The Reading / Listening - U.K. Knighthood - Level 6

The U.K. government has awarded one of its highest honours to a former minister who was fired twice by successive Prime Ministers. Gavin Williamson, 45, will receive a knighthood for services to public life. He will become "Sir" Gavin Williamson. The award has angered many politicians in Britain due to Mr Willamsons' somewhat checkered career. He was fired as Defence Secretary by then Prime Minister Theresa May in 2019 over a national security leak over discussions about the UK's national security and Chinese telecoms company Huawei. Ms May said she had, "lost confidence in his ability to serve". Current PM Boris Johnson fired him from being Education Secretary in September 2021 following a series of gaffes.

Knighthoods are awarded to Britons who have excelled in their field or in areas of public life. Recipients have usually spent decades as incredible leaders or winners. Williamson only became a politician in 2010. Other politicians have said he is undeserving of the honour. One said the only award he should get was "worst Education Secretary in history". Another said his record in government was "disgraceful". She said: "Williamson left children to go hungry, created two years of complete chaos over exams, and failed to get laptops out to kids struggling to learn during lockdowns." Some newspapers said the award is in return for Williamson keeping quiet about allegations surrounding Boris Johnson.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    U.K. Knighthood - Level 4  or  U.K. Knighthood - Level 5

Sources
  • https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/breaking-tory-ex-education-secretary-26379946
  • https://news.sky.com/story/ex-education-secretary-gavin-williamson-given-a-knighthood-12556701
  • https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/uk-awards-knighthood-minister-who-was-fired-over-security-leak-2022-03-03/


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. HONOURS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about honours. 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?
       government / honour / service / public life / politicians / defence / discussions / gaffes
       excelled / field / decade / politician / record / disgraceful / learn / lockdowns / quit
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. HONOURS: Students A strongly believe all honours should be decided on by the general public; Students B strongly believe the opposite. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. HONOUR: Who would you honour? Why? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Who?

Why?

World leader

 

 

Hero

 

 

Sports star

 

 

Business leader

 

 

Environmentalist

 

 

Ordinary person

 

 

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5. SERVICE: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "service". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. MOST DESERVING: Rank these with your partner. Put the person most deserving of an honour at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Politician
  • Soldier
  • Scientist
  • Nurse
  • Environmentalist
  • Aid volunteer
  • Mother
  • Teacher

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. fired a. An unintentional act or remark causing embarrassment to its originator.
      2. former b. Following one another or following others.
      3. successive c. Marked by periods of varied fortune or discreditable incidents.
      4. knighthood d. Dismissed an employee from a job.
      5. checkered e. An intentional disclosure of secret information.
      6. leak f. Having previously been a particular thing.
      7. gaffe g. The title, rank, or status of a knight.

    Paragraph 2

      8. excelled h. Shockingly unacceptable.
      9. recipient i. Complete disorder and confusion.
      10. undeserving j. A claim or assertion that someone has done something illegal or wrong, typically one made without proof.
      11. disgraceful k. A person or thing that receives or is awarded something.
      12. chaos l. Trying to achieve or attain something in the face of difficulty or resistance.
      13. struggling m. Not worthy of something positive, especially help or praise.
      14. allegation n. Was exceptionally good at or proficient in an activity or subject.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. A U.K. politician received Britain's highest award.     T / F
  2. The politician received the award for his service to private life.     T / F
  3. The politician was first fired when he was the UK Defence Secretary.     T / F
  4. The politician was also fired from his position as Education Secretary.     T / F
  5. The UK gives knighthoods to people from all across the world.     T / F
  6. Gavin Williamson became a politician in the year 2000.     T / F
  7. Another politician said Mr Williamson's record was a disgrace.     T / F
  8. A politician said Mr Williamson gave a laptop to every struggling child.     T / F

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

  1. awarded
  2. fired
  3. angered
  4. leak
  5. gaffes
  6. excelled
  7. disgraceful
  8. chaos
  9. struggling
  10. allegations
  1. shone
  2. infuriated
  3. battling
  4. shameful
  5. sacked
  6. claims
  7. revelation
  8. given
  9. mayhem
  10. errors

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

  1. awarded one of its
  2. The award has
  3. a national security
  4. she had lost confidence
  5. following a series of
  6. excelled in their field or
  7. his record in government was
  8. two years of complete
  9. kids struggling to learn
  10. keeping quiet
  1. about allegations
  2. in his ability to serve
  3. in areas of public life
  4. "disgraceful"
  5. leak
  6. angered many politicians
  7. during lockdowns
  8. gaffes
  9. highest honours
  10. chaos

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
leak
receive
gaffes
former
angered
lost
checkered
successive

The U.K. government has awarded one of its highest honours to a (1) _____________________ minister who was fired twice by (2) _____________________ Prime Ministers. Gavin Williamson, 45, will (3) _____________________ a knighthood for services to public life. He will become "Sir" Gavin Williamson. The award has (4) _____________________ many politicians in Britain due to Mr Willamsons' somewhat (5) _____________________ career. He was fired as Defence Secretary by then Prime Minister Theresa May in 2019 over a national security (6) _____________________ over discussions about the UK's national security and Chinese telecoms company Huawei. Ms May said she had, "(7) _____________________ confidence in his ability to serve". Current PM Boris Johnson fired him from being Education Secretary in September 2021 following a series of (8) _____________________.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
undeserving
struggling
chaos
excelled
history
decades
allegations
disgraceful

Knighthoods are awarded to Britons who have (9) _____________________ in their field or in areas of public life. Recipients have usually spent (10) _____________________ as incredible leaders or winners. Williamson only became a politician in 2010. Other politicians have said he is (11) _____________________ of the honour. One said the only award he should get was "worst Education Secretary in (12) _____________________". Another said his record in government was "(13) _____________________". She said: "Williamson left children to go hungry, created two years of complete (14) _____________________ over exams, and failed to get laptops out to kids (15) _____________________ to learn during lockdowns." Some newspapers said the award is in return for Williamson keeping quiet about (16) _____________________ surrounding Boris Johnson.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  highest honours to a former minister who was fired twice by ______
     a.  successively Prime Ministers
     b.  succeeding Prime Ministers
     c.  success sieve Prime Ministers
     d.  successive Prime Ministers
2) angered many politicians in Britain due to Mr Willamsons' ______
     a.  somewhat checked career
     b.  somewhat check aired career
     c.  somewhat checkered career
     d.  somewhat checker the career
3) Secretary by then Prime Minister Theresa May in 2019 over a ______
     a.  national security leak
     b.  national security bleak
     c.  national security leek
     d.  national security lick
4)  Ms May said she had, "lost confidence in his ______"
     a.  ability for serve
     b.  ability to serve
     c.  ability at serve
     d.  ability to save
5)  Education Secretary in September 2021 following a ______
     a.  series of giraffes
     b.  series of gaps
     c.  series of gaffes
     d.  series of gaffe

6)  Knighthoods are awarded to Britons who have excelled in their field or in areas ______
     a.  of public live
     b.  of public lifer
     c.  of public lively
     d.  of public life
7)  Recipients have usually spent decades as incredible ______
     a.  leaders sore winners
     b.  leader sore winners
     c.  leaders awe winners
     d.  leaders or winners
8)  Another said his record in ______"
     a.  government was "disgrace full
     b.  government was "this grease full
     c.  government was "disgraceful
     d.  government was this "graceful
9)  She said: "Williamson left children to go hungry, created two years ______
     a.  of completed chaos
     b.  of complete chaotic
     c.  of complete chasm
     d.  of complete chaos
10)  in return for Williamson keeping quiet about allegations ______
     a.  surround din Boris Johnson
     b.  surrounding Boris Johnson
     c.  surround in Boris Johnson
     d.  surround ding Boris Johnson

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The U.K. government has awarded one of its highest honours to a former minister who was fired (1) ____________________ Prime Ministers. Gavin Williamson, 45, will receive (2) ____________________ services to public life. He will become "Sir" Gavin Williamson. The award has angered many politicians in Britain due to Mr Willamsons' (3) ____________________. He was fired as Defence Secretary by then Prime Minister Theresa May in 2019 over a national (4) ____________________ discussions about the UK's national security and Chinese telecoms company Huawei. Ms May said she had, "lost confidence in his (5) ____________________". Current PM Boris Johnson fired him from being Education Secretary in September 2021 following a (6) ____________________.

Knighthoods are awarded to Britons who (7) ____________________ their field or in areas of public life. Recipients have usually spent decades as (8) ____________________ winners. Williamson only became a politician in 2010. Other politicians have said he is undeserving of the honour. One said the (9) ____________________ should get was "worst Education Secretary in history". Another said his record in government was "disgraceful". She said: "Williamson left children to go hungry, created two years (10) ____________________ over exams, and failed to get laptops out to kids (11) ____________________ during lockdowns." Some newspapers said the award is in return for Williamson keeping (12) ____________________ surrounding Boris Johnson.

Comprehension questions

  1. How old is Gavin Williamson?
  2. What is the title Mr Williamson will be able to use?
  3. What kind of career does the article say Mr Williamson had?
  4. What was Mr Williamson fired over in 2019?
  5. What was Mr Williamson's role when he was fired for the second time?
  6. How long do recipients of a knighthood usually spend excelling?
  7. When did Mr Williamson become a politician?
  8. How did a politician describe Mr Williamson's record as being?
  9. What did a politician say Mr Williamson created in education?
  10. Who said Mr Williamson was keeping quiet?

Multiple choice quiz

1) How old is Gavin Williamson?
a) 42
b) 44
c) 45
d) 54
2) What is the title Mr Williamson will be able to use?
a) Sir
b) Dame
c) Lord
d) His Royal Highness
3) What kind of career does the article say Mr Williamson had?
a) a checkered career
b) a stellar career
c) an interesting career
d) a superlative career
4) What was Mr Williamson fired over in 2019?
a) falling asleep
b) a security leak
c) impropriety
d) breaking lockdown rules
5) What was Mr Williamson's role when he was fired for the second time?
a) Transport Minister
b) Sports Minister
c) Chief Whip
d) Education Minister

6) How long do recipients of a knighthood usually spend excelling?
a) 22 years
b) decades
c) more than a year
d) over 30 years
7) When did Mr Williamson become a politician?
a) 2010
b) 2012
c) 2011
d) 2014
8) How did a politician describe Mr Williamson's record as being?
a) unblemished
b) not bad
c) disgraceful
d) enviable
9) What did a politician say Mr Williamson created in education?
a) stunning results
b) major reforms
c) nothing
d) two years of chaos

10) Who said Mr Williamson was keeping quiet?
a) some newspapers
b) his friends
c) his colleagues
d) Mr Williamson himself

Role play

Role  A – Politician
You think a politician is most deserving of an honour. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their people are not as deserving. Also, tell the others which is the least deserving of these (and why): environmentalist, teacher or soldier.

Role  B – Environmentalist
You think an environmentalist is most deserving of an honour. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their people are not as deserving. Also, tell the others which is the least deserving of these (and why): politician, teacher or soldier.

Role  C – Teacher
You think a teacher is most deserving of an honour. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their people are not as deserving. Also, tell the others which is the least deserving of these (and why): environmentalist, politician or soldier.

Role  D – Soldier
You think a soldier is most deserving of an honour. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their people are not as deserving. Also, tell the others which is the least deserving of these (and why): environmentalist, teacher or politician.

After reading / listening

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

'honour'

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  • and 'politician'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • highest
    • twice
    • due
    • leak
    • lost
    • series
    • excelled
    • decades
    • 2010
    • worst
    • laptops
    • return

    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 - U.K. Knighthood

    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 'politician'?
    3. What do you think of politicians?
    4. What do you think of your politician?
    5. Would you be a good politician?
    6. Who should get top honours?
    7. What do you know about Britain's knighthoods?
    8. Should someone with a 'checkered career' get a top honour?
    9. Have you ever made any gaffes?
    10. What gaffes have politicians in your country made?

    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 'honour'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What would you do if you were a politician?
    5. What should we honour people for?
    6. Who would you give an honour to?
    7. What should you be honoured for?
    8. Have you ever excelled in anything?
    9. Should the general public decide who gets national honours?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Britain's leader?

    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 U.K. government has (1) ____ one of its highest honours to a former minister who was fired twice by (2) ____ Prime Ministers. Gavin Williamson, 45, will receive a knighthood for services to public life. He will become "Sir" Gavin Williamson. The award has (3) ____ many politicians in Britain due to Mr Willamsons' somewhat checkered career. He was fired as Defence Secretary by (4) ____ Prime Minister Theresa May in 2019 over a national security leak over discussions about the UK's national security and Chinese telecoms company Huawei. Ms May said she had, "(5) ____ confidence in his ability to serve". Current PM Boris Johnson fired him from being Education Secretary in September 2021 following a series (6) ____ gaffes.

    Knighthoods are awarded to Britons who have excelled (7) ____ their field or in areas of public life. Recipients have usually spent decades (8) ____ incredible leaders or winners. Williamson only became a politician in 2010. Other politicians have said he is undeserving (9) ____ the honour. One said the only award he should get was "worst Education Secretary in history". Another said his record in government was "disgraceful". She said: "Williamson (10) ____ children to go hungry, created two years of complete (11) ____ over exams, and failed to get laptops out to kids struggling to learn during lockdowns." Some newspapers said the award is in return for Williamson keeping quiet about (12) ____ surrounding Boris Johnson.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     warder     (b)     forwarded     (c)     rewarded     (d)     awarded    
    2. (a)     victory     (b)     consecutively     (c)     in a row     (d)     successive    
    3. (a)     angers     (b)     angered     (c)     anger     (d)     angry    
    4. (a)     what     (b)     that     (c)     then     (d)     thus    
    5. (a)     lost     (b)     given     (c)     mislaid     (d)     misplaced    
    6. (a)     of     (b)     on     (c)     at     (d)     by    
    7. (a)     under     (b)     over     (c)     by     (d)     in    
    8. (a)     as     (b)     was     (c)     is     (d)     has    
    9. (a)     on     (b)     of     (c)     at     (d)     under    
    10. (a)     right     (b)     put     (c)     left     (d)     awarded    
    11. (a)     chasm     (b)     chaotic     (c)     chaos     (d)     charlatan    
    12. (a)     algorithms     (b)     allegations     (c)     allegories     (d)     Allegra

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    2. receive a doiontkhhg for services to public life
    3. The award has dnaeerg many politicians
    4. due to Mr Willamsons' somewhat ercdkeehc career
    5. lost cofcdnenie in his ability to serve
    6. following a series of asffge

    Paragraph 2

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    6. ilseaanlotg surrounding Boris Johnson

    Put the text back together

    (...)  in 2010. Other politicians have said he is undeserving of the honour. One said the only award he should get was
    (...)  life. Recipients have usually spent decades as incredible leaders or winners. Williamson only became a politician
    (...)  Knighthoods are awarded to Britons who have excelled in their field or in areas of public
    (...)  serve". Current PM Boris Johnson fired him from being Education Secretary in September 2021 following a series of gaffes.
    (...)  "worst Education Secretary in history". Another said his record in government was "disgraceful". She said: "Williamson left
    (...)  get laptops out to kids struggling to learn during lockdowns." Some newspapers said the award is in
    (...)  children to go hungry, created two years of complete chaos over exams, and failed to
    (...)  return for Williamson keeping quiet about allegations surrounding Boris Johnson.
    (...)  then Prime Minister Theresa May in 2019 over a national security leak over discussions about the UK's national
    1  ) The U.K. government has awarded one of its highest honours to a former minister who was fired twice
    (...)  security and Chinese telecoms company Huawei. Ms May said she had, "lost confidence in his ability to
    (...)  by successive Prime Ministers. Gavin Williamson, 45, will receive a knighthood for services to
    (...)  public life. He will become "Sir" Gavin Williamson. The award has angered many politicians in Britain due
    (...)  to Mr Willamsons' somewhat checkered career. He was fired as Defence Secretary by

    Put the words in the right order

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    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    The U.K. government has awarded / rewarded one of its highest honours to a former minister who was fired twice by succession / successive Prime Ministers. Gavin Williamson, 45, will receive a knighthood / knight for services to public / publicly life. He will become "Sir" Gavin Williamson. The award has angry / angered many politicians in Britain due to Mr Willamsons' somewhat choked / checkered career. He was fired was / as Defence Secretary by then Prime Minister Theresa May in 2019 over a national security leak / leaky over discussions about the UK's national security and Chinese telecoms company Huawei. Ms May said she had, "lost confidence on / in his ability to serve". Current PM Boris Johnson fired him from being Education Secretary in September 2021 following a serious / series of gaffes.

    Knighthoods are awarded to Britons who have excelled in / of their field or in areas of public life. Omnipotence / Recipients have usually spent decades as incredible leaders or winners / winnings. Williamson only became a politician in 2010. Other politicians have said he is undeserving of / to the honour. One said the only award he should get was / be "worst Education Secretary in history". Another said his record in / to government was "disgraceful". She said: "Williamson left children to go hunger / hungry, created two years of complete chaos / chaotic over exams, and failed to get laptops work / out to kids struggling to learn during lockdowns." Some newspapers said the award is in return for Williamson keeping quiet about allegations circumnavigating / surrounding Boris Johnson.

    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 uk government has awarded one of its highest honours to a former minister who was fired twice by successive prime ministers gavin williamson 45 will receive a knighthood for services to public life he will become sir gavin williamson the award has angered many politicians in britain due to mr willamsons somewhat checkered career he was fired as defence secretary by then prime minister theresa may in 2019 over a national security leak over discussions about the uks national security and chinese telecoms company huawei ms may said she had lost confidence in his ability to serve current pm boris johnson fired him from being education secretary in september 2021 following a series of gaffes

    knighthoods are awarded to britons who have excelled in their field or in areas of public life recipients have usually spent decades as incredible leaders or winners williamson only became a politician in 2010 other politicians have said he is undeserving of the honour one said the only award he should get was worst education secretary in history another said his record in government was disgraceful she said williamson left children to go hungry created two years of complete chaos over exams and failed to get laptops out to kids struggling to learn during lockdowns some newspapers said the award is in return for williamson keeping quiet about allegations surrounding boris johnson

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    TheU.K.governmenthasawardedoneofitshighesthonourstoaformer
    ministerwhowasfiredtwicebysuccessivePrimeMinisters.GavinWillia
    mson,45,willreceiveaknighthoodforservicestopubliclife.Hewillbeco
    me"Sir"GavinWilliamson.TheawardhasangeredmanypoliticiansinBri
    tainduetoMrWillamsons'somewhatcheckeredcareer.HewasfiredasD
    efenceSecretarybythenPrimeMinisterTheresaMayin2019overanatio
    nalsecurityleakoverdiscussionsabouttheUK'snationalsecurityandCh
    inesetelecomscompanyHuawei.MsMaysaidshehad,"lostconfidencei
    nhisabilitytoserve".CurrentPMBorisJohnsonfiredhimfrombeingEduc
    ationSecretaryinSeptember2021followingaseriesofgaffes.Knightho
    odsareawardedtoBritonswhohaveexcelledintheirfieldorinareasofpu
    bliclife.Recipientshaveusuallyspentdecadesasincredibleleadersorwi
    nners.Williamsononlybecameapoliticianin2010.Otherpoliticianshav
    esaidheisundeservingofthehonour.Onesaidtheonlyawardheshoul
    dgetwas"worstEducationSecretaryinhistory".Anothersaidhisrecordi
    ngovernmentwas"disgraceful".Shesaid:"Williamsonleftchildrentog
    ohungry,createdtwoyearsofcompletechaosoverexams,andfailedtog
    etlaptopsouttokidsstrugglingtolearnduringlockdowns."Somenewsp
    aperssaidtheawardisinreturnforWilliamsonkeepingquietaboutallega
    tionssurroundingBorisJohnson.

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    Honours should only decided on by the public, not by governments.  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. HONOURS: Make a poster about honours. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. MERIT: Write a magazine article about members of the general public deciding who in a country gets top honours. 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 honours. Ask him/her three questions about them. Tell him/her about three people you would like to honour. 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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