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Equality in U.K. Royal Law Change (30th October, 2011)

The United Kingdom has changed laws on who can become a king or queen. Old laws said that even if a daughter was born first, any brothers born after her would be ahead of her to become a future monarch. The new laws mean that if Prince William and his wife have a girl first, she will be first in line after William becomes king. The leaders of 16 countries where the Queen is head of state agreed to the new laws. This now means greater sexual equality for British royals.

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Another major change was also made. It is now OK for a king or queen to marry a Roman Catholic. For hundreds of years this was not allowed. British Prime Minister David Cameron said a Catholic monarch must agree with the Church of England because he or she is the head of that Church. He added: “It is simply wrong they should be denied the chance to marry a Catholic…After all, they are already quite free to marry someone of any other [religion]."

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

changed laws on who can

a.

future monarch

2

even if a daughter

b.

of state

3.

become a

c.

was born first

4.

she will be first

d.

equality

5.

the Queen is head

e.

become a king

6.

greater sexual

f.

in line

 

Paragraph 2

1.

Another major

a.

was not allowed

2

For hundreds of years this

b.

denied the chance

3.

must agree

c.

of that Church

4.

he or she is the head

d.

to marry someone

5.

It is simply wrong they should be

e.

change

6.

they are already quite free

f.

with the Church


LISTENING GAP FILL

The United Kingdom ___________________ who can become a king or queen. Old laws ___________________ daughter was born first, any brothers born after her would be ahead of her to become a future monarch. The ___________________ if Prince William and his wife ___________________, she will be first in line after William becomes king. The leaders of 16 countries where the Queen ___________________ agreed to the new laws. This now means ___________________ for British royals.

Another ___________________ made. It is now OK for a king or queen to marry a Roman Catholic. For ___________________ this was not allowed. British Prime Minister David Cameron said a Catholic monarch ___________________ Church of England because he or she is the ___________________. He added: “It is simply wrong they ___________________ the chance to marry a Catholic…After all, they are already ___________________ marry someone of any other [religion]."


MULTIPLE CHOICE

The United Kingdom has changed laws (1) ____ who can become a king or queen. Old laws said that (2) ____ if a daughter was born first, any brothers born after her would be (3) ____ of her to become a future monarch. The new laws mean that if Prince William and his wife have a girl first, she will be first in (4) ____ after William becomes king. The leaders of 16 countries where the Queen is (5) ____ of state agreed to the new laws. This now means greater sexual equality (6) ____ British royals.

Another major change was also (7) ____. It is now OK for a king or queen to marry a Roman Catholic. For hundreds of years this was not (8) ____. British Prime Minister David Cameron said a Catholic monarch must agree (9) ____ the Church of England because he or she is the head of that Church. He (10) ____: “It is simply wrong they should be denied the chance to marry a Catholic…After (11) ____, they are already (12) ____ free to marry someone of any other [religion]."

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

in

(b)

of

(c)

on

2.

(a)

even

(b)

never

(c)

ever

3.

(a)

forward

(b)

ahead

(c)

future

4.

(a)

line

(b)

queue

(c)

straight

5.

(a)

neck

(b)

head

(c)

stomach

6.

(a)

at

(b)

for

(c)

so

7.

(a)

made

(b)

did

(c)

having

8.

(a)

let

(b)

permission

(c)

allowed

9.

(a)

at

(b)

with

(c)

in

10.

(a)

divided

(b)

took away

(c)

added

11.

(a)

every

(b)

each

(c)

all

12

(a)

quite

(b)

quit

(c)

quiet


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

cgdhnae laws

2.

a rudegaht was born

3.

become a uuertf monarch

4.

she will be rifts in line

5.

edserla of 16 countries

6.

greater sexual aueqylti

 

Paragraph 2

7.

Another maroj change

8.

serddhun of years

9.

this was not alwoled

10.

It is simply norgw

11.

be denied the ecnahc to

12.

any other negiilro


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

her would be ahead of her to become a future monarch. The new laws mean that if Prince William and

(    )

his wife have a girl first, she will be first in line after William becomes

(    )

a Catholic…After all, they are already quite free to marry someone of any other [religion]."

(    )

to the new laws. This now means greater sexual equality for British royals.

(    )

king. The leaders of 16 countries where the Queen is head of state agreed

(    )

with the Church of England because he or she is the head of that

(    )

queen to marry a Roman Catholic. For hundreds of years this was not

1  )

The United Kingdom has changed laws on who can become a king or queen. Old laws

(    )

said that even if a daughter was born first, any brothers born after

(    )

Another major change was also made. It is now OK for a king or

(    )

Church. He added: “It is simply wrong they should be denied the chance to marry

(    )

allowed. British Prime Minister David Cameron said a Catholic monarch must agree


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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

1.

who     a     queen     on     become     or     Laws     can     king.    

2.

of     future     her     monarch     to     become     Ahead     a.    

3.

will     first     line     She     be     in.    

4.

Countries     head     where     of     the     state     Queen     is.    

5.

now     greater     equality     This     means     sexual.    

6.

was     made     Another     change     also     major.    

7.

years     this     For     was     hundreds     not     of     allowed.    

8.

with     Catholic     the     monarch     Church     must     agree     A.

9.

is     of     she     head     Church     or     the     that     He.    

10.

of     Free     any     to     other     marry     religion     someone.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

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

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

________________________________________________________

3.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________

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

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

________________________________________________________

3.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________


WRITING

Write about royal families 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. ROYAL FAMILIES: Search the Internet and find more information about royal families. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about royal families. Include an imaginary interview with a king or queen. 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 a royal family expert. Ask him/her three questions about royal families. Give him/her three of your opinions on them. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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