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dateline: 31 July 2019

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Seesaws Temporarily Lighten Up US-Mexico Border

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • seesaw: a balanced plank that two people sit on and push up and down; also called a “teeter-totter”
  • lighten up: to make less serious
  • temporary: for a short time; not long-term
  • migration: movement from one region or country to another, often due to conflict or poverty
  • install: to set in place for use
  • architectural: related to the design and form of a structure
  • consequence: a result of an action

Seesaws Temporarily Lighten Up US-Mexico Border

A temporary art installation at the US-Mexico helped lighten the on both sides of the migration conflict this week. Three neon pink seesaws were installed between the metal at the US-Mexico border between New Mexico and Ciudad Juárez. The architectural who designed the project, said the seesaw symbolizes that actions on one side have a direct consequence on the other side. of the temporary exhibit show children and adults having fun on the seesaws.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What is the report mainly about?
  2. Why does the report mention professors?
  3. What does the seesaw represent?

Discussion Question

What interesting art installations have you seen in your travels?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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