The Reading / Listening - Homes for Sale - Level 6

It sounds like a dream come true for anyone looking to get on the property ladder - a home for one euro (about $1.14). A picturesque town on the island of Sicily, Italy is selling houses for just €1. The bargain price is to attract people to move to the hilltop town of Sambuca because of a rapid decline in its population. Like many rural towns in Italy, the number of Sambuca's residents is dwindling because many young people are moving to cities. The Sambuca mayor believes the houses will be easy to sell because his town is so attractive. It overlooks the Mediterranean Sea, is close to gorgeous beaches and has retained its heritage with its cobbled streets and Arabesque architecture.



Like all bargains, there is a small catch to the one-euro houses - the buyer must promise to spend $17,000 on renovating the property within three years of purchasing it. Sambuca's deputy mayor said the houses are owned by the town, so there is little of the red tape normally associated with buying a property. He said: "We're not intermediaries who liaise between old and new owners. You want that house, you'll get it in no time." He promised potential buyers would love the town. He said: "This fertile patch of land is dubbed the "Earthly Paradise". We're located inside a natural reserve, packed with history. Gorgeous beaches, woods and mountains surround us. It's silent and peaceful - an idyllic retreat for a detox stay."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Homes for Sale - Level 4  or  Homes for Sale - Level 5

Sources
  • https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/one-dollar-home-sambuca-sicily-italy/index.html
  • https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/sambuca-italy-house-buy-town-sicily-property-a8731761.html
  • https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6600011/Sicilian-town-sells-dozens-homes-glorious-views-Med-just-90p.html


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. HOMES FOR SALE: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about homes for sale. 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?
       dream come true / property ladder / picturesque / island / rural / cities / architecture /
       bargains / promise / property / red tape / fertile / beaches / woods / idyllic / detox
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. PROPERTY LADDER: Students A strongly believe everyone needs to get on the property ladder; Students B strongly believe that's wrong.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. DREAM COME TRUE: What is your dream come true for these things? Complete this table and share what you wrote with your partner(s). Change partners often.

 

Your Dream

Why?

Love

 

 

Health

 

 

Your country

 

 

The world

 

 

Food

 

 

Social Media

 

 

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5. EURO: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "Euro". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. PARADISE: Rank these with your partner. Put the places that best represent paradise at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • All-you-can-sing karaoke
  • Desert oasis
  • 7-star hotel
  • A safari lodge
  • Mountains
  • Chocolate cafe
  • Tropical island
  • My bedroom

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. property ladder a. Become smaller, fewer, or less.
      2. picturesque b. Reducing gradually in size, amount, or strength.
      3. bargain c. A number of stages by which people increase their wealth by buying more and more expensive houses.
      4. decline d. Valued objects and qualities such as cultural traditions, unspoiled countryside, and historic buildings that have been passed down from previous generations.
      5. dwindling e. Visually attractive, especially in a quaint or pretty style; beautiful.
      6. gorgeous f. A thing bought or offered for sale more cheaply than is usual or expected.
      7. heritage g. Beautiful; very attractive.

    Paragraph 2

      8. catch h. A process or period of time in which one rids the body of unhealthy things or actions.
      9. renovating i. A hidden problem or disadvantage.
      10. red tape j. Restoring something old to be in a good condition again.
      11. liaise k. Capable of growing a lot of food or crops.
      12. fertile l. Talk or cooperate on a business or other matter.
      13. idyllic m. Too much paperwork and regulations when doing business.
      14. detox n. Extremely happy, peaceful.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The article says everyone needs a ladder with their property.     T / F
  2. The town of Sambuca is increasing in population.     T / F
  3. The mayor thinks the houses will be difficult to sell.     T / F
  4. The streets in the town are cobbled.     T / F
  5. Buyers of the house must spend $17,000 on repairs.     T / F
  6. The houses for sale are owned by the town.     T / F
  7. The mayor said the town is dubbed the "Fertile Patch".     T / F
  8. The deputy major said the town is a good place to go for a detox.     T / F

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

  1. picturesque
  2. decline
  3. rural
  4. heritage
  5. architecture
  6. promise
  7. renovating
  8. liaise
  9. dubbed
  10. idyllic
  1. countryside
  2. building design
  3. nicknamed
  4. refurbishing
  5. beautiful
  6. work together
  7. reduction
  8. perfect
  9. tradition
  10. pledge

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

  1. It sounds like a dream
  2. anyone looking to get on the
  3. a rapid decline
  4. the number of Sambuca's residents
  5. cobbled
  6. spend $17,000 on renovating
  7. red
  8. you'll get it in
  9. packed
  10. an idyllic
  1. in its population
  2. no time
  3. streets
  4. with history
  5. property ladder
  6. retreat
  7. come true
  8. tape
  9. is dwindling
  10. the property

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
bargain
rural
true
heritage
rapid
overlooks
ladder
dwindling

It sounds like a dream come (1) ____________ for anyone looking to get on the property (2) ____________ - a home for one euro (about $1.14). A picturesque town on the island of Sicily, Italy is selling houses for just €1. The (3) ____________ price is to attract people to move to the hilltop town of Sambuca because of a (4) ____________ decline in its population. Like many (5) ____________ towns in Italy, the number of Sambuca's residents is (6) ____________ because many young people are moving to cities. The Sambuca mayor believes the houses will be easy to sell because his town is so attractive. It (7) ____________ the Mediterranean Sea, is close to gorgeous beaches and has retained its (8) ____________ with its cobbled streets and Arabesque architecture.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
detox
catch
time
renovating
history
tape
fertile
deputy

Like all bargains, there is a small (9) ____________ to the one-euro houses - the buyer must promise to spend $17,000 on (10) ____________ the property within three years of purchasing it. Sambuca's (11) ____________ mayor said the houses are owned by the town, so there is little of the red (12) ____________ normally associated with buying a property. He said: "We're not intermediaries who liaise between old and new owners. You want that house, you'll get it no (13) ____________." He promised potential buyers would love the town. He said: "This (14) ____________ patch of land is dubbed the "Earthly Paradise". We're located inside a natural reserve, packed with (15) ____________. Gorgeous beaches, woods and mountains surround us. It's silent and peaceful - an idyllic retreat for a (16) ____________ stay."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  It sounds like a dream come true for anyone looking to get on the ______
     a.  properly ladder
     b.  property ladder
     c.  prop party ladder
     d.  prop pretty ladder
2)  attract people to move to the hilltop town of Sambuca because of a ______
     a.  rapidly decline
     b.  vapid incline
     c.  vapid decline
     d.  rapid decline
3)  Like many rural towns in Italy, the number of Sambuca's residents ______
     a.  is dwindling
     b.  is dawdling
     c.  is doodling
     d.  is dreading
4)  The Sambuca mayor believes the houses will be easy to sell because his town ______
     a.  is so attraction
     b.  is so attract it
     c.  is so a track tick
     d.  is so attractive
5)  close to gorgeous beaches and has retained its heritage with ______
     a.  its gobbled streets
     b.  its cobbled streets
     c.  its hobbled streets
     d.  its wobbled streets

6)  spend $17,000 on renovating the property within three years ______
     a.  of purchase in it
     b.  off purchasing it
     c.  of purchasing it
     d.  off purchase in it
7)  the houses are owned by the town, so there is little of ______
     a.  the red tape
     b.  the lead tape
     c.  the bed tape
     d.  the dead tape
8)  You want that house, you'll get it ______
     a.  in non time
     b.  in no time
     c.  in not time
     d.  in now time
9)  We're located inside a natural reserve, ______ history
     a.  backed with
     b.  sacked with
     c.  packed with
     d.  hacked with
10)  It's silent and peaceful - an idyllic retreat for ______
     a.  a ditty ox stay
     b.  aided toxicity
     c.  added toxicity
     d.  a detox stay

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

It sounds like a dream come true for anyone looking to get on (1) ___________________ - a home for one euro (about $1.14). A picturesque town on the island of Sicily, Italy is selling houses for just €1. The bargain price (2) ___________________ people to move to the hilltop town of Sambuca because of (3) ___________________ in its population. Like many rural towns in Italy, the number of Sambuca's (4) ___________________ because many young people are moving to cities. The Sambuca mayor believes the houses will be easy to sell because his town (5) ___________________. It overlooks the Mediterranean Sea, is close to gorgeous beaches and has (6) ___________________ with its cobbled streets and Arabesque architecture.

Like all bargains, there is (7) ___________________ to the one-euro houses - the buyer must promise to spend $17,000 on renovating (8) ___________________ three years of purchasing it. Sambuca's deputy mayor said the houses are owned by the town, so there is little of (9) ___________________ normally associated with buying a property. He said: "We're not intermediaries who liaise between old and new owners. You want that house, you'll get (10) ___________________." He promised potential buyers would love the town. He said: "This (11) ___________________ land is dubbed the "Earthly Paradise". We're located inside a natural reserve, packed with history. Gorgeous beaches, woods and mountains surround us. It's silent and peaceful - an idyllic retreat (12) ___________________ stay."

Comprehension questions

  1. What did the article say the €1 houses sounded like?
  2. What did the article say was in decline in the town?
  3. Why did the mayor say the houses would sell easily?
  4. What do the houses overlook?
  5. What kind of streets does the town have?
  6. How much will renovations on the house cost?
  7. Who currently owns the houses?
  8. What did the deputy mayor say there was little of in the selling process?
  9. What did the deputy mayor say the town was packed with?
  10. What kind of stay is the town good for?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What did the article say the €1 houses sounded like?
a) the bargain of a lifetime
b) heaven
c) a dream come true
d) paradise
2) What did the article say was in decline in the town?
a) the population
b) housing prices
c) parks
d) hotels
3) Why did the mayor say the houses would sell easily?
a) the town was attractive
b) they are beautiful
c) the community is great
d) sunshine
4) What do the houses overlook?
a) a cathedral
b) the Mediterranean Sea
c) paradise
d) olive groves
5) What kind of streets does the town have?
a) pedestrianized streets
b) winding streets
c) windswept streets
d) cobbled streets

6) How much will renovations on the house cost?
a) $14,000
b) $15,000
c) $17,000
d) $16,000
7) Who currently owns the houses?
a) the town
b) the Italian government
c) a housing association
d) the mayor
8) What did the deputy mayor say there was little of in the selling process?
a) espresso
b) time
c) red tape
d) money
9) What did the deputy mayor say the town was packed with?
a) people
b) pizza restaurants
c) shops
d) history
10) What kind of stay is the town good for?
a) a detox stay
b) a short stay
c) a long stay
d) a staycation

Role play

Role  A – Mountains
You think mountains best represent paradise. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their places. Also, tell the others which is the least representative of these (and why): chocolate cafes, all-you-can-sing karaoke bars or 7-star hotels.

Role  B – Chocolate Cafes
You think chocolate cafes best represent paradise. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their places. Also, tell the others which is the least representative of these (and why): mountains, all-you-can-sing karaoke bars or 7-star hotels.

Role  C – All-You-Can-Sing-Karaoke Bars
You think all-you-can-sing karaoke bars best represent paradise. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their places. Also, tell the others which is the least representative of these (and why): chocolate cafes, mountains or 7-star hotels.

Role  D – 7-Star-Hotels
You think 7-star hotels best represent paradise. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their places. Also, tell the others which is the least representative of these (and why): chocolate cafes, all-you-can-sing karaoke bars or mountains.

After reading / listening

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

'home'

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  • and 'sale'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • small
    • within
    • red
    • new
    • land
    • stay
    • sounds
    • island
    • attract
    • rural
    • easy
    • close




    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 - Homes for sale in Italy for one euro

    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 'home'?
    3. What do you think of the property ladder?
    4. What are the pros and cons of getting on a property ladder?
    5. How picturesque is your town?
    6. Would you like to buy one of the one-euro houses?
    7. What would it be like to live on Sicily?
    8. How can rural towns stop people moving to cities?
    9. Is it better to live by the sea or in the mountains?
    10. What heritage does your town have?

    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 'euro'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you think of red tape?
    5. How easy or difficult is it to buy a house?
    6. What is "earthly paradise" for you?
    7. Where in the world would you like to buy a house?
    8. Where is the most idyllic place for you?
    9. Where would you go to detox from the stresses of life?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the town's mayor?

    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)

    It sounds like a dream come (1) ______ for anyone looking to get on the property (2) ______ - a home for one euro (about $1.14). A picturesque town on the island of Sicily, Italy is selling houses for just €1. The (3) ______ price is to attract people to move to the hilltop town of Sambuca because of a rapid decline in its population. Like many rural towns in Italy, the number of Sambuca's residents is (4) ______ because many young people are moving to cities. The Sambuca mayor believes the houses will be easy to sell because his town is so (5) ______. It overlooks the Mediterranean Sea, is close to gorgeous beaches and has retained its heritage with its (6) ______ streets and Arabesque architecture.

    Like all bargains, there is a small (7) ______ to the one-euro houses - the buyer must promise to spend $17,000 on (8) ______ the property within three years of purchasing it. Sambuca's deputy mayor said the houses are owned by the town, so there is little of the (9) ______ tape normally associated with buying a property. He said: "We're not intermediaries who liaise between old and new owners. You want that house, you'll get it in (10) ______ time." He promised potential buyers would love the town. He said: "This (11) ______ patch of land is dubbed the "Earthly Paradise". We're located inside a natural reserve, packed with history. Gorgeous beaches, woods and mountains surround us. It's silent and peaceful - an (12) ______ retreat for a detox stay."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     truth     (b)     truly     (c)     true     (d)     truthful    
    2. (a)     ladder     (b)     step     (c)     stairs     (d)     scale    
    3. (a)     bargain     (b)     rip-off     (c)     steal     (d)     pact    
    4. (a)     dwindling     (b)     dawdling     (c)     doodling     (d)     dangling    
    5. (a)     attracted     (b)     attracts     (c)     attraction     (d)     attractive    
    6. (a)     hobbled     (b)     gobbled     (c)     bobbled     (d)     cobbled    
    7. (a)     catch     (b)     throw     (c)     lunge     (d)     apprehend    
    8. (a)     renovates     (b)     renovate     (c)     renovation     (d)     renovating    
    9. (a)     red     (b)     black     (c)     white     (d)     green    
    10. (a)     new     (b)     no     (c)     not     (d)     non     
    11. (a)     febrile     (b)     fertile     (c)     feral     (d)     furtive    
    12. (a)     idyllic     (b)     idiotic     (c)     idiom     (d)     iodine

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    4. close to egogrous beaches
    5. retained its eetrigha
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    Paragraph 2

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    3. npletoait buyers would love the town
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    Put the text back together

    (...)  owned by the town, so there is little of the red tape normally associated with buying a property. He said: "We're not intermediaries
    (...)  beaches and has retained its heritage with its cobbled streets and Arabesque architecture.
    (...)  because many young people are moving to cities. The Sambuca mayor believes the houses will be easy
    (...)  people to move to the hilltop town of Sambuca because of a rapid decline in its
    (...)  and mountains surround us. It's silent and peaceful - an idyllic retreat for a detox stay."
    (...)  the "Earthly Paradise". We're located inside a natural reserve, packed with history. Gorgeous beaches, woods
    (...)  time." He promised potential buyers would love the town. He said: "This fertile patch of land is dubbed
    (...)  who liaise between old and new owners. You want that house, you'll get it no
    (...)  population. Like many rural towns in Italy, the number of Sambuca's residents is dwindling
    (...)  to sell because his town is so attractive. It overlooks the Mediterranean Sea, is close to gorgeous
    (...)  town on the island of Sicily, Italy is selling houses for just €1. The bargain price is to attract
    (...)  on renovating the property within three years of purchasing it. Sambuca's deputy mayor said the houses are
    1  ) It sounds like a dream come true for anyone looking to get on the property ladder - a home for one euro (about $1.14). A picturesque
    (...)  Like all bargains, there is a small catch to the one-euro houses - the buyer must promise to spend $17,000

    Put the words in the right order

    1. true   .   It   a   come   sounds   dream   like
    2. on   picturesque   the   A   town   Sicily   .   island   of
    3. attract   bargain   is   price   people   .   The   to
    4. number   The   residents   dwindling   .   of   is   Sambuca's
    5. be   easy   houses   will   The   sell   .   to
    6. to   catch   is   small   the   There   a   houses   .   one-euro
    7. you'll   get   that   it   time   .   no   want   house,   You
    8. buyers   promised   potential   the   love   He   town   .   would
    9. natural   reserve,   inside   Located   with   history   .   packed   a
    10. a   retreat   idyllic   stay   .   An   detox   for

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    It sounds like a dream come truth / true for anyone looking to get on the property ladder - a home for one euro (about $1.14). A picturesque town on the island of Sicily, Italy is selling houses for justly / just €1. The bargain price is to attractive / attract people to move to the hilltop town of Sambuca because of a rapid / rapidly decline in its population. Like many rural towns in Italy, the number of Sambuca's residents are / is dwindling because many young people are moved / moving to cities. The Sambuca mayor beliefs / believes the houses will be easy to sell because his town is so / such attractive. It overlooks the Mediterranean Sea, is close to gorgeous beaches and has detained / retained its heritage with its cobbled / gobbled streets and Arabesque architecture.

    Like all bargain / bargains, there is a small catch / latch to the one-euro houses - the buyer must promise to spend $17,000 on reprobating / renovating the property within three years of / at purchasing it. Sambuca's deputy mayor said the houses are owned / owns by the town, so there is little of the white / red tape normally associated with buying a property. He said: "We're not intermediaries who liaise / lease between old and new owners. You want that house, you'll get it not / no time." He promised potential buyers would love the town. He said: "This fertile batch / patch of land is dubbed the "Earthly Paradise". We're located inside a natural reserve, packed with history. Gorgeous beaches, woods and mountains surround us. It's silent and peaceful - an idyllic / idiotic retreat for a detox stay."

    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

    it sounds like a dream come true for anyone looking to get on the property ladder  a home for one euro about 114 a picturesque town on the island of sicily italy is selling houses for just 1 the bargain price is to attract people to move to the hilltop town of sambuca because of a rapid decline in its population like many rural towns in italy the number of sambucas residents is dwindling because many young people are moving to cities the sambuca mayor believes the houses will be easy to sell because his town is so attractive it overlooks the mediterranean sea is close to gorgeous beaches and has retained its heritage with its cobbled streets and arabesque architecture

    like all bargains there is a small catch to the oneeuro houses  the buyer must promise to spend 17000 on renovating the property within three years of purchasing it sambucas deputy mayor said the houses are owned by the town so there is little of the red tape normally associated with buying a property he said were not intermediaries who liaise between old and new owners you want that house youll get it no time he promised potential buyers would love the town he said this fertile patch of land is dubbed the "Earthly Paradise" were located inside a natural reserve packed with history gorgeous beaches woods and mountains surround us its silent and peaceful  an idyllic retreat for a detox stay"

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    Itsoundslikeadreamcometrueforanyonelookingtogetonthepropertyl
    adder-ahomeforoneeuro(about$1.14).Apicturesquetownontheisla
    ndofSicily,Italyissellinghousesforjust€1.Thebargainpriceistoattract
    peopletomovetothehilltoptownofSambucabecauseofarapiddeclinei
    nitspopulation.LikemanyruraltownsinItaly,thenumberofSambuca's
    residentsisdwindlingbecausemanyyoungpeoplearemovingtocities.T
    heSambucamayorbelievesthehouseswillbeeasytosellbecausehisto
    wnissoattractive.ItoverlookstheMediterraneanSea,isclosetogorgeo
    usbeachesandhasretaineditsheritagewithitscobbledstreetsandArab
    esquearchitecture.Likeallbargains,thereisasmallcatchtotheone-eur
    ohouses-thebuyermustpromisetospend$17,000onrenovatingthepr
    opertywithinthreeyearsofpurchasingit.Sambuca'sdeputymayorsaid
    thehousesareownedbythetown,sothereislittleoftheredtapenormally
    associatedwithbuyingaproperty.Hesaid:"We'renotintermediariesw
    holiaisebetweenoldandnewowners.Youwantthathouse,you'llgetitno
    time."Hepromisedpotentialbuyerswouldlovethetown.Hesaid:"Thisf
    ertilepatchoflandisdubbedthe"EarthlyParadise".We'relocatedinside
    anaturalreserve,packedwithhistory.Gorgeousbeaches,woodsandm
    ountainssurroundus.It'ssilentandpeaceful-anidyllicretreatforadeto
    xstay."

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    Homes around the world are overvalued and should be cut in price. 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. HOMES FOR SALE: Make a poster about homes for sale. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. ONE EURO: Write a magazine article about making millions of homes around the world being on sale for one euro. 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 homes for sale. Ask him/her three questions about this. Give him/her three of your ideas on property prices. 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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