The Reading / Listening - Level 0

Melania Trump gave a speech to support her husband Donald Trump. Some lines from the speech were from a speech made by Michelle Obama about Barack Obama. Mrs Trump spoke about how great she thought her husband was. Newspapers asked how Mrs Trump could make a plagiarised speech.



Plagiarism is copying other people's work and not saying you copied it. Schools give students an F-grade for copying or expel the students because it is stealing. An exam expert said: "Melania's speech [gives] us a [clear] example of plagiarism in action." Donald Trump said the speech was "good" because it got a lot of publicity.

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Sources
  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-36850215
  • https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/education/wp/2016/07/19/teachers-melania-trump-would-have-gotten-an-f-or-even-expelled-if-shed-turned-in-her-speech-for-a-class/
  • http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/20/us/politics/melania-trump-convention-speech.html?_r=0


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. Melania Trump gave
  2. support her
  3. Some lines
  4. a speech made
  5. Mrs Trump spoke
  6. how great she thought her
  7. Newspapers asked
  8. make a plagiarised
  1. husband
  2. by Michelle Obama
  3. speech
  4. a speech
  5. how
  6. about how
  7. from the speech
  8. husband was

Paragraph 2

  1. Plagiarism is copying
  2. give students an F-
  3. expel the students because it
  4. An exam
  5. Melania's speech gives us a
  6. plagiarism in
  7. Trump said the speech
  8. it got a lot of
  1. is stealing
  2. was "good"
  3. expert
  4. clear example
  5. publicity
  6. other people's work
  7. action
  8. grade for copying

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Melania Trump gave a (1) ___________________ her husband Donald Trump. Some (2) ___________________ speech were from a (3) ___________________ Michelle Obama about Barack Obama. Mrs Trump (4) ___________________ great she thought (5) ___________________. Newspapers asked how Mrs Trump could make a (6) ___________________.

Plagiarism is (7) ___________________ people's work and not saying (8) ___________________. Schools give students an F-grade for (9) ___________________ the students because it is stealing. An (10) ___________________: "Melania's speech [gives] us (11) ___________________ of plagiarism in action." Donald Trump said the speech was "good" because (12) ___________________ publicity.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

MelaniaTrumpgaveaspeechtosupportherhusbandDonaldTrump.So
melinesfromthespeechwerefromaspeechmadebyMichelleObamaab
outBarackObama.MrsTrumpspokeabouthowgreatshethoughtherhu
sbandwas.NewspapersaskedhowMrsTrumpcouldmakeaplagiariseds
peech.Plagiarismiscopyingotherpeople'sworkandnotsayingyoucopi
edit.SchoolsgivestudentsanF-gradeforcopyingorexpelthestudentsb
ecauseitisstealing.Anexamexpertsaid:"Melania'sspeech[gives]usa[
clear]exampleofplagiarisminaction."DonaldTrumpsaidthespeechwa
s"good"becauseitgotalotofpublicity.

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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(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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