The Reading / Listening - Grain Deal - Level 6

Ukraine and Russia have signed a deal to allow much-needed exports of grain to resume from Ukraine's Black Sea ports. The resumption should ease a world shortage of wheat that has left millions of people in Africa and India at risk of hunger. Russia's invasion of Ukraine has also resulted in a global rise in food prices. Millions of tons of grain are currently waiting for export at ports. The deal to allow exports should ease the pressure on food prices. Russia's Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and Ukraine's Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov signed the deal at a ceremony in Istanbul. Turkey's President Erdogan helped to broker the agreement.

The sides took two months to reach the deal, after intensive negotiations. It is set to last for 120 days. Ukraine has warned that any Russian provocation could put the deal in jeopardy. This has already been tested after Russian forces attacked the Black Sea port of Odesa within 24 hours of the deal being penned. Mr Shoigu told reporters that the deal might facilitate the export of more products. He said: "I'm not talking about beginning only the export of agricultural products from Ukrainian ports, but also the export of agricultural products and fertiliser from Russian ports." The US said more exports were needed, "to prevent the world's most vulnerable from sliding into deeper food insecurity and malnutrition."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Grain Deal - Level 4  or  Grain Deal - Level 5

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-62268070
  • https://www.bangkokpost.com/world/2351992/ukraine-and-russia-sign-landmark-grain-deal
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2022/07/22/middleeast/grain-shortage-mideast-africa-mime-intl-cmd/index.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. GRAIN: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about grain. 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?
       Ukraine / Russia / deal / grain / shortage / risk / food prices / exports / ceremony /
       negotiations / provocation / jeopardy / port / products / agricultural / malnutrition
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. SELF-SUFFICIENCY: Students A strongly believe all countries need to be self-sufficient in food; Students B strongly believe that's impossible. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. SHORTAGES: What would life be like if there were shortages of the following things? How could we cope with these shortages? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

What Would Life Be Like?

How We Could Cope

Wheat

 

 

Gasoline

 

 

Chocolate

 

 

Paper

 

 

Plastic

 

 

Water

 

 

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5. MALNUTRITION: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "malnutrition". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. WORLD PROBLEMS: Rank these with your partner. Put the worst at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • War
  • Food shortages
  • Climate change
  • Nuclear proliferation
  • Cyber crime
  • Water shortages
  • Viruses
  • Erosion of democracy

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. deal a. An instance of moving armies into a country or region to take it over.
      2. resumption b. An agreement entered into by two or more people, businesses or countries.
      3. ease c. Make something unpleasant or intense less serious or severe.
      4. invasion d. A formal public occasion that celebrates a particular event.
      5. infrastructure e. Arrange or negotiate an agreement or deal.
      6. ceremony f. The action of beginning something again after a pause or interruption.
      7. broker g. The basic physical and organizational structures and facilities (e.g. buildings, roads, power supplies) a city or country has.

    Paragraph 2

      8. negotiations h. Signed.
      9. provocation i. A lack of proper food that causes one to lose too much weight.
      10. jeopardy j. Exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed.
      11. penned k. Danger of loss, harm, or failure.
      12. facilitate l. Make an action or process easy or easier.
      13. vulnerable m. Discussions aimed at reaching an agreement.
      14. malnutrition n. Action or speech that makes someone angry, especially on purpose.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The deal will end hunger in Africa and India.     T / F
  2. Wheat sitting in Ukrainian ports has increased food prices worldwide.     T / F
  3. Ukraine's Defense Minister signed the deal for Ukraine.     T / F
  4. Wheat should now be able to leave from Ukraine's Black Sea ports.     T / F
  5. The deal is set to continue for about four months.     T / F
  6. The port of Odesa was attacked within 24 hours of the deal.     T / F
  7. The deal could mean Russia also exporting wheat.     T / F
  8. The USA wants controls to limit the amount of exports.     T / F

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

  1. deal
  2. resume
  3. rise
  4. ease
  5. broker
  6. negotiations
  7. last
  8. jeopardy
  9. sliding
  10. malnutrition
  1. arrange
  2. relieve
  3. talks
  4. danger
  5. hike
  6. slipping
  7. recommence
  8. hunger
  9. continue
  10. pact

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

  1. a deal to allow much-needed exports
  2. ease a world
  3. exports should ease
  4. Kubrakov signed the deal at a
  5. President Erdogan helped to
  6. after intensive
  7. It is set to last
  8. within 24 hours
  9. agricultural products
  10. sliding into deeper food insecurity
  1. the pressure on food prices
  2. ceremony in Istanbul
  3. and malnutrition
  4. for 120 days
  5. of grain to resume
  6. of the deal being penned
  7. shortage of wheat
  8. and fertiliser
  9. broker the agreement
  10. negotiations

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
risk
currently
much
broker
rise
ceremony
ease
pressure

Ukraine and Russia have signed a deal to allow (1) _____________________ -needed exports of grain to resume from Ukraine's Black Sea ports. The resumption should (2) _____________________ a world shortage of wheat that has left millions of people in Africa and India at (3) _____________________ of hunger. Russia's invasion of Ukraine has also resulted in a global (4) _____________________ in food prices. Millions of tons of grain are (5) _____________________ waiting for export at ports. The deal to allow exports should ease the (6) _____________________ on food prices. Russia's Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and Ukraine's Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov signed the deal at a (7) _____________________ in Istanbul. Turkey's President Erdogan helped to (8) _____________________ the agreement.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
penned
malnutrition
intensive
jeopardy
agricultural
provocation
products
prevent

The sides took two months to reach the deal, after (9) _____________________ negotiations. It is set to last for 120 days. Ukraine has warned that any Russian (10) _____________________ could put the deal in (11) _____________________. This has already been tested after Russian forces attacked the Black Sea port of Odesa within 24 hours of the deal being (12) _____________________. Mr Shoigu told reporters that the deal might facilitate the export of more (13) _____________________. He said: "I'm not talking about beginning only the export of agricultural products from Ukrainian ports, but also the export of (14) _____________________ products and fertiliser from Russian ports." The US said more exports were needed, "to (15) _____________________ the world's most vulnerable from sliding into deeper food insecurity and (16) _____________________."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Ukraine and Russia have signed a deal to allow much-needed exports of ______
     a.  grain to legume
     b.  grain to resume
     c.  grain to re-zoom
     d.  grain tour zoom
2)  The resumption should ease a world ______
     a.  short tick of wheat
     b.  short age of wheat
     c.  shortage of wheat
     d.  shore stage of wheat
3)  a global rise in food prices. Millions of tons of grain ______
     a.  are currently wait in
     b.  are currently weigh tin
     c.  are currently way tin
     d.  are currently waiting
4)  The deal to allow exports should ______
     a.  ease the pressure
     b.  tease the pressure
     c.  easel the pressure
     d.  diesel the pressure
5)  a ceremony in Istanbul. Turkey's President Erdogan helped to ______
     a.  broker a agreement
     b.  broker the agreement
     c.  broken the agreement
     d.  bloke the agreement

6)  The sides took two months to reach the deal, ______
     a.  after inter sieve negotiations
     b.  after intense sieve negotiations
     c.  after intensive negotiations
     d.  after intense save negotiations
7)  warned that any Russian provocation could put the ______
     a.  deal on jeopardy
     b.  dealing jeopardy
     c.  deal inject purge
     d.  deal in jeopardy
8)  attacked the Black Sea port of Odesa within 24 hours of the ______
     a.  deal being panned
     b.  deal being penned
     c.  deal being pinned
     d.  deal being punned
9)  Mr Shoigu told reporters that the deal might ______
     a.  facilitate the eggs port
     b.  facilitate the egg sport
     c.  facilitate the export
     d.  facilitate the ex port
10)  prevent the world's most vulnerable from sliding into ______
     a.  deeper food in secure city
     b.  deeper food since security
     c.  deeper food insecure ratty
     d.  deeper food insecurity

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Ukraine and Russia have (1) ____________________ to allow much-needed exports of grain to resume from Ukraine's Black Sea ports. The resumption should (2) ____________________ shortage of wheat that has left millions of people in Africa and India at (3) ____________________. Russia's invasion of Ukraine has also resulted in a (4) ____________________ food prices. Millions of tons of grain are currently waiting for export at ports. The deal to allow exports should (5) ____________________ on food prices. Russia's Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and Ukraine's Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov signed the deal at a ceremony in Istanbul. Turkey's President Erdogan helped to (6) ____________________.

The sides took two months to reach the deal, (7) ____________________. It is set to last for 120 days. Ukraine has warned that any Russian provocation could put the (8) ____________________. This has already been tested after Russian forces attacked the Black Sea port of Odesa within 24 hours of the (9) ____________________. Mr Shoigu told reporters that the deal might facilitate the export of more products. He said: "I'm not talking about beginning only the export (10) ____________________ from Ukrainian ports, but also the export of agricultural products and fertiliser from Russian ports." The US said more exports were needed, "to prevent the (11) ____________________ from sliding into (12) ____________________ and malnutrition."

Comprehension questions

  1. Where are the ports that Ukraine's grain can now leave from?
  2. What should the deal ease?
  3. How much grain is waiting for export?
  4. Who is Sergei Shoigu?
  5. Who helped to broker the deal?
  6. How long did the deal take to negotiate?
  7. What did Ukraine say could jeopardise the deal?
  8. What port was attacked in the day following the signing of the deal?
  9. What does Russia want to export besides agricultural products?
  10. Who did the US say could slide into deeper food insecurity?

Multiple choice quiz

1) Where are the ports that Ukraine's grain can now leave from?
a) the Mediterranean
b) on the Baltic Coast
c) on the Black Sea
d) the Ural Sea
2) What should the deal ease?
a) a world shortage of wheat
b) international relations
c) gasoline prices
d) fighting
3) How much grain is waiting for export?
a) 6,800,000 tons
b) hundreds of thousands of tons
c) billions of tons
d) millions of tons
4) Who is Sergei Shoigu?
a) Russia's Agriculture Minister
b) Russia's Defence Minister
c) Russia's Security Minister
d) Russia's Finance Minister
5) Who helped to broker the deal?
a) US President Joe Biden
b) Oleksandr Kubrakov
c) Turkey's President Erdogan
d) France's President Macron

6) How long did the deal take to negotiate?
a) twelve weeks
b) eight weeks
c) ten weeks
d) six weeks
7) What did Ukraine say could jeopardise the deal?
a) global warming
b) the weather
c) food prices
d) Russian provocation
8) What port was attacked in the day following the signing of the deal?
a) Izmail
b) Odesa
c) Kiliya
d) Kerch
9) What does Russia want to export besides agricultural products?
a) fertilisers
b) gas
c) weapons
d) potatoes
10) Who did the US say could slide into deeper food insecurity?
a) people in Europe
b) the Global South
c) the world
d) the world's most vulnerable

Role play

Role  A – War
You think war is the biggest problem. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as worrying. Also, tell the others which is the least worrying of these (and why): food shortages, viruses or nuclear proliferation.

Role  B – Food Shortages
You think food shortages is the biggest problem. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as worrying. Also, tell the others which is the least worrying of these (and why): war, viruses or nuclear proliferation.

Role  C – Viruses
You think viruses is the biggest problem. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as worrying. Also, tell the others which is the least worrying of these (and why): food shortages, war or nuclear proliferation.

Role  D – Nuclear Proliferation
You think nuclear proliferation is the biggest problem. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as worrying. Also, tell the others which is the least worrying of these (and why): food shortages, viruses or war.

After reading / listening

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

'grain'

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  • and 'deal'.

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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:

    • signed
    • shortage
    • global
    • risk
    • tons
    • ceremony
    • months
    • warned
    • tested
    • facilitate
    • talking
    • deeper

    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 - Grain Deal

    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 'grain'?
    3. What do you know about the Ukraine War?
    4. How has the Ukraine War affected you?
    5. What do you think of this deal?
    6. How can the Ukraine War be ended?
    7. Should more countries become more self-sufficient in food?
    8. How can the world alleviate food shortages?
    9. What more can be done to get grain out of Ukraine?
    10. What could people eat instead of wheat?

    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 'deal'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Why did it take so long to reach an agreement?
    5. How long do you think the deal will actually last?
    6. Should Russian exports of grain also be allowed?
    7. Why are there so many people suffering from malnutrition?
    8. What would you do if your food sources were insecure?
    9. What three adjectives best describe this story?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the negotiators?

    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)

    Ukraine and Russia have (1) ____ a deal to allow much-needed exports of grain to resume from Ukraine's Black Sea ports. The (2) ____ should ease a world shortage of wheat that has left millions of people in Africa and India at (3) ____ of hunger. Russia's invasion of Ukraine has also resulted in a global rise in food prices. Millions of tons of grain are (4) ____ waiting for export at ports. The deal to allow exports should (5) ____ the pressure on food prices. Russia's Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and Ukraine's Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov signed the deal at a ceremony in Istanbul. Turkey's President Erdogan helped to (6) ____ the agreement.

    The sides took two months to (7) ____ the deal, after intensive negotiations. It is set to last for 120 days. Ukraine has warned that any Russian provocation could put the deal (8) ____ jeopardy. This has already been tested after Russian forces attacked the Black Sea port of Odesa within 24 hours of the deal being (9) ____. Mr Shoigu told reporters that the deal might (10) ____ the export of more products. He said: "I'm not talking about beginning only the export of agricultural products from Ukrainian ports, but also the export of agricultural products and fertiliser from Russian ports." The US said more exports were needed, "to (11) ____ the world's most vulnerable from (12) ____ into deeper food insecurity and malnutrition."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     signed     (b)     singed     (c)     singled     (d)     signal    
    2. (a)     resumption     (b)     reduction     (c)     redaction     (d)     consumption    
    3. (a)     risk     (b)     risqué     (c)     riskiness     (d)     risky    
    4. (a)     currently     (b)     currency     (c)     currants     (d)     currents    
    5. (a)     tease     (b)     ease     (c)     appease     (d)     please    
    6. (a)     poker     (b)     joker     (c)     broken     (d)     broker    
    7. (a)     breach     (b)     retch     (c)     reach     (d)     broach    
    8. (a)     of     (b)     at     (c)     on     (d)     in    
    9. (a)     penned     (b)     pined     (c)     opined     (d)     pinned    
    10. (a)     felicitate     (b)     facilitate     (c)     vacillate     (d)     facility    
    11. (a)     prevaricate     (b)     prevent     (c)     prove     (d)     approve    
    12. (a)     sledding     (b)     siding     (c)     sliding     (d)     sidling

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (...)  and Ukraine's Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov signed the deal at a ceremony in
    (...)  for 120 days. Ukraine has warned that any Russian provocation could put the deal in jeopardy. This has already been
    (...)  tested after Russian forces attacked the Black Sea port of Odesa within 24 hours of the deal being
    (...)  ports. The deal to allow exports should ease the pressure on food prices. Russia's Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu
    (...)  in a global rise in food prices. Millions of tons of grain are currently waiting for export at
    (...)  needed, "to prevent the world's most vulnerable from sliding into deeper food insecurity and malnutrition."
    (...)  Istanbul. Turkey's President Erdogan helped to broker the agreement.
    (...)  from Ukraine's Black Sea ports. The resumption should ease a world shortage of wheat that has left
    (...)  The sides took two months to reach the deal, after intensive negotiations. It is set to last
    (...)  the export of agricultural products and fertiliser from Russian ports." The US said more exports were
    (...)  millions of people in Africa and India at risk of hunger. Russia's invasion of Ukraine has also resulted
    1  ) Ukraine and Russia have signed a deal to allow much-needed exports of grain to resume
    (...)  talking about beginning only the export of agricultural products from Ukrainian ports, but also
    (...)  penned. Mr Shoigu told reporters that the deal might facilitate the export of more products. He said: "I'm not

    Put the words in the right order

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    3. should   Exports   food   on   ease   the   pressure   prices   .
    4. in   Istanbul   .   deal   at   Signed   ceremony   a   the
    5. President   to   broker   Erdogan   agreement   .   Turkey's   helped   the
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    10. needed   .   The   were   US   grain   exports   more   said

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Ukraine and Russia have signed a dealing / deal to allow much-needed exports of grain to resume from Ukraine's Black Sea ports. The resume / resumption should tease / ease a world shortage of wheat that has left millions of people in Africa and India at risk / risky of hunger. Russia's invasion of Ukraine has also resulted on / in a global rise in food prices. Millions of tons of grain are currently waiting for export of / at ports. The deal to allow / allowance exports should ease the pressure on food prices. Russia's Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and Ukraine's Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov singed / signed the deal at a ceremonial / ceremony in Istanbul. Turkey's President Erdogan helped to broken / broker the agreement.

    The sides took two months to breach / reach the deal, after intensive negotiations. It is set to last / lastly for 120 days. Ukraine has waned / warned that any Russian provocation could get / put the deal in jeopardy. This has already been tested after Russian forces attacked the Black Sea port of Odesa within 24 hours of the deal being penned / panned. Mr Shoigu told reporters that the deal might illustrate / facilitate the export of more products. He said: "I'm not talking about beginning only the export of agricultural / agriculturally products from Ukrainian ports, but also the export of agricultural products and fertiliser from Russian ports." The US said more exports were needed, "to present / prevent the world's most onerous / vulnerable from sliding into deeper food insecurity and malnourished / malnutrition."

    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

    ukraine and russia have signed a deal to allow muchneeded exports of grain to resume from ukraines black sea ports the resumption should ease a world shortage of wheat that has left millions of people in africa and india at risk of hunger russias invasion of ukraine has also resulted in a global rise in food prices millions of tons of grain are currently waiting for export at ports the deal to allow exports should ease the pressure on food prices russias defence minister sergei shoigu and ukraines infrastructure minister oleksandr kubrakov signed the deal at a ceremony in istanbul turkeys president erdogan helped to broker the agreement

    the sides took two months to reach the deal after intensive negotiations it is set to last for 120 days ukraine has warned that any russian provocation could put the deal in jeopardy this has already been tested after russian forces attacked the black sea port of Odesa within 24 hours of the deal being penned mr shoigu told reporters that the deal might facilitate the export of more products he said im not talking about beginning only the export of agricultural products from ukrainian ports but also the export of agricultural products and fertiliser from russian ports the us said more exports were needed to prevent the worlds most vulnerable from sliding into deeper food insecurity and malnutrition

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    UkraineandRussiahavesignedadealtoallowmuch-neededexportsofg
    raintoresumefromUkraine'sBlackSeaports.Theresumptionshouldea
    seaworldshortageofwheatthathasleftmillionsofpeopleinAfricaandIn
    diaatriskofhunger.Russia'sinvasionofUkrainehasalsoresultedinaglo
    balriseinfoodprices.Millionsoftonsofgrainarecurrentlywaitingforexp
    ortatports.Thedealtoallowexportsshouldeasethepressureonfoodpri
    ces.Russia'sDefenceMinisterSergeiShoiguandUkraine'sInfrastructu
    reMinisterOleksandrKubrakovsignedthedealataceremonyinIstanbul
    .Turkey'sPresidentErdoganhelpedtobrokertheagreement.Thesidest
    ooktwomonthstoreachthedeal,afterintensivenegotiations.Itissettol
    astfor120days.UkrainehaswarnedthatanyRussianprovocationcould
    putthedealinjeopardy.ThishasalreadybeentestedafterRussianforces
    attackedtheBlackSeaportofOdesawithin24hoursofthedealbeingpe
    nned.MrShoigutoldreportersthatthedealmightfacilitatetheexportof
    moreproducts.Hesaid:"I'mnottalkingaboutbeginningonlytheexport
    ofagriculturalproductsfromUkrainianports,butalsotheexportofagric
    ulturalproductsandfertiliserfromRussianports."TheUSsaidmoreexp
    ortswereneeded,"topreventtheworld'smostvulnerablefromslidingin
    todeeperfoodinsecurityandmalnutrition."

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    More countries should aim to be self-sufficient regarding food. 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. GRAIN: Make a poster about grain. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. SELF SUFFICIENCY: Write a magazine article about asking more countries to be self-sufficient regarding food. 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 food shortages. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on how we can reduce shortages. 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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