The Reading / Listening - Macedonia - Level 0

The Republic of Macedonia will change its name to the Republic of North Macedonia. The country became independent in 1991. It became a member of the U.N. in 1993. Greece's largest region is also called Macedonia. Greece said it owned the name. Greece stopped Macedonia from joining the E.U. because of this.



Over 67 per cent of Macedonia's politicians voted for the change. Opposition politicians did not vote. Hundreds of people protested. An opposition leader said the government traded Macedonia's name, "just like at a market stall." Macedonia's Prime Minister said the name change would, "open the doors to the future".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Macedonia - Level 1 Macedonia - Level 2   or  Macedonia - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.reuters.com/article/us-macedonia-name-parliament/macedonian-parliament-agrees-to-change-countrys-name-idUSKCN1P5238
  • https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/01/11/macedonia-paves-way-eu-membership-agreeing-north-macedonia-name/
  • https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/macedonian-pm-struggles-secure-majority-change-60288809


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. Macedonia will change
  2. The country became independent
  3. It became a member
  4. Greece's largest
  5. also called
  6. Greece said it owned
  7. Greece stopped Macedonia
  8. because
  1. the name
  2. Macedonia
  3. of this
  4. its name
  5. from joining
  6. region
  7. of the U.N.
  8. in 1991

Paragraph 2

  1. Over
  2. Macedonia's politicians voted
  3. Opposition politicians did
  4. Hundreds of people
  5. opposition
  6. the government traded
  7. at a market
  8. open the doors
  1. not vote
  2. Macedonia's name
  3. to the future
  4. leader
  5. stall
  6. for the change
  7. protested
  8. 67 per cent

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The Republic of Macedonia (1) ___________________ name to the Republic of North Macedonia. The country (2) ___________________ 1991. It became (3) ________________ the U.N. in 1993. Greece's largest (4) ___________________ called Macedonia. Greece (5) ___________________ the name. Greece stopped Macedonia from joining the E.U. (6) ___________________.

Over 67 per cent of Macedonia's politicians (7) ________________ change. Opposition (8) ___________________ vote. Hundreds of people protested. An opposition (9) ___________________ government traded Macedonia's name, "(10) __________________ a market stall." Macedonia's Prime Minister (11) ___________________ change would, "open the doors (12) ___________________".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheRepublicofMacedoniawillchangeitsnametotheRepublicofNorthM
acedonia.Thecountrybecameindependentin1991.Itbecameamemb
eroftheU.N.in1993.Greece'slargestregionisalsocalledMacedonia.Gr
eecesaiditownedthename.GreecestoppedMacedoniafromjoiningthe
E.U.becauseofthis.Over67percentofMacedonia'spoliticiansvotedfort
hechange.Oppositionpoliticiansdidnotvote.Hundredsofpeopleprote
sted.AnoppositionleadersaidthegovernmenttradedMacedonia'snam
e,"justlikeatamarketstall."Macedonia'sPrimeMinistersaidthenamec
hangewould,"openthedoorstothefuture".

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)

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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.

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Answers

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