The Reading / Listening - 2020 Dubai Expo - Level 6

The 2020 Dubai Expo has finally opened after being delayed by the covid-19 pandemic. An extravagant opening ceremony ushered in the global event, which will run until March 2022. A host of stars from the music world joined the spectacular ceremony. These included the world-renowned opera singer Andrea Bocelli, China's flamboyant pianist Lang Lang and Saudi Arabian singer Mohammed Abdu. International news agencies reported on the dazzling ceremony. CNN said: "Dubai doesn't do anything by half. The city always goes big." The Reuters news agency wrote about "the lavish ceremony of fireworks, music and messaging about the power of global collaboration for a more sustainable future".

The World Expo is a global event that takes place in a different city every five years. Its aims are to showcase solutions to fundamental challenges faced by humanity, and to bring people of the world together. Organizers of the Dubai Expo selected the theme: "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future". The Expo will also be dedicated to the sub-themes of sustainability, mobility and opportunity. It is the first Expo to be held in the Middle East. Over the next six months, 25 million visitors will see cutting-edge and cultural exhibitions from almost 200 countries. When Dubai made its bid to host the Expo, the city's ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum promised Dubai would "astonish the world".

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    2020 Dubai Expo - Level 4  or  2020 Dubai Expo - Level 5

Sources
  • https://www.thenationalnews.com/uae/2021/10/01/night-falls-on-expo-2020-dubai-the-coolest-new-spot-in-town/
  • https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/middle-easts-first-expo-open-dubai-under-shadow-pandemic-2021-09-20/
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Expo_2020#Themes


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice activities, drag and drop activities, sentence jumbles, which word activities, text reconstructions, spelling, gap fills and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)





Warm-ups

1. DUBAI: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about Dubai. 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?
       Dubai / Expo / pandemic / opening ceremony / opera / pianist / singer / fireworks /
       global / aims / challenges / the future / sustainability / mobility / opportunity / ruler
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. OPPORTUNITY: Students A strongly believe there will be greater opportunities for people in the future; Students B strongly believe the opposite. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. MY EXPO: What would you include if Expo came to your town? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

What?

Why?

Fireworks

 

 

Music

 

 

Dance

 

 

Video

 

 

Celebrities

 

 

Aims

 

 

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5. GLOBAL: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "global". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. THE FUTURE: Rank these with your partner. Put which of these things will be best in the future at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Food
  • Education
  • Jobs
  • Weather
  • Happiness
  • Mobility
  • Peace
  • Technology

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. delayed a. Expensive, grand and fantastic.
      2. extravagant b. Very, very rich, elaborate, or luxurious.
      3. ushered c. Known or talked about by many people; famous.
      4. renowned d. Caused or marked the start of something.
      5. lavish e. Made someone or something late or slow.
      6. collaboration f. Conserving an ecological balance by avoiding depletion of natural resources.
      7. sustainable g. The action of working with someone to produce something.

    Paragraph 2

      8. showcase h. An attempt or effort to achieve something.
      9. fundamental i. Exhibit; display.
      10. dedicated j. The latest or most advanced stage in the development of something.
      11. opportunity k. Surprise or impress someone greatly.
      12. cutting-edge l. Exclusively allocated to or intended for a particular purpose.
      13. bid m. A chance for employment or promotion.
      14. astonish n. Affecting or relating to the essential nature of something or the crucial point about an issue.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The article says the Dubai Expo opening ceremony lacked extravagance. T / F
  2. Dubai Expo will last for a year.     T / F
  3. A Saudi Arabian singer sang at the opening ceremony.     T / F
  4. Reuters called the Dubai Expo fireworks lavish.     T / F
  5. The World Expo happens every four years.     T / F
  6. The aim of the Expo is to showcase challenges to humanity.     T / F
  7. The Dubai Expo theme is "Connecting the Future, Creating Minds".     T / F
  8. Over 200 countries will have exhibits at the Dubai Expo.     T / F

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

  1. delayed
  2. extravagant
  3. renowned
  4. flamboyant
  5. lavish
  6. fundamental
  7. dedicated
  8. cutting-edge
  9. bid
  10. astonish
  1. famous
  2. state-of-the-art
  3. gorgeous
  4. proposal
  5. expensive
  6. amaze
  7. energetic
  8. devoted
  9. postponed
  10. basic

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

  1. The 2020 Dubai Expo has finally opened
  2. An extravagant opening ceremony ushered
  3. A host of stars
  4. the world-
  5. the power of global
  6. Its aims are to
  7. fundamental challenges faced
  8. dedicated to the sub-themes
  9. It is the first Expo to be
  10. When Dubai made its bid
  1. by humanity
  2. from the music world
  3. showcase solutions
  4. collaboration
  5. held in the Middle East
  6. of sustainability
  7. after being delayed
  8. renowned opera singer
  9. to host the Expo
  10. in the global event

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
renowned
ushered
half
collaboration
spectacular
lavish
delayed
news

The 2020 Dubai Expo has finally opened after being (1) _____________________ by the covid-19 pandemic. An extravagant opening ceremony (2) _____________________ in the global event, which will run until March 2022. A host of stars from the music world joined the (3) _____________________ ceremony. These included the world-(4) _____________________ opera singer Andrea Bocelli, China's flamboyant pianist Lang Lang and Saudi Arabian singer Mohammed Abdu. International (5) _____________________ agencies reported on the dazzling ceremony. CNN said: "Dubai doesn't do anything by (6) _____________________. The city always goes big." The Reuters news agency wrote about "the (7) _____________________ ceremony of fireworks, music and messaging about the power of global (8) _____________________ for a more sustainable future".

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
aims
cutting
selected
promised
global
held
bid
dedicated

The World Expo is a (9) _____________________ event that takes place in a different city every five years. Its (10) _____________________ are to showcase solutions to fundamental challenges faced by humanity, and to bring people of the world together. Organizers of the Dubai Expo (11) _____________________ the theme: "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future". The Expo will also be (12) _____________________ to the sub-themes of sustainability, mobility and opportunity. It is the first Expo to be (13) _____________________ in the Middle East. Over the next six months, 25 million visitors will see (14) _____________________ -edge and cultural exhibitions from almost 200 countries. When Dubai made its (15) _____________________ to host the Expo, the city's ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (16) _____________________ Dubai would "astonish the world".

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  The 2020 Dubai Expo has finally opened after being ______ covid-19 pandemic
     a.  deployed by the
     b.  relayed by the
     c.  levelled by the
     d.  delayed by the
2)  An extravagant opening ceremony ______ global event
     a.  wished in the
     b.  rushed in the
     c.  ushered in the
     d.  usher in the
3)  music world joined the spectacular ceremony. These included ______ opera singer
     a.  the world-renewed
     b.  the world-really known
     c.  the world-re noun
     d.  the world-renowned
4)  International news agencies reported ______ ceremony
     a.  on the dazzling
     b.  on the dazzle in
     c.  on the dazzle ring
     d.  on the dozen
5)  messaging about the power of global collaboration for a ______
     a.  more sustainability future
     b.  more sustainable future
     c.  more sustain navel future
     d.  more sustain a ball future

6)  Its aims are to showcase solutions to fundamental challenges ______
     a.  fact by humanity
     b.  face by humanity
     c.  faced by humanity
     d.  fazed by humanity
7)  The Expo will also be dedicated to the ______ sustainability
     a.  sub-them of
     b.  sub-memes of
     c.  sub-theme of
     d.  sub-themes of
8)  It is the first Expo to be held in ______
     a.  the Far East
     b.  the Centre East
     c.  the Middle East
     d.  the Near East
9)  When Dubai made its ______ the Expo
     a.  bid to host
     b.  bad to host
     c.  bod to host
     d.  bud to host
10)  Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum promised Dubai would "______"
     a.  astonish a world
     b.  astonish all world
     c.  astonish worldly
     d.  astonish the world

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The 2020 Dubai Expo has finally opened after (1) ____________________ the covid-19 pandemic. An extravagant opening (2) ____________________ the global event, which will run until March 2022. A host of stars from the music world (3) ____________________ ceremony. These included the world-renowned opera singer Andrea Bocelli, China's flamboyant pianist Lang Lang and Saudi Arabian singer Mohammed Abdu. International news agencies reported (4) ____________________ ceremony. CNN said: "Dubai doesn't do (5) ____________________. The city always goes big." The Reuters news agency wrote about "the lavish ceremony of fireworks, music and messaging about the power (6) ____________________ for a more sustainable future".

The World Expo is a global event that takes place in a different city every five years. Its aims (7) ____________________ solutions to fundamental challenges faced by humanity, and to bring people of the world together. Organizers of the Dubai Expo (8) ____________________: "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future". The Expo will also (9) ____________________ the sub-themes of sustainability, (10) ____________________. It is the first Expo to be held in the Middle East. Over the next six months, 25 million visitors will see cutting-edge (11) ____________________ from almost 200 countries. When Dubai made its bid to host the Expo, the city's ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum promised Dubai would "(12) ____________________".

Comprehension questions

  1. What delayed the 2020 Dubai Expo?
  2. Where was the pianist from who played at the opening ceremony?
  3. Which news agency said Dubai doesn't do anything by half?
  4. What did a news agency say about the fireworks at the ceremony?
  5. What kind of collaboration did the news agency write about?
  6. How often does the World Expo take place?
  7. What is the theme of the Dubai Expo?
  8. How many previous Expos had been held in the Middle East?
  9. How many visitors could attend the Dubai Expo?
  10. Who said Dubai would "astonish the world"?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What delayed the 2020 Dubai Expo?
a) security
b) finances
c) availability of singers
d) the covid-19 pandemic
2) Where was the pianist from who played at the opening ceremony?
a) Japan
b) China
c) India
d) Thailand
3) Which news agency said Dubai doesn't do anything by half?
a) BBC
b) ABC
c) CNN
d) Al Jazeera
4) What did a news agency say about the fireworks at the ceremony?
a) It was lavish
b) It was colourful
c) It was unprecedented
d) Ii was cool
5) What kind of collaboration did the news agency write about?
a) daily collaboration
b) community collaboration
c) global collaboration
d) intensive collaboration

6) How often does the World Expo take place?
a) every for years
b) every five years
c) every ten years
d) every few years
7) What is the theme of the Dubai Expo?
a) Correcting Minds, Creating a Future
b) Connecting the Globe, Creating the Future
c) Connecting the Future, Creating Minds
d) Connecting Minds, Creating the Future
8) How many previous Expos had been held in the Middle East?
a) none
b) 1
c) 2
d) 3
9) How many visitors could attend the Dubai Expo?
a) 27 million
b) 24 million
c) 25 million
d) 28 million
10) Who said Dubai would "astonish the world"?
a) singers at the opening ceremony
b) Dubai's ruler
c) the US President
d) the people of Dubai

Role play

Role  A – Food
You think food is the thing that will be most improved in the future. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things won't improve. Also, tell the others which of these will improve the least (and why): employment, education or technology.

Role  B – Employment
You think employment is the thing that will be most improved in the future. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things won't improve. Also, tell the others which of these will improve the least (and why): food, education or technology.

Role  C – Education
You think education is the thing that will be most improved in the future. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things won't improve. Also, tell the others which of these will improve the least (and why): employment, food or technology.

Role  D – Technology
You think technology is the thing that will be most improved in the future. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things won't improve. Also, tell the others which of these will improve the least (and why): employment, education or food.

After reading / listening

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

'Dubai'

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  • and 'Expo'.

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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:

    • finally
    • ushered
    • pianist
    • dazzling
    • half
    • wrote
    • different
    • aims
    • selected
    • mobility
    • 200
    • ruler

    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 - 2020 Dubai Expo

    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 'Dubai'?
    3. What do you know about Dubai?
    4. What do you know about Expo?
    5. Would you like to attend the Dubai Expo?
    6. Have you ever been to an extravagant opening ceremony?
    7. What do you think of huge fireworks displays?
    8. Who would you like to see perform at an Expo opening ceremony?
    9. How good is your country at collaborating?
    10. What do you think of a sustainable future?

    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 'Expo'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Should Expo take place more often?
    5. What benefits does Expo have for a city?
    6. What are the fundamental challenges faced by humanity?
    7. What opportunities are there for you in the future?
    8. What do you think the future will be like?
    9. How might Expo 'astonish the world'?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Expo's organizers?

    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 2020 Dubai Expo has finally opened after being (1) ____ by the covid-19 pandemic. An extravagant opening ceremony (2) ____ in the global event, which will run until March 2022. A (3) ____ of stars from the music world joined the spectacular ceremony. These included the world-renowned opera singer Andrea Bocelli, China's (4) ____ pianist Lang Lang and Saudi Arabian singer Mohammed Abdu. International news agencies reported on the dazzling ceremony. CNN said: "Dubai doesn't do anything by (5) ____. The city always goes big." The Reuters news agency wrote about "the lavish ceremony of fireworks, music and (6) ____ about the power of global collaboration for a more sustainable future".

    The World Expo is a global event that takes place in a different city every five years. Its aims are to (7) ____ solutions to fundamental challenges faced (8) ____ humanity, and to bring people of the world together. Organizers of the Dubai Expo selected the theme: "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future". The Expo will also be (9) ____ to the sub-themes of sustainability, mobility and opportunity. It is the first Expo to be held in the Middle East. Over the next six months, 25 million visitors will see cutting-(10) ____ and cultural exhibitions from almost 200 countries. When Dubai made its (11) ____ to host the Expo, the city's ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (12) ____ Dubai would "astonish the world".

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     delayed     (b)     relays     (c)     delay     (d)     relayed    
    2. (a)     plush     (b)     wished     (c)     ushered     (d)     winded    
    3. (a)     heist     (b)     haste     (c)     host     (d)     hasty    
    4. (a)     flammable     (b)     flaming     (c)     flambéed     (d)     flamboyant    
    5. (a)     half     (b)     third     (c)     quarter     (d)     whole    
    6. (a)     massaging     (b)     messaging     (c)     missing     (d)     amassing    
    7. (a)     accuse     (b)     encase     (c)     bookcase     (d)     showcase    
    8. (a)     at     (b)     by     (c)     on     (d)     of    
    9. (a)     desiccated     (b)     decorated     (c)     dedicated     (d)     dictated    
    10. (a)     rim     (b)     line     (c)     border     (d)     edge    
    11. (a)     bod     (b)     bud     (c)     bed     (d)     bid    
    12. (a)     permitted     (b)     promised     (c)     parsed     (d)     précised

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (...)  together. Organizers of the Dubai Expo selected the theme: "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future". The Expo will also be
    (...)  The World Expo is a global event that takes place in a different city every five years. Its aims are to
    (...)  ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum promised Dubai would "astonish the world".
    (...)  world joined the spectacular ceremony. These included the world-renowned opera
    (...)  half. The city always goes big." The Reuters news agency wrote about "the lavish ceremony
    (...)  exhibitions from almost 200 countries. When Dubai made its bid to host the Expo, the city's
    (...)  in the Middle East. Over the next six months, 25 million visitors will see cutting-edge and cultural
    (...)  showcase solutions to fundamental challenges faced by humanity, and to bring people of the world
    (...)  singer Andrea Bocelli, China's flamboyant pianist Lang Lang and Saudi Arabian singer Mohammed Abdu. International news
    (...)  ceremony ushered in the global event, which will run until March 2022. A host of stars from the music
    (...)  agencies reported on the dazzling ceremony. CNN said: "Dubai doesn't do anything by
    (...)  of fireworks, music and messaging about the power of global collaboration for a more sustainable future".
    1  ) The 2020 Dubai Expo has finally opened after being delayed by the covid-19 pandemic. An extravagant opening
    (...)  dedicated to the sub-themes of sustainability, mobility and opportunity. It is the first Expo to be held

    Put the words in the right order

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    2. the   music   stars   world   .   from   A   host   of
    3. doesn't   anything   half   .   CNN   do   by   Dubai   said
    4. the   lavish   of   Reuters   about   wrote   ceremony   fireworks   .
    5. collaboration   more   sustainable   a   for   Global   future   .
    6. different   in   every   place   five   Takes   years   .   cities
    7. faced  humanity  .  solutions  fundamental  by  to  challenges  Showcase
    8. Expo   be   in   to   held   Middle East   .   first   The   the
    9. almost   cultural  and   200  Cutting-edge  from  countries  .  exhibitions
    10. Expo   .   Dubai   made   its   to   When   host   bid

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    The 2020 Dubai Expo has finally / finality opened after being delayed by the covid-19 pandemic. An extravagant opening ceremony ushering / ushered in the global event, which will run until / for March 2022. A host of stars from the music world joined / joint the spectacular ceremony. These included the world-renowned opera singer Andrea Bocelli, China's flamboyance / flamboyant pianist Lang Lang and Saudi Arabian singer Mohammed Abdu. International news agencies reported on the leveling / dazzling ceremony. CNN said: "Dubai doesn't do anything by quarter / half. The city always goes big." The Reuters news agency wrote about "the lavish / theme ceremony of fireworks, music and messaging about the power of global collaboration for / to a more sustainable ahead / future".

    The World Expo is a global event that takes / gives place in a different city every five years. Its alms / aims are to showcase solutions to fundamental challenges faced of / by humanity, and to bring people to / of the world together. Organizers of the Dubai Expo selected / elected the theme: "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future". The Expo will also be deducted / dedicated to the sub-themes of sustainability, mobility and opportune / opportunity. It is the first Expo to be held in the Middle East. Over the next six months, 25 million visitors will see cutting- ledge / edge and cultural exhibitions from almost 200 countries. When Dubai made its bide / bid to host the Expo, the city's ruler / rule Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum promised Dubai would "astonish the world".

    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 2020 dubai expo has finally opened after being delayed by the covid19 pandemic an extravagant opening ceremony ushered in the global event which will run until march 2022 a host of stars from the music world joined the spectacular ceremony these included the worldrenowned opera singer andrea bocelli chinas flamboyant pianist lang lang and saudi arabian singer mohammed abdu international news agencies reported on the dazzling ceremony cnn said dubai doesnt do anything by half the city always goes big the reuters news agency wrote about the lavish ceremony of fireworks music and messaging about the power of global collaboration for a more sustainable future

    the world expo is a global event that takes place in a different city every five years its aims are to showcase solutions to fundamental challenges faced by humanity and to bring people of the world together organizers of the dubai expo selected the theme connecting minds creating the future the expo will also be dedicated to the subthemes of sustainability mobility and opportunity it is the first expo to be held in the middle east over the next six months 25 million visitors will see cutting-edge and cultural exhibitions from almost 200 countries when dubai made its bid to host the expo the citys ruler sheikh mohammed bin rashid al maktoum promised dubai would astonish the world

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    The2020DubaiExpohasfinallyopenedafterbeingdelayedbythecovid-
    19pandemic.Anextravagantopeningceremonyusheredintheglobale
    vent,whichwillrununtilMarch2022.Ahostofstarsfromthemusicworldj
    oinedthespectacularceremony.Theseincludedtheworld-renowne
    doperasingerAndreaBocelli,China'sflamboyantpianistLangLangand
    SaudiArabiansingerMohammedAbdu.Internationalnewsagenciesre
    portedonthedazzlingceremony.CNNsaid:"Dubaidoesn'tdoanythingb
    yhalf.Thecityalwaysgoesbig."TheReutersnewsagencywroteabout"t
    helavishceremonyoffireworks,musicandmessagingaboutthepowero
    fglobalcollaborationforamoresustainablefuture".TheWorldExpoisagl
    obaleventthattakesplaceinadifferentcityeveryfiveyears.Itsaimsaret
    oshowcasesolutionstofundamentalchallengesfacedbyhumanity,and
    tobringpeopleoftheworldtogether.OrganizersoftheDubaiExposelect
    edthetheme:"ConnectingMinds,CreatingtheFuture".TheExpowillals
    obededicatedtothesub-themesofsustainability,mobilityandopport
    unity.ItisthefirstExpotobeheldintheMiddleEast.Overthenextsixmont
    hs,25millionvisitorswillseecutting-edgeandculturalexhibitionsfrom
    almost200countries.WhenDubaimadeitsbidtohosttheExpo,thecity's
    rulerSheikhMohammedbinRashidAlMaktoumpromisedDubaiwould"
    astonishtheworld".

    Free writing

    Write about 2020 Dubai Expo for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    World Expos are among the greatest events on Earth. 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. DUBAI: Make a poster about Dubai. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. WORLD EXPO: Write a magazine article about making the World Expo every year. 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 Dubai. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your opinions of the city. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.





    A Few Additional Activities for Students

    Ask your students what they have read, seen or heard about this news in their own language. Students are likely to / may have have encountered this news in their L1 and therefore bring a background knowledge to the classroom.

    Get students to role play different characters from this news story.

    Ask students to keep track of this news and revisit it to discuss in your next class.

    Ask students to male predictions of how this news might develop in the next few days or weeks, and then revisit and discuss in a future class.

    Ask students to write a follow-up story to this news.

    Students role play a journalist and someone who witnessed or was a part of this news. Perhaps they could make a video of the interview.

    Ask students to keep a news journal in English and add this story to their thoughts.

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