The Reading / Listening - Citizenship - Level 6

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced it will grant citizenship to foreign residents who "add value" to the nation. It is very rare for a Gulf state to bestow citizenship on foreign nationals and represents a bold revision of the UAE's immigration policy. UAE Vice-President and ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum explained that people with "specialised talents" who "contribute to our development journey" could fall under the new policy. He said artists, doctors, engineers, entrepreneurs, intellectuals, inventors investors and scientists could be eligible to be given a UAE passport. All successful people and their families would be permitted to hold dual nationality.



The procedure to be given citizenship is dependent on recommendations and nominations from members of the UAE royal family and high-ranking government officials. It will then be the decision of the UAE cabinet to approve or reject the nomination. Sheikh Mohammed said there are "clear criteria" in the selection process. Doctors must be specialised in scientific fields that are deemed high-priority by the UAE. They must have conducted significant studies and research. Scientists must be active researchers and have made contributions to their field by attaining an international award or research grant. Inventors need patented inventions registered by an internationally recognised organisation.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Citizenship - Level 4  or  Citizenship - Level 5

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-55869674
  • https://gulfbusiness.com/uae-opens-citizenship-for-investors-professionals-special-talents/
  • https://www.thenationalnews.com/uae/government/uae-to-grant-emirati-citizenship-to-talented-and-innovative-people-1.1156264


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. CITIZENSHIP: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about citizenship. 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?
       citizenship / foreign residents / bold / revision / immigration / development / passport
       recommendations / royal family / decision / criteria / priority / researchers / invention
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. NO PASSPORTS: Students A strongly believe we do not need passports; Students B strongly believe we do. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. ADDING VALUE: How might these people add value to a country? How important are they? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

The Value They Might Add

Their Importance

Entrepreneurs

 

 

Artists

 

 

Intellectuals

 

 

Engineers

 

 

Inventors

 

 

Doctors

 

 

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

  • Guitar playing
  • Juggling
  • Drawing
  • Telling jokes
  • Origami
  • Growing vegetables
  • Fixing machines
  • Coding

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. grant (verb) a. Give or present an honor, right, or gift.
      2. bestow b. A person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risks.
      3. bold c. The act of changing something to make it better or more up to date.
      4. revision d. Showing an ability to take risks; confident and courageous.
      5. entrepreneur e. Agree to give or allow  something requested to.
      6. eligible f. Consisting of two parts.
      7. dual g. Having the right to do or obtain something; satisfying the appropriate conditions.

    Paragraph 2

      8. procedure h. Regarded or thought of in a specified way.
      9. dependent i. An established or official way of doing something.
      10. nomination j. Officially agree to or accept as satisfactory.
      11. cabinet k. A sum of money given by an organization, especially a government, for a particular purpose.
      12. approve l. The action of proposing or formally entering someone or something as a candidate for election or for an honor or award.
      13. deemed m. The committee of senior ministers responsible for controlling government policy.
      14. grant (noun) n. Determined by.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The UAE is looking for people that will add value to it.     T / F
  2. It is common for Gulf countries to give citizenship to foreigners.     T / F
  3. The UAE is looking for artists and inventors.     T / F
  4. The new UAE citizens will be allowed to have dual nationality.     T / F
  5. Foreigners may need help from the UAE royal family to get citizenship.   T / F
  6. There are no obvious criteria in the citizenship selection process.     T / F
  7. Scientists must have won an award or been awarded a grant.     T / F
  8. Inventors don't need to have any patented inventions.     T / F

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

  1. announced
  2. rare
  3. revision
  4. contribute
  5. eligible
  6. procedure
  7. dependent
  8. criteria
  9. attaining
  10. grant
  1. able
  2. have a hand in
  3. getting
  4. uncommon
  5. reliant
  6. bursary
  7. declared
  8. policy
  9. specifications
  10. change

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

  1. it will grant
  2. bestow citizenship
  3. could fall
  4. scientists could be eligible to
  5. permitted to hold
  6. approve or reject
  7. clear
  8. scientific fields that are deemed
  9. made contributions
  10. Inventors need patented
  1. be given a UAE passport
  2. criteria
  3. dual nationality
  4. to their field
  5. inventions
  6. citizenship
  7. under the new policy
  8. the nomination
  9. on foreign nationals
  10. high-priority

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
ruler
value
dual
bold
grant
inventors
bestow
journey

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced it will (1) _____________________ citizenship to foreign residents who "add (2) _____________________" to the nation. It is very rare for a Gulf state to (3) _____________________ citizenship on foreign nationals and represents a (4) _____________________ revision of the UAE's immigration policy. UAE Vice-President and (5) _____________________ of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum explained that people with "specialised talents" who "contribute to our development (6) _____________________ " could fall under the new policy. He said artists, doctors, engineers, entrepreneurs, intellectuals, (7) _____________________, investors and scientists could be eligible to be given a UAE passport. All successful people and their families would be permitted to hold (8) _____________________ nationality.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
decision
patented
criteria
dependent
field
reject
members
priority

The procedure to be given citizenship is (9) _____________________ on recommendations and nominations from (10) _____________________ of the UAE royal family and high-ranking government officials. It will then be the (11) _____________________ of the UAE cabinet to approve or (12) _____________________ the nomination. Sheikh Mohammed said there are "clear (13) _____________________" in the selection process. Doctors must be specialised in scientific fields that are deemed high-(14) _____________________ by the UAE. They must have conducted significant studies and research. Scientists must be active researchers and have made contributions to their (15) _____________________ by attaining an international award or research grant. Inventors need (16) _____________________ inventions registered by an internationally recognised organisation.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  announced it will grant citizenship to foreign residents ______
     a.  who add valued
     b.  who add values
     c.  who add value
     d.  who add valuation
2)  rare for a Gulf state to bestow citizenship on foreign nationals and represents ______
     a.  a bald revision
     b.  a bold revision
     c.  a billed revision
     d.  a build revision
3) talents who contribute to our development journey could fall under ______
     a.  the new policing
     b.  the new politics
     c.  the new policy
     d.  the new poll I see
4) entrepreneurs, intellectuals, inventors, investors and scientists ______
     a.  could be legible
     b.  could be ledger ball
     c.  could be a ledger ball
     d.  could be eligible
5)  All successful people and their families would be permitted to ______
     a.  hold dual nationality
     b.  hold dial nationality
     c.  hold duel nationality
     d.  hold dole nationality

6) procedure to be given citizenship is dependent on ______
     a.  recommendations end nominations
     b.  recommendations sand nominations
     c.  recommendations an nominations
     d.  recommendations and nominations
7)  It will then be the decision of the UAE cabinet to ______
     a.  approves or reject
     b.  approve or reject
     c.  approve or rejects
     d.  approves or rejects
8)  Sheikh Mohammed said there are "clear criteria" in ______
     a.  this election process
     b.  these election process is
     c.  those selection processes
     d.  the selection process
9)  Scientists must be active researchers and have made contributions ______
     a.  too their field
     b.  two their field
     c.  to their field
     d.  through their field
10)  by attaining an international award ______
     a.  or research grant
     b.  or research grand
     c.  or research gland
     d.  or research graft

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced (1) ____________________ citizenship to foreign residents who (2) ____________________ the nation. It is very rare for a Gulf state to bestow citizenship on foreign nationals and represents a (3) ____________________ the UAE's immigration policy. UAE Vice-President and ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum explained that people with "specialised talents" (4) ____________________ our development journey" could fall under the new policy. He said artists, doctors, engineers, entrepreneurs, intellectuals, (5) ____________________ scientists could be eligible to be given a UAE passport. All successful people and their families would be permitted (6) ____________________ nationality.

The procedure to be given citizenship (7) ____________________ recommendations and nominations from members of the UAE royal family and high-ranking government officials. It will then (8) ____________________ of the UAE cabinet to approve or reject the nomination. Sheikh Mohammed said there (9) ____________________ in the selection process. Doctors must be specialised in scientific fields that are (10) ____________________ by the UAE. They must have conducted significant studies and research. Scientists must be active researchers and have made contributions to their (11) ____________________ an international award or research grant. Inventors need patented inventions (12) ____________________ internationally recognised organisation.

Comprehension questions

  1. What does the UAE hope talented foreigners will add to the nation?
  2. What does the article say the citizenship policy is a bold revision of?
  3. What kinds of talents does Sheikh Mohammed hope people have?
  4. What journey does Sheikh Mohammed want people to contribute to?
  5. What will successful people and their families be able to hold?
  6. What family could help people get a nomination for citizenship?
  7. Who will decide whether to accept or reject nominations?
  8. What kinds of criteria does Sheikh Mohammed say there are?
  9. What must doctors be specialised in?
  10. What kinds of inventions must inventors have?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  What does the UAE hope talented foreigners will add to the nation?
a) qualifications
b) value
c) experience
d) income
2)  What does the article say the citizenship policy is a bold revision of?
a) the UAE's demographics
b) the future
c) an emigration policy
d) the UAE's immigration policy
3) What kinds of talents does Sheikh Mohammed hope people have?
a) specialised talents
b) unique talents
c) superlative talents
d) interesting talents
4) What journey does Sheikh Mohammed want people to contribute to?
a) the journey from Dubai to Abu Dhabi
b) the journey to Mars
c) the UAE's development journey
d) an intellectual journey
5) What will successful people and their families be able to hold?
a) their loved ones
b) dual nationality
c) people's hands
d) their dreams

6) What family could help people get a nomination for citizenship?
a) the UAE royal family
b) their own family
c) an Emirati family
d) the family of nations
7) Who will decide whether to accept or reject nominations?
a) a sheikh
b) the immigration department
c) the UAE cabinet
d) a committee of citizens
8) What kinds of criteria does Sheikh Mohammed say there are?
a) clear criteria
b) established criteria
c) tough criteria
d) fair criteria
9) What must doctors be specialised in?
a) scientific fields
b) internal medicine
c) coronaviruses
d) elderly healthcare
10) What kinds of inventions must inventors have?
a) unique inventions
b) life-changing inventions
c) technological inventions
d) patented inventions

Role play

Role  A – Guitar Playing
You think guitar playing is the most useful talent. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their talents. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): drawing, growing vegetables or coding.

Role  B – Drawing
You think drawing is the most useful talent. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their talents. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): guitar playing, growing vegetables or coding.

Role  C – Growing Vegetables
You think growing vegetables is the most useful talent. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their talents. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): drawing, guitar playing or coding.

Role  D – Coding
You think coding is the most useful talent. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their talents. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): drawing, growing vegetables or guitar playing.

After reading / listening

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

'talented'

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  • and 'foreigner'.

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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:

    • citizenship
    • foreign
    • immigration
    • development
    • eligible
    • dual
    • members
    • decision
    • criteria
    • high
    • field
    • inventions




    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 - Citizenship

    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 'talented'?
    3. What do you know about the UAE?
    4. What do you think of being a citizen of your country?
    5. What other country would you like to be a citizen of?
    6. How happy are you to be a citizen of your country?
    7. Would you like to be a citizen of the UAE?
    8. What talents do you have?
    9. What value do you add to your nation?
    10. What would the world be like without passports?

    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 'foreigner'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. How might you get a recommendation from a royal?
    5. What do you think of the UAE's selection criteria?
    6. How would a country full of specialists develop?
    7. What could you offer the UAE?
    8. What specialised skills would you like in the future?
    9. What international awards would you like to win?
    10. What questions would you like to ask an immigration expert?

    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 United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced it will (1) ____ citizenship to foreign residents who "add value" to the nation. It is very rare for a Gulf state to (2) ____ citizenship on foreign nationals and represents a bold revision of the UAE's immigration policy. UAE Vice-President and (3) ____ of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum explained that people with "specialised talents" who "contribute to our development journey" could (4) ____ under the new policy. He said artists, doctors, engineers, entrepreneurs, intellectuals, inventors, investors and scientists could be (5) ____ to be given a UAE passport. All successful people and their families would be permitted to hold (6) ____ nationality.

    The procedure to be given citizenship is dependent (7) ____ recommendations and nominations from members of the UAE royal family and high-ranking government officials. It will then be the decision of the UAE (8) ____ to approve or reject the nomination. Sheikh Mohammed said there are "clear (9) ____" in the selection process. Doctors must be specialised in scientific fields that are (10) ____ high-priority by the UAE. They must have conducted significant studies and research. Scientists must be active researchers and have made contributions to their (11) ____ by attaining an international award or research grant. Inventors need (12) ____ inventions registered by an internationally recognised organisation.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     grant     (b)     graft     (c)     grand     (d)     grade    
    2. (a)     below     (b)     bellow     (c)     bestow     (d)     bow    
    3. (a)     gauge     (b)     measure     (c)     ruler     (d)     yardstick    
    4. (a)     drop     (b)     plummet     (c)     nosedive     (d)     fall    
    5. (a)     eligible     (b)     legible     (c)     alleged     (d)     ledger    
    6. (a)     dial     (b)     duel     (c)     deal     (d)     dual    
    7. (a)     at     (b)     to     (c)     of     (d)     on    
    8. (a)     locker     (b)     cabinet     (c)     bureau     (d)     dresser    
    9. (a)     criterion     (b)     critters     (c)     criteria     (d)     critical    
    10. (a)     damned     (b)     domed     (c)     doomed     (d)     deemed    
    11. (a)     vector     (b)     pitch     (c)     patch     (d)     field    
    12. (a)     parented     (b)     patented     (c)     pretend     (d)     portended

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (...)  under the new policy. He said artists, doctors, engineers, entrepreneurs, intellectuals, inventors,
    (...)  be active researchers and have made contributions to their field by attaining an international award or
    (...)  research grant. Inventors need patented inventions registered by an internationally recognised organisation.
    (...)  value" to the nation. It is very rare for a Gulf state to bestow citizenship on foreign nationals and represents a bold
    (...)  priority by the UAE. They must have conducted significant studies and research. Scientists must
    (...)  investors and scientists could be eligible to be given a UAE passport. All successful people
    (...)  revision of the UAE's immigration policy. UAE Vice-President and ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum explained
    (...)  that people with "specialised talents" who "contribute to our development journey" could fall
    (...) The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced it will grant citizenship to foreign residents who "add
    (...)  The procedure to be given citizenship is dependent on recommendations and nominations from
    (...)  and their families would be permitted to hold dual nationality.
    (...)  process. Doctors must be specialised in scientific fields that are deemed high-
    (...)  decision of the UAE cabinet to approve or reject the nomination. Sheikh Mohammed said there are "clear criteria" in the selection
    (...)  members of the UAE royal family and high-ranking government officials. It will then be the

    Put the words in the right order

    1. grant   foreign   will   Announced   to   it   citizenship   residents   .
    2. to   bestow   Gulf   citizenship   .   Rare   a   for   state
    3. UAE's   of   revision   A   bold   the   policy   .   immigration
    4. contribute  our  who  talents  journey   .   development   to   Specialised
    5. dual   Families   to   hold   be   would   nationality   .   permitted
    6. UAE   family   .   of   royal   members   the   from   Nominations
    7. decision   the   It   cabinet   .   will   be   of   the
    8. fields   high-priority   .   Specialised   deemed   that   scientific   are   in
    9. have   who   to   contributions   field   .   Researchers   their   made
    10. an  Inventions  organisation  .  internationally  registered  by  recognised

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announcing / announced it will grant citizenship to foreign residents who "add valuation / value" to the nation. It is very rare for a Gulf state to bestow / below citizenship on foreign nationals and represents a boulder / bold revision of the UAE's immigration policy / policing. UAE Vice-President and ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum explained that people at / with "specialised talents" who "contribute to our development journey" could fall / drop under the new policy. He said artists, doctors, engineers, entrepreneurs, intellects / intellectuals, inventors, investors and scientists could be legible / eligible to be given a UAE passport. All successful people and their families would be permitted to hold duel / dual nationality.

    The procedure to be given citizenship is dependent in / on recommendations and nominations from members / memes of the UAE royal family and high-ranking government officials. It will then be the decision of the UAE locker / cabinet to approve or reject the nomination. Sheikh Mohammed said there are "clear criteria / criterion" in the selection process. Doctors must be specialised in scientific pitches / fields that are deemed high-priority by the UAE. They must have conducted significantly / significant studies and research. Scientists must be / do active researchers and have made contributions to their field at / by attaining an international award or research grant. Inventors need parented / patented inventions registered by an internationally recognised / nostalgic organisation.

    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 united arab emirates uae has announced it will grant citizenship to foreign residents who add value to the nation it is very rare for a gulf state to bestow citizenship on foreign nationals and represents a bold revision of the uaes immigration policy uae vicepresident and ruler of dubai sheikh mohammed bin rashid al maktoum explained that people with specialised talents who contribute to our development journey could fall under the new policy he said artists doctors engineers entrepreneurs intellectuals inventors investors and scientists could be eligible to be given a uae passport all successful people and their families would be permitted to hold dual nationality

    the procedure to be given citizenship is dependent on recommendations and nominations from members of the uae royal family and highranking government officials it will then be the decision of the uae cabinet to approve or reject the nomination sheikh mohammed said there are clear criteria in the selection process doctors must be specialised in scientific fields that are deemed highpriority by the uae they must have conducted significant studies and research scientists must be active researchers and have made contributions to their field by attaining an international award or research grant inventors need patented inventions registered by an internationally recognised organisation

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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    foreignresidentswho"addvalue"tothenation.ItisveryrareforaGulfsta
    tetobestowcitizenshiponforeignnationalsandrepresentsaboldrevisio
    noftheUAE'simmigrationpolicy.UAEVice-PresidentandrulerofDub
    aiSheikhMohammedbinRashidalMaktoumexplainedthatpeoplewith"
    specialisedtalents"who"contributetoourdevelopmentjourney"couldf
    allunderthenewpolicy.Hesaidartists,doctors,engineers,entrepreneu
    rs,intellectuals,inventorsinvestorsandscientistscouldbeeligibletobe
    givenaUAEpassport.Allsuccessfulpeopleandtheirfamilieswouldbepe
    rmittedtoholddualnationality.Theproceduretobegivencitizenshipisd
    ependentonrecommendationsandnominationsfrommembersoftheU
    AEroyalfamilyandhigh-rankinggovernmentofficials.Itwillthenbet
    hedecisionoftheUAEcabinettoapproveorrejectthenomination.Sheik
    hMohammedsaidthereare"clearcriteria"intheselectionprocess.Doct
    orsmustbespecialisedinscientificfieldsthataredeemedhigh-priorit
    ybytheUAE.Theymusthaveconductedsignificantstudiesandresearch
    .Scientistsmustbeactiveresearchersandhavemadecontributionstoth
    eirfieldbyattaininganinternationalawardorresearchgrant.Inventors
    needpatentedinventionsregisteredbyaninternationallyrecognisedor
    ganisation.

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    The world would be a better place if there were no passports. 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. CITIZENSHIP: Make a poster about citizenship. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. PASSPORTS: Write a magazine article about abolishing passports. 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 citizenship. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on why citizenship is important. 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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