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The Causes of World War I

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Pre-listening vocabulary

  • assassinate: to kill an important person, especially for political reasons
  • nationalist: someone with an extreme sense of loyalty to their country
  • escalate: to grow, to increase
  • alliance: a group of countries who have agreed to help and protect each other
  • armistice: an agreement between opposing groups to stop fighting

Listening activity

Gapfill exercise

World War I began in 1914 when Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary was assassinated by a Serbian nationalist. After this, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. This began to escalate because of the many alliances in Europe at the time. Germany Austria-Hungary in the conflict, and Russia sided with Serbia. Russia was also part of a alliance known as the Triple Entente, which included France and Britain. Eventually, more countries began to join the war. This war was from previous wars because of new technology such as machine guns, tanks, and airplanes. World War I lasted until November 1918, when both sides an armistice.

Comprehension questions

1. World War I began in

Correct! Wrong!

World War I began in 1914.

2. The members of the Triple Entente were

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The members of the Triple Entente were Russia, France, and Britain.

World War I ended when

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World War I ended when both sides signed an armistice.

Discussion/essay questions

  1. Do you know anyone who has fought in a war? What were their experiences?

Transcript

World War I began in 1914 when Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary was assassinated by a Serbian nationalist. After this, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. This conflict began to escalate because of the many alliances in Europe at the time. Germany supported Austria-Hungary in the conflict, and Russia sided with Serbia. Russia was also part of a larger alliance known as the Triple Entente, which included France and Britain. Eventually, more countries began to join the war. This war was different from previous wars because of new technology such as machine guns, tanks, and airplanes. World War I lasted until November 1918, when both sides signed an armistice.

Written and recorded by Jaksyn Peacock for EnglishClub

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