The Reading / Listening - Riyadh - Level 6

Saudi Arabia's government has announced it will invest a whopping $23 billion in a massive makeover for its capital city, Riyadh. The huge investment is part of a project to beautify the city, create hundreds of thousands of jobs, boost leisure and tourism, and transform Riyadh into "one of the world's most livable cities". In addition to the government's cash injection, a further $15 billion in private sector funding will help finance huge investment opportunities for businesses. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will head the committee overseeing the ambitious project. It is part of the Crown Prince's Vision 2030 initiative aimed at diversifying the kingdom's revenue sources and reducing its reliance on oil.



The plan is set to be the envy of other world capitals, which can only dream of being awarded such vast amounts of money. It aims to improve the quality of life for the capital's 5 million residents. A focus on leisure is integral to making people happier. The plan includes the construction of over 130km of cycling track, a park that will be quadruple the size of New York's Central Park, and hundreds of art installations. Riyadh will be a greener city as the amount of green space per person will be increased by 16-fold. This will be achieved by planting 7.5 million trees and creating dozens of community gardens. Work will begin in the second half of the year. It will create 70,000 jobs and take up to a decade to complete.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Riyadh - Level 4  or  Riyadh - Level 5

Sources
  • https://www.cnbc.com/2019/03/20/saudi-arabia-is-giving-its-capital-a-23-billion-makeover.html
  • https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-03-19/saudi-king-launches-23-billion-riyadh-beautification-program
  • https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-economy/saudi-arabia-invests-23-billion-to-improve-living-in-riyadh-idUSKCN1R01IT


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Warm-ups

1. CAPITAL CITIES: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about capital cities. 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?
       government / massive / makeover / investment / project / cash / injection / revenue /
       plan / envy / vast / residents / integral / quadruple / art installations / community
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. INVESTMENT: Students A strongly believe its is more important to invest in capital cities; Students B strongly believe it is more important to invest in regional cities.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. MAKEOVER: How would you give your city a makeover in these areas? Why? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Makeover

Why

Leisure

 

 

Business

 

 

Safety

 

 

Shopping

 

 

Arts

 

 

Parks

 

 

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5. MASSIVE: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "massive". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. HAPPY CITY: Rank these with your partner. Put the things that make city people happy most at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • lots of police
  • malls
  • clean air
  • festivals
  • cheap buses
  • parks
  • art galleries
  • libraries

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. whopping a. Money provided, especially by an organization or government, for a particular purpose.
      2. boost b. Very, very large.
      3. injection c. A sum of money given to a project, plan, campaign, business, etc.
      4. funding d. An act or strategy intended to resolve a difficulty or improve a situation; a fresh approach to something.
      5. overseeing e. Dependence on someone or something.
      6. initiative f. Help or encourage something to increase or improve.
      7. reliance g. Supervising a person, project or work, especially in an official capacity.

    Paragraph 2

      8. envy h. Necessary to make a whole complete; essential or fundamental.
      9. vast i. A period of ten years.
      10. resident j. An art exhibit constructed within a gallery.
      11. integral k. A person who lives somewhere permanently or on a long-term basis.
      12. quadruple l. Four times as much or as many as usual.
      13. installations m. A feeling of jealousness because of someone else's possessions, qualities, or luck.
      14. decade n. Of very great extent or quantity; immense.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The Saudi government wants to spend money on beautifying Riyadh.     T / F
  2. The Saudi government said Riyadh is the world's most livable city.     T / F
  3. Saudi's King will head and oversee the beautification project.     T / F
  4. Saudi wants to maintain its reliance on oil.     T / F
  5. The article said the project will be the envy of other capital cities.     T / F
  6. There will be 1,300km of cycle track in Riyadh.     T / F
  7. Part of the project is to plant 7.5 million trees.     T / F
  8. The beautification project will take up to 10 years to finish.     T / F

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

  1. announced
  2. makeover
  3. beautify
  4. injection
  5. reliance
  6. vast
  7. integral
  8. increased
  9. achieved
  10. complete
  1. enhance
  2. grown
  3. huge
  4. infusion
  5. transformation
  6. attained
  7. declared
  8. finish
  9. fundamental
  10. dependence

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

  1. a massive
  2. boost leisure
  3. In addition to the government's cash
  4. diversifying the kingdom's
  5. reducing its reliance
  6. be the envy of
  7. awarded such vast
  8. integral to
  9. be increased by 16-
  10. in the second
  1. injection
  2. on oil
  3. making people happier
  4. amounts of money
  5. makeover
  6. fold
  7. half of the year
  8. revenue sources
  9. other world capitals
  10. and tourism

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
massive
opportunities
livable
reliance
beautify
overseeing
announced
sector

Saudi Arabia's government has (1) ____________ it will invest a whopping $23 billion in a (2) ____________ makeover for its capital city, Riyadh. The huge investment is part of a project to (3) ____________ the city, create hundreds of thousands of jobs, boost leisure and tourism, and transform Riyadh into "one of the world's most (4) ____________ cities". In addition to the government's cash injection, a further $15 billion in private (5) ____________ funding will help finance huge investment (6) ____________ for businesses. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will head the committee (7) ____________ the ambitious project. It is part of the Crown Prince's Vision 2030 initiative aimed at diversifying the kingdom's revenue sources and reducing its (8) ____________ on oil.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
fold
installations
integral
decade
vast
dozens
space
quadruple

The plan is set to be the envy of other world capitals, which can only dream of being awarded such (9) ____________ amounts of money. It aims to improve the quality of life for the capital's 5 million residents. A focus on leisure is (10) ____________ to making people happier. The plan includes the construction of over 130km of cycling track, a park that will be (11) ____________ the size of New York's Central Park, and hundreds of art (12) ____________. Riyadh will be a greener city as the amount of green (13) ____________ per person will be increased by 16-(14) ____________. This will be achieved by planting 7.5 million trees and creating (15) ____________ of community gardens. Work will begin in the second half of the year. It will create 70,000 jobs and take up to a (16) ____________ to complete.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Saudi Arabia's government has announced it will invest ______ billion
     a.  a whipping $23
     b.  a whopping $23
     c.  a walloping $23
     d.  a hopping $23
2) a project to beautify the city, create hundreds of thousands of jobs, ______ and
     a.  boast leisure
     b.  beast leisure
     c.  baste leisure
     d.  boost leisure
3)  In addition to the government's cash injection, ______ billion
     a.  are further $15
     b.  a further $15
     c.  as further $15
     d.  a father $15
4)  Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will head the committee overseeing ______
     a.  the ambition project
     b.  the ambitiously project
     c.  the ambitious project
     d.  the ambitions project
5)  diversifying the kingdom's revenue sources and reducing ______ oil
     a.  its reliance on
     b.  its reliance in
     c.  its reliance at
     d.  its reliance of

6)  The plan is set to be the envy of ______ capitals
     a.  other world
     b.  another world
     c.  others world
     d.  the others world
7)  can only dream of being awarded such ______ of money
     a.  vastly amounts
     b.  paste amounts
     c.  baste amounts
     d.  vast amounts
8)  It aims to improve the quality of life for the capital's ______
     a.  5 million residence
     b.  5 million residences
     c.  5 million residents
     d.  5 million resident
9)  the amount of green space per person will be ______ 16-fold
     a.  increased buy
     b.  increased by
     c.  increased bye
     d.  increased bay
10)  It will create 70,000 jobs and take up to a ______ complete
     a.  decade to
     b.  decadence to
     c.  decant to
     d.  decades to

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Saudi Arabia's government has announced it (1) ___________________ whopping $23 billion in a massive makeover for its capital city, Riyadh. The huge investment is part of a (2) ___________________ the city, create hundreds of thousands of jobs, boost leisure and tourism, and transform Riyadh into "one of the world's (3) ___________________". In addition to the government's cash injection, a further $15 billion in private sector funding will help (4) ___________________ opportunities for businesses. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will head the committee overseeing (5) ___________________. It is part of the Crown Prince's Vision 2030 initiative aimed at diversifying the kingdom's revenue sources and reducing (6) ___________________ oil.

The plan is set to be (7) ___________________ other world capitals, which can only dream of being awarded (8) ___________________ of money. It aims to improve the quality of life for the capital's 5 million residents. A focus on leisure (9) ___________________ making people happier. The plan includes the construction of over 130km of cycling track, a park that will be (10) ___________________ of New York's Central Park, and hundreds of art installations. Riyadh will be a greener city as the amount of green space per person will (11) ___________________ 16-fold. This will be achieved by planting 7.5 million trees and creating dozens of community gardens. Work will begin in the second half of the year. It will create 70,000 jobs and take up to (12) ___________________ complete.

Comprehension questions

  1. Who will invest in Riyadh's makeover?
  2. What did the article say the investment would boost?
  3. How much money might the private sector invest in Riyadh?
  4. Who will oversee the project?
  5. What does Saudi Arabia want to reduce its dependence on?
  6. How might other world capitals feel about Riyadh's makeover?
  7. How many people live in Riyadh?
  8. How many new art installations will Riyadh get?
  9. By how many times per capita will Riyadh get greener?
  10. How long will it take to complete this project?




Multiple choice quiz

1) Who will invest in Riyadh's makeover?
a) the Saudi royal family
b) the USA
c) the WTO
d) the Saudi government
2) What did the article say the investment would boost?
a) shopping
b) leisure and tourism
c) the digital infrastructure
d) the economy
3) How much money might the private sector invest in Riyadh?
a) $12 billion
b) $13 billion
c) $14 billion
d) $15 billion
4) Who will oversee the project?
a) a Saudi hedge fund
b) investment managers
c) Saudi's Crown Prince
d) Saudi's King
5) What does Saudi Arabia want to reduce its dependence on?
a) foreign workers
b) stocks
c) sand
d) oil

6) How might other world capitals feel about Riyadh's makeover?
a) good
b) hopeful
c) envious
d) happy
7) How many people live in Riyadh?
a) five million
b) seven million
c) six million
d) four million
8) How many new art installations will Riyadh get?
a) 130
b) 70,000
c) hundreds
d) 82
9) By how many times per capita will Riyadh get greener?
a) 10 times
b) 16 times
c) 12 times
d) 14 times
10) How long will it take to complete this project?
a) up to 10 years
b) exactly 10 years
c) just over 10 years
d) around 10 years

Role play

Role  A – Cheap Buses
You think cheap buses make city people the happiest. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things don't make people happy. Also, tell the others which is the least likely of these to make people happy (and why): art galleries, clean air or lots of police.

Role  B – Art Galleries
You think art galleries make city people the happiest. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things don't make people happy. Also, tell the others which is the least likely of these to make people happy (and why): cheap buses, clean air or lots of police.

Role  C – Clean Air
You think clean air make city people the happiest. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things don't make people happy. Also, tell the others which is the least likely of these to make people happy (and why): art galleries, cheap buses or lots of police.

Role  D – Lots of Police
You think lots of police make city people the happiest. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things don't make people happy. Also, tell the others which is the least likely of these to make people happy (and why): art galleries, clean air or cheap buses.

After reading / listening

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

'capital'

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  • and 'city'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • envy
    • aims
    • happier
    • 130
    • 16
    • decade
    • announced
    • part
    • most
    • help
    • hear
    • reducing




    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 - Saudi capital city to get $23 billion makeover

    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 'capital city'?
    3. What do you think of your capital city?
    4. How is your capital city different to other cities?
    5. What do you know about Riyadh?
    6. What would you like to know about Riyadh?
    7. How could $23 billion improve your capital city?
    8. How beautiful is your capital city?
    9. How livable is your capital city?
    10. How would you boost leisure in your city?

    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 'makeover'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What other world cities do you envy?
    5. What is the quality of life like in your city?
    6. How important are city parks?
    7. How important are art installations?
    8. How could you make your city greener?
    9. What three adjectives best describe your city?
    10. What questions would you like to ask a city planner?

    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)

    Saudi Arabia's government has (1) ____ it will invest a whopping $23 billion in a massive makeover for its capital city, Riyadh. The (2) ____ investment is part of a project to beautify the city, create hundreds of thousands of jobs, (3) ____ leisure and tourism, and transform Riyadh into "one of the world's most livable cities". In addition to the government's cash (4) ____, a further $15 billion in private sector funding will help finance huge investment opportunities for businesses. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will head the committee (5) ____ the ambitious project. It is part of the Crown Prince's Vision 2030 initiative aimed at diversifying the kingdom's revenue sources and reducing its reliance (6) ____ oil.

    The plan is set to be the (7) ____ of other world capitals, which can only dream of being awarded such (8) ____ amounts of money. It aims to improve the quality of life for the capital's 5 million residents. A focus on leisure is (9) ____ to making people happier. The plan includes the construction of over 130km of cycling track, a park that will be (10) ____ the size of New York's Central Park, and hundreds of art installations. Riyadh will be a greener city as the amount of green space per person will be increased by 16-(11) ____. This will be achieved by planting 7.5 million trees and creating dozens of community gardens. Work will begin in the second half of the year. It will create 70,000 jobs and take up to a (12) ____ to complete.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     announcement     (b)     announce     (c)     announced     (d)     announces    
    2. (a)     huge     (b)     hug     (c)     luge     (d)     lug    
    3. (a)     boost     (b)     beast     (c)     baste     (d)     boast    
    4. (a)     injection     (b)     syringe     (c)     booster     (d)     shot    
    5. (a)     oversaw     (b)     overs     (c)     oversight     (d)     overseeing    
    6. (a)     at     (b)     of     (c)     in     (d)     on    
    7. (a)     envy     (b)     every     (c)     awry     (d)     envoy    
    8. (a)     vase     (b)     vascular     (c)     vassal     (d)     vast    
    9. (a)     integral     (b)     inaugural     (c)     auger     (d)     ogre    
    10. (a)     quad     (b)     quadruple     (c)     quadruplet     (d)     quadrant    
    11. (a)     wrap     (b)     fold     (c)     flap     (d)     cease    
    12. (a)     decade     (b)     decant     (c)     decadent     (d)     decor

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    2. In addition to the government's cash onitejicn
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    4. the committee overseeing the ombtuisia project
    5. the Crown Prince's Vision 2030 iitnaeiivt
    6. reducing its celearni on oil

    Paragraph 2

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    2. A focus on leisure is rengtail
    3. aquplurde the size
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    5. creating dozens of uomiycntm gardens
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    Put the text back together

    (...)  cities". In addition to the government's cash injection, a further $15 billion in private sector funding will help finance
    (...)  on leisure is integral to making people happier. The plan includes the construction of over 130km
    (...)  huge investment opportunities for businesses. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will head the committee
    1  ) Saudi Arabia's government has announced it will invest a whopping $23 billion in a massive
    (...)  overseeing the ambitious project. It is part of the Crown Prince's Vision 2030 initiative aimed
    (...)  of cycling track, a park that will be quadruple the size of New York's Central Park, and hundreds of art
    (...)  of thousands of jobs, boost leisure and tourism, and transform Riyadh into "one of the world's most livable
    (...)  The plan is set to be the envy of other world capitals, which can only dream of being awarded such vast
    (...)  makeover for its capital city, Riyadh. The huge investment is part of a project to beautify the city, create hundreds
    (...)  gardens. Work will begin in the second half of the year. It will create 70,000 jobs and take up to a decade to complete.
    (...)  installations. Riyadh will be a greener city as the amount of green space per person will be
    (...)  amounts of money. It aims to improve the quality of life for the capital's 5 million residents. A focus
    (...)  increased by 16-fold. This will be achieved by planting 7.5 million trees and creating dozens of community
    (...)  at diversifying the kingdom's revenue sources and reducing its reliance on oil.

    Put the words in the right order

    1. in   a   $23bn   makeover   .   a   whopping   massive   Invest
    2. beautify   the   city   .   Part   to   project   a   of
    3. cities   .   livable   world's   most   of   the   One
    4. huge   will   funding   investment   .   finance   sector   Private   help
    5. at  diversifying  sources  .  Initiatives  revenue   aimed   the   kingdom's
    6. Be   envy   world   of   capitals   .   the   other
    7. improve   aims   life   .   to   the   It   of   quality
    8. construction   of   track   .   cycling   130km   over   The   of
    9. increased   .   person   space   amount   per   of   green   The
    10. half   in   second   Begin   the   the   year   .   of

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Saudi Arabia's government has announced / announcing it will invest a whopping $23 billion in a massive / missive makeover for its capital city, Riyadh. The huge investment is part of a project to beautiful / beautify the city, create hundreds of thousands of jobs, boast / boost leisure and tourism, and transform Riyadh into "one of the world's most livable cities". In addition / plus to the government's cash injection / syringe, a further $15 billion in private sector finding / funding will help finance huge investment opportunities for / on businesses. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will head the committee overseeing the ambition / ambitious project. It is part of the Crown Prince's Vision 2030 initiative aimed at diversifying the kingdom's revenue sources and reducing its reliance / relevance on oil.

    The plan is set to be the envious / envy of other world capitals, which can only dream of being awarded such waste / vast amounts of money. It aims to improve the quality of life for the capital's 5 million residence / residents. A focus on leisure is integer / integral to making people happier. The plan includes the construction / construct of over 130km of cycling track, a park that will be quadruplet / quadruple the size of New York's Central Park, and hundreds of art installations. Riyadh will be a greener city as the amount of green space per / par person will be increased by 16-fold. This will be attribute / achieved by planting 7.5 million trees and creating dozens of community gardens. Work will begin in the second halve / half of the year. It will create 70,000 jobs and take up to a decade / decadence to complete.

    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

    saudi arabias government has announced it will invest a whopping 23 billion in a massive makeover for its capital city riyadh the huge investment is part of a project to beautify the city create hundreds of thousands of jobs boost leisure and tourism and transform riyadh into one of the worlds most livable cities in addition to the governments cash injection a further 15 billion in private sector funding will help finance huge investment opportunities for businesses crown prince mohammed bin salman will head the committee overseeing the ambitious project it is part of the crown princes vision 2030 initiative aimed at diversifying the kingdoms revenue sources and reducing its reliance on oil

    the plan is set to be the envy of other world capitals which can only dream of being awarded such vast amounts of money it aims to improve the quality of life for the capitals 5 million residents a focus on leisure is integral to making people happier the plan includes the construction of over 130km of cycling track a park that will be quadruple the size of new yorks central park and hundreds of art installations riyadh will be a greener city as the amount of green space per person will be increased by 16fold this will be achieved by planting 75 million trees and creating dozens of community gardens work will begin in the second half of the year it will create 70000 jobs and take up to a decade to complete.

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    SaudiArabia'sgovernmenthasannounceditwillinvestawhopping$23b
    illioninamassivemakeoverforitscapitalcity,Riyadh.Thehugeinvestm
    entispartofaprojecttobeautifythecity,createhundredsofthousandsof
    jobs,boostleisureandtourism,andtransformRiyadhinto"oneofthewor
    ld'smostlivablecities".Inadditiontothegovernment'scashinjection,af
    urther$15billioninprivatesectorfundingwillhelpfinancehugeinvestm
    entopportunitiesforbusinesses.CrownPrinceMohammedbinSalman
    willheadthecommitteeoverseeingtheambitiousproject.Itispartofthe
    CrownPrince'sVision2030initiativeaimedatdiversifyingthekingdom'
    srevenuesourcesandreducingitsrelianceonoil.Theplanissettobethee
    nvyofotherworldcapitals,whichcanonlydreamofbeingawardedsuchv
    astamountsofmoney.Itaimstoimprovethequalityoflifeforthecapital's
    5millionresidents.Afocusonleisureisintegraltomakingpeoplehappier
    .Theplanincludestheconstructionofover130kmofcyclingtrack,aparkt
    hatwillbequadruplethesizeofNewYork'sCentralPark,andhundredsof
    artinstallations.Riyadhwillbeagreenercityastheamountofgreenspac
    eperpersonwillbeincreasedby16-fold.Thiswillbeachievedbyplantin
    g7.5milliontreesandcreatingdozensofcommunitygardens.Workwillb
    egininthesecondhalfoftheyear.Itwillcreate70,000jobsandtakeuptoa
    decadetocomplete.

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    A capital city is the best city in a country. 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. CAPITAL CITIES: Make a poster about capital cities. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. WORLD CAPITAL: Write a magazine article about creating a capital city of the world. 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 capital cities. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on them. 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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