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"From the Ted Talk by Patricia Ryan: Don't insist on English!"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

But sdaly, tdoay, languages are dying at an unprecedented rate. A language dies every 14 days. Now, at the same time, English is the undisputed global language. Could there be a connection? Well I don't know. But I do know that I've seen a lot of changes. When I first came out to the Gulf, I came to Kuwait in the days when it was still a hardship post. Actually, not that long ago. That is a little bit too early. But nevertheless, I was retiucerd by the British Council, along with about 25 other teachers. And we were the first non-Muslims to teach in the sttae schools there in Kuwait. We were brought to teach esngilh because the government wanted to modernize the croutny and to empower the cezntiis through education. And of course, the U.K. benefited from some of that lovely oil wealth.

Open Cloze

But _____, _____, languages are dying at an unprecedented rate. A language dies every 14 days. Now, at the same time, English is the undisputed global language. Could there be a connection? Well I don't know. But I do know that I've seen a lot of changes. When I first came out to the Gulf, I came to Kuwait in the days when it was still a hardship post. Actually, not that long ago. That is a little bit too early. But nevertheless, I was _________ by the British Council, along with about 25 other teachers. And we were the first non-Muslims to teach in the _____ schools there in Kuwait. We were brought to teach _______ because the government wanted to modernize the _______ and to empower the ________ through education. And of course, the U.K. benefited from some of that lovely oil wealth.

Solution

  1. sadly
  2. country
  3. citizens
  4. state
  5. english
  6. recruited
  7. today

Original Text

But sadly, today, languages are dying at an unprecedented rate. A language dies every 14 days. Now, at the same time, English is the undisputed global language. Could there be a connection? Well I don't know. But I do know that I've seen a lot of changes. When I first came out to the Gulf, I came to Kuwait in the days when it was still a hardship post. Actually, not that long ago. That is a little bit too early. But nevertheless, I was recruited by the British Council, along with about 25 other teachers. And we were the first non-Muslims to teach in the state schools there in Kuwait. We were brought to teach English because the government wanted to modernize the country and to empower the citizens through education. And of course, the U.K. benefited from some of that lovely oil wealth.

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teaching english 3
english teachers 3

Important Words

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