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World War I To Officially End (29th September, 2010)

Germany will make its last payment of World War I compensation on October 3rd. The final sum to Belgium and France of $94 million means WWI will officially be over. The German newspaper Bild said: “The last bill is due and the First World War finally, financially at least, ends for Germany.” Germany had to pay the money as part of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919. It destroyed the German economy and was one of the reasons for the Second World War. Most of the money will go to private individuals and pension funds.

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It’s amazing it took so long for the Great War to end. Of course, the fighting ended almost a century ago, but paying for it continued for another 90 years. Not many people know what happens when a war ends. How did the British and Americans decide how much Germany had to pay? World War I was the bloodiest in history. Everyone hoped it would be the last world war, but they were wrong. We must all keep our fingers crossed we will not have a third one. That would be terrible. No one would be around after that to pay for the costs.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

Germany will make its

a.

pay the money

2

WWI will officially

b.

funds

3.

Germany had to

c.

German economy

4.

It destroyed the

d.

last payment

5.

one of the reasons for the

e.

be over

6.

pension

f.

Second World War

 

Paragraph 2

1.

It’s amazing it took

a.

a century ago

2

fighting ended almost

b.

in history

3.

Not many people

c.

so long

4.

the bloodiest

d.

crossed

5.

We must all keep our fingers

e.

costs

6.

pay for the

f.

know what happens


LISTENING GAP FILL

Germany ________________ payment of World War I compensation on October 3rd. The final sum to Belgium and France of $94 million means WWI ________________. The German newspaper Bild said: “The last bill is due and the First World War finally, ________________, ends for Germany.” Germany ________________ money as part of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919. It destroyed the German economy and was ________________ for the Second World War. Most of the money will go to private individuals ________________.

It’s amazing ________________ the Great War to end. Of course, the fighting ended ________________ ago, but paying for it continued for another 90 years. Not many people know what happens ________________. How did the British and Americans decide how much Germany had to pay? World War I was ________________ history. Everyone hoped it would be the last world war, but they were wrong. We must all keep our ________________ will not have a third one. That would be terrible. No one would be around after ________________ the costs.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Germany will make its last (1) ____ of World War I compensation on October 3rd. The final sum to Belgium and France of $94 million means WWI will officially be (2) ____. The German newspaper Bild said: “The last bill is (3) ____ and the First World War finally, financially at least, ends for Germany.” Germany had to pay the money (4) ____ part of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919. It destroyed the German economy and was one of the  (5) ____ for the Second World War. Most of the money will (6) ____ to private individuals and pension funds.

It’s amazing it (7) ____ so long for the Great War to end. Of course, the fighting ended almost a century ago, but paying for it continued (8) ____ another 90 years. Not many people know what (9) ____ when a war ends. How did the British and Americans decide how much Germany had to pay? World War I was the (10) ____ in history. Everyone hoped it would be the last world war, but they were wrong. We must all keep our (11) ____ crossed we will not have a third one. That would be terrible. No one would be (12) ____ after that to pay for the costs.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

paid

(b)

payment

(c)

pays

2.

(a)

over

(b)

under

(c)

beside

3.

(a)

sue

(b)

hue

(c)

due

4.

(a)

was

(b)

has

(c)

as

5.

(a)

reason

(b)

reasons

(c)

raisins

6.

(a)

go

(b)

leave

(c)

come

7.

(a)

took

(b)

taken

(c)

takes

8.

(a)

at

(b)

from

(c)

for

9.

(a)

happening

(b)

happens

(c)

happen

10.

(a)

blood

(b)

bloody

(c)

bloodiest

11.

(a)

fingers

(b)

eyes

(c)

legs

12

(a)

until

(b)

around

(c)

over


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

make its last tpnyaem

2.

The lfnia sum

3.

lcfaiifyol be over

4.

the German nooymec

5.

tvepair individuals

6.

noneisp funds

 

Paragraph 2

7.

It’s azagimn

8.

a tyrunec ago

9.

people know what hpnpsea

10.

dedeic how much

11.

keep our isrenfg crossed

12.

pay for the sstco


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919. It destroyed the German economy and was one of the

(    )

It’s amazing it took so long for the Great War to end. Of course, the fighting ended almost a century ago, but

(    )

Belgium and France of $94 million means WWI will officially be over. The German newspaper Bild said: “The last bill is

(    )

history. Everyone hoped it would be the last world war, but they were wrong. We must all keep our fingers

(    )

reasons for the Second World War. Most of the money will go to private individuals and pension funds.

(    )

the British and Americans decide how much Germany had to pay? World War I was the bloodiest in

(    )

crossed we will not have a third one. That would be terrible. No one would be around after that to pay for the costs.

(    )

due and the First World War finally, financially at least, ends for Germany.” Germany had to pay the money as part

1  )

Germany will make its last payment of World War I compensation on October 3rd. The final sum to

(    )

paying for it continued for another 90 years. Not many people know what happens when a war ends. How did


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

will     its     payment     Germany     make     last.    

2.

the     had     pay     money     Germany     to.    

3.

It     economy     German     the     destroyed.    

4.

for     World     One     reasons     Second     the     the     War     of.    

5.

of     will     private     Most     money     to     the     go     individuals.    

6.

so     amazing     took     long     It’s     it.    

7.

fighting     The     ago     century     a     almost     ended.    

8.

people     what     many     know     happens     Not.    

9.

to     had     Germany     much     how     Decide     pay.    

10.

our     keep     all     must     We     crossed     fingers.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

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

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

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

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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WRITING

Write about war for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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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. WAR: Search the Internet and find more information about World War I. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about war. Include imaginary interviews with soldiers. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. 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.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to the leader of your country. Ask him/her three questions about war. Give him/her three of your opinions on war. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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