The Reading / Listening - United Kingdom - Level 3

A former prime minister of the United Kingdom, Gordon Brown, has warned that the union of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is "sleepwalking into oblivion". He also warned of a serious economic disaster ahead after the UK leaves the European Union. He wrote about the dangers of the UK leaving the EU after Brexit. The UK will leave the European Union on October 31st (which is also Halloween). Mr Brown believes that if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the four nations of the UK could be in trouble. He is blaming nationalist thinking. He said many people in each country want their independence. He said the United Kingdom is no longer a totally united kingdom.



The United Kingdom consists of four countries - the three nations of Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) and the fourth being Northern Ireland. The full title for all four countries is "The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland". Gordon Brown believes that Brexit has made people in each country want independence. Most people in Scotland voted against Brexit. They want to stay in the EU. There are talks of a vote for independence for Scotland. There are also worries over a possible physical border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. People are talking about a possible reunited Ireland. Mr Brown said: "We must recognize that nationalism is now driving British politics."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    United Kingdom - Level 0 United Kingdom - Level 1   or  United Kingdom - Level 2

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-49309113
  • https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7345459/Growing-nationalism-pulling-UK-apart-sleepwalks-oblivion-Gordon-Brown-warns.html
  • https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/aug/10/gordon-brown-says-no-deal-brexit-would-be-calamity-for-united-kingdom


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. THE UNITED KINGDOM: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about the United Kingdom. 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?
       former / prime minister / union / sleepwalking / oblivion / dangers / deal / nationalist
       countries / England / Scotland / Wales / Northern Ireland / independence / border
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. UNION: Students A strongly believe the four countries of the UK should stay together in their union; Students B strongly believe it is better if they split up.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. UK / GB...: What do you know about these countries, etc.? What do you want to know? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

What I Know

What I Want to Know

Great Britain

 

 

England

 

 

Scotland

 

 

Wales

 

 

Northern Ireland

 

 

Ireland

 

 

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

  • leader's personality
  • education
  • health
  • welfare
  • jobs
  • lower taxes
  • environment
  • security

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. former a. Giving responsibility for a fault or wrong.
      2. union b. Having previously filled a particular role or been a particular thing.
      3. sleepwalking c. A sudden event, such as an accident or a natural catastrophe, that causes great damage or loss of life.
      4. oblivion d. The action or fact of joining or being joined together.
      5. disaster e. The state of being unaware or unconscious of what is happening.
      6. deal f. An instance of walking around while asleep; moving forward into a situation without thinking about the dangers.
      7. blaming g. An agreement entered into by two or more people, businesses or countries.

    Paragraph 2

      8. consists h. Be composed or made up of.
      9. nation i. A love of your country (and perhaps wanting your country to be free from outside control).
      10. independence j. Country.
      11. vote k. Came together or caused to come together again after a period of separation or disunity.
      12. border l. Free from outside control; having the power to do what you want.
      13. reunited m. Make a choice for a leader or a decision.
      14. nationalism n. A line between two countries or two areas.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The UK's prime minister has warned the UK might break up.     T / F
  2. The UK will leave the EU on Halloween.     T / F
  3. A former leader said the UK would be in trouble with a no-deal Brexit.     T / F
  4. A former prime minister said the UK is not a united kingdom.     T / F
  5. The United Kingdom is a union of three countries.     T / F
  6. Gordon Brown said Brexit has increased Scottish calls for independence.  T / F
  7. There are no worries about an Irish border.     T / F
  8. Gordon Brown said globalization was driving British politics.     T / F

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

  1. former
  2. warned
  3. serious
  4. deal
  5. totally
  6. consists of
  7. nations
  8. stay
  9. possible
  10. recognize
  1. accept
  2. agreement
  3. is made up of
  4. remain
  5. cautioned
  6. potential
  7. ex-
  8. completely
  9. countries
  10. grave

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

  1. A former prime
  2. He also warned of a serious economic
  3. the four nations of the UK could
  4. many people in each country want
  5. the United Kingdom is no longer a totally
  6. The United Kingdom consists
  7. Most people in Scotland voted
  8. There are talks of a vote
  9. a possible physical
  10. nationalism is now driving British
  1. of four countries
  2. for independence
  3. united kingdom
  4. disaster ahead
  5. border
  6. minister
  7. politics
  8. their independence
  9. against Brexit
  10. be in trouble

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
deal
oblivion
blaming
union
leave
totally
former
dangers

A (1) ____________ prime minister of the United Kingdom, Gordon Brown, has warned that the (2) ____________ of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is "sleepwalking into (3) ____________". He also warned of a serious economic disaster ahead after the UK leaves the European Union. He wrote about the (4) ____________ of the UK leaving the EU after Brexit. The UK will (5) ____________ the European Union on October 31st (which is also Halloween). Mr Brown believes that if the UK leaves the EU without a (6) ____________, the four nations of the UK could be in trouble. He is (7) ____________ nationalist thinking. He said many people in each country want their independence. He said the United Kingdom is no longer a (8) ____________ united kingdom.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
border
consists
driving
being
each
possible
vote
title

The United Kingdom (9) ____________ of four countries - the three nations of Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) and the fourth (10) ____________ Northern Ireland. The full (11) ____________ for all four countries is "The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland". Gordon Brown believes that Brexit has made people in (12) ____________ country want independence. Most people in Scotland voted against Brexit. They want to stay in the EU. There are talks of a (13) ____________ for independence for Scotland. There are also worries over a possible physical (14) ____________ between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. People are talking about a (15) ____________ reunited Ireland. Mr Brown said: "We must recognize that nationalism is now (16) ____________ British politics."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Northern Ireland is sleepwalking ______
     a.  into oblivion
     b.  into oblivious
     c.  into rebellion
     d.  into reveling
2)  He wrote about the dangers of the UK ______
     a.  leave in the EU
     b.  leaf in the EU
     c.  leaving the EU
     d.  leafing the EU
3)  Mr Brown believes that if the UK leaves the EU ______
     a.  without ideal
     b.  wither a deal
     c.  without a deal
     d.  with out ideal
4)  the four nations of the UK could ______
     a.  being trouble
     b.  be in trouble
     c.  bee in trouble
     d.  been trouble
5)  He said the United Kingdom is no longer a ______ kingdom
     a.  totally united
     b.  totally untied
     c.  totally untitled
     d.  totally unite it

6)  The United Kingdom consists of four countries - the ______ Great Britain
     a.  three nationals of
     b.  three nations off
     c.  three nation of
     d.  three nations of
7)  They want to stay in the EU. There are talks of ______ independence
     a.  a vote form
     b.  a vote fore
     c.  a vote of
     d.  a vote for
8)  There are also worries over a possible ______
     a.  physique all border
     b.  physical border
     c.  physicality border
     d.  physical borders
9)  People are talking about a possible ______
     a.  reunion Ireland
     b.  united Ireland
     c.  reunited Ireland
     d.  you knighted Ireland
10)  We must recognize that nationalism ______ British politics
     a.  is now driving
     b.  is now driven
     c.  is now drive in
     d.  is now driven in

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A (1) ___________________ of the United Kingdom, Gordon Brown, has warned that the union of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is "(2) ___________________". He also warned of a serious economic disaster ahead after the UK leaves the European Union. He wrote (3) ___________________ of the UK leaving the EU after Brexit. The UK will leave the European Union on October 31st (which is also Halloween). Mr Brown believes that if the UK leaves the EU (4) ___________________, the four nations of the UK could be in trouble. He (5) ___________________ thinking. He said many people in each country want their independence. He said the United Kingdom is no (6) ___________________ united kingdom.

The United Kingdom (7) ___________________ countries - the three nations of Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) and the fourth being Northern Ireland. The (8) ___________________ all four countries is "The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland". Gordon Brown believes that Brexit has made people (9) ___________________ want independence. Most people in Scotland voted against Brexit. They want to stay in the EU. There (10) ___________________ a vote for independence for Scotland. There are also worries over a possible (11) ___________________ Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. People are talking about a possible reunited Ireland. Mr Brown said: "We must recognize that nationalism (12) ___________________ British politics."

Comprehension questions

  1. What is the name of the former UK prime minister in the article?
  2. What did the former leader say the UK was "sleepwalking" into?
  3. When will the UK leave the EU?
  4. What is there a danger of the UK leaving the EU without?
  5. What did the former leader say the UK was no longer?
  6. How many countries is the UK made up of?
  7. What did the former leader say Brexit had made people want?
  8. What did most people in Scotland vote against?
  9. What might there be between Ireland and Northern Ireland?
  10. What did the former leader say was now driving British politics?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What is the name of the former UK prime minister in the article?
a) Tony Blair
b) Gordon Brown
c) Theresa May
d) Margaret Thatcher
2) What did the former leader say the UK was "sleepwalking" into?
a) the sea
b) a lamp post
c) a bright future
d) oblivion
3) When will the UK leave the EU?
a) October 31st
b) November 30th
c) September 30th
d) December 12th
4) What is there a danger of the UK leaving the EU without?
a) money
b) insurance
c) a deal
d) a border
5) What did the former leader say the UK was no longer?
a) a great Britain
b) a united kingdom
c) Great Britain
d) England

6) How many countries is the UK made up of?
a) four
b) three
c) six
d) five
7) What did the former leader say Brexit had made people want?
a) money
b) freedom
c) independence
d) more police
8) What did most people in Scotland vote against?
a) Brexit
b) England
c) their leader
d) Europe
9) What might there be between Ireland and Northern Ireland?
a) a border
b) peace
c) a trade deal
d) mountains
10) What did the former leader say was now driving British politics?
a) a popular leader
b) globalization
c) multiculturalism
d) nationalism

Role play

Role  A – More Jobs
You think more jobs is tshe most important thing to vote for. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): lower taxes, better education or the environment.

Role  B – Lower Taxes
You think lower taxes is the most important thing to vote for. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): more jobs, better education or the environment.

Role  C – Better Education
You think better education is the most important thing to vote for. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): lower taxes, more jobs or the environment.

Role  D – The Environment
You think the environment is the most important thing to vote for. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): lower taxes, better education or more jobs.

After reading / listening

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

'united'

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  • and 'kingdom'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • consists
    • full
    • made
    • against
    • border
    • driving
    • former
    • sleepwalking
    • disaster
    • dangers
    • blaming
    • longer




    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 - United Kingdom could break up, warns ex-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 'united'?
    3. What do you know about the United Kingdom?
    4. Should the countries of the United Kingdom stay together?
    5. Should the UK leave the European Union?
    6. Why is the UK leaving the EU?
    7. What are the benefits of the UK leaving the EU?
    8. What happens in a serious economic disaster?
    9. What do you think of nationalism?
    10. How proud are you of your country?

    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 'kingdom'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Why is the UK a kingdom when it has no king?
    5. Why do people in Scotland want independence?
    6. What is the history of your country's independence?
    7. Should Ireland and Northern Ireland be reunited?
    8. What are the best things about the UK?
    9. What can your country learn from the UK?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Gordon Brown?

    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)

    A (1) ____ prime minister of the United Kingdom, Gordon Brown, has warned that the union of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is "sleepwalking into (2) ____". He also warned of a serious economic disaster (3) ____ after the UK leaves the European Union. He wrote about the dangers (4) ____ the UK leaving the EU after Brexit. The UK will leave the European Union on October 31st (which is also Halloween). Mr Brown believes that if the UK leaves the EU without a (5) ____, the four nations of the UK could be in trouble. He is blaming nationalist thinking. He said many people in each country want their independence. He said the United Kingdom is no (6) ____ a totally united kingdom.

    The United Kingdom (7) ____ of four countries - the three nations of Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) and the fourth (8) ____ Northern Ireland. The full title for all four countries is "The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland". Gordon Brown believes that Brexit has made people in (9) ____ country want independence. Most people in Scotland voted against Brexit. They want to stay in the EU. There are (10) ____ of a vote for independence for Scotland. There are also worries over a possible physical border (11) ____ Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. People are talking about a possible reunited Ireland. Mr Brown said: "We must recognize that nationalism is now (12) ____ British politics."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     framer     (b)     firmer     (c)     farmer     (d)     former    
    2. (a)     obliging     (b)     oblivious     (c)     oblige     (d)     oblivion    
    3. (a)     pre           (b)     ahead     (c)     forward     (d)     future    
    4. (a)     on     (b)     at     (c)     of     (d)     by    
    5. (a)     deal     (b)     dealt     (c)     dealer     (d)     deals    
    6. (a)     longer     (b)     longing     (c)     lengthen     (d)     long    
    7. (a)     desists     (b)     insists     (c)     resists     (d)     consists    
    8. (a)     being     (b)     been     (c)     be     (d)     become    
    9. (a)     all     (b)     each     (c)     whole     (d)     single    
    10. (a)     speaks     (b)     speeches     (c)     talks     (d)     discusses    
    11. (a)     among     (b)     middle     (c)     between     (d)     edge    
    12. (a)     sailing     (b)     driving     (c)     flying     (d)     riding

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. sleepwalking into lovibion
    2. serious economic isastder
    3. the four aitnons of the UK
    4. if the UK leaves the EU without a lade
    5. blaming ntinalaoist thinking
    6. want their dipednneecne

    Paragraph 2

    1. The United Kingdom snciotss of four countries
    2. The full lteti for all four countries
    3. people in Scotland toved against Brexit
    4. a possible hspciyal border
    5. a possible einutred Ireland
    6. driving British tlpioics

    Put the text back together

    (...)  independence. He said the United Kingdom is no longer a totally united kingdom.
    (...)  leaving the EU after Brexit. The UK will leave the European Union on October 31st (which is
    (...)  of Great Britain and Northern Ireland". Gordon Brown believes that Brexit has made people in each country want
    (...)  disaster ahead after the UK leaves the European Union. He wrote about the dangers of the UK
    1  ) A former prime minister of the United Kingdom, Gordon Brown, has warned that the union
    (...)  independence. Most people in Scotland voted against Brexit. They want to stay in the EU. There are talks
    (...)  of a vote for independence for Scotland. There are also worries over a possible physical border
    (...)  The United Kingdom consists of four countries - the three nations of Great Britain (England, Scotland
    (...)  also Halloween). Mr Brown believes that if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the four nations of the UK could
    (...)  and Wales) and the fourth being Northern Ireland. The full title for all four countries is "The United Kingdom
    (...)  between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. People are talking about a possible reunited
    (...)  of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is "sleepwalking into oblivion". He also warned of a serious economic
    (...)  be in trouble. He is blaming nationalist thinking. He said many people in each country want their
    (...)  Ireland. Mr Brown said: "We must recognize that nationalism is now driving British politics."

    Put the words in the right order

    1. into   union   that   Warned   oblivion   .   sleepwalking   the   is
    2. a   of   economic   warned   also   disaster   .   He   serious
    3. the   the   The   UK   of   leaving   dangers   EU   .
    4. each   independence   .   people   Many   want   country   their   in
    5. united   .   United   no   The   Kingdom   totally   longer   is
    6. four   The   for   countries   .   title   all   full
    7. independence   .   country   made   Brexit   each   want   in   people
    8. possible   There   worries   border   .   physical   a   are   over
    9. Ireland   .   are   People   reunited   possible   a   about   talking
    10. politics   .   now   driving   British   Recognize   is   nationalism   that

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    A former / firmer prime minister of the United Kingdom, Gordon Brown, has warned that the onion / union of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is "sleepwalking into oblivious / oblivion". He also warned of a serious economic / economy disaster ahead after the UK leave / leaves the European Union. He wrote about the dangers of / at the UK leaving the EU after Brexit. The UK will leave the European Union on October 31st (which is alas / also Halloween). Mr Brown believes that if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the four nations of the UK could be on / in trouble. He is blaming nationalist thinking. He said many people in each country want their independence / independent. He said the United Kingdom is no longer / lengthy a totally united kingdom.

    The United Kingdom contrasts / consists of four countries - the three nations of Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) and the forth / fourth being Northern Ireland. The full / fully title for all four countries is "The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland". Gordon Brown beliefs / believes that Brexit has made people in each / all country want independence. Most people in Scotland voting / voted against Brexit. They want to stay in the EU. There are talked / talks of a vote for independence for Scotland. There are also worries / worrying over a possible physical border between / among Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. People are talking about a possible reunited Ireland. Mr Brown said: "We must recognize that national / nationalism is now driving British politics."

    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

    a former prime minister of the United Kingdom, Gordon Brown, has warned that the union of england scotland wales and northern ireland is sleepwalking into oblivion he also warned of a serious economic disaster ahead after the uk leaves the european union he wrote about the dangers of the uk leaving the eu after brexit the uk will leave the european Union on october 31st which is also halloween mr brown believes that if the uk leaves the eu without a deal the four nations of the uk could be in trouble he is blaming nationalist thinking he said many people in each country want their independence he said the united kingdom is no longer a totally united kingdom

    the united kingdom consists of four countries  the three nations of great britain england scotland and wales and the fourth being northern ireland the full title for all four countries is the united kingdom of great britain and northern ireland gordon brown believes that brexit has made people in each country want independence most people in scotland voted against brexit they want to stay in the eu there are talks of a vote for independence for scotland there are also worries over a possible physical border between northern ireland and the republic of ireland people are talking about a possible reunited ireland mr brown said we must recognize that nationalism is now driving british politics"

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    AformerprimeministeroftheUnitedKingdom,GordonBrown,haswarn
    edthattheunionofEngland,Scotland,WalesandNorthernIrelandis"sle
    epwalkingintooblivion".Healsowarnedofaseriouseconomicdisastera
    headaftertheUKleavestheEuropeanUnion.Hewroteaboutthedangers
    oftheUKleavingtheEUafterBrexit.TheUKwillleavetheEuropeanUnion
    onOctober31st(whichisalsoHalloween).MrBrownbelievesthatiftheU
    KleavestheEUwithoutadeal,thefournationsoftheUKcouldbeintrouble
    .Heisblamingnationalistthinking.Hesaidmanypeopleineachcountry
    wanttheirindependence.HesaidtheUnitedKingdomisnolongeratotall
    yunitedkingdom.TheUnitedKingdomconsistsoffourcountries-theth
    reenationsofGreatBritain(England,ScotlandandWales)andthefourth
    beingNorthernIreland.Thefulltitleforallfourcountriesis"TheUnitedKi
    ngdomofGreatBritainandNorthernIreland".GordonBrownbelievesth
    atBrexithasmadepeopleineachcountrywantindependence.Mostpeo
    pleinScotlandvotedagainstBrexit.TheywanttostayintheEU.Thereare
    talksofavoteforindependenceforScotland.Therearealsoworriesover
    apossiblephysicalborderbetweenNorthernIrelandandtheRepublicofI
    reland.PeoplearetalkingaboutapossiblereunitedIreland.MrBrownsai
    d:"WemustrecognizethatnationalismisnowdrivingBritishpolitics."

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    The four countries of the United Kingdom should always stay together. 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. THE UNITED KINGDOM: Make a poster about the United Kingdom. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. BREXIT: Write a magazine article about the United Kingdom staying in the European Union. 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 the United Kingdom. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your opinions on the UK. 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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