The Reading / Listening - Textbooks - Level 6

The world's largest education publisher, Pearson, has said it will gradually phase out printed textbooks. It has taken a decision to make all of its learning resources "digital first". Pearson said the future of the industry is in e-books and digital services. Pearson CEO John Fallon explained more about the company's future direction. He told the BBC: "We are now over the digital tipping point. Over half our annual revenues come from digital sales, so we've decided, a little bit like in other industries like newspapers or music or in broadcast, that it is time to flick the switch in how we primarily make and create our products." He added: "I am increasingly confident and excited about this."



Pearson said a huge advantage of digital books is that they can be continually updated, which means teachers will always have access to the latest versions of textbooks. Mr Fallon said Pearson would stop its current business model of revising printed course books every three years. He said this model has dominated the industry for over four decades and is now past its use-by date. Fallon said: "We learn by engaging and sharing with others, and a digital environment enables you to do that in a much more effective way." He added the digital books will appeal to the "Netflix and Spotify generation". Textbook writers are worried they will earn less from their books as digital products are sold on a subscription basis.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Textbooks - Level 4  or  Textbooks - Level 5

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/business-48998789
  • https://www.reuters.com/article/us-pearson-textbooks/pearson-goes-digital-first-in-u-s-college-market-idUSKCN1UA2IU
  • https://www.ft.com/content/c1940696-a74d-11e9-984c-fac8325aaa04


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. TEXTBOOKS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about textbooks. 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?
       education / publisher / phase out / decision / learning resource / tipping point / digital
       advantage / access / textbooks / four decades / sharing / books / generation / earn
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. DIGITAL: Students A strongly believe digital learning resources are better than printed materials; Students B strongly believe printed learning resources are better than digital resources.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. LEARNING: How are these things useful to aid learning? How much do you like them? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Usefulness in Learning

How Much You Like Them

Textbooks

 

 

e-books

 

 

YouTube

 

 

Television

 

 

Radio

 

 

Teachers

 

 

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5. LEARNING: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "learning". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. ENGLISH TEXTBOOKS: Rank these with your partner. Put the most important activities that should be in English textbooks at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Vocabulary
  • News
  • Grammar
  • Spelling
  • Pronunciation
  • Role Plays

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

1.

publisher

a.

Turn something electrical on or off by means of a switch.

2.

phase out

b.

Feeling or showing certainty about something.

3.

tipping point

c.

A person or company that prepares and issues books, journals, music, or other works for sale.

4.

annual

d.

Slowly finish the practice of doing something that has been done for a while.

5.

flick

e.

Happening once every year.

6.

primarily

f.

For the most part; mainly.

7.

confident

g.

The stage or moment in time at which a series of small changes or incidents becomes important enough to cause a larger, more important change.

    Paragraph 2

8.

huge

h.

All of the people born and living at about the same time, regarded collectively.

9.

updated

i.

Participating or becoming involved in.

10.

versions

j.

Had a superior influence on something or someone.

11.

dominated

k.

Extremely large; enormous.

12.

engaging

l.

An advance payment made to receive or participate in something.

13.

generation

m.

Made something more modern or to the latest version.

14.

subscription

n.

A particular form of something differing in certain respects from an earlier form or other forms of the same type of thing.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The name of the publisher is Oxford University Press.     T / F
  2. The company has called its policy "Digital At Last".     T / F
  3. Nearly half of the publisher's revenue is from digital sales.     T / F
  4. The publisher's CEO is confident about the digital services.     T / F
  5. The publisher updates its printed textbooks every three years.     T / F
  6. The current textbook business model has been in place for over 40 years. T / F
  7. The publisher thinks the "Netflix" generation will like the digital products.  T / F
  8. Textbook writers are happy with the subscription service.     T / F

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

  1. phase out
  2. direction
  3. revenues
  4. primarily
  5. increasingly
  6. huge
  7. access
  8. dominated
  9. effective
  10. subscription
  1. successful
  2. use of
  3. more and more
  4. controlled
  5. course
  6. membership fee
  7. withdraw
  8. first and foremost
  9. enormous
  10. income

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

  1. it will gradually phase
  2. Over half our annual revenues
  3. it is time to flick
  4. how we primarily make and
  5. I am increasingly confident
  6. they can be continually
  7. this model has dominated the industry
  8. appeal to the "Netflix and Spotify
  9. Textbook writers are worried they
  10. digital products are sold
  1. will earn less
  2. and excited
  3. generation
  4. out printed textbooks
  5. the switch
  6. on a subscription basis
  7. come from digital sales
  8. for over four decades
  9. create our products
  10. updated

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
direction
publisher
bit
industry
confident
revenues
flick
phase

The world's largest education (1) ____________, Pearson, has said it will gradually (2) ____________ out printed textbooks. It has taken a decision to make all of its learning resources "digital first". Pearson said the future of the (3) ____________ is in e-books and digital services. Pearson CEO John Fallon explained more about the company's future (4) ____________. He told the BBC: "We are now over the digital tipping point. Over half our annual (5) ____________ come from digital sales, so we've decided, a little (6) ____________ like in other industries like newspapers or music or in broadcast, that it is time to (7) ____________ the switch in how we primarily make and create our products." He added: "I am increasingly (8) ____________ and excited about this."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
model
engaging
access
basis
advantage
generation
dominated
effective

Pearson said a huge (9) ____________ of digital books is that they can be continually updated, which means teachers will always have (10) ____________ to the latest versions of textbooks. Mr Fallon said Pearson would stop its current business (11) ____________ of revising printed course books every three years. He said this model has (12) ____________ the industry for over four decades and is now past its use-by date. Fallon said: "We learn by (13) ____________ and sharing with others, and a digital environment enables you to do that in a much more (14) ____________ way." He added the digital books will appeal to the "Netflix and Spotify (15) ____________ ". Textbook writers are worried they will earn less from their books as digital products are sold on a subscription (16) ____________.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Pearson, has said it will gradually ______ textbooks
     a.  phase out printed
     b.  phrase out printed
     c.  faze out printed
     d.  fazed out printed
2)  It has taken a decision to make all of its learning resources "______"
     a.  digital fists
     b.  digital firstly
     c.  digital first
     d.  digital fist
3)  Pearson CEO John Fallon explained more about the company's ______
     a.  future dire action
     b.  future dire re-election
     c.  future dire election
     d.  future direction
4)  like newspapers or music or in broadcast, that it is time to ______
     a.  flicks the switch
     b.  flicked the switch
     c.  flick the switch
     d.  flicker the switch
5)  I am increasingly confident and excited ______
     a.  abut this
     b.  abbot this
     c.  abet this
     d.  about this

6)  Pearson said a huge advantage of digital books is that they can be ______
     a.  continually up date it
     b.  continually update it
     c.  continually updated
     d.  continually up date
7)  which means teachers will always have access to the ______
     a.  latest visions
     b.  latest versions
     c.  latest aversions
     d.  latest reversions
8)  this model has dominated the industry for over four decades and is now past its ______
     a.  use-buy date
     b.  use-bye date
     c.  use-by date
     d.  use-bay date
9)  a digital environment enables you to do that in a much more ______
     a.  effective way
     b.  effectively way
     c.  reflective way
     d.  refractive way
10)  earn less from their books as digital products are sold on a ______
     a.  substitution basis
     b.  substation basis
     c.  superscript shun basis
     d.  subscription basis

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The world's largest education publisher, Pearson, has said it will (1) ___________________ printed textbooks. It has taken a decision to make all of (2) ___________________ "digital first". Pearson said the future of the industry is in e-books (3) ___________________. Pearson CEO John Fallon explained more about the company's future direction. He told the BBC: "We are now over the (4) ___________________. Over half our annual revenues come from digital sales, so we've decided, a little bit like in other industries like newspapers or music or in broadcast, that it is time to (5) ___________________ in how we primarily make and create our products." He added: "I am increasingly (6) ___________________ about this."

Pearson said (7) ___________________ of digital books is that they can be continually updated, which means teachers will always (8) ___________________ the latest versions of textbooks. Mr Fallon said Pearson would stop its (9) ___________________ of revising printed course books every three years. He said this model has dominated the industry for (10) ___________________ and is now past its use-by date. Fallon said: "We learn by engaging and sharing with others, and a digital environment enables you to do that in a much (11) ___________________." He added the digital books will appeal to the "Netflix and Spotify generation". Textbook writers are worried they will earn less from their books as digital products are sold on (12) ___________________.

Comprehension questions

  1. What is the name of the publisher?
  2. What did the company's CEO say the future was in?
  3. What proportion of the company's revenues are from digital sales?
  4. What did the CEO say it was time to flick?
  5. How does the CEO feel about the digital products?
  6. What advantage of digital books did Pearson describe?
  7. What did the article say teachers would always have access to?
  8. For how long has the textbook business model dominated the market?
  9. What generation did the CEO say the digital products would appeal to?
  10. On what kind of basis are the digital products sold as?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What is the name of the publisher?
a) Longman
b) National Geographic
c) Pearson
d) OUP
2) What did the company's CEO say the future was in?
a) e-books and digital products
b) computers
c) tablets
d) cloud textbooks
3) What proportion of the company's revenues are from digital sales?
a) just under half
b) over half
c) 75%
d) nearly 90%
4) What did the CEO say it was time to flick?
a) ash
b) printed textbooks
c) hair
d) a switch
5) How does the CEO feel about the digital products?
a) energized and engaged
b) digitalized and excited
c) confident and excited
d) confident and exuberant

6) What advantage of digital books did Pearson describe?
a) teachers love them
b) they can be continually updated
c) they can be amended in seconds
d) students can trust them
7) What did the article say teachers would always have access to?
a) money for resources
b) information and language
c) computers and tablets
d) the latest versions of textbooks
8) For how long has the textbook business model dominated the market?
a) more than 50 years
b) over 40 years
c) around 30 years
d) not quite 20 years
9) What generation did the CEO say the digital products would appeal to?
a) a tablet and textbook generation
b) the Netflix and Spotify generation
c) millennials
d) a spotty generation
10) On what kind of basis are the digital products sold as?
a) subscription
b) free trial basis
c) money back guaranteed
d) cash back bonuses

Role play

Role  A – Grammar
You think grammar is the most important element of a textbook. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): pronunciation, writing or news.

Role  B – Pronunciation
You think pronunciation is the most important element of a textbook. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): grammar, writing or news.

Role  C – Writing
You think writing is the most important element of a textbook. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): pronunciation, grammar or news.

Role  D – News
You think news is the most important element of a textbook. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): pronunciation, writing or grammar.

After reading / listening

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

'education'

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  • and 'textbook'.

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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:

    • huge
    • stop
    • model
    • others
    • much
    • basis
    • phase
    • decision
    • direction
    • point
    • half
    • create




    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 - Egypt opens ancient pyramids for first time since 1960s

    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 'education'?
    3. What do you think of English textbooks?
    4. What will English textbooks be like in the future?
    5. Would you prefer to buy or subscribe to a textbook?
    6. What are the disadvantages of e-books?
    7. What are the disadvantages of printed textbooks?
    8. Would you like more grammar and pronunciation in English textbooks?
    9. Do learners of English need a textbook?
    10. What three adjectives best describe your English textbook?

    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 'textbook'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Do you have a favourite English textbook?
    5. How could English textbooks be improved?
    6. Are printed textbooks of digital textbooks best?
    7. What topics are best for English textbooks?
    8. How much do you learn from English textbooks?
    9. Will the 'Spotify generation' prefer digital textbooks?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Pearson'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)

    Egypt has opened two of its (1) ____ pyramids. The pyramids are in Dahshur, about 40 kilometers south (2) ____ the Egyptian capital city Cairo. They are now open to the public for the first time since 1965. Hundreds of people (3) ____ outside the Bent Pyramid at a special opening ceremony on Saturday. The Bent Pyramid was built 4,600 years ago. It was (4) ____ for the ancient Egyptian pharaoh Sneferu. It is 101 meters high. Builders used new techniques to build it and archaeologists say it was an important (5) ____ in the development of pyramid building. Tourists can also (6) ____ an 18-metre high "side pyramid" next to the Bent Pyramid. This was built for King Sneferu's wife Hetepheres.

    The two pyramids are part of the Memphis Necropolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Egypt hopes the opening of the pyramids will (7) ____ the country's tourism industry. Egypt was a top tourist destination but tourist (8) ____ fell after the 2011 uprising. Ancient sites in Egypt are on the bucket lists of many people around the world. At the Bent Pyramid, tourists will be (9) ____ to go through a 79-meter narrow tunnel to reach two chambers (10) ____ inside. They will also be able to see ancient treasures found inside the pyramid. Egyptian archaeologists uncovered a collection (11) ____ stone, clay and wooden sarcophagi - the coffins people were buried in. Some of the sarcophagi contained (12) ____.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     ageing     (b)     elder     (c)     olden     (d)     oldest    
    2. (a)     on     (b)     to     (c)     at     (d)     of    
    3. (a)     gathering     (b)     gathered     (c)     gather     (d)     gatherer    
    4. (a)     builds     (b)     building     (c)     built     (d)     builder    
    5. (a)     steppe     (b)     steep     (c)     step     (d)     strep    
    6. (a)     enter     (b)     entrance     (c)     entry     (d)     entrant    
    7. (a)     beast     (b)     boost     (c)     baste     (d)     beauts    
    8. (a)     numbers     (b)     letters     (c)     digits     (d)     numerals    
    9. (a)     capable     (b)     able     (c)     ability     (d)     abled    
    10. (a)     depth     (b)     deepen     (c)     deep     (d)     deeps    
    11. (a)     off     (b)     on     (c)     of     (d)     at    
    12. (a)     daddies     (b)     kiddies     (c)     grannies     (d)     mummies

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    6. sold on a nsicpoubtirs basis

    Put the text back together

    (...)  create our products." He added: "I am increasingly confident and excited about this."
    (...)  newspapers or music or in broadcast, that it is time to flick the switch in how we primarily make and
    (...)  its current business model of revising printed course books every three years. He said this model has
    (...)  teachers will always have access to the latest versions of textbooks. Mr Fallon said Pearson would stop
    1  ) The world's largest education publisher, Pearson, has said it will gradually phase out printed
    (...)  more effective way." He added the digital books will appeal to the "Netflix and Spotify
    (...)  dominated the industry for over four decades and is now past its use-by date. Fallon said: "We learn by
    (...)  of the industry is in e-books and digital services. Pearson CEO John Fallon explained more about the company's future
    (...)  Pearson said a huge advantage of digital books is that they can be continually updated, which means
    (...)  direction. He told the BBC: "We are now over the digital tipping point. Over half our annual
    (...)  generation". Textbook writers are worried they will earn less from their books as digital products are sold on a subscription basis.
    (...)  textbooks. It has taken a decision to make all of its learning resources "digital first". Pearson said the future
    (...)  revenues come from digital sales, so we've decided, a little bit like in other industries like
    (...)  engaging and sharing with others, and a digital environment enables you to do that in a much

    Put the words in the right order

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    2. of   the   in   The   is   industry   future   e-books   .
    3. tipping   now   point   .   are   digital   the   over   We
    4. from   Half   digital   sales   .   revenues   our   annual   come
    5. excited   and   am   confident   increasingly   I   this   .   about
    6. of   to   latest   access   Have   versions   textbooks   .   the
    7. industry   .   has   model   dominated   this   said   He   the
    8. do   you   to   digital   enables   that   .   A   environment
    9. writers   will   they   worried   are   less   .   Textbook   earn
    10. on   basis   .   subscription   Digital   products   are   a   sold

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    The world's largest education publisher, Pearson, has said it will gradient / gradually phase out printed textbooks. It has taken a deciding / decision to make all of its learning resources "digital first". Pearson said the future of the industry is on / in e-books and digital services. Pearson CEO John Fallon explained more about the company's future drift / direction. He told the BBC: "We are now over the digital trapping / tipping point. Over half our annual / annually revenues come from digital sales / selling, so we've decided, a little bit like in another / other industries like newspapers or music or in broadcast, that it is time to flick / fleck the switch in how we primarily make and create our produce / products." He added: "I am increasingly confident and excited about this."

    Pearson said a huge / hugely advantage of digital books is that they can be continuous / continually updated, which means teachers will always have access to the latest aversions / versions of textbooks. Mr Fallon said Pearson would stop its current / currant business model of revising / revision printed course books every three years. He said this model has contaminated / dominated the industry for over four decadence / decades and is now past its use-by date. Fallon said: "We learn by engaging and sharing with others, and a digital environment / circumstance enables you to do that in a much more effective way." He added the digital books will repeal / appeal to the "Netflix and Spotify generation". Textbook writers are worried they will earn less from their books as digital products are solid / sold on a subscription basis.

    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

    the worlds largest education publisher pearson has said it will gradually phase out printed textbooks it has taken a decision to make all of its learning resources digital first pearson said the future of the industry is in ebooks and digital services pearson ceo john fallon explained more about the companys future direction he told the bbc we are now over the digital tipping point over half our annual revenues come from digital sales so weve decided a little bit like in other industries like newspapers or music or in broadcast that it is time to flick the switch in how we primarily make and create our products he added i am increasingly confident and excited about this

    pearson said a huge advantage of digital books is that they can be continually updated which means teachers will always have access to the latest versions of textbooks mr fallon said pearson would stop its current business model of revising printed course books every three years he said this model has dominated the industry for over four decades and is now past its useby date fallon said we learn by engaging and sharing with others and a digital environment enables you to do that in a much more effective way he added the digital books will appeal to the netflix and spotify generation textbook writers are worried they will earn less from their books as digital products are sold on a subscription basis

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    Theworld'slargesteducationpublisher,Pearson,hassaiditwillgraduall
    yphaseoutprintedtextbooks.Ithastakenadecisiontomakeallofitslear
    ningresources"digitalfirst".Pearsonsaidthefutureoftheindustryisine-
    booksanddigitalservices.PearsonCEOJohnFallonexplainedmoreabo
    utthecompany'sfuturedirection.HetoldtheBBC:"Wearenowoverthed
    igitaltippingpoint.Overhalfourannualrevenuescomefromdigitalsales
    ,sowe'vedecided,alittlebitlikeinotherindustrieslikenewspapersormu
    sicorinbroadcast,thatitistimetoflicktheswitchinhowweprimarilymak
    eandcreateourproducts."Headded:"Iamincreasinglyconfidentandex
    citedaboutthis."Pearsonsaidahugeadvantageofdigitalbooksisthatth
    eycanbecontinuallyupdated,whichmeansteacherswillalwayshaveac
    cesstothelatestversionsoftextbooks.MrFallonsaidPearsonwouldstop
    itscurrentbusinessmodelofrevisingprintedcoursebookseverythreey
    ears.Hesaidthismodelhasdominatedtheindustryforoverfourdecades
    andisnowpastitsuse-bydate.Fallonsaid:"Welearnbyengagingandsh
    aringwithothers,andadigitalenvironmentenablesyoutodothatinamu
    chmoreeffectiveway."Headdedthedigitalbookswillappealtothe"Netfl
    ixandSpotifygeneration".Textbookwritersareworriedtheywillearnle
    ssfromtheirbooksasdigitalproductsaresoldonasubscriptionbasis.

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

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    Academic writing

    Printed textbooks are better than digital textbooks. 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. TEXTBOOKS: Make a poster about textbooks. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. DIGITAL: Write a magazine article about making all education digital. 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 digital textbooks. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to improve textbooks. 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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