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Lesson 7: Going Global

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The focus areas of this lesson are listening comprehension and pronunciation skills.


Exercise 7.1 Today's news around the globe

Listen to the live radio news broadcast by the three radio stations listed below for a minimum total of one hour (20+20+20 minutes).

BBC World Service On Air Now

ABC News Radio

CBC Live Radio

Write in your learner diary your thoughts on the different dialects used in the news – for example, whether they were easy / difficult to understand and why.

Write down here the date(s) when you listened to the news:


Exercise 7.2 Pronunciation and listening comprehension practice

Watch the two videos listed below. In fact, don’t just watch but practice (out loud) as you watch them!

The first video teaches you how to pronounce the sounds of English. The video begins with the vowel sounds, and the consonants begin around the 33” mark.

English Pronunciation in British Accent / Received Pronunciation
https://youtu.be/kur9zAMOkKc (~1 h 24 min)


The second one is a webinar about developing your listening skills by increasing your knowledge of pronunciation.

Learning To Listen: The Key to American English Pronunciation
https://youtu.be/VnJToE6fuK8 (~55 min)


Write down here the date(s) when you watched the videos:




Dublin Cam

Let's take a break and step into an Irish pub for a moment.

Dublin Cam

Photo: Flickr / Matteo Batazzi, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0


Exercise 7.3 Listen and record

Listen to the text below, practice and record yourself reading it.

Tehtävä arvioidaan S/K.


According to dictionaries, the term ‘global village’ refers to the world, especially considered as the home of all nations and peoples living interdependently. It usually means being closely connected by information and communications technology as well as being interdependent socially, economically and politically. Modern ICT enables us to observe, participate in and experience events in real-time anywhere in the world, just like the generations before us did in small villages. It also enables us to expand our social circles to include people whom we have never met – or will never meet – in person, to join or form online communities with others who share the same interests, to spread information or promote our causes and views, and to read about local or international affairs no matter where we live. Concurrently, greater involvement makes us more aware of global issues affecting the humankind as a whole as well as the plight of an individual affected by a particular issue.


Submit your audio file (max. 3 Mb) below or send it directly to your teacher via email.


Exercise 7.4 Listen and fill in

Listen to the text and fill in the missing words.

Tehtävä arvioidaan S/K.


Nowadays there are millions of people travelling the world each year. Never before have so many people visited so many places or experienced such a  of cultures. The growth of tourism has its advantages and disadvantages. It can increase  and  of diverse cultures and  understanding and  respect. It can drive the development of some communities and  as well as help local people develop new skills. In addition to the  sector, tourism can provide jobs in areas such as agriculture,  and handicrafts. It can also prevent from the  areas to cities.

Considering the downsides, it can also have a negative  on the environment, cultural , values, and local ways of life, especially if tourists are not  to act consciously and respectfully towards the habits and the  life of the host communities. One fear is the loss of  culture when locals change their lifestyle,  and even their language to serve tourists – not to mention the  of the commercialization of local cultures.
One question to consider is the role of government in the development of local tourism. For example, one could argue in favor of both  subsidies to attractions such as national museums to keep them open to the public and allocating public money to newer attractions such as  parks that draw large  of visitors and employ more people.


Photo: Wikimedia Commons / Arpingstone, Public Domain


Exercise 7.5 Conversation

Listen to the conversation and answer the questions below.

Tehtävä arvioidaan arvosanalla 4-10.



1. What are the speakers’ views on voting?

2. Who do they pick as the most interesting or influential member of the British Royal Family? Why?

3. What are their views on royal families?

4. How do people become supporters or advocates of a cause or a movement? What examples are given?

5. If they were given €500 to donate to a group or an organization, which one would they choose? Why might donating be problematic?


6. What things are they happy and unhappy about in their neighborhoods?


7. How would they like their communities to develop?

8. Which global issues are they most concerned about, if any?

9. Do they think an individual can make a difference globally?

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