The Reading / Listening - Global Catastrophe - Level 3

Russia's president Vladimir Putin has warned that the crisis over North Korea could cause a "planetary catastrophe". He said if war broke out on the Korean Peninsular, there would be a huge loss of life. He told reporters at a meeting in China that talking and "peaceful dialogue" were the only ways to end the crisis. He warned the USA and North Korea that talking about military action and war was very dangerous. He said: "Ramping up military hysteria in such conditions is senseless. It's a dead end." Mr Putin said North Korea would never give up its nuclear programme. He said: "They will eat grass instead of stopping their nuclear programme, as long as they do not feel safe."



Tensions in Korea are reaching very dangerous levels. On Sunday, North Korea carried out its most powerful nuclear test ever. The United Nations Security Council met after to tell North Korea to stop its testing. Many countries called for stronger sanctions against North Korea. Mr Putin said sanctions have never worked and would never work. He said sanctions against North Korea would be useless and ineffective. The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said North Korea was "begging for war" because of its words and actions. She said: "War is never something the United States wants. We don't want it now. But our country's patience is not unlimited. We will defend our allies and our territory."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Global Catastrophe - Level 0 Global Catastrophe - Level 1   or  Global Catastrophe - Level 2

Sources
  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/05/south-korea-minister-redeploying-us-nuclear-weapons-tensions-with-north
  • http://www.nation.co.ke/news/world/Putin-global-catastrophe-North-Korea/1068-4083486-w4xj8cz/index.html
  • https://www.rte.ie/news/2017/0905/902328-korea/


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Warm-ups

1. NORTH KOREA: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about North Korea. 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?

       crisis / catastrophe / loss of life / peaceful / military action / war / nuclear / grass /
       tensions / powerful / sanctions / useless / actions / patience / allies / territory

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

3. GLOBAL CATASTROPHE: Students A strongly believe there would be a global catastrophe if there was war in North Korea; Students B strongly believe the opposite.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. DISASTER: What could happen if war broke out in North Korea? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

What could happen?

How bad could it be?

Society

 

 

Food

 

 

Migration

 

 

Trade

 

 

Environment

 

 

International relations

 

 

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5. WAR: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "war". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. SOLUTIONS: Rank these with your partner. Put the best solutions to the N. Korea crisis at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Patience
  • Military action
  • Sanctions
  • Other _______
  • United Nations
  • Pressure from China
  • US leaving the region
  • USA-N Korea talks

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Vladimir Putin said there could be a "planetary catastrophe".     T / F
  2. Vladimir Putin was speaking to reporters in South Korea.     T / F
  3. Putin said talking was the only way to end the crisis.     T / F
  4. Putin said N. Koreans would eat grass then end their nuclear program.   T / F
  5. On Sunday, N. Korea carried out its first ever nuclear test.     T / F
  6. Many countries want stronger sanctions against North Korea.     T / F
  7. A US ambassador said she was begging for war.     T / F
  8. The ambassador said the USA still had a lot of patience left.     T / F

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

  1. planetary
  2. broke out
  3. huge
  4. warned
  5. give up
  6. dangerous
  7. sanctions
  8. begging
  9. defend
  10. territory
  1. cautioned
  2. risky
  3. end
  4. very big
  5. pleading
  6. global
  7. land
  8. protect
  9. started
  10. penalties

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

  1. could cause a planetary
  2. there would be a huge loss
  3. military
  4. It's a dead
  5. as long as they
  6. Tensions in Korea are reaching very
  7. Many countries called for stronger
  8. sanctions have never worked and would
  9. our country's patience is not
  10. We will defend our allies
  1. of life
  2. end
  3. never work
  4. unlimited
  5. action
  6. catastrophe
  7. and our territory
  8. do not feel safe
  9. sanctions
  10. dangerous levels

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
grass
dialogue
Peninsular
conditions
crisis
reporters
safe
military

Russia's president Vladimir Putin has warned that the (1) ____________ over North Korea could cause a "planetary catastrophe". He said if war broke out on the Korean (2) ____________, there would be a huge loss of life. He told (3) ____________ at a meeting in China that talking and "peaceful (4) ____________" were the only ways to end the crisis. He warned the USA and North Korea that talking about (5) ____________ action and war was very dangerous. He said: "Ramping up military hysteria in such (6) ____________ is senseless. It's a dead end." Mr Putin said North Korea would never give up its nuclear programme. He said: "They will eat (7) ____________ instead of stopping their nuclear programme, as long as they do not feel (8) ____________."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
ambassador
patience
met
levels
territory
powerful
actions
sanctions

Tensions in Korea are reaching very dangerous (9) ____________. On Sunday, North Korea carried out its most (10) ____________ nuclear test ever. The United Nations Security Council (11) ____________ after to tell North Korea to stop its testing. Many countries called for stronger (12) ____________ against North Korea. Mr Putin said sanctions have never worked and would never work. He said sanctions against North Korea would be useless and ineffective. The US (13) ____________ to the UN, Nikki Haley, said North Korea was "begging for war" because of its words and (14) ____________. She said: "War is never something the United States wants. We don't want it now. But our country's (15) ____________ is not unlimited. We will defend our allies and our (16) ____________."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) the crisis over North Korea could cause a "______"
     a.  plan it airy catastrophe
     b.  planet tally catastrophe
     c.  plane it all catastrophe
     d.  planetary catastrophe

2) if war broke out on the Korean Peninsular, there would be a ______ life
     a.  huge lots of
     b.  huge loss of
     c.  huge loss off
     d.  hugely loss of

3) talking and "peaceful dialogue" were the only ways to ______
     a.  ends the crisis
     b.  end the classics
     c.  end the critics
     d.  end the crisis

4) Ramping up military hysteria in such conditions is senseless. It's ______
     a.  a dead end
     b.  a death end
     c.  a deadly end
     d.  a deadened

5) They will eat grass instead of stopping their nuclear programme, as long as they ______
     a.  do not feel safety
     b.  do not fell safe
     c.  do not feel safe
     d.  do not feels safe

6)  Tensions in Korea are reaching very ______
     a.  dangerously levels
     b.  dangerous level
     c.  dangerously level
     d.  dangerous levels

7)  Many countries called for ______
     a.  stranger sanctions
     b.  stronger sanctions
     c.  stronger suctions
     d.  stranger suctions

8)  He said sanctions against North Korea ______
     a.  would be useful
     b.  would been useless
     c.  wouldn't be useless
     d.  would be useless

9)  We don't want it now. But our country's patience ______
     a.  is now unlimited
     b.  is not non-limited
     c.  is not unlimited
     d.  is not non-limiting

10)  We will defend our allies and ______
     a.  our terror tree
     b.  our territory
     c.  our territorial
     d.  our terrorists

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Russia's president Vladimir Putin has warned that (1) __________________ North Korea could cause a "planetary catastrophe". He said if war broke out on the Korean Peninsular, there would (2) ___________________ loss of life. He told (3) ___________________ meeting in China that talking and "peaceful dialogue" were the only ways (4) ___________________ crisis. He warned the USA and North Korea that talking about military action and war was very dangerous. He said: "(5) ___________________ military hysteria in such conditions is senseless. It's a dead end." Mr Putin said North Korea would never give up its nuclear programme. He said: "They will eat grass instead of stopping their nuclear programme, (6) ___________________ they do not feel safe."

Tensions in Korea (7) ___________________ dangerous levels. On Sunday, North Korea (8) ___________________ most powerful nuclear test ever. The United Nations Security Council (9) ___________________ tell North Korea to stop its testing. Many countries called for stronger sanctions against North Korea. Mr Putin said sanctions have never worked and would never work. He said sanctions against North Korea would be (10) ___________________. The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said North Korea was "begging for war" (11) ___________________ words and actions. She said: "War is never something the United States wants. We don't want it now. But our country's patience is not unlimited. We will (12) ___________________ and our territory."

Comprehension questions

  1. What did Mr Putin say there would be a huge loss of if war broke out?
  2. Where was Mr Putin when he talked to reporters?
  3. What did Mr Putin say was the only way to end the crisis?
  4. What did Mr Putin say North Korea would never give up?
  5. What did Mr Putin say N. Koreans would eat the end is nuclear program?
  6. What levels did tensions reach after N. Korea conducted a nuclear test?
  7. What did the UN Security Council tell North Korea to stop?
  8. Who is Nikki Haley?
  9. What did Nikki Haley say North Korea was begging for?
  10. What did Nikki Haley say wasn't limited with the USA?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  What did Mr Putin say there would be a huge loss of if war broke out?
a) life
b) money
c) land
d) face

2)  Where was Mr Putin when he talked to reporters?
a) Russia
b) South Korea
c) China
d) North Korea

3)  What did Mr Putin say was the only way to end the crisis?
a) money
b) sanctions
c) military attacks
d) dialogue

4)  What did Mr Putin say North Korea would never give up?
a) peace
b) its military programme
c) its leaders
d) fighting

5)  What did Mr Putin say N. Koreans would eat the end is nuclear program?
a) grass
b) its words
c) steak
d) Chinese food

6)  What levels did tensions reach after N. Korea conducted a nuclear test?
a) new levels
b) low levels
c) high levels
d) dangerous levels

7)  What did the UN Security Council tell North Korea to stop?
a) its hysteria
b) talking
c) its nuclear programme
d) the crisis

8)  Who is Nikki Haley?
a) the US ambassador to N. Korea
b) the US ambassador to the UN
c) the US ambassador to China
d) the US ambassador to Russia

9)  What did Nikki Haley say North Korea was begging for?
a) peace
b) the USA
c) war
d) food

10)  What did Nikki Haley say wasn't limited with the USA?
a) actions
b) patience
c) allies
d) war

Role play

Role  A – Sanctions

You think sanctions are the best way of ending the N. Korea crisis. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ways. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): pressure from China, US leaving the region or military action.

Role  B – Pressure from China

You think pressure from China is the best way of ending the N. Korea crisis. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ways. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): sanctions, US leaving the region or military action.

Role  C – US Leaving the Region

You think the US leaving the region is the best way of ending the N. Korea crisis. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ways. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): pressure from China, sanctions or military action.

Role  D – Military Action

You think military action is the best way of ending the N. Korea crisis. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ways. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why):  pressure from China, US leaving the region or sanctions.

After reading / listening

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

'global'

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  • and 'catastrophe'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • levels
    • ever
    • stronger
    • useless
    • words
    • defend
    • broke
    • only
    • dangerous
    • such
    • give
    • safe




    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 - Putin warns of 'global catastrophe' over N Korea

    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 'global'?
    3. How likely is it that war will break out in Korea?
    4. How much of a crisis is this?
    5. How important is talking?
    6. Is talking the only way to end this crisis?
    7. Who is saying the most dangerous words?
    8. Why does North Korea want nuclear weapons?
    9. Should North Korea give up its nuclear weapons programme?
    10. What advice do you have for North Korea's leader?

    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 'catastrophe'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What are the tensions in North Korea?
    5. How effective would sanctions be on North Korea?
    6. Why do you think the USA said North Korea is begging for war?
    7. Should the United States have a lot more patience?
    8. What kind of global catastrophe would happen if there was war?
    9. What do you think this situation be like next year?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Vladimir Putin?

    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)

    Russia's president Vladimir Putin has (1) ____ that the crisis over North Korea could (2) ____ a "planetary catastrophe". He said if war broke out on the Korean Peninsular, there would be a huge (3) ____ of life. He told reporters at a meeting in China that talking and "peaceful dialogue" were the only ways to end the crisis. He warned the USA and North Korea that talking about military action and war was very dangerous. He said: "Ramping up military hysteria in (4) ____ conditions is senseless. It's a (5) ____ end." Mr Putin said North Korea would never give up its nuclear programme. He said: "They will eat grass (6) ____ of stopping their nuclear programme, as long as they do not feel safe."

    Tensions in Korea are reaching very dangerous (7) ____. On Sunday, North Korea carried out its most powerful nuclear test (8) ____. The United Nations Security Council met after to tell North Korea to stop its testing. Many countries called for (9) ____ sanctions against North Korea. Mr Putin said sanctions have never worked and would never work. He said sanctions against North Korea would be useless and (10) ____. The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said North Korea was "(11) ____ for war" because of its words and actions. She said: "War is never something the United States wants. We don't want it now. But our country's patience is not unlimited. We will defend our (12) ____ and our territory."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     warned     (b)     warmed     (c)     waned     (d)     warred    
    2. (a)     case     (b)     cease     (c)     cause     (d)     crease    
    3. (a)     lost     (b)     loser     (c)     loss     (d)     losses    
    4. (a)     this     (b)     much     (c)     so     (d)     such    
    5. (a)     dead     (b)     death     (c)     died     (d)     dying    
    6. (a)     prefer     (b)     instead     (c)     rather     (d)     either    
    7. (a)     rebels     (b)     revels     (c)     level     (d)     levels    
    8. (a)     every     (b)     ever     (c)     event     (d)     even    
    9. (a)     stranger     (b)     stringier     (c)     stronger     (d)     stingier    
    10. (a)     affective     (b)     confetti     (c)     reflective     (d)     ineffective    
    11. (a)     beggar     (b)     begged     (c)     beg     (d)     begging    
    12. (a)     tallies     (b)     allies     (c)     rallies     (d)     sallies

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (    )     to end the crisis. He warned the USA and North Korea that talking about military action and war was very

    (    )     catastrophe". He said if war broke out on the Korean Peninsular, there would be a huge loss

    (    )     end." Mr Putin said North Korea would never give up its nuclear programme. He said: "They will eat

    (    )     grass instead of stopping their nuclear programme, as long as they do not feel safe."

    (  1  )     Russia's president Vladimir Putin has warned that the crisis over North Korea could cause a "planetary

    (    )     testing. Many countries called for stronger sanctions against North Korea. Mr Putin said sanctions have never

    (    )     ineffective. The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said North Korea was "begging for

    (    )     worked and would never work. He said sanctions against North Korea would be useless and

    (    )     Tensions in Korea are reaching very dangerous levels. On Sunday, North Korea carried

    (    )     of life. He told reporters at a meeting in China that talking and "peaceful dialogue" were the only ways

    (    )     out its most powerful nuclear test ever. The United Nations Security Council met after to tell North Korea to stop its

    (    )     want it now. But our country's patience is not unlimited. We will defend our allies and our territory."

    (    )     war" because of its words and actions. She said: "War is never something the United States wants. We don't

    (    )     dangerous. He said: "Ramping up military hysteria in such conditions is senseless. It's a dead

    Put the words in the right order

    1. would   There   life   of   loss   huge   a   be   .
    2. were   dialogue   peaceful   and   Talking   ways   only   the   .
    3. about   was   military   very   action   dangerous   and   Talking   war   .
    4. programme   give   North   up   Korea   its   would   nuclear   never   .
    5. of   They   eat   instead   stopping   will   grass   .
    6. are   Korea   in   Tensions   levels   dangerous   very   reaching   .
    7. sanctions   countries   against  called   N   for   Korea   stronger  Many  .
    8. never   never   have   Sanctions   work   and   worked   would   .
    9. said   would   sanctions   be   against   useless   North   He   Korea   .
    10. patience   not   But   country's   is   unlimited   our   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Russia's president Vladimir Putin has warned that the crisis under / over North Korea could cause / because a "planetary catastrophe". He said if war broke in / out on the Korean Peninsular, there would be a huge lost / loss of life. He told reporters at the / a meeting in China that talking and "peaceful dialogue" were the only ways / way to end the crisis. He warned the USA and North Korea that talking about military action and war were / was very dangerous. He said: "Ramping up / down military hysteria in such conditions is senseless. It's a dead end." Mr Putin said North Korea would never give up its nuclear programme. He said: "They will eat grass rather / instead of stopping their nuclear programme, as long as they do not feel / feeling safe."

    Tensions in Korea are / is reaching very dangerous levels. On Sunday, North Korea carried out its most powerful nuclear test even / ever. The United Nations Security Council meet / met after to tell North Korea to stop its testing. Many countries called / calling for stronger sanctions against North Korea. Mr Putin said sanctions have never works / worked and would never work. He said sanctions against North Korea would be useful / useless and ineffective. The US ambassador by / to the UN, Nikki Haley, said North Korea was "begging for war" because of its word / words and actions. She said: "War is never something the United States wants. We don't want it now / know. But our country's patience is not unlimited. We will defend our allies and your / our territory."

    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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    T_ns__ns _n K_r__ _r_ r__ch_ng v_ry d_ng_r__s l_v_ls. _n S_nd_y, N_rth K_r__ c_rr__d __t _ts m_st p_w_rf_l n_cl__r t_st _v_r. Th_ _n_t_d N_t__ns S_c_r_ty C__nc_l m_t _ft_r t_ t_ll N_rth K_r__ t_ st_p _ts t_st_ng. M_ny c__ntr__s c_ll_d f_r str_ng_r s_nct__ns _g__nst N_rth K_r__. Mr P_t_n s__d s_nct__ns h_v_ n_v_r w_rk_d _nd w__ld n_v_r w_rk. H_ s__d s_nct__ns _g__nst N_rth K_r__ w__ld b_ _s_l_ss _nd _n_ff_ct_v_. Th_ _S _mb_ss_d_r t_ th_ _N, N_kk_ H_l_y, s__d N_rth K_r__ w_s "b_gg_ng f_r w_r" b_c__s_ _f _ts w_rds _nd _ct__ns. Sh_ s__d: "W_r _s n_v_r s_m_th_ng th_ _n_t_d St_t_s w_nts. W_ d_n't w_nt _t n_w. B_t __r c__ntry's p_t__nc_ _s n_t _nl_m_t_d. W_ w_ll d_f_nd __r _ll__s _nd __r t_rr_t_ry."

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    russia's president vladimir putin has warned that the crisis over north korea could cause a "planetary catastrophe" he said if war broke out on the korean peninsular there would be a huge loss of life he told reporters at a meeting in china that talking and "peaceful dialogue" were the only ways to end the crisis he warned the usa and north korea that talking about military action and war was very dangerous he said "ramping up military hysteria in such conditions is senseless it's a dead end" mr putin said north korea would never give up its nuclear programme he said "they will eat grass instead of stopping their nuclear programme as long as they do not feel safe"

    tensions in korea are reaching very dangerous levels on sunday north korea carried out its most powerful nuclear test ever the united nations security council met after to tell north korea to stop its testing many countries called for stronger sanctions against north korea mr putin said sanctions have never worked and would never work he said sanctions against north korea would be useless and ineffective the us ambassador to the un nikki haley said north korea was "begging for war" because of its words and actions she said "war is never something the united states wants we don't want it now but our country's patience is not unlimited we will defend our allies and our territory"

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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    tedNationsSecurityCouncilmetaftertotellNorthKoreatostopitstestin
    g.ManycountriescalledforstrongersanctionsagainstNorthKorea.MrP
    utinsaidsanctionshaveneverworkedandwouldneverwork.Hesaidsan
    ctionsagainstNorthKoreawouldbeuselessandineffective.TheUSamb
    assadortotheUN,NikkiHaley,saidNorthKoreawas"beggingforwar"be
    causeofitswordsandactions.Shesaid:"WarisneversomethingtheUnit
    edStateswants.Wedon'twantitnow.Butourcountry'spatienceisnotun
    limited.Wewilldefendouralliesandourterritory."

    Free writing

    Write about global catastrophe for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Military action is never an answer to any problem. 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. NORTH KOREA: Make a poster about North Korea. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. MILITARY ACTION: Write a magazine article about whether or not military action would work with North Korea. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against it.

    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 North Korea. Ask him/her three questions about the country. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to solve this crisis. 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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