The Reading / Listening - Millionaires say 'tax us more' - Level 3

Times are hard for many people. Prices are rising around the world. The COVID-19 pandemic and Ukraine War have pushed up food and energy bills. In some countries, the price of energy has tripled. In other countries, food is 20 per cent more expensive than a year ago. A group of wealthy business leaders who own multi-billion-dollar companies has asked their governments to tax them more. The leaders met at a meeting of global leaders in Davos, Switzerland. The group of multi-millionaires and billionaires actually protested in the streets. They called for governments to increase taxes for people like them. They marched in the streets with left-wing activists. The protestors wanted fairer tax systems. The World Economic Forum has been held in Davos, Switzerland since 1971. World leaders meet there once a year to discuss global problems. The group of wealthy business people called themselves the Patriotic Millionaires. A UK millionaire said: "It's outrageous that our political leaders listen to those who have the most but know the least about the economic impact of this cost of living crisis." He said many super-rich people "pay infamously little in taxes". He added: "The only acceptable outcome from this conference is to tax the richest and tax us now." Another millionaire at the protest said: "We have hit the end of the line when another quarter of a billion people will be pushed into extreme poverty this year."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Millionaires say 'tax us more' - Level 0 Millionaires say 'tax us more' - Level 1   or  Millionaires say 'tax us more' - Level 2

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/business-61549155
  • https://www.theguardian.com/business/2022/may/22/millionaires-join-davos-protests-demanding-tax-us-now-taxation-wealthy-cost-of-living-crisis
  • https://www.commondreams.org/news/2022/05/22/tax-rich-say-millionaire-activists-protesting-davos-amid-record-wealth-inequality


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. TAX: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about tax. 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?
       times / prices / the world / pandemic / Ukraine / expensive / millionaire / tax /
       leaders / global problems / wealthy / leaders / cost of living / crisis / poverty
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. HIGHER TAXES: Students A strongly believe rich people should pay much higher taxes; Students B strongly believe the opposite. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. HARD TIMES: Have you experienced these hard times? What can we do to survive them? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Your Experience

How to Survive

Money

 

 

Stress

 

 

No food

 

 

No friends

 

 

Being cold

 

 

Bullying

 

 

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5. CRISIS: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "crisis". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. PRICES: Rank these with your partner. Put the worst things to increase in price at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Bread
  • Internet
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Books
  • Electricity
  • Water
  • English lessons

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. hard a. Having three times the usual size.
      2. rising b. Difficult.
      3. bill c. A paper that tells how much you must pay for the gas, electricity, water you used.
      4. tripled d. The side of politics that believes in changing society.
      5. wealthy e. A person who campaigns to bring political or social change.
      6. left-wing f. Going up.
      7. activist g. Very, very, very rich.

    Paragraph 2

      8. held h. The effect of one thing on another thing.
      9. patriotic i. A time of intense difficulty or danger.
      10. outrageous j. The way a thing turns out; the result of something.
      11. impact k. Really, really, really shocking.
      12. crisis l. The state of being very, very poor.
      13. outcome m. Arrange and take part in an event or party.
      14. poverty n. Having a love for one's country.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The article says many people are hard at times.     T / F
  2. Food prices went up by 20% in a year in some countries.     T / F
  3. A group of rich people wants governments to tax them more.     T / F
  4. Millionaires marched in the streets calling for higher taxes.     T / F
  5. World leaders meet at Davos every two years.     T / F
  6. A millionaire said the people who have the most know the least.     T / F
  7. A millionaire said rich people are famous for paying high taxes.     T / F
  8. A millionaire said a quarter of a billion people will experience poverty.     T / F

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

  1. hard
  2. pushed up
  3. wealthy
  4. protested
  5. activists
  6. global
  7. outrageous
  8. impact
  9. outcome
  10. extreme
  1. shocking
  2. demonstrated
  3. worldwide
  4. rich
  5. difficult
  6. very great
  7. result
  8. increased
  9. effect
  10. campaigners

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

  1. Times are
  2. the price of energy
  3. A group of wealthy
  4. multi-millionaires and
  5. They marched in the streets
  6. World leaders meet there
  7. the economic impact of this cost
  8. We have hit the end
  9. another quarter of
  10. people will be pushed into extreme
  1. billionaires
  2. of the line
  3. with left-wing activists
  4. of living crisis
  5. business leaders
  6. a billion people
  7. hard for many people
  8. poverty
  9. has tripled
  10. once a year

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
met
hard
activists
protested
fairer
pushed
wealthy
taxes

Times are (1) _____________________ for many people. Prices are rising around the world. The COVID-19 pandemic and Ukraine War have (2) _____________________ up food and energy bills. In some countries, the price of energy has tripled. In other countries, food is 20 per cent more expensive than a year ago. A group of (3) _____________________ business leaders who own multi-billion-dollar companies has asked their governments to tax them more. The leaders (4) _____________________ at a meeting of global leaders in Davos, Switzerland. The group of multi-millionaires and billionaires actually (5) _____________________ in the streets. They called for governments to increase (6) _____________________ for people like them. They marched in the streets with left-wing (7) _____________________. The protestors wanted (8) _____________________ tax systems.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
least
held
end
themselves
once
poverty
richest
outrageous

The World Economic Forum has been (9) _____________________ in Davos, Switzerland since 1971. World leaders meet there (10) _____________________ a year to discuss global problems. The group of wealthy business people called (11) _____________________ the Patriotic Millionaires. A UK millionaire said: "It's (12) _____________________ that our political leaders listen to those who have the most but know the (13) _____________________ about the economic impact of this cost of living crisis." He said many super-rich people "pay infamously little in taxes". He added: "The only acceptable outcome from this conference is to tax the (14) _____________________ and tax us now." Another millionaire at the protest said: "We have hit the (15) _____________________ of the line when another quarter of a billion people will be pushed into extreme (16) _____________________ this year."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) Times are hard for many people. Prices are rising ______
     a.  around the world
     b.  abound the world
     c.  round the world
     d.  are round the world
2)  The COVID-19 pandemic and Ukraine War have pushed up food ______
     a.  and energy dills
     b.  and energy bills
     c.  and energy veils
     d.  and energy balls
3)  multi-billion-dollar companies has asked their governments to ______
     a.  tax them ore
     b.  tax them moor
     c.  tax them more
     d.  tax them oar
4)  They marched in the streets with ______
     a.  left-ring activists
     b.  left-win activists
     c.  left-wing activists
     d.  left-thing activists
5)  The protestors wanted ______
     a.  fairer tax systems
     b.  fairy tax systems
     c.  father tax systems
     d.  farther tax systems

6)  The World Economic Forum has been held in Davos, ______
     a.  Switzerland since 1971
     b.  Switzerland sins 1971
     c.  Switzerland for 1971
     d.  Switzerland sinks 1971
7)  those who have the most but know the least about ______
     a.  the economic compact
     b.  the economic imp pact
     c.  the economic impact
     d.  the economic in pact
8)  The only acceptable outcome from this conference is to ______
     a.  tax a richest
     b.  tax the riches
     c.  tax the richest
     d.  tax the riches
9)  Another millionaire at the protest said: "We have hit the end ______
     a.  off the line
     b.  on the line
     c.  offer line
     d.  of the line
10)  another quarter of a billion people will be pushed ______
     a.  into egg stream poverty
     b.  into extreme poverty
     c.  into extremity poverty
     d.  into extremely poverty

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Times (1) ____________________ many people. Prices are rising around the world. The COVID-19 pandemic and Ukraine War (2) ____________________ food and energy bills. In some countries, the price of energy has tripled. In other countries, food is 20 per cent more expensive (3) ____________________ ago. A group of wealthy business (4) ____________________ multi-billion-dollar companies has asked their governments to tax them more. The leaders met at a meeting (5) ____________________ in Davos, Switzerland. The group of multi-millionaires and billionaires actually protested in the streets. They called for governments to increase taxes for people like them. They marched in the streets with left-wing activists. The protestors (6) ____________________ systems.

The World Economic Forum (7) ____________________ in Davos, Switzerland since 1971. World leaders meet there once a year to discuss global problems. The (8) ____________________ business people called themselves the Patriotic Millionaires. A UK millionaire said: "It's outrageous that our political leaders (9) ____________________ who have the most but know the least about the economic impact of this cost of living crisis." He said many super-rich people "pay infamously (10) ____________________". He added: "The only acceptable outcome from this conference is to tax the richest and tax us now." Another millionaire at the protest said: "We have (11) ____________________ of the line when another quarter of a billion people will be pushed into extreme (12) ____________________."

Comprehension questions

  1. What does the article say is hard?
  2. What pushed up prices besides COVID-19?
  3. By how much has food risen in some countries in the past year?
  4. Where in Davos did the millionaires protest?
  5. Who did the group of millionaires march with?
  6. When was the first meeting in Davos held?
  7. What name did the millionaire protestors give to themselves?
  8. Who did a millionaire say knew the least?
  9. What did a millionaire protestor say we had hit the end of?
  10. What will a quarter of a billion people be pushed into?

Multiple choice quiz

1) What does the article say is hard?
a) food
b) times
c) prices
d) COVID-19
2) What pushed up prices besides COVID-19?
a) gas prices
b) global warming
c) inflation
d) the Ukraine War
3) By how much has food risen in some countries in the past year?
a) a little
b) a lot
c) 20%
d) 12%
4) Where in Davos did the millionaires protest?
a) in the streets
b) in a billionaire's luxury mansion
c) in a conference hall
d) in a shopping mall
5) Who did the group of millionaires march with?
a) billionaires
b) left-wing activists
c) a marching band
d) children

6) When was the first meeting in Davos held?
a) 1971
b) 1972
c) 1973
d) 1974
7) What name did the millionaire protestors give to themselves?
a) the Millionaire Patriots
b) the Millionaire Patrons
c) the Patriotic Millionaires
d) the Patron Millionaires
8) Who did a millionaire say knew the least?
a) those who have the most
b) professors
c) billionaires
d) business leaders
9) What did a millionaire protestor say we had hit the end of?
a) good times
b) the road
c) our patience
d) the line
10) What will a quarter of a billion people be pushed into?
a) poor houses
b) eating less
c) extreme poverty
d) working extra hours

Role play

Role  A – Bread
You think bread is the worst thing to increase in price. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why it isn't so bad if their things go up in price. Also, tell the others which is the least painful of these (and why): Internet fees, electricity or English lessons.

Role  B – Internet
You think Internet fees are the worst things to increase in price. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why it isn't so bad if their things go up in price. Also, tell the others which is the least painful of these (and why): bread, electricity or English lessons.

Role  C – Electricity
You think electricity is the worst thing to increase in price. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why it isn't so bad if their things go up in price. Also, tell the others which is the least painful of these (and why): Internet fees, bread or English lessons.

Role  D – English Lessons
You think English lessons are the worst things to increase in price. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why it isn't so bad if their things go up in price. Also, tell the others which is the least painful of these (and why): Internet fees, electricity or bread.

After reading / listening

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

'millionaire'

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  • and 'tax'.

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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:

    • hard
    • rising
    • ago
    • actually
    • streets
    • systems
    • held
    • once
    • listen
    • crisis
    • now
    • pushed

    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 - Millionaires say 'tax us more'

    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 'millionaire'?
    3. How hard is life for you?
    4. Is life getting harder or easier for you?
    5. What are food prices like in your country?
    6. What things do you not buy if you have little money?
    7. Should wealthy people pay more tax?
    8. Why do governments not tax wealthy people more?
    9. What do you think of the millionaires who want to pay more tax?
    10. What would make you march in the streets?

    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 'tax'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. How patriotic are you?
    5. What do world leaders need to discuss?
    6. Do people who have the most know the least about life?
    7. What would make life better for you?
    8. What do you think of tax?
    9. Why do people live in poverty in the 21st century?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the Patriotic Millionaires?

    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)

    Times are (1) ____ for many people. Prices are (2) ____ around the world. The COVID-19 pandemic and Ukraine War have pushed up food and energy bills. In some countries, the price of energy has (3) ____. In other countries, food is 20 per cent more expensive than a year ago. A group of wealthy business leaders who (4) ____ multi-billion-dollar companies has asked their governments to tax them more. The leaders met at a meeting of global leaders in Davos, Switzerland. The group of multi-millionaires and billionaires actually protested (5) ____ the streets. They called for governments to increase taxes for people like them. They marched in the streets with left-(6) ____ activists. The protestors wanted fairer tax systems.

    The World Economic Forum has been (7) ____ in Davos, Switzerland since 1971. World leaders meet there once a year to discuss global problems. The group of wealthy business people called themselves the Patriotic Millionaires. A UK millionaire said: "It's (8) ____ that our political leaders listen to those who have the most but know the least about the economic impact of this cost of (9) ____ crisis." He said many super-rich people "pay (10) ____ little in taxes". He added: "The only acceptable (11) ____ from this conference is to tax the richest and tax us now." Another millionaire at the protest said: "We have hit the end of the (12) ____ when another quarter of a billion people will be pushed into extreme poverty this year."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     hard     (b)     hardly     (c)     harden     (d)     hardens    
    2. (a)     arising     (b)     raising     (c)     rising     (d)     rise    
    3. (a)     triplet     (b)     trio     (c)     tripled     (d)     tripped    
    4. (a)     down     (b)     disown     (c)     drown     (d)     own    
    5. (a)     at     (b)     to     (c)     in     (d)     of    
    6. (a)     leg     (b)     wing     (c)     arm     (d)     tentacle    
    7. (a)     grasped     (b)     held     (c)     gripped     (d)     touched    
    8. (a)     scourges     (b)     outrageous     (c)     ages     (d)     courageous    
    9. (a)     enliven     (b)     lively     (c)     living     (d)     livelihood    
    10. (a)     well known     (b)     famously     (c)     unknown     (d)     infamously    
    11. (a)     income     (b)     overcome     (c)     come     (d)     outcome    
    12. (a)     cash     (b)     century     (c)     tether     (d)     line

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (...)  billionaires actually protested in the streets. They called for governments to increase taxes for people like them. They marched
    (...)  and Ukraine War have pushed up food and energy bills. In some countries, the price of energy has
    (...)  taxes". He added: "The only acceptable outcome from this conference is to tax the richest
    1  ) Times are hard for many people. Prices are rising around the world. The COVID-19 pandemic
    (...)  quarter of a billion people will be pushed into extreme poverty this year."
    (...)  a year to discuss global problems. The group of wealthy business people called themselves the
    (...)  least about the economic impact of this cost of living crisis." He said many super-rich people "pay infamously little in
    (...)  of wealthy business leaders who own multi-billion-dollar companies has asked their governments to tax them
    (...)  and tax us now." Another millionaire at the protest said: "We have hit the end of the line when another
    (...)  Patriotic Millionaires. A UK millionaire said: "It's outrageous that our political leaders listen to those who have the most but know the
    (...)  in the streets with left-wing activists. The protestors wanted fairer tax systems.
    (...)  The World Economic Forum has been held in Davos, Switzerland since 1971. World leaders meet there once
    (...)  more. The leaders met at a meeting of global leaders in Davos, Switzerland. The group of multi-millionaires and
    (...)  tripled. In other countries, food is 20 per cent more expensive than a year ago. A group

    Put the words in the right order

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    2. some   In   of   price   tripled   .   the   countries,   energy
    3. to   more   .   They   tax   asked   them   their   governments
    4. increase   governments   for   called   to   They   taxes   .
    5. left-wing   the   They   streets   with   marched   in   activists   .
    6. meet   year   .   once   leaders   World   a   there
    7. have   but   least   .   most   the   know   the   They
    8. conference   .   acceptable   from   The   only   outcome   this
    9. end   of   the   the   line   .   hit   We   have
    10. pushed   poverty   .   into   will   People   be   extreme

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Times are hard for many people. Prices are raising / rising around the world. The COVID-19 pandemic and Ukraine War have pushed up / out food and energy bills. In some countries, the price of energy has troubled / tripled. In other countries, food is 20 per cent more expensive for / than a year ago. A group of wealthy business leaders who own / down multi-billion-dollar companies has asked their governments to tax them much / more. The leaders met at a meeting of globe / global leaders in Davos, Switzerland. The group of multi-millionaires and billionaires actually protected / protested in the streets. They called for governments to increase / decrease taxes for people like them. They marched in the streets with left-wing activists. The protestors wanted fairer / fairy tax systems.

    The World Economic Forum has been hold / held in Davos, Switzerland since 1971. World leaders meet there once / ones a year to discuss global problems. The group of wealth / wealthy business people called themselves the Patriotic Millionaires. A UK millionaire said: "It's courageous / outrageous that our political leaders listen to / at those who have the most but know the least about the economic impact of this cost of / off living crisis." He said many super-rich people "pay infamously little / small in taxes". He added: "The only acceptable outcome / income from this conference is to tax the richest and tax us know / now." Another millionaire at the protest said: "We have hit the end of the line when another quarter of a billion people will be pushed into extreme / extremely poverty this year."

    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

    times are hard for many people prices are rising around the world the covid19 pandemic and ukraine war have pushed up food and energy bills in some countries the price of energy has tripled in other countries food is 20 per cent more expensive than a year ago a group of wealthy business leaders who own multibilliondollar companies has asked their governments to tax them more the leaders met at a meeting of global leaders in davos switzerland the group of multimillionaires and billionaires actually protested in the streets they called for governments to increase taxes for people like them they marched in the streets with leftwing activists the protestors wanted fairer tax systems

    the world economic forum has been held in davos switzerland since 1971 world leaders meet there once a year to discuss global problems the group of wealthy business people called themselves the patriotic millionaires a uk millionaire said its outrageous that our political leaders listen to those who have the most but know the least about the economic impact of this cost of living crisis he said many superrich people pay infamously little in taxes he added the only acceptable outcome from this conference is to tax the richest and tax us now another millionaire at the protest said we have hit the end of the line when another quarter of a billion people will be pushed into extreme poverty this year

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    Timesarehardformanypeople.Pricesarerisingaroundtheworld.TheC
    OVID-19pandemicandUkraineWarhavepushedupfoodandenergyb
    ills.Insomecountries,thepriceofenergyhastripled.Inothercountries,f
    oodis20percentmoreexpensivethanayearago.Agroupofwealthybusi
    nessleaderswhoownmulti-billion-dollarcompanieshasaskedtheirgo
    vernmentstotaxthemmore.Theleadersmetatameetingofgloballeade
    rsinDavos,Switzerland.Thegroupofmulti-millionairesandbillionai
    resactuallyprotestedinthestreets.Theycalledforgovernmentstoincre
    asetaxesforpeoplelikethem.Theymarchedinthestreetswithleft-win
    gactivists.Theprotestorswantedfairertaxsystems.TheWorldEconom
    icForumhasbeenheldinDavos,Switzerlandsince1971.Worldleaders
    meetthereonceayeartodiscussglobalproblems.Thegroupofwealthyb
    usinesspeoplecalledthemselvesthePatrioticMillionaires.AUKmilliona
    iresaid:"It'soutrageousthatourpoliticalleaderslistentothosewhohav
    ethemostbutknowtheleastabouttheeconomicimpactofthiscostoflivi
    ngcrisis."Hesaidmanysuper-richpeople"payinfamouslylittleintaxes
    ".Headded:"Theonlyacceptableoutcomefromthisconferenceistotaxt
    herichestandtaxusnow."Anothermillionaireattheprotestsaid:"Weha
    vehittheendofthelinewhenanotherquarterofabillionpeoplewillbepus
    hedintoextremepovertythisyear."

    Free writing

    Write about millionaires' tax for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    The rich, and big companies should pay much more tax immediately. 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. TAX: Make a poster about tax. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. MAXIMUM TAX: Write a magazine article about taxing the wealthy and big companies to the maximum. 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 tax. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on tax. 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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