The Reading / Listening - Migrant Caravan - Level 6

A caravan of more than 7,000 migrants is embarking on a thousand-kilometre journey through Mexico, aiming for the border with the USA. The migrants are mainly from Honduras and are hoping to find a better life in the U.S. Parents with young children are fleeing violence and a lack of job opportunities in their home countries. A reporter described the caravan as being "a river of people". They are battling hot weather, a lack of food and exhaustion in their epic flight. The Washington Post reported that there were many in the caravan who were recently deported from the U.S. after having lived there illegally for decades. They are desperate to be reunited with their children still living in the U.S.



The U.S. government has made it clear that it will stick to the law regarding any applications for asylum. It will turn away all migrants who don't apply for asylum in Mexico first. There has been a "zero-tolerance" policy towards migrants to deter people from attempting to enter the country illegally. There was public outcry earlier this year after U.S. authorities separated migrant children from their parents at the border. U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted: "Sadly, it looks like Mexico's police and military are unable to stop the caravan heading to...the United States. Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in." He has vowed to reduce or cut off foreign aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Migrant Caravan - Level 4  or  Migrant Caravan - Level 5

Sources
  • https://www.cbsnews.com/news/migrant-caravan-what-happens-if-it-reaches-the-us-border/
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-45944166
  • https://thehill.com/opinion/immigration/412670-why-the-migrant-caravan-is-not-a-border-crisis


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. MIGRANTS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about migrants. 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?
       caravan / migrants / border / a better life / violence / job opportunities / hot weather
       the law / asylum / zero tolerance / public outcry / military / criminals / foreign aid
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. BORDERS: Students A strongly believe the world would be better without borders; Students B strongly believe it woruldn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. MIGRATION: What are the benefits of migration? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

How beneficial?

Would this work in your country?

Economic growth

 

 

Help for the aged

 

 

Low-paid jobs

 

 

Energy / innovation

 

 

Cultural diversity

 

 

Tolerance

 

 

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5. JOURNEY: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "journey". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. 1,000-KM MIGRATION: Rank these with your partner. Put the biggest problems of a 1,000-km migration at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Lack of food
  • Lack of water
  • Intimidation
  • Stress
  • Homesickness
  • Safety
  • Blisters
  • Fatigue

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. embarking a. The state of being without or not having enough of something.
      2. fleeing b. Beginning a course of action or journey, especially one that is important.
      3. battling c. Fighting or struggling to achieve or resist something.
      4. lack d. Great in scale or nature.
      5. exhaustion e. Expelled a foreigner from a country, typically on the grounds of illegal status or for having committed a crime.
      6. epic f. Running away from a place or situation of danger.
      7. deported g. A state of extreme physical or mental tiredness.

    Paragraph 2

      8. stick h. Discourage someone from doing something by making them doubtful or making them fear the consequences.
      9. asylum i. Made a big promise to do a specified thing.
      10. zero-tolerance j. Relating to or characteristic of soldiers or armed forces.
      11. deter k. The refusal to accept anti-social behavior, typically by strict and uncompromising application of the law.
      12. outcry l. A strong expression of public disapproval or anger.
      13. military m. Stay firm to a commitment, belief, or rule.
      14. vowed n. The protection given by a nation to someone who has left their native country as a political refugee.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Migrants are walking over 7,000km to get to the USA.     T / F
  2. Migrants are trying to get away from violence in their own countries.     T / F
  3. A reporter said people had difficulty crossing a river.     T / F
  4. Many of the migrants have children living in the USA.     T / F
  5. The USA said the migrants must apply for asylum in Mexico.     T / F
  6. The US said it will introduce a zero-tolerance policy towards migrants.     T / F
  7. Donald Trump said Mexican police are successfully stopping the caravan. T / F
  8. Donald Trump has cut off foreign aid to Honduras.     T / F

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

  1. embarking
  2. mainly
  3. fleeing
  4. exhaustion
  5. deported
  6. stick
  7. deter
  8. illegally
  9. unknown
  10. cut off
  1. adhere
  2. fatigue
  3. anonymous
  4. escaping
  5. discourage
  6. unlawfully
  7. starting
  8. stop
  9. expelled
  10. largely

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

  1. aiming for the border
  2. young children are fleeing
  3. described the caravan as being
  4. recently deported
  5. They are desperate to be reunited
  6. made it clear that it will stick
  7. It will turn
  8. There has been a "zero-tolerance"
  9. There was public
  10. reduce or cut
  1. outcry earlier this year
  2. with their children
  3. to the law
  4. violence
  5. policy towards migrants
  6. from the U.S.
  7. with the USA
  8. off foreign aid
  9. "a river of people"
  10. away all migrants

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
epic
embarking
river
desperate
mainly
illegally
lack
violence

A caravan of more than 7,000 migrants is (1) ____________ on a thousand-kilometre journey through Mexico, aiming for the border with the USA. The migrants are (2) ____________ from Honduras and are hoping to find a better life in the U.S. Parents with young children are fleeing (3) ____________ and a lack of job opportunities in their home countries. A reporter described the caravan as being "a (4) ____________ of people". They are battling hot weather, a (5) ____________ of food and exhaustion in their (6) ____________ flight. The Washington Post reported that there were many in the caravan who were recently deported from the U.S. after having lived there (7) ____________ for decades. They are (8) ____________ to be reunited with their children still living in the U.S.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
outcry
asylum
heading
policy
vowed
border
stick
military

The U.S. government has made it clear that it will (9) ____________ to the law regarding any applications for (10) ____________. It will turn away all migrants who don't apply for asylum in Mexico first. There has been a "zero-tolerance" (11) ____________ towards migrants to deter people from attempting to enter the country illegally. There was public (12) ____________ earlier this year after U.S. authorities separated migrant children from their parents at the (13) ____________. U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted: "Sadly, it looks like Mexico's police and (14) ____________ are unable to stop the caravan (15) ____________ to...the United States. Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in." He has (16) ____________ to reduce or cut off foreign aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  A caravan of more than 7,000 migrants is embarking on a thousand-______
     a.  kilometres journey
     b.  kilometric journey
     c.  kilo metered journey
     d.  kilometre journey
2)  find a better life in the U.S. Parents with young children are ______
     a.  flee in violence
     b.  flea in violence
     c.  freeing violence
     d.  fleeing violence
3)  A reporter described the caravan as being "a ______"
     a.  river off people
     b.  river of people
     c.  river oft people
     d.  river rough people
4)  They are battling hot weather, a lack of food and exhaustion ______ flight
     a.  in their epic
     b.  in their biopic
     c.  in their myopic
     d.  in their e-pick
5)  recently deported from the U.S. after having lived there ______
     a.  illegally for decadence
     b.  illegally for deck aids
     c.  illegally for deck cards
     d.  illegally for decades

6) made it clear that it will stick to the law regarding ______
     a.  any application is
     b.  any applications
     c.  any supplications
     d.  any replications
7)  There has been a "zero-tolerance" policy towards migrants ______
     a.  to defer people
     b.  to demure people
     c.  to litter people
     d.  to deter people
8)  public outcry earlier this year after U.S. authorities ______ children
     a.  separated migrate
     b.  separated immigrant
     c.  separated migrant
     d.  separated might rant
9)  Sadly, it looks like Mexico's police and ______ unable to
     a.  militarily are
     b.  mill a tree are
     c.  mill tree are
     d.  military are
10)  He has vowed to reduce or cut off ______ Guatemala
     a.  foreign paid to
     b.  foreign made to
     c.  foreign jade to
     d.  foreign aid to

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A caravan of more than 7,000 migrants (1) ___________________ a thousand-kilometre journey through Mexico, (2) ___________________ border with the USA. The migrants are mainly from Honduras and are hoping to find a better life in the U.S. Parents with young children (3) ___________________ and a lack of job opportunities in their home countries. A reporter described the caravan as being "a river of people". They (4) ___________________ weather, a lack of food and exhaustion in their epic flight. The Washington Post reported that there were many in the caravan who were (5) ___________________ the U.S. after having lived there illegally for decades. They are desperate to be reunited with their children (6) ___________________ the U.S.

The U.S. government has made it clear that it (7) ___________________ the law regarding any applications for asylum. It will turn away all migrants who don't (8) ___________________ in Mexico first. There has been a "zero-tolerance" policy towards migrants to deter people from attempting to enter the country illegally. There (9) ___________________ earlier this year after U.S. authorities separated migrant children from their parents (10) ___________________. U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted: "Sadly, it looks like Mexico's police and (11) ___________________ to stop the caravan heading to...the United States. Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in." He has vowed to reduce or cut (12) ___________________ to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

Comprehension questions

  1. How many people are in the migrant caravan?
  2. Which country are the migrants largely from?
  3. What are the migrants fleeing from a lack of in their home countries?
  4. Which newspaper reported about the caravan?
  5. Who do some migrants wants to be reunited with?
  6. What did the USA say it would stick to?
  7. What kind of policy does the USA have towards migrants?
  8. Who did Donald Trump say were unable to stop the caravan?
  9. Who did Donald Trump say was mixed in the caravan?
  10. What did Donald Trump say he would cut off?




Multiple choice quiz

1) How many people are in the migrant caravan?
a) less than 7,000
b) exactly 7,000
c) more than 7,000
d) around 7,000
2) Which country are the migrants largely from?
a) Honduras
b) Mexico
c) Belize
d) Panama
3) What are the migrants fleeing from a lack of in their home countries?
a) equal rights
b) job opportunities
c) corruption
d) water
4) Which newspaper reported about the caravan?
a) Chicago Tribune
b) LA Times
c) New York Times
d) Washington Post
5) Who do some migrants wants to be reunited with?
a) a lifestyle
b) colleagues
c) their children
d) old friends

6) What did the USA say it would stick to?
a) applications
b) asylum laws
c) morals
d) IMF regulations
7) What kind of policy does the USA have towards migrants?
a) a harsh one
b) insurance policy
c) a fair policy
d) zero tolerance
8) Who did Donald Trump say were unable to stop the caravan?
a) migrants
b) Mexican police and military
c) international lawyers
d) US immigration officers
9) Who did Donald Trump say was mixed in the caravan?
a) U.S. nationals
b) criminals
c) reporters
d) celebrities
10) What did Donald Trump say he would cut off?
a) foreign aid
b) part of a wall
c) his hair
d) his words

Role play

Role  A – Homesickness
You think homesickness is the biggest problem of migrating across countries. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their problems aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the smallest problem of these (and why): lack of food, safety or fatigue.

Role  B – Lack of Food
You think a lack of food is the biggest problem of migrating across countries. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their problems aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the smallest problem of these (and why): homesickness, safety or fatigue.

Role  C – Safety
You think safety is the biggest problem of migrating across countries. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their problems aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the smallest problem of these (and why): lack of food, homesickness or fatigue.

Role  D – Fatigue
You think fatigue is the biggest problem of migrating across countries. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their problems aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the smallest problem of these (and why): lack of food, safety or homesickness.

After reading / listening

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

'migrant'

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  • and 'caravan'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • stick
    • turn
    • enter
    • earlier
    • unable
    • cut
    • 7,000
    • mainly
    • job
    • hot
    • recently
    • still




    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 - Huge migrant caravan heads to USA

    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 'migrant'?
    3. What do you know about the migrant caravan?
    4. What would it be like to be a migrant?
    5. What do you think will happen to the migrants at the border?
    6. Why are there so many migrants around the world?
    7. Should the world have no borders?
    8. What issues does your country have with migrants?
    9. What three adjectives best describe this story?
    10. Should the migrants be reunited with their children in the USA?

    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 'caravan'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you know about political asylum?
    5. What is the difference between economic migrants and asylum seekers?
    6. Should there be zero tolerance towards migrants?
    7. How do you think this story will end?
    8. Do you think "criminals and Middle Easterners" are in the caravan?
    9. What do you think of President Trump vowing to cut aid?
    10. What questions would you like to ask one of the migrants?

    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)

    A caravan of more than 7,000 migrants is (1) ____ on a thousand-kilometre journey through Mexico, aiming for the border with the USA. The migrants are (2) ____ from Honduras and are hoping to find a better life in the U.S. Parents with young children are (3) ____ violence and a lack of job opportunities in their home countries. A reporter described the caravan as (4) ____ "a river of people". They are battling hot weather, a lack of food and exhaustion in their epic flight. The Washington Post reported that there were many in the caravan who were recently (5) ____ from the U.S. after having lived there illegally for decades. They are desperate to be reunited (6) ____ their children still living in the U.S.

    The U.S. government has made it clear that it will (7) ____ to the law regarding any applications for asylum. It will (8) ____ away all migrants who don't apply for asylum in Mexico first. There has been a "(9) ____-tolerance" policy towards migrants to deter people from attempting to enter the country illegally. There was public (10) ____ earlier this year after U.S. authorities separated migrant children from their parents at the border. U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted: "Sadly, it looks like Mexico's police and (11) ____ are unable to stop the caravan heading to...the United States. Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in." He has (12) ____ to reduce or cut off foreign aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     embarking     (b)     embracing     (c)     embarrassing     (d)     embankment    
    2. (a)     manly     (b)     mainline     (c)     mainly     (d)     meantime    
    3. (a)     feeling     (b)     fleeting     (c)     fleecing     (d)     fleeing    
    4. (a)     be     (b)     being     (c)     been     (d)     begin    
    5. (a)     revoked     (b)     lambasted     (c)     arrived     (d)     deported    
    6. (a)     until     (b)     up     (c)     with     (d)     of    
    7. (a)     glue     (b)     stick     (c)     patch     (d)     tape    
    8. (a)     turn     (b)     revolve     (c)     twist     (d)     spin    
    9. (a)     zero     (b)     minus     (c)     nil     (d)     nothing    
    10. (a)     insole     (b)     uptake     (c)     outcry     (d)     downside    
    11. (a)     militia     (b)     soldiering     (c)     infantry     (d)     military    
    12. (a)     wowed     (b)     vowed     (c)     bowed     (d)     cowed

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    2. young children are lgneefi violence
    3. a lack of food and oshnaxuiet
    4. recently pdeeotdr from the U.S.
    5. They are atspredee
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    Paragraph 2

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    5. imacsiran and unknown Middle Easterners
    6. He has oewvd to reduce or cut off foreign aid

    Put the text back together

    1  ) A caravan of more than 7,000 migrants is embarking on a thousand-kilometre journey
    (...)  tweeted: "Sadly, it looks like Mexico's police and military are unable to stop the caravan
    (...)  vowed to reduce or cut off foreign aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
    (...)  of people". They are battling hot weather, a lack of food and exhaustion in their epic flight. The Washington Post reported that there were
    (...)  year after U.S. authorities separated migrant children from their parents at the border. U.S. President Donald Trump
    (...)  for decades. They are desperate to be reunited with their children still living in the U.S.
    (...)  of job opportunities in their home countries. A reporter described the caravan as being "a river
    (...)  heading to...the United States. Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in." He has
    (...)  deter people from attempting to enter the country illegally. There was public outcry earlier this
    (...)  through Mexico, aiming for the border with the USA. The migrants are mainly from Honduras and are
    (...)  The U.S. government has made it clear that it will stick to the law regarding any applications for asylum. It will turn
    (...)  away all migrants who don't apply for asylum in Mexico first. There has been a "zero-tolerance" policy towards migrants to
    (...)  hoping to find a better life in the U.S. Parents with young children are fleeing violence and a lack
    (...)  many in the caravan who were recently deported from the U.S. after having lived there illegally

    Put the words in the right order

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    2. with   young   violence   .   Parents   are   children   fleeing
    3. countries   .   lack   A   opportunities   their   in   job   of
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    5. their   reunited   to   Desperate   with   be   children   .
    6. regarding   law   asylum   .   applications   The   for   any
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    8. has   zero-tolerance   towards   a   There   migrants   .   been   policy
    9. their   children   Authorities   from   separated   migrant   parents   .
    10. cut   has   to   He   vowed   foreign   aid   .   off

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    A caravan of more than 7,000 migrants is embarking / embracing on a thousand-kilometre journey through Mexico, aiming / aims for the border with the USA. The migrants are main / mainly from Honduras and are hoping to find a better life in the U.S. Parents with young children are fleecing / fleeing violence and a lack of job opportunities in their home / homing countries. A reporter described the caravan as / has being "a river of people". They are battling hot weather, a slack / lack of food and exhaustion in their epic fight / flight. The Washington Post reported that there were many in the caravan who were recently deported / departed from the U.S. after having lived there illegally for decades. They are desperation / desperate to be reunited with their children still living in the U.S.

    The U.S. government has made it clear / clarity that it will stick to the law regarding any applications for / from asylum. It will turn away all migrants who don't apply for asylum in Mexico firstly / first. There has been a "zero-tolerance" policy towards migrants to defer / deter people from attempting to enter the country illegally / illegal. There was public outcry earlier this year after U.S. authority / authorities separated migrant children from their parents at the border. U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted: "Sadly / Sad, it looks like Mexico's police and military are inability / unable to stop the caravan heading to...the United States. Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed up / in." He has vowed / wowed to reduce or cut off foreign aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

    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

    a caravan of more than 7000 migrants are embarking on a thousand kilometre journey through mexico aiming for the border with the usa the migrants are mainly from honduras and are hoping to find a better life in the us parents with young children are fleeing violence and a lack of job opportunities in their home countries a reporter described the caravan as being a river of people they are battling hot weather a lack of food and exhaustion in their epic flight the washington post reported that there were many in the caravan who were recently deported from the us after having lived there illegally for decades they are desperate to be reunited with their children still living in the us

    the us government has made it clear that it will stick to the law regarding any applications for asylum it will turn away all migrants who dont apply for asylum in mexico first there has been a zero tolerance policy towards migrants to deter people from attempting to enter the country illegally there was public outcry earlier this year after us authorities separated migrant children from their parents at the border us president donald trump tweeted sadly it looks like mexicos police and military are unable to stop the caravan heading tothe united states criminals and unknown middle easterners are mixed in he has vowed to reduce or cut off foreign aid to guatemala honduras and el salvador.

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    Acaravanofmorethan7,000migrantsareembarkingonathousand-ki
    lometrejourneythroughMexico,aimingfortheborderwiththeUSA.The
    migrantsaremainlyfromHondurasandarehopingtofindabetterlifeinth
    eU.S.Parentswithyoungchildrenarefleeingviolenceandalackofjobop
    portunitiesintheirhomecountries.Areporterdescribedthecaravanasb
    eing"ariverofpeople".Theyarebattlinghotweather,alackoffoodandex
    haustionintheirepicflight.TheWashingtonPostreportedthattherewer
    emanyinthecaravanwhowererecentlydeportedfromtheU.S.afterhav
    inglivedthereillegallyfordecades.Theyaredesperatetobereunitedwit
    htheirchildrenstilllivingintheU.S.TheU.S.governmenthasmadeitclea
    rthatitwillsticktothelawregardinganyapplicationsforasylum.Itwilltur
    nawayallmigrantswhodon'tapplyforasyluminMexicofirst.Therehasb
    eena"zero-tolerance"policytowardsmigrantstodeterpeoplefromat
    temptingtoenterthecountryillegally.Therewaspublicoutcryearlierthi
    syearafterU.S.authoritiesseparatedmigrantchildrenfromtheirparen
    tsattheborder.U.S.PresidentDonaldTrumptweeted:"Sadly,itlookslik
    eMexico'spoliceandmilitaryareunabletostopthecaravanheadingto...
    theUnitedStates.CriminalsandunknownMiddleEasternersaremixedi
    n."HehasvowedtoreduceorcutoffforeignaidtoGuatemala,Hondurasa
    ndElSalvador.

    Free writing

    Write about migrant caravan for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    A world without borders is better than a world with borders. 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. MIGRANTS: Make a poster about migrants. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. BORDERS: Write a magazine article about there being no borders in the world. 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 migrants. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your opinions on the migrant caravan on its way to the USA. 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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