The Reading / Listening - Level 3

Police in Sudan have arrested one of the world's most wanted people smugglers. The smuggler is Mered Medhanie, 35, from the East African country of Eritrea. He has the nickname of 'The General' because of the way he plans and carries out people smuggling. Police say Mered's actions resulted in the deaths of hundreds of migrants – people trying to leave Africa to go to Europe to try to find a better life. At least 359 migrants died when their boat sank near Lampedusa in the Mediterranean Sea in 2013. The Sudanese police found Mered in a secret hideout in the capital Khartoum. They worked closely with Britain's National Crime Agency (NCA) and British intelligence services.



Sudan will give Mered to the police in Italy, where he could get a long prison sentence. Detectives say he controlled a huge organisation that smuggled thousands of migrants from Africa and the Middle East across the Mediterranean to Europe. He charged people up to $5,500 each to make the high-risk journey in dangerous boats. He became very rich from his activities. The NCA said Mered was a high-level human trafficker and that he did not care about people's lives. An NCA spokesperson said: "Medhanie is a prolific people smuggler and has absolute disregard for human life." Italian police said Mered's plan was to make a huge amount of money and then move to Sweden, where his wife lives.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Level 0 Level 1   or  Level 2

Sources
  • http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/08/worlds-most-wanted-people-smuggler-arrested-in-joint-british-ope/
  • http://news.sky.com/story/1708610/people-smuggler-the-general-arrested-in-sudan
  • http://www.thelocal.it/20160608/migrant-smuggling-boss-extradited-to-italy


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Warm-ups

1. PEOPLE SMUGGLING: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about people smuggling. Change partners often and share your findings.

2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?

       Sudan / smugglers / nickname / actions / migrants / a better life / boat / secret /
       police / prison / sentence / high risk / journey / dangerous / prolific / money

Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.

3. BORDERS: Students A strongly believe there should be no borders between countries; Students B strongly believe this would be a disaster.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. SMUGGLING: How can the following stop people smuggling? Talk with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

  • The police
  • The Internet
  • The U.N.
  • The migrants' country
  • European countries
  • Average people
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5. POLICE: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "police". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. MOST WANTED: Rank these with your partner. Put the biggest criminals at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • bank robbers
  • spies
  • hackers
  • arsonists
  • people smugglers
  • rhino hunters
  • drug barons
  • terrorists

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if a-h below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The people smuggler was from Eritrea.     T / F
  2. The people smuggler's nickname was 'The President'.     T / F
  3. The article said Mered was responsible for thousands of deaths.     T / F
  4. The people smuggler was found in a secret hideout in Italy.     T / F
  5. Mered could get a long prison sentence in Italy.     T / F
  6. Mered made people pay over $5,000 to cross the Mediterranean.     T / F
  7. Police said Mered wanted to make a huge amount of money.     T / F
  8. Mered's wife lives in Italy.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. people smuggler
  2. way
  3. resulted in
  4. at least
  5. found
  6. long
  7. huge
  8. journey
  9. absolute
  10. move
  1. very big
  2. led to
  3. located
  4. trip
  5. method
  6. total
  7. relocate
  8. lengthy
  9. human trafficker
  10. more than

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. He has the nickname
  2. resulted in the deaths
  3. their boat
  4. police found Mered in a secret
  5. British intelligence
  6. he could get a long
  7. he controlled a huge
  8. He charged people
  9. He became very rich
  10. make a huge amount
  1. of hundreds
  2. up to $5,500 each
  3. hideout
  4. from his activities
  5. prison sentence
  6. sank
  7. of money
  8. services
  9. of 'The General'
  10. organisation

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
country
resulted
services
nickname
secret
better
arrested
sank

Police in Sudan have (1) ____________ one of the world's most wanted people smugglers. The smuggler is Mered Medhanie, 35, from the East African (2) ____________ of Eritrea. He has the (3) ____________ of 'The General' because of the way he plans and carries out people smuggling. Police say Mered's actions (4) ____________ in the deaths of hundreds of migrants – people trying to leave Africa to go to Europe to try to find a (5) ____________ life. At least 359 migrants died when their boat (6) ____________ near Lampedusa in the Mediterranean Sea in 2013. The Sudanese police found Mered in a (7) ____________ hideout in the capital Khartoum. They worked closely with Britain's National Crime Agency (NCA) and British intelligence (8) ____________.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
thousands
life
huge
level
prison
amount
each
prolific

Sudan will give Mered to the police in Italy, where he could get a long (9) ____________ sentence. Detectives say he controlled a (10) ____________ organisation that smuggled (11) ____________ of migrants from Africa and the Middle East across the Mediterranean to Europe. He charged people up to $5,500 (12) ____________ to make the high-risk journey in dangerous boats. He became very rich from his activities. The NCA said Mered was a high-(13) ____________ human trafficker and that he did not care about people's lives. An NCA spokesperson said: "Medhanie is a (14) ____________ people smuggler and has absolute disregard for human (15) ____________." Italian police said Mered's plan was to make a huge (16) ____________ of money and then move to Sweden, where his wife lives.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  because of the way he plans and ______ smuggling
     a.  carries up people
     b.  carries at people
     c.  carries out people
     d.  carries in people

2)  migrants – people trying to leave Africa to go to Europe to try to ______
     a.  find a belter life
     b.  find a bet for life
     c.  find a better life
     d.  find a best life

3)  At least 359 migrants died when their ______
     a.  boat sink
     b.  boat sank
     c.  boat sunk
     d.  boat sinks

4)  The Sudanese police found Mered in a secret hideout ______
     a.  in a capital
     b.  in that capital
     c.  on the capital
     d.  in the capital

5)  Britain's National Crime Agency (NCA) and British ______
     a.  intelligence services
     b.  intelligent services
     c.  intelligentsia services
     d.  intelligences services

6)  Sudan will give Mered to the police in Italy, where he could get a ______
     a.  long prison sentences
     b.  longs prison sentence
     c.  long prisons sentence
     d.  long prison sentence

7)  he controlled a huge organisation that smuggled ______
     a.  thousands of migrants
     b.  thousands for migrants
     c.  thousands off migrants
     d.  thousands have migrants

8)  He charged people up to $5,500 each to make the ______
     a.  high-risks journey
     b.  height-risk journey
     c.  high-risk journey
     d.  high-risk journeys

9)  Medhanie is a prolific people smuggler and has absolute disregard ______
     a.  for human life
     b.  for humane life
     c.  for human lifer
     d.  four human life

10)  Italian police said Mered's plan was to make a huge ______
     a.  amounts of money
     b.  amount off money
     c.  amount of monies
     d.  amount of money

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Police in Sudan have (1) ___________________ the world's most wanted people smugglers. The smuggler is Mered Medhanie, 35, from the East African country of Eritrea. He has (2) ___________________ 'The General' because of the way he plans (3) ___________________ people smuggling. Police say Mered's actions resulted in the deaths of hundreds of migrants – people trying to leave Africa to go to Europe (4) ___________________ a better life. At least 359 migrants died when (5) ___________________ Lampedusa in the Mediterranean Sea in 2013. The Sudanese police found Mered in (6) ___________________ in the capital Khartoum. They worked closely with Britain's National Crime Agency (NCA) and British intelligence services.

Sudan will give Mered (7) ___________________ Italy, where he could get a (8) ___________________. Detectives say he controlled a huge organisation that smuggled thousands of migrants from Africa and the Middle East across the Mediterranean to Europe. He (9) ___________________ to $5,500 each to make the high-risk journey in dangerous boats. He became very rich from his activities. The NCA said Mered was (10) ___________________ trafficker and that he did not care about people's lives. An NCA spokesperson said: "Medhanie is a prolific people smuggler and has (11) ___________________ human life." Italian police said Mered's plan was to make a huge amount of money and then move to Sweden, (12) ___________________.

Comprehension questions

  1. How old is Mered Medhanie?
  2. Where does Mered Medhanie come from?
  3. What is Mered Medhanie's nickname?
  4. How many migrants died on a boat that sank near Lampedusa in 2013?
  5. Which national crime agency helped in the arrest of Mered Medhanie?
  6. What kind of punishment did the article say Mered could get?
  7. How much did Mered charge people to cross the Mediterranean?
  8. What high-level thing did police say Mered Medhanie was?
  9. What did police say Mered Medhanie had no regard for?
  10. Where does Mered Medhanie's wife live?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  How old is Mered Medhanie?
a) 35
b) 38
c) 33
d) 31

2)  Where does Mered Medhanie come from?
a) Estonia
b) Ecuador
c) Eritrea
d) Ethiopia

3)  What is Mered Medhanie's nickname?
a) The Smuggler
b) The One
c) The President
d) The General

4)  How many migrants died on a boat that sank near Lampedusa in 2013?
a) around 359
b) at least 359
c) exactly 359
d) less than 359

5)  Which national crime agency helped in the arrest of Mered Medhanie?
a) Britain's
b) Italy's
c) Eritrea's
d) Sudan's

6)  What kind of punishment did the article say Mered could get?
a) community service
b) a fine
c) the death penalty
d) a long prison sentence

7)  How much did Mered charge people to cross the Mediterranean?
a) over $5,500
b) exactly $5,500
c) up to $5,500
d) about $5,500

8)  What high-level thing did police say Mered Medhanie was?
a) risk
b) a human trafficker
c) rich
d) intelligence

9)  What did police say Mered Medhanie had no regard for?
a) smuggling
b) boats
c) human life
d) the sea

10)  Where does Mered Medhanie's wife live?
a) Eritrea
b) Sweden
c) Sudan
d) Italy

Role play

Role A — People smugglers

You think people smugglers are the biggest criminals. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them how their criminals can be changed. Also, tell the others what sentences these should get (and why): drug barons, terrorists or hackers.

Role B — Drug barons

You think drug barons are the biggest criminals. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them how their criminals can be changed. Also, tell the others what sentences these should get (and why): people smugglers, terrorists or hackers.

Role C — Terrorists

You think terrorists are the biggest criminals. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them how their criminals can be changed. Also, tell the others what sentences these should get (and why): drug barons, people smugglers or hackers.

Role D — Hackers

You think hackers are the biggest criminals. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them how their criminals can be changed. Also, tell the others what sentences these should get (and why): drug barons, terrorists or people smugglers.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'prison'

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  • and 'sentence'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • long
    • huge
    • charged
    • rich
    • care
    • move
    • arrested
    • nickname
    • hundreds
    • better
    • 359
    • closely




    Student survey

    Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

    (Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

    Discussion - World's 'most wanted' people smuggler arrested

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What springs to mind when you hear the word 'migrant'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What sentence should Mered get?
    5. What do you think of people smuggling?
    6. Why can't police stop people smuggling?
    7. What are the biggest reasons migrants want to go to Europe?
    8. What do you know about people smuggling in the Mediterranean?
    9. What do intelligence services do?
    10. What advice do you have for migrants?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. Why are there so many migrants?
    3. What can countries do to stop their people leaving?
    4. Will people smuggling get better or worse?
    5. How will Mered's arrest change the amount of people smuggling?
    6. Why do people risk their lives and money to cross the Mediterranean?
    7. Why don't the world's news agencies highlight migrant deaths more?
    8. What will migration in Europe look like in 10 years from now?
    9. What should world leaders do to stop people smuggling?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the police?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    Police in Sudan have arrested one of the world's most wanted people smugglers. The smuggler is Mered Medhanie, 35, from the East African country (1) ____ Eritrea. He has the (2) ____ of 'The General' because of the way he plans and carries (3) ____ people smuggling. Police say Mered's actions resulted (4) ____ the deaths of hundreds of migrants – people trying to leave Africa to go to Europe to try to find a better life. At least 359 migrants died when their boat sank (5) ____ Lampedusa in the Mediterranean Sea in 2013. The Sudanese police found Mered in a secret hideout in the capital Khartoum. They worked (6) ____ with Britain's National Crime Agency (NCA) and British intelligence services.

    Sudan will give Mered to the police in Italy, where he could get a long prison (7) ____. Detectives say he controlled a (8) ____ organisation that smuggled thousands of migrants from Africa and the Middle East across the Mediterranean to Europe. He (9) ____ people up to $5,500 each to make the high-risk journey in dangerous boats. He became very rich from his activities. The NCA said Mered was a high-level human trafficker and that he did not (10) ____ about people's lives. An NCA spokesperson said: "Medhanie is a (11) ____ people smuggler and has absolute disregard for human life." Italian police said Mered's plan was to make a huge amount (12) ____ money and then move to Sweden, where his wife lives.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     of     (b)     from     (c)     off     (d)     for    
    2. (a)     naming     (b)     named     (c)     nickname     (d)     names    
    3. (a)     up     (b)     in     (c)     out     (d)     to    
    4. (a)     by     (b)     at     (c)     of     (d)     in    
    5. (a)     near     (b)     nearly     (c)     nears     (d)     neared    
    6. (a)     close     (b)     closely     (c)     closes     (d)     closed    
    7. (a)     article     (b)     clause     (c)     paragraph     (d)     sentence    
    8. (a)     luge     (b)     huge     (c)     fugue     (d)     nugget    
    9. (a)     changed     (b)     chained     (c)     charged     (d)     charted    
    10. (a)     keep     (b)     heed     (c)     disquiet     (d)     care    
    11. (a)     profit     (b)     proffer     (c)     profile     (d)     prolific    
    12. (a)     for     (b)     of     (c)     at     (d)     in

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    2. he plans and scarier out people smuggling
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    6. British icntlnglieee services

    Paragraph 2

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    5. draergsid for human life
    6. make a huge ouamnt of money

    Put the text back together

    (    )     died when their boat sank near Lampedusa in the Mediterranean Sea in 2013. The Sudanese

    (    )     hundreds of migrants – people trying to leave Africa to go to Europe to try to find a better life. At least 359 migrants

    (    )     with Britain's National Crime Agency (NCA) and British intelligence services.

    (    )     of the way he plans and carries out people smuggling. Police say Mered's actions resulted in the deaths of

    (  1  )     Police in Sudan have arrested one of the world's most wanted people smugglers. The smuggler

    (    )     human trafficker and that he did not care about people's lives. An NCA spokesperson said: "Medhanie is

    (    )     Middle East across the Mediterranean to Europe. He charged people up to $5,500 each to make the high-

    (    )     police found Mered in a secret hideout in the capital Khartoum. They worked closely

    (    )     a prolific people smuggler and has absolute disregard for human life." Italian police said Mered's plan was to make

    (    )     a huge amount of money and then move to Sweden, where his wife lives.

    (    )     sentence. Detectives say he controlled a huge organisation that smuggled thousands of migrants from Africa and the

    (    )     Sudan will give Mered to the police in Italy, where he could get a long prison

    (    )     is Mered Medhanie, 35, from the East African country of Eritrea. He has the nickname of 'The General' because

    (    )     risk journey in dangerous boats. He became very rich from his activities. The NCA said Mered was a high-level

    Put the words in the right order

    1. of   most   smugglers   one   world's   people   Arrested   the  wanted   .
    2. He   the   of   General'   has   nickname   'The   .
    3. he   people   plans   smuggling   and   The   carries   way   out   .
    4. to   better   to   try   a   Go   to   find   life   Europe   .
    5. police   Sudanese   hideout   secret   a   in   Mered   found   .
    6. controlled   huge   Detectives   he   a   organization   say   .
    7. up   each   people   $5,500   charged   to   He   .
    8. -   boats   risk   Make   journey   the   in   high   dangerous   .
    9. rich   his   He   very   from   activities   became   .
    10. Sweden  Make   a  huge   amount   of  money   and   then   move  to   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Police in Sudan have arrested one of the world's must / most wanted people smugglers. The smuggler is Mered Medhanie, 35, from the East African country of / from Eritrea. He has the nickname for / of 'The General' because of the way he plans and carries out / in people smuggling. Police say Mered's actions resulted / resulting in the deaths of hundreds of migrants – people trying to leaving / leave Africa to go to Europe to try to find a better life. At least 359 migrants dead / died when their boat sink / sank near Lampedusa in the Mediterranean Sea in 2013. The Sudanese police found Mered in a secret hideout / hiding in the capital Khartoum. They worked closely / close with Britain's National Crime Agency (NCA) and British intelligence services.

    Sudan will give Mered to the police in Italy, where he could reach / get a long prison sentence / paragraph. Detectives say he controlled a hug / huge organisation that smuggled thousands of migrants for / from Africa and the Middle East across the Mediterranean to Europe. He changed / charged people up to $5,500 each to make the high-risk journey / journeyed in dangerous boats. He became very rich from this / his activities. The NCA said Mered was a high-level human trafficker and that he did not care about people's / people lives. An NCA spokesperson said: "Medhanie is a prolific people smuggler and has / have absolute disregard for human life." Italian police said Mered's plan was to make a huge amount / amounts of money and then move to Sweden, where his wife lives.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    police in sudan have arrested one of the world's most wanted people smugglers the smuggler is mered medhanie 35 from the east african country of eritrea he has the nickname of 'the general' because of the way he plans and carries out people smuggling police say mered's actions resulted in the deaths of hundreds of migrants – people trying to leave africa to go to europe to try to find a better life at least 359 migrants died when their boat sank near lampedusa in the mediterranean sea in 2013 the sudanese police found mered in a secret hideout in the capital khartoum they worked closely with britain's national crime agency (nca) and british intelligence services

    sudan will give mered to the police in italy where he could get a long prison sentence detectives say he controlled a huge organisation that smuggled thousands of migrants from africa and the middle east across the mediterranean to europe he charged people up to $5500 each to make the high-risk journey in dangerous boats he became very rich from his activities the nca said mered was a high-level human trafficker and that he did not care about people's lives an nca spokesperson said "medhanie is a prolific people smuggler and has absolute disregard for human life" italian police said mered's plan was to make a huge amount of money and then move to sweden where his wife lives

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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    orkedcloselywithBritain'sNationalCrimeAgency(NCA)andBritishinte
    lligenceservices.SudanwillgiveMeredtothepoliceinItaly,wherehecou
    ldgetalongprisonsentence.Detectivessayhecontrolledahugeorganis
    ationthatsmuggledthousandsofmigrantsfromAfricaandtheMiddleEa
    stacrosstheMediterraneantoEurope.Hechargedpeopleupto$5,500e
    achtomakethehigh-riskjourneyindangerousboats.Hebecameveryri
    chfromhisactivities.TheNCAsaidMeredwasahigh-levelhumantr
    affickerandthathedidnotcareaboutpeople'slives.AnNCAspokesperso
    nsaid:"Medhanieisaprolificpeoplesmugglerandhasabsolutedisregar
    dforhumanlife."ItalianpolicesaidMered'splanwastomakeahugeamo
    untofmoneyandthenmovetoSweden,wherehiswifelives.

    Free writing

    Write about people smuggler for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Europe should let more migrants in. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about Mered Medhanie. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. PEOPLE SMUGGLING: Make a poster about people smuggling. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. MIGRATION: Write a magazine article about removing all the world's borders. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.

    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).

    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on people smuggling. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to stop it. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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