The Reading / Listening - English Language Tests - Level 6

Visa requirements in Australia just got a little tougher. Foreign partners of existing residents who want a permanent residence visa must soon have to pass an English language test. Australia's government says it is important that people prove a predetermined level of English proficiency before they are granted a permanent visa. The prerequisite could be in place from the middle of 2021. Immigration Minister Alan Tudge said: "We will require an applicant and a sponsor to have met a functional level of English or to have at least made reasonable efforts to learn English." He said such efforts would entail about 500 hours of free English classes on a government-run language programme.



The proposed requirement has stoked controversy in Australia's parliament. Politicians critical of the planned measure called the new language test "discriminatory" and "racist". They argue it targets people from non-Western nations and their partners. A spokesman for Australia's opposition party said: "English proficiency isn't a test of someone's love." He said couples already faced an uphill struggle in the application process and that the new requirement would add an "additional burden". An immigration expert said: "It certainly puts a lot of pressure on couples who've been hit hard by COVID. Many of them have lost their jobs and now they've got this added burden to pass an English test."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    English Language Tests - Level 4  or  English Language Tests - Level 5

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-54458637
  • https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-10-08/500-hours-of-english-classes-required-under-partner-visa-changes/12741714
  • https://www.sbs.com.au/language/english/major-australian-immigration-update-english-language-test-for-partner-visa-and-priority-to-onshore-applicants


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Warm-ups

1. ENGLISH TESTS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about English tests. 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?
       visa / foreign / partner / resident / proficiency / sponsor / functional / English classes /
       controversy / parliament / discriminatory / racist / nation / struggle / couple / burden
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. VISAS: Students A strongly believe all countries should do away with their visa requirements; Students B strongly believe that would be a disaster. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. TESTS: How difficult are these tests? How would you prepare for them? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Difficulty

Preparation

Speaking test

 

 

Driving test

 

 

IQ test

 

 

Endurance test

 

 

Spelling test

 

 

Writing test

 

 

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

  • Speaking
  • Vocabulary
  • Pronunciation
  • Reading
  • Listening
  • Translating
  • Writing
  • Interpreting

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. requirement a. A person who lives somewhere permanently or on a long-term basis.
      2. resident b. Show the truth or existence of something by evidence or argument.
      3. permanent c. A thing that is compulsory; a necessary condition.
      4. prove d. A thing that is needed as a condition for something else to happen or exist.
      5. predetermined e. Established or decided in advance.
      6. prerequisite f. Involve something as a necessary or inevitable part or consequence of.
      7. entail g. Lasting or intended to last or remain unchanged indefinitely.

    Paragraph 2

      8. controversy h. Two people who are married, engaged, or otherwise closely associated romantically or sexually.
      9. critical i. A high degree of competence or skill; expertise.
      10. discriminatory j. The main responsibility for achieving a specified aim or task.
      11. proficiency k. Disagreement, typically when prolonged, public, and heated.
      12. burden l. Expressing adverse or disapproving comments or judgments.
      13. expert m. A person who has a comprehensive and authoritative knowledge of or skill in a particular area.
      14. couples n. Being unfair between different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. People will need to take a language test to get an Australian tourist visa. T / F
  2. The new test could start in around June or July next year.     T / F
  3. The applicant for the visa will need a sponsor.     T / F
  4. The government will give people 500 hours of free English tuition.     T / F
  5. The proposed test has created little fuss in Australia's parliament.     T / F
  6. Australia said it is targeting people from non-Western nations.     T / F
  7. An opposition spokesperson said couples faced an uphill struggle.     T / F
  8. Many of the people who want a visa have lost their jobs.     T / F

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

  1. requirements
  2. residents
  3. proficiency
  4. reasonable
  5. entail
  6. controversy
  7. discriminatory
  8. struggle
  9. expert
  10. burden
  1. prejudicial
  2. acceptable
  3. involve
  4. skill
  5. responsibility
  6. battle
  7. prerequisites
  8. specialist
  9. disagreement
  10. citizens

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

  1. Visa
  2. partners of existing
  3. a permanent
  4. a predetermined level of English
  5. a functional
  6. The proposed requirement has stoked
  7. it targets people from non-
  8. couples already faced
  9. It certainly puts a lot of
  10. now they've got this added
  1. proficiency
  2. burden to pass
  3. level of English
  4. Western nations
  5. residents
  6. an uphill struggle
  7. requirements
  8. pressure on couples
  9. residence visa
  10. controversy

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
granted
efforts
tougher
run
prove
permanent
entail
applicant

Visa requirements in Australia just got a little (1) _____________________. Foreign partners of existing residents who want a (2) _____________________ residence visa must soon have to pass an English language test. Australia's government says it is important that people (3) _____________________ a predetermined level of English proficiency before they are (4) _____________________ a permanent visa. The prerequisite could be in place from the middle of 2021. Immigration Minister Alan Tudge said: "We will require an (5) _____________________ and a sponsor to have met a functional level of English or to have at least made reasonable (6) _____________________ to learn English." He said such efforts would (7) _____________________ about 500 hours of free English classes on a government-(8) _____________________ language programme.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
targets
struggle
stoked
added
measure
hit
proficiency
burden

The proposed requirement has (9) _____________________ controversy in Australia's parliament. Politicians critical of the planned (10) _____________________ called the new language test "discriminatory" and "racist". They argue it (11) _____________________ people from non-Western nations and their partners. A spokesman for Australia's opposition party said: "English (12) _____________________ isn't a test of someone's love." He said couples already faced an uphill (13) _____________________ in the application process and that the new requirement would add an "additional (14) _____________________ ". An immigration expert said: "It certainly puts a lot of pressure on couples who've been (15) _____________________ hard by COVID. Many of them have lost their jobs and now they've got this (16) _____________________ burden to pass an English test."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Visa requirements in Australia just got ______
     a.  a little toughen
     b.  a belittle tougher
     c.  a belittle toughen
     d.  a little tougher
2)  Foreign partners of existing residents who want a permanent ______
     a.  resident visa
     b.  residential visa
     c.  reside dents visa
     d.  residence visa
3)  Australia's government says it is important that people prove ______
     a.  a predetermined levels
     b.  a predetermined revel
     c.  a predetermined level
     d.  a predetermined rebel
4)  The prerequisite could be in place from the ______
     a.  middle off 2021
     b.  middle oft 2021
     c.  middle aft 2021
     d.  middle of 2021
5)  reasonable efforts to learn English." He said such efforts would ______ hours
     a.  den tail about 500
     b.  dent ail about 500
     c.  entail about 500
     d.  end tail about 500

6)  measure called the new language test ______
     a.  discriminatory and racism
     b.  discrimination and racist
     c.  discriminatory and racist
     d.  discriminates and racism
7)  Australia's opposition party said: "English proficiency isn't a test ______."
     a.  of someone's love
     b.  off someone's love
     c.  oft someone's love
     d.  of someone's lovely
8)  He said couples already faced ______
     a.  an uphill struggles
     b.  an uphill struggle
     c.  an uphill struggled
     d.  an uphill snuggle
9)  It certainly puts a lot of pressure on couples who've been ______ COVID
     a.  hit hardly by
     b.  hit hard by
     c.  hit hardy by
     d.  hit shard by
10)  Many of them have lost their jobs and now they've got ______
     a.  this add it burden
     b.  this adding burden
     c.  this addition burden
     d.  this added burden

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Visa requirements in Australia just got (1) ____________________. Foreign partners of existing residents who want a permanent residence visa must soon (2) ____________________ an English language test. Australia's government says it is important that (3) ____________________ predetermined level of English proficiency before they are granted a permanent visa. The prerequisite could (4) ____________________ from the middle of 2021. Immigration Minister Alan Tudge said: "We will require an applicant and a sponsor to have met a (5) ____________________ English or to have at least made reasonable efforts to learn English." He said such efforts (6) ____________________ 500 hours of free English classes on a government-run language programme.

The proposed requirement (7) ____________________ in Australia's parliament. Politicians critical of (8) ____________________ called the new language test "discriminatory" and "racist". They argue it targets people from (9) ____________________ and their partners. A spokesman for Australia's opposition party said: "English proficiency isn't a test of someone's love." He said couples already faced (10) ____________________ in the application process and that the new requirement would add an "additional burden". An immigration expert said: "It certainly puts a lot of (11) ____________________ who've been hit hard by COVID. Many of them have lost their jobs and now they've got this (12) ____________________ pass an English test."

Comprehension questions

  1. What did the article say just got a little tougher in Australia?
  2. What does Australia want applicants to have a predetermined level of?
  3. When might this new requirement start?
  4. Who else will the applicant need to apply for the visa?
  5. How many hours of free English language tuition can people get?
  6. What has the proposed test stoked in Australia's parliament?
  7. What did politicians call the test besides discriminatory?
  8. Who did the opposition say the test is targeting?
  9. What did someone say couples faced?
  10. What did someone say couples had been hit hard by?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  What did the article say just got a little tougher in Australia?
a) life
b) visa requirements
c) getting into embassies
d) finding jobs
2) What does Australia want applicants to have a predetermined level of?
a) skills
b) money
c) enthusiasm
d) English proficiency
3) When might this new requirement start?
a) 2022
b) spring
c) the middle of 2021
d) later this year
4) Who else will the applicant need to apply for the visa?
a) a sponsor
b) a lawyer
c) a diplomat
d) a boss
5) How many hours of free English language tuition can people get?
a) 400
b) 500
c) 450
d) 550

6) What has the proposed test stoked in Australia's parliament?
a) controversy
b) rage
c) compassion
d) love
7) What did politicians call the test besides discriminatory?
a) awful
b) outrageous
c) racist
d) prejudicial
8) Who did the opposition say the test is targeting?
a) people from non-Western nations
b) non-English-speaking people
c) people from Asia
d) people from Europe
9) What did someone say couples faced?
a) a long wait
b) a huge bill
c) a difficult time ahead
d) an uphill struggle
10) What did someone say couples had been hit hard by?
a) immigration
b) job losses
c) COVID
d) the weather

Role play

Role  A – Spelling
You think spelling is the most important area of English to be good at. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as important. Also, tell the others which is the Least important of these (and why): vocabulary, grammar or pronunciation.

Role  B – Vocabulary
You think vocabulary is the most important area of English to be good at. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as important. Also, tell the others which is the Least important of these (and why): spelling, grammar or pronunciation.

Role  C – Grammar
You think grammar is the most important area of English to be good at. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as important. Also, tell the others which is the Least important of these (and why): vocabulary, spelling or pronunciation.

Role  D – Pronunciation
You think pronunciation is the most important area of English to be good at. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as important. Also, tell the others which is the Least important of these (and why): vocabulary, grammar or spelling.

After reading / listening

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

'English'

  • ________________
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  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'test'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • tougher
    • permanent
    • granted
    • middle
    • functional
    • entail
    • critical
    • racist
    • targets
    • uphill
    • expert
    • jobs




    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 - English Language Tests

    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 'visa'?
    3. How good is your English?
    4. What do you think of English language tests?
    5. What do you think of visas?
    6. Should a visa depend on a language test?
    7. Should residents in a country all have to speak the language?
    8. Which country would you like to have a permanent residence visa for?
    9. What efforts are you making to learn English?
    10. What advice do you have for people studying English?

    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 'language'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Why do you think the proposal is controversial?
    5. Why might the test be seen as racist?
    6. How could you test someone's love for their partner?
    7. What uphill struggles have you faced with English?
    8. What English tests have you taken?
    9. Is the test an unwanted additional burden?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Australia's government?

    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)

    Visa requirements in Australia just got a little (1) ____. Foreign partners of existing residents who want a permanent (2) ____ visa must soon have to pass an English language test. Australia's government says it is important that people prove a predetermined level of English (3) ____ before they are granted a permanent visa. The prerequisite could be in place from the middle of 2021. Immigration Minister Alan Tudge said: "We will (4) ____ an applicant and a sponsor to have met a functional level English or to have at least made (5) ____ efforts to learn English." He said such efforts would entail about 500 hours of free English classes on a government-(6) ____ language programme.

    The proposed requirement has (7) ____ controversy in Australia's parliament. Politicians critical of the planned measure called the new language test "discriminatory" and "racist". They argue it (8) ____ people from non-Western nations and their partners. A spokesman for Australia's opposition party said: "English proficiency isn't a test of someone's (9) ____." He said couples already faced an uphill (10) ____ in the application process and that the new requirement would add an "additional burden". An immigration expert said: "It certainly puts a lot of pressure on (11) ____ who've been hit hard by COVID. Many of them have lost their jobs and now they've got this (12) ____ burden to pass an English test."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     toughen     (b)     tougher     (c)     toughest     (d)     toughie    
    2. (a)     residential     (b)     residence     (c)     residual     (d)     resides    
    3. (a)     responsiveness     (b)     stimulation     (c)     intensive     (d)     proficiency    
    4. (a)     enlist     (b)     require     (c)     adhere     (d)     liberate    
    5. (a)     standpoint     (b)     efficacy     (c)     solution     (d)     reasonable    
    6. (a)     test     (b)     speaking     (c)     run     (d)     operate    
    7. (a)     stoked     (b)     stalked     (c)     staked     (d)     stuck    
    8. (a)     aims     (b)     goals     (c)     targets     (d)     ambitions    
    9. (a)     spell     (b)     pronounce     (c)     lexical     (d)     love    
    10. (a)     struggle     (b)     trot     (c)     stroll     (d)     meander    
    11. (a)     couples     (b)     trios     (c)     quartets     (d)     octets    
    12. (a)     added     (b)     calculate     (c)     divided     (d)     subtracted

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    4. English oipyrcnfice
    5. The rtipeuqesrie could be in place
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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (...)  party said: "English proficiency isn't a test of someone's love." He said couples already faced an uphill
    (...)  it is important that people prove a predetermined level of English proficiency before they are
    (...)  level of English or to have at least made reasonable efforts to learn English." He said such efforts would
    (...)  Minister Alan Tudge said: "We will require an applicant and a sponsor to have met a functional
    (...)  struggle in the application process and that the new requirement would add an "additional
    1  ) Visa requirements in Australia just got a little tougher. Foreign partners of existing residents who
    (...)  of the planned measure called the new language test "discriminatory" and "racist". They argue it targets people
    (...)  entail about 500 hours of free English classes on a government-run language programme.
    (...)  burden". An immigration expert said: "It certainly puts a lot of pressure on couples who've been hit
    (...)  from non-Western nations and their partners. A spokesman for Australia's opposition
    (...)  hard by COVID. Many of them have lost their jobs and now they've got this added burden to pass an English test."
    (...)  The proposed requirement has stoked controversy in Australia's parliament. Politicians critical
    (...)  granted a permanent visa. The prerequisite could be in place from the middle of 2021. Immigration
    (...)  want a permanent residence visa must soon have to pass an English language test. Australia's government says

    Put the words in the right order

    1. tougher   .   a   Australia   in   little   Visa   got   requirements
    2. want   residence   of   residents   Partners   a   visa   .   who
    3. a   prove   predetermined   of   level   People   English   proficiency   .
    4. have   A   English   .   level   to   functional   of   sponsor   a
    5. entail   He   efforts   such   said   about   500 hours     .   would
    6. in  proposed  parliament  .  stoked  controversy  The  has   requirement
    7. non-Western   it   argue   from   people   targets   They   nations   .
    8. love   .   proficiency   isn't   a   English   someone's   of   test
    9. struggle   faced   uphill   Couples   an   the   process   .   in
    10. to   got   they've   added   this   burden   Now   pass   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Visa requirements in Australia just got a little toughen / tougher. Foreign partners of existing residents who want a permanent / permanence residence visa must soon have to pass / passing an English language test. Australia's government says it is important that people proof / prove a predetermined level of English proficient / proficiency before they are granted / grafted a permanent visa. The prerequisite could be in place from the middle of 2021. Immigration Minister Alan Tudge said: "We will require an application / applicant and a sponsor to have met a functioned / functional level of English or to have at least made reasonable / reasons efforts to learn English." He said such efforts would retail / entail about 500 hours of free English classes on a government-run language programme.

    The proposed requirement has stoked / staked controversy in Australia's parliament. Politicians crucial / critical of the planned measure called the new language test "discriminatory" and "racist". They argument / argue it targets people from non-Western nations and them / their partners. A spokesman for Australia's opposition / supposition party said: "English proficiency isn't a test of someone's love." He said couples already faced an uphill / upper struggle in the application progress / process and that the new requirement would add an "additional burden". An immigration expert / expat said: "It certainly puts a lot of pressurise / pressure on couples who've been hit hard by COVID. Many of them have lost their jobs and now they've got this added / adds burden to pass an English test."

    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

    visa requirements in australia just got a little tougher foreign partners of existing residents who want a permanent residence visa must soon have to pass an english language test australias government says it is important that people prove a predetermined level of english proficiency before they are granted a permanent visa the prerequisite could be in place from the middle of 2021 immigration minister alan tudge said we will require an applicant and a sponsor to have met a functional level of English or to have at least made reasonable efforts to learn english he said such efforts would entail about 500 hours of free english classes on a governmentrun language programme

    the proposed requirement has stoked controversy in australias parliament politicians critical of the planned measure called the new language test discriminatory and racist they argue it targets people from nonwestern nations and their partners a spokesman for australias opposition party said english proficiency isnt a test of someones love he said couples already faced an uphill struggle in the application process and that the new requirement would add an additional burden an immigration expert said it certainly puts a lot of pressure on couples whove been hit hard by covid many of them have lost their jobs and now theyve got this added burden to pass an english test

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    VisarequirementsinAustraliajustgotalittletougher.Foreignpartnerso
    fexistingresidentswhowantapermanentresidencevisamustsoonhav
    etopassanEnglishlanguagetest.Australia'sgovernmentsaysitisimpor
    tantthatpeopleproveapredeterminedlevelofEnglishproficiencybefor
    etheyaregrantedapermanentvisa.Theprerequisitecouldbeinplacefro
    mthemiddleof2021.ImmigrationMinisterAlanTudgesaid:"Wewillreq
    uireanapplicantandasponsortohavemetafunctionallevelofEnglishort
    ohaveatleastmadereasonableeffortstolearnEnglish."Hesaidsucheff
    ortswouldentailabout500hoursoffreeEnglishclassesonagovernment
    runlanguageprogramme.Theproposedrequirementhasstokedcontro
    versyinAustralia'sparliament.Politicianscriticaloftheplannedmeasur
    ecalledthenewlanguagetest"discriminatory"and"racist".Theyarguei
    ttargetspeoplefromnon-Westernnationsandtheirpartners.Aspokes
    manforAustralia'soppositionpartysaid:"Englishproficiencyisn'tatest
    ofsomeone'slove."Hesaidcouplesalreadyfacedanuphillstruggleinthe
    applicationprocessandthatthenewrequirementwouldaddan"additio
    nalburden".Animmigrationexpertsaid:"Itcertainlyputsalotofpressur
    eoncoupleswho'vebeenhithardbyCOVID.Manyofthemhavelosttheirj
    obsandnowthey'vegotthisaddedburdentopassanEnglishtest."

    Free writing

    Write about English language test for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    There should be no language requirement for any kind of visa. 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. ENGLISH TESTS: Make a poster about English tests. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. PROFICIENCY: Write a magazine article about requiring language proficiency for visas. 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 English tests. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to pass English tests. 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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