The Reading / Listening - U.K. Economy - Level 6

The UK economy has suffered its worst economic performance since a mini ice age over 300 years ago when the River Thames froze. The UK's Office for National Statistics reported that the economy was around 25 per cent smaller in April than it was in February. The Bank of England governor, Andrew Bailey, acknowledged there was a 20.4 per cent drop in GDP in April alone. He called this "a dramatic and big number". He was positive about the future and said there were "signs of the economy now beginning to come back to life". Much of the UK economy shut down in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The UK has seen the biggest economic collapse among the world's developed economies.



The United Kingdom's economy has seen nearly 20 years' worth of growth wiped out because of the coronavirus lockdown measures. This week, people are being encouraged to go shopping again as many stores have reopened. Many shoppers remain wary about venturing out to shops or commuting, as the number of daily deaths is still around 200. Talking about the economic collapse, Mr Bailey said: "It's not surprising. The economy clearly closed out substantially at the end of March into April. The big question is what happens next." The UK's 'Guardian' newspaper was pessimistic about a recovery. It wrote: "Britain's economy has fallen off a cliff. It will be a long climb back."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    U.K. Economy - Level 4  or  U.K. Economy - Level 5

Sources
  • https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-bank-of-england-ready-to-take-action-after-economy-tanks-20-12005488
  • https://www.aljazeera.com/ajimpact/uk-economy-shrinks-20-percent-april-2002-level-200612091955524.html
  • https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/jun/12/calamitous-gdp-figures-show-uk-economy-has-fallen-off-a-cliff


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Warm-ups

1. ECONOMIES: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about economies. 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?
       economy / ice age / River Thames / statistics / bank / positive / the future / collapse /
       growth / lockdown / shopping / wary / commuting / collapse / the big question / climb
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. WORLD ECONOMY: Students A strongly believe there should be one world economy; Students B strongly believe that would never work. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. POLICIES: What policies would you introduce in the areas below? How would they make things better? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Policy

Benefits

Employment

 

 

Tax

 

 

Policing

 

 

Welfare

 

 

Health

 

 

Environment

 

 

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5. ICE AGE: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "ice age". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. RECOVERY: Rank these with your partner. Put the best things for economies to recover at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • worst
  • reported
  • alone
  • positive
  • life
  • developed
  • growth
  • again
  • shops
  • clearly
  • big
  • climb

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. suffered a. Restrain or keep in check.
      2. statistics b. Experienced something bad or unpleasant.
      3. governor c. Of an event or circumstance sudden and full of impact.
      4. acknowledged d. The practice or science of collecting and analyzing numerical data.
      5. dramatic e. Accepted as valid or legitimate.
      6. bid f. The head of a public institution.
      7. curb g. An attempt or effort to achieve something.

    Paragraph 2

      8. wiped out h. Erased or destroyed.
      9. measures i. A steep rock face, especially at the edge of the sea.
      10. wary j. Plans or courses of action taken to achieve a particular purpose.
      11. venturing k. To a great or significant extent.
      12. commuting l. Feeling or showing caution about possible dangers or problems.
      13. substantially m. Daring to do something or go somewhere that may be dangerous or unpleasant.
      14. cliff n. Travelling some distance between one's home and place of work on a regular basis.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The UK economy is its worst since a mini ice age 300 years ago.     T / F
  2. GDP in the UK dropped by 20.4% in April.     T / F
  3. The Bank of England called the numbers "dramatic".     T / F
  4. The UK has seen the worst economic collapse among developed nations. T / F
  5. Over 50 years of growth has been wiped out in the UK.     T / F
  6. Shoppers are looking forward to getting back in stores this week.     T / F
  7. The number of daily deaths in the UK is making shoppers wary.     T / F
  8. A newspaper said the UK economy has fallen from the sky.     T / F

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

  1. suffered
  2. acknowledged
  3. positive
  4. bid
  5. collapse
  6. wiped out
  7. measures
  8. wary
  9. substantially
  10. pessimistic
  1. cautious
  2. effort
  3. actions
  4. cave in
  5. considerably
  6. recognized
  7. endured
  8. downbeat
  9. eradicated
  10. optimistic

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

  1. The UK economy has suffered its worst
  2. the River Thames
  3. signs of the economy now beginning to
  4. shut down in a bid to
  5. the biggest economic
  6. 20 years' worth of growth
  7. coronavirus lockdown
  8. shoppers remain wary about
  9. It's not
  10. Britain's economy has fallen off a
  1. measures
  2. curb the spread
  3. froze
  4. cliff
  5. come back to life
  6. venturing out
  7. economic performance
  8. surprising
  9. collapse
  10. wiped out

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
froze
curb
dramatic
suffered
collapse
age
governor
life

The UK economy has (1) ____________ its worst economic performance since a mini ice (2) ____________ over 300 years ago when the River Thames (3) ____________. The UK's Office for National Statistics reported that the economy was around 25 per cent smaller in April than it was in February. The Bank of England (4) ____________, Andrew Bailey, acknowledged there was a 20.4 per cent drop in GDP in April alone. He called this "a (5) ____________ and big number". He was positive about the future and said there were "signs of the economy now beginning to come back to (6) ____________". Much of the UK economy shut down in a bid to (7) ____________ the spread of the coronavirus. The UK has seen the biggest economic (8) ____________ among the world's developed economies.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
wary
wiped
cliff
substantially
measures
pessimistic
nearly
collapse

The United Kingdom's economy has seen (9) ____________ 20 years' worth of growth (10) ____________ out because of the coronavirus lockdown (11) ____________. This week, people are being encouraged to go shopping again as many stores have reopened. Many shoppers remain (12) ____________ about venturing out to shops or commuting, as the number of daily deaths is still around 200. Talking about the economic (13) ____________, Mr Bailey said: "It's not surprising. The economy clearly closed out (14) ____________ at the end of March into April. The big question is what happens next." The UK's 'Guardian' newspaper was (15) ____________ about a recovery. It wrote: "Britain's economy has fallen off a (16) ____________. It will be a long climb back."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  The UK economy has suffered its worst economic performance since ______
     a.  a mini iced age
     b.  a mini icy age
     c.  a mini ice age
     d.  a mini eye sage
2)  over 300 years ago when the River ______
     a.  Thames frozen
     b.  Thames froze
     c.  Thames freeze
     d.  Thames freezer
3)  acknowledged there was a 20.4 per cent drop in GDP ______
     a.  in April lone
     b.  in April a lone
     c.  in April a loner
     d.  in April alone
4)  said there were signs of the economy now beginning to come ______
     a.  back to life
     b.  backed to life
     c.  backs to life
     d.  back too life
5)  Much of the UK economy shut down in a bid to ______
     a.  crib the spread
     b.  crab the spread
     c.  curb the spread
     d.  cub the spread

6)  The United Kingdom's economy has seen nearly 20 years' worth of ______
     a.  growth wiped out
     b.  growth wipe tout
     c.  growth whipped out
     d.  growth wipeout
7)  Many shoppers remain wary about ______
     a.  venturing out
     b.  venture in out
     c.  vent turning out
     d.  vent touring out
8)  the number of daily deaths is still around 200. Talking about ______ …
     a.  the economic relapse
     b.  the economically lapse
     c.  the economical lapse
     d.  the economic collapse
9)  The economy clearly closed ______
     a.  out substantial
     b.  out substantial ally
     c.  out substantially
     d.  out sub-standard shall
10)  pessimistic about a recovery. It wrote: "Britain's economy has fallen ______"
     a.  off a cliff
     b.  off a cleft
     c.  offer cliff
     d.  offer cleft

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The UK economy has (1) ___________________ economic performance since a (2) ___________________ over 300 years ago when the River Thames froze. The UK's Office for National Statistics reported that the economy was around 25 per cent smaller in April than it was in February. The Bank of England governor, Andrew Bailey, (3) ___________________ a 20.4 per cent drop in GDP in April alone. He called this "a (4) ___________________ number". He was positive about the future and said there were "signs of the economy now beginning to come (5) ___________________". Much of the UK economy shut down in a (6) ___________________ the spread of the coronavirus. The UK has seen the biggest economic collapse among the world's developed economies.

The United Kingdom's economy has seen nearly 20 years' (7) ___________________ wiped out because of the coronavirus lockdown measures. This week, people (8) ___________________ to go shopping again as many stores have reopened. Many shoppers remain wary about venturing out to (9) ___________________, as the number of daily deaths is still around 200. Talking about the economic collapse, Mr Bailey said: "It's not surprising. The economy clearly closed (10) ___________________ the end of March into April. The big question is what happens next." The UK's 'Guardian' newspaper (11) ___________________ a recovery. It wrote: "Britain's economy has fallen (12) ___________________. It will be a long climb back."

Comprehension questions

  1. What happened in the UK 300 years ago?
  2. What happened to the River Thames 300 years ago?
  3. By how much did the UK's GDP fall in April?
  4. What did the Bank of England say was coming back to life?
  5. Which developed country has seen the biggest economic collapse?
  6. How much growth has been wiped out in the UK?
  7. What is reopening in the UK this week?
  8. How do people feel about shopping and commuting?
  9. What did a newspaper say was the big question?
  10. What did a newspaper say the UK had fallen off?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  What happened in the UK 300 years ago?
a) a serious recession
b) a mini ice age
c) food riots
d) taxes doubled
2)  What happened to the River Thames 300 years ago?
a) it was redirected
b) if flowed upstream
c) it froze
d) it was filled with rotten food
3)  By how much did the UK's GDP fall in April?
a) 20.5%
b) 24%
c) 25%
d) 20.4%
4)  What did the Bank of England say was coming back to life?
a) hospitals
b) the economy
c) society
d) shopping malls
5)  Which developed country has seen the biggest economic collapse?
a) the UK
b) France
c) Japan
d) Canada

6)  How much growth has been wiped out in the UK?
a) twenty years' worth
b) thirty years' worth
c) forty years' worth
d) fifty years' worth
7)  What is reopening in the UK this week?
a) the stock market
b) dentists
c) cinemas
d) stores
8)  How do people feel about shopping and commuting?
a) excited
b) scared
c) wary
d) they think it is normal
9)  What did a newspaper say was the big question?
a) How did it happen?
b) How much?
c) When will life be normal?
d) What happens next?
10)  What did a newspaper say the UK had fallen off?
a) a ladder
b) a cliff
c) a chair
d) a table

Role play

Role  A – Reopen Shops
You think reopening shops is the best way to revive an economy. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ways. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): lower taxes, better wifi or free public transport.

Role  B – Lower Taxes
You think lower taxes is the best way to revive an economy. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ways. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): reopening shops, better wifi or free public transport.

Role  C – Better Wifi
You think better wifi is the best way to revive an economy. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ways. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): lower taxes, reopening shops or free public transport.

Role  D – Free Public Transport
You think free public transport is the best way to revive an economy. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ways. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): lower taxes, better wifi or reopening shops.

After reading / listening

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

'economy'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'shrink'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • worst
    • reported
    • alone
    • positive
    • life
    • developed
    • growth
    • again
    • shops
    • clearly
    • big
    • climb




    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 - U.K. Economy

    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 'economy'?
    3. How is your country's economy at the moment?
    4. What damage does a huge drop in GDP cause a country?
    5. What ups and downs has your country's economy recently had?
    6. What can we do to help economies recover?
    7. How has the coronavirus affected your finances?
    8. What did your country do to protect its economy from coronavirus?
    9. How positive are you about the future?
    10. Should people change their economic behaviour from now?

    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 'ice age'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Who is most affected if GDP falls?
    5. Why is the British economy so badly affected?
    6. Are you doing anything differently because of coronavirus?
    7. Are you wary about doing anything in this pandemic world?
    8. What measure would you take to bring economies back to life?
    9. What will the world economy be like this time next year?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the Bank of England governor?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    The UK economy has suffered its worst economic performance since a (1) ____ ice age over 300 years ago when the River Thames (2) ____. The UK's Office for National Statistics reported that the economy was around 25 per cent smaller in April than it was in February. The Bank of England (3) ____, Andrew Bailey, acknowledged there was a 20.4 per cent drop in GDP in April alone. He called this "a (4) ____ and big number". He was positive about the future and said there were "signs of the economy now beginning to come back to life". Much of the UK economy shut down in a (5) ____ to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The UK has seen the biggest economic (6) ____ among the world's developed economies.

    The United Kingdom's economy has seen nearly 20 years' (7) ____ of growth wiped out because of the coronavirus lockdown measures. This week, people are being (8) ____ to go shopping again as many stores have reopened. Many shoppers remain (9) ____ about venturing out to shops or commuting, as the number of daily deaths is still around 200. Talking about the economic collapse, Mr Bailey said: "It's not surprising. The economy clearly closed out (10) ____ at the end of March into April. The big question is what happens next." The UK's 'Guardian' newspaper was pessimistic about a recovery. It wrote: "Britain's economy has fallen off a (11) ____. It will be a long (12) ____ back."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     maxi     (b)     minimum     (c)     mini     (d)     maximum    
    2. (a)     froze     (b)     freeze     (c)     frozen     (d)     freezes    
    3. (a)     governor     (b)     clerk     (c)     cashier     (d)     exchange    
    4. (a)     dramatic     (b)     theatrical     (c)     thespian     (d)     acting    
    5. (a)     bud     (b)     bid     (c)     bod     (d)     bed    
    6. (a)     explosion     (b)     implosion     (c)     smashing     (d)     collapse    
    7. (a)     waste     (b)     valuable     (c)     worth     (d)     costing    
    8. (a)     intimidated     (b)     coerced     (c)     purged     (d)     encouraged    
    9. (a)     wary     (b)     warring     (c)     vary     (d)     varying    
    10. (a)     concavely     (b)     substantially     (c)     operatively     (d)     uniformly    
    11. (a)     chair     (b)     cliff     (c)     ladder     (d)     roof    
    12. (a)     scale     (b)     escalation     (c)     climb     (d)     altitude

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    2. The Bank of England eogorrnv
    3. a cmiaardt and big number
    4. He was tsoivpie about the future
    5. ucbr the spread of the coronavirus
    6. the biggest economic psleloac

    Paragraph 2

    1. the coronavirus lockdown sauermse
    2. being goenceadru to go shopping again
    3. nnteuirgv out to shops
    4. cmnutmgoi, as the number of daily deaths…
    5. closed out taiuslbtylnsa
    6. spisemiscti about a recovery

    Put the text back together

    (...)  there was a 20.4 per cent drop in GDP in April alone. He called this "a dramatic and big
    (...)  number". He was positive about the future and said there were "signs of the economy now beginning
    (...)  to come back to life". Much of the UK economy shut down in a bid to curb the spread
    (...)  collapse, Mr Bailey said: "It's not surprising. The economy clearly closed out substantially at the end of March
    (...)  of the coronavirus. The UK has seen the biggest economic collapse among the world's developed economies.
    (...)  into April. The big question is what happens next." The UK's 'Guardian' newspaper was pessimistic
    (...)  around 25 per cent smaller in April than it was in February. The Bank of England governor, Andrew Bailey, acknowledged
    (...)  out because of the coronavirus lockdown measures. This week, people are being encouraged to go shopping again
    (...)  The United Kingdom's economy has seen nearly 20 years' worth of growth wiped
    (...)  as many stores have reopened. Many shoppers remain wary about venturing out to shops
    (...)  about a recovery. It wrote: "Britain's economy has fallen off a cliff. It will be a long climb back."
    1  ) The UK economy has suffered its worst economic performance since a mini ice
    (...)  or commuting, as the number of daily deaths is still around 200. Talking about the economic
    (...)  age over 300 years ago when the River Thames froze. The UK's Office for National Statistics reported that the economy was

    Put the words in the right order

    1. worst   Its   mini   economic   a   since   ice-age   .   performance
    2. April   in   in   GDP   20.4%   drop   A   alone   .
    3. beginning   The   life   .   to   come   economy   back   to
    4. in   the   a   to   bid   curb   Shut   spread   .
    5. biggest   The  the   among  economies  .  collapse  developed  economic
    6. worth   of   wiped   years'   was   out   .   growth   Twenty
    7. being   are   encouraged   go   shopping   People   again   .   to
    8. number   200   .   daily   of   deaths   is   around   The
    9. big   happens   what   question   The   is   next   .
    10. a   fallen   Britain's   cliff   .   economy   off   has

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    The UK economy has surfed / suffered its worst economic performance since a mini ice era / age over 300 years ago when the River Thames frozen / froze. The UK's Office for National Statistics reported that the economy was around 25 per cent smaller in April than it was in February. The Bank of England governor, Andrew Bailey, acknowledged / knowledgeable there was a 20.4 per cent drop in GDP in April lonely / alone. He called this "a dramatic and big number". He was positively / positive about the future and said there were "signs of the economy now beginning to come back to living / life". Much of the UK economy shut down in a bid / bud to curb / carb the spread of the coronavirus. The UK has seen the biggest economic collapse / relapse among the world's developed economies.

    The United Kingdom's economy has seen nearly 20 years' worthy / worth of growth wiped out because of the coronavirus lockdown measurement / measures. This week, people are being / been encouraged to go shopping again as many stores have reopened. Many shoppers remain warty / wary about venturing out to shops or computing / commuting, as the number of day / daily deaths is still around 200. Talking about the economic collapse, Mr Bailey said: "It's not surprising. The economy clarity / clearly closed out substantially at the end of March into April. The big question is what happens next." The UK's 'Guardian' newspaper was pessimism / pessimistic about a recovery / recover. It wrote: "Britain's economy has fallen off a cliff / chair. It will be a long climb back."

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    the uk economy has suffered its worst economic performance since a mini ice age over 300 years ago when the river thames froze the uks office for national statistics reported that the economy was around 25 per cent smaller in april than it was in february the bank of england governor andrew bailey acknowledged there was a 204 per cent drop in gdp in april alone he called this a dramatic and big number he was positive about the future and said there were signs of the economy now beginning to come back to life much of the uk economy shut down in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus the uk has seen the biggest economic collapse among the worlds developed economies

    the united kingdoms economy has seen nearly 20 years worth of growth wiped out because of the coronavirus lockdown measures this week people are being encouraged to go shopping again as many stores have reopened many shoppers remain wary about venturing out to shops or commuting as the number of daily deaths is still around 200 talking about the economic collapse mr bailey said its not surprising the economy clearly closed out substantially at the end of march into april the big question is what happens next the uks guardian newspaper was pessimistic about a recovery it wrote britains economy has fallen off a cliff it will be a long climb back

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    TheUKeconomyhassuffereditsworsteconomicperformancesinceami
    niiceageover300yearsagowhentheRiverThamesfroze.TheUK'sOffic
    eforNationalStatisticsreportedthattheeconomywasaround25percen
    tsmallerinAprilthanitwasinFebruary.TheBankofEnglandgovernor,An
    drewBailey,acknowledgedtherewasa20.4percentdropinGDPinAprila
    lone.Hecalledthis"adramaticandbignumber".Hewaspositiveaboutth
    efutureandsaidtherewere"signsoftheeconomynowbeginningtocome
    backtolife".MuchoftheUKeconomyshutdowninabidtocurbthespread
    ofthecoronavirus.TheUKhasseenthebiggesteconomiccollapseamon
    gtheworld'sdevelopedeconomies.TheUnitedKingdom'seconomyhas
    seennearly20years'worthofgrowthwipedoutbecauseofthecoronavir
    uslockdownmeasures.Thisweek,peoplearebeingencouragedtogosh
    oppingagainasmanystoreshavereopened.Manyshoppersremainwar
    yaboutventuringouttoshopsorcommuting,asthenumberofdailydeat
    hsisstillaround200.Talkingabouttheeconomiccollapse,MrBaileysaid
    :"It'snotsurprising.Theeconomyclearlyclosedoutsubstantiallyatthe
    endofMarchintoApril.Thebigquestioniswhathappensnext."TheUK's'
    Guardian'newspaperwaspessimisticaboutarecovery.Itwrote:"Britai
    n'seconomyhasfallenoffacliff.Itwillbealongclimbback."

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    The economy is the most important feature of a 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. ECONOMIES: Make a poster about economies. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. WORLD ECONOMY: Write a magazine article about the whole world being managed as one economy. 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 economies. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to improve the world economy. 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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