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What do you know about Northern Ireland?

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This lesson plan for teachers of teenagers and adults at Intermediate level and above explores the theme of Northern Ireland. Students will develop their reading with listening skills.



This lesson is part of a series of plans based on interviews with people from around the UK. This one focuses on Northern Ireland. This is a challenging text which combines reading with listening. There are also some internet research tasks for those with access to the internet. The text included in this lesson touches on some sensitive issues, so it may be better to look carefully at it first and decide whether it is suitable for your students.

Before you use this lesson, you might want to check up on some of the background to the troubles’ in Northern Ireland. You can find more information about this on the BBC website at: You can also find a series of video clips here:

For more general information about Northern Ireland you can look at this entry on Wikipedia:


Life and change in Northern Ireland


Intermediate +


60-90 mins


  • To develop students’ ability to take information from quite a difficult reading text
  • To develop students knowledge of Northern Ireland
  • To practise asking and answering questions


Lesson plan: guide for teacher on procedure.

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Audio: the complete text
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  • 3.12Mb Mp3 - Interview

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Language level
Language Level: 
Intermediate: B1