The Reading / Listening - Women in Power - Level 6

Women are on the rise in Spanish politics. Spain's newly-formed government consists of eleven women and six men. The newly-elected socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has put women in some of the biggest positions in his cabinet, including head of defence, economy, education and finance. Spain now has the highest proportion of women in top government positions than anywhere else in Europe. In a televised statement, Mr Sanchez said his new government consisted of people who wanted to move Spain forward. He said: "All are highly qualified and bring a vocation for public service and reflect the best of Spain. [They are]...open to the world but anchored in the European Union."



Mr Sanchez seems an unlikely leader. His Socialist party holds just 84 of the 350 seats in Spain's parliament. He took office on Friday, replacing the unpopular conservative leader Mariano Rajoy. Ex-prime minister Rajoy was the focus of a corruption scandal and had become unpopular because of his austerity measures. Sanchez promised to bring change to Spain. However, he has to work quickly to turn Spain's economy around. He has promised to call elections in less than two years, which may not be enough time to amend the outgoing government's budget for 2018. One of his biggest challenges will be rebuilding relations with the northeastern region of Catalonia.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Women in Power - Level 4  or  Women in Power - Level 5

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-44382051
  • https://www.reuters.com/article/us-spain-politics/spains-new-prime-minister-names-cabinet-with-women-in-majority-idUSKCN1J22EI
  • https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/06/06/inenglish/1528285458_728200.html


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. WOMEN IN POWER: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about women in power. 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?
       politics / government / socialist / cabinet / education / statement / public service /
       leader / parliament / unpopular / conservative / corruption / scandal / challenges
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. 50:50: Students A strongly believe all government should consist of an equal split between men and women; Students B strongly believe this is silly.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. CABINET: What would you do if you help these posts in your country's government? Complete this table. Change partners often and share what you wrote with your partner(s).

 

Problems now

What you would do

Health

 

 

Defence

 

 

Economy

 

 

Education

 

 

Finance

 

 

Foreign Affairs

 

 

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

  • Foreign Affairs
  • Transport
  • Sport
  • Education
  • Defence
  • Economy
  • Culture
  • Health

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. consists a. Chosen to hold public office or some other position by people voting.
      2. elected b. A part, share, or number considered in comparative relation to a whole.
      3. cabinet c. Is made up of.
      4. proportion d. A strong feeling of suitability for a particular career or job.
      5. statement e. A definite or clear expression of something in speech or writing.
      6. vocation f. Heavily attached to something.
      7. anchored g. A committee of the senior ministers responsible for controlling government policy.

    Paragraph 2

      8. parliament h. An estimate of income and expenditure for a set period of time.
      9. corruption i. A plan or course of action taken to achieve a particular purpose.
      10. austerity j. Make minor changes in (a text) in order to make it fairer, more accurate, or more up-to-date.
      11. measures k. The highest committee in a country. It makes all the decisions for running the country.
      12. amend l. Dishonest or fraudulent conduct by those in power, usually involving taking money illegally.
      13. outgoing m. Leaving an office or position, especially after an election defeat or completed term of office.
      14. budget n. Difficult economic conditions created by government measures to reduce a budget deficit, especially by reducing public expenditure.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. There are twice as many women as men in Spain's new government.     T / F
  2. The women in Spain's government are in more junior roles.     T / F
  3. No EU country has a higher ratio of women in top government roles. T / F
  4. Spain's leader said his government wants a vacation for public service.    T / F
  5. Spain's leader's party holds less than 50% of seats in parliament.     T / F
  6. Spain's previous leader is caught up in a corruption scandal.     T / F
  7. Spain's new leader said the next election would be in 2022.     T / F
  8. Spain's new leader may have insufficient time to change the budget.     T / F

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

  1. rise
  2. formed
  3. positions
  4. proportion
  5. reflect
  6. unlikely
  7. corruption
  8. promised
  9. amend
  10. region
  1. vowed
  2. ratio
  3. improbable
  4. created
  5. revise
  6. show
  7. up-and-up
  8. district
  9. dishonesty
  10. posts

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

  1. Women are on the
  2. Spain's newly-
  3. the highest proportion
  4. In a televised
  5. All are highly
  6. Sanchez seems an unlikely
  7. He took
  8. the focus of a corruption
  9. He has promised to call
  10. amend the outgoing government's
  1. budget
  2. of women
  3. qualified
  4. office on Friday
  5. leader
  6. elections
  7. rise in Spanish politics
  8. statement
  9. scandal
  10. formed government

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
consists
qualified
proportion
anchored
rise
cabinet
reflect
televised

Women are on the (1) ____________ in Spanish politics. Spain's newly-formed government (2) ____________ of eleven women and six men. The newly-elected socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has put women in some of the biggest positions in his (3) ____________, including head of defence, economy, education and finance. Spain now has the highest (4) ____________ of women in top government positions than anywhere else in Europe. In a (5) ____________ statement, Mr Sanchez said his new government consisted of people who wanted to move Spain forward. He said: "All are highly (6) ____________ and bring a vocation for public service and (7) ____________ the best of Spain. [They are]...open to the world but (8) ____________ in the European Union."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
focus
amend
austerity
region
unlikely
challenges
office
promised

Mr Sanchez seems an (9) ____________ leader. His Socialist party holds just 84 of the 350 seats in Spain's parliament. He took (10) ____________ on Friday, replacing the unpopular conservative leader Mariano Rajoy. Ex-prime minister Rajoy was the (11) ____________ of a corruption scandal and had become unpopular because of his (12) ____________ measures. Sanchez promised to bring change to Spain. However, he has to work quickly to turn Spain's economy around. He has (13) ____________ to call elections in less than two years, which may not be enough time to (14) ____________ the outgoing government's budget for 2018. One of his biggest (15) ____________ will be rebuilding relations with the northeastern (16) ____________ of Catalonia.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Women are on the rise in Spanish politics. Spain's newly-formed ______ eleven women
     a.  government consists of
     b.  government constitutes of
     c.  government consistency of
     d.  government consist of
2)  Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has put women in some of the biggest positions ______
     a.  on his cabinet
     b.  in his cabinet
     c.  in this cabinet
     d.  in his cabaret
3)  Mr Sanchez said his new government consisted of people who wanted to ______
     a.  advance Spain forwarded
     b.  push Spain forwarding
     c.  move Spain forward
     d.  shove Spain forward
4)  He said: "All are highly qualified and bring a vocation ______
     a.  from public service"
     b.  for public service"
     c.  of public service"
     d.  far public service"
5)  reflect the best of Spain. They are open to the world but ______ European Union
     a.  anchored on the
     b.  anchored in the
     c.  anchored at the
     d.  anchored of the

6)  His Socialist party holds just 84 of the 350 seats in ______
     a.  Spain's parliamentary
     b.  Spain's parliamentarian
     c.  Spain's parliamentarians
     d.  Spain's parliament
7)  Ex-prime minister Rajoy was the focus of a ______
     a.  corrosion scandal
     b.  corruption scandal
     c.  contraption scandal
     d.  corrupting scandal
8)  and had become unpopular because of his ______
     a.  austerity measured
     b.  austerity measurements
     c.  austerity measuring
     d.  austerity measures
9)  However, he has to work quickly to turn Spain's ______
     a.  economy abound
     b.  economy around
     c.  economy aground
     d.  economy astound
10)  One of his biggest challenges will be ______
     a.  rebuild in relations
     b.  rebuilding relation
     c.  rebuilding relations
     d.  rebuild in relation

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Women are (1) ___________________ in Spanish politics. Spain's newly-formed government consists of eleven women and six men. The newly-elected socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has put women (2) ___________________ the biggest positions in his cabinet, including head of defence, economy, education and finance. Spain now has the (3) ___________________ women in top government positions than anywhere else in Europe. In a televised statement, Mr Sanchez said his new government (4) ___________________ who wanted to move Spain forward. He said: "All are highly qualified and (5) ___________________ for public service and reflect the best of Spain. [They are]...open to the world but (6) ___________________ European Union."

Mr Sanchez (7) ___________________ leader. His Socialist party holds just 84 of the 350 seats in Spain's parliament. He (8) ___________________ Friday, replacing the unpopular conservative leader Mariano Rajoy. Ex-prime minister Rajoy was (9) ___________________ a corruption scandal and had become unpopular because (10) ___________________ measures. Sanchez promised to bring change to Spain. However, he has to work quickly to turn Spain's economy around. He has promised to call elections in less than two years, which may not (11) ___________________ to amend the outgoing government's budget for 2018. One of his biggest challenges will be rebuilding relations with the (12) ___________________ Catalonia.

Comprehension questions

  1. How many women were appointed to top government posts in Spain?
  2. Which European country has the highest ratio of women in top posts?
  3. What medium did Pedro Sanchez use to make his statement?
  4. What did Pedro Sanchez say his government brings to public service?
  5. What did Pedro Sanchez say his government was anchored in?
  6. How many parliamentary seats does Pedro Sanchez's party hold?
  7. What kind of scandal is Spain's ex-prime minister involved in?
  8. What did Pedro Sanchez promise to bring to Spain?
  9. When did Pedro Sanchez say he would call the next elections?
  10. What does Pedro Sanchez have to build relations with?




Multiple choice quiz

1) How many women were appointed to top government posts in Spain?
a) 5
b) 11
c) 13
d) 8
2) Which European country has the highest ratio of women in top posts?
a) Holland
b) Finland
c) France
d) Spain
3) What medium did Pedro Sanchez use to make his statement?
a) television
b) radio
c) Internet
d) newspapers
4) What did Pedro Sanchez say his government brings to public service?
a) a vacuum
b) a vacation
c) a vocation
d) a vacancy
5) What did Pedro Sanchez say his government was anchored in?
a) the mire
b) the European Union
c) mud
d) the sea

6) How many parliamentary seats does Pedro Sanchez's party hold?
a) 82
b) 83
c) 84
d) 85
7) What kind of scandal is Spain's ex-prime minister involved in?
a) a raunchy scandal
b) a secret scandal
c) a shares scandal
d) a corruption scandal
8) What did Pedro Sanchez promise to bring to Spain?
a) change
b) dollars
c) people
d) hope
9) When did Pedro Sanchez say he would call the next elections?
a) within two years
b) next years
c) after four years
d) he will decide
10) What does Pedro Sanchez have to build relations with?
a) the UK
b) Catalonia
c) the USA
d) the EU

Role play

Role  A – Defence
You think defence is the most important area of government. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their areas aren't as important. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): economy, health or education.

Role  B – Economy
You think economy is the most important area of government. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their areas aren't as important. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): defence, health or education.

Role  C – Health
You think health is the most important area of government. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their areas aren't as important. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): economy, defence or education.

Role  D – Education
You think education is the most important area of government. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their areas aren't as important. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why):  economy, health or defence.

After reading / listening

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

'women'

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  • and 'power'.

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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:

    • seems
    • 350
    • focus
    • bring
    • call
    • region
    • rise
    • elected
    • head
    • else
    • move
    • open




    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 - Women hold most government positions in Spain

    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 'politics'?
    3. What do you think of the politics in your country?
    4. Are there many women politicians in your country?
    5. Should all governments be a healthy mix of men and women?
    6. How do men and women lead differently?
    7. Who is the greatest male leader of all time?
    8. How would you like to move your country forward?
    9. Would you be good working for the public service?
    10. What kind of global view do you have?

    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 'government'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Would you be a good politician?
    5. What do you think of corruption scandals
    6. What do you think of austerity measures?
    7. Who is the greatest female leader ever?
    8. What advice do you have for Spain's prime minister?
    9. What are the biggest challenges your government has?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Spain's prime minister?

    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)

    Women are on the (1) ____ in Spanish politics. Spain's newly-formed government consists of eleven women and six men. The newly-elected socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has put women in some of the biggest positions in his (2) ____, including head of defence, economy, education and finance. Spain now has the highest (3) ____ of women in top government positions than anywhere (4) ____ in Europe. In a televised statement, Mr Sanchez said his new government consisted of people who wanted to move Spain forward. He said: "All are highly qualified and bring a (5) ____ for public service and (6) ____ the best of Spain. [They are]...open to the world but anchored in the European Union."

    Mr Sanchez seems an (7) ____ leader. His Socialist party holds just 84 of the 350 seats in Spain's parliament. He (8) ____ office on Friday, replacing the unpopular conservative leader Mariano Rajoy. Ex-prime minister Rajoy was the focus of a corruption scandal and had become unpopular because of his (9) ____ measures. Sanchez promised to bring change to Spain. However, he has to work quickly to turn Spain's economy around. He has promised to (10) ____ elections in less than two years, which may not be enough time to (11) ____ the outgoing government's budget for 2018. One of his biggest challenges will be rebuilding relations with the northeastern region (12) ____ Catalonia.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     arise     (b)     raise     (c)     rise     (d)     rising    
    2. (a)     cabinet     (b)     closet     (c)     chest     (d)     drawers    
    3. (a)     proportion     (b)     proponent     (c)     portion     (d)     potion    
    4. (a)     else     (b)     there     (c)     where     (d)     more    
    5. (a)     vocal     (b)     vocation     (c)     vacuum     (d)     vacation    
    6. (a)     reframe     (b)     refer     (c)     reform     (d)     reflect    
    7. (a)     likeable     (b)     eulogy     (c)     unlikely     (d)     allegory    
    8. (a)     gave     (b)     did     (c)     been     (d)     took    
    9. (a)     austerity     (b)     posterity     (c)     rarity     (d)     clarity    
    10. (a)     call     (b)     voice     (c)     speak     (d)     shout    
    11. (a)     amen     (b)     amend     (c)     ament     (d)     amenable    
    12. (a)     to     (b)     as     (c)     of     (d)     via

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (...)  statement, Mr Sanchez said his new government consisted of people who wanted to move Spain
    (...)  be rebuilding relations with the northeastern region of Catalonia.
    (...)  time to amend the outgoing government's budget for 2018. One of his biggest challenges will
    (...)  promised to call elections in less than two years, which may not be enough
    (...)  Mr Sanchez seems an unlikely leader. His Socialist party holds just 84 of the 350 seats in Spain's
    (...)  parliament. He took office on Friday, replacing the unpopular conservative leader Mariano Rajoy. Ex-prime minister Rajoy was the
    (...)  of women in top government positions than anywhere else in Europe. In a televised
    (...)  forward. He said: "All are highly qualified and bring a vocation for public service and reflect
    1  ) Women are on the rise in Spanish politics. Spain's newly-formed government consists of eleven women
    (...)  in his cabinet, including head of defence, economy, education and finance. Spain now has the highest proportion
    (...)  the best of Spain. [They are]...open to the world but anchored in the European Union."
    (...)  change to Spain. However, he has to work quickly to turn Spain's economy around. He has
    (...)  and six men. The newly-elected socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has put women in some of the biggest positions
    (...)  focus of a corruption scandal and had become unpopular because of his austerity measures. Sanchez promised to bring

    Put the words in the right order

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    2. in   biggest   Put   women   some   the   positions   .   of
    3. of   now   highest   has   the   women   .   Spain   proportion
    4. move   who   wanted   People   forward   .   to   Spain
    5. anchored   the   EU   .   world   Open   in   to   but   the
    6. party   the   350   His   just   holds   seats   .   of   84
    7. his   because   become   of   austerity   measures   .   unpopular   He
    8. quickly   Spain's   Work   to   economy   turn   around   .
    9. elections   years   .   in   two   Call   than   less
    10. challenges   be   One   of   will   biggest   rebuilding   .   his

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Women are on the raise / rise in Spanish politics. Spain's newly-formed government consists / contrasts of eleven women and six men. The newly-elected socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has put women in / on some of the biggest positions in his cabinet, including head off / of defence, economy, education and finance. Spain now has the highest proposition / proportion of women in top government positions than anywhere or / else in Europe. In / On a televised statement, Mr Sanchez said his new government consisted of people who wanted to move Spain forwarding / forward. He said: "All are highly qualified and bring a vocation / vacation for public service and reflect the best of Spain. [They are]...open to the world but anchored / rankled in the European Union."

    Mr Sanchez seems an unlikely / likely leader. His Socialist party holds just 84 of / off the 350 seats in Spain's parliament. He gave / took office on Friday, replacing the unpopular conservative leader Mariano Rajoy. Ex-prime minister Rajoy was the fracas / focus of a corruption scandal and had become unpopular because of his austerity measured / measures. Sanchez promised to bring change / charge to Spain. However, he has to work quickly to turn / revolve Spain's economy around. He has promised to call / voice elections in less than two years, which may not be enough time to attend / amend the outgoing government's budget for 2018. One of his biggest challenges will been / be rebuilding relations with the northeastern region of Catalonia.

    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

    women are on the rise in spanish politics spains newly formed government consists of eleven women and six men the newly elected socialist prime minister pedro sanchez has put women in some of the biggest positions in his cabinet including head of defence economy education and finance spain now has the highest proportion of women in top government positions than anywhere else in europe in a televised statement mr sanchez said his new government consisted of people who wanted to move spain forward he said all are highly qualified and bring a vocation for public service and reflect the best of spain they areopen to the world but anchored in the european union

    mr sanchez seems an unlikely leader his socialist party holds just 84 of the 350 seats in spains parliament he took office on friday replacing the unpopular conservative leader mariano rajoy exprime minister rajoy was the focus of a corruption scandal and had become unpopular because of his austerity measures sanchez promised to bring change to spain however he has to work quickly to turn spains economy around he has promised to call elections in less than two years which may not be enough time to amend the outgoing governments budget for 2018 one of his biggest challenges will be rebuilding relations with the northeastern region of catalonia.

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    WomenareontheriseinSpanishpolitics.Spain'snewly-formedgover
    nmentconsistsofelevenwomenandsixmen.Thenewly-electedsociali
    stPrimeMinisterPedroSanchezhasputwomeninsomeofthebiggestpos
    itionsinhiscabinet,includingheadofdefence,economy,educationandf
    inance.Spainnowhasthehighestproportionofwomenintopgovernme
    ntpositionsthananywhereelseinEurope.Inatelevisedstatement,MrS
    anchezsaidhisnewgovernmentconsistedofpeoplewhowantedtomov
    eSpainforward.Hesaid:"Allarehighlyqualifiedandbringavocationforp
    ublicserviceandreflectthebestofSpain.[Theyare]...opentotheworldb
    utanchoredintheEuropeanUnion."MrSanchezseemsanunlikelyleade
    r.HisSocialistpartyholdsjust84ofthe350seatsinSpain'sparliament.H
    etookofficeonFriday,replacingtheunpopularconservativeleaderMari
    anoRajoy.Ex-primeministerRajoywasthefocusofacorruptionscand
    alandhadbecomeunpopularbecauseofhisausteritymeasures.Sanche
    zpromisedtobringchangetoSpain.However,hehastoworkquicklytotu
    rnSpain'seconomyaround.Hehaspromisedtocallelectionsinlessthant
    woyears,whichmaynotbeenoughtimetoamendtheoutgoinggovernm
    ent'sbudgetfor2018.Oneofhisbiggestchallengeswillberebuildingrela
    tionswiththenortheasternregionofCatalonia.

    Free writing

    Write about women in power for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Women in power make life better for other women. 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. WOMEN IN POWER: Make a poster about women in power. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. 50:50 Write a magazine article about all governments and company boards being half men, half women. 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 women in power. Ask him/her three questions about this. Give him/her three of your opinions on why women are better leaders. 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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