The Reading / Listening - Sagrada Familia - Level 4

The Sagrada Familia finally has a building permit - 136 years after building began. It agreed to repay $41 million in fees dating back to 1882. It has 10 years to pay the fees. Barcelona's mayor called the agreement historic. She said the money would finance projects to improve the metro, roads, public services and local neighbourhoods. A resident tweeted that this would, "improve the quality of life for citizens and visitors [and] the image of Barcelona".



La Sagrada Familia was designed by the modernist artist Antoni Gaudi. He also designed many unique and eccentric buildings and parks in Barcelona. The basilica will be finished in 2026 - 100 years after Gaudi's death. It was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1985. In 2010, the church became a minor basilica. It is now one of Barcelona's top tourist attractions. It attracts around 20 million visitors a year.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Sagrada Familia - Level 5 or  Sagrada Familia - Level 6

Sources
  • http://time.com/5429231/barcelona-sagrada-familia-building-permit/
  • https://www.euronews.com/2018/10/19/barcelona-s-sagrada-familia-basilica-to-pay-city-36-million-in-late-permit-fees
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sagrada_Fam%C3%ADlia


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 :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. 136 years after
  2. dating
  3. It has 10 years to pay
  4. finance projects to
  5. local
  6. improve the
  7. for citizens
  8. the image
  1. and visitors
  2. building began
  3. quality of life
  4. the fees
  5. of Barcelona
  6. back to 1882
  7. neighbourhoods
  8. improve the metro

Paragraph 2

  1. designed by the modernist
  2. many unique and
  3. The basilica will be finished
  4. 100 years after
  5. a UNESCO World Heritage
  6. the church became a minor
  7. It is now one of Barcelona's top
  8. It attracts around 20 million
  1. in 2026
  2. Gaudi's death
  3. basilica
  4. visitors a year
  5. eccentric buildings
  6. artist
  7. site
  8. tourist attractions

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The Sagrada Familia (1) ___________________ building permit - 136 years after building began. It (2) ___________________ $41 million in fees dating back to 1882. It has 10 years to (3) ___________________. Barcelona's mayor called the agreement historic. She said the money would finance (4) ___________________ the metro, roads, public services and local neighbourhoods. A resident tweeted that this would, "(5) ___________________ of life for citizens and visitors [and] (6) ___________________ Barcelona".

La Sagrada Familia (7) ___________________ the modernist artist Antoni Gaudi. He also designed (8) ___________________ eccentric buildings and parks in Barcelona. The basilica (9) ___________________ in 2026 - 100 years after Gaudi's death. It was (10) ___________________ UNESCO World Heritage site in 1985. In 2010, the church (11) ___________________ basilica. It is now one of Barcelona's top tourist attractions. It attracts around 20 million (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheSagradaFamiliafinallyhasabuildingpermit-136yearsafterbuild
ingbegan.Itagreedtorepay$41millioninfeesdatingbackto1882.Ithas
10yearstopaythefees.Barcelona'smayorcalledtheagreementhistoric
.Shesaidthemoneywouldfinanceprojectstoimprovethemetro,roads,
publicservicesandlocalneighbourhoods.Aresidenttweetedthatthisw
ould,"improvethequalityoflifeforcitizensandvisitors[and]theimageo
fBarcelona".LaSagradaFamiliawasdesignedbythemodernistartistAn
toniGaudi.Healsodesignedmanyuniqueandeccentricbuildingsandpa
rksinBarcelona.Thebasilicawillbefinishedin2026-100yearsafterGa
udi'sdeath.ItwasrecognizedasaUNESCOWorldHeritagesitein1985.I
n2010,thechurchbecameaminorbasilica.ItisnowoneofBarcelona'sto
ptouristattractions.Itattractsaround20millionvisitorsayear.

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 — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

(a) ________________

(b) ________________

(c) ________________

(d) ________________

(e) ________________

(f) ________________

(g) ________________

(h) ________________

STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

Answers

(Please check your answers against the article above.

Help Support This Web Site

  • Please consider helping Breaking News English.com

Sean Banville's Book

Thank You