This week we talked about Europe, and even though the European debt crisis was the main topic, we also talked about the geography, traditions, and people of Europe. Do you know all the countries in Europe? Try this quiz. Or you may like this time lapse video of how Europe as we know it today has evolved.Now, on to the homework!
First, for listening try the BBC listening about the Youth Unemployment Crisis or German Help For Greece Waning (mp3 with transcript). More advanced learners could check out Europe, After the Vote Against Austerity (with slower and faster speeds).
For reading, try a reading comprehension activity about the European Union or for those more advanced, Europe. For "original version" reading, check out the whole section about the European Debt Crisis at the New York Times.
And finally, for writing, please write about how the crisis is affecting you and how you think it is changing the relationship between countries in the EU. Would you ever consider moving to another country to find work? Do you think other countries have a different opinion of Spain now?
This week we also practiced some spelling and saying big numbers (million, billion, trillion). There were some questions about differences between British and American billion, but nowadays both countries use the same word 1,000,000,000 is a billion. Also, if you want to practice some grammar there are some good games over at Road to Grammar.
--Europe was created by history, America was created by philosophy. --Margaret Thatcher