Where did the idea of a 'United Nations' come from?
How did the different countries of the world decide to join together
to try to keep peace and create a better world?
The unit 1 reading passage is called International
Cooperation: the dream that won't go away.
The passage describes some of the earliest notions of organizing a world forum to address interests common to
the nations of the world. It also describes some of the very first
proposals for a cooperative world body - some that came, not only
from politicians and statesmen around the world, but also from
writers and thinkers.
The passage tells of one put forth by the writer, H.G. Wells and another
by the British writers, Virginia Woolf and Leonard Woolf, and
still another by a South American feminist group.
The unit reading is a springboard that leads to comprehension questions, vocabulary exercises, practice
with present perfect, listening comprehension and writing practice
on the skill of sharing information. At the same time, all exercises
provide information about the forming of the United Nations as
they provide practice with the four skills of English.
To begin, click on Reading Passage.