The Reading / Listening - Ukraine - Level 6

Amid growing tensions on the Russia-Ukraine border, a top US general has warned of "horrific" consequences of any armed conflict. General Mark Milley warned that any Russian action would result in a significant number of deaths. He said: "An invasion will not be cost-free in terms of casualties." General Milley told reporters that Russia's 100,000 troops on Ukraine's border was very worrying. He said: "This is larger in scale and scope in the massing of forces than anything we have seen in recent memory, and I think you'd have to go back quite a while into the Cold War days to see something of this magnitude." Russia says it has no plans to invade and says US support for Ukraine is the biggest threat.

Russia has accused the USA and NATO of being the aggressors in the latest tensions. It says it is unacceptable for US and NATO forces to be so close to Russia's borders. Moscow also called for Ukraine to be banned from joining NATO. The US said this request was untenable. NATO said Ukraine had the right to choose its own allies. Russia said NATO should end any military activity in Eastern Europe, and pull troops out of Poland and the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. In addition, it called for NATO not to deploy missiles in countries near or bordering Russia. Ukraine's President Zelensky has accused the West of creating "panic" over a possible invasion.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Ukraine - Level 4  or  Ukraine - Level 5

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-60177929
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2022/01/29/europe/russia-ukraine-global-implications-cmd-intl/index.html
  • https://www.kyivpost.com/ukraine-politics/us-formally-rebuffs-russias-request-that-ukraine-be-barred-from-nato.html


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. UKRAINE: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about Ukraine. 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?
       tensions / border / general / armed conflict / invasion / worrying / memory / Cold War
       NATO / allies / military activity / Eastern Europe / missiles / Latvia / the West / panic
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. NATO: Students A strongly believe NATO is a threat to Russia; Students B strongly believe it isn't. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. NATO STATES: What is the history between Russia and the following NATO states? What are relations like now? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

History

Relationship Today

Poland

 

 

Latvia

 

 

Estonia

 

 

USA

 

 

UK

 

 

Turkey

 

 

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

  • Ukraine
  • Syria
  • India-Pakistan
  • Israel-Palestine
  • Iraq
  • Yemen
  • Somalia
  • War on drugs

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. amid a. The great size or extent of something.
      2. consequences b. Involving the use of weapons.
      3. armed c. People killed or injured in a war or accident.
      4. significant d. In the middle of.
      5. casualties e. The extent of the area or subject matter that something deals with.
      6. scope f. Results or effects, typically ones that are unwelcome or unpleasant.
      7. magnitude g. Sufficiently great or important to be worthy of attention; noteworthy.

    Paragraph 2

      8. accused h. Not able to be maintained or defended against attack or objection.
      9. aggressor i. A person or country that attacks another first.
      10. forces j. Move troops or equipment into position for military action.
      11. untenable k. Say that someone has done something wrong.
      12. ally l. A country formally cooperating with another for a military or other purpose.
      13. state m. Organized bodies of military personnel or police.
      14. deploy n. A nation or territory under one government.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The USA's most important general commented on Ukraine.     T / F
  2. An American general said a conflict would create significant casualties.    T / F
  3. The American general said the Cold War has returned.     T / F
  4. Russia said the USA's support for Ukraine was the biggest threat.     T / F
  5. Russia wants Ukraine to be barred from joining NATO.     T / F
  6. NATO said Ukraine shouldn't be able to choose its own allies.     T / F
  7. Russia wants NATO troops out of the Baltic states.     T / F
  8. Ukraine's president said the West was creating panic.     T / F

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

  1. tensions
  2. conflict
  3. casualties
  4. massing
  5. magnitude
  6. accused
  7. banned
  8. untenable
  9. troops
  10. deploy
  1. clash
  2. soldiers
  3. blamed
  4. barred
  5. victims
  6. strained relations
  7. indefensible
  8. assembling
  9. position
  10. size

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

  1. Amid growing
  2. warned of horrific
  3. result in a significant
  4. This is larger in scale
  5. see something of this
  6. unacceptable for US and NATO
  7. called for Ukraine to be banned
  8. The US said this request was
  9. pull troops
  10. deploy
  1. consequences
  2. missiles
  3. and scope
  4. forces to be so close
  5. tensions
  6. untenable
  7. out of Poland
  8. number of deaths
  9. magnitude
  10. from joining NATO

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
scope
warned
recent
threat
casualties
magnitude
significant
troops

Amid growing tensions on the Russia-Ukraine border, a top US general has (1) _____________________ of "horrific" consequences of any armed conflict. General Mark Milley warned that any Russian action would result in a (2) _____________________ number of deaths. He said: "An invasion will not be cost-free in terms of (3) _____________________." General Milley told reporters that Russia's 100,000 (4) _____________________ on Ukraine's border was very worrying. He said: "This is larger in scale and (5) _____________________ in the massing of forces than anything we have seen in (6) _____________________ memory, and I think you'd have to go back quite a while into the Cold War days to see something of this (7) _____________________." Russia says it has no plans to invade and says US support for Ukraine is the biggest (8) _____________________.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
banned
deploy
allies
accused
panic
forces
invasion
pull

Russia has (9) _____________________ the USA and NATO of being the aggressors in the latest tensions. It says it is unacceptable for US and NATO (10) _____________________ to be so close to Russia's borders. Moscow also called for Ukraine to be (11) _____________________ from joining NATO. The US said this request was untenable. NATO said Ukraine had the right to choose its own (12) _____________________. Russia said NATO should end any military activity in Eastern Europe, and (13) _____________________ troops out of Poland and the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. In addition, it called for NATO not to (14) _____________________ missiles in countries near or bordering Russia. Ukraine's President Zelensky has accused the West of creating "(15) _____________________" over a possible (16) _____________________.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  a top US general has warned of "horrific" consequences of ______
     a.  any harmed conflict
     b.  any yarned conflict
     c.  any armed conflict
     d.  any aimed conflict
2) Mark Milley warned that any Russian action would result in a significant ______
     a.  numbers of deaths
     b.  number of deaths
     c.  numeral of deaths
     d.  numb bar of deaths
3)  He said: "An invasion will not be cost-free in ______."
     a.  teams of casualties
     b.  terns of casualties
     c.  interns of casualties
     d.  terms of casualties
4)  larger in scale and scope in the massing of forces than anything we have seen ______
     a.  in recent memory
     b.  in recently memories
     c.  on recent memory
     d.  in recent memorial
5)  it has no plans to invade and says US support for Ukraine is ______
     a.  the biggest treat
     b.  the biggest thread
     c.  the biggest threat
     d.  the biggest tread

6)  Russia has accused the USA and NATO of being the aggressors in ______
     a.  the latent tensions
     b.  the latest tensions
     c.  the lay test tensions
     d.  the late test tensions
7)  Moscow also called for Ukraine to be ______
     a.  binned from joining
     b.  boned from joining
     c.  bend from joining
     d.  banned from joining
8)  The US said this ______
     a.  request was untenable
     b.  request was undeniable
     c.  request was sun tan able
     d.  request was sentient able
9)  In addition, it called for NATO not ______
     a.  to deep ploy missiles
     b.  to deep lay missiles
     c.  to deploy missiles
     d.  to dip ploy missiles
10)  Zelensky has accused the West of creating "panic" over ______
     a.  a possible invasion
     b.  a possible inversion
     c.  a possible envision
     d.  a possible invasive

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Amid (1) ____________________ the Russia-Ukraine border, a top US general has warned of "horrific" consequences of any armed conflict. General Mark Milley warned that any Russian (2) ____________________ in a significant number of deaths. He said: "An invasion will not be cost-free in (3) ____________________." General Milley told reporters that Russia's 100,000 troops on Ukraine's border was very worrying. He said: "This is larger in (4) ____________________ in the massing of forces than anything we have seen in recent memory, and I think you'd have to go back quite a while into the Cold War days to see something (5) ____________________." Russia says it has no plans to invade and says US support for Ukraine is (6) ____________________

Russia has accused the USA and NATO of being (7) ____________________ the latest tensions. It says it is unacceptable for US and NATO forces to be so close to Russia's borders. Moscow also called for Ukraine to be (8) ____________________ NATO. The US said this request was untenable. NATO said Ukraine had the right to choose (9) ____________________. Russia said NATO should end any military activity in Eastern Europe, and (10) ____________________ of Poland and the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. In addition, it called for NATO not (11) ____________________ in countries near or bordering Russia. Ukraine's President Zelensky has accused the West of creating "panic" over (12) ____________________.

Comprehension questions

  1. What is the US general's name?
  2. What did the general say would not be "cost-free"?
  3. How many troops did the general say are on the border?
  4. When was the last time we saw such a buildup of troops?
  5. What did Russia say was the biggest threat?
  6. What does Russia want Ukraine to be banned from joining?
  7. What did NATO say Ukraine had a right to choose?
  8. Where does Russia want NATO to stop military activity?
  9. What does Russia not want to be deployed near its borders?
  10. Who did Ukraine's president say was creating panic?

Multiple choice quiz

1)  What is the US general's name?
a) Mark O'Malley
b) Mark Milley
c) Mike Milley
d) Mike O'Malley
2)  What did the general say would not be "cost-free"?
a) threats
b) missiles
c) an invasion
d) borders
3)  How many troops did the general say are on the border?
a) 120,000
b) 110,000
c) 150,000
d) 100,000
4)  When was the last time we saw such a build-up of troops?
a) 2018
b) during the Cold War
c) World War II
d) last year
5)  What did Russia say was the biggest threat?
a) US support for Ukraine
b) climate change
c) cybercrime
d) space wars

6)  What does Russia want Ukraine to be banned from joining?
a) NATO
b) the UN
c) the Eastern Bloc
d) ASEAN
7)  What did NATO say Ukraine had a right to choose?
a) its own language
b) its own flag
c) self-determination
d) its own allies
8)  Where does Russia want NATO to stop military activity?
a) the Caucasus
b) Western Europe
c) Eastern Europe
d) the Mediterranean
9)  What does Russia not want to be deployed near its borders?
a) satellites
b) data centres
c) warehouses
d) missiles

10)  Who did Ukraine's president say was creating panic?
a) the South
b) the West
c) the North
d) the East

Role play

Role  A – Ukraine
You think Ukraine is the world's most worrying situation. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their situation isn't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the least worrying of these (and why): war on drugs, Yemen or India-Pakistan relations.

Role  B – War on Drugs
You think the war on drugs is the world's most worrying situation. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their situation isn't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the least worrying of these (and why): Ukraine, Yemen or India-Pakistan relations.

Role  C – Yemen
You think Yemen is the world's most worrying situation. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their situation isn't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the least worrying of these (and why): war on drugs, Ukraine or India-Pakistan relations.

Role  D – India-Pakistan
You think India-Pakistan relations is the world's most worrying situation. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their situation isn't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the least worrying of these (and why): war on drugs, Yemen or Ukraine.

After reading / listening

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

'invasion'

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  • and 'horrific'.

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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:

    • amid
    • armed
    • number
    • reporters
    • larger
    • plans
    • latest
    • close
    • request
    • end
    • pull
    • addition

    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 - Ukraine

    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 'invasion'?
    3. What do you know about Ukraine?
    4. What do you know about the current tensions?
    5. How likely do you think war is?
    6. How serious might a possible war be?
    7. Why are so many troops on Ukraine's border?
    8. What do you know about the Cold War?
    9. Is the US support for Ukraine the biggest threat?
    10. What advice do you have for Russia and the USA?

    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 'horrific'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What would happen if Russia gave military aid to the USA's neighbours?
    5. Why does Russia think the USA and NATO are aggressors?
    6. Should Ukraine be banned from joining NATO?
    7. What do you know about NATO?
    8. What three adjectives best describe this story?
    9. How do you think this situation will develop?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Ukraine's president?

    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)

    Amid growing (1) ____ on the Russia-Ukraine border, a top US general has warned of "horrific" consequences of any armed conflict. General Mark Milley warned that any Russian action would result (2) ____ a significant number of deaths. He said: "An invasion will not be cost-free in (3) ____ of casualties." General Milley told reporters that Russia's 100,000 troops on Ukraine's border was very worrying. He said: "This is larger (4) ____ scale and scope in the massing of forces than anything we have seen in recent (5) ____, and I think you'd have to go back quite a while into the Cold War days to see something of this magnitude." Russia says it has no plans (6) ____ invade and says US support for Ukraine is the biggest threat.

    Russia has accused the USA and NATO of being the (7) ____ in the latest tensions. It says it is unacceptable for US and NATO (8) ____ to be so close to Russia's borders. Moscow also called for Ukraine to be banned from joining NATO. The US said this request was (9) ____. NATO said Ukraine had the right to choose its own allies. Russia said NATO should end any military activity in Eastern Europe, and (10) ____ troops out of Poland and the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. In addition, it called for NATO not to (11) ____ missiles in countries near or bordering Russia. Ukraine's President Zelensky has accused the West of creating "panic" (12) ____ a possible invasion.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     tenses     (b)     tensions     (c)     tense     (d)     tensile    
    2. (a)     at     (b)     in     (c)     of     (d)     to    
    3. (a)     teams     (b)     tomes     (c)     trams     (d)     terms    
    4. (a)     at     (b)     in     (c)     of     (d)     to    
    5. (a)     fact     (b)     memory     (c)     knowing     (d)     nostalgia    
    6. (a)     for     (b)     at     (c)     to     (d)     by    
    7. (a)     aggro     (b)     aggression     (c)     aggressors     (d)     aggress    
    8. (a)     asserts     (b)     coerces     (c)     forces     (d)     amasses    
    9. (a)     swinging     (b)     standby     (c)     decline     (d)     untenable    
    10. (a)     pull     (b)     shuttle     (c)     aid     (d)     run    
    11. (a)     deploy     (b)     ploy     (c)     employ     (d)     reemploy    
    12. (a)     abut     (b)     abet     (c)     over     (d)     under

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    2. a igisinacfnt number of deaths
    3. in terms of tiusalceas
    4. larger in scale and oecps
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    6. it has no plans to ievand

    Paragraph 2

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    3. The US said this request was nlunbtaee
    4. the right to choose its own lalsie
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    6. creating "panic" over a possible isvionan

    Put the text back together

    (...)  scale and scope in the massing of forces than anything we have seen in recent
    (...)  of Poland and the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. In addition, it called
    (...)  magnitude." Russia says it has no plans to invade and says US support for Ukraine is the biggest threat.
    1  ) Amid growing tensions on the Russia-Ukraine border, a top US general has warned of "horrific"
    (...)  memory, and I think you'd have to go back quite a while into the Cold War days to see something of this
    (...)  for NATO not to deploy missiles in countries near or bordering Russia. Ukraine's
    (...)  NATO. The US said this request was untenable. NATO said Ukraine had the right to choose its own
    (...)  consequences of any armed conflict. General Mark Milley warned that any Russian action would result
    (...)  President Zelensky has accused the West of creating "panic" over a possible invasion.
    (...)  for US and NATO forces to be so close to Russia's borders. Moscow also called for Ukraine to be banned from joining
    (...)  reporters that Russia's 100,000 troops on Ukraine's border was very worrying. He said: "This is larger in
    (...)  allies. Russia said NATO should end any military activity in Eastern Europe, and pull troops out
    (...)  in a significant number of deaths. He said: "An invasion will not be cost-free in terms of casualties." General Milley told
    (...)  Russia has accused the USA and NATO of being the aggressors in the latest tensions. It says it is unacceptable

    Put the words in the right order

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    2. number   deaths   .   a   Result   significant   in   of
    3. cost   be   invasion   An   will   not   free   .
    4. back   quite   go   have   to   a   while   .   You'd
    5. Russia   invade   .   has   it   no   plans   to   says
    6. to   to   NATO   so   borders   .   be   Russia's   close
    7. request   this   said   The   untenable   .   was   US
    8. NATO   Russia   end   any   said   should   military   activity   .
    9. not   deploy   to   missiles   .   for   NATO   It   called
    10. creating   the   West   panic   .   of   president   The   accused

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Amid growing tensions on / in the Russia-Ukraine border, a top US general has warned of "horrific" consequences of any arms / armed conflict. General Mark Milley warned that any Russian action would result in a significance / significant number of deaths. He said: "An invasion will not be cost-free in terms of / at casualties." General Milley told reporters that Russia's 100,000 troops on Ukraine's border was very worrying / worried. He said: "This is larger in scale and scoop / scope in the massing of forces than anything we have seen in recently / recent memory, and I think you'd have to go back quite a / the while into the Cold War days to see something of this magnetism / magnitude." Russia says it has no plans to invade and says US support for Ukraine is the biggest treat / threat.

    Russia has accusation / accused the USA and NATO of being / been the aggressors in the latest tensions. It says it is unacceptable on / for US and NATO forces to be so close / closely to Russia's borders. Moscow also called for Ukraine to be binned / banned from joining NATO. The US said this request was untenable. NATO said Ukraine had the right to choose its own allied / allies. Russia said NATO should end any military activity in Eastern Europe, and pull troops / troop out of Poland and the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. In addition, it called for NATO not to deploy / employ missiles in countries near or bordered / bordering Russia. Ukraine's President Zelensky has accused the West of creating "panic" over a possible / possibility invasion.

    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

    amid growing tensions on the russiaukraine border a top us general has warned of horrific consequences of any armed conflict general mark milley warned that any russian action would result in a significant number of deaths he said an invasion will not be costfree in terms of casualties general milley told reporters that russias 100000 troops on ukraines border was very worrying he said this is larger in scale and scope in the massing of forces than anything we have seen in recent memory and i think youd have to go back quite a while into the cold war days to see something of this magnitude russia says it has no plans to invade and says us support for ukraine is the biggest threat

    russia has accused the usa and nato of being the aggressors in the latest tensions it says it is unacceptable for us and nato forces to be so close to russias borders moscow also called for ukraine to be banned from joining nato the us said this request was untenable nato said ukraine had the right to choose its own allies russia said nato should end any military activity in eastern europe and pull troops out of poland and the baltic states of estonia latvia and lithuania in addition it called for nato not to deploy missiles in countries near or bordering russia ukraines president zelensky has accused the west of creating panic over a possible invasion

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    AmidgrowingtensionsontheRussia-Ukraineborder,atopUSgeneral
    haswarnedof"horrific"consequencesofanyarmedconflict.GeneralMa
    rkMilleywarnedthatanyRussianactionwouldresultinasignificantnum
    berofdeaths.Hesaid:"Aninvasionwillnotbecost-freeintermsofcasual
    ties."GeneralMilleytoldreportersthatRussia's100,000troopsonUkrai
    ne'sborderwasveryworrying.Hesaid:"Thisislargerinscaleandscopein
    themassingofforcesthananythingwehaveseeninrecentmemory,and
    Ithinkyou'dhavetogobackquiteawhileintotheColdWardaystoseesom
    ethingofthismagnitude."RussiasaysithasnoplanstoinvadeandsaysU
    SsupportforUkraineisthebiggestthreat.RussiahasaccusedtheUSAan
    dNATOofbeingtheaggressorsinthelatesttensions.Itsaysitisunaccept
    ableforUSandNATOforcestobesoclosetoRussia'sborders.Moscowals
    ocalledforUkrainetobebannedfromjoiningNATO.TheUSsaidthisrequ
    estwasuntenable.NATOsaidUkrainehadtherighttochooseitsownallie
    s.RussiasaidNATOshouldendanymilitaryactivityinEasternEurope,an
    dpulltroopsoutofPolandandtheBalticstatesofEstonia,LatviaandLithu
    ania.Inaddition,itcalledforNATOnottodeploymissilesincountriesnear
    orborderingRussia.Ukraine'sPresidentZelenskyhasaccusedtheWest
    ofcreating"panic"overapossibleinvasion.

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    NATO is a force for good. 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. UKRAINE: Make a poster about Ukraine. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. INVASION: Write a magazine article about having an emergency UN summit to prevent military conflict in Ukraine. 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 Ukraine. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to reduce current tensions. 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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