The Reading / Listening - Greenland - Level 3

U.S. President Donald Trump has said he is interested in buying the territory of Greenland. President Trump said any purchase of the world's second largest island would be like buying property. He said it was, "essentially a large real estate deal... They've got a lot of valuable minerals". He added: "Denmark owns it. We're very good allies with Denmark. We protect Denmark like we protect large portions of the world. So the concept came up and I said, 'Certainly I'd be [interested].' Strategically, it's interesting and we'd be interested but we'll talk to them a little bit." Mr Trump said buying Greenland was not his top priority at the moment. He said: "It's not number one on the burner, I can tell you that."



Greenland is an autonomous territory of Denmark. The Prime Minister of Denmark, Mette Frederiksen, told reporters that Greenland would not be sold. She said: "Greenland is not for sale. Greenland is not Danish. Greenland belongs to Greenland. I strongly hope that this is not meant seriously." She added: "It's an absurd discussion, and Greenland's Prime Minister Kim Kielsen has of course made it clear that Greenland is not for sale. That's where the conversation ends." The USA has a history of being interested in Greenland. In 1946, President Harry Truman offered Denmark $100 million for the island but Denmark said no. In 1867, President Andrew Johnson paid Russia $7.2 million for Alaska.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Greenland - Level 0 Greenland - Level 1   or  Greenland - Level 2

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world/middle_east
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2019/08/18/politics/us-buy-greenland-danish-prime-minister/index.html
  • https://www.thelocal.dk/20190816/does-donald-trump-really-want-to-buy-greenland-from-denmark


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. GREENLAND: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about Greenland. 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?
       interested / Greenland / island / property / real estate / minerals / concept / priority /
       prime minister / for sale / hope / discussion / conversation / history / no / Alaska
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. INDEPENDENT: Students A strongly believe Greenland should become independent; Students B strongly believe it shouldn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. LANDS: What do you know about these lands? What would you like to know? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

What We Know

What We Want To Know

Greenland

 

 

Iceland

 

 

Ireland

 

 

Thailand

 

 

Switzerland

 

 

Poland

 

 

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5. DEAL: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "deal". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. U.S. TERRITORY: Rank these with your partner. Put the most important U.S. territory at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • American Samoa
  • N. Mariana Islands
  • Midway Atoll
  • Guam
  • Puerto Rico
  • Hawaii
  • Alaska

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. purchase a. Things (small rocks and other hard things) in the ground that people get by mining.
      2. property b. A thing or things belonging to someone; possessions.
      3. deal c. Worth a lot of money.
      4. valuable d. The action of buying something.
      5. concept e. A thing that is thought of as more important than another; the most important thing you have to do or want.
      6. minerals f. An agreement between two or more people, companies or countries, especially for business or politics.
      7. priority g. An idea.

    Paragraph 2

      8. autonomous h. Crazy, ridiculous and stupid.
      9. territory i. Be the property of someone.
      10. belong j. Presented something for someone to say yes or no to.
      11. absurd k. Of a country or region having self-government.
      12. clear l. An area of land under the control of a leader or country.
      13. offered m. Gave money to someone to buy something.
      14. paid n. Very easy to see or understand.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Greenland is the world's second largest island.     T / F
  2. President Trump likened buying Greenland to a real estate deal.     T / F
  3. President Trump says the USA protects large portions of the world.     T / F
  4. President Trump said buying Greenland was a top priority.     T / F
  5. Greenland does not have a prime minister.     T / F
  6. Denmark's prime minister said Greenland could be for sale.     T / F
  7. The USA tried to buy Denmark in 1946.     T / F
  8. Russia tried to buy Alaska from the USA in 1867.     T / F

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

  1. buying
  2. territory
  3. deal
  4. valuable
  5. priority
  6. autonomous
  7. reporters
  8. absurd
  9. clear
  10. history
  1. top concern
  2. background
  3. useful
  4. land
  5. journalists
  6. obvious
  7. purchasing
  8. self-governing
  9. silly
  10. agreement

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

  1. he is interested in buying the territory
  2. the world's second
  3. it was essentially a large real
  4. a lot of valuable
  5. buying Greenland was not his top
  6. Greenland is an autonomous territory
  7. Greenland is not for
  8. Greenland belongs
  9. It's an
  10. That's where the conversation
  1. minerals
  2. to Greenland
  3. priority
  4. sale
  5. ends
  6. largest island
  7. absurd discussion
  8. of Denmark
  9. of Greenland
  10. estate deal

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
estate
number
territory
portions
priority
second
allies
bit

U.S. President Donald Trump has said he is interested in buying the (1) ____________ of Greenland. President Trump said any purchase of the world's (2) ____________ largest island would be like buying property. He said it was, "essentially a large real (3) ____________ deal... They've got a lot of valuable minerals". He added: "Denmark owns it. We're very good (4) ____________ with Denmark. We protect Denmark like we protect large (5) ____________ of the world. So the concept came up and I said, 'Certainly I'd be [interested].' Strategically, it's interesting and we'd be interested but we'll talk to them a little (6) ____________." Mr Trump said buying Greenland was not his top (7) ____________ at the moment. He said: "It's not (8) ____________ one on the burner, I can tell you that."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
belongs
history
autonomous
sale
sold
paid
seriously
offered

Greenland is an (9) ____________ territory of Denmark. The Prime Minister of Denmark, Mette Frederiksen, told reporters that Greenland would not be (10) ____________. She said: "Greenland is not for sale. Greenland is not Danish. Greenland (11) ____________ to Greenland. I strongly hope that this is not meant (12) ____________." She added: "It's an absurd discussion, and Greenland's Prime Minister Kim Kielsen has of course made it clear that Greenland is not for (13) ____________. That's where the conversation ends." The USA has a (14) ____________ of being interested in Greenland. In 1946, President Harry Truman (15) ____________ Denmark $100 million for the island but Denmark said no. In 1867, President Andrew Johnson (16) ____________ Russia $7.2 million for Alaska.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  any purchase of the world's second largest island would be ______
     a.  like buying properly
     b.  like buying property
     c.  like buying proper tea
     d.  like buying prop party
2) it was essentially a large real estate deal... They've got a lot of ______
     a.  valuably minerals
     b.  valuables minerals
     c.  value able minerals
     d.  valuable minerals
3)  Strategically, it's interesting and we'd be interested but we'll talk to them ______
     a.  a little bit
     b.  a little bite
     c.  a little byte
     d.  a little bitten
4)  Mr Trump said buying Greenland was not his top priority ______
     a.  at a moment
     b.  at the momentum
     c.  at the moment
     d.  as the moment
5)  It's not number one on the burner, I can ______
     a.  tell you that's
     b.  tell you that
     c.  tell you what's
     d.  tell you which

6) Mette Frederiksen, told reporters that Greenland would ______
     a.  not being sold
     b.  not been sold
     c.  not bee sold
     d.  not be sold
7)  this is not meant seriously." She added: "It's an ______
     a.  absurd discussion
     b.  absurdly discussion
     c.  absurd discussing
     d.  absurdly discussing
8)  Greenland is not for sale. That's where the ______
     a.  conversation end
     b.  conversations ends
     c.  conversation ends
     d.  conversations end
9)  Harry Truman offered Denmark $100 million for the island but ______
     a.  Denmark said none
     b.  Denmark said nope
     c.  Denmark said no
     d.  Denmark said now
10)  In 1867, President Andrew Johnson paid Russia $7.2 ______
     a.  millions for Alaska
     b.  million to Alaska
     c.  million for Alaska
     d.  millions from Alaska

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

U.S. President Donald Trump has said he is interested in (1) ___________________ of Greenland. President Trump said any purchase of the world's (2) ___________________ would be like buying property. He said it was, "essentially a large real estate deal... They've got a lot (3) ___________________". He added: "Denmark owns it. We're very good allies with Denmark. We protect Denmark like we (4) ___________________ of the world. So the concept came up and I said, 'Certainly I'd be [interested].' Strategically, it's interesting and we'd be interested but we'll talk to them (5) ___________________." Mr Trump said buying Greenland was not his top priority at the moment. He said: "It's (6) ___________________ on the burner, I can tell you that."

Greenland (7) ___________________ territory of Denmark. The Prime Minister of Denmark, Mette Frederiksen, told reporters that Greenland would not be sold. She said: "Greenland is (8) ___________________. Greenland is not Danish. Greenland belongs to Greenland. I strongly hope that this is not meant seriously." She added: "It's (9) ___________________, and Greenland's Prime Minister Kim Kielsen has of course made it clear that Greenland is not for sale. That's where (10) ___________________." The USA has a history of (11) ___________________ Greenland. In 1946, President Harry Truman offered Denmark $100 million (12) ___________________ but Denmark said no. In 1867, President Andrew Johnson paid Russia $7.2 million for Alaska.

Comprehension questions

  1. Where is Greenland on the list of the world's largest islands?
  2. What valuable things did President Trump say Greenland has a lot of?
  3. Who did President Trump say the USA was good allies with?
  4. Where did President Trump say the USA protects, besides Denmark?
  5. On what did Mr Trump say buying Greenland was not number one?
  6. What is Greenland's relationship with Denmark?
  7. Who did Denmark's prime minister say Greenland belonged to?
  8. What adjective did Denmark's leader use to describe discussions?
  9. How much did the USA want to buy Greenland for in 1946?
  10. How much did Alaska cost the USA?




Multiple choice quiz

1) Where is Greenland on the list of the world's largest islands?
a) first
b) third
c) second
d) fourth
2) What valuable things did President Trump say Greenland has a lot of?
a) minerals
b) glaciers
c) icebergs
d) people
3) Who did President Trump say the USA was good allies with?
a) Mexico
b) the whole world
c) Greenland
d) Denmark
4) Where did President Trump say the USA protects, besides Denmark?
a) Norway
b) large portions of the world
c) Finland
d) countries in the Atlantic
5) On what did Mr Trump say buying Greenland was not number one?
a) a chart
b) a list
c) the burner
d) a poll

6) What is Greenland's relationship with Denmark?
a) off and on
b) it's an autonomous territory
c) healthy
d) good friends
7) Who did Denmark's prime minister say Greenland belonged to?
a) no one
b) Denmark
c) the world
d) Greenland
8) What adjective did Denmark's leader use to describe discussions?
a) promising
b) absurd
c) serious
d) difficult
9) How much did the USA want to buy Greenland for in 1946?
a) $100 million
b) $200 million
c) $300 million
d) $400 million
10) How much did Alaska cost the USA?
a) $72 million
b) $720 million
c) $27 million
d) $7.2 million

Role play

Role  A – Guam
You think Guam is the most important U.S. Territory. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their territories. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): Hawaii, Alaska or Puerto Rico.

Role  B – Hawaii
You think Hawaii is the most important U.S. Territory. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their territories. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): Guam, Alaska or Puerto Rico.

Role  C – Alaska
You think Alaska is the most important U.S. Territory. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their territories. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): Hawaii, Guam or Puerto Rico.

Role  D – Puerto Rico
You think Puerto Rico is the most important U.S. Territory. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their territories. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): Hawaii, Alaska or Guam.

After reading / listening

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

'green'

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  • and 'land'.

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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:

    • reporters
    • strongly
    • seriously
    • course
    • history
    • no
    • buying
    • second
    • real
    • good
    • talk
    • number




    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 - Donald Trump interested in buying Greenland

    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 'green'?
    3. What do you know about Greenland?
    4. Why do you think Greenland is called Greenland?
    5. Why does Donald Trump want to buy Greenland?
    6. Is it OK to buy a territory or country?
    7. Do you think Donald Trump is good at property deals?
    8. Would you like to go to Greenland?
    9. Why is Greenland important strategically?
    10. What is your top priority?

    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 'land'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Should Greenland become an independent country?
    5. What might Greenlanders think of Mr Trump's interest?
    6. What do you think of the Danish prime minister's comments?
    7. How would Greenland change if Donald Trump bought it?
    8. Could Greenland become Trumpland if Mr Trump buys it?
    9. Was the purchase of Alaska good for the USA and Russia?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Donald Trump?

    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)

    U.S. President Donald Trump has said he is (1) ____ in buying the territory of Greenland. President Trump said any (2) ____ of the world's second largest island would be like buying property. He said it was, "essentially a large (3) ____ estate deal... They've got a lot of valuable minerals". He added: "Denmark owns it. We're very good (4) ____ with Denmark. We protect Denmark like we protect large portions of the world. So the concept came (5) ____ and I said, 'Certainly I'd be [interested].' Strategically, it's interesting and we'd be interested but we'll talk to them a little bit." Mr Trump said buying Greenland was not his (6) ____ priority at the moment. He said: "It's not number one on the burner, I can tell you that."

    Greenland is an (7) ____ territory of Denmark. The Prime Minister of Denmark, Mette Frederiksen, told reporters that Greenland would not be sold. She said: "Greenland is not (8) ____ sale. Greenland is not Danish. Greenland belongs to Greenland. I strongly hope that this is not (9) ____ seriously." She added: "It's an absurd discussion, and Greenland's Prime Minister Kim Kielsen has of course made it (10) ____ that Greenland is not for sale. That's where the conversation (11) ____." The USA has a history of being interested in Greenland. In 1946, President Harry Truman offered Denmark $100 million for the island but Denmark said no. In 1867, President Andrew Johnson (12) ____ Russia $7.2 million for Alaska.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     interested     (b)     interests     (c)     interesting     (d)     interest    
    2. (a)     buy     (b)     size     (c)     purchase     (d)     land    
    3. (a)     really     (b)     unreal     (c)     real     (d)     reality    
    4. (a)     wellies     (b)     brollies     (c)     bellies     (d)     allies    
    5. (a)     up     (b)     on     (c)     down     (d)     at    
    6. (a)     up     (b)     top     (c)     above     (d)     over    
    7. (a)     enlarged     (b)     ginormous     (c)     mouthy     (d)     autonomous    
    8. (a)     in     (b)     for     (c)     as     (d)     at    
    9. (a)     dent     (b)     bent     (c)     meant     (d)     lent    
    10. (a)     hazy     (b)     opaque     (c)     invisible     (d)     clear    
    11. (a)     stoppages     (b)     lasts     (c)     finals     (d)     ends    
    12. (a)     spent     (b)     paid     (c)     bought     (d)     borrowed

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    2. any eurhsacp
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    4. a lot of albaveul minerals
    5. the ceoptcn came up
    6. Greenland was not his top roiitypr

    Paragraph 2

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    2. this is not meant irsyeluos
    3. It's an sduabr discussion
    4. That's where the nivaoctnrose ends
    5. a oihryts of being interested in Greenland
    6. Truman eodffre Denmark $100 million

    Put the text back together

    (...)  said no. In 1867, President Andrew Johnson paid Russia $7.2 million for Alaska.
    (...)  1946, President Harry Truman offered Denmark $100 million for the island but Denmark
    (...)  Danish. Greenland belongs to Greenland. I strongly hope that this is not meant seriously." She added: "It's an absurd
    (...)  priority at the moment. He said: "It's not number one on the burner, I can tell you that."
    (...)  be interested but we'll talk to them a little bit." Mr Trump said buying Greenland was not his top
    (...)  up and I said, 'Certainly I'd be [interested].' Strategically, it's interesting and we'd
    (.1.) U.S. President Donald Trump has said he is interested in buying the territory of Greenland. President Trump said any purchase
    (...)  estate deal... They've got a lot of valuable minerals". He added: "Denmark owns it. We're very good
    (...)  reporters that Greenland would not be sold. She said: "Greenland is not for sale. Greenland is not
    (...)  discussion, and Greenland's Prime Minister Kim Kielsen has of course made it clear that Greenland is not
    (...)  Greenland is an autonomous territory of Denmark. The Prime Minister of Denmark, Mette Frederiksen, told
    (...)  allies with Denmark. We protect Denmark like we protect large portions of the world. So the concept came
    (...)  for sale. That's where the conversation ends." The USA has a history of being interested in Greenland. In
    (...)  of the world's second largest island would be like buying property. He said it was, "essentially a large real

    Put the words in the right order

    1. buying   is   He   interested   the   territory   .   in
    2. was   real   essentially   deal   .   a   It   large   estate
    3. the   protect   world   .   We   large   portions   of
    4. top   Buying   his   Greenland   not   was   priority   .
    5. one   It's   number   the   not   burner   .   on
    6. autonomous   Greenland   an   is   territory   of   Denmark   .
    7. Greenland   said   sale   .   not   is   She   for
    8. Greenland   reporters   Told   would   not   be   that   sold   .
    9. it   clear   isn't   Greenland   Made   for   that   sale   .
    10. history   of   The   a   being   USA   has   interested   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    U.S. President Donald Trump has said he is interested in / on buying the territory of Greenland. President Trump said any purchased / purchase of the world's second largest island would be same / like buying property. He said it was, "essentially a large real estate deal / dealt... They've got a lot of valuable mineral / minerals". He added: "Denmark owning / owns it. We're very good allies with Denmark. We protect Denmark like we protect large portions / patterns of the world. So the concept came up / down and I said, 'Certainly I'd be [interested].' Strategically, it's interesting and we'd be interested but we'll talk to them a little part / bit." Mr Trump said buying Greenland was not his top priority at the monument / moment. He said: "It's not number one on the burner, I can tell you that."

    Greenland is an autonomous / autonomy territory of Denmark. The Prime Minister of Denmark, Mette Frederiksen, told reporters that Greenland would not be sell / sold. She said: "Greenland is not for / from sale. Greenland is not Danish. Greenland belonging / belongs to Greenland. I strongly hope that this is not meant / mean seriously." She added: "It's an absurd discuss / discussion, and Greenland's Prime Minister Kim Kielsen has of course made it clearly / clear that Greenland is not for sale. That's where the conversion / conversation ends." The USA has a history of being interested in Greenland. In 1946, President Harry Truman offered Denmark $100 million for the island but Denmark said no / not. In 1867, President Andrew Johnson paid / spent Russia $7.2 million for Alaska.

    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

    us president donald trump has said he is interested in buying the territory of greenland president trump said any purchase of the worlds second largest island would be like buying property he said it was essentially a large real estate deal theyve got a lot of valuable minerals he added denmark owns it were very good allies with denmark we protect denmark like we protect large portions of the world so the concept came up and i said certainly id be interested strategically its interesting and wed be interested but well talk to them a little bit mr trump said buying greenland was not his top priority at the moment he said its not number one on the burner i can tell you that

    greenland is an autonomous territory of denmark the prime minister of denmark mette frederiksen told reporters that greenland would not be sold she said greenland is not for sale greenland is not danish greenland belongs to greenland i strongly hope that this is not meant seriously she added its an absurd discussion and greenlands prime minister kim kielsen has of course made it clear that greenland is not for sale thats where the conversation ends the usa has a history of being interested in greenland in 1946 president harry truman offered denmark 100 million for the island but denmark said no in 1867 president andrew johnson paid russia 72 million for alaska

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    U.S.PresidentDonaldTrumphassaidheisinterestedinbuyingtheterrit
    oryofGreenland.PresidentTrumpsaidanypurchaseoftheworld'sseco
    ndlargestislandwouldbelikebuyingproperty.Hesaiditwas,"essentiall
    yalargerealestatedeal...They'vegotalotofvaluableminerals".Headde
    d:"Denmarkownsit.We'reverygoodallieswithDenmark.WeprotectDe
    nmarklikeweprotectlargeportionsoftheworld.Sotheconceptcameup
    andIsaid,'CertainlyI'dbe[interested].'Strategically,it'sinterestingan
    dwe'dbeinterestedbutwe'lltalktothemalittlebit."MrTrumpsaidbuying
    Greenlandwasnothistoppriorityatthemoment.Hesaid:"It'snotnumb
    eroneontheburner,Icantellyouthat."Greenlandisanautonomousterri
    toryofDenmark.ThePrimeMinisterofDenmark,MetteFrederiksen,tol
    dreportersthatGreenlandwouldnotbesold.Shesaid:"Greenlandisnotf
    orsale.GreenlandisnotDanish.GreenlandbelongstoGreenland.Istron
    glyhopethatthisisnotmeantseriously."Sheadded:"It'sanabsurddiscus
    sion,andGreenland'sPrimeMinisterKimKielsenhasofcoursemadeitcl
    earthatGreenlandisnotforsale.That'swheretheconversationends."T
    heUSAhasahistoryofbeinginterestedinGreenland.In1946,President
    HarryTrumanofferedDenmark$100millionfortheislandbutDenmarks
    aidno.In1867,PresidentAndrewJohnsonpaidRussia$7.2millionforAl
    aska.

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    No country should be able to buy territory from another country. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. GREENLAND: Make a poster about Greenland. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. REAL ESTATE: Write a magazine article about countries and territories being bought and sold like real estate. 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 Greenland. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your opinions on Donald Trump buying Greenland. 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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