The Reading / Listening - Huawei - Level 6

A new diplomatic spat has broken out between China and the USA over the USA's treatment of China's technology giant Huawei. The USA has accused Huawei of criminal wrongdoing. It has charged the company with a litany of crimes, including bank fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy to defraud the United States, and theft of trade secrets. The director of the FBI explained the charges at a press conference. He told reporters: "The charges [disclosed] today are the result of years of investigative work conducted by the FBI and our law enforcement partners. [These] charges expose Huawei's brazen and persistent actions to exploit American companies and financial institutions and to threaten the free and fair global marketplace."



China is furious over the USA's treatment of Huawei. It has accused the USA of trying to "kill" Chinese businesses. A spokesman from China's Foreign Ministry, Geng Shuang, said in a statement on Tuesday: "For some time now, the United States has deployed its state power to smear and crack down on targeted Chinese companies in an attempt to kill their normal and legal business operations." He added: "We strongly urge the US to stop its unreasonable crackdown on Chinese companies, including Huawei, and treat Chinese companies objectively and fairly." He warned that: "China will firmly safeguard the legitimate and proper rights of Chinese companies."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Huawei - Level 4  or  Huawei - Level 5

Sources
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2019/01/28/business/huawei-us-china-response-intl/index.html
  • https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/chinese-telecom-firm-huawei-indicted-012819
  • https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2184057/huawei-charges-are-us-attempt-smear-chinese-companies-beijing


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. CHINESE COMPANIES: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about Chinese companies. 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?
       diplomatic / spat / technology / criminal / conspiracy / conference / partners / free
       furious / businesses / statement / crackdown / legal / fairly / safeguard / companies
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. GIANTS: Students A strongly believe some companies are too big and should be broken into smaller companies; Students B strongly believe this is silly.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. SPATS: What international spats do you know of? How could they be resolved? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

The Countries Involved

The Spat

How to Resolve It

Trade

 

 

 

Border

 

 

 

Food

 

 

 

Sport

 

 

 

Water

 

 

 

A Name

 

 

 

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

  • tax evasion
  • pollution
  • corruption
  • forgery
  • bank fraud
  • theft of trade secrets
  • bribery
  • forging data

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. diplomatic a. Use a situation or person in an unfair or selfish way.
      2. spat b. A very large company or organization.
      3. giant c. A long and repetitive series of things.
      4. accused d. Of or concerning the profession, activity, or skill of managing international relations.
      5. litany e. Illegally obtain money from someone by deception.
      6. defraud f. An argument.
      7. exploit g. Charged someone with an offense or crime.

    Paragraph 2

      8. furious h. Make an effort to achieve or complete something, typically a difficult task or action.
      9. deployed i. Brought something into effective action; utilized.
      10. smear j. Conforming to the law or to rules.
      11. attempt k. Extremely angry.
      12. urge l. Try hard to persuade someone to do something.
      13. safeguard m. Damage the reputation of (someone) by false accusations.
      14. legitimate n. Protect from harm or damage.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. China and the USA are in a diplomatic spat over the company Huawei.     T / F
  2. The USA has accused Huawei of wine fraud.     T / F
  3. Investigators from the FBI looked into Huawei for several years.     T / F
  4. The FBI said Huawei threatened the free and fair global marketplace.     T / F
  5. China said the USA was trying to kill Chinese businesses.     T / F
  6. China said the USA was trying to spear some Chinese companies.     T / F
  7. China asked the USA to stop its reasonable crackdown.     T / F
  8. The article said China would defend its property rights.     T / F

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

  1. spat
  2. accused
  3. litany
  4. disclosed
  5. persistent
  6. furious
  7. smear
  8. attempt
  9. urge
  10. safeguard
  1. effort
  2. revealed
  3. angry
  4. blamed
  5. damage
  6. protect
  7. argument
  8. encourage
  9. list
  10. determined

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

  1. A new diplomatic spat
  2. criminal
  3. at a press
  4. the result of years of
  5. threaten the free and fair
  6. China is furious over
  7. For some
  8. legal business
  9. urge the US to stop its unreasonable
  10. treat Chinese companies objectively
  1. investigative work
  2. crackdown
  3. global marketplace
  4. time now
  5. and fairly
  6. wrongdoing
  7. the USA's treatment
  8. has broken out
  9. conference
  10. operations

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
crimes
charges
spat
actions
theft
threaten
giant
conducted

A new diplomatic (1) ____________ has broken out between China and the USA over the USA's treatment of China's technology (2) ____________ Huawei. The USA has accused Huawei of criminal wrongdoing. It has charged the company with a litany of (3) ____________, including bank fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy to defraud the United States, and (4) ____________ of trade secrets. The director of the FBI explained the charges at a press conference. He told reporters: "The (5) ____________ [disclosed] today are the result of years of investigative work (6) ____________ by the FBI and our law enforcement partners. [These] charges expose Huawei's brazen and persistent (7) ____________ to exploit American companies and financial institutions and to (8) ____________ the free and fair global marketplace."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
some
urge
proper
furious
fairly
accused
including
down

China is (9) ____________ over the USA's treatment of Huawei. It has (10) ____________ the USA of trying to "kill" Chinese businesses. A spokesman from China's Foreign Ministry, Geng Shuang, said in a statement on Tuesday: "For (12) ____________ time now, the United States has deployed its state power to smear and crack (13) ____________ on targeted Chinese companies in an attempt to kill their normal and legal business operations." He added: "We strongly (15) ____________ the US to stop its unreasonable crackdown on Chinese companies, (16) ____________ Huawei, and treat Chinese companies objectively and (17) ____________." He warned that: "China will firmly safeguard the legitimate and (18) ____________ rights of Chinese companies."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  The USA has accused Huawei of ______
     a.  criminal wrongly do in
     b.  criminal wrongly doing
     c.  criminal wrong doing
     d.  criminal wrong do it
2) wire fraud, conspiracy to defraud the United States, and ______ secrets
     a.  thefts of trade
     b.  theft off trade
     c.  thefts off trade
     d.  theft of trade
3)  The charges disclosed today are the result of years of investigative work ______ the FBI
     a.  conducted by
     b.  conduct it by
     c.  conducted buy
     d.  conducted bye
4) charges expose Huawei's brazen and persistent actions ______ American companies
     a.  too exploits
     b.  to exploit
     c.  two exploit
     d.  to exploits
5) financial institutions and to threaten the free ______ marketplace
     a.  and fair globally
     b.  end fair global
     c.  and fair global
     d.  end for global

6)  A spokesman from China's Foreign Ministry, Geng Shuang, said ______
     a.  on a statement
     b.  in a statement
     c.  at a statement
     d.  of a statement
7)  For some time now, the United States has deployed its state power to smear and _____
     a.  crack downs on
     b.  cracks down on
     c.  cracks downs on
     d.  crack down on
8)  targeted Chinese companies in an attempt to kill their normal and legal ______
     a.  business operations
     b.  business operation
     c.  business operational
     d.  business operatives
9) companies, including Huawei, and treat Chinese companies objectively ______
     a.  unfairly
     b.  an fairly
     c.  and fairly
     d.  and unfairly
10)  China will firmly safeguard the legitimate and proper ______ Chinese companies
     a.  rites of
     b.  rights of
     c.  lights of
     d.  rights off

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A new diplomatic (1) ___________________ out between China and the USA over the USA's treatment of China's technology giant Huawei. The USA has accused Huawei (2) ___________________. It has charged the company with a litany of crimes, including bank fraud, wire fraud, (3) ___________________ the United States, and theft of trade secrets. The director of the FBI explained the charges at (4) ___________________. He told reporters: "The charges [disclosed] today are the result of years of investigative (5) ___________________ the FBI and our law enforcement partners. [These] charges expose Huawei's brazen and persistent actions to exploit American companies and financial institutions and to threaten the free (6) ___________________ marketplace."

China is (7) ___________________ USA's treatment of Huawei. It has accused the USA of trying to "kill" Chinese businesses. A spokesman from China's Foreign Ministry, Geng Shuang, said (8) ___________________ on Tuesday: "For some time now, the United States has deployed its state power to (9) ___________________ down on targeted Chinese companies in an attempt to kill their normal and legal business operations." He added: "We (10) ___________________ US to stop its unreasonable crackdown on Chinese companies, including Huawei, and treat Chinese companies (11) ___________________." He warned that: "China will firmly safeguard the legitimate and (12) ___________________ Chinese companies."

Comprehension questions

  1. What wrongdoing did the USA accuse Huawei of?
  2. What did the USA accuse Huawei of doing with trade secrets?
  3. Who spoke at a press conference?
  4. How long did the FBI investigate Huawei?
  5. What did the FBI say the actions of Huawei threatened?
  6. How does China feel about the USA's treatment of Huawei?
  7. What did China accuse the USA of doing to Chinese companies?
  8. Who is Geng Shuang?
  9. What did China urge the USA to stop?
  10. What did China say it would safeguard?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  What wrongdoing did the USA accuse Huawei of?
a) intellectual wrongdoing
b) criminal wrongdoing
c) negligent wrongdoing
d) serious wrongdoing
2) What did the USA accuse Huawei of doing with trade secrets?
a) using them
b) selling them
c) sharing them
d) stealing them
3) Who spoke at a press conference?
a) a spy
b) the American president
c) the director of the FBI
d) Huawei's boss
4) How long did the FBI investigate Huawei?
a) years
b) decades
c) months
d) eons
5) What did the FBI say the actions of Huawei threatened?
a) the USA
b) the global marketplace
c) economic prosperity
d) world peace

6) How does China feel about the USA's treatment of Huawei?
a) furious
b) irate
c) perplexed
d) puzzled
7) What did China accuse the USA of trying to do to Chinese companies?
a) spy on them
b) harm them
c) kill them
d) make them go bust
8) Who is Geng Shuang?
a) a Foreign Ministry spokesperson
b) the boss of Huawei
c) a lawyer
d) a spy
9) What did China urge the USA to stop?
a) spying
b) getting upset
c) its setup
d) its crackdown
10) What did China say it would safeguard?
a) Apple
b) Huawei
c) the rights of Chinese companies
d) international trade

Role play

Role  A – Bank Fraud
You think bank fraud is the worst type of corporate crime. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least harmful of these (and why): sabotage, tax evasion or theft of trade secrets.

Role  B – Theft of Trade Secrets
You think sabotage is the worst type of corporate crime. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least harmful of these (and why): bank fraud, theft of trade secrets or tax evasion.

Role  C – Tax Evasion
You think tax evasion is the worst type of corporate crime. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least harmful of these (and why): sabotage, bank fraud or theft of trade secrets.

Role  D – Sabotage
You think sabotage is the worst type of corporate crime. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least harmful of these (and why): theft of trade secrets, tax evasion or bank fraud.

After reading / listening

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

'technology'

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  • and 'giant'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • furious
    • trying
    • some
    • added
    • treat
    • proper
    • new
    • crimes
    • trade
    • told
    • result
    • free




    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 - China's Huawei rejects US criminal charges

    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 'technology'?
    3. What do you know about Huawei?
    4. Who do you believe in this story?
    5. How have Chinese companies become so strong?
    6. Why is the USA angry with Huawei?
    7. Why has the FBI been investigating Huawei?
    8. Is the global marketplace 'free and fair'?
    9. What will happen if the FBI charges are true?
    10. Where will US-China trade relations be in ten years from now?

    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 'giant'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you know about the trade war between China and the USA?
    5. What technology giant do you like most?
    6. Why might the USA be trying to 'kill' Chinese businesses?
    7. Has the USA tried to 'smear and crack down on' Chinese companies?
    8. What advice do you have for Huawei?
    9. What is the next step for the two countries?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Huawei's CEO?

    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 new diplomatic (1) ____ has broken out between China and the USA over the USA's treatment of China's technology giant Huawei. The USA has accused Huawei of criminal wrongdoing. It has charged the company with a (2) ____ of crimes, including bank fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy to (3) ____ the United States, and theft of trade (4) ____. The director of the FBI explained the charges at a press conference. He told reporters: "The charges [disclosed] today are the result of years of investigative work conducted (5) ____ the FBI and our law enforcement partners. [These] charges expose Huawei's brazen and persistent actions to exploit American companies and financial institutions and to (6) ____ the free and fair global marketplace."

    China is furious (7) ____ the USA's treatment of Huawei. It has accused the USA of (8) ____ to "kill" Chinese businesses. A spokesman from China's Foreign Ministry, Geng Shuang, said in a statement on Tuesday: "For (9) ____ time now, the United States has deployed its state power to smear and crack (10) ____ on targeted Chinese companies in an attempt to kill their normal and legal business operations." He added: "We (11) ____ urge the US to stop its unreasonable crackdown on Chinese companies, including Huawei, and treat Chinese companies objectively and fairly." He warned that: "China will (12) ____ safeguard the legitimate and proper rights of Chinese companies."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     splat     (b)     spate     (c)     spat     (d)     spatula    
    2. (a)     litany     (b)     latency     (c)     lantern     (d)     liturgy    
    3. (a)     fraud     (b)     fraudulent     (c)     fraudster     (d)     fraudulence    
    4. (a)     secrets     (b)     secretive     (c)     secrecy     (d)     secreted    
    5. (a)     at     (b)     by     (c)     on     (d)     of    
    6. (a)     threaten     (b)     treat     (c)     treatise     (d)     thread    
    7. (a)     under     (b)     through     (c)     over     (d)     around    
    8. (a)     trial     (b)     tried     (c)     tries     (d)     trying    
    9. (a)     some     (b)     many     (c)     lots     (d)     late    
    10. (a)     down     (b)     on     (c)     up     (d)     in    
    11. (a)     strengthen     (b)     strongly     (c)     strength     (d)     strong    
    12. (a)     firm     (b)     firms     (c)     firmly     (d)     firmed

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    3. yoaispncrc to defraud the United States
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    Paragraph 2

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    5. treat Chinese companies ojclteievyb
    6. safeguard the aiteglmeit and proper rights

    Put the text back together

    (...)  Tuesday: "For some time now, the United States has deployed its state power to smear and crack
    (...)  reporters: "The charges [disclosed] today are the result of years of investigative work conducted
    (...)  by the FBI and our law enforcement partners. [These] charges expose Huawei's brazen and persistent actions to
    (...)  businesses. A spokesman from China's Foreign Ministry, Geng Shuang, said in a statement on
    (...)  exploit American companies and financial institutions and to threaten the free and fair global marketplace."
    (...)  giant Huawei. The USA has accused Huawei of criminal wrongdoing. It has charged the company with a litany
    (...)  urge the US to stop its unreasonable crackdown on Chinese companies, including Huawei, and treat
    (...)  down on targeted Chinese companies in an attempt to kill their normal and legal business operations." He added: "We strongly
    (...)  safeguard the legitimate and proper rights of Chinese companies."
    (...)  of crimes, including bank fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy to defraud the United States, and theft
    (...)  China is furious over the USA's treatment of Huawei. It has accused the USA of trying to "kill" Chinese
    (...)  of trade secrets. The director of the FBI explained the charges at a press conference. He told
    (...)  Chinese companies objectively and fairly." He warned that: "China will firmly
    1  ) A new diplomatic spat has broken out between China and the USA over the USA's treatment of China's technology

    Put the words in the right order

    1. criminal   The   accused   Huawei   of   has   wrongdoing   .   USA
    2. litany   a   of   company   with   Charged   the   crimes   .
    3. years   of   result   work   .   of   investigative   The
    4. actions  to  persistent and Brazen  companies.  exploit  American
    5. Threaten   the   free   global   marketplace   .   and   fair
    6. over   Huawei   .   of   the   China   treatment   furious   is
    7. on  Smear  Chinese  crack   companies   .   and   down   targeted
    8. legal   operations   .   attempt   business   to   An   kill   their
    9. stop   the   unreasonable   crackdown   .   US   its   to   Urge
    10. companies  .  The  proper   rights   legitimate  Chinese   and  of

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    A new diplomatic spit / spat has broken out between China and the USA over the USA's treatment of China's technology gigantic / giant Huawei. The USA has accused Huawei of criminal / criminality wrongdoing. It has charged the company with a literacy / litany of crimes, including bank fraud, wire / wired fraud, conspiracy to defraud the United States, and thieve / theft of trade secrets. The director of the FBI explained the charges at a press conference. He told reporters: "The charges [disclosed] today are the result of years / year of investigative work conducted by the FBI and our raw / law enforcement partners. [These] charges expose Huawei's brazen and persistence / persistent actions to exploit American companies and financial institutions and to threaten / threatening the free and fair global marketplace."

    China is furious / fury over the USA's treatment of Huawei. It has abused / accused the USA of trying to "kill" Chinese businesses. A spokesman from China's Foreign Ministry, Geng Shuang, said in / on a statement on Tuesday: "For some / same time now, the United States has deployed its state power to shear / smear and crack down on targeted Chinese companies in an attempt to kill their normal and legality / legal business operations." He added: "We strongly urge / purge the US to stop its unreasonable crackdown on Chinese companies, including Huawei, and threat / treat Chinese companies objectively and fairly / fair." He warned that: "China will firmly safeguard the legitimate and properly / proper rights of Chinese companies."

    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 new diplomatic spat has broken out between china and the usa over the usas treatment of chinas technology giant huawei the usa has accused huawei of criminal wrongdoing it has charged the company with a litany of crimes including bank fraud wire fraud conspiracy to defraud the united states and theft of trade secrets the director of the fbi explained the charges at a press conference he told reporters the charges [disclosed] today are the result of years of investigative work conducted by the fbi and our law enforcement partners these charges expose huaweis brazen and persistent actions to exploit american companies and financial institutions and to threaten the free and fair global marketplace

    china is furious over the usas treatment of huawei it has accused the usa of trying to kill chinese businesses a spokesman from chinas foreign ministry geng shuang said in a statement on tuesday for some time now the united states has deployed its state power to smear and crack down on targeted chinese companies in an attempt to kill their normal and legal business operations he added we strongly urge the us to stop its unreasonable crackdown on chinese companies including huawei and treat chinese companies objectively and fairly he warned that china will firmly safeguard the legitimate and proper rights of chinese companies"

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    AnewdiplomaticspathasbrokenoutbetweenChinaandtheUSAoverthe
    USA'streatmentofChina'stechnologygiantHuawei.TheUSAhasaccus
    edHuaweiofcriminalwrongdoing.Ithaschargedthecompanywithalita
    nyofcrimes,includingbankfraud,wirefraud,conspiracytodefraudthe
    UnitedStates,andtheftoftradesecrets.ThedirectoroftheFBIexplained
    thechargesatapressconference.Hetoldreporters:"Thecharges[discl
    osed]todayaretheresultofyearsofinvestigativeworkconductedbythe
    FBIandourlawenforcementpartners.[These]chargesexposeHuawei'
    sbrazenandpersistentactionstoexploitAmericancompaniesandfinan
    cialinstitutionsandtothreatenthefreeandfairglobalmarketplace."Chi
    naisfuriousovertheUSA'streatmentofHuawei.IthasaccusedtheUSAo
    ftryingto"kill"Chinesebusinesses.AspokesmanfromChina'sForeignM
    inistry,GengShuang,saidinastatementonTuesday:"Forsometimeno
    w,theUnitedStateshasdeployeditsstatepowertosmearandcrackdow
    nontargetedChinesecompaniesinanattempttokilltheirnormalandleg
    albusinessoperations."Headded:"WestronglyurgetheUStostopitsun
    reasonablecrackdownonChinesecompanies,includingHuawei,andtr
    eatChinesecompaniesobjectivelyandfairly."Hewarnedthat:"Chinawi
    llfirmlysafeguardthelegitimateandproperrightsofChinesecompanies
    ."

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    A trade war between China and the USA will not harm the world. 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. CHINESE COMPANIES: Make a poster about Chinese companies. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. BANNED: Write a magazine article about companies found guilty of fraud being banned from trading. 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 Chinese companies. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your opinions on Chinese companies. 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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