The Reading / Listening - Sagrada Familia - Level 5

The world-famous Sagrada Familia finally has a building permit - 136 years after construction on the site began. The church agreed to repay $41 million in fees dating back to 1882, which is when building began. City authorities gave the church 10 years to pay the fees. Barcelona's mayor hailed the historic agreement. She said the funds would go to projects that would improve the metro, roads, public services and local neighbourhoods. A resident tweeted: "To improve the environment of this majestic building is to improve the quality of life for citizens and visitors [and] the image of Barcelona."



La Sagrada Familia was designed by the famous architect Antoni Gaudi. He was a modernist artist who 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 has never had any inspections from local authorities. It was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1985. In 2010, the church became a minor basilica. This is different from a cathedral as it is not the seat of a bishop. It is now one of Barcelona's top tourist attractions, attracting an estimated 20 million visitors a year.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Sagrada Familia - Level 4 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 construction on
  2. fees dating
  3. authorities gave the church 10 years
  4. Barcelona's mayor hailed the
  5. local
  6. To improve
  7. this majestic
  8. improve the quality of life
  1. building
  2. historic agreement
  3. neighbourhoods
  4. for citizens
  5. the site began
  6. back to 1882
  7. the environment
  8. to pay the fees

Paragraph 2

  1. designed by the famous
  2. designed many unique and
  3. The basilica will be
  4. inspections from
  5. This is different
  6. it is not the seat
  7. one of Barcelona's top
  8. attracting an estimated
  1. tourist attractions
  2. of a bishop
  3. 20 million visitors
  4. from a cathedral
  5. architect
  6. local authorities
  7. eccentric buildings
  8. finished in 2026

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The world-famous Sagrada Familia (1) ___________________ building permit - 136 years after construction on (2) ___________________. The church agreed to repay $41 million in (3) ___________________ to 1882, which is when building began. City authorities gave the church 10 years to pay the fees. Barcelona's (4) ___________________ historic agreement. She said the funds would go to projects that would improve the metro, roads, public services and local neighbourhoods. A resident tweeted: "To improve the environment of (5) ___________________ is to improve the quality of life for citizens and visitors [and] (6) ___________________ Barcelona."

La Sagrada Familia was designed (7) ___________________ architect Antoni Gaudi. He was a modernist artist who also designed many (8) ___________________ buildings and parks in Barcelona. The basilica will be finished in 2026 - 100 years after Gaudi's death. It has never (9) ___________________ from local authorities. It was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1985. In 2010, the church (10) ___________________ basilica. This is different from a cathedral as it is not (11) ___________________ a bishop. It is now one of Barcelona's top tourist attractions, (12) ___________________ 20 million visitors a year.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Theworld-famousSagradaFamiliafinallyhasabuildingpermit-136ye
arsafterconstructiononthesitebegan.Thechurchagreedtorepay$41
millioninfeesdatingbackto1882,whichiswhenbuildingbegan.Cityaut
horitiesgavethechurch10yearstopaythefees.Barcelona'smayorhaile
dthehistoricagreement.Shesaidthefundswouldgotoprojectsthatwou
ldimprovethemetro,roads,publicservicesandlocalneighbourhoods.A
residenttweeted:"Toimprovetheenvironmentofthismajesticbuilding
istoimprovethequalityoflifeforcitizensandvisitors[and]theimageofB
arcelona."LaSagradaFamiliawasdesignedbythefamousarchitectAnt
oniGaudi.Hewasamodernistartistwhoalsodesignedmanyuniqueand
eccentricbuildingsandparksinBarcelona.Thebasilicawillbefinishedin
2026-100yearsafterGaudi'sdeath.Ithasneverhadanyinspectionsfro
mlocalauthorities.ItwasrecognizedasaUNESCOWorldHeritagesitein
1985.In2010,thechurchbecameaminorbasilica.Thisisdifferentfroma
cathedralasitisnottheseatofabishop.ItisnowoneofBarcelona'stoptou
ristattractions,attractinganestimated20millionvisitorsayear.

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