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In Aguaviva, a remote village in Aragón, significant details suggest that life here is not typical. To begin

with, the size of classes in the local school: the number of students per class is considerably higher here than in other small villages. Very few places as far from big cities as Aguaviva can pride on such a substantial attendance. This happens when many schools in the small villages of “deep Spain” close every year, anticipating the death of communities with a history that can be traced back to the Middle Ages.

In Aguaviva, another remarkable abnormality can be detected in the children’s voices: ruguayanaccented

Spanish can be heard, as well as Romanian. Foreigners now make up nearly half of all the pupils. They

are all new arrivals. According to the school’s headmistress, “At the beginning, the villagers thought it was just another of those bright ideas the mayor has.”

The idea that occurred to Aguaviva’s mayor is simple: fight the danger of extinction by importing

children. Foreign families with at least two children of school age can apply for a “social package”, which includes a job and a house, as long as they promise to live there for at least five years. So far ten families, carefully selected from thousands of applicants, have emigrated to Aguaviva.

1-Write a summary of the text (about 40 words)

2) Find in the text the word which has the following definition (noun):

a-“The chief authority of a city” (0.5 points)

b-People who come from abroad.

3)Complete the following sentences so they mean the same as the previous one:

a- The number of Spanish children is now smaller than the number of foreign children at Aguaviva’s school.

-There are…..

b- the number of students per class is considerably higher here than in other small villages.

-No other small village 

c- If all those foreign families hadn’t arrived at Aguaviva, …

d-The classes are so big because they have many foreign students.

-They have ….. big classes because there are many foreign students.


1) Why is the size of classes in Aguaviva larger than in other rural villages? (1 point per answer)

2) What is Aguaviva’s strategy for survival?

5) Write a composition (120 WORDS)

a) Advantages and disadvantages of living in the city and in the country.

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