war they are now hopeful that better relations between their two countries will allow them to reunite with family members after decades of separation

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    HistorictalkshavetakenplacebetweentheleadersofNorthandSouthKo
    rea,aidedbythedishofcoldnoodles.NorthKorea'sSupremeLeaderKim
    Jong-unandSouthKorea'sPresidentMoonJae-indiscussedawholeran
    geofbilateralissues,includingthedenuclearizationoftheKoreanPenins
    ular.Coldnoodlesensuredthetalkswereconductedinajovialmanner.A
    fterKimJong-unmadehistorybybecomingthefirstNorthKoreanlead
    ertocrosstheborderandstepfootintheSouth,hejokedabouthisgiftofco
    ldnoodlesforhiscounterpart.Longqueuesformedoutsidecoldnoodles
    hopsinSeoul.Onsocialmedia,theterm"coldnoodles"wastrendinghigh
    erthan"NorthKorea-SouthKoreasummit".Worldleaderswereoptimi
    sticonFridaythatthesummitwouldleadtopeacebetweenthetwoKorea
    s.Thetwocountriesaretechnicallystillatwar,havingneversignedapea
    cetreatysincetheendoftheKoreanWarin1953.ChinapraisedtheKorea
    nleadersfortheir"politicalcourage".Itwelcomedtheirjointdeclaration
    vowingtodenuclearizetheKoreanPeninsulaandseekapeacetreaty.Ch
    ina'sforeignministrycalledthehandshakeontheborderbetweenthelea
    dersa"historicmoment".Manyfamilieseithersideoftheborderweresep
    aratedbytheKoreanWar.Theyarenowhopefulthatbetterrelationsbet
    weentheirtwocountrieswillallowthemtoreunitewithfamilymembersa
    fterdecadesofseparation.

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    Cold noodles are better than hot noodles. 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. COLD NOODLES: Make a poster about cold noodles. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. KOREA: Write a magazine article about the reunification of Korea. 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 cold noodles. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your opinion on cold noodles. 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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