The Reading / Listening - Level 3

A charity has released a series of Christmas cards with a difference. The non-profit organization Doctors of the World is selling four different cards showing traditional Christmas scenes from the Holy Land. However, the pictures also contain images of the war in Syria. The Doctors of the World want to make people aware that there is still a lot of suffering going on in the world, especially in Syria. One Christmas card shows Mary and Joseph travelling on a donkey through the rubble of modern day, war-torn Syria. Another shows the baby Jesus asleep in his manger as a missile is fired in the distance behind him. The next card shows the three wise men looking up at warplanes flying overhead.



The Doctors of the World website explained the reason for their alternative Christmas cards. It said: "Rather than making a religious statement, these images seek to remind the public that this year war has forced millions from their homes, and they really need our help." Money from the sale of the cards will help buy medicine and medical equipment for people in Syria and other areas of conflict around the world. The website said: "By purchasing our cards, you are helping us to provide healthcare to the most vulnerable, and together we will [put back] a little of the most festive feeling of all – hope." The United Nations estimates that 65 million people have fled their homes because of violence and war.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Level 0 Level 1   or  Level 2

Sources
  • https://www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk/news/2016-christmas-cards


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Warm-ups

1. CHRISTMAS CARDS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about Christmas cards. 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?

       charity / non-profit / the Holy Land / war / suffering / donkey / modern / missile /
       reason / alternative / religious / the public / medicine / equipment / vulnerable

Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.

3. ONLINE: Students A strongly believe online Christmas cards are best; Students B strongly believe real Christmas cards are best.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. GREETINGS CARDS: How can they be better? Discuss this with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

  • Christmas cards
  • Birthday cards
  • Exam congratulations
  • New baby congratulations
  • Valentines
  • New job congratulations
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5. CHARITY: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "charity". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. CHRISTMAS: Rank these with your partner. Put the most important things about Christmas at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • hope
  • family
  • prayer
  • food
  • church
  • shopping
  • holiday
  • presents

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The charity is selling ten different types of Christmas card.     T / F
  2. The cards show traditional Xmas scenes, plus images of war.     T / F
  3. One Christmas card shows Mary and Joseph riding on a camel.     T / F
  4. One card shows the three wise men flying warplanes.     T / F
  5. The charity did not give any explanation about the cards.     T / F
  6. Money from the cards will go towards medicine and medical equipment.  T / F
  7. The charity said the most festive feeling is that of hope.     T / F
  8. The UN estimates that 65 million people have no home because of war.   T / F

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

  1. series
  2. traditional
  3. aware
  4. especially
  5. overhead
  6. alternative
  7. really
  8. equipment
  9. purchasing
  10. estimates
  1. truly
  2. particularly
  3. guesses
  4. regular
  5. things
  6. set
  7. above
  8. different
  9. conscious
  10. buying

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

  1. war-torn Syria
  2. public
  3. flying overhead
  4. statement
  5. of violence and war
  6. going on in the world
  7. with a difference
  8. most vulnerable
  9. equipment
  10. the distance
  1. war-torn Syria
  2. public
  3. flying overhead
  4. statement
  5. of violence and war
  6. going on in the world
  7. with a difference
  8. most vulnerable
  9. equipment
  10. the distance

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
equipment
alternative
fled
forced
purchasing
hope
remind
vulnerable

A charity has released a (1) ____________ of Christmas cards with a difference. The non-profit organization Doctors of the World is selling four different cards showing (2) ____________ Christmas scenes from the Holy Land. However, the pictures also (3) ____________ images of the war in Syria. The Doctors of the World want to make people (4) ____________ that there is still a lot of suffering going on in the world, especially in Syria. One Christmas card shows Mary and Joseph travelling on a donkey through the (5) ____________ of modern day, war-(6) ____________ Syria. Another shows the baby Jesus asleep in his manger as a missile is fired in the (7) ____________ behind him. The next card shows the three wise men looking up at warplanes flying (8) ____________.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
equipment
alternative
fled
forced
purchasing
hope
remind
vulnerable

The Doctors of the World website explained the reason for their (9) ____________ Christmas cards. It said: "Rather than making a religious statement, these images seek to (10) ____________ the public that this year war has (11) ____________ millions from their homes, and they really need our help." Money from the sale of the cards will help buy medicine and medical (12) ___________ for people in Syria and other areas of conflict around the world. The website said: "By (13) ____________ our cards, you are helping us to provide healthcare to the most (14) ____________, and together we will [put back] a little of the most festive feeling of all – (15) ____________." The United Nations estimates that 65 million people have (16) ____________ their homes because of violence and war.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  A charity has released a series of Christmas cards ______
     a.  with the differences
     b.  with the difference
     c.  with a different
     d.  with a difference

2)  make people aware that there is still a lot of suffering ______
     a.  going on
     b.  going in
     c.  gone in
     d.  go in on

3)  travelling on a donkey through the rubble of modern day, ______
     a.  war-tarn Syria
     b.  war-turn Syria
     c.  war-torn Syria
     d.  war-tern Syria

4)  the baby Jesus asleep in his manger as a missile is fired ______
     a.  in the distances
     b.  in the distant
     c.  in the distance
     d.  in the distances

5)  The next card shows the three wise men looking up at warplanes ______
     a.  flying over head
     b.  fly in overhead
     c.  fly in overhead
     d.  flying over a head

6)  Doctors of the World website explained the reason for their ______ cards
     a.  alternative Christmas
     b.  alternatively Christmas
     c.  alternatives Christmas
     d.  alter native Christmas

7)  remind the public that this year war has forced millions ______
     a.  from them homes
     b.  from their homes
     c.  from there homes
     d.  from they're homes

8)  Money from the sale of the cards will help buy medicine and ______
     a.  medical equipped meant
     b.  medicals equipment
     c.  medicals equip meant
     d.  medical equipment

9)  you are helping us to provide healthcare to the ______
     a.  most vulnerable
     b.  most vulnerability
     c.  mostly vulnerable
     d.  mostly vulnerability

10)  The United Nations estimates that 65 million people have ______
     a.  friend their homes
     b.  fled their homes
     c.  fried their homes
     d.  flayed their homes

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A charity has (1) ___________________ of Christmas cards with a difference. The non-profit organization Doctors of the World is selling four different (2) ___________________ traditional Christmas scenes from the Holy Land. However, the pictures also (3) ___________________ the war in Syria. The Doctors of the World want to make people aware that there is still a lot of suffering (4) ___________________ world, especially in Syria. One Christmas card shows Mary and Joseph travelling on a donkey through the rubble of modern (5) ___________________ Syria. Another shows the baby Jesus asleep in his manger as a missile is fired in the distance behind him. The next card (6) ___________________ wise men looking up at warplanes flying overhead.

The Doctors of the World website explained (7) ___________________ their alternative Christmas cards. It said: "Rather than making a religious statement, these (8) ___________________ remind the public that this year war has forced millions from their homes, and they really need our help." Money (9) ___________________ the cards will help buy medicine and medical equipment for people in Syria and (10) ___________________ conflict around the world. The website said: "By purchasing our cards, you are helping us to provide healthcare to (11) ___________________, and together we will [put back] a little of the most festive feeling of all – hope." The United Nations estimates that 65 million people (12) ___________________ homes because of violence and war.

Comprehension questions

  1. How many different cards is Doctors of the World selling?
  2. What do Doctors of the World want to make people aware of?
  3. What are Mary and Joseph travelling on in one photo?
  4. What is in the sky behind baby Jesus?
  5. Who is looking at warplanes in the sky?
  6. What did Doctors of the World choose not to make?
  7. What will the sale of the cards help to buy?
  8. Who will the sale of the cards be helping?
  9. What did Doctors of the World say the most festive feeling was?
  10. How many people does the UN estimate have fled their homes?




Multiple choice quiz

1) How many different cards is Doctors of the World selling?
a) 4
b) 5
c) 6
d) 7

2) What do Doctors of the World want to make people aware of?
a) images
b) cards
c) suffering
d) Christmas

3) What are Mary and Joseph travelling on in one photo?
a) a truck
b) a donkey
c) a camel
d) an airplane

4) What is in the sky behind baby Jesus?
a) a fire
b) a tree
c) a star
d) a missile

5) Who is looking at warplanes in the sky?
a) the three wise men
b) the baby Jesus
c) Mary
d) Joseph

6) What did Doctors of the World choose not to make?
a) a fuss
b) a set of cards on Afghanistan
c) 10 cards
d) a religious statement

7) What will the sale of the cards help to buy?
a) time
b) medicine
c) houses
d) clothes

8) Who will the sale of the cards be helping?
a) doctors
b) aid workers
c) the UN
d) the most vulnerable

9) What did Doctors of the World say the most festive feeling was?
a) elation
b) healthy
c) hope
d) sadness

10) How many people does the UN estimate have fled their homes?
a) 46 million
b) 65 million
c) 56 million
d) 64 million

Role play

Role A — Holiday

You think a holiday from work/school is the best thing about Christmas. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as important. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): going to church, being with family or food.

Role B — Church

You think going to church is the best thing about Christmas. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as important. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): a holiday from work/school, being with family or food.

Role C — Family

You think being with family is the best thing about Christmas. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as important. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): going to church, a holiday from work/school or food.

Role D — Food

You think food is the best thing about Christmas. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as important. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): going to church, being with family or a holiday from work/school.

After reading / listening

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

'war'

  • ________________
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  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'zone'.

  • ________________
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  • ________________
  • ________________
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  • ________________
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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:

    • reason
    • seek
    • sale
    • conflict
    • little
    • 65
    • released
    • traditional
    • contain
    • lot
    • baby
    • wise




    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 - Christmas cards show nativity in war zone

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What springs to mind when you hear the word 'Christmas'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What words and images should be on Christmas cards?
    5. Should images of war replace images of snowmen on Xmas cards?
    6. What is the best way to celebrate Christmas?
    7. Is it better to put images of suffering on Christmas cards?
    8. What does Santa Claus have to do with Christmas?
    9. What is your favourite celebration of the year?
    10. How important are greetings cards?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. Are online Christmas cards better than real ones?
    3. What is the true meaning of Christmas?
    4. What are the good and bad things about Christmas?
    5. In what ways have some people forgotten the meaning of Christmas?
    6. How can we help those who are suffering?
    7. Should Xmas cards be about raising awareness of suffering?
    8. How can we remind people that Christmas is about hope?
    9. What do you think of Christmas?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the charity?

    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)

    A charity has (1) ____ a series of Christmas cards with a difference. The non-profit organization Doctors of the World is selling four (2) ____ cards showing traditional Christmas scenes from the Holy Land. However, the pictures also (3) ____ images of the war in Syria. The Doctors of the World want to make people aware that there is still a lot of suffering going (4) ____ in the world, especially in Syria. One Christmas card shows Mary and Joseph travelling on a donkey through the rubble of modern day, war-(5) ____ Syria. Another shows the baby Jesus asleep in his manger as a missile is fired in the (6) ____ behind him. The next card shows the three wise men looking up at warplanes flying overhead.

    The Doctors of the World website explained the (7) ____ for their alternative Christmas cards. It said: "Rather than making a religious statement, these images seek to remind the public that this year war has (8) ____ millions from their homes, and they really need our help." Money from the sale of the cards will help buy medicine and medical (9) ____ for people in Syria and other areas of conflict around the world. The website said: "(10) ____ purchasing our cards, you are helping us to provide healthcare to the most vulnerable, and together we will [put back] a little of the most festive feeling of all – (11) ____." The United Nations estimates that 65 million people have (12) ____ their homes because of violence and war.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     releases     (b)     release     (c)     released     (d)     releasing    
    2. (a)     different     (b)     difference     (c)     differently     (d)     differential    
    3. (a)     contain     (b)     contents     (c)     confirm     (d)     content    
    4. (a)     on     (b)     in     (c)     at     (d)     of    
    5. (a)     tarn     (b)     torn     (c)     tern     (d)     turn    
    6. (a)     further     (b)     far     (c)     horizon     (d)     distance    
    7. (a)     why     (b)     logical     (c)     reason     (d)     mind    
    8. (a)     forged     (b)     farce     (c)     fierce     (d)     forced    
    9. (a)     equipment     (b)     equip     (c)     equipped     (d)     equips    
    10. (a)     At     (b)     By     (c)     Of     (d)     To    
    11. (a)     hopes     (b)     hope     (c)     hopeful     (d)     hoping    
    12. (a)     shed     (b)     sled     (c)     fled     (d)     slid

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    2. itntoalradi Christmas scenes
    3. contain giesma of the war in Syria
    4. want to make people aewar
    5. a lot of ffiuenrsg going on
    6. a missile is fired in the cnsedait behind him

    Paragraph 2

    1. their enltevtiraa Christmas cards
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    3. war has ocrfde millions from their homes
    4. buy medicine and dieaclm equipment
    5. helping us to oiedprv healthcare
    6. because of coenelvi and war

    Put the text back together

    (    )     hope." The United Nations estimates that 65 million people have fled their homes because of violence and war.

    (    )     than making a religious statement, these images seek to remind the public that this year war has forced millions

    (    )     Land. However, the pictures also contain images of the war in Syria. The Doctors of the World want to make

    (    )     vulnerable, and together we will [put back] a little of the most festive feeling of all –

    (    )     behind him. The next card shows the three wise men looking up at warplanes flying overhead.

    (    )     torn Syria. Another shows the baby Jesus asleep in his manger as a missile is fired in the distance

    (    )     Doctors of the World is selling four different cards showing traditional Christmas scenes from the Holy

    (    )     shows Mary and Joseph travelling on a donkey through the rubble of modern day, war-

    (    )     and medical equipment for people in Syria and other areas of conflict around the world. The website said: "By

    1  )     A charity has released a series of Christmas cards with a difference. The non-profit organization

    (    )     The Doctors of the World website explained the reason for their alternative Christmas cards. It said: "Rather

    (    )     from their homes, and they really need our help." Money from the sale of the cards will help buy medicine

    (    )     purchasing our cards, you are helping us to provide healthcare to the most

    (    )     people aware that there is still a lot of suffering going on in the world, especially in Syria. One Christmas card

    Put the words in the right order

    1. with   series   a   of   difference   Christmas   Released   cards   a   .
    2. Showing   Land   Holy   the   from   scenes   Christmas   traditional   .
    3. of   in   pictures   images   war   The   contain   the   Syria   also   .
    4. there   is   still   a   lot   of   suffering   Make   people   aware   that   .
    5. overhead   up   Three   at   wise   warplanes   men   flying   looking   .
    6. from   This   war   millions   homes   ,   forced   their   year   has   .
    7. sale   Money   medicine   buy   help   will   cards   the   of   from   the   .
    8. areas   world   of   Syria   conflict   and   around   other   the   .
    9. healthcare   Helping   to   us   the   to   most   provide   vulnerable   .
    10. People   violence   of   because   homes   their   fled   have   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    A charity has released / releasing a series of Christmas cards with a difference / different. The non-profit organization Doctors of the World is selling four different cards show / showing traditional Christmas scenes from the Holy Land. However, the pictures also contain / contents images of the war in Syria. The Doctors of the World want to make / take people aware that there is still a lot of suffer / suffering going on in the world, especially in Syria. One Christmas card shows Mary and Joseph travelling on / in a donkey through the rubble of modern week / day, war-torn Syria. Another shows the baby Jesus asleep in his manager / manger as a missile is fired in the distance behind him. The next card shows the three wise men looking up at warplanes flying / flight overhead.

    The Doctors of the World website explanation / explained the reason for their alternative Christmas cards. It said: "Rather / Prefer than making a religious statement, these images / image seek to remind / remember the public that this year war has forced millions from their homes, and they really need / needing our help." Money from the sale of the cards will help buy medicine and medically / medical equipment for people in Syria and other area / areas of conflict around the world. The website said: "By purchase / purchasing our cards, you are helping us to provide healthcare to the most vulnerable, and together we will [put back] a little of the most festive feeling of all – hope / hopefully." The United Nations estimates that 65 million people have fled their homes because of violent / violence and war.

    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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    Th_ D_ct_rs _f th_ W_rld w_bs_t_ _xpl__n_d th_ r__s_n f_r th__r _lt_rn_t_v_ Chr_stm_s c_rds. _t s__d: "R_th_r th_n m_k_ng _ r_l_g___s st_t_m_nt, th_s_ _m_g_s s__k t_ r_m_nd th_ p_bl_c th_t th_s y__r w_r h_s f_rc_d m_ll__ns fr_m th__r h_m_s, _nd th_y r__lly n__d __r h_lp." M_n_y fr_m th_ s_l_ _f th_ c_rds w_ll h_lp b_y m_d_c_n_ _nd m_d_c_l _q__pm_nt f_r p__pl_ _n Syr__ _nd _th_r _r__s _f c_nfl_ct _r__nd th_ w_rld. Th_ w_bs_t_ s__d: "By p_rch_s_ng __r c_rds, y__ _r_ h_lp_ng _s t_ pr_v_d_ h__lthc_r_ t_ th_ m_st v_ln_r_bl_, _nd t_g_th_r w_ w_ll [p_t b_ck] _ l_ttl_ _f th_ m_st f_st_v_ f__l_ng _f _ll – h_p_." Th_ _n_t_d N_t__ns _st_m_t_s th_t 65 m_ll__n p__pl_ h_v_ fl_d th__r h_m_s b_c__s_ _f v__l_nc_ _nd w_r.

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    a charity has released a series of christmas cards with a difference the non-profit organization doctors of the world is selling four different cards showing traditional christmas scenes from the holy land however the pictures also contain images of the war in syria the doctors of the world want to make people aware that there is still a lot of suffering going on in the world especially in syria one christmas card shows mary and joseph travelling on a donkey through the rubble of modern day war-torn syria another shows the baby jesus asleep in his manger as a missile is fired in the distance behind him the next card shows the three wise men looking up at warplanes flying overhead

    the doctors of the world website explained the reason for their alternative christmas cards it said "rather than making a religious statement these images seek to remind the public that this year war has forced millions from their homes and they really need our help" money from the sale of the cards will help buy medicine and medical equipment for people in syria and other areas of conflict around the world the website said "by purchasing our cards you are helping us to provide healthcare to the most vulnerable and together we will [put back] a little of the most festive feeling of all – hope" the united nations estimates that 65 million people have fled their homes because of violence and war

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    AcharityhasreleasedaseriesofChristmascardswithadifference.Then
    on-profitorganizationDoctorsoftheWorldissellingfourdifferentcards
    showingtraditionalChristmasscenesfromtheHolyLand.However,the
    picturesalsocontainimagesofthewarinSyria.TheDoctorsoftheWorld
    wanttomakepeopleawarethatthereisstillalotofsufferinggoingoninth
    eworld,especiallyinSyria.OneChristmascardshowsMaryandJosephtr
    avellingonadonkeythroughtherubbleofmodernday,war-tornSyria.A
    nothershowsthebabyJesusasleepinhismangerasamissileisfiredinthe
    distancebehindhim.Thenextcardshowsthethreewisemenlookingupa
    twarplanesflyingoverhead.TheDoctorsoftheWorldwebsiteexplained
    thereasonfortheiralternativeChristmascards.Itsaid:"Ratherthanma
    kingareligiousstatement,theseimagesseektoremindthepublicthatth
    isyearwarhasforcedmillionsfromtheirhomes,andtheyreallyneedour
    help."Moneyfromthesaleofthecardswillhelpbuymedicineandmedical
    equipmentforpeopleinSyriaandotherareasofconflictaroundtheworld
    .Thewebsitesaid:"Bypurchasingourcards,youarehelpingustoprovid
    ehealthcaretothemostvulnerable,andtogetherwewill[putback]alittl
    eofthemostfestivefeelingofall–hope."TheUnitedNationsestimatest
    hat65millionpeoplehavefledtheirhomesbecauseofviolenceandwar.

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    Christmas should be about caring for people and not presents and 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. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. CHRISTMAS CARDS: Make a poster about Christmas cards. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. CHRISTMAS: Write a magazine article about too much money being spent on Christmas (food, presents, decorations, etc.). 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 Christmas cards. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on what Christmas cards should contain. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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