The Reading / Listening - Data Roaming - Level 3

Scientists in Russia got a shock when their phone bill arrived. The bill was a lot bigger than they expected it to be. The reason was because the steppe eagle they were following in their research flew too far from Russia. The scientists were tracking the eagle as it migrated across the European and Asian continents. The bird had SMS transmitters fitted to its body. This meant that when it flew outside Russia, the transmitters used the Internet services of other countries. The scientists thus had to pay data roaming charges. These are the charges you pay to use your mobile phone in other countries. The research team ran out of money after the eagle flew to Iran and Pakistan.



The team started a page on a crowdfunding site to help raise money to pay the bill. The page was called "Top up the eagle's mobile". Bird lovers from around the world contributed money to the page. The scientists raised $1,600 to pay the bill. Russia's mobile phone operator Megafon then heard of the scientists' problems and offered to cancel the debt. It also moved the team's phone package to one at a cheaper rate. The problem for the team started when the eagle flew outside of Russia and Kazakhstan. An SMS in Kazakhstan cost 30 US cents, but one from Iran cost 50 cents. A scientist said he wanted the eagle to continue sending SMS data to help his project, which will help protect all steppe eagles.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Data Roaming - Level 0 Data Roaming - Level 1   or  Data Roaming - Level 2

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-50180781
  • https://www.newsweek.com/migrating-eagle-cell-phone-bill-1467873
  • https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/25/russian-eagle-racks-up-hefty-phone-bills-with-iran-flights-a67911


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Warm-ups

1. SMS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about SMS. 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?
       scientists / shock / phone bill / eagle / continents / Internet / data / roaming / Iran /
       crowdfunding / bird / lovers / operator / problems / debt / 50 cents / project / protect
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. NO ROAMING CHARGES: Students A strongly believe roaming charges are bad; Students B strongly believe they are good.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. BILLS: What do you think of your bills? How can you reduce them? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

What Do You Think?

How To Reduce It

Phone bill

 

 

Electricity bill

 

 

Gas bill

 

 

Water bill

 

 

Repair bill

 

 

Cleaning bill

 

 

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5. SHOCK: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "shock". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. BIRDS: Rank these with your partner. Put the best birds at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • eagles
  • sparrows
  • emus
  • peacocks
  • kingfishers
  • parrots
  • hummingbirds
  • penguins

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. shock a. Thought that something would happen.
      2. bill b. A set of equipment used to generate and transmit electromagnetic waves.
      3. expected c. A sudden upsetting or surprising event or experience.
      4. tracking d. A piece of paper that shows how much money you owe for goods  or services.
      5. migrated e. Following the course or path of someone or something, usually in order to find them or note their location at various points.
      6. transmitter f. When an animal, bird or fish moved from one region or habitat to another according to the seasons.
      7. charge g. Want an amount of money for providing a good or service.

    Paragraph 2

      8. raise h. End forever.
      9. top up i. Collect or get money or resources.
      10. lovers j. Gave.
      11. contributed k. The amount of money a person, company or country owes.
      12. cancel l. Add to something to make it bigger.
      13. debt m. Keep safe from harm or injury.
      14. protect n. People who really, really, really like something.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Scientists in Russia were shocked by a phone bill.     T / F
  2. An eagle they were tracking was the cause of the high phone bill.     T / F
  3. The cause of the phone bill was the eagle damaging Internet cables.     T / F
  4. The eagle flew across Russia and China to Japan.     T / F
  5. Bird lovers worldwide helped the scientists to pay the phone bill.     T / F
  6. The bill was over $16,000.     T / F
  7. Russia's government told the scientists all future bills would be free.     T / F
  8. A scientist now wants the eagle to stop sending SMS data.     T / F

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

  1. shock
  2. expected
  3. tracking
  4. fitted
  5. charges
  6. raise
  7. contributed
  8. cheaper
  9. continue
  10. protect
  1. attached
  2. keep on
  3. fees
  4. surprise
  5. gave
  6. thought
  7. safeguard
  8. following
  9. less expensive
  10. collect

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

  1. Scientists in Russia got a shock when
  2. flew too
  3. it migrated across the European
  4. charges you pay to use
  5. The research team ran
  6. help raise money
  7. The scientists raised
  8. one at a cheaper
  9. he wanted the eagle to
  10. help protect
  1. continue sending SMS data
  2. out of money
  3. their phone bill arrived
  4. all steppe eagles
  5. and Asian continents
  6. $1,600
  7. your mobile phone
  8. to pay the bill
  9. far
  10. rate

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
thus
ran
migrated
expected
pay
bill
meant
following

Scientists in Russia got a shock when their phone (1) ____________ arrived. The bill was a lot bigger than they (2) ____________ it to be. The reason was because the steppe eagle they were (3) ____________ in their research flew too far from Russia. The scientists were tracking the eagle as it (4) ____________ across the European and Asian continents. The bird had SMS transmitters fitted to its body. This (5) ____________ that when it flew outside Russia, the transmitters used the Internet services of other countries. The scientists (6) ____________ had to pay data roaming charges. These are the charges you (7) ____________ to use your mobile phone in other countries. The research team (8) ____________ out of money after the eagle flew to Iran and Pakistan.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
bill
flew
raise
protect
lovers
continue
rate
debt

The team started a page on a crowdfunding site to help (9) ____________ money to pay the bill. The page was called "Top up the eagle's mobile". Bird (10) ____________ from around the world contributed money to the page. The scientists raised $1,600 to pay the (11) ____________. Russia's mobile phone operator Megafon then heard of the scientists' problems and offered to cancel the (12) ____________. It also moved the team's phone package to one at a cheaper (13) ____________. The problem for the team started when the eagle (14) ____________ outside of Russia and Kazakhstan. An SMS in Kazakhstan cost 30 US cents, but one from Iran cost 50 cents. A scientist said he wanted the eagle to (15) ____________ sending SMS data to help his project, which will help (16) ____________ all steppe eagles.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Scientists in Russia got a shock when their ______
     a.  phone bill arrive
     b.  phone bill arrival
     c.  phone bill arrives
     d.  phone bill arrived
2)  The bill was a lot bigger than they ______ be
     a.  expected it to
     b.  expected them to
     c.  expecting it to
     d.  expected it too
3)  the steppe eagle they were following in their research ______
     a.  flown too farther
     b.  flew too far
     c.  flew too further
     d.  flown too far
4)  tracking the eagle as it migrated across the European and ______
     a.  Asian continent
     b.  Asian incontinence
     c.  Asian continents
     d.  Asian continentals
5)  phone in other countries. The research team ran ______
     a.  up of money
     b.  into of money
     c.  naught of money
     d.  out of money

6)  The team started a page on a crowdfunding site to help raise money to ______
     a.  play the bill
     b.  paid the bill
     c.  pays the bill
     d.  pay the bill
7)  The team started a page on a crowdfunding site to ______
     a.  help rise money
     b.  help raised money
     c.  help raises money
     d.  help raise money
8)  Bird lovers from around the world ______
     a.  contributed money
     b.  contribute it money
     c.  contra abutted money
     d.  contra butted money
9)  Megafon then heard of the scientists' problems and offered to ______
     a.  cancel the debit
     b.  cancel the debt
     c.  cancel the death
     d.  cancel the deal
10)  he wanted the eagle to continue sending SMS data to ______
     a.  help his project
     b.  help his protect
     c.  help his profit
     d.  help his proffer

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists in Russia got a shock when their (1) ___________________. The bill was a lot bigger than they (2) ___________________ be. The reason was because the steppe eagle they were following in their research flew too far from Russia. The scientists were tracking the eagle (3) ___________________ across the European and Asian continents. The bird had SMS transmitters fitted to its body. This meant that when (4) ___________________ Russia, the transmitters used the Internet services of other countries. The scientists thus (5) ___________________ data roaming charges. These are the charges you pay to use your mobile phone in other countries. The research team (6) ___________________ money after the eagle flew to Iran and Pakistan.

The team started a page on a crowdfunding site to (7) ___________________ to pay the bill. The page was called "Top up the eagle's mobile". Bird lovers from around the world (8) ___________________ the page. The scientists raised $1,600 to pay the bill. Russia's mobile phone operator Megafon then heard of the scientists' problems and offered to (9) ___________________. It also moved the team's phone package to one at a cheaper rate. The problem for the team started when the eagle (10) ___________________ Russia and Kazakhstan. An SMS in Kazakhstan cost 30 US cents, but one from Iran cost 50 cents. A scientist said he wanted the eagle (11) ___________________ SMS data to help his project, which will (12) ___________________ steppe eagles.

Comprehension questions

  1. Who got a shock?
  2. What kind of eagle were the scientists tracking?
  3. What was an eagle fitted with?
  4. What did the eagle use in other countries?
  5. Which two countries did the eagle fly to?
  6. What did the team of scientists start to help pay the bill?
  7. How much money did the scientists raise?
  8. What did Russia's mobile phone operator do with the bill?
  9. How much does an SMS in Kazakhstan cost?
  10. What does a scientist want the eagle to keep doing?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  Who got a shock?
a) scientists
b) an eagle
c) a phone company
d) Russia's president
2)  What kind of eagle were the scientists tracking?
a) a Siberian eagle
b) a bald eagle
c) a steppe eagle
d) a golden eagle
3)  What was an eagle fitted with?
a) a uniform
b) a tiny helmet
c) a pager
d) transmitters
4)  What did the eagle use in other countries?
a) roads and rivers
b) Internet services
c) the toilet
d) time
5)  Which two countries did the eagle fly to?
a) Iran and Pakistan
b) China and Japan
c) China and North Korea
d) Iran and Saudi Arabia

6)  What did the team of scientists start to help pay the bill?
a) a lottery
b) a loan account
c) a competition
d) a crowdfunding site
7)  How much money did the scientists raise?
a) $1,700
b) $1,800
c) $1,600
d) $1,500
8)  What did Russia's mobile phone operator do with the bill?
a) they demanded immediate payment
b) they cancelled it
c) they reviewed it
d) they extended it
9)  How much does an SMS in Kazakhstan cost?
a) 10 cents
b) 20 cents
c) 30 cents
d) 40 cents
10)  What does a scientist want the eagle to keep doing?
a) living
b) sending SMS data
c) reproducing
d) representing Russian wildlife

Role play

Role  A – Eagles
You think eagles are the best birds. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their birds. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): emus, parrots or penguins.

Role  B – Emus
You think emus are the best birds. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their birds. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): eagles, parrots or penguins.

Role  C – Parrots
You think parrots are the best birds. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their birds. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): emus, eagles or penguins.

Role  D – Penguins
You think penguins are the best birds. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their birds. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): emus, parrots or eagles.

After reading / listening

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

'eagle'

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  • and 'data'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • shock
    • expected
    • reason
    • migrated
    • continent
    • ran
    • crowdfunding
    • lovers
    • debt
    • rate
    • outside
    • project




    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 - Russian eagle creates huge data roaming phone bill

    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 'eagle'?
    3. What do you think of eagles?
    4. What kinds of eagles are in your country?
    5. What do you know about data roaming?
    6. What do you think of mobile phone charges?
    7. How important are SMS and text messages to you?
    8. Why are the scientists doing this research?
    9. How could we better protect eagles?
    10. How can we make data roaming better?

    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 'data'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What experiences have you had of data roaming?
    5. Should phone charges be the same worldwide?
    6. Why do companies charge for data roaming?
    7. What do you think of the crowdfunding page?
    8. How much of a bird lover are you?
    9. What will data roaming be like in the future?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the scientists?

    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)

    Scientists in Russia got a (1) ____ when their phone bill arrived. The bill was a lot bigger than they expected it to (2) ____. The reason was because the steppe eagle they were following in their research flew too far from Russia. The scientists were (3) ____ the eagle as it migrated across the European and Asian continents. The bird had SMS transmitters fitted to its body. This (4) ____ that when it flew outside Russia, the transmitters used the Internet services of other countries. The scientists thus had to pay data roaming (5) ____. These are the charges you pay to use your mobile phone in other countries. The research team (6) ____ out of money after the eagle flew to Iran and Pakistan.

    The team started a page on a crowdfunding site to help (7) ____ money to pay the bill. The page was called "Top up the eagle's mobile". Bird (8) ____ from around the world contributed money to the page. The scientists raised $1,600 to pay the bill. Russia's mobile phone operator Megafon then (9) ____ of the scientists' problems and offered to cancel the debt. It also moved the team's phone package to one at a cheaper (10) ____. The problem for the team started when the eagle flew outside of Russia and Kazakhstan. An SMS in Kazakhstan cost 30 US cents, but (11) ____ from Iran cost 50 cents. A scientist said he wanted the eagle to continue sending SMS data to help his (12) ____, which will help protect all steppe eagles.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     shocked     (b)     shock     (c)     shocker     (d)     shocking    
    2. (a)     do     (b)     be     (c)     pay     (d)     have    
    3. (a)     tacking     (b)     ticking     (c)     trucking     (d)     tracking    
    4. (a)     mean     (b)     meant     (c)     meanie     (d)     meaning    
    5. (a)     charge     (b)     change     (c)     changes     (d)     charges    
    6. (a)     stepped     (b)     walked     (c)     ran     (d)     fell    
    7. (a)     raise     (b)     up     (c)     rise     (d)     higher    
    8. (a)     loves     (b)     lovelies     (c)     lovers     (d)     loaves    
    9. (a)     found     (b)     understood     (c)     listened     (d)     heard    
    10. (a)     rate     (b)     late     (c)     ratio     (d)     later    
    11. (a)     one     (b)     onesie     (c)     once     (d)     onus    
    12. (a)     project     (b)     projectile     (c)     protect     (d)     projection

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    6. These are the gehcars you pay

    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (...)  far from Russia. The scientists were tracking the eagle as it migrated across the European and Asian
    (...)  "Top up the eagle's mobile". Bird lovers from around the world contributed money to the page. The scientists raised
    (...)  charges. These are the charges you pay to use your mobile phone in other
    (...)  when the eagle flew outside of Russia and Kazakhstan. An SMS in Kazakhstan cost
    1  ) Scientists in Russia got a shock when their phone bill arrived. The bill was a lot bigger than they expected
    (...)  countries. The research team ran out of money after the eagle flew to Iran and Pakistan.
    (...)  $1,600 to pay the bill. Russia's mobile phone operator Megafon then heard of the scientists' problems and offered
    (...)  transmitters used the Internet services of other countries. The scientists thus had to pay data roaming
    (...)  to cancel the debt. It also moved the team's phone package to one at a cheaper rate. The problem for the team started
    (...)  30 US cents, but one from Iran cost 50 cents. A scientist said he wanted the eagle to
    (...)  it to be. The reason was because the steppe eagle they were following in their research flew too
    (...)  continue sending SMS data to help his project, which will help protect all steppe eagles.
    (...)  The team started a page on a crowdfunding site to help raise money to pay the bill. The page was called
    (...)  continents. The bird had SMS transmitters fitted to its body. This meant that when it flew outside Russia, the

    Put the words in the right order

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    3. the   Transmitters   used   other   Internet   of   countries   .   services
    4. pay   mobile   your   to   use   Charges   you   phone   .
    5. ran   The   of   money   .   research   out   team
    6. lovers   world   the   from   around   money   .   Bird   contributed
    7. $1,600   scientists   bill   .   The   to   pay   raised   the
    8. moved   team's   It   package   .   also   phone   the
    9. the   eagle   flew   started   Problems   when   Russia   .   outside
    10. sending   wanted   to   eagle   He   continue   the   SMS   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Scientists in Russia got a shocking / shock when their phone bill arrived. The bill was a lot bigger than they expectation / expected it to be. The reason was because the steppe eagle they were following on / in their research flew too far from Russia. The scientists were tacking / tracking the eagle as it migrated / mitigated across the European and Asian continents. The bird had SMS transmitters flitted / fitted to its body. This meant / meaning that when it flew outside Russia, the transmitters used the Internet services of another / other countries. The scientists thus had to pay / paid data roaming charges. These are the charges you pay to use your mobile phone in other countries. The research team ran / walked out of money after the eagle flew to Iran and Pakistan.

    The team started a page on a crowdfunding site to help rise / raise money to pay the bill. The page was naming / called "Top up the eagle's mobile". Bird lovers from around the world giving / contributed money to the page. The scientists raised / arisen $1,600 to pay the bill. Russia's mobile phone operator / caller Megafon then heard of the scientists' problems and offered to cancel the debt / credit. It also moved the team's phone parcel / package to one at a cheaper rate. The problem for the team started when the eagle flew into / outside of Russia and Kazakhstan. An SMS in Kazakhstan cost 30 US cents, but one from Iran cost 50 cents. A scientist said he warned / wanted the eagle to continue sending SMS data to help his project, which will help protect whole / all steppe eagles.

    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

    scientists in russia got a shock when their phone bill arrived the bill was a lot bigger than they expected it to be the reason was because the steppe eagle they were following in their research flew too far from russia the scientists were tracking the eagle as it migrated across the european and asian continents the bird had sms transmitters fitted to its body this meant that when it flew outside russia the transmitters used the internet services of other countries the scientists thus had to pay data roaming charges these are the charges you pay to use your mobile phone in other countries the research team ran out of money after the eagle flew to iran and pakistan

    the team started a page on a crowdfunding site to help raise money to pay the bill the page was called top up the eagles mobile bird lovers from around the world contributed money to the page the scientists raised 1600 to pay the bill russias mobile phone operator megafon then heard of the scientists problems and offered to cancel the debt it also moved the teams phone package to one at a cheaper rate the problem for the team started when the eagle flew outside of russia and kazakhstan an sms in kazakhstan cost 30 us cents but one from iran cost 50 cents a scientist said he wanted the eagle to continue sending sms data to help his project which will help protect all steppe eagles.

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    ScientistsinRussiagotashockwhentheirphonebillarrived.Thebillwasa
    lotbiggerthantheyexpectedittobe.Thereasonwasbecausethesteppe
    eagletheywerefollowingintheirresearchflewtoofarfromRussia.Thesc
    ientistsweretrackingtheeagleasitmigratedacrosstheEuropeanandAs
    iancontinents.ThebirdhadSMStransmittersfittedtoitsbody.Thismea
    ntthatwhenitflewoutsideRussia,thetransmittersusedtheInternetser
    vicesofothercountries.Thescientiststhushadtopaydataroamingchar
    ges.Thesearethechargesyoupaytouseyourmobilephoneinothercoun
    tries.TheresearchteamranoutofmoneyaftertheeagleflewtoIranandP
    akistan.Theteamstartedapageonacrowdfundingsitetohelpraisemon
    eytopaythebill.Thepagewascalled"Topuptheeagle'smobile".Birdlov
    ersfromaroundtheworldcontributedmoneytothepage.Thescientistsr
    aised$1,600topaythebill.Russia'smobilephoneoperatorMegafonthe
    nheardofthescientists'problemsandofferedtocancelthedebt.Italsom
    ovedtheteam'sphonepackagetooneatacheaperrate.Theproblemfort
    heteamstartedwhentheeagleflewoutsideofRussiaandKazakhstan.A
    nSMSinKazakhstancost30UScents,butonefromIrancost50cents.Asc
    ientistsaidhewantedtheeagletocontinuesendingSMSdatatohelphisp
    roject,whichwillhelpprotectallsteppeeagles.

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    Governments should make phone, Internet and data roaming charges free. 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. SMS: Make a poster about SMS. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. DATA ROAMING: Write a magazine article about making data roaming free of charge. 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 SMS. Ask him/her three questions about SMS. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to make SMS better. 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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