The Reading / Listening - Gibraltar - Level 5

The UK has objected to the EU's use of the word "colony" to describe the island of Gibraltar. The EU made a document regarding UK citizens travelling to the EU after Brexit. It says in a footnote: "Gibraltar is a colony of the British Crown. There is a controversy between Spain and the UK 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 a full part of the UK family....This will not change due to our exit from the EU."



Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory located between Spain and Morocco. Over 30,000 people live there. In 1704, Britain captured it from Spain. It was handed to the UK in a 1713 treaty. Spain still claims the territory. It wants the EU to exclude Gibraltar from all post-Brexit agreements with the UK. Gibraltar rejected the idea of a shared UK-Spanish sovereignty by 99% to 1% in a 2002 referendum. Gibraltar's Chief Minister accused Spain of bullying. He said: "No one will be surprised to hear the Spanish government making provocative statements in respect of Gibraltar."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Gibraltar - Level 4 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. The UK has objected to the EU's
  2. a document regarding UK
  3. travelling to the EU
  4. a territory for which a solution
  5. Gibraltar is not
  6. it is completely
  7. Gibraltar is a full part
  8. This will not change due
  1. of the UK family
  2. has to be reached
  3. to our exit
  4. citizens
  5. inappropriate
  6. use of the word
  7. a colony
  8. after Brexit

Paragraph 2

  1. In 1704, Britain captured
  2. It was handed to the UK
  3. It wants the EU to
  4. Gibraltar rejected
  5. in a 2002
  6. Gibraltar's Chief Minister accused
  7. making provocative
  8. in respect
  1. the idea
  2. of Gibraltar
  3. in a 1713 treaty
  4. statements
  5. exclude Gibraltar
  6. it from Spain
  7. referendum
  8. Spain of bullying

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The UK (1) ___________________ the EU's use of the word "colony" to describe the island of Gibraltar. The EU (2) ___________________ regarding UK citizens travelling to the EU after Brexit. It says (3) ___________________: "Gibraltar is a colony of the British Crown. There is a controversy between Spain and the UK concerning the sovereignty over Gibraltar, a territory for (4) ___________________ has to be reached." The UK replied: "Gibraltar is not a colony and (5) ___________________ inappropriate to describe it in this way....Gibraltar is a full part of the UK family....This will not (6) ___________________ our exit from the EU."

Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory (7) ___________________ and Morocco. Over 30,000 people live there. In 1704, Britain (8) ___________________ Spain. It was handed to the UK in a 1713 treaty. Spain still (9) ___________________. It wants the EU to exclude Gibraltar from all post-Brexit agreements with the UK. Gibraltar (10) ___________________ of a shared UK-Spanish sovereignty by 99% to 1% in a 2002 referendum. Gibraltar's Chief Minister (11) ___________________ bullying. He said: "No one will be surprised to hear the Spanish government making provocative statements (12) ___________________ Gibraltar."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheUKhasobjectedtotheEU'suseoftheword"colony"todescribetheisl
andofGibraltar.TheEUmadeadocumentregardingUKcitizenstravellin
gtotheEUafterBrexit.Itsaysinafootnote:"GibraltarisacolonyoftheBrit
ishCrown.ThereisacontroversybetweenSpainandtheUKconcerningt
hesovereigntyoverGibraltar,aterritoryforwhichasolutionhastoberea
ched."TheUKreplied:"Gibraltarisnotacolonyanditiscompletelyinappr
opriatetodescribeitinthisway....GibraltarisafullpartoftheUKfamily...
.ThiswillnotchangeduetoourexitfromtheEU."GibraltarisaBritishOver
seasTerritorylocatedbetweenSpainandMorocco.Over30,000peoplel
ivethere.In1704,BritaincaptureditfromSpain.ItwashandedtotheUKi
na1713treaty.Spainstillclaimstheterritory.ItwantstheEUtoexcludeG
ibraltarfromallpost-BrexitagreementswiththeUK.Gibraltarrejectedt
heideaofasharedUK-Spanishsovereigntyby99%to1%ina2002refer
endum.Gibraltar'sChiefMinisteraccusedSpainofbullying.Hesaid:"No
onewillbesurprisedtoheartheSpanishgovernmentmakingprovocativ
estatementsinrespectofGibraltar."

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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Free writing

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