Several students asked why the majority of people in the UK voted to leave the European Union, even though people worried it would cause many problems. This class will look at a couple of answers.
What’s the relation to the map below? Notice any similarities? Any differences?
[About TED talks… As you probably know, TED talks are a great (and free!) resource for studying English. There are many ways to use these talks, but I recommend that you try to watch each talk twice. The first time, watch with your native language subtitles turned on. Then watch it again with English subtitles. If you find any surprising words or expressions, why don’t you make note of them and try to use them. For example, when you write your thoughts about the talk, try to use those words or expressions.]
First is Alexander Betts. Try to understand what he thinks was the reason people in Britain voted to leave the European Union. What evidence does he give to support his idea?
Next is Carole Cadwalladr. She has a very different idea about what happened. What does she think was the reason people in Britain voted to leave the European Union. What evidence does she give to support her idea?
Next, discus these questions with your neighbors. Find out what they think. Finally write your own answers in the reply below:
- What was Alexander Betts main point?
- What evidence did he give to support that point?
- What was Carole Cadwalladr’s main point?
- What evidence did she give to support that point?
- Which talk do you believe more and why?
If you still are not sure about what Brexit is, this video may help you.