The Reading / Listening - Romance Fraud - Level 6

Authorities are urging those looking for love on the Internet to be cautious. There was a 20 per cent spike in online romance fraud last year. The organisation UK Finance reported that cyber fraud increased considerably and coincided with a rise in the number of people looking for a partner online. This has been exacerbated by feelings of loneliness and isolation during the coronavirus pandemic. There was a sharp rise in the number of scams related to dating sites and around Valentine's Day. UK Finance said: "Romance scams can leave customers out of love and out of pocket." It warned: "Romance scammers can be very convincing by forming an emotional attachment with their victims."



The Online Dating Association in the UK reported that around 2.3 million British citizens used dating apps during lockdown. Cyber criminals have taken advantage of this to scam people. A total of $26 million is believed to have been lost in bank transfer fraud. The average loss per victim is around $11,000. According to data from a UK bank, people aged 55 to 64 are the most vulnerable to romance fraud. Pauline Smith, a fraud expert, said: "Any online platform that allows you to connect with and talk to other people could be targeted by romance fraudsters, so it's important to remain vigilant." She urged extreme caution if an online love interest requests money for things like medical care.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Romance Fraud - Level 4  or  Romance Fraud - Level 5

Sources
  • https://www.computerweekly.com/news/252496156/Dating-app-users-warned-to-watch-out-for-scammers
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-55997611
  • https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/romance-fraud-lockdown-online/


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. ROMANCE: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about romance. 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?
       authorities / Internet / cautious / cyber fraud / partner / online / pandemic / love
       dating / lockdown / criminals / bank transfer / data / romance / expert / vigilant
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. IN PERSON: Students A strongly believe all dating should be done in-person and not online; Students B strongly believe otherwise. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. ROMANTIC THINGS: How romantic are these things? Why? How do you feel about them? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

How Romantic?

Why?

Your Feelings

Roses

 

 

 

Chocolates

 

 

 

Love songs

 

 

 

Italian restaurants

 

 

 

Poetry

 

 

 

Moonlit walks

 

 

 

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

  • Italian restaurant
  • Online
  • Beach
  • Amusement park
  • Museum
  • Cinema
  • Along a river
  • Shopping mall

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. urging a. By a large extent.
      2. cautious b. Happened at or during the same time.
      3. spike c. Trying to get someone to do something.
      4. considerably d. Having lost money in a financial transaction.
      5. coincided e. Careful to avoid potential problems or dangers.
      6. exacerbated f. A sharp increase in the level or amount of something.
      7. out of pocket g. Made a problem, bad situation, or negative feeling worse.

    Paragraph 2

      8. scam h. Reaching a high or the highest degree; very great.
      9. victim i. A dishonest scheme; a fraud.
      10. vulnerable j. A person harmed, injured, or killed as a result of a crime, accident, or other event or action.
      11. expert k. Hardware of a computer system that determines what kinds of software it can run; a social media website.
      12. platform l. A person who has a comprehensive and authoritative knowledge of or skill in a particular area
      13. vigilant m. Easy to be subject to physical or emotional attack or harm.
      14. extreme n. Keeping careful watch for possible danger or difficulties.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The article says people looking for love need to be caustic.     T / F
  2. Cases of online romance fraud increased by 20% last year.     T / F
  3. Coronavirus led to a drop in people dating online.     T / F
  4. The article said scams can leave victims out of pocket.     T / F
  5. Around 2.3 million people worldwide used dating apps during lockdown.   T / F
  6. The average loss from romance fraud is around $11,000 per victim.     T / F
  7. A fraud expert urged people to be valiant when they are online.     T / F
  8. The fraud expert said people who lose money should seek medical care.  T / F

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

  1. authorities
  2. spike
  3. considerably
  4. scam
  5. attachment
  6. during
  7. victim
  8. expert
  9. vigilant
  10. care
  1. increase
  2. target
  3. help
  4. officials
  5. greatly
  6. specialist
  7. bond
  8. watchful
  9. fraud
  10. throughout

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

  1. There was a 20 per cent spike
  2. This has been exacerbated
  3. out of
  4. Romance scammers can be very
  5. forming an emotional attachment
  6. British citizens used dating
  7. criminals have taken
  8. The average loss per
  9. targeted by romance
  10. it's important to remain
  1. by feelings of loneliness
  2. fraudsters
  3. with their victims
  4. advantage of this
  5. vigilant
  6. in online romance fraud
  7. apps during lockdown
  8. convincing
  9. victim is around $11,000
  10. pocket

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
sharp
cautious
victims
scams
exacerbated
convincing
isolation
coincided

Authorities are urging those looking for love on the Internet to be (1) _____________________. There was a 20 per cent spike in online romance fraud last year. The organisation UK Finance reported that cyber fraud increased considerably and (2) _____________________ with a rise in the number of people looking for a partner online. This has been (3) _____________________ by feelings of loneliness and (4) _____________________ during the coronavirus pandemic. There was a (5) _____________________ rise in the number of scams related to dating sites and around Valentine's Day. UK Finance said: "Romance (6) _____________________ can leave customers out of love and out of pocket." It warned: "Romance scammers can be very (7) _____________________ by forming an emotional attachment with their (8) _____________________."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
transfer
vulnerable
targeted
lockdown
vigilant
victim
advantage
expert

The Online Dating Association in the UK reported that around 2.3 million British citizens used dating apps during (9) _____________________. Cyber criminals have taken (10) _____________________ of this to scam people. A total of $26 million is believed to have been lost in bank (11) ___________________ fraud. The average loss per (12) _____________________ is around $11,000. According to data from a UK bank, people aged 55 to 64 are the most (13) _____________________ to romance fraud. Pauline Smith, a fraud (14) _____________________, said: "Any online platform that allows you to connect with and talk to other people could be (15) _____________________ by romance fraudsters, so it's important to remain (16) _____________________." She urged extreme caution if an online love interest requests money for things like medical care.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Authorities are urging those looking for love on the Internet ______
     a.  to be cautious
     b.  to be caustic
     c.  to be cautious
     d.  to be cautions
2)  The organisation UK Finance reported that cyber fraud ______
     a.  increased considerable
     b.  increased consider ably
     c.  increased considered ably
     d.  increased considerably
3)  There was a sharp rise in the number of scams related ______
     a.  of dating sites
     b.  to dating sites
     c.  at dating sites
     d.  two dating sites
4)  Romance scams can leave customers out of love and ______
     a.  out of pocket
     b.  out off pocket
     c.  outer pocket
     d.  outing pocket
5)  very convincing by forming an emotional attachment ______
     a.  within their victims
     b.  wither their victims
     c.  without their victims
     d.  with their victims

6)  around 2.3 million British citizens used dating ______
     a.  gaps during lockdown
     b.  knaps during lockdown
     c.  apps during lockdown
     d.  gapes during lockdown
7)  A total of $26 million is believed to have been lost in ______
     a.  banked transfer afraid
     b.  bank transfer fraud
     c.  bank transferred fraud
     d.  bank transfer frowned
8)  According to data from a UK bank, people aged 55 to 64 are ______
     a.  the most vulnerable
     b.  the must vulnerability
     c.  the messed vulnerable
     d.  the mist vulnerable
9)  that allows you to connect with and talk to other people ______
     a.  could be target it
     b.  could be targeted
     c.  could be targeting
     d.  could be tar gated
10)  by romance fraudsters, so it's important ______
     a.  to remain vigilance
     b.  to remain vigilante
     c.  to remain vigilant
     d.  to remain vigil ant

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Authorities (1) ____________________ looking for love on the Internet to be cautious. There was a 20 per cent spike in online romance fraud last year. The organisation UK Finance reported (2) ____________________ increased considerably and coincided with a rise in the number of people looking for a partner online. This has been (3) ____________________ of loneliness and isolation during the coronavirus pandemic. There was a sharp rise in the number of (4) ____________________ dating sites and around Valentine's Day. UK Finance said: "Romance scams can leave customers out of love and (5) ____________________." It warned: "Romance scammers can be very convincing by forming an emotional attachment (6) ___________________."

The Online Dating Association in the UK reported that around 2.3 million British citizens used dating (7) ____________________. Cyber criminals have taken advantage of this to scam people. A total of $26 million is believed to have been lost in (8) ____________________. The average loss per victim is around $11,000. According to data from a UK bank, people aged 55 to 64 are the (9) ____________________ romance fraud. Pauline Smith, (10) ____________________, said: "Any online platform that allows you to connect with and talk to other people could (11) ____________________ romance fraudsters, so it's important (12) ____________________." She urged extreme caution if an online love interest requests money for things like medical care.

Comprehension questions

  1. What are authorities urging those looking for love to be?
  2. What percentage increase in Internet fraud was there last year?
  3. What feelings does the article say people experienced during lockdown?
  4. What can romance fraud leave victims besides being out of love?
  5. What did an organisation say romance scammers can be?
  6. How many British people used dating apps during lockdown?
  7. What did the average romance fraud victim lose?
  8. Who is most vulnerable to romance fraud?
  9. What does a fraud expert say it is important for people to be?
  10. Who did the expert urge people to be careful of?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What are authorities urging those looking for love to be?
a) lovely
b) romantic
c) callous
d) cautious
2) What percentage increase in Internet fraud was there last year?
a) 25%
b) 20%
c) 30%
d) 12%
3) What feelings does the article say people experienced during lockdown?
a) anger and frustration
b) boredom and sadness
c) loneliness and isolation
d) optimism and pessimism
4) What can romance fraud leave victims besides being out of love?
a) out of pocket
b) sad
c) furious
d) stressed
5) What did an organisation say romance scammers can be?
a) clever
b) honest
c) convincing
d) neighbours

6) How many British people used dating apps during lockdown?
a) exactly 2.3 million
b) around 2.3 million
c) over 2.3 million
d) under 2.3 million
7) What did the average romance fraud victim lose?
a) exactly $11,000
b) less than $11,000
c) more than $11,000
d) around $11,000
8) Who is most vulnerable to romance fraud?
a) people aged 55 to 64
b) people aged 45 to 54
c) people aged 65 to 74
d) people aged 75 to 84
9) What does a fraud expert say it is important for people to be?
a) valiant
b) violent
c) vigilant
d) vagrant
10) Who did the expert urge people to be careful of?
a) neighbours
b) online love interests
c) people with roses
d) beautiful or handsome people

Role play

Role  A – Italian Restaurant
You think an Italian restaurant is the best place for a romantic date. 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): the beach, a museum or a shopping mall.

Role  B – Beach
You think the beach is the best place for a romantic date. 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): an Italian restaurant, a museum or a shopping mall.

Role  C – Museum
You think a museum is the best place for a romantic date. 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): the beach, an Italian restaurant or a shopping mall.

Role  D – Shopping Mall
You think a shopping mall is the best place for a romantic date. 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): the beach, a museum or an Italian restaurant.

After reading / listening

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

'romance'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'fraud'.

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

    • urging
    • coincided
    • isolation
    • sharp
    • related
    • forming
    • 2.3
    • advantage
    • 26
    • 11,000
    • 64
    • care




    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 - Romance Fraud

    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 'romance'?
    3. How romantic are you?
    4. What is the most romantic thing you have ever done?
    5. What do you think of online dating?
    6. How worried are you about online fraud?
    7. What are the signs that a mail or site might be a scam?
    8. How have you felt during the coronavirus pandemic?
    9. Has romance ever left you out of pocket?
    10. How important is romance to you?

    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 'fraud'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you think of dating apps?
    5. What do you think of scammers?
    6. What do you do to keep safe online?
    7. What do you think of online romance?
    8. How vigilant are you online?
    9. What is the best romantic movie you have seen?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the fraud 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)

    Authorities are (1) ____ those looking for love on the Internet to be cautious. There was a 20 per cent (2) ____ in online romance fraud last year. The organisation UK Finance reported that cyber fraud increased considerably and (3) ____ with a rise in the number of people looking for a partner online. This has been exacerbated (4) ____ feelings of loneliness and isolation during the coronavirus pandemic. There was a sharp rise in the number of scams related to dating sites and around Valentine's Day. UK Finance said: "Romance scams can leave customers out of love and out of (5) ____." It warned: "Romance scammers can be very convincing (6) ____ forming an emotional attachment with their victims."

    The Online Dating Association in the UK reported that around 2.3 million British citizens used dating apps (7) ____ lockdown. Cyber criminals have taken advantage of this to scam people. A total of $26 million is believed to have been lost in bank (8) ____ fraud. The average loss per victim is around $11,000. According to data from a UK bank, people aged 55 to 64 are the most (9) ____ to romance fraud. Pauline Smith, a fraud (10) ____, said: "Any online platform that allows you to connect with and talk to other people could be targeted by romance fraudsters, so it's important to (11) ____ vigilant." She urged extreme caution if an online love (12) ____ requests money for things like medical care.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     urging     (b)     purging     (c)     perjuring     (d)     surging    
    2. (a)     spine     (b)     spice     (c)     spike     (d)     spire    
    3. (a)     coincidence     (b)     coincides     (c)     coincided     (d)     coincide    
    4. (a)     on     (b)     of     (c)     at     (d)     by    
    5. (a)     pocket     (b)     packet     (c)     picket     (d)     pucker    
    6. (a)     of     (b)     by     (c)     at     (d)     on    
    7. (a)     about     (b)     via     (c)     while     (d)     during    
    8. (a)     change     (b)     transfer     (c)     transmit     (d)     shift    
    9. (a)     vitriol     (b)     venerable     (c)     vulnerable     (d)     viable    
    10. (a)     expat     (b)     expert     (c)     export     (d)     extant    
    11. (a)     done     (b)     do     (c)     have     (d)     remain    
    12. (a)     liking     (b)     interest     (c)     prefer     (d)     pastime

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. Authorities are ruigng those looking for love
    2. to be ucitaous
    3. icnoicedd with a rise
    4. ceberaatxed by feelings of loneliness
    5. scammers can be very nvnicconig
    6. forming an emotional tahcamtnet

    Paragraph 2

    1. taken vnadtagae of this
    2. The veraage loss per victim
    3. the most unvareblle
    4. a fraud xeeprt
    5. it's important to remain gvliiant
    6. She urged xtremee caution

    Put the text back together

    (...)  The Online Dating Association in the UK reported that around 2.3 million British citizens used dating
    (...)  pocket." It warned: "Romance scammers can be very convincing by forming an emotional attachment with their victims."
    (...)  pandemic. There was a sharp rise in the number of scams related to dating sites and
    (...)  data from a UK bank, people aged 55 to 64 are the most vulnerable to romance fraud. Pauline Smith, a fraud
    (...)  apps during lockdown. Cyber criminals have taken advantage of this to scam people. A total of $26 million is
    (...)  spike in online romance fraud last year. The organisation UK Finance reported that cyber fraud
    (...)  be targeted by romance fraudsters, so it's important to remain vigilant." She urged extreme
    (...)  increased considerably and coincided with a rise in the number of people looking for a partner
    1  ) Authorities are urging those looking for love on the Internet to be cautious. There was a 20 per cent
    (...)  expert, said: "Any online platform that allows you to connect with and talk to other people could
    (...)  caution if an online love interest requests money for things like medical care.
    (...)  online. This has been exacerbated by feelings of loneliness and isolation during the coronavirus
    (...)  around Valentine's Day. UK Finance said: "Romance scams can leave customers out of love and out of
    (...)  believed to have been lost in bank transfer fraud. The average loss per victim is around $11,000. According to

    Put the words in the right order

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    3. rise   A   the   in   sharp   number   of   scams   .
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    9. in   sixties   People   the   are   their   most   vulnerable   .
    10. it's   She   to   important   warned   remain   vigilant   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Authorities are purging / urging those looking for love on the Internet to be cautious. There was a 20 per cent spike on / in online romance fraud last year. The organisation UK Finance reported that cyber fraud increased considerably and coincidence / coincided with a rise in the number of people looking for a partner online. This has been exacerbated of / by feelings of loneliness and isolation during the coronavirus pandemic. There was a sharp / blunt rise in the number of scams related to dating / dated sites and around Valentine's Day. UK Finance said: "Romance scams can leave customers out of love / loves and out of packet / pocket." It warned: "Romance scammers can be very convincing of / by forming an emotional attachment with their volumes / victims."

    The Online Dating Association in the UK reported that around 2.3 million British citizens used dating apps while / during lockdown. Cyber criminals have taken advantage of / to this to scam people. A total of $26 million is believed to have being / been lost in bank transfer fraud. The average lost / loss per victim is around $11,000. According / Accorded to data from a UK bank, people aged 55 to 64 are the most venerable / vulnerable to romance fraud. Pauline Smith, a fraud expat / expert, said: "Any online platform that allows you to connect with and talk to other people could be targeted / aimed by romance fraudsters, so it's important to remain valiant / vigilant." She urged extreme caution if an online love interest requests money for things like medical caring / care.

    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

    authorities are urging those looking for love on the internet to be cautious there was a 20 per cent spike in online romance fraud last year the organisation uk finance reported that cyber fraud increased considerably and coincided with a rise in the number of people looking for a partner online this has been exacerbated by feelings of loneliness and isolation during the coronavirus pandemic there was a sharp rise in the number of scams related to dating sites and around valentines day uk finance said romance scams can leave customers out of love and out of pocket it warned romance scammers can be very convincing by forming an emotional attachment with their victims

    the online dating association in the uk reported that around 23 million british citizens used dating apps during lockdown cyber criminals have taken advantage of this to scam people a total of 26 million is believed to have been lost in bank transfer fraud the average loss per victim is around 11000 according to data from a uk bank people aged 55 to 64 are the most vulnerable to romance fraud pauline smith a fraud expert said any online platform that allows you to connect with and talk to other people could be targeted by romance fraudsters so its important to remain vigilant she urged extreme caution if an online love interest requests money for things like medical care

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    AuthoritiesareurgingthoselookingforloveontheInternettobecautiou
    s.Therewasa20percentspikeinonlineromancefraudlastyear.Theorga
    nisationUKFinancereportedthatcyberfraudincreasedconsiderablyan
    dcoincidedwithariseinthenumberofpeoplelookingforapartneronline.
    Thishasbeenexacerbatedbyfeelingsoflonelinessandisolationduringt
    hecoronaviruspandemic.Therewasasharpriseinthenumberofscamsr
    elatedtodatingsitesandaroundValentine'sDay.UKFinancesaid:"Rom
    ancescamscanleavecustomersoutofloveandoutofpocket."Itwarned:
    "Romancescammerscanbeveryconvincingbyforminganemotionalatt
    achmentwiththeirvictims."TheOnlineDatingAssociationintheUKrepo
    rtedthataround2.3millionBritishcitizensuseddatingappsduringlockd
    own.Cybercriminalshavetakenadvantageofthistoscampeople.Atotal
    of$26millionisbelievedtohavebeenlostinbanktransferfraud.Theaver
    agelosspervictimisaround$11,000.AccordingtodatafromaUKbank,p
    eopleaged55to64arethemostvulnerabletoromancefraud.PaulineSm
    ith,afraudexpert,said:"Anyonlineplatformthatallowsyoutoconnectw
    ithandtalktootherpeoplecouldbetargetedbyromancefraudsters,soit'
    simportanttoremainvigilant."Sheurgedextremecautionifanonlinelo
    veinterestrequestsmoneyforthingslikemedicalcare.

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    Online is the best place to find love. 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. ROMANCE: Make a poster about romance. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. LESSONS: Write a magazine article about governments providing lessons so people can be more aware of Internet scams. 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 romance. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to find love. 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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