The Reading / Listening - Refugee Crisis - Level 3

British singer Sting has called world leaders "half-men and cowards" for their failure to solve the refugee crisis. Sting hit out at leaders during an Amnesty International concert in Athens, Greece. Amnesty International is the largest human rights NGO in the world. Sting also praised Greece for the way it has helped refugees over the past few years. He said: "Thank God for Greece because you have shown the way. You have shown how to treat refugees when other people are building walls. When children are being taken from their mothers and put in cages, you are acting with compassion and generosity and common sense....Our so-called leaders, a sad parade of half-men, cowards, have not got the solutions."



Sting told crowds that Greece helped nearly a million refugees in 2015, even though it was dealing with a major financial crisis. Other countries refused to help the refugees. Many quickly built barbed-wire fences to keep them out. Sting had harsh words for the recent family-separation policy in the USA. More than 2,000 children have been detained and separated from parents who tried to cross the Mexico border into the US illegally. The concert audience cheered and applauded when Sting called this policy "brutal" and "barbaric". Some European countries still seem unwilling to help refugees. Italy recently turned away a German boat of 350 immigrants. Spain eventually agreed to accept the refugees.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Refugee Crisis - Level 0 Refugee Crisis - Level 1   or  Refugee Crisis - Level 2

Sources
  • https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/sting-blasts-leaders-cowards-over-migration-crisis-134827897.html
  • https://www.rte.ie/entertainment/2018/0623/972699-sting-slams-coward-leaders-over-migrants-fate/
  • http://www.thejakartapost.com/life/2018/06/24/sting-lashes-out-at-coward-leaders-over-migrants-fate.html


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Warm-ups

1. REFUGEES: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about refugees. 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?
       world leaders / cowards / failure / concert / human rights / refugees / common sense
       crowds / financial crisis / fences / separation / border / audience / brutal / immigrants
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. OPEN BORDERS: Students A strongly believe there should be open borders; Students B strongly believe this would be terrible.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. WHO'S RESPONSIBLE: Who or what is responsible for the refugee crisis and how can we turn it around? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Who's responsible?

How can we turn it around?

World leaders

 

 

Famine

 

 

War

 

 

Corruption

 

 

Globalization

 

 

Racism

 

 

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

  • compassion
  • end war
  • closed borders
  • education
  • better leaders
  • bigger refugee camps
  • invest in poor countries
  • open borders

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. cowards a. Find the answer to a problem.
      2. failure b. Showing you care about and are and concerned for the sufferings or bad luck of other people.
      3. solve c. A person who isn't brave or strong enough to do dangerous or unpleasant things.
      4. hit out d. Lack of success.
      5. NGO e. Attacked.
      6. compassion f. Nongovernmental organization.
      7. common sense g. Having good judgment and making the right decisions.

    Paragraph 2

      8. major h. Moved or pulled apart.
      9. barbed wire i. Important.
      10. fences j. Strong and unpleasant.
      11. harsh k. All of the people who are looking at or listening to a public event.
      12. separated l. A long, thin, metal cable with lots of short, sharp spikes every few centimetres along it - used to make fences or in warfare as an obstruction.
      13. audience m. Horribly hard and unpleasant.
      14. brutal n. A barrier made from wood, wire or bushes to show where the border of something is.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Sting said world leaders were "half-men" for failing refugees.     T / F
  2. Sting spoke at a concert held by a nongovernmental organization.     T / F
  3. Sting thanked Greece for its efforts in helping refugees.     T / F
  4. Sting said world leaders were acting with compassion.     T / F
  5. Greece helped refugees while it had a very strong economy.     T / F
  6. Countries put up barbed-wire fences to keep refugees out.     T / F
  7. The crowd at the concert refused to clap Sting during the concert.     T / F
  8. Italy recently accepted a boat of 350 refugees.     T / F

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

  1. cowards
  2. failure
  3. solve
  4. latest
  5. sympathy
  6. dealing with
  7. built
  8. detained
  9. applauded
  10. eventually
  1. tackling
  2. most recent
  3. care
  4. held
  5. weaklings
  6. finally
  7. work out
  8. clapped
  9. lack of success
  10. erected

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

  1. their failure to solve
  2. Sting hit
  3. over the past
  4. how to treat
  5. you are acting with
  6. it was dealing with a major
  7. barbed-wire
  8. harsh
  9. detained and separated
  10. Spain eventually
  1. from parents
  2. refugees
  3. fences
  4. out at leaders
  5. agreed
  6. words
  7. the refugee crisis
  8. compassion
  9. financial crisis
  10. few years

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
praised
cages
failure
solutions
past
sense
during
building

British singer Sting has called world leaders "half-men and cowards" for their (1) ____________ to solve the refugee crisis. Sting hit out at leaders (2) ____________ an Amnesty International concert in Athens, Greece. Amnesty International is the largest human rights NGO in the world. Sting also (3) ____________ Greece for the way it has helped refugees over the (4) ____________ few years. He said: "Thank God for Greece because you have shown the way. You have shown how to treat refugees when other people are (5) ____________ walls. When children are being taken from their mothers and put in (6) ____________, you are acting with compassion and generosity and common (7) ____________....Our so-called leaders, a sad parade of half-men, cowards, have not got the (8) ____________."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
policy
major
eventually
illegally
crowds
unwilling
fences
brutal

Sting told (9) ____________ that Greece helped nearly a million refugees in 2015, even though it was dealing with a (10) ____________ financial crisis. Other countries refused to help the refugees. Many quickly built barbed-wire (11) ____________ to keep them out. Sting had harsh words for the recent family-separation (12) ____________ in the USA. More than 2,000 children have been detained and separated from parents who tried to cross the Mexico border into the US (13) ____________. The concert audience cheered and applauded when Sting called this policy "(14) ____________ " and "barbaric". Some European countries still seem (15) ____________ to help refugees. Italy recently turned away a German boat of 350 immigrants. Spain (16) ____________ agreed to accept the refugees.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  called world leaders "half-men and cowards" for their failure to solve ______
     a.  the refugees crisis
     b.  the refuge crisis
     c.  the refugee crisis
     d.  the refuge gee crisis
2)  Sting also praised Greece for the way it has ______
     a.  heaped refugees
     b.  helped refugees
     c.  yelped refugees
     d.  hoped refugees
3)  You have shown how to treat refugees when other people ______
     a.  are build in walls
     b.  are built-in walls
     c.  are building walls
     d.  are building in walls
4)  When children are being taken from their mothers and ______
     a.  putting cages
     b.  put in cages
     c.  puts in cages
     d.  putt in cages
5)  Our so-called leaders, a sad parade of half-men, cowards, have not ______
     a.  get the solutions
     b.  got the solutions
     c.  gets the solutions
     d.  got their solutions

6)  even though it was dealing with a major ______
     a.  financially crisis
     b.  finance shall crisis
     c.  financial crisis
     d.  financial cries is
7)  Sting had harsh words for the recent family-separation ______ USA
     a.  policy in their
     b.  policy on the
     c.  policing in the
     d.  policy in the
8)  The concert audience cheered and applauded when Sting called this ______
     a.  policy "brutal"
     b.  policy "brutality"
     c.  policy "brutally"
     d.  policy "brutalize"
9)  Some European countries still seem ______ refugees
     a.  in willing to help
     b.  unwilling too help
     c.  unwilling to help
     d.  unwilling to helps
10)  Spain eventually agreed to ______ refugees
     a.  accept the
     b.  except the
     c.  accent the
     d.  upset the

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

British singer Sting has (1) ___________________ "half-men and cowards" for their (2) ___________________ the refugee crisis. Sting hit out at leaders during an Amnesty International concert in Athens, Greece. Amnesty International is the (3) ___________________ NGO in the world. Sting also praised Greece for the way it has helped refugees over the past few years. He said: "Thank God for Greece because you have shown the way. You have shown (4) ___________________ refugees when other people are building walls. When children are being taken from their mothers and (5) ___________________, you are acting with compassion and generosity and common sense....Our so-called leaders, a sad parade of half-men, cowards, have not (6) ___________________."

Sting told crowds that Greece helped (7) ___________________ refugees in 2015, even though it was dealing with a major financial crisis. Other countries refused to (8) ___________________. Many quickly built barbed-wire fences to keep them out. Sting had (9) ___________________ the recent family-separation policy in the USA. More than 2,000 children have been detained and separated from parents who (10) ___________________ the Mexico border into the US illegally. The concert audience cheered and applauded when Sting called this policy (11) ___________________. Some European countries still seem unwilling to help refugees. Italy recently turned away a German boat of 350 immigrants. Spain eventually (12) ___________________ the refugees.

Comprehension questions

  1. What did Sting say leaders failed to solve?
  2. What country did Sting praise?
  3. What did Sting say some countries were building?
  4. Where did Sting say children were being put?
  5. What did sting say world leaders did not have?
  6. When did Greece help almost a million refugees?
  7. What kind of fences did Sting talk about?
  8. What kind of words did Sting have for a family-separation policy?
  9. What did Sting call the family separation policy, besides "barbaric"?
  10. How many immigrants were on a German boat?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What did Sting say leaders failed to solve?
a) the refugee crisis
b) a crossword puzzle
c) a mystery
d) a crime
2) What country did Sting praise?
a) Italy
b) the USA
c) Greece
d) Libya
3) What did Sting say some countries were building?
a) canals
b) walls
c) friendships
d) refugee camps
4) Where did Sting say children were being put?
a) cotton
b) cots
c) care
d) cages
5)  What did Sting say world leaders did not have?
a) solutions
b) nerve
c) friends
d) support

6) When did Greece help almost a million refugees?
a) 2014
b) 2017
c) 2016
d) 2015
7) What kind of fences did Sting talk about?
a) big ones
b) barbed-wire ones
c) conifer fences
d) electric fences
8) What kind of words did Sting have for a family-separation policy?
a) clever
b) loving
c) kind
d) harsh
9) What did Sting call the family separation policy, besides "barbaric"?
a) necessary
b) dull
c) brutal
d) interesting
10) How many immigrants were on a German boat?
a) 340
b) 350
c) 360
d) 370

Role play

Role  A – Better Leaders
You think having better leaders is the best way to ease the refugee crisis. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ways. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): open borders, compassion or bigger refugee camps.

Role  B – Open Borders
You think open borders is the best way to ease the refugee crisis. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ways. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): better leaders, compassion or bigger refugee camps.

Role  C – Compassion
You think compassion is the best way to ease the refugee crisis. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ways. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): open borders, better leaders or bigger refugee camps.

Role  D – Bigger Refugee Camps
You think having bigger refugee camps is the best way to ease the refugee crisis. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ways. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): open borders, compassion or better leaders.

After reading / listening

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

'world'

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  • and 'leader'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • nearly
    • help
    • words
    • border
    • cheered
    • accept
    • failure
    • hit
    • largest
    • past
    • walls
    • common




    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 - Singer calls world leaders "cowards" over refugee crisis

    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 'world'?
    3. What word would you use to describe your leader?
    4. What do you think of other world leaders?
    5. What makes a strong leader?
    6. What kind of leader would you be?
    7. Do you think world leaders are cowards?
    8. What do you think of the refugee crisis?
    9. What can we do to help the refugees?
    10. How compassionate is your country?

    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 'leader'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What is your country's policy on refugees?
    5. Why are there so many refugees in the world?
    6. What do you know about the border crisis in the USA?
    7. How wrong is it for a country to separate children from parents?
    8. What would life be like as a refugee?
    9. How bad is it for a country turn away refugees?
    10. What questions would you like to ask your country's leader?

    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)

    British singer Sting has called world leaders "half-men and cowards" for their (1) ____ to solve the refugee crisis. Sting (2) ____ out at leaders during an Amnesty International concert in Athens, Greece. Amnesty International is the largest human rights (3) ____ in the world. Sting also (4) ____ Greece for the way it has helped refugees over the past few years. He said: "Thank God for Greece because you have shown the way. You have shown how to (5) ____ refugees when other people are building walls. When children are being taken from their mothers and put in cages, you are acting with compassion and generosity and common (6) ____....Our so-called leaders, a sad parade of half-men, cowards, have not got the solutions."

    Sting told crowds that Greece helped (7) ____ a million refugees in 2015, even though it was dealing with a major financial crisis. Other countries refused to help the refugees. Many quickly built barbed-wire (8) ____ to keep them out. Sting had harsh words for the recent family-separation policy in the USA. More than 2,000 children have been (9) ____ and separated from parents who tried to cross the Mexico border into the US illegally. The concert audience (10) ____ and applauded when Sting called this policy "brutal" and "barbaric". Some European countries still seem (11) ____ to help refugees. Italy recently turned away a German boat of 350 immigrants. Spain (12) ____ agreed to accept the refugees.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    (a)     failed     (b)     failure     (c)     fail     (d)     fails    
    (a)     struck     (b)     slapped     (c)     punched     (d)     hit    
    (a)     GNO     (b)     NGO     (c)     OGN     (d)     GON    
    (a)     pursued     (b)     prosed     (c)     praised     (d)     pleased    
    (a)     treat     (b)     threat     (c)     tweet     (d)     teach    
    (a)     sense     (b)     sauce     (c)     source     (d)     scents    
    (a)     closely     (b)     close     (c)     most     (d)     nearly    
    (a)     fences     (b)     arches     (c)     walls     (d)     windows    
    (a)     donated     (b)     detained     (c)     dethroned     (d)     detested    
    (a)     pleased     (b)     clap     (c)     cheered     (d)     thanked    
    (a)     wavering     (b)     waving     (c)     unwilling     (d)     uniting    
    (a)     events     (b)     eventually     (c)     eventing     (d)     event

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    2. during an Amnesty International orcetnc
    3. Sting also paeidrs Greece
    4. how to ratte refugees
    5. acting with oocsansipm
    6. got the tlusnisoo

    Paragraph 2

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    3. The concert ndaeiuec cheered
    4. Sting called this plycoi "brutal"
    5. Italy trlyence turned away a German boat
    6. Spain lyeuaeltvn agreed to accept

    Put the text back together

    (...)  sense....Our so-called leaders, a sad parade of half-men, cowards, have not got the solutions."
    (...)  the refugee crisis. Sting hit out at leaders during an Amnesty International concert in Athens, Greece. Amnesty International
    1  ) British singer Sting has called world leaders "half-men and cowards" for their failure to solve
    (...)  taken from their mothers and put in cages, you are acting with compassion and generosity and common
    (...)  financial crisis. Other countries refused to help the refugees. Many quickly built barbed-wire fences to keep them
    (...)  and "barbaric". Some European countries still seem unwilling to help refugees. Italy recently turned away
    (...)  Sting told crowds that Greece helped nearly a million refugees in 2015, even though it was dealing with a major
    (...)  is the largest human rights NGO in the world. Sting also praised Greece for the way it has helped
    (...)  out. Sting had harsh words for the recent family-separation policy in the USA. More than 2,000
    (...)  way. You have shown how to treat refugees when other people are building walls. When children are being
    (...)  children have been detained and separated from parents who tried to cross the Mexico border into the US
    (...)  refugees over the past few years. He said: "Thank God for Greece because you have shown the
    (...)  a German boat of 350 immigrants. Spain eventually agreed to accept the refugees.
    (...)  illegally. The concert audience cheered and applauded when Sting called this policy "brutal"

    Put the words in the right order

    1. world   singer   called   "half-men"   .   has   Sting   British   leaders
    2. refugee   to   failure   solve   Their   crisis   .   the
    3. NGO   largest   world   .   in   the   rights   human   The
    4. have   refugees   .   how   to   shown   treat   You
    5. their   are   being   Children   from   mothers   .   taken
    6. nearly   Greece   refugees   a   in   million   2015   .   helped
    7. the   Other   to   refused   countries   help   refugees   .
    8. detained   .   been   have   More   than   children   2,000
    9. European   help   .   countries   to   seem   Some   unwilling   still
    10. agreed   eventually   the   Spain   refugees   .   accept   to

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    British singer Sting has called / calling world leaders "half-men and cowards" for their failure to solution / solve the refugee crisis. Sting hit up / out at leaders during an Amnesty International concert in Athens, Greece. Amnesty International is the largest human rights NGO in / on the world. Sting also praised Greece for the way it has helped refugees under / over the past few years. He said: "Thank God for Greece because you have shown / shorn the way. You have shown how to treat / treaty refugees when other people are building walls. When children are been / being taken from their mothers and put in cages, you are action / acting with compassion and generosity and common sense....Our so-called leaders, a sadly / sad parade of half-men, cowards, have not got the solutions."

    Sting told crowding / crowds that Greece helped nearly a million refugees in 2015, even / ever though it was dealing with a major financial crisis. Other countries refused / confused to help the refugees. Many quickly build / built barbed-wire fences to keep them out. Sting had harsh / hush words for the recent family-separation policy in the USA. More than 2,000 children have been detained and separation / separated from parents who tried to cross the Mexico border into / onto the US illegally. The concert audience cheered and applauded when Sting called this police / policy "brutal" and "barbaric". Some European countries still seem willingly / unwilling to help refugees. Italy recently turned away a German boat of 350 immigrants. Spain eventually agreed to accept / except the refugees.

    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

    british singer sting has called world leaders halfmen and cowards for their failure to solve the refugee crisis sting hit out at leaders during an amnesty international concert in athens greece amnesty international is the largest human rights ngo in the world sting also praised greece for the way it has helped refugees over the past few years he said thank god for greece because you have shown the way you have shown how to treat refugees when other people are building walls when children are being taken from their mothers and put in cages you are acting with compassion and generosity and common sense our so called leaders a sad parade of halfmen cowards have not got the solutions

    sting told crowds that greece helped nearly a million refugees in 2015 even though it was dealing with a major financial crisis other countries refused to help the refugees many quickly built barbedwire fences to keep them out sting had harsh words for the recent familyseparation policy in the usa more than 2000 children have been detained and separated from parents who tried to cross the mexico border into the us illegally the concert audience cheered and applauded when sting called this policy brutal and barbaric some european countries still seem unwilling to help refugees italy recently turned away a german boat of 350 immigrants spain eventually agreed to accept the refugees.

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    BritishsingerStinghascalledworldleaders"half-menandcowards"fo
    rtheirfailuretosolvetherefugeecrisis.StinghitoutatleadersduringanA
    mnestyInternationalconcertinAthens,Greece.AmnestyInternational
    isthelargesthumanrightsNGOintheworld.StingalsopraisedGreecefor
    thewayithashelpedrefugeesoverthepastfewyears.Hesaid:"ThankGo
    dforGreecebecauseyouhaveshowntheway.Youhaveshownhowtotre
    atrefugeeswhenotherpeoplearebuildingwalls.Whenchildrenarebein
    gtakenfromtheirmothersandputincages,youareactingwithcompassi
    onandgenerosityandcommonsense....Ourso-calledleaders,asadp
    aradeofhalf-men,cowards,havenotgotthesolutions."Stingtoldcrow
    dsthatGreecehelpednearlyamillionrefugeesin2015,eventhoughitwa
    sdealingwithamajorfinancialcrisis.Othercountriesrefusedtohelpther
    efugees.Manyquicklybuiltbarbed-wirefencestokeepthemout.Stingh
    adharshwordsfortherecentfamily-separationpolicyintheUSA.Moret
    han2,000childrenhavebeendetainedandseparatedfromparentswhot
    riedtocrosstheMexicoborderintotheUSillegally.Theconcertaudience
    cheeredandapplaudedwhenStingcalledthispolicy"brutal"and"barbar
    ic".SomeEuropeancountriesstillseemunwillingtohelprefugees.Italyr
    ecentlyturnedawayaGermanboatof350immigrants.Spaineventually
    agreedtoaccepttherefugees.

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    World leaders are cowards when it comes to the refugee crisis. 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. REFUGEES: Make a poster about refugees. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. WELCOME: Write a magazine article about more countries having to accept more refugees. 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 refugees. Ask him/her three questions about the crisis. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to give more help to refugees. 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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