The Reading / Listening - Marriage Proposal - Level 6

A man has proposed to his fiancée during an event that occurs just once every 6,800 years or so - give or take a decade or two. John Nicotera, 33, popped the question to his now affianced Erica Pendrak, 26, while the Neowise comet passed over their heads. It will be another seven millennia before anyone else can get down on one knee and propose while the celestial body flies overhead. Mr Nicotera is a space buff. He knew the rare astronomical event would take place in the Northern Hemisphere for a limited time and planned his proposal to coincide with the comet being visible in the night sky. The couple drove to a campsite outside New York last week and John waited for the comet to appear.



Ms Pendrak immediately accepted Mr Nicotera's proposal. She told reporters that she knew her fiancé was taking her to see the once-in-a-lifetime event. She said she got the surprise of her life when he dropped down to one knee. She said: "I was just completely shocked - tears and everything. I felt instant chills and pure happiness." A photographer friend went to the campsite with the couple to capture the proposal with the comet whizzing by across the heavens. John and Erica are both teachers who like experiencing historical events together. John said: "Every single star was out. It was too special to let it go. I thought, 'I'm massively in love with this girl. I'm going to do it.'"

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Marriage Proposal - Level 4  or  Marriage Proposal - Level 5

Sources
  • https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-8557803/Man-propose-Neowise-comet-appears-6-800-years.html
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2020/07/21/us/neowise-comet-engagements-trnd/index.html
  • https://fox6now.com/2020/07/23/couple-captures-stellar-engagement-photos-under-comet-neowise/


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Warm-ups

1. MARRIAGE PROPOSAL: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about marriage proposal. 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?
       proposed / decade / fiancé / pop the question / millennia / celestial body / couple /
       reporters / once-in-a-lifetime / surprise / shocked / happiness / comet / being in love
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. MARRIAGE: Students A strongly believe must be forever; Students B strongly believe otherwise.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. CELESTIAL BODIES: What do you know about these celestial bodies? 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

Stars

 

 

Moons

 

 

Asteroids

 

 

Planets

 

 

Meteorites

 

 

Comets

 

 

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

  • Under a comet
  • In a dessert
  • On a beach
  • In a temple
  • On a mountain
  • Antarctica
  • Venice
  • A romantic restaurant

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. fiancée a. Periods of a thousand years.
      2. decade b. A woman who is engaged to be married.
      3. popped the question c. Asked someone to marry them.
      4. millennia d. Happen at the same time.
      5. astronomical e. Knelt down to propose marriage to someone.
      6. coincide f. A period of ten years.
      7. got down on one knee g. Relating to the area of science which deals with planets, space, and the physical universe as a whole.

    Paragraph 2

      8. immediately h. Record or express accurately in words or pictures.
      9. proposal i. On a very large scale.
      10. chills j. The sky and space.
      11. capture k. Impressed or amazed and perhaps got goosebumps.
      12. whizzing l. Moving quickly through the air.
      13. the heavens m. Straight away; at once; instantly.
      14. massively n. An offer of marriage.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. A man proposed under a comet that last appeared in 6,800 BC.     T / F
  2. The man who proposed has a big interest in space.     T / F
  3. The man said the proposal was totally spontaneous.     T / F
  4. The man proposed in a park in New York City.     T / F
  5. The lady took some time before accepting the marriage proposal.     T / F
  6. The lady cried after the man proposed.     T / F
  7. A friend of the couple took photos of the marriage proposal.     T / F
  8. The man and woman are both teachers.     T / F

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

  1. occurs
  2. popped the question
  3. buff
  4. astronomical
  5. coincide
  6. surprise
  7. pure
  8. whizzing
  9. single
  10. massively
  1. solitary
  2. happen together
  3. flying
  4. enthusiast
  5. shock
  6. takes place
  7. enormously
  8. unadulterated
  9. proposed
  10. celestial

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

  1. A man has proposed
  2. the Neowise comet passed
  3. get down on
  4. Mr Nicotera is a space
  5. coincide with the
  6. see the once-in-a-
  7. I felt instant chills and pure
  8. whizzing by across the
  9. experiencing historical
  10. I'm massively in love
  1. happiness
  2. comet being visible
  3. lifetime event
  4. one knee
  5. with this girl
  6. to his fiancée
  7. events together
  8. buff
  9. heavens
  10. over their heads

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
appear
millennia
rare
decade
coincide
during
body
popped

A man has proposed to his fiancée (1) _____________________ an event that occurs just once every 6,800 years or so - give or take a (2) _____________________ or two. John Nicotera, 33, (3) _____________________ the question to his now affianced Erica Pendrak, 26, while the Neowise comet passed over their heads. It will be another seven (4) _____________________ before anyone else can get down on one knee and propose while the celestial (5) _____________________ flies overhead. Mr Nicotera is a space buff. He knew the (6) _____________________ astronomical event would take place in the Northern Hemisphere for a limited time and planned his proposal to (7) _____________________ with the comet being visible in the night sky. The couple drove to a campsite outside New York last week and John waited for the comet to (8) _____________________.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
pure
surprise
capture
historical
immediately
tears
massively
whizzing

Ms Pendrak (9) _____________________ accepted Mr Nicotera's proposal. She told reporters that she knew her fiancé was taking her to see the once-in-a-lifetime event. She She said she got the (10) _____________________ of her life when he dropped down to one knee. She said: "I was just completely shocked - (11) _____________________ and everything. I felt instant chills and (12) _____________________ happiness." A photographer friend went to the campsite with the couple to (13) _____________________ the proposal with the comet (14) _____________________ by across the heavens. John and Erica are both teachers who like experiencing (15) _____________________ events together. John said: "Every single star was out. It was too special to let it go. I thought, 'I'm (16) _____________________ in love with this girl. I'm going to do it.'"

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) proposed to his fiancée during an event that occurs just once every 6,800 ______
     a.  years or soon
     b.  years or such
     c.  years ores oh
     d.  years or so
2)  It will be another seven millennia before anyone else can get down ______
     a.  on one kneed
     b.  on one kneel
     c.  on one knee
     d.  on one need
3)  body flies overhead. Mr Nicotera is ______
     a.  a space bluff
     b.  a space bough
     c.  a space bath
     d.  a space buff
4)  in the Northern Hemisphere for a limited time and planned his proposal ______
     a.  to coincide with...
     b.  to coincidence with...
     c.  to coincidental with...
     d.  to coincides with...
5)  a campsite outside New York last week and John waited for the ______
     a.  comet that appear
     b.  comet for appear
     c.  comet to appear
     d.  comet from appear

6)  Ms Pendrak immediately accepted Mr ______
     a.  Nicotera's proposal
     b.  Nicotera's propose
     c.  Nicotera's propose all
     d.  Nicotera's pro pose all
7)  her fiancé was taking her to see the once-in-______
     a.  a-lifeline event
     b.  a-lie-time event
     c.  a-lift-time event
     d.  a-lifetime event
8)  I was just completely shocked - tears and everything. I ______
     a.  felt once tent chills
     b.  felt in stance chills
     c.  felt instant chills
     d.  felt instantly chills
9)  went to the campsite with the couple to capture the proposal with the ______
     a.  comet wheezing by
     b.  comet whizz zing by
     c.  comet whizz in by
     d.  comet whizzing by
10)  It was too special to let it go. I thought, 'I'm ______
     a.  mass sieve line love
     b.  mass severely on love
     c.  massively on love
     d.  massively in love

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A man has (1) ____________________ fiancée during an event that occurs just once every 6,800 years or so - give or take (2) ____________________ two. John Nicotera, 33, popped the question to (3) ____________________ Erica Pendrak, 26, while the Neowise comet passed over their heads. It will be another seven millennia before anyone else can get down on one knee and propose while (4) ____________________ flies overhead. Mr Nicotera is a space buff. He knew the rare astronomical event would take place in the Northern Hemisphere for a limited time and planned his (5) ____________________ with the comet being visible in the night sky. The couple drove to a campsite outside New York last week and John waited for the (6) ____________________.

Ms Pendrak immediately accepted Mr Nicotera's proposal. She told reporters that she knew her fiancé was taking her to see the (7) ____________________ event. She She said she got the surprise of her life when he dropped down to one knee. She said: "I was just completely shocked - tears and everything. I (8) ____________________ and pure happiness." A photographer friend went to the campsite with the (9) ____________________ the proposal with the comet (10) ____________________ the heavens. John and Erica are both teachers who like experiencing historical events together. John said: "(11) ____________________ was out. It was too special to let it go. I thought, 'I'm (12) ____________________ with this girl. I'm going to do it.'"

Comprehension questions

  1. How old was the man who popped the question?
  2. How many millennia will it take for the comet to reappear?
  3. What did the man get down on?
  4. Where did the rare astronomical event take place?
  5. Where did the man propose?
  6. How long did the lady take to accept the marriage proposal?
  7. What was the lady's initial emotion when the man proposed?
  8. What did the woman instantly feel?
  9. What do the man and lady do for a living?
  10. How in love did the man say he was?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  How old was the man who popped the question?
a) 22
b) 33
c) 26
d) 62
2)  How many millennia will it take for the comet to reappear?
a) six
b) nine
c) eight
d) seven
3) What did the man get down on?
a) one knee
b) his haunches
c) a carpet
d) the kids
4) Where did the rare astronomical event take place?
a) the Southern Hemisphere
b) the Eastern Hemisphere
c) the Northern Hemisphere
d) the Western Hemisphere
5) Where did the man propose?
a) in a restaurant
b) in a campsite
c) by a river
d) on a beach

6) How long did the lady take to accept the marriage proposal?
a) it was immediate
b) a few minutes
c) a few seconds
d) a day
7) What was the lady's initial emotion when the man proposed?
a) elation
b) confused
c) shock
d) fear
8) What did the woman instantly feel?
a) the chills
b) warmth
c) heat
d) cold
9) What do the man and lady do for a living?
a) teach
b) act
c) sing
d) study the stars
10) How in love did the man say he was?
a) seriously
b) considerably
c) very much
d) massively

Role play

Role  A – Under A Comet
You think under a comet is the best place to propose. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their places. Also, tell the others which is the least romantic of these (and why): on a beach, Venice or a romantic restaurant.

Role  B – On A Beach
You think on a beach is the best place to propose. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their places. Also, tell the others which is the least romantic of these (and why): under a comet, Venice or a romantic restaurant.

Role  C – Venice
You think Venice is the best place to propose. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their places. Also, tell the others which is the least romantic of these (and why): on a beach, under a comet or a romantic restaurant.

Role  D – A Romantic Restaurant
You think a romantic restaurant is the best place to propose. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their places. Also, tell the others which is the least romantic of these (and why): on a beach, Venice or under a comet.

After reading / listening

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

'marriage'

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  • and 'proposal'.

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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:

    • immediately
    • life
    • tears
    • couple
    • both
    • special
    • so
    • now
    • seven
    • buff
    • coincide
    • waited




    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 - Marriage Proposal

    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 'marriage'?
    3. What do you think of the marriage proposal?
    4. How romantic should a marriage proposal be?
    5. What do you know about comets?
    6. How would you propose?
    7. Should people who propose always get down on one knee?
    8. How much should someone spend on the engagement ring?
    9. Should marriage be forever?
    10. Why is it that the man usually proposes?

    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 'personal'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. How nerve-wracking do you think it is to propose?
    5. Have you ever seen a once-in-a-lifetime event?
    6. When was the last time you felt the chills?
    7. When was the last time you felt pure happiness?
    8. What historical events have you experienced?
    9. What's the most special experience you've had?
    10. What questions would you like to ask an astronomer?

    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 man has (1) ____ to his fiancée during an event that occurs just once every 6,800 years or (2) ____ - give or take a decade or two. John Nicotera, 33, popped the question to his now affianced Erica Pendrak, 26, while the Neowise comet passed over their heads. It will be another seven millennia (3) ____ anyone else can get down on one knee and propose while the celestial (4) ____ flies overhead. Mr Nicotera is a space buff. He knew the rare astronomical event would take place in the Northern Hemisphere for a limited time and planned his proposal to (5) ____ with the comet being visible in the night sky. The couple drove to a campsite outside New York last week and John waited for the comet (6) ____ appear.

    Ms Pendrak immediately accepted Mr Nicotera's proposal. She told reporters that she knew her fiancé was taking her to see the once-in-a-(7) ____ event. She said she got the surprise of her life when he dropped down to one knee. She said: "I was just completely shocked - tears and everything. I felt (8) ____ chills and pure happiness." A photographer friend went to the campsite with the couple to capture the proposal with the comet (9) ____ by across the heavens. John and Erica are both teachers who like experiencing (10) ____ events together. John said: "Every (11) ____ star was out. It was too special to let it go. I thought, 'I'm (12) ____ in love with this girl. I'm going to do it.'"

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     proposition     (b)     proposal     (c)     proposed     (d)     prosper    
    2. (a)     do     (b)     go     (c)     to     (d)     so    
    3. (a)     prior     (b)     previous     (c)     before     (d)     earlier    
    4. (a)     body     (b)     torso     (c)     figure     (d)     carcass    
    5. (a)     coincidence     (b)     coincide     (c)     coincidental     (d)     coin    
    6. (a)     to     (b)     for     (c)     at     (d)     of    
    7. (a)     lifeline     (b)     lifelong     (c)     lifetime     (d)     lifestyle    
    8. (a)     instant     (b)     soon     (c)     immediately     (d)     quickly    
    9. (a)     whittling     (b)     wizarding     (c)     wheezing     (d)     whizzing    
    10. (a)     hysterical     (b)     rhetorical     (c)     historical     (d)     risible    
    11. (a)     single     (b)     alone     (c)     unattached     (d)     lonesome    
    12. (a)     momentous     (b)     mesmerizing     (c)     missive     (d)     massively

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    2. popped the question to his now finafeadc
    3. another seven niianmlle
    4. while the slectlaei body flies overhead
    5. the rare astiocloamrn event
    6. dnioccie with the comet being visible

    Paragraph 2

    1. Ms Pendrak meimiydleta accepted
    2. I felt instant clsilh and pure happiness
    3. tpacrue the proposal
    4. with the comet gihnziwz by across the heavens
    5. experiencing oiitacshrl events
    6. I'm esvaymsil in love with this girl

    Put the text back together

    (...)  knee. She said: "I was just completely shocked - tears and everything. I felt instant chills and pure
    (...)  time and planned his proposal to coincide with the comet being visible in the night sky. The couple
    (...)  her to see the once-in-a-lifetime event. She said she got the surprise of her life when he dropped down to one
    (...)  affianced Erica Pendrak, 26, while the Neowise comet passed over their heads. It will be another seven
    (...)  overhead. Mr Nicotera is a space buff. He knew the rare astronomical event would take place in the Northern Hemisphere for a limited
    (...)  happiness." A photographer friend went to the campsite with the couple to capture
    (...)  millennia before anyone else can get down on one knee and propose while the celestial body flies
    (...)  the proposal with the comet whizzing by across the heavens. John and Erica are both
    (...)  so - give or take a decade or two. John Nicotera, 33, popped the question to his now
    (...)  Ms Pendrak immediately accepted Mr Nicotera's proposal. She told reporters that she knew her fiancé was taking
    (...)  drove to a campsite outside New York last week and John waited for the comet to appear.
    (...)  teachers who like experiencing historical events together. John said: "Every single
    1  ) A man has proposed to his fiancée during an event that occurs just once every 6,800 years or
    (...)  star was out. It was too special to let it go. I thought, 'I'm massively in love with this girl. I'm going to do it.'"

    Put the words in the right order

    1. once   6,800   just   years   so   .   every   or   Occurs
    2. or   a   two   .   Give   take   decade   or
    3. popped   to   the   John   question   now   affianced   .   his
    4. celestial   while   flies   the   Propose   overhead   .   body
    5. coincide   the   to   with   Propose   comet   being   visible   .
    6. once-in-a-lifetime   the   event   .   her   to   see   Taking
    7. life   .   her   surprise   She   of   the   got
    8. was   shocked   completely   and   everything   .   -   tears   I   just
    9. the   by   whizzing   With   the   comet   heavens   .   across
    10. are   They   historical   experiencing   who   like   events   .   teachers

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    A man has proposal / proposed to his fiancée during an event that occurs just once every 6,800 years or so - give or take a decade nor / or two. John Nicotera, 33, popped a / the question to his now affianced Erica Pendrak, 26, while the Neowise comet passed / past over their heads. It will be another seven millennia before anyone else can get up / down on one knee and propose while the celestial body flies / flew overhead. Mr Nicotera is a space buff. He knew the rare astronomical / astronomically event would take place in the Northern Hemisphere for a limited / limit time and planned his proposal to coincide with the comet being invisible / visible in the night sky. The couple drove to a campsite outside New York last week and John waited for the comet to appearance / appear.

    Ms Pendrak immediately / immediate accepted Mr Nicotera's proposal. She told reporters that she knew her fiancé was taking her to see the once-in-a-lifetime / lifeline event. She She said she got the surprise of her living / life when he dropped down to one knee. She said: "I was just completely shocked - fears / tears and everything. I felt instant / instantly chills and pure happiness." A photographer friend went to the campsite with the couple to rupture / capture the proposal with the comet whizzing by across the heavenly / heavens. John and Erica are both teachers who like experiencing historical events combined / together. John said: "Every single / alone star was out. It was too special to let it go. I thought, 'I'm massively / massive in love with this girl. I'm going to do it.'"

    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 man has proposed to his fiance during an event that occurs just once every 6800 years or so give or take a decade or two john nicotera 33 popped the question to his now affianced erica pendrak 26 while the neowise comet passed over their heads it will be another seven millennia before anyone else can get down on one knee and propose while the celestial body flies overhead mr nicotera is a space buff he knew the rare astronomical event would take place in the northern hemisphere for a limited time and planned his proposal to coincide with the comet being visible in the night sky the couple drove to a campsite outside new york last week and john waited for the comet to appear

    ms pendrak immediately accepted mr nicoteras proposal she told reporters that she knew her fianc was taking her to see the onceinalifetime event She She said she got the surprise of her life when he dropped down to one knee she said i was just completely shocked tears and everything i felt instant chills and pure happiness a photographer friend went to the campsite with the couple to capture the proposal with the comet whizzing by across the heavens john and erica are both teachers who like experiencing historical events together john said every single star was out it was too special to let it go i thought im massively in love with this girl im going to do it

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    Amanhasproposedtohisfiancéeduringaneventthatoccursjustonceev
    ery6,800yearsorso-giveortakeadecadeortwo.JohnNicotera,33,pop
    pedthequestiontohisnowaffiancedEricaPendrak,26,whiletheNeowis
    ecometpassedovertheirheads.Itwillbeanothersevenmillenniabefore
    anyoneelsecangetdownononekneeandproposewhilethecelestialbod
    yfliesoverhead.MrNicoteraisaspacebuff.Heknewtherareastronomic
    aleventwouldtakeplaceintheNorthernHemisphereforalimitedtimean
    dplannedhisproposaltocoincidewiththecometbeingvisibleinthenight
    sky.ThecoupledrovetoacampsiteoutsideNewYorklastweekandJohn
    waitedforthecomettoappear.MsPendrakimmediatelyacceptedMrNic
    otera'sproposal.Shetoldreportersthatsheknewherfiancéwastakingh
    ertoseetheonce-in-a-lifetimeevent.Shesaidshegotthesurpriseofhe
    rlifewhenhedroppeddowntooneknee.Shesaid:"Iwasjustcompletelys
    hocked-tearsandeverything.Ifeltinstantchillsandpurehappiness."Ap
    hotographerfriendwenttothecampsitewiththecoupletocapturethepr
    oposalwiththecometwhizzingbyacrosstheheavens.JohnandEricaare
    bothteacherswholikeexperiencinghistoricaleventstogether.Johnsai
    d:"Everysinglestarwasout.Itwastoospecialtoletitgo.Ithought,'I'mm
    assivelyinlovewiththisgirl.I'mgoingtodoit.'"

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    Marriage is forever. 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. MARRIAGE PROPOSAL: Make a poster about marriage proposal. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. FOREVER: Write a magazine article about marriage being forever. 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 marriage proposals. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on the best way of proposing marriage. 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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