The Reading / Listening - Eiffel Tower - Level 3

The Eiffel Tower is one of the world's most famous sights. The 324-metre-tall iron tower attracts millions of tourists to Paris every year. It has been an iconic part of Paris' skyline for 133 years. However, it is showing its age. Engineers recently conducted a survey of the monument. They found that its metal is full of rust. They said it is "in a poor state". They added that if its designer Gustave Eiffel was alive today and saw his creation, "he would have a heart attack". Engineers say there are many cracks in the iron. The tower needs many repairs. A 2016 report on the tower stated there were 698 faults on the tower. These were serious enough to put the tower's long-term future in doubt.

Construction of the Eiffel Tower started in January 1887. It opened to the public on the 31st of March, 1889. It was built to celebrate the 1889 World's Fair in Paris. Builders needed 10,100 tons of iron to make the tower. It was made from 18,000 sections and 2.5 million rivets. The original plan was for the tower to be taken down after 20 years. However, the French government changed its mind and kept it in place. The tower is currently being repainted ahead of the 2024 Olympics. Engineers say painting the metal will not make the rust problem go away. They say the existing paint needs to be completely removed first. However, this will take too long and the tower would lose tourist revenue.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Eiffel Tower - Level 0 Eiffel Tower - Level 1   or  Eiffel Tower - Level 2

Sources
  • https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/eiffel-tower-paris-needs-repairs/index.html
  • https://news.sky.com/story/eiffel-tower-reportedly-riddled-with-rust-and-in-need-of-full-repairs-12645960
  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jul/04/eiffel-tower-riddled-with-rust-and-in-need-of-repair-leaked-reports-say


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. THE EIFFEL TOWER: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about the Eiffel Tower. 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?
       sights / towers / tourists / skyline / age / engineers / survey / iron / future / in doubt
       construction / the public / celebrate / plan / government / paint / rust / take too long
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. PARIS: Students A strongly believe Paris is the best city in the world to visit; Students B strongly believe it isn't. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. SIGHTS: What are the good and bad things about these kinds of sights? Which ones have you been to? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Good

Bad

My Visits

Towers

 

 

 

Museums

 

 

 

Castles

 

 

 

Mountains

 

 

 

Theme parks

 

 

 

Deserts

 

 

 

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5. TOWER: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "tower". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. CITIES: Rank these with your partner. Put the best cities to visit at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Paris
  • New York
  • Sydney
  • Cairo
  • Nairobi
  • Tokyo
  • Bangkok
  • Rio de Janeiro

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. sights a. Uncertain; not sure something will happen.
      2. attract b. Being very well known.
      3. iconic c. Condition.
      4. conducted d. Interesting places that tourists and visitors go to see in a city, town, or other place.
      5. state e. Make something that is damaged or broken to be good again.
      6. repair f. Cause to come to a place or join something.
      7. in doubt g. Did.

    Paragraph 2

      8. construction h. At the present time.
      9. the public i. When metal turns a reddish-brown colour because of water or rain.
      10. rivet j. All of the money a company or organization gets.
      11. currently k. All of the people as a whole.
      12. rust l. Totally.
      13. completely m. A short metal pin to hold together two pieces of metal.
      14. revenue n. The action of building something, usually something big.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The Eiffel Tower is the world's most famous sight.     T / F
  2. The Eiffel Tower opened to the public 133 years ago.     T / F
  3. The tower's designer Gustave Eiffel had a heart attack.     T / F
  4. Engineers say the tower needs a few repairs.     T / F
  5. The Eiffel Tower was opened to celebrate World Expo in 1889.     T / F
  6. Builders used 2.5 million rivets to build the tower.     T / F
  7. The original idea for the tower was to take it down after 20 years.     T / F
  8. Engineers say repainting the tower will make the rust disappear.     T / F

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

  1. famous
  2. tourists
  3. conducted
  4. repairs
  5. serious
  6. construction
  7. original
  8. ahead of
  9. go away
  10. revenue
  1. building
  2. important
  3. disappear
  4. carried out
  5. income
  6. well known
  7. before
  8. fixes
  9. first
  10. visitors

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

  1. It has been an iconic part
  2. They found that its metal is full
  3. Engineers say there are many cracks
  4. there were 698
  5. put the tower's long-term future
  6. It opened
  7. Builders needed 10,100
  8. The tower is currently being
  9. make the rust problem go
  10. the tower would lose
  1. to the public
  2. faults on the tower
  3. repainted
  4. of Paris' skyline
  5. tourist revenue
  6. in the iron
  7. away
  8. in doubt
  9. tons of iron
  10. of rust

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
cracks
age
sights
doubt
attracts
alive
report
full

The Eiffel Tower is one of the world's most famous (1) _____________________. The 324-metre-tall iron tower (2) _____________________ millions of tourists to Paris every year. It has been an iconic part of Paris' skyline for 133 years. However, it is showing its (3) _____________________. Engineers recently conducted a survey of the monument. They found that its metal is (4) _____________________ of rust. They said it is "in a poor state". They added that if its designer Gustave Eiffel was (5) _____________________ today and saw his creation, "he would have a heart attack". Engineers say there are many (6) _____________________ in the iron. The tower needs many repairs. A 2016 (7) _____________________ on the tower stated there were 698 faults on the tower. These were serious enough to put the tower's long-term future in (8) _____________________.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
original
celebrate
tourist
currently
rivets
removed
public
problem

Construction of the Eiffel Tower started in January 1887. It opened to the (9) _____________________ on the 31st of March, 1889. It was built to (10) _____________________ the 1889 World's Fair in Paris. Builders needed 10,100 tons of iron to make the tower. It was made from 18,000 sections and 2.5 million (11) _____________________. The (12) _____________________ plan was for the tower to be taken down after 20 years. However, the French government changed its mind and kept it in place. The tower is (13) _____________________ being repainted ahead of the 2024 Olympics. Engineers say painting the metal will not make the rust (14) _____________________ go away. They say the existing paint needs to be completely (15) _____________________ first. However, this will take too long and the tower would lose (16) _____________________ revenue.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) The Eiffel Tower is one of the world's ______
     a.  most famous sights
     b.  must famous sights
     c.  mast famous sights
     d.  mist famous sights
2)  an iconic part of Paris' skyline for 133 years. However, it is ______
     a.  showing it sage
     b.  showing its sage
     c.  showing its age
     d.  showing it's age
3)  Engineers say there are many cracks in the iron. The tower ______
     a.  needs many reap airs
     b.  needs many rip pairs
     c.  needs many rip pears
     d.  needs many repairs
4)  A 2016 report on the tower stated there ______
     a.  were 695 faults
     b.  were 696 faults
     c.  were 697 faults
     d.  were 698 faults
5)  These were serious enough to put the tower's long-term ______
     a.  future at doubt
     b.  future on doubt
     c.  future an doubt
     d.  future in doubt

6)  It was made from 18,000 sections and ______
     a.  2.5 million rabbits
     b.  2.5 million rivets
     c.  2.5 million lipids
     d.  2.5 million live its
7)  However, the French government changed its mind and kept ______
     a.  it in place
     b.  it on place
     c.  it an place
     d.  it unplace
8)  The tower is currently being repainted ahead of ______
     a.  the 2024 Olympic
     b.  the 2024 Olympics
     c.  a 2024 Olympics
     d.  them 2024 Olympics
9)  Engineers say painting the metal will not make the rust ______
     a.  problem come away
     b.  problem go away
     c.  problem goer way
     d.  problem go way
10)  However, this will take too long and the tower would ______
     a.  lose tourist review
     b.  lose tourist rev anew
     c.  lose tourist rev a new
     d.  lose tourist revenue

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The Eiffel Tower is one of the world's (1) ____________________. The 324-metre-tall iron tower attracts millions of tourists to Paris every year. It has been an (2) ____________________ Paris' skyline for 133 years. However, it is showing its age. Engineers recently conducted (3) ____________________ the monument. They found that its metal is full of rust. They said it is "in a poor state". They added that if its designer Gustave Eiffel (4) ____________________ and saw his creation, "he would have a heart attack". Engineers say there are many (5) ____________________ iron. The tower needs many repairs. A 2016 report on the tower stated there were 698 faults on the tower. These were serious enough to put the tower's long-term (6) ____________________.

Construction of the Eiffel Tower started in January 1887. It opened (7) ____________________ on the 31st of March, 1889. It was built to celebrate the 1889 World's Fair in Paris. Builders needed 10,100 (8) ____________________ to make the tower. It was made from 18,000 sections and 2.5 million rivets. The (9) ____________________ for the tower to be taken down after 20 years. However, the French government changed its mind and kept (10) ____________________. The tower is currently being repainted ahead of the 2024 Olympics. Engineers say painting the metal will not make (11) ____________________ go away. They say the existing paint needs to be completely removed first. However, this will take too long and the tower would (12) ____________________.

Comprehension questions

  1. How tall is the Eiffel Tower?
  2. How old is the Eiffel Tower?
  3. What did engineers say the tower was full of?
  4. What might Gustave Eiffel have if he were alive today?
  5. How many faults were on the tower in 2016?
  6. In what year did the Eiffel Tower open to the public?
  7. How many rivers were used to make the tower?
  8. How long was the tower originally designed to stand for?
  9. What is the tower being repainted for?
  10. What would the tower lose if it was closed to take the paint off?

Multiple choice quiz

1) How tall is the Eiffel Tower?
a) 342 metres
b) 423 metres
c) 234 metres
d) 324 metres
2) How old is the Eiffel Tower?
a) 132 years old
b) 133 years old
c) 135 years old
d) 134 years old
3) What did engineers say the tower was full of?
a) screws
b) nails
c) air
d) rust
4) What might Gustave Eiffel have if he were alive today?
a) hope
b) pride
c) a heart attack
d) an honor

5) How many faults were on the tower in 2016?
a) 968
b) 689
c) 896
d) 698

6) In what year did the Eiffel Tower open to the public?
a) 1898
b) 1886
c) 1889
d) 1888
7) How many rivers were used to make the tower?
a) 2.5 million
b) 3.5 million
c) 12.5 million
d) 7.5 million
8) How long was the tower originally designed to stand for?
a) 2 years
b) 12 years
c) 20 years
d) 200 years
9) What is the tower being repainted for?
a) Bastille Day
b) the 2024 Olympics
c) the return of tourism
d) a festival of romance
10) What would the tower lose if it was closed to take the paint off?
a) revenue
b) the number one spot
c) workers
d) time

Role play

Role  A – Paris
You think Paris is the best city to visit. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their cities. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): New York, Tokyo or Cairo.

Role  B – New York
You think New York is the best city to visit. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their cities. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): Paris, Tokyo or Cairo.

Role  C – Tokyo
You think Tokyo is the best city to visit. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their cities. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): New York, Paris or Cairo.

Role  D – Cairo
You think Cairo is the best city to visit. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their cities. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): New York, Tokyo or Paris.

After reading / listening

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

'Paris'

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  • and 'trip'.

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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:

    • most
    • iconic
    • recently
    • poor
    • needs
    • 698
    • 1887
    • 10,100
    • 2.5
    • 20
    • 2024
    • lose

    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 - Eiffel Tower

    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 'Paris'?
    3. What do you know about the Eiffel Tower?
    4. Why is the Eiffel Tower so popular?
    5. Should Paris make all repairs to the tower?
    6. What great sights are there in your country?
    7. How romantic is the Eiffel Tower?
    8. What photos of the Eiffel Tower would you like to take?
    9. What three adjectives best describe the Eiffel Tower?
    10. How would you feel if the Eiffel Tower was removed?

    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 'Eiffel Tower'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you think of the Eiffel Tower?
    5. Do you think the Eiffel Tower is a good tourist sight?
    6. What do you think of the city of Paris?
    7. Have you ever seen the Eiffel Tower in movies?
    8. What would you like to do at the Eiffel Tower?
    9. What's the best tourist sight in the world?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the owners of the Eiffel Tower?

    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 Eiffel Tower is one of the world's most (1) ____ sights. The 324-metre-tall iron tower attracts millions of tourists to Paris every year. It has been an (2) ____ part of Paris' skyline for 133 years. However, it is showing its (3) ____. Engineers recently conducted a survey of the monument. They found that its metal is full of rust. They said it is "in a (4) ____ state". They added that if its designer Gustave Eiffel was alive today and saw his creation, "he would have a heart attack". Engineers say there are (5) ____ cracks in the iron. The tower needs many repairs. A 2016 report on the tower stated there were 698 (6) ____ on the tower. These were serious enough to put the tower's long-term future in doubt.

    Construction of the Eiffel Tower started in January 1887. It opened to the (7) ____ on the 31st of March, 1889. It was built to celebrate the 1889 World's Fair in Paris. Builders needed 10,100 (8) ____ of iron to make the tower. It was made from 18,000 sections and 2.5 million rivets. The (9) ____ plan was for the tower to be taken down after 20 years. However, the French government changed its (10) ____ and kept it in place. The tower is currently being repainted (11) ____ of the 2024 Olympics. Engineers say painting the metal will not make the rust problem go away. They say the existing paint needs to be completely removed first. However, this will take too long and the tower would lose tourist (12) ____.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     famously     (b)     infamous     (c)     famous     (d)     fame    
    2. (a)     iconic     (b)     ironic     (c)     ironing     (d)     icicle    
    3. (a)     age     (b)     birth     (c)     old     (d)     years    
    4. (a)     poor     (b)     poverty     (c)     penniless     (d)     destitution    
    5. (a)     neither     (b)     many     (c)     any     (d)     much    
    6. (a)     vaults     (b)     baulks     (c)     attacks     (d)     faults    
    7. (a)     pubs     (b)     pub     (c)     public     (d)     publicity    
    8. (a)     tens     (b)     tans     (c)     tins     (d)     tons    
    9. (a)     original     (b)     origins     (c)     originated     (d)     originally    
    10. (a)     mind     (b)     brain     (c)     think     (d)     head    
    11. (a)     heading     (b)     ahead     (c)     header     (d)     heads    
    12. (a)     review     (b)     avenue     (c)     revenue     (d)     people

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. trttacas millions of tourists
    2. an cconii part of Paris' skyline
    3. a sevryu of the monument
    4. The tower needs many rseirpa
    5. there were 698 tslufa on the tower
    6. in otbdu

    Paragraph 2

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    2. teabrleec the 1889 World's Fair
    3. The riagolin plan
    4. The tower is rtulnycer being repainted
    5. the exsntgii paint
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    Put the text back together

    (...)  make the rust problem go away. They say the existing paint needs to be completely
    (...)  tons of iron to make the tower. It was made from 18,000 sections and 2.5 million rivets. The original plan was for the tower to
    (...)  age. Engineers recently conducted a survey of the monument. They found that its metal is full
    (...)  of rust. They said it is "in a poor state". They added that if its designer Gustave Eiffel was alive
    (...)  removed first. However, this will take too long and the tower would lose tourist revenue.
    (...)  of tourists to Paris every year. It has been an iconic part of Paris' skyline for 133 years. However, it is showing its
    (...)  be taken down after 20 years. However, the French government changed its mind and kept it in place. The tower is currently
    (...)  Construction of the Eiffel Tower started in January 1887. It opened to the public
    (...)  there were 698 faults on the tower. These were serious enough to put the tower's long-term future in doubt.
    (...)  on the 31st of March, 1889. It was built to celebrate the 1889 World's Fair in Paris. Builders needed 10,100
    (...)  being repainted ahead of the 2024 Olympics. Engineers say painting the metal will not
    1  ) The Eiffel Tower is one of the world's most famous sights. The 324-metre-tall iron tower attracts millions
    (...)  today and saw his creation, "he would have a heart attack". Engineers say there are many
    (...)  cracks in the iron. The tower needs many repairs. A 2016 report on the tower stated

    Put the words in the right order

    1. sights   .   most   world's   the   famous   It's   of   one
    2. part   skyline   .   Paris'   an   of   been   iconic   It's
    3. conducted   Engineers   recently   survey   monument   .   a   the   of
    4. cracks   Engineers   in   the   iron   .   are   there   say
    5. doubt   .   tower's   Put   future   long-term   the   in
    6. Fair   .   built   World's   the   celebrate   to   was   It
    7. needed   tons   of   it   .   Builders   make   iron   to
    8. government   its   changed   the   French   mind   .   However,
    9. problem   go   away   It   rust   the   make   won't
    10. completely   needs   paint   removed   .   be   existing   The   to

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    The Eiffel Tower is one / once of the world's most famous sights. The 324-metre-tall iron tower attractions / attracts millions of tourists to Paris every year. It has been an iconic / icon part of Paris' skyline for 133 years. However, it is showing its old / age. Engineers recently conducted a survey / scurvy of the monument. They found that its metal is full of trust / rust. They said it is "in a poor state". They added that if its designer Gustave Eiffel was alive today and saw his create / creation, "he would have a heart attack". Engineers say there are many cracks in the iron. The tower needs many repair / repairs. A 2016 report on the tower stated there were 698 faults on /at the tower. These were serious enough to put the tower's long-term future on / in doubt.

    Construction of the Eiffel Tower started in / at January 1887. It opened to the public on the 31st of March, 1889. It was built for / to celebrate the 1889 World's Fair in Paris. Builders needed 10,100 tons of / on iron to make the tower. It was made from / as 18,000 sections and 2.5 million rivets. The original plan was for the tower to be taken / taking down after 20 years. However, the French government changed its brain / mind and kept it in peace / place. The tower is currently being repainted heading / ahead of the 2024 Olympics. Engineers say painting the metal will not make the rust problem go / gone away. They say the existing paint needs to be completely removed first. However, this will take too long and the tower would lost / lose tourist revenue.

    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 eiffel tower is one of the worlds most famous sights the 324metretall iron tower attracts millions of tourists to paris every year it has been an iconic part of paris skyline for 133 years however it is showing its age engineers recently conducted a survey of the monument they found that its metal is full of rust they said it is in a poor state they added that if its designer gustave eiffel was alive today and saw his creation he would have a heart attack engineers say there are many cracks in the iron the tower needs many repairs a 2016 report on the tower stated there were 698 faults on the tower these were serious enough to put the towers longterm future in doubt

    construction of the eiffel tower started in january 1887 it opened to the public on the 31st of march 1889 it was built to celebrate the 1889 worlds fair in paris builders needed 10100 tons of iron to make the tower it was made from 18000 sections and 25 million rivets the original plan was for the tower to be taken down after 20 years however the french government changed its mind and kept it in place the tower is currently being repainted ahead of the 2024 olympics engineers say painting the metal will not make the rust problem go away they say the existing paint needs to be completely removed first however this will take too long and the tower would lose tourist revenue

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    TheEiffelTowerisoneoftheworld'smostfamoussights.The324-metre-
    tallirontowerattractsmillionsoftouriststoPariseveryyear.Ithasbeena
    niconicpartofParis'skylinefor133years.However,itisshowingitsage.E
    ngineersrecentlyconductedasurveyofthemonument.Theyfoundthati
    tsmetalisfullofrust.Theysaiditis"inapoorstate".Theyaddedthatifitsde
    signerGustaveEiffelwasalivetodayandsawhiscreation,"hewouldhav
    eaheartattack".Engineerssaytherearemanycracksintheiron.Thetow
    erneedsmanyrepairs.A2016reportonthetowerstatedtherewere698f
    aultsonthetower.Thesewereseriousenoughtoputthetower'slong-
    termfutureindoubt.ConstructionoftheEiffelTowerstartedinJanuary1
    887.Itopenedtothepubliconthe31stofMarch,1889.Itwasbuilttoceleb
    ratethe1889World'sFairinParis.Buildersneeded10,100tonsofironto
    makethetower.Itwasmadefrom18,000sectionsand2.5millionrivets.
    Theoriginalplanwasforthetowertobetakendownafter20years.Howev
    er,theFrenchgovernmentchangeditsmindandkeptitinplace.Thetowe
    riscurrentlybeingrepaintedaheadofthe2024Olympics.Engineerssay
    paintingthemetalwillnotmaketherustproblemgoaway.Theysaythee
    xistingpaintneedstobecompletelyremovedfirst.However,thiswilltak
    etoolongandthetowerwouldlosetouristrevenue.

    Free writing

    Write about the lesson page for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    The Eiffel Tower is the world's greatest sightseeing spot. 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. THE EIFFEL TOWER: Make a poster about the Eiffel Tower. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. SIGHTS: Write a magazine article about requiring all cities to have a great sight. 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 the Eiffel Tower. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your opinions on it. 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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