The Reading / Listening - Israel-UAE Deal - Level 6

Israel and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to normalise relations in exchange for the suspension of Israeli plans to annex parts of the West Bank. The historic breakthrough was announced in a joint statement yesterday by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed Al Nahyan, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump. They expressed hope that the "historic breakthrough will advance peace in the Middle East". Israel has had diplomatic relations with its neighbours Egypt and Jordan for decades, but until now, it has never had such a relationship with any Gulf Arab state. Israel will "focus its efforts now on expanding ties with other countries in the Arab and Muslim world".



The agreement is called the Abraham Accord. The three leaders behind it said: "This historic diplomatic breakthrough...is a testament to the bold diplomacy...vision...and courage of the UAE and Israel to chart a new path that will unlock great potential in the region." Mr Netanyahu called it a "historic day". However, he said the sovereignty of the West Bank "remains on the table". The UAE said the deal with Israel was a "win for diplomacy and the region". It added: "It is a significant advance in Arab-Israeli relations that lowers tensions and creates new energy for positive change." The Palestinian leadership called it a "betrayal" of the Palestinian cause and the equivalent of being "sold out by friends".

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Israel-UAE Deal - Level 4  or  Israel-UAE Deal - Level 5

Sources
    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-53770859 https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/08/world-reacted-uae-israel-normalising-diplomatic-ties-200813152921879.html https://www.thenational.ae/world/gcc/israel-freezes-palestine-annexation-for-uae-ties-1.1063394


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Warm-ups

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


peace

deal

  • 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.

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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:

  • annex
  • joint
  • expressed
  • neighbours
  • state
  • world
  • leaders
  • bold
  • path
  • win
  • energy
  • sold

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. suspension a. A period of ten years.
      2. annex b. A sudden, dramatic, and important discovery or development.
      3. breakthrough c. Add territory or land to one's own territory by force.
      4. expressed d. Things that unite or link people.
      5. decade e. The temporary prevention of something from continuing or being in force or effect.
      6. state f. Convey a thought or feeling in words or by gestures and conduct.
      7. ties g. A nation or territory considered as an organized political community under one government.

    Paragraph 2

      8. diplomatic h. Plan or make a new course through something.
      9. testament i. The authority of a state or country to govern itself or another state.
      10. courage j. Qualities or abilities that may be developed and lead to future success or usefulness.
      11. chart k. Something that serves as a sign or evidence of a specified fact, event, or quality.
      12. potential l. The action of being disloyal to one's country, a group, or a person.
      13. sovereignty m. Having or showing an ability to deal with people in managing international relations.
      14. betrayal n. Strength in the face of pain or grief.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Israel has scrapped plans to annex the West Bank.     T / F
  2. The leader of Dubai was one of three leaders making a joint declaration.  T / F
  3. Israel and Jordan have been at peace for decades.     T / F
  4. Israel wants to build ties with other Arab countries.     T / F
  5. The agreement is called The Genesis Accord.     T / F
  6. Israel's leader said it the most historic day in his country's history.     T / F
  7. The UAE said the deal would lower tensions in the region.     T / F
  8. The Palestinian leader welcomed the deal.     T / F

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

  1. agreed
  2. annex
  3. statement
  4. breakthrough
  5. ties
  6. courage
  7. potential
  8. sovereignty
  9. betrayal
  10. equivalent
  1. possibilities
  2. relationships
  3. parallel
  4. declaration
  5. authority
  6. take over
  7. treachery
  8. bravery
  9. consented
  10. step forward

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

  1. annex
  2. the historic breakthrough
  3. diplomatic relations with its
  4. focus its
  5. expanding
  6. a testament
  7. chart a
  8. the sovereignty of
  9. a significant advance
  10. the equivalent of being sold
  1. neighbours
  2. out by friends
  3. ties with other countries
  4. to the bold diplomacy
  5. will advance peace
  6. the West Bank
  7. efforts
  8. in Arab-Israeli relations
  9. new path
  10. parts of the West Bank

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
hope
efforts
historic
advance
ties
relations
joint
decades

Israel and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to normalise (1) _____________________ in exchange for the suspension of Israeli plans to annex parts of the West Bank. The (2) ____________________ breakthrough was announced in a (3) _____________________ statement yesterday by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed Al Nahyan, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump. They expressed (4) _____________________ that the "historic breakthrough will (5) _____________________ peace in the Middle East". Israel has had diplomatic relations with its neighbours Egypt and Jordan for (6) _____________________, but until now, it has never had such a relationship with any Gulf Arab state. Israel will "focus its (7) _____________________ now on expanding (8) _____________________ with other countries in the Arab and Muslim world".

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
vision
betrayal
sovereignty
agreement
equivalent
historic
region
win

The (9) _____________________ is called the Abraham Accord. The three leaders behind it said: "This (10) _____________________ diplomatic breakthrough...is a testament to the bold diplomacy... (11) _____________________...and courage of the UAE and Israel to chart a new path that will unlock great potential in the (12) _____________________." Mr Netanyahu called it a "historic day". However, he said the (13) _____________________ of the West Bank "remains on the table". The UAE said the deal with Israel was a "(14) _____________________ for diplomacy and the region". It added: "It is a significant advance in Arab-Israeli relations that lowers tensions and creates new energy for positive change." The Palestinian leadership called it a "(15) _____________________ " of the Palestinian cause and the (16) _____________________ of being "sold out by friends".

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  have agreed to normalise relations in exchange ______
     a.  for the suspense
     b.  for the suspicion
     c.  for the sustaining
     d.  for the suspension
2)  The historic breakthrough was announced in a ______ yesterday
     a.  joints statement
     b.  jointly statement
     c.  joint statement
     d.  jointed statement
3)  They expressed hope that the "historic breakthrough ______
     a.  will advances peace
     b.  will advance peace
     c.  will advanced peace
     d.  will advancing peace
4)  Israel has had diplomatic relations with its neighbours Egypt and Jordan ______
     a.  four decades
     b.  for decades
     c.  form decade
     d.  ford decade
5)  Israel will "focus its efforts now on ______"
     a.  expansion ties
     b.  expanding ties
     c.  expansion ties
     d.  expanding tie

6)  a testament to the bold diplomacy ______
     a.  vision and encourage
     b.  vision and coverage
     c.  vision and carriage
     d.  vision and courage
7)  However, he said the sovereignty of the West Bank "______ table"
     a.  remains on the
     b.  remnants on the
     c.  remain on the
     d.  remaining on the
8)  The UAE said the deal with Israel was a win ______
     a.  form diplomacy
     b.  ford diplomacy
     c.  fore diplomacy
     d.  for diplomacy
9)  relations that lowers tensions and creates new energy for ______
     a.  positively change
     b.  positive change
     c.  positives change
     d.  positivity change
10)  The Palestinian leadership called ______
     a.  it a "betray all"
     b.  it a "betray y'all"
     c.  it a "B-tray all"
     d.  it a "betrayal"

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Israel and the United Arab Emirates (1) ____________________ normalise relations in exchange for the suspension of Israeli plans (2) ____________________ of the West Bank. The historic breakthrough was announced in (3) ____________________ yesterday by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed Al Nahyan, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump. They expressed hope that the "historic breakthrough (4) ____________________ in the Middle East". Israel has had (5) ____________________ its neighbours Egypt and Jordan for decades, but until now, it has never had such a relationship with any Gulf Arab state. Israel will "focus its efforts now (6) ____________________ with other countries in the Arab and Muslim world".

The agreement is called the Abraham Accord. The (7) ____________________ it said: "This historic diplomatic breakthrough...is a testament to the bold diplomacy... (8) ____________________ of the UAE and Israel to chart a new path that will (9) ____________________ in the region." Mr Netanyahu called it a "historic day". However, he said the sovereignty of the West Bank "remains on the table". The UAE said the deal with Israel was a "(10) ____________________ and the region". It added: "It is a significant advance in Arab-Israeli relations that lowers tensions and (11) ____________________ for positive change." The Palestinian leadership called it a "betrayal" of the Palestinian cause and (12) ____________________ being "sold out by friends".

Comprehension questions

  1. What have the UAE and Israel decided to do to relations?
  2. What did Israel say it will do to plans to annex parts of the West Bank?
  3. What did three leaders hope the agreement would advance?
  4. Which countries has Israel been at peace with for decades?
  5. What does Israel want to expand?
  6. What is the name of the agreement?
  7. What did the leaders say the UAE and Israel need to chart?
  8. Where did Israel's leader say the West Bank's sovereignty remains?
  9. What did the UAE say the agreement lowers?
  10. What did the Palestinian leadership call the agreement?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What have the UAE and Israel decided to do to relations?
a) prioritise them
b) shelve them
c) normalise them
d) think about them
2) What did Israel say it will do to plans to annex parts of the West Bank?
a) suspend them
b) stop them
c) amend them
d) re-jig them
3) What did three leaders hope the agreement would advance?
a) prosperity
b) the world
c) society
d) peace
4) Which countries has Israel been at peace with for decades?
a) Egypt and Lebanon
b) Jordan and Egypt
c) Jordan and Iraq
d) Iraq and Egypt
5) What does Israel want to expand?
a) its borders
b) its influence
c) ties in the Arab world
d) its message of peace

6) What is the name of the agreement?
a) the Isaac Accord
b) the Abraham Accord
c) the Adam Accord
d) the Genesis Accord
7) What did the leaders say the UAE and Israel need to chart?
a) their progress
b) a map
c) a hit song
d) a new path
8) Where did Israel's leader say the West Bank's sovereignty remains?
a) on the drawing board
b) on the table
c) on the East Bank
d) in the mind's eye
9) What did the UAE say the agreement lowers?
a) tensions
b) bridges
c) standards
d) expectations
10) What did the Palestinian leadership call the agreement?
a) interesting
b) a work-in-progress
c) a roaring success
d) a betrayal

Role play

Role  A – White Dove
You think a white dove is the best peace symbol. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their signs. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): an olive branch, a V sign or an origami crane.

Role  B – Olive Branch
You think an olive branch is the best peace symbol. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their signs. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): a white dove, a V sign or an origami crane.

Role  C – V Sign
You think a V sign is the best peace symbol. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their signs. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): an olive branch, a white dove or an origami crane.

Role  D – Origami Crane
You think an origami crane is the best peace symbol. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their signs. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): an olive branch, a V sign or a white dove.

After reading / listening

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

'peace'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'deal'.

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • • 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:

    • annex
    • joint
    • expressed
    • neighbours
    • state
    • world
    • leaders
    • bold
    • path
    • win
    • energy
    • sold




    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 - Israel-UAE Deal

    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 'Middle East'?
    3. What do you think of this news?
    4. What do you know about Israel?
    5. Who is this deal best for?
    6. Who are the losers in this deal?
    7. What does the normalisation mean for the region?
    8. What do you think this deal does for the West Bank's future?
    9. To what degree will this deal advance peace in the Middle East?
    10. How historic is this deal?

    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 'peace'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you know about the UAE?
    5. What do you think of the name 'Abraham Accord'?
    6. How do you think Iran will view this deal?
    7. Why did the Palestinians call it a 'betrayal'?
    8. What advice do you have for the Palestinians?
    9. What more must happen before there is peace in the Middle East?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the leaders?

    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)

    Israel and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to normalise relations (1) ____ exchange for the suspension of Israeli plans to (2) ____ parts of the West Bank. The historic breakthrough was announced in a (3) ____ statement yesterday by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed Al Nahyan, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump. They expressed hope that the "(4) ____ breakthrough will advance peace in the Middle East". Israel has had diplomatic relations with its neighbours Egypt and Jordan for decades, but until now, it has never had (5) ____ a relationship with any Gulf Arab state. Israel will "focus its efforts now on expanding (6) ____ with other countries in the Arab and Muslim world".

    The agreement is called the Abraham Accord. The three leaders (7) ____ it said: "This historic diplomatic breakthrough...is a testament to the bold diplomacy...vision...and (8) ____ of the UAE and Israel to chart a new path that will unlock great potential in the region." Mr Netanyahu called it a "historic day". However, he said the (9) ____ of the West Bank "remains on the table". The UAE said the deal with Israel was a "(10) ____ for diplomacy and the region". It added: "It is a significant advance (11) ____ Arab-Israeli relations that lowers tensions and creates new energy for positive change." The Palestinian leadership called it a "betrayal" of the Palestinian cause and the equivalent of being "sold (12) ____ by friends".

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     on     (b)     in     (c)     at     (d)     of    
    2. (a)     apex     (b)     annex     (c)     perplex     (d)     reflex    
    3. (a)     joins     (b)     joiner     (c)     join     (d)     joint    
    4. (a)     historian     (b)     historic     (c)     history     (d)     histories    
    5. (a)     thus     (b)     such     (c)     so     (d)     that    
    6. (a)     ropes     (b)     cords     (c)     ties     (d)     sashes    
    7. (a)     behest     (b)     before     (c)     behind     (d)     beyond    
    8. (a)     entourage     (b)     encourage     (c)     courage     (d)     discourage    
    9. (a)     empire     (b)     dominion     (c)     realm     (d)     sovereignty    
    10. (a)     conquest     (b)     beat     (c)     victor     (d)     win    
    11. (a)     in     (b)     on     (c)     at     (d)     by    
    12. (a)     in     (b)     up     (c)     out     (d)     down

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. agreed to armnliose relations
    2. in exchange for the espnuisson
    3. announced in a joint taesemtnt
    4. historic ehakrbortugh
    5. pmloiatdic relations
    6. focus its efforts now on npaedixng ties

    Paragraph 2

    1. a esatemtnt to the bold diplomacy
    2. vision and orucage
    3. unlock great nteptioal in the region
    4. a gfniisacint advance
    5. a etraybal of the Palestinian cause
    6. the quvelaient of being sold out

    Put the text back together

    1  ) Israel and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to normalise relations in exchange for the suspension
    (...)  on the table". The UAE said the deal with Israel was a "win for diplomacy and
    (...)  statement yesterday by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed Al Nahyan, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu
    (...)  region." Mr Netanyahu called it a "historic day". However, he said the sovereignty of the West Bank "remains
    (...)  peace in the Middle East". Israel has had diplomatic relations with its neighbours
    (...)  and courage of the UAE and Israel to chart a new path that will unlock great potential in the
    (...)  Egypt and Jordan for decades, but until now, it has never had such a relationship with any Gulf Arab
    (...)  diplomatic breakthrough...is a testament to the bold diplomacy...vision...
    (...)  state. Israel will "focus its efforts now on expanding ties with other countries in the Arab and Muslim world".
    (...)  The agreement is called the Abraham Accord. The three leaders behind it said: "This historic
    (...)  change." The Palestinian leadership called it a "betrayal" of the Palestinian cause and the equivalent of being "sold out by friends".
    (...)  of Israeli plans to annex parts of the West Bank. The historic breakthrough was announced in a joint
    (...)  and U.S. President Donald Trump. They expressed hope that the "historic breakthrough will advance
    (...)  the region". It added: "It is a significant advance in Arab-Israeli relations that lowers tensions and creates new energy for positive

    Put the words in the right order

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    2. historic   announced   a   statement   .   breakthrough   was   in   The
    3. The    breakthrough   advance   will   peace   historic   .
    4. its   had   with   neighbours   .   relations   diplomatic   Israel   has
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    7. potential   .   unlock   will   A   new   path   that   great
    8. diplomacy   .   for   was   win   The   a   deal
    9. in   a   significant   is   Arab-Israeli   It   advance   relations   .
    10. sold   by   being   of   equivalent   The   friends   .   out

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Israel and the United Arab Emirates have agreed for / to normalise relations in exchange for /of the suspension of Israeli plans to annex / apex parts of the West Bank. The historic breakthrough was announced in a jointly / joint statement yesterday by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed Al Nahyan, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump. They expressed / repressed hope that the "historic breakthrough will advance peace on / in the Middle East". Israel has had diplomatic / diplomacy relations with its neighbours Egypt and Jordan for decadence / decades, but until now, it has never had such the / a relationship with any Gulf Arab state. Israel will "focus its efforts now on / in expanding ties with other countries in the Arab and Muslim world".

    The agreement is called the Abraham Accord. The three leaders beyond / behind it said: "This historic diplomatic breakthrough...is a testament to the bold / bald diplomacy...vision...and encourage / courage of the UAE and Israel to chat / chart a new path that will unlock grate / great potential in the region." Mr Netanyahu called it a "historic day". However, he said the sovereignty / sovereign of the West Bank "remains on the desk / table". The UAE said the deal with Israel was a "win for diplomacy and the region". It added: "It is a significant advance in Arab-Israeli relations that falls / lowers tensions and creates new energy for positive change." The Palestinian leadership called it a "betrayal / betray" of the Palestinian cause and the equivalent of being "sold up / out by friends".

    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

    israel and the united arab emirates have agreed to normalise relations in exchange for the suspension of israeli plans to annex parts of the west bank the historic breakthrough was announced in a joint statement yesterday by abu dhabi crown prince mohammed al nahyan israeli pm benjamin netanyahu and us president donald trump they expressed hope that the historic breakthrough will advance peace in the middle east israel has had diplomatic relations with its neighbours egypt and jordan for decades but until now it has never had such a relationship with any gulf arab state israel will focus its efforts now on expanding ties with other countries in the arab and muslim world

    the agreement is called the abraham accord the three leaders behind it said this historic diplomatic breakthrough is a testament to the bold diplomacy vision and courage of the uae and israel to chart a new path that will unlock great potential in the region mr netanyahu called it a historic day however he said the sovereignty of the west bank remains on the table the uae said the deal with israel was a win for diplomacy and the region it added it is a significant advance in arabisraeli relations that lowers tensions and creates new energy for positive change the palestinian leadership called it a betrayal of the palestinian cause and the equivalent of being sold out by friends

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    IsraelandtheUnitedArabEmirateshaveagreedtonormaliserelationsin
    exchangeforthesuspensionofIsraeliplanstoannexpartsoftheWestBa
    nk.Thehistoricbreakthroughwasannouncedinajointstatementyester
    daybyAbuDhabiCrownPrinceMohammedAlNahyan,IsraeliPMBenja
    minNetanyahuandU.S.PresidentDonaldTrump.Theyexpressedhope
    thatthe"historicbreakthroughwilladvancepeaceintheMiddleEast".Isr
    aelhashaddiplomaticrelationswithitsneighboursEgyptandJordanfor
    decades,butuntilnow,ithasneverhadsucharelationshipwithanyGulfA
    rabstate.Israelwill"focusitseffortsnowonexpandingtieswithothercou
    ntriesintheArabandMuslimworld".TheagreementiscalledtheAbraha
    mAccord.Thethreeleadersbehinditsaid:"Thishistoricdiplomaticbrea
    kthrough...isatestamenttothebolddiplomacy...vision...andcourage
    oftheUAEandIsraeltochartanewpaththatwillunlockgreatpotentialint
    heregion."MrNetanyahucalledita"historicday".However,hesaidthes
    overeigntyoftheWestBank"remainsonthetable".TheUAEsaidthedeal
    withIsraelwasa"winfordiplomacyandtheregion".Itadded:"Itisasignif
    icantadvanceinArab-Israelirelationsthatlowerstensionsandcreatesn
    ewenergyforpositivechange."ThePalestinianleadershipcalledita"bet
    rayal"ofthePalestiniancauseandtheequivalentofbeing"soldoutbyfrie
    nds".

    Free writing

    Write about israel-uae-peace-deal for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    The Israel-UAE peace deal is the start of peace in the Middle East. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. THE MIDDLE EAST: Make a poster about the Middle East. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. PEACE: Write a magazine article about there being peace in the Middle East in our lifetime. Include imaginary interviews with people who think this will happen and with those who do not think it will happen.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on the Middle East. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to bring peace to the region. 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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