The Reading / Listening - Level 2

Colombians are happy that peace has come to Colombia. The government signed a deal with the rebel group FARC. It ends 52 years of fighting. Over 220,000 people died and millions lost their home. The deal comes after two years of talks between the two sides. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said the deal was, "the beginning of the end to the suffering, pain and tragedy of war". A spokesman for the government said: "This agreement opens the door to a more inclusive society." Both sides will now work together for justice for the victims of the fighting.



FARC is the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. It started during the Cold War to fight for farmers. It will now take part in the political process to shape Colombia's future. In Bogota, the capital city, thousands of people celebrated the peace deal on the streets. One Colombian told the Associated Press news agency: "I can die in peace because finally I'll see my country without violence, with a future for my children." The next step is for the Colombian people to vote on the peace deal on the 2nd of October. President Santos said: "It will be the most important election of our lives."

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Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-37180752
  • http://thebogotapost.com/2016/08/24/farc-peace-talks-conclude-comprehensive-agreement/
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FARC


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Colombians are happy that
  2. signed a deal
  3. It ends 52 years
  4. Over 220,000
  5. The deal comes after
  6. talks between
  7. the beginning
  8. justice
  1. the two sides
  2. of fighting
  3. for the victims
  4. two years
  5. peace has come
  6. of the end
  7. with the rebel group
  8. people died

Paragraph 2

  1. It started
  2. take part in the
  3. shape
  4. the capital
  5. thousands of people
  6. I'll see my country
  7. a future for
  8. the most important
  1. city
  2. my children
  3. political process
  4. without violence
  5. during the Cold War
  6. election of our lives
  7. Colombia's future
  8. celebrated

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Colombians are happy that (1) ___________________ to Colombia. The government (2) ___________________ with the rebel group FARC. It ends 52 years of fighting. Over 220,000 people died and (3) ___________________ home. The deal comes after two years of talks between (4) ___________________. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said the deal was, "the beginning of the end to the suffering, pain and (5) ___________________ ". A spokesman for the government said: "This agreement opens the door to a more inclusive society." Both sides will now work together for justice for (6) ___________________ fighting.

FARC is the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. It started during the Cold War to (7) ___________________. It will now take part in the political (8) ___________________ Colombia's future. In Bogota, the capital city, thousands of people (9) ___________________ deal on the streets. One Colombian told the Associated Press news agency: "I can (10) ___________________ because finally I'll see my country without violence, with a future for my children." The (11) ___________________ the Colombian people to vote on the peace deal on the 2nd of October. President Santos said: "It will be the most (12) ___________________ of our lives."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ColombiansarehappythatpeacehascometoColombia.Thegovernme
ntsignedadealwiththerebelgroupFARC.Itends52yearsoffighting.Ov
er220,000peoplediedandmillionslosttheirhome.Thedealcomesafter
twoyearsoftalksbetweenthetwosides.ColombianPresidentJuanMan
uelSantossaidthedealwas,"thebeginningoftheendtothesuffering,pai
nandtragedyofwar".Aspokesmanforthegovernmentsaid:"Thisagree
mentopensthedoortoamoreinclusivesociety."Bothsideswillnowwork
togetherforjusticeforthevictimsofthefighting.FARCistheRevolutiona
ryArmedForcesofColombia.ItstartedduringtheColdWartofightforfar
mers.ItwillnowtakepartinthepoliticalprocesstoshapeColombia'sfutu
re.InBogota,thecapitalcity,thousandsofpeoplecelebratedthepeaced
ealonthestreets.OneColombiantoldtheAssociatedPressnewsagency
:"IcandieinpeacebecausefinallyI'llseemycountrywithoutviolence,wi
thafutureformychildren."ThenextstepisfortheColombianpeopletovo
teonthepeacedealonthe2ndofOctober.PresidentSantossaid:"Itwillb
ethemostimportantelectionofourlives."

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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