The Reading / Listening - Level 5

Britain's new Prime Minister Theresa May has surprised the world by appointing Boris Johnson as the UK's new Foreign Secretary. Mr Johnson is the controversial former Mayor of London. He led the campaign for Britain to leave the European Union and is now Britain's top diplomat. Mr Johnson has a record of being very undiplomatic to world leaders. He once said Hillary Clinton was a "sadistic nurse in a mental hospital". He compared Russia's Vladimir Putin to a Harry Potter creature. He also made racist comments about African countries and Papua New Guinea.



A British newspaper said Mrs May, "had managed to unite the international community in bewilderment by her appointment of Boris Johnson". France's foreign secretary said Mr Johnson lied to the British people. Journalists in Germany wondered whether British politics was becoming a farcical comedy show. The Washington Post asked how Mr Johnson could become Britain’s top diplomat after offending much of the world. Mr Johnson ignored comments about him not being the right person for the position. He said his job was to reshape Britain as a "great global player".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Level 4 or  Level 6

Sources
  • http://edition.cnn.com/2016/07/13/europe/boris-johnson-uk-foreign-secretary/
  • https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/07/14/why-boris-johnson-became-britains-top-diplomat-despite-having-offended-much-of-the-world/
  • http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/who-is-boris-johnson-uk-foreign-secretary-british-government-theresa-may-cabinet-a7135996.html


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 :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. surprised the world by
  2. the controversial former Mayor
  3. the campaign for Britain to
  4. a record of being very
  5. world
  6. a "sadistic nurse in
  7. a Harry Potter
  8. He also made racist
  1. undiplomatic
  2. a mental hospital
  3. of London
  4. comments
  5. appointing Boris Johnson
  6. creature
  7. leave the European Union
  8. leaders

Paragraph 2

  1. unite the
  2. Mr Johnson lied
  3. Journalists in Germany
  4. a farcical comedy
  5. become Britain’s top diplomat after
  6. the right person
  7. He said his job was to
  8. a great global
  1. reshape Britain
  2. wondered
  3. offending much of the world
  4. player
  5. for the position
  6. show
  7. international community
  8. to the British people

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Britain's new Prime Minister Theresa May (1) ___________________ world by appointing Boris Johnson as the UK's new Foreign Secretary. Mr Johnson (2) ___________________ former Mayor of London. He led the campaign for Britain to leave the European Union and is now (3) _________________. Mr Johnson has a record of being (4) ___________________ to world leaders. He once said Hillary Clinton was a "(5) ___________________ a mental hospital". He compared Russia's Vladimir Putin to a Harry Potter creature. He also made (6) ___________________ about African countries and Papua New Guinea.

A British newspaper said Mrs May, "had (7) ___________________ the international community in (8) ___________________ appointment of Boris Johnson". France's foreign secretary said Mr Johnson lied to the British people. Journalists in Germany (9) ___________________ British politics was becoming (10) ___________________ show. The Washington Post asked how Mr Johnson could become Britain’s top diplomat after offending much of the world. Mr Johnson (11) ___________________ about him not being the right person for the position. He said his job (12) ___________________ Britain as a "great global player".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Britain'snewPrimeMinisterTheresaMayhassurprisedtheworldbyappo
intingBorisJohnsonastheUK'snewForeignSecretary.MrJohnsonisthe
controversialformerMayorofLondon.HeledthecampaignforBritaintol
eavetheEuropeanUnionandisnowBritain'stopdiplomat.MrJohnsonha
sarecordofbeingveryundiplomatictoworldleaders.HeoncesaidHillary
Clintonwasa"sadisticnurseinamentalhospital".HecomparedRussia's
VladimirPutintoaHarryPottercreature.Healsomaderacistcommentsa
boutAfricancountriesandPapuaNewGuinea.ABritishnewspapersaid
MrsMay,"hadmanagedtounitetheinternationalcommunityinbewilder
mentbyherappointmentofBorisJohnson".France'sforeignsecretarys
aidMrJohnsonliedtotheBritishpeople.JournalistsinGermanywondere
dwhetherBritishpoliticswasbecomingafarcicalcomedyshow.TheWas
hingtonPostaskedhowMrJohnsoncouldbecomeBritain’stopdiplomat
afteroffendingmuchoftheworld.MrJohnsonignoredcommentsabouth
imnotbeingtherightpersonfortheposition.Hesaidhisjobwastoreshap
eBritainasa"greatglobalplayer".

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 — Write your own questions

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

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

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Free writing

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Answers

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