The Reading / Listening - Hong Kong Protests - Level 6

Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam has voiced her concerns about the ongoing protests taking place in Hong Kong. She said the public disorder is disrupting life in the city and is pushing it to "the verge of an extremely dangerous situation". Her comments came after the city was hit with more street demonstrations in which protestors fought with police for the ninth weekend in a row. The current protests also saw a citywide strike and considerable disruption to roads and transport systems. Hong Kong was brought to a standstill on Monday morning as streets were blocked and 200 flights were cancelled. Demonstrators ensured trains could not move by keeping their doors open, angering many passengers.



The protests began in March against a proposed bill to allow people to be extradited to stand trial in mainland China. They have since developed into calls for greater democracy. On July 1st, hundreds of protesters stormed the Hong Kong legislature building after breaking through glass walls and metal doors. They caused damage inside by spray-painting slogans and defacing flags and paintings. A central government spokesperson strongly condemned the latest demonstrators. He said: "Their conduct has blatantly offended the state and national dignity, wantonly trampled on the bottom line of the 'one country, two systems' principle, and greatly hurt the feelings of the entire Chinese people."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Hong Kong Protests - Level 4  or  Hong Kong Protests - Level 5

Sources
  • https://www.reuters.com/article/us-hongkong-protests-lam/hong-kong-leader-says-protests-are-challenging-chinas-sovereignty-idUSKCN1UV04W
  • http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-08/04/c_138283162.htm
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-49231143


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Warm-ups

1. PROTESTS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about protests. 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?
       concerns / protests / disorder / dangerous / demonstrations / in a row / transport /
       bill / stand trial / democracy / slogans / paintings / dignity / bottom line / feelings
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. DISRUPTION: Students A strongly believe protests should never disrupt people's lives; Students B strongly believe that's no problem.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. HOW TO PROTEST: What are the pros and cons of these? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Pros

Cons

Street protests

 

 

Online petitions

 

 

Hunger strikes

 

 

Marches

 

 

Boycotts

 

 

Labor strikes

 

 

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5. DISORDER: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "disorder". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. PROTESTS: Rank these with your partner. Put the most important things to protest against at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • democracy
  • war
  • immigration
  • global warming
  • taxes
  • corruption
  • equality
  • equal rights

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. voiced a. Made certain that something will occur or will be the case.
      2. disorder b. Interrupting an event, activity, or process by causing a disturbance or problem.
      3. disrupting c. One after another; consecutively.
      4. verge d. Expressed a particular opinion or attitude.
      5. in a row e. A situation or condition in which there is no movement or activity at all.
      6. standstill f. The disturbing of peaceful and law-abiding behavior.
      7. ensured g. An extreme limit beyond which something specified will happen.

    Paragraph 2

      8. extradited h. A building in which the laws of a country are made.
      9. trial i. A motto associated with a political party or movement or other group.
      10. stormed j. A fundamental source or basis of something.
      11. legislature k. A formal examination of evidence before a judge, usually in front of a jury, in order to decide guilt in a criminal case.
      12. slogan l. In a completely obvious and unsubtle way.
      13. blatantly m. Suddenly attacked and captured (a building or other place) by means of force.
      14. principle n. Hand over a person accused or convicted of a crime to the country in which the crime was committed.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Hong Kong's leader raised her voice about recent protests.     T / F
  2. The leader said Hong Kong was on the brink of a dangerous situation.    T / F
  3. There have been protests in Hong Kong for the past nine weekends.     T / F
  4. Protestors prevented trains from moving by keeping doors open.     T / F
  5. The protests are because China wants to extradite people to Hong Kong. T / F
  6. China wants people from the mainland to stand trial in Hong Kong.     T / F
  7. Protestors damaged a government building by using spray paint.     T / F
  8. Only the feelings of a few Chinese people have been hurt by the protests.T / F

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

  1. voiced
  2. ongoing
  3. verge
  4. standstill
  5. ensured
  6. extradited
  7. stormed
  8. defacing
  9. condemned
  10. entire
  1. halt
  2. criticized
  3. expressed
  4. attacked
  5. brink
  6. whole
  7. deported
  8. made certain
  9. vandalizing
  10. continuing

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

  1. voiced her concerns
  2. the public disorder is disrupting
  3. pushing it to the
  4. the city was hit with more
  5. Hong Kong was brought to a
  6. a proposed bill to allow people
  7. stand
  8. They caused damage inside by
  9. Their conduct has blatantly
  10. the 'one country, two systems'
  1. verge
  2. spray-painting slogans
  3. standstill on Monday
  4. trial
  5. life in the city
  6. offended the state
  7. about the ongoing protests
  8. principle
  9. street demonstrations
  10. to be extradited

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
situation
standstill
concerns
row
passengers
disrupting
ensured
disruption

Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam has voiced her (1) ____________ about the ongoing protests taking place in Hong Kong. She said the public disorder is (2) ____________ life in the city and is pushing it to "the verge of an extremely dangerous (3) ____________ ". Her comments came after the city was hit with more street demonstrations in which protestors fought with police for the ninth weekend in a (4) ____________. The current protests also saw a citywide strike and considerable (5) ____________ to roads and transport systems. Hong Kong was brought to a (6) ____________ on Monday morning as streets were blocked and 200 flights were cancelled. Demonstrators (7) ____________ trains could not move by keeping their doors open, angering many (8) ____________.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
dignity
trial
slogans
entire
bill
line
conduct
legislature

The protests began in March against a proposed (9) ____________ to allow people to be extradited to stand (10) ____________ in mainland China. They have since developed into calls for greater democracy. On July 1st, hundreds of protesters stormed the Hong Kong (11) ____________ building after breaking through glass walls and metal doors. They caused damage inside by spray-painting (12) ____________ and defacing flags and paintings. A central government spokesperson strongly condemned the latest demonstrators. He said: "Their (13) ____________ has blatantly offended the state and national (14) ____________, wantonly trampled on the bottom (15) ____________ of the 'one country, two systems' principle, and greatly hurt the feelings of the (16) ____________ Chinese people."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam has voiced her concerns about ______
     a.  the in going protests
     b.  the on grown protests
     c.  the on go in protests
     d.  the ongoing protests
2)  She said the public disorder is ______ in the city
     a.  disrupt in life
     b.  this rapturing life
     c.  dis trapping life
     d.  disrupting life
3)  She said the public disorder is disrupting life in the city and is pushing it ______
     a.  to the verge
     b.  to the verve
     c.  to the verse
     d.  to the verb
4)  demonstrations in which protestors fought with police for the ninth ______
     a.  weekend in allow
     b.  weekend in arrow
     c.  weekend in a low
     d.  weekend in a row
5)  ensured trains could not move by keeping their doors open, ______ passengers
     a.  and glaring many
     b.  auger in many
     c.  angering many
     d.  anger in many

6)  The protests began in March against ______
     a.  a proposal bill
     b.  a proposed bill
     c.  approval bill
     d.  ape reposed bill
7)  They caused damage inside by spray-painting slogans ______
     a.  end the facing flags
     b.  and defacing flags
     c.  and the face in flags
     d.  end defacing flags
8)  He said their conduct has blatantly offended the state and ______
     a.  nation all dignity
     b.  national dignify
     c.  nation all dignify
     d.  national dignity
9)  trampled on the bottom line of the 'one country, ______
     a.  choose systems' principal
     b.  two system' principle
     c.  two systems' principal
     d.  two systems' principle
10)  greatly hurt the feelings of the ______ people
     a.  entirety Chinese
     b.  entry Chinese
     c.  in tire Chinese
     d.  entire Chinese

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam has (1) ___________________ about the ongoing protests taking place in Hong Kong. She said (2) ___________________ is disrupting life in the city and is pushing it to "the verge of an extremely dangerous situation". Her comments came after the city was hit with more street demonstrations in (3) ___________________ with police for the ninth weekend in a row. The current protests also saw a (4) ___________________ considerable disruption to roads and transport systems. Hong Kong was brought (5) ___________________ on Monday morning as streets were blocked and 200 flights were cancelled. Demonstrators ensured trains could not move by keeping their doors open, (6) ___________________.

The protests began in March (7) ___________________ bill to allow people to be extradited to stand trial in mainland China. They have since developed into (8) ___________________ democracy. On July 1st, hundreds of protesters stormed the Hong Kong (9) ___________________ breaking through glass walls and metal doors. They caused damage inside by spray-painting (10) ___________________ flags and paintings. A central government spokesperson strongly condemned the latest demonstrators. He said: "Their conduct has (11) ___________________ state and national dignity, wantonly trampled on the bottom line of the 'one country, two systems' principle, and greatly hurt the feelings (12) ___________________ Chinese people."

Comprehension questions

  1. What did Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam voice?
  2. Over how many weekends have the protests happened?
  3. What was there considerable disruption to?
  4. How many flights were canceled on Monday?
  5. How did protestors stop trains from moving?
  6. When did the Hong Kong protests begin?
  7. When did protestors attack the Hong Kong legislature?
  8. What did the protestors deface inside the legislature?
  9. Who strongly condemned the protests?
  10. Whose feelings did a spokesperson say had been hurt?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  What did Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam voice?
a) a song
b) concerns
c) anger
d) protests
2) Over how many weekends have the protests happened?
a) 3
b) 5
c) 8
d) 9
3) What was there considerable disruption to?
a) parliament
b) plans
c) roads and transport systems
d) airports
4) How many flights were canceled on Monday?
a) 200
b) 220
c) 180
d) 130
5) How did protestors stop trains from moving?
a) they stood on tracks
b) they kept doors open
c) they cut power lines
d) they took the train keys

6) When did the Hong Kong protests begin?
a) in March
b) in April
c) in May
d) in June
7) When did protestors attack the Hong Kong legislature?
a) June 1st
b) June 21st
c) July 1st
d) July 21st
8) What did the protestors deface inside the legislature?
a) flags and paintings
b) statues and busts
c) toilets and mirrors
d) desks and chairs
9) Who strongly condemned the protests?
a) reporters
b) teachers
c) the police
d) a central government spokesperson
10) Whose feelings did a spokesperson say had been hurt?
a) the people of Hong Kong
b) the police
c) the entire Chinese people
d) the government

Role play

Role  A – Increased Tax
You think increased tax is the biggest reason to protest. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't a good reason to protest. Also, tell the others which is the worst reason of these to protest (and why): government corruption, immigration or global warming.

Role  B – Government Corruption
You think government corruption is the biggest reason to protest. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't a good reason to protest. Also, tell the others which is the worst reason of these to protest (and why): increased tax, immigration or global warming.

Role  C – Immigration
You think immigration is the biggest reason to protest. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't a good reason to protest. Also, tell the others which is the worst reason of these to protest (and why): government corruption, increased tax or global warming.

Role  D – Global Warming
You think global warming is the biggest reason to protest. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't a good reason to protest. Also, tell the others which is the worst reason of these to protest (and why): government corruption, immigration or increased tax.

After reading / listening

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

'protest'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'dangerous'.

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • • 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:

    • bill
    • since
    • calls
    • damage
    • central
    • entire
    • voiced
    • life
    • police
    • row
    • systems
    • open




    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 - Hong Kong protests 'extremely dangerous,' says 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 'protest'?
    3. What do you know about Hong Kong?
    4. What do you think of protests?
    5. What would make you take part in a protest?
    6. Should protests disrupt the daily lives of other people?
    7. What is the 'dangerous situation' Hong Kong's leader spoke about?
    8. How would you feel if a protest canceled your flight?
    9. What advice do you have for the protestors?
    10. What advice do you have for Carrie Lam?

    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 'Hong Kong'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you think about the protests in Hong Kong?
    5. Why are people angry about the extradition bill?
    6. How can China end this situation?
    7. What protests have there been in your country?
    8. How have the protests affected China's national image?
    9. What do you know about the 'one country, two systems' principle?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Carrie Lam?

    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)

    Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam has (1) ____ her concerns about the ongoing protests taking place in Hong Kong. She said the public disorder is (2) ____ life in the city and is pushing it to "the (3) ____ of an extremely dangerous situation". Her comments came after the city was (4) ____ with more street demonstrations in which protestors fought with police for the ninth weekend in a row. The current protests also saw a citywide strike and considerable disruption to roads and transport systems. Hong Kong was (5) ____ to a standstill on Monday morning as streets were blocked and 200 flights were cancelled. Demonstrators ensured trains could not move by keeping their doors open, (6) ____ many passengers.

    The protests began in March against a proposed (7) ____ to allow people to be extradited to stand trial in mainland China. They have since developed into calls for greater democracy. On July 1st, hundreds of protesters (8) ____ the Hong Kong legislature building after breaking through glass walls and metal doors. They caused damage inside by spray-painting (9) ____ and defacing flags and paintings. A central government spokesperson strongly (10) ____ the latest demonstrators. He said: "Their conduct has (11) ____ offended the state and national dignity, wantonly trampled on the bottom line of the 'one country, two systems' principle, and greatly hurt the feelings of the (12) ____ Chinese people."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     vocal     (b)     shouted     (c)     voiced     (d)     screamed    
    2. (a)     disrupting     (b)     disrupted     (c)     disrupts     (d)     distrusts    
    3. (a)     verge     (b)     diverge     (c)     converge     (d)     subvert    
    4. (a)     hit     (b)     smacked     (c)     punched     (d)     slapped    
    5. (a)     took     (b)     brought     (c)     given     (d)     pointed    
    6. (a)     angry     (b)     angered     (c)     angers     (d)     angering    
    7. (a)     receipt     (b)     argument     (c)     bill     (d)     proposition    
    8. (a)     hailed     (b)     rained     (c)     thundered     (d)     stormed    
    9. (a)     slogans     (b)     sleds     (c)     sleighs     (d)     slides    
    10. (a)     redeemed     (b)     condemned     (c)     cornered     (d)     refined    
    11. (a)     belittled     (b)     blatantly     (c)     blasted     (d)     brightly    
    12. (a)     wholly     (b)     all     (c)     entire     (d)     really

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. concerns about the ogniong protests
    2. usrpiitdng life in the city
    3. pushing it to the revge
    4. a citywide strike and considerable usrpiitdon
    5. Hong Kong was brought to a danstitsll
    6. Demonstrators seruned trains could not move

    Paragraph 2

    1. allow people to be trdaeixetd to stand trial
    2. calls for greater mcoerdcay
    3. spray-painting logasns
    4. Their conduct has abnattlly offended the state
    5. national igndtiy
    6. the feelings of the tneire Chinese people

    Put the text back together

    (...)  The protests began in March against a proposed bill to allow people to be extradited to stand trial in mainland
    1  ) Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam has voiced her concerns about the ongoing protests taking
    (...)  disruption to roads and transport systems. Hong Kong was brought to a standstill on Monday
    (...)  metal doors. They caused damage inside by spray-painting slogans and defacing flags and
    (...)  with police for the ninth weekend in a row. The current protests also saw a citywide strike and considerable
    (...)  dangerous situation". Her comments came after the city was hit with more street demonstrations in which protestors fought
    (...)  of protesters stormed the Hong Kong legislature building after breaking through glass walls and
    (...)  China. They have since developed into calls for greater democracy. On July 1st, hundreds
    (...)  paintings. A central government spokesperson strongly condemned the latest demonstrators. He said: "Their conduct has blatantly
    (...)  offended the state and national dignity, wantonly trampled on the bottom line of the 'one country,
    (...)  morning as streets were blocked and 200 flights were cancelled. Demonstrators ensured trains
    (...)  place in Hong Kong. She said the public disorder is disrupting life in the city and is pushing it to "the verge of an extremely
    (...)  could not move by keeping their doors open, angering many passengers.
    (...)  two systems' principle, and greatly hurt the feelings of the entire Chinese people."

    Put the words in the right order

    1. voiced   the   concerns   Lam   about   her   ongoing   protests   .
    2. is   Public   life   disrupting   disorder   in   the   city   .
    3. city   was   hit   with   more   The   street   demonstrations   .
    4. current   saw   also   protests   a   The   citywide   strike   .
    5. Kong   brought   Hong   a   to   was   standstill   on   Monday   .
    6. people   to   be   extradited   to   Allow   stand   trial   .
    7. have   calls   into   developed   for   They   greater   democracy   .
    8. caused   damage   inside   by   They   spray-painting   slogans   .
    9. government  condemned  strongly  spokesperson  the  A  latest  demonstrators  .
    10. the   of   Hurt   entire   the   feelings   Chinese   people   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam has versed / voiced her concerns about the ongoing protests taking / taken place in Hong Kong. She said the public disorder is enrapturing / disrupting life in the city and is pushing it to "the verge / verse of an extremely dangerous situation". Her comments came after the city was hit with / within more street demonstrations in which protestors fought with police for the ninth weekend in a column / row. The current protests also saw a citywide strike / hit and considerable disruption to roads and transport systems. Hong Kong was brought to a standstill / stood still on Monday morning as streets were blocked and 200 flights were cancels / cancelled. Demonstrators ensured trains could not move by keeping their doors open, angering / angered many passengers.

    The protests began in March against a proposition / proposed bill to allow people to be extradited to stand trail / trial in mainland China. They have since developed onto / into calls for greater democracy. On July 1st, hundreds of protesters thundered / stormed the Hong Kong legislature building after breaking through glass walls and mental / metal doors. They caused damage inside by spray-painting slogans and defacing / faced flags and paintings. A central government spokesperson strongly concerned / condemned the latest demonstrators. He said: "Their conduct has blatantly offended the state and national dignify / dignity, wantonly trampled on the bottom line of the 'one country, two systems' principle / principal, and greatly hurt the feelings / feeling of the entire Chinese people."

    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

    hong kongs leader carrie lam has voiced her concerns about the ongoing protests taking place in hong kong she said the public disorder is disrupting life in the city and is pushing it to the verge of an extremely dangerous situation her comments came after the city was hit with more street demonstrations in which protestors fought with police for the ninth weekend in a row the current protests also saw a citywide strike and considerable disruption to roads and transport systems hong kong was brought to a standstill on monday morning as streets were blocked and 200 flights were cancelled demonstrators ensured trains could not move by keeping their doors open angering many passengers

    the protests began in march against a proposed bill to allow people to be extradited to stand trial in mainland china they have since developed into calls for greater democracy on july 1st hundreds of protesters stormed the hong kong legislature building after breaking through glass walls and metal doors they caused damage inside by spray painting slogans and defacing flags and paintings a central government spokesperson strongly condemned the latest demonstrators he said their conduct has blatantly offended the state and national dignity wantonly trampled on the bottom line of the one country two systems principle and greatly hurt the feelings of the entire chinese people"

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    HongKong'sleaderCarrieLamhasvoicedherconcernsabouttheongoin
    gproteststakingplaceinHongKong.Shesaidthepublicdisorderisdisrup
    tinglifeinthecityandispushingitto"thevergeofanextremelydangerous
    situation".Hercommentscameafterthecitywashitwithmorestreetde
    monstrationsinwhichprotestorsfoughtwithpolicefortheninthweeken
    dinarow.Thecurrentprotestsalsosawacitywidestrikeandconsiderabl
    edisruptiontoroadsandtransportsystems.HongKongwasbroughttoa
    standstillonMondaymorningasstreetswereblockedand200flightswer
    ecancelled.Demonstratorsensuredtrainscouldnotmovebykeepingth
    eirdoorsopen,angeringmanypassengers.TheprotestsbeganinMarch
    againstaproposedbilltoallowpeopletobeextraditedtostandtrialinmai
    nlandChina.Theyhavesincedevelopedintocallsforgreaterdemocracy
    .OnJuly1st,hundredsofprotestersstormedtheHongKonglegislatureb
    uildingafterbreakingthroughglasswallsandmetaldoors.Theycaused
    damageinsidebyspraypaintingslogansanddefacingflagsandpaintin
    gs.Acentralgovernmentspokespersonstronglycondemnedthelatest
    demonstrators.Hesaid:"Theirconducthasblatantlyoffendedthestate
    andnationaldignity,wantonlytrampledonthebottomlineofthe'onecou
    ntry,twosystems'principle,andgreatlyhurtthefeelingsoftheentireChi
    nesepeople."

    Free writing

    Write about Hong Kong protests for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Protests that disrupt other people's lives are bad. 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. HONG KONG: Make a poster about Hong Kong. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. PROTESTS: Write a magazine article about protests. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against them.
    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 protests. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your opinions on protests. 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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