The Reading / Listening - UNESCO - Level 3

The United States and Israel have officially quit UNESCO. This is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. The two countries pulled out of UNESCO at the stroke of midnight as the New Year came in. It is the second time for the U.S. to pull out of UNESCO. The first time was in 1984, when it thought the agency was favoring the old Soviet Union too much. The U.S. then rejoined in 2003. The current withdrawal started because both nations were worried that UNESCO was biased against Israel. Nikki Haley, the current U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said: "UNESCO is among the most corrupt and politically biased UN agencies. Today, the U.S. withdrawal from this cesspool became official."



UNESCO was co-founded by the U.S. after World War II. It seeks to build peace through international cooperation in education, the sciences and culture. The agency is best known for its World Heritage program, which protects cultural sites and traditions around the world. UNESCO also works to improve education for girls, promote understanding of the horrors of the Holocaust, and defend freedom of the press. The U.S. said it intends to follow UNESCO as a non-member "observer state". The Israeli envoy to the United Nations Danny Danon said his country, "will not be a member of an organization whose goal is to deliberately act against us".

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    UNESCO - Level 0 UNESCO - Level 1   or  UNESCO - Level 2

Sources
  • https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/us-israel-exit-cultural-agency-claiming-bias-60103564
  • https://nypost.com/2019/01/01/us-and-israel-officially-leave-un-cultural-agency-claiming-bias/
  • https://www.foxnews.com/politics/us-israel-official-quit-un-agency-unesco-claiming-anti-israeli-bias


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. UNESCO: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about UNESCO. 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?
       quit / United Nations / countries / midnight / first time / agency / withdrawal / corrupt
       peace / cooperation / education / sciences / culture / traditions / horrors / goal / act
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. UNITED NATIONS: Students A strongly believe the United Nations is essential; Students B strongly believe it isn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. COOPERATION: How can countries cooperate better via these things? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

What countries can do

How it can help

Education

 

 

Sciences

 

 

Culture

 

 

Trade

 

 

Sport

 

 

Internet

 

 

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5. PEACE: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "peace". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. WORLD HERITAGE SITES: Rank these with your partner. Put the sites you  most want to visit at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • the Pyramids
  • Acropolis
  • Persepolis
  • Mount Fuji
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Venice
  • Machu Picchu
  • Serengeti

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. officially a. End one's link to an organization or group.
      2. pull out b. Belonging to the present time; happening or being used or done now.
      3. agency c. Showing support of something.
      4. favoring d. A department or group that provides a specific service for a government or similar organization.
      5. current e. In a formal and public way.
      6. biased f. Doing bad or illegal things for money.
      7. corrupt g. Very unfair against someone or something.

    Paragraph 2

      8. co-founded h. Plan or aim to do something.
      9. seek i. Started a business, organization or project with another person.
      10. cooperation j. A strong feeling of fear, shock, or disgust.
      11. tradition k. Consciously and intentionally; on purpose.
      12. horror l. The process of working together for the same goal.
      13. intend m. A long custom or belief that has been passed on from parents to children for decades or centuries.
      14. deliberately n. Look for.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The USA and Israel will pull out of UNESCO at the end of January.     T / F
  2. This is the second time that the USA has pulled out of UNESCO.     T / F
  3. The USA pulled out because it said UNESCO was biased against Israel.    T / F
  4. The U.S. ambassador to the U.N. called UNESCO a "cesspool".     T / F
  5. The USA founded UNESCO after World War I.     T / F
  6. UNESCO looks after the World Heritage program.     T / F
  7. The article says UNESCO works to improve education for boys.     T / F
  8. Israel's envoy to the U.N. said UNESCO works in favor of Israel.     T / F

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

  1. quit
  2. pulled out
  3. favoring
  4. worried
  5. biased
  6. cooperation
  7. protects
  8. promote
  9. state
  10. deliberately
  1. prejudiced
  2. concerned
  3. on purpose
  4. preferring
  5. help
  6. leave
  7. country
  8. safeguards
  9. withdrew
  10. collaboration

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

  1. The United States and Israel have
  2. The two countries pulled
  3. at the stroke
  4. worried that UNESCO was biased
  5. among the most corrupt and politically
  6. UNESCO was co-
  7. cultural sites and traditions around
  8. UNESCO also works to improve
  9. promote understanding of the horrors
  10. deliberately act
  1. biased UN agencies
  2. against Israel
  3. of the Holocaust
  4. out of UNESCO
  5. the world
  6. against us
  7. officially quit UNESCO
  8. founded by the U.S.
  9. education for girls
  10. of midnight

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
stroke
ambassador
rejoined
cesspool
favoring
biased
officially
both

The United States and Israel have (1) ____________ quit UNESCO. This is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. The two countries pulled out of UNESCO at the (2) ____________ of midnight as the New Year came in. It is the second time for the U.S. to pull out of UNESCO. The first time was in 1984, when it thought the agency was (3) ____________ the old Soviet Union too much. The U.S. then (4) ____________ in 2003. The current withdrawal started because (5) ____________ nations were worried that UNESCO was biased against Israel. Nikki Haley, the current U.S. (6) ____________ to the United Nations, said: "UNESCO is among the most corrupt and politically (7) ____________ UN agencies. Today, the U.S. withdrawal from this (8) ____________ became official."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
understanding
peace
goal
program
traditions
envoy
founded
press

UNESCO was co-(9) ____________ by the U.S. after World War II. It seeks to build (10) ____________ through international cooperation in education, the sciences and culture. The agency is best known for its World Heritage (11) ____________, which protects cultural sites and (12) ____________ around the world. UNESCO also works to improve education for girls, promote (13) ____________ of the horrors of the Holocaust, and defend freedom of the (14) ____________. The U.S. said it intends to follow UNESCO as a non-member "observer state". The Israeli (15) ____________ to the United Nations Danny Danon said his country, "will not be a member of an organization whose (16) ____________ is to deliberately act against us".

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) two countries pulled out of UNESCO at the stroke of midnight as the New ______
     a.  Year came in
     b.  Year came on
     c.  Year coming
     d.  Year cumin
2) the agency was favoring the old Soviet Union too much. The U.S. ______ 2003
     a.  them rejoined in
     b.  then rejoin din
     c.  them rejoin din
     d.  then rejoined in
3)  The current withdrawal started because both nations ______
     a.  were warred
     b.  were worried
     c.  were flurry
     d.  were flurried
4)  UNESCO is among the most corrupt and politically ______
     a.  biased UN age ants is
     b.  biased UN agency is
     c.  biased UN agencies
     d.  biased UN agents is
5)  Today, the U.S. withdrawal from this cesspool ______
     a.  became official
     b.  became officially
     c.  became officials
     d.  became officialdom

6) build peace through international cooperation in education, the ______
     a.  sciences end culture
     b.  science sand culture
     c.  science is and culture
     d.  sciences and culture
7)  best known for its World Heritage program, which protects cultural ______
     a.  sites and traditions
     b.  site sand traditional
     c.  site sand traditions
     d.  sites and tradition
8)  UNESCO also works to improve education for girls, promote understanding ______
     a.  of the horrors
     b.  off the horrors
     c.  of the honor
     d.  of the honors
9)  The U.S. said it intends to follow UNESCO as a non-member ______
     a.  observer slates
     b.  observer state
     c.  observer stated
     d.  observer slate
10) will not be a member of an organization whose goal is to deliberately ______
     a.  acts again staff
     b.  act again stubs
     c.  acts against us
     d.  act against us

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The United States and Israel (1) ___________________ UNESCO. This is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. The two countries pulled out of UNESCO at (2) ___________________ midnight as the New Year came in. It is the (3) ___________________ the U.S. to pull out of UNESCO. The first time was in 1984, when it thought the agency was favoring the old Soviet Union too much. The U.S. (4) ___________________ 2003. The current withdrawal started because both nations were worried that UNESCO was biased against Israel. Nikki Haley, the current U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said: "UNESCO (5) __________________ most corrupt and politically biased UN agencies. Today, the U.S. withdrawal (6) ___________________ became official."

UNESCO was co-founded by the U.S. after World War II. It (7) ___________________ peace through international cooperation in education, the sciences and culture. The (8) ___________________ known for its World Heritage program, which protects cultural sites and traditions around the world. UNESCO also (9) ___________________ education for girls, promote understanding of the horrors of the Holocaust, and defend freedom of the press. The U.S. said it (10) ___________________ UNESCO as a non-member "observer state". The Israeli (11) ___________________ United Nations Danny Danon said his country, "will not be a member of an organization whose goal is to deliberately (12) ___________________ ".

Comprehension questions

  1. At what time did the USA and Israel pull out of UNESCO?
  2. How many times has the USA now pulled out of UNESCO?
  3. Which country did the USA say UNESCO favored in 1984?
  4. What is Nikki Haley's job?
  5. What did Nikki Haley call UNESCO?
  6. When was UNESCO founded?
  7. What program is UNESCO best known for?
  8. Who does UNESCO work to improve the education for?
  9. What does UNESCO work to defend?
  10. What is the job of Danny Danon?




Multiple choice quiz

1) At what time did the USA and Israel pull out of UNESCO?
a) 6pm
b) midnight
c) 6am
d) noon
2) How many times has the USA now pulled out of UNESCO?
a) 5
b) 4
c) 3
d) 2
3) Which country did the USA say UNESCO favored in 1984?
a) China
b) the U.K.
c) the Soviet Union
d) Lesotho
4) What is Nikki Haley's job?
a) U.S. ambassador to the U.N.
b) head of UNESCO
c) head of the U.N.
d) cultural envoy to UNESCO
5) What did Nikki Haley call UNESCO?
a) great
b) a cesspool
c) outdated
d) a force for good

6) When was UNESCO founded?
a) after WWII
b) after WWI
c) before WWI
d) 1900
7) What program is UNESCO best known for?
a) the World Bank
b) IMF
c) World Heritage
d) WHO
8) Who does UNESCO work to improve the education for?
a) girls
b) the poor
c) university students
d) kindergarteners
9) What does UNESCO work to defend?
a) borders
b) human rights
c) global peace
d) freedom of the press
10) What is the job of Danny Danon?
a) culture secretary
b) the head of the U.N.
c) the Israeli envoy to the U.N.
d) the boss of UNESCO

Role play

Role  A – The Great Barrier Reef
You think the Great Barrier Reef is the best World Heritage site. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their sites aren't as great. Also, tell the others which is the least impressive of these (and why): the Serengeti, Machu Picchu or Mount Fuji.

Role  B – Machu Picchu
You think Machu Picchu is the best World Heritage site. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their sites aren't as great. Also, tell the others which is the least impressive of these (and why): Great Barrier Reef, the Serengeti or Mount Fuji.

Role  C – The Serengeti
You think the Serengeti is the best World Heritage site. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their sites aren't as great. Also, tell the others which is the least impressive of these (and why): Machu Picchu, Great Barrier Reef or Mount Fuji.

Role  D – Mount Fuji
You think Mount Fuji is the best World Heritage site. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their sites aren't as great. Also, tell the others which is the least impressive of these (and why): Machu Picchu, the Serengeti or Great Barrier Reef.

After reading / listening

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

'united'

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  • and 'nation'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • build
    • best
    • girls
    • press
    • follow
    • us
    • officially
    • midnight
    • old
    • against
    • among
    • cesspool




    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 - The USA and Israel quit UNESCO

    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 'united'?
    3. What do you know about UNESCO?
    4. What do you think of the USA and Israel quitting UNESCO?
    5. What did you do at the stroke of midnight as the New Year came in?
    6. What do you know about the former Soviet Union?
    7. Why might UNESCO be biased against Israel?
    8. Why did Nikki Haley describe UNESCO as a "cesspool"?
    9. Would you like to work for UNESCO?
    10. What is the most important U.N. agency?

    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 'nations'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Are organizations like UNESCO important?
    5. How can we achieve peace through education?
    6. How can we achieve peace through the sciences?
    7. How important is it to protect World Heritage sites?
    8. What do you know about the Holocaust?
    9. What is the most important thing UNESCO should do?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Nikki Haley?

    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)

    The United States and Israel have (1) ____ quit UNESCO. This is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. The two countries pulled out of UNESCO at the (2) ____ of midnight as the New Year came in. It is the second time for the U.S. to pull out of UNESCO. The first time was in 1984, when it thought the agency was (3) ____ the old Soviet Union too much. The U.S. then rejoined in 2003. The current withdrawal started because (4) ____ nations were worried that UNESCO was biased against Israel. Nikki Haley, the current U.S. ambassador (5) ____ the United Nations, said: "UNESCO is among the most corrupt and politically biased UN agencies. Today, the U.S. withdrawal from this (6) ____ became official."

    UNESCO was co-founded by the U.S. after World War II. It (7) ____ to build peace through international cooperation in education, the sciences and culture. The agency is best (8) ____ for its World Heritage program, which protects cultural sites and traditions around the world. UNESCO also works to (9) ____ education for girls, promote understanding of the (10) ____ of the Holocaust, and defend freedom of the press. The U.S. said it intends to (11) ____ UNESCO as a non-member "observer state". The Israeli envoy to the United Nations Danny Danon said his country, "will not be a member of an organization whose goal is to deliberately (12) ____ against us".

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     official     (b)     officially     (c)     officials     (d)     officialdom    
    2. (a)     strike     (b)     stroke     (c)     struck     (d)     stricken    
    3. (a)     favor     (b)     favored     (c)     favors     (d)     favoring    
    4. (a)     all     (b)     both     (c)     many     (d)     most    
    5. (a)     through     (b)     as     (c)     by     (d)     to    
    6. (a)     pool     (b)     carpool     (c)     cesspool     (d)     pools    
    7. (a)     weeks     (b)     leeks     (c)     seeks     (d)     peeks    
    8. (a)     knows     (b)     knowing     (c)     known     (d)     knowledge    
    9. (a)     reprove     (b)     proof     (c)     prove     (d)     improve    
    10. (a)     horrors     (b)     horrible     (c)     horrify     (d)     horrific    
    11. (a)     follow     (b)     chase     (c)     stalk     (d)     go after    
    12. (a)     act     (b)     play     (c)     do     (d)     have

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    1  ) The United States and Israel have officially quit UNESCO. This is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
    (...)  state". The Israeli envoy to the United Nations Danny Danon said his country, "will not
    (...)  be a member of an organization whose goal is to deliberately act against us".
    (...)  nations were worried that UNESCO was biased against Israel. Nikki Haley, the current U.S.
    (...)  Organization. The two countries pulled out of UNESCO at the stroke of midnight as the New Year came
    (...)  UNESCO was co-founded by the U.S. after World War II. It seeks to build peace through international cooperation in
    (...)  sites and traditions around the world. UNESCO also works to improve education for
    (...)  education, the sciences and culture. The agency is best known for its World Heritage program, which protects cultural
    (...)  politically biased UN agencies. Today, the U.S. withdrawal from this cesspool became official."
    (...)  in. It is the second time for the U.S. to pull out of UNESCO. The first time was in 1984, when it thought the agency was
    (...)  ambassador to the United Nations, said: "UNESCO is among the most corrupt and
    (...)  of the press. The U.S. said it intends to follow UNESCO as a non-member "observer
    (...)  girls, promote understanding of the horrors of the Holocaust, and defend freedom
    (...)  favoring the old Soviet Union too much. The U.S. then rejoined in 2003. The current withdrawal started because both

    Put the words in the right order

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    3. withdrawal   worried   .  because   were   nations  current   The   started
    4. United   to   U.S.   current   The   Nations   .   the   ambassador
    5. withdrawal   from   cesspool   this   U.S.   official   .   became   The
    6. cooperation   .   peace   It   build   seeks   through   international   to
    7. agency   best   World   is   known   for   The   Heritage   .
    8. also   education   works   improve   to   girls   .   UNESCO   for
    9. said   UNESCO   .   The   U.S.   to   intends   it   follow
    10. said   member   .   country   not   his   be   Danon   will   a

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    The United States and Israel have official / officially quit UNESCO. This is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. The two countries pulled out of UNESCO at the struck / stroke of midnight as the New Year came in. It is the second time / timing for the U.S. to pull out of UNESCO. The first time was in 1984, when it thought an / the agency was favoring the old Soviet Union too much / many. The U.S. then rejoined in 2003. The current withdrawal started because both nations / nationals were worried that UNESCO was based / biased against Israel. Nikki Haley, the current U.S. ambassador / embassy to the United Nations, said: "UNESCO is among the most corrupt / corruption and politically biased UN agencies. Today, the U.S. withdrawal / withdraw from this cesspool became official."

    UNESCO was co-founded by / at the U.S. after World War II. It seeks to build piece / peace through international cooperation in education, the sciences / scientific and culture. The agency is best known / knowing for its World Heritage program, which protracts / protects cultural sites and traditions around the world. UNESCO also works to reprove / improve education for girls, promote understanding of the horrific / horrors of the Holocaust, and defend freedom of the press / push. The U.S. said it intends to follow UNESCO as a non-member "observer state". The Israeli convoy / envoy to the United Nations Danny Danon said his country, "will not be a member of an organization whose goal is to deliberately act for / against us".

    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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    U N E S C O w_s c_- f__ n d_d b y t h_ U . S . _f t_r W_r l d W_r I I . I t s__ k s t_ b__ l d p__ c_ t h r__ g h _n t_r n_t__ n_l c__ p_r_t__ n _n _d_c_t__ n , t h_ s c__ n c_s _n d c_l t_r_. T h_ _g_n c y _s b_s t k n_w n f_r _t s W_r l d H_r_t_g_ p r_g r_m , w h_c h p r_t_c t s c_l t_r_l s_t_s _n d t r_d_t__ n s _r__ n d t h_ w_r l d . U N E S C O _l s_ w_r k s t_ _m p r_v_ _d_c_t__ n f_r g_r l s , p r_m_t_ _n d_r s t_n d_n g _f t h_ h_r r_r s _f t h_ H_l_c__ s t , _n d d_f_n d f r__ d_m _f t h_ p r_s s . T h_ U . S . s__ d _t _n t_n d s t_ f_l l_w U N E S C O _s _ n_n - m_m b_r "_b s_r v_r s t_t_" . T h_ I s r__ l_ _n v_y t_ t h_ U n_t_d N_t__ n s D_n n y D_n_n s__ d h_s c__ n t r y , " w_l l n_t b_ _ m_m b_r _f _n _r g_n_z_t__ n w h_s_ g__ l _s t_ d_l_b_r_t_l y _c t _g__ n s t _s " .

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    the united states and israel have officially quit unesco this is the united nations educational scientific and cultural organization the two countries pulled out of unesco at the stroke of midnight as the new year came in it is the second time for the us to pull out of unesco the first time was in 1984 when it thought the agency was favoring the old soviet union too much the us then rejoined in 2003 the current withdrawal started because both nations were worried that unesco was biased against israel nikki haley the current us ambassador to the united nations said unesco is among the most corrupt and politically biased un agencies today the us withdrawal from this cesspool became official

    unesco was cofounded by the us after world war ii it seeks to build peace through international cooperation in education the sciences and culture the agency is best known for its world heritage program which protects cultural sites and traditions around the world unesco also works to improve education for girls promote understanding of the horrors of the holocaust and defend freedom of the press the us said it intends to follow unesco as a nonmember observer state the israeli envoy to the united nations danny danon said his country will not be a member of an organization whose goal is to deliberately act against us

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    TheUnitedStatesandIsraelhaveofficiallyquitUNESCO.ThisistheUnite
    dNationsEducational,ScientificandCulturalOrganization.Thetwocou
    ntriespulledoutofUNESCOatthestrokeofmidnightastheNewYearcam
    ein.ItisthesecondtimefortheU.S.topulloutofUNESCO.Thefirsttimew
    asin1984,whenitthoughttheagencywasfavoringtheoldSovietUniont
    oomuch.TheU.S.thenrejoinedin2003.Thecurrentwithdrawalstarted
    becausebothnationswereworriedthatUNESCOwasbiasedagainstIsra
    el.NikkiHaley,thecurrentU.S.ambassadortotheUnitedNations,said:"
    UNESCOisamongthemostcorruptandpoliticallybiasedUNagencies.T
    oday,theU.S.withdrawalfromthiscesspoolbecameofficial."UNESCO
    wasco-foundedbytheU.S.afterWorldWarII.Itseekstobuildpeacethro
    ughinternationalcooperationineducation,thesciencesandculture.Th
    eagencyisbestknownforitsWorldHeritageprogram,whichprotectscul
    turalsitesandtraditionsaroundtheworld.UNESCOalsoworkstoimprov
    eeducationforgirls,promoteunderstandingofthehorrorsoftheHoloca
    ust,anddefendfreedomofthepress.TheU.S.saiditintendstofollowUNE
    SCOasanon-member"observerstate".TheIsraelienvoytotheUnite
    dNationsDannyDanonsaidhiscountry,"willnotbeamemberofanorgan
    izationwhosegoalistodeliberatelyactagainstus".

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    The United Nations is a much-needed organization. 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. UNESCO: Make a poster about UNESCO. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. THE U.N.: Write a magazine article about the United Nations having powers to control governments. 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 UNESCO. Ask him/her three questions about UNESCO. Give him/her three of your ideas. 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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