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					WORDS
IN THE
NEWS
Teacher’s pack
Words in the News

Dutch EU vote – 01 June 2005
(story link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/newsenglish/witn/2005/06/050601_dutch.shtml)




Teacher’s pack table of contents

Lesson Plan: Core Materials....................................................... 3

Lesson Plan: Supplementary Materials .................................. 8

Worksheet A: Specific information Questions ...............10

Worksheet B: Vocabulary Building. ......................................11

Worksheet C: Word classes ...................................................13

Answer Key.......................................................................................14




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                         Words in the News – Dutch EU vote – Intermediate Reading Skills
                                            Core materials Lesson Plan

    Activity      Approx    Teacher                                                             Boardwork
                  time in
                  mins

    Warm-up/                Generate interest about today’s topic by writing some European      For example:
    stimulate               countries on the board. For each one ask students if it is in the
    students'               EU or not.                                                          Belgium
    interest in             Show on a world map where those countries are.                      Monaco
    text                    Answers:                                                            Germany
p                            In EU              Not in EU                                       Iceland
R                            Belgium            Monaco                                          Portugal
                     5
E                            Germany            Iceland                                         Denmark
                             Portugal           Switzerland                                     Sweden
R                            Denmark                                                            Switzerland
E                            Sweden                                                             France
A                            France                                                             The Netherlands
D                            the Netherlands
I
N   Pre-teach               Elicit/present key vocabulary that students need either to
G   essential               understand the key points of the text or to understand and/or
    vocab                   answer any questions that you'll set them later in the lesson.
T                           The vocabulary is from Word in the News (so you can elicit the
E                           vocabulary by using the explanations provided). Additional
X                           vocabulary is given below:
T
                            ardent supporters
                            people who are strongly in favour of something

                            a dead letter
                            a law that is no longer recognised or observed


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                     Words in the News – Dutch EU vote – Intermediate Reading Skills
                                          Core materials Lesson Plan

    Activity   Approx    Teacher                                                       Boardwork
               time in
               mins


                         to call off
                         to cancel, to abolish

                         face to face
                         in person
p
R                        to face
E                        to have to deal with

R                        to discard
E                        to reject, to abolish
A
D                        embryonic
I                        which is still being established, developing
N
                         pillar
G
                         regarded as main supporters
T                        to mark time
E                        to wait without doing much
X
T                        to be blessed with
                         to be lucky to have




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                           Words in the News – Dutch EU vote – Intermediate Reading Skills
                                               Core materials Lesson Plan

    Activity         Approx    Teacher                                                           Boardwork
                     time in
                     mins

                               Additional vocabulary:
                               statesmanship
                               When a politician is very diplomatic and is able to manage
                               relationships with other politicians from other countries well,
                     10        we can say she or he has very good ……..statesmanship skills.
P
R                              Elicit/present the vocabulary, model the vocab (say it clearly,
E                              highlighting the word stress) and get them to repeat the words
                               after you.
R
E   Written record             Write the words on the board, eliciting spelling as you write.    ardent supporters
A                              Elicit and show the word stress of each item and word class, if
D                              necessary.                                                        a dead letter
I                              Give students some time to copy your boardwork into their
N                              notebooks.                                                        to call off (v)
G
                                                                                                 face to face
T
E                                                                                                to face (v)
X
T                                                                                                to discard (v)

                                                                                                 embryonic (adj)

                                                                                                 pillar (n)


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                             Words in the News – Dutch EU vote – Intermediate Reading Skills
                                                 Core materials Lesson Plan

    Activity         Approx     Teacher                                                              Boardwork
                     time in
                     mins

                                                                                                     to mark time (v)

                                                                                                     to be blessed with

                                                                                                     statesmanship (n)
    Set gist                    The gist question should test students’ overall understanding of     The EU is united in its political
    question                    the text. The answer should be a short answer.                       aims. True or False?
                                Tell the students they are going to read a text about the
                         1
                                European Union. Give them a time limit (2 - 3 minutes) to
                                read the text quickly to get the gist of it and to find the answer
                                to the question on the board.
W   Skim reading
H   (first reading
I   of text)             2
L
E
    Check answer                Check students' answers                                              The EU is united in its political
R                               Elicit answer from students (and underline answer on board)          aims. True or False?
E                        1      Paragraph 5 says 'Statesmanship and good luck will be
A                               needed…and the Union has not been blessed with either in
D                               recent times.'
I   Set specific                Use worksheet A/online quiz to help students understand the
N   information                 text in more detail.
                     1
G   questions                   Give students a time limit (5 - 6 minutes) to read the text
                                again in more detail now and to answer the questions.


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                                 Words in the News – Dutch EU vote – Intermediate Reading Skills
                                                    Core materials Lesson Plan

         Activity         Approx    Teacher                                                            Boardwork
                          time in
                          mins

         Reading for
         specific
         information
                          5-6
         (second
         reading of the
         text)
         Check specific             Elicit answers True or False. Direct attention to particular
         information      2         paragraph if an answer is wrong to try to elicit correct answer.
         answers                    (see worksheet A and answer key)
P   R                               Before the lesson, make enough copies of worksheet B so that
O   E                               there is 1 worksheet for every 4 – 5 students. Cut up the
S   A                     5         vocabulary and explanations.
T   D                               In class, tell students to match the correct word with the right
    I                               definition.
    N    Check            2         Elicit answers. If an answer is wrong, ask other students to try
    G    answers                    to elicit correct answer. (see worksheet B and answer key)
Total                     45
Time                      mins
Approx




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                             Words in the News – Dutch EU vote – Intermediate Reading Skills
                                           Supplementary materials Lesson Plan



    Activity        Approx      Teacher                                                              Boardwork
                    time in
                      mins
    Word stress                 Use worksheet C to focus on classifying vocabulary into word
    and word                    classes.
                    5 - 10
P   classes focus               Tell students to put the words into the correct columns and to
O                               create their own example sentences.
S   Check           3           If an answer is wrong, ask other students to try to elicit correct
T   answers                     answer (see worksheet C and answer key).
    Follow-up                   Show students some examples of political posters/campaigns
R   activity                    from the internet, newspapers, magazines, government sources
E   speaking                    etc. Elicit what information is common to all posters
A                               (description of the candidate/party, promises/pledges, issues
D                               s/he promises to deal with, how money will be spent, why the
I                               opposition is the wrong choice etc)
N                               Tell students they are going to create their own political party's
G                               election poster. When they have finished, the class will vote
                                for the best party.
T                               Tell students they will work in small groups and first
                    15
E                               select/create a political party for their campaign. Second,
X                               create a poster for it. Encourage them to think about their
T                               audience. Who is this poster aimed at? Young parents,
                                workers, old people, students?
                                Third, work together on the pictures and words to create their
                                posters.
                                Give them 5 minutes to brainstorm ideas and 5 - 10 minutes to
                                write their posters.
                                Circulate, while they are working, giving help with grammar
                                and spelling, if necessary.
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                         Words in the News – Dutch EU vote – Intermediate Reading Skills
                                       Supplementary materials Lesson Plan

         Feedback           Collect the students' work. If possible, stick it up where        Examples:
                            everyone can see it.
                            Ask the students to look at each poster Have a class vote for     A vote for us is a vote for
                            each political party.                                             equality! P
                    5
                            Give praise for content ( e.g. which one had the best art work)
                            Give praise for correct examples you saw.                         Are you tired of our streets
                            Give feedback on incorrect examples you saw and elicit            be dirty? O
                            corrections.
Total
Time                30
Approx




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Words in the News – Worksheet A

Dutch EU vote – 1 June 2005

Are the following questions true of false? Read the text again and circle the correct
answer:




1.     People who are very enthusiastic about the European Union think that                     T/F
       a lot of Dutch people will vote 'No' in the referendum.


2.     If the Netherlands votes 'No', the European union will soon be a                         T/F
       political union.


3.     EU leaders are planning to have a phone conference in Brussels soon.                     T/F


4.     When the leaders meet they will accept proposals for a diplomatic                        T/F
       service which is at the early stages of development.


5.     A key element of the EU is the close relationship France has with                        T/F
       Germany.


6.     The EU offices have been very busy in the recent weeks while waiting                     T/F
       for the French and Dutch vote results.




This quiz is available online. Go to:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/newsenglish/witn/2005/06/050601_dutch.shtml


At the bottom of the page (Words in the News), follow the link Do a comprehension test
about this story




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Words in the News – Worksheet B - Vocabulary

Dutch EU vote – 1 June 2005


Cut up the following vocabulary items. Ask students to match them correctly with the
definitions.




1.     ardent supporters


2.     a dead letter


3.     to call off


4.     face to face


5.     to face


6.     to discard


7.     embryonic


8.     pillar


9.     to mark time


10.    to be blessed with




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 Words in the News – Worksheet B - Definitions

 Dutch EU vote – 1 June 2005

 Cut up the following definitions. Ask students to match them correctly with the
 vocabulary items.



a.       in person


b.       which is still being established, developing


c.       a law that is no longer recognised or observed


d.       regarded as main supporters


e.       to cancel, to abolish


f.       to reject, to abolish


g.       people who are strongly in favour of something


h.       to be lucky to have


i.       to wait without doing much


j.       to have to deal with




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Words in the News – Worksheet C

Dutch EU vote – 1 June 2005

Put the following words about politics from the text. into the correct column. Then make
up your own example sentence using the word. The first one has been done for you:

referendum           constitution         political            ratify         treaty

vote          summit                government          diplomatic       immigration

opposition           economic             reform               institutions

statesmanship        mission

verb              noun              adjective         example
                  referendum                          We had a referendum on
                                                      introducing a ban on smoking.




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Words in the News

Dutch EU vote – 1 June 2005

Answers


Worksheet A

1. True – Paragraph 1 says 'ardent supporters...have acknowledged...that a No vote is
likely'.

2. False Paragraph 1 says 'the constitution as a new political basis to unit the European
continent...would be seen as a dead letter.'

3. False – Paragraph 3 says 'EU leaders are to meet for...face to face talks...in two weeks'
time.'.

4. False – Paragraph 3 says 'They face...having to discard plans...for...an embryonic EU
diplomatic service'.

5. True – Paragraph 4 of the text says 'The Franco-German partnership…claimed as the
pillar of the EU'.

6. False Paragraph 5 says For weeks now EU institutions have been marking time, waiting
for the verdict of two nations at the heart of Europe.'

Worksheet B         Worksheet C
                    verb    noun                    adjective       expression
1. g                        referendum                              various answers
2. c                                                            a   are possible here
3. e                           constitution
4. a                                                political
5. j                ratify
6. f                           treaty
7. b                vote       vote
8. d                           summit
9. i                           government
10. h                                               diplomatic
                               immigration
                               opposition
                                                    economic
                    reform     reform
                               institutions
                               statesmanship
                               mission



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