The Reading / Listening - Gibraltar - Level 4

The UK objected to the EU calling the island of Gibraltar a "colony". An EU document about UK citizens travelling to the EU after Brexit says: "Gibraltar is a colony of the British Crown. There is a controversy...concerning the sovereignty over Gibraltar, a territory for which a solution has to be reached." The UK replied: "Gibraltar is not a colony and it is completely inappropriate to describe it in this way....Gibraltar is...part of the UK....This will not change."



Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory next to Spain's coast. Over 30,000 people live there. In 1704, Britain captured it in a war. Spain gave it to the UK in 1713, but still claims the territory. It wants the EU to exclude Gibraltar from agreements with the UK. Gibraltar voted against a shared UK-Spanish sovereignty by 99% to 1% in 2002. Gibraltar said Spain was a bully. It said Spain's government was "making provocative statements in respect of Gibraltar".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Gibraltar - Level 5 or  Gibraltar - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-47087439
  • https://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-politics-eu/eu-states-move-to-recognize-venezuelas-guaido-diplomats-idUSKCN1PQ57R
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gibraltar


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. UK citizens travelling
  2. Gibraltar is a colony
  3. concerning the sovereignty
  4. a solution has
  5. Gibraltar is not
  6. it is completely
  7. describe it in
  8. This will not
  1. this way
  2. to be reached
  3. change
  4. of the British Crown
  5. inappropriate
  6. to the EU
  7. a colony
  8. over Gibraltar

Paragraph 2

  1. Gibraltar is a British
  2. next to Spain's
  3. Over 30,000 people
  4. Britain captured
  5. Spain gave it to
  6. Gibraltar said Spain
  7. making provocative
  8. in respect
  1. live there
  2. of Gibraltar
  3. the UK in 1713
  4. was a bully
  5. statements
  6. it in a war
  7. Overseas Territory
  8. coast

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The UK objected to the EU (1) ___________________ of Gibraltar a "colony". An EU document about UK (2) ___________________ the EU after Brexit says: "Gibraltar is (3) ___________________ the British Crown. There is a controversy...concerning the sovereignty over Gibraltar, a territory for which (4) ___________________ to be reached." The UK replied: "Gibraltar is not a colony and (5) ___________________ inappropriate to describe it in this way....Gibraltar is... (6) ___________________ UK....This will not change."

Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory next (7) ___________________. Over 30,000 people live there. In 1704 Britain (8) ___________________ a war. Spain gave it to the UK in 1713, (9) ___________________ the territory. It wants the EU to exclude Gibraltar (10) ___________________ the UK. Gibraltar voted against a shared UK-Spanish sovereignty by 99% to 1% in 2002. Gibraltar said Spain (11) ___________________. It said Spain's government was "making provocative statements (12) ___________________ Gibraltar".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheUKobjectedtotheEUcallingtheislandofGibraltara"colony".AnEUd
ocumentaboutUKcitizenstravellingtotheEUafterBrexitsays:"Gibralt
arisacolonyoftheBritishCrown.Thereisacontroversy...concerningthe
sovereigntyoverGibraltar,aterritoryforwhichasolutionhastobereach
ed."TheUKreplied:"Gibraltarisnotacolonyanditiscompletelyinappro
priatetodescribeitinthisway....Gibraltaris...partoftheUK....Thiswilln
otchange."GibraltarisaBritishOverseasTerritorynexttoSpain'scoast.
Over30,000peoplelivethere.In1704Britaincaptureditinawar.Spaing
aveittotheUKin1713,butstillclaimstheterritory.ItwantstheEUtoexclu
deGibraltarfromagreementswiththeUK.Gibraltarvotedagainstashar
edUK-Spanishsovereigntyby99%to1%in2002.GibraltarsaidSpai
nwasabully.ItsaidSpain'sgovernmentwas"makingprovocativestate
mentsinrespectofGibraltar".

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)

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(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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