The Reading / Listening - Boris Johnson - Level 6

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has a new leader. Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson became the UK's new Prime Minister yesterday after Theresa May announced her resignation in June. Mr Johnson, commonly known as Boris, realized a childhood dream of becoming leader of the UK. It is reported that when he was eight, he told his parents he wanted to be king of the world. He now has the lesser role of Prime Minister but has a tough task ahead of him. His most pressing undertaking is to deliver Brexit and make sure Britain withdraws from the European Union. Mr Johnson has vowed to ensure this will be done by October 31st. His political future depends on this.



Boris Johnson had to go to Buckingham Palace to meet Queen Elizabeth before taking over as the UK's 77th Prime Minister. Tradition dictates that the Queen formally asks any new appointee to form a new government. Johnson accepted and drove to 10 Downing Street - the official residence of the British leader. His first job is to form his Cabinet - the people who will take up key decision-making roles in the new UK government. Johnson said: "Though I am today building a great team of men and women, I will take personal responsibility for the change I want to see." In his first speech to the nation as Prime Minister, he promised to spend more money on the police, education and social welfare.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Boris Johnson - Level 4  or  Boris Johnson - Level 5

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-49102466
  • https://www.foxnews.com/world/boris-johnson-queen-officially-prime-minister-britain-brexit-theresa-may
  • https://metro.co.uk/2019/07/24/boris-johnson-no-ifs-buts-europe-october-31-10452137/


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. NATIONAL LEADERS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about national leaders. 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?
       the U.K. / leader / resignation / childhood dream / king / European Union / Brexit /
       Buckingham Palace / tradition / tradition / residence / decision-making / speech
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. WORLD LEADER: Students A strongly believe the world should have a world leader; Students B strongly believe that's a silly idea.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. LEADERS: What do you know about these leaders? Rate them from 1-10 (1 = terrible; 10 = excellent). Why that score?  Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

What I Know

Score (1-10)

Why?

Donald Trump

 

 

 

Vladimir Putin

 

 

 

Xi Jinping

 

 

 

Narendra Modi

 

 

 

Angela Merkel

 

 

 

Raul Castro

 

 

 

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5. RESIGNATION: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "resignation". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. LEADER'S PROMISES: Rank these with your partner. Put the most important promises for a leader at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • more hospitals
  • social welfare
  • stamp out corruption
  • diversity
  • national security
  • safe streets
  • better education
  • lower taxes

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. announced a. Caused something desired or anticipated to happen.
      2. resignation b. Made a public and formal statement about a fact, happening, or plan.
      3. commonly c. Very often; frequently.
      4. realized d. Of a problem, need, or situation requiring quick or immediate action or attention.
      5. lesser e. Seriously promised to do a specified thing.
      6. pressing f. An act of giving up one's job or giving up a position.
      7. vowed g. Not so great or important as the other or the rest.

    Paragraph 2

      8. dictates h. The official house of a government minister or other public and official figure.
      9. formally i. Social efforts designed to promote the basic physical and material well-being of people in need.
      10. appointee j. The state or fact of having a duty to deal with something or of having control over someone.
      11. residence k. A person to whom a job or role is assigned.
      12. key l. Of great importance.
      13. responsibility m. Controls or decisively affects; determines.
      14. welfare n. Officially.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The first name of the UK's new leader is Alexander.     T / F
  2. Mr Johnson had a childhood dream to be king of the world.     T / F
  3. The article said Mr Johnson's most pressing task was to deliver Brexit.     T / F
  4. Mr Johnson said he would deliver Brexit by December 31st.     T / F
  5. Mr Johnson is the United Kingdom's 77th Prime Minister.     T / F
  6. A new Prime Minister traditionally asks the Queen to form a government. T / F
  7. The official residence of the UK Prime Minister is in Oxford Street.     T / F
  8. Mr Johnson promised to cut spending on social welfare.     T / F

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

  1. resignation
  2. realized
  3. tough
  4. vowed
  5. depends on
  6. dictates
  7. form
  8. key
  9. building
  10. spend
  1. make
  2. orders
  3. promised
  4. putting together
  5. achieved
  6. difficult
  7. important
  8. hinges on
  9. pay out
  10. departure

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

  1. Theresa May announced her
  2. realized a childhood dream of becoming
  3. His most pressing undertaking is
  4. Mr Johnson has vowed to ensure
  5. His political future depends
  6. taking over as the
  7. the official residence
  8. people who will take up key
  9. take personal
  10. he promised to spend more
  1. decision-making roles
  2. this will be done
  3. money on the police
  4. of the British leader
  5. to deliver Brexit
  6. resignation in June
  7. responsibility
  8. on this
  9. leader of the UK
  10. UK's 77th Prime Minister

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
lesser
depends
commonly
leader
pressing
realized
vowed
resignation

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has a new (1) ____________. Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson became the UK's new Prime Minister yesterday after Theresa May announced her (2) ____________ in June. Mr Johnson, (3) ____________ known as Boris, (4) ____________ a childhood dream of becoming leader of the UK. It is reported that when he was eight, he told his parents he wanted to be king of the world. He now has the (5) ____________ role of Prime Minister but has a tough task ahead of him. His most (6) ____________ undertaking is to deliver Brexit and make sure Britain withdraws from the European Union. Mr Johnson has (7) ____________ to ensure this will be done by October 31st. His political future (8) ____________ on this.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
residence
personal
dictates
roles
welfare
formally
key
promised

Boris Johnson had to go to Buckingham Palace to meet Queen Elizabeth before taking over as the UK's 77th Prime Minister. Tradition (9) ____________ that the Queen (10) ____________ asks any new appointee to form a new government. Johnson accepted and drove to 10 Downing Street - the official (11) ____________ of the British leader. His first job is to form his Cabinet - the people who will take up (12) ____________ decision-making (13) ____________ in the new UK government. Johnson said: "Though I am today building a great team of men and women, I will take (14) ____________ responsibility for the change I want to see." In his first speech to the nation as Prime Minister, he (15) ____________ to spend more money on the police, education and social (16) ____________.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  after Theresa May announced her ______ June
     a.  designation in
     b.  indignation in
     c.  stagnation in
     d.  resignation in
2)  Mr Johnson, commonly known as Boris, ______ childhood dream
     a.  realigned a
     b.  realized a
     c.  serialized a
     d.  real liaised a
3)  He now has the lesser role of Prime Minister but has a tough ______ of him
     a.  tusk ahead
     b.  task ahead
     c.  taste ahead
     d.  tacks ahead
4)  deliver Brexit and make sure Britain ______ the European Union
     a.  which draws from
     b.  witch draws from
     c.  withdraws from
     d.  withdrawn from
5)  His political future ______
     a.  deep ends on this
     b.  deepens on this
     c.  depend on this
     d.  depends on this

6)  Tradition dictates that the Queen formally asks any new ______ a new government
     a.  a point tea to form
     b.  appoint tea to form
     c.  appointee to form
     d.  app point tee to form
7)  Johnson accepted and drove to 10 Downing Street - the ______
     a.  officials residence
     b.  official residence
     c.  official residents
     d.  officials residents
8)  the people who will take up key decision-______
     a.  May king roles
     b.  make king roles
     c.  marking roles
     d.  making roles
9)  I will take personal responsibility for the change ______
     a.  I want to see
     b.  I wanted to sea
     c.  I want too see
     d.  I want to sea
10)  he promised to spend more money on the police, education ______
     a.  and social well fare
     b.  and social welfare
     c.  and social well fair
     d.  and social well flare

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has (1) ___________________. Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson became the UK's new Prime Minister yesterday after Theresa May announced her resignation in June. Mr Johnson, (2) ___________________ Boris, realized a childhood dream of becoming leader of the UK. It is reported that when he was eight, he told his parents he wanted to (3) ___________________ the world. He now has (4) ___________________ of Prime Minister but has a (5) ___________________ of him. His most pressing undertaking is to deliver Brexit and make sure Britain withdraws from the European Union. Mr Johnson has (6) ___________________ this will be done by October 31st. His political future depends on this.

Boris Johnson had to go to Buckingham Palace to meet Queen Elizabeth before taking over as the UK's 77th Prime Minister. Tradition (1) ___________________ Queen formally asks any new (2) ___________________ a new government. Johnson accepted and drove to 10 Downing Street - the (3) ___________________ the British leader. His first job is to form his Cabinet - the people who will (4) ___________________ decision-making roles in the new UK government. Johnson said: "Though I am today building a great team of men and women, I (5) ___________________ responsibility for the change I want to see." In his first speech to the nation as Prime Minister, he promised to spend more money on the police, education (6) ___________________.

Comprehension questions

  1. What is the new UK leader's first name?
  2. Who resigned in June?
  3. What did Johnson tell his parents he wanted to be when he was eight?
  4. What is Mr Johnson's most pressing undertaking?
  5. What does Mr Johnson's political future depend on?
  6. Where did Mr Johnson have to go before becoming Prime Minister?
  7. How many Prime Ministers did the UK have before Mr Johnson?
  8. Where is the UK Prime Minister's official residence?
  9. What did Mr Johnson say he would take personal responsibility for?
  10. What did Mr Johnson promise to spend more money on?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What is the new UK leader's first name?
a) Alexander
b) Alexa
c) Alexandria
d) Alexis
2) Who resigned in June?
a) the UK president
b) the British Queen
c) Theresa May
d) a British prince and princess
3) What did Johnson tell his parents he wanted to be when he was eight?
a) a train driver
b) king of the world
c) captain of the England football team
d) a rabbit
4) What is Mr Johnson's most pressing undertaking?
a) Iran
b) helping the poor
c) reducing crime
d) delivering Brexit
5) What does Mr Johnson's political future depend on?
a) delivering Brexit
b) reducing unemployment
c) winning an election
d) reducing the national debt

6) Where did Mr Johnson have to go before becoming Prime Minister?
a) to see his girlfriend
b) shopping
c) Westminster
d) Buckingham Palace
7) How many Prime Ministers did the UK have before Mr Johnson?
a) 77
b) 76
c) 75
d) 74
8) Where is the UK Prime Minister's official residence?
a) the Houses of Parliament
b) 1 Buckingham Palace
c) 100 Oxford Street
d) 10 Downing Street
9) What did Mr Johnson say he would take personal responsibility for?
a) policing
b) his mistakes
c) the change he wants to see
d) wars
10) What did Mr Johnson promise to spend more money on?
a) warships
b) the police
c) the environment
d) his apartment

Role play

Role  A – Safer Streets
You think safer streets is the biggest promise a leader can make. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their promises. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): more hospitals, lower taxes or better education.

Role  B – More Hospitals
You think more hospitals is the biggest promise a leader can make. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their promises. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): safer streets, lower taxes or better education.

Role  C – Lower Taxes
You think lower taxes is the biggest promise a leader can make. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their promises. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): more hospitals, safer streets or better education.

Role  D – Better Education
You think better education is the biggest promise a leader can make. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their promises. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): more hospitals, lower taxes or safer streets.

After reading / listening

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

'leader'

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  • ________________
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  • and 'king'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • meet
    • over
    • new
    • official
    • key
    • spend
    • united
    • announced
    • eight
    • lesser
    • deliver
    • future




    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 - Boris Johnson becomes UK's new leader

    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 'leader'?
    3. What leadership skills do you have?
    4. What do you know about Boris Johnson?
    5. What do you think of your country's leader?
    6. What makes a good leader?
    7. What would you do if you were king of the world?
    8. Should there be a world leader?
    9. What was your childhood dream?
    10. What do you know about Brexit?

    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 'king'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Are you a good leader?
    5. Would you like to meet Queen Elizabeth in Buckingham Palace?
    6. Would you be a good politician?
    7. Do men or women make better leaders?
    8. Do politicians keep their promises?
    9. What would you spend money on if you were leader?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Boris Johnson?

    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)

    The (1) ____ Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has a new leader. Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson became the UK's new Prime Minister yesterday after Theresa May (2) ____ her resignation in June. Mr Johnson, commonly known as Boris, (3) ____ a childhood dream of becoming leader of the UK. It is reported that when he was eight, he told his parents he wanted to be king of the world. He now has the (4) ____ role of Prime Minister but has a tough task ahead of him. His most pressing undertaking is to deliver Brexit and make sure Britain (5) ____ from the European Union. Mr Johnson has (6) ____ to ensure this will be done by October 31st. His political future depends on this.

    Boris Johnson had to go to Buckingham Palace to meet Queen Elizabeth before (7) ____ over as the UK's 77th Prime Minister. Tradition dictates that the Queen formally asks any new (8) ____ to form a new government. Johnson accepted and drove to 10 Downing Street - the official residence of the British leader. His first job is to form his Cabinet - the people who will take up (9) ____ decision-making roles in the new UK government. Johnson said: "Though I am today building a great team of men and women, I will (10) ____ personal responsibility for the change I want to see." In his first speech to the (11) ____ as Prime Minister, he promised to spend more money on the police, education and (12) ____ welfare.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     United     (b)     Unified     (c)     Union     (d)     Unity    
    2. (a)     announce     (b)     announces     (c)     announced     (d)     announcing    
    3. (a)     exercised     (b)     ostracized     (c)     realized     (d)     maximized    
    4. (a)     degrees     (b)     ever     (c)     basis     (d)     lesser    
    5. (a)     withdraws     (b)     deposits     (c)     enters     (d)     rejects    
    6. (a)     mewed     (b)     vowed     (c)     cowed     (d)     viewed    
    7. (a)     flocking     (b)     stricken     (c)     lacking     (d)     taking    
    8. (a)     repartee     (b)     appointee     (c)     referee     (d)     lessee    
    9. (a)     pioneer     (b)     apex     (c)     key     (d)     pivot    
    10. (a)     bake     (b)     fake     (c)     make     (d)     take    
    11. (a)     sovereign     (b)     dependency     (c)     territory     (d)     nation     
    12. (a)     official     (b)     social     (c)     racial     (d)     special

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (...)  Boris Johnson had to go to Buckingham Palace to meet Queen Elizabeth before taking
    (...)  be done by October 31st. His political future depends on this.
    (...)  of Prime Minister but has a tough task ahead of him. His most pressing undertaking is to deliver Brexit and make
    (...)  was eight, he told his parents he wanted to be king of the world. He now has the lesser role
    (...)  sure Britain withdraws from the European Union. Mr Johnson has vowed to ensure this will
    (...)  and women, I will take personal responsibility for the change I want to see." In his first speech to the
    (...)  known as Boris, realized a childhood dream of becoming leader of the UK. It is reported that when he
    ( 1 ) The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has a new leader. Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson became the UK's
    (...)  new Prime Minister yesterday after Theresa May announced her resignation in June. Mr Johnson, commonly
    (...)  nation as Prime Minister, he promised to spend more money on the police, education and social welfare.
    (...)  appointee to form a new government. Johnson accepted and drove to 10 Downing Street - the official
    (...)  making roles in the new UK government. Johnson said: "Though I am today building a great team of men
    (...)  over as the UK's 77th Prime Minister. Tradition dictates that the Queen formally asks any new
    (...)  residence of the British leader. His first job is to form his Cabinet - the people who will take up key decision-

    Put the words in the right order

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    2. realized   a   leader   .   of   becoming   dream   childhood   Boris
    3. king   be   of   to   wanted   He   the   world   .
    4. pressing   deliver   Brexit   .   to   most   undertaking   His   is
    5. this   will   to   done   .   vowed   Johnson   be   ensure
    6. of   the   British   The   residence   leader   .   official
    7. People   key   decision-making   will   who   take   up   roles   .
    8. the   will   personal   responsibility   I   take   for   change   .
    9. PM   .   as   first   nation   His   the   speech   to
    10. spend   to   on   police   .   He   more   promised   money

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has anew / a new leader. Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson became the UK's new Prime Minister yesterday after Theresa May announced her resigns / resignation in June. Mr Johnson, commonly / common known as Boris, reality / realized a childhood dream of becoming leader of the UK. It is reported / reports that when he was eight, he told his parents he wanted to be king of the world. He now has the less / lesser role of Prime Minister but has a tough task / tusk ahead of him. His most pressing / dressing undertaking is to deliver Brexit and make sure Britain deposits / withdraws from the European Union. Mr Johnson has vowed to ensure this will be done by October 31st. His political future depends / deepens on this.

    Boris Johnson had to go to Buckingham Palace to meet Queen Elizabeth before taking / taken over as the UK's 77th Prime Minister. Tradition dictations / dictates that the Queen formally asks any new appointee / appointed to form a new government. Johnson accepted and driven / drove to 10 Downing Street - the official residence of the British leader. His first job is to farm / form his Cabinet - the people who will take up key decision-making rules / roles in the new UK government. Johnson said: "Though I am today building a great team of men and women, I will take personally / personal responsibility for the change I want to see." In his first speech / speak to the nation as Prime Minister, he promissory / promised to spend more money on the police, education and social / socially welfare.

    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 united kingdom of great britain and northern ireland has a new leader alexander boris de pfeffel johnson became the uks new prime minister yesterday after theresa may announced her resignation in june mr johnson commonly known as boris realized a childhood dream of becoming leader of the uk it is reported that when he was eight he told his parents he wanted to be king of the world he now has the lesser role of prime minister but has a tough task ahead of him his most pressing undertaking is to deliver brexit and make sure britain withdraws from the european union mr johnson has vowed to ensure this will be done by october 31st his political future depends on this

    boris johnson had to go to buckingham palace to meet queen elizabeth before taking over as the uks 77th prime minister tradition dictates that the queen formally asks any new appointee to form a new government johnson accepted and drove to 10 downing street the official residence of the british leader his first job is to form his cabinet the people who will take up key decisionmaking roles in the new uk government johnson said though i am today building a great team of men and women i will take personal responsibility for the change i want to see in his first speech to the nation as prime minister he promised to spend more money on the police education and social welfare.

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    TheUnitedKingdomofGreatBritainandNorthernIrelandhasanewlead
    er.AlexanderBorisdePfeffelJohnsonbecametheUK'snewPrimeMinist
    eryesterdayafterTheresaMayannouncedherresignationinJune.MrJo
    hnson,commonlyknownasBoris,realizedachildhooddreamofbecomi
    ngleaderoftheUK.Itisreportedthatwhenhewaseight,hetoldhisparent
    shewantedtobekingoftheworld.HenowhasthelesserroleofPrimeMini
    sterbuthasatoughtaskaheadofhim.Hismostpressingundertakingisto
    deliverBrexitandmakesureBritainwithdrawsfromtheEuropeanUnion
    .MrJohnsonhasvowedtoensurethiswillbedonebyOctober31st.Hispoli
    ticalfuturedependsonthis.BorisJohnsonhadtogotoBuckinghamPalac
    etomeetQueenElizabethbeforetakingoverastheUK's77thPrimeMinis
    ter.TraditiondictatesthattheQueenformallyasksanynewappointeeto
    formanewgovernment.Johnsonacceptedanddroveto10DowningStr
    eet-theofficialresidenceoftheBritishleader.HisfirstjobistoformhisCa
    binet-thepeoplewhowilltakeupkeydecision-makingrolesinthenewU
    Kgovernment.Johnsonsaid:"ThoughIamtodaybuildingagreatteamof
    menandwomen,IwilltakepersonalresponsibilityforthechangeIwantt
    osee."InhisfirstspeechtothenationasPrimeMinister,hepromisedtosp
    endmoremoneyonthepolice,educationandsocialwelfare.

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    The current leader of my country is the best in our history. 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. BORIS JOHNSON: Make a poster about national leaders. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. WORLD LEADER: Write a magazine article about there being a world leader. 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 national leaders. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your opinions on your country's leader. 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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