The Reading / Listening - Level 6

There is a fresh but tentative hope for a cessation of hostilities in Syria. The United States, Russia and Syria have signed an agreement to collectively target the group known as ISIS. Their joint declaration will come into effect on Monday. There is mixed reaction around the world to the latest initiative due to the failures of previous attempts at halting the fighting over the past few years. Even with the new 10-day truce being literally hours away, the bombs continued to rain down in areas around the capital Damascus. Syrian government air strikes on ISIS-held areas reportedly killed at least 82 people over the weekend. At least 45 people died in strikes on Aleppo.



Most of the major players in the Syrian conflict responded positively to the new ceasefire, despite the strained relations between Russia and the USA. An American official said: "This remains…the most promising way that we see in front of us to try to get this terrible situation to a better place." US Secretary of State John Kerry said: "It is an opportunity and not more than that until it becomes a reality." Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the US and Russia had agreed on zones in which joint "strikes against terrorists" would be conducted. Turkey and the European Union welcomed it but warned that further action was needed. There has been no official reaction from Iran.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Level 4  or  Level 5

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-37328945
  • http://www.npr.org/2016/09/10/493436461/new-syria-ceasefire-set-to-begin-monday
  • http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/09/syria-scores-killed-air-strikes-truce-deal-160910135209691.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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. SYRIA: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about Syria. 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?

       fresh / tentative / hope / agreement / reaction / fighting / truce / air strikes / capital /
       major players / conflict / ceasefire / promising / opportunity / reality / terrorists / Iran

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

3. PEACE: Students A strongly believe peace will come to Syria in the next year; Students B strongly believe it won't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. MAJOR PLAYERS: What can these countries do to help bring peace to Syria? Discuss this with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

  • Syria
  • USA
  • Iran
  • Russia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Turkey
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5. AGREEMENT: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "agreement". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. PEOPLE: Rank these with your partner. Put the things most likely to help Syrians at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • wifi
  • asylum in Europe
  • international talks
  • secure borders
  • an effective ceasefire
  • a new leader
  • US-Russian intervention
  • international aid

Before reading / listening

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

  1. People are totally convinced the new ceasefire will work.     T / F
  2. The ceasefire started at the weekend.     T / F
  3. The ceasefire is just for 10 days.     T / F
  4. The fighting killed at least 55 people in Aleppo at the weekend.     T / F
  5. Most countries involved in the conflict were negative about the truce.     T / F
  6. An American official called the conflict a terrible situation.     T / F
  7. Russia's foreign minister agreed on more strikes against ISIS.     T / F
  8. Iran has not yet commented on the ceasefire.     T / F

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

  1. tentative
  2. hostilities
  3. agreement
  4. initiative
  5. rain down
  6. responded
  7. strained
  8. opportunity
  9. conducted
  10. reaction
  1. deal
  2. tense
  3. chance
  4. cautious
  5. carried out
  6. fighting
  7. response
  8. fall
  9. reacted
  10. plan

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

  1. hope for a cessation
  2. collectively target the
  3. joint
  4. There is mixed
  5. bombs continued to
  6. Most of the major
  7. responded positively
  8. despite the strained
  9. joint strikes against terrorists
  10. further
  1. rain down
  2. declaration
  3. action was needed
  4. players in the Syrian conflict
  5. reaction around the world
  6. of hostilities in Syria
  7. relations
  8. would be conducted
  9. group known as ISIS
  10. to the new ceasefire

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
effect
tentative
strikes
truce
collectively
reportedly
latest
rain

There is a fresh but (1) ____________ hope for a cessation of hostilities in Syria. The United States, Russia and Syria have signed an agreement to (2) ____________ target the group known as ISIS. Their joint declaration will come into (3) ____________ on Monday. There is mixed reaction around the world to the (4) ____________ initiative due to the failures of previous attempts at halting the fighting over the past few years. Even with the new 10-day (5) ____________ being literally hours away, the bombs continued to (6) ____________ down in areas around the capital Damascus. Syrian government air (7) ____________ on ISIS-held areas (8) ____________ killed at least 82 people over the weekend. At least 45 people died in strikes on Aleppo.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
opportunity
strained
welcomed
joint
reaction
reality
major
promising

Most of the (9) ____________ players in the Syrian conflict responded positively to the new ceasefire, despite the (10) ____________ relations between Russia and the USA. An American official said: "This remains…the most (11) ____________ way that we see in front of us to try to get this terrible situation to a better place." US Secretary of State John Kerry said: "It is an (12) ____________ and not more than that until it becomes a (13) ____________." Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the US and Russia had agreed on zones in which (14) ____________ "strikes against terrorists" would be conducted. Turkey and the European Union (15) ____________ it but warned that further action was needed. There has been no official (16) ____________ from Iran.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  There is a fresh but tentative hope for a cessation ______
     a.  off hostilities
     b.  for hostilities
     c.  if hostilities
     d.  of hostilities

2)  signed an agreement to collectively target the group ______
     a.  known as ISIS
     b.  known was ISIS
     c.  known has ISIS
     d.  known is ISIS

3)  There is mixed reaction around the world to ______
     a.  the latest initiative
     b.  the lay test initiative
     c.  the latter initiative
     d.  the lattice initiative

4)  due to the failures of previous attempts at halting the fighting over the ______
     a.  passed few years
     b.  past few years
     c.  psst few years
     d.  parsed few years

5) air strikes on ISIS-held areas reportedly killed at least 82 people ______
     a.  over that weekend
     b.  over a weekend
     c.  over the weekend
     d.  over then weekend

6)  Most of the major players in the Syrian conflict ______
     a.  responsive positively
     b.  responded positively
     c.  responds positively
     d.  responding positively

7)  This remains the most promising way that we see ______
     a.  in front of them
     b.  in front for us
     c.  in front of us
     d.  on front of us

8)  It is an opportunity and not more than that until it ______
     a.  becomes a realism
     b.  becomes a reality
     c.  becomes a realty
     d.  becomes a royalty

9)  agreed on zones in which joint "strikes against terrorists" would ______
     a.  been conducted
     b.  bee conduct it
     c.  be conduct it
     d.  be conducted

10)  the European Union welcomed it but warned that further action ______
     a.  was needed
     b.  was need it
     c.  was knee did
     d.  was kneed did

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

There is a fresh but tentative hope (1) ___________________ of hostilities in Syria. The United States, Russia and Syria have signed an agreement to collectively target the (2) ___________________ ISIS. Their joint declaration will come into effect on Monday. There is (3) ___________________ around the world to the latest initiative due to the failures of previous attempts at halting the fighting (4) ___________________ years. Even with the new 10-day truce being literally hours away, the bombs continued (5) ___________________ areas around the capital Damascus. Syrian government air strikes on ISIS-held (6) ___________________ killed at least 82 people over the weekend. At least 45 people died in strikes on Aleppo.

(7) ___________________ players in the Syrian conflict responded positively to the new ceasefire, despite the (8) ___________________ between Russia and the USA. An American official said: "This remains…the most promising way that (9) ___________________ of us to try to get this terrible situation to a better place." US Secretary of State John Kerry said: "It is an opportunity and not more (10) ___________________ it becomes a reality." Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the US and Russia had agreed on zones (11) ___________________" strikes against terrorists" would be conducted. Turkey and the European Union welcomed it but warned that further action was needed. There has been (12) ___________________ from Iran.

Comprehension questions

  1. What is there a hope for a cessation of in Syria?
  2. What kind of reaction did the world view the ceasefire agreement with?
  3. How long is the ceasefire for?
  4. What rained down in areas around Syria's capital city before the truce?
  5. In which city did at least 45 people die at the weekend?
  6. How did most of the major players in Syria respond to the ceasefire deal?
  7. How did the article describe US-Russian relations as being?
  8. What did John Kerry say the ceasefire was more of than a reality?
  9. Which country warned that further action was needed?
  10. Which country does the article say has given no official reaction?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What is there a hope for a cessation of in Syria?
a) agreements
b) declarations
c) hostilities
d) borders

2) What kind of reaction did the world view the ceasefire agreement with?
a) mixed
b) cool
c) negative
d) chain

3) How long is the ceasefire for?
a) 10 days
b) 12 days
c) 2 weeks
d) 20 days

4) What rained down in areas around Syria's capital city before the truce?
a) missiles
b) bombs
c) rain
d) hail

5) In which city did at least 45 people die at the weekend?
a) Homs
b) Baghdad
c) Damascus
d) Aleppo

6) How did most of the major players in Syria respond to the ceasefire deal?
a) tentatively
b) positively
c) harshly
d) slowly

7) How did the article describe US-Russian relations as being?
a) strained
b) strenuous
c) strong
d) strange

8) What did John Kerry say the ceasefire was more of than a reality?
a) a terrible situation
b) a deal
c) an opportunity
d) a future

9) Which country warned that further action was needed?
a) Iran
b) Iraq
c) Syria
d) Turkey

10) Which country does the article say has given no official reaction?
a) Iran
b) Iraq
c) Syria
d) Turkey

Role play

Role A — A new leader

You think a new leader is what the Syrian people need most. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as helpful. Also, tell the others which is the least helpful of these (and why): international aid, asylum in Europe or secure borders.

Role B — International aid

You think international aid is what the Syrian people need most. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as helpful. Also, tell the others which is the least helpful of these (and why): a new leader, asylum in Europe or secure borders.

Role C — Asylum in Europe

You think asylum in Europe is what the Syrian people need most. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as helpful. Also, tell the others which is the least helpful of these (and why): international aid, a new leader or secure borders.

Role D — Secure borders

You think secure borders is what the Syrian people need most. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as helpful. Also, tell the others which is the least helpful of these (and why): international aid, asylum in Europe or a new leader.

After reading / listening

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

'fresh'

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  • and 'hope'.

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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:

    • despite
    • way
    • reality
    • agreed
    • warned
    • Iran
    • tentative
    • target
    • effect
    • even
    • hours
    • 45




    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 - Fresh hopes as ceasefire is agreed in Syria

    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 'Syria'?
    3. What do you know about the fighting in Syria?
    4. How did the war in Syria start?
    5. What do you think of the new ceasefire?
    6. Why do ceasefires often not last?
    7. What will all the sides do during the ceasefire?
    8. Who will eventually win in Syria?
    9. What advice do you have for the Syrian people?
    10. What do you think Syria will be like in 10 years from now?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What role has Russia played in the Syria conflict?
    3. Should America do more to end the war?
    4. What is the danger of America and Russia sending troops to Syria?
    5. What do you know about Syria's President Assad?
    6. What dangers does Syria present to the rest of the world?
    7. Who are the terrorists in Syria and what do they want?
    8. What does Iran think of the situation in Syria?
    9. How can Iran help end the hostilities?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the leaders?

    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)

    There is a (1) ____ but tentative hope for a cessation of hostilities in Syria. The United States, Russia and Syria have signed an agreement to (2) ____ target the group known as ISIS. Their joint declaration will come (3) ____ effect on Monday. There is mixed reaction around the world to the latest initiative due to the failures of previous attempts at halting the fighting over the past (4) ____ years. Even with the new 10-day truce being (5) ____ hours away, the bombs continued to rain down in areas around the capital Damascus. Syrian government air strikes on ISIS-held areas reportedly killed at least 82 people (6) ____ the weekend. At least 45 people died in strikes on Aleppo.

    Most of the major players in the Syrian conflict responded positively (7) ____ the new ceasefire, (8) ____ the strained relations between Russia and the USA. An American official said: "This remains…the most (9) ____ way that we see in front of us to try to get this terrible situation to a better place." US Secretary of State John Kerry said: "It is an opportunity and not more than that until it becomes a (10) ____." Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the US and Russia had agreed on zones in (11) ____ joint "strikes against terrorists" would be conducted. Turkey and the European Union welcomed it but warned that further action was (12) ____. There has been no official reaction from Iran.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     fissure     (b)     flesh     (c)     flash     (d)     fresh    
    2. (a)     collected     (b)     collection     (c)     collect     (d)     collectively    
    3. (a)     over     (b)     into     (c)     all     (d)     on    
    4. (a)     numerous     (b)     yearly     (c)     few     (d)     annual    
    5. (a)     literally     (b)     literal     (c)     literate     (d)     literature    
    6. (a)     over     (b)     passed     (c)     gone     (d)     to    
    7. (a)     at     (b)     by     (c)     of     (d)     to    
    8. (a)     despite     (b)     spite     (c)     spiteful     (d)     spitefully    
    9. (a)     promise     (b)     promising     (c)     promised     (d)     promises    
    10. (a)     realism     (b)     realty     (c)     reality     (d)     realtor    
    11. (a)     when     (b)     where     (c)     which     (d)     what    
    12. (a)     necessitate     (b)     needed     (c)     needy     (d)     kneaded

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    4. Their joint rlndacateoi will come into effect
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    6. being eryalitll hours away

    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (    )     of previous attempts at halting the fighting over the past few years. Even with the new 10-

    (    )     effect on Monday. There is mixed reaction around the world to the latest initiative due to the failures

    (    )     place." US Secretary of State John Kerry said: "It is an opportunity and not more than that until it becomes a

    (    )     "strikes against terrorists" would be conducted. Turkey and the European Union welcomed it but

    (    )     capital Damascus. Syrian government air strikes on ISIS-held areas reportedly killed at

    (    )     least 82 people over the weekend. At least 45 people died in strikes on Aleppo.

    (    )     warned that further action was needed. There has been no official reaction from Iran.

    (    )     way that we see in front of us to try to get this terrible situation to a better

    (    )     reality." Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the US and Russia had agreed on zones in which joint

    (    )     day truce being literally hours away, the bombs continued to rain down in areas around the

    (    )     an agreement to collectively target the group known as ISIS. Their joint declaration will come into

    1  )     There is a fresh but tentative hope for a cessation of hostilities in Syria. The United States, Russia and Syria have signed

    (    )     Most of the major players in the Syrian conflict responded positively to the new ceasefire, despite the strained

    (    )     relations between Russia and the USA. An American official said: "This remains…the most promising

    Put the words in the right order

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    2. agreement  target   known  An  collectively   group   ISIS   to  the   as  .
    3. on   will   Monday   come   Their   into   joint   effect   declaration   .
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    5. bombs  continued   to   rain  down  in  areas  around  the  capital  The  .
    6. major   conflict   players   Most   in   of   the   the   Syrian   .
    7. us   The   most   promising   way   that   we   see   in   front   of   .
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    9. be in  strikes  would  Zones  joint  terrorists conducted  which  against .
    10. Iran   There   has   been   no   official   reaction   from   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    There is a fresh but tentative / tentatively hope for a cessation of hostilities in Syria. The United States, Russia and Syria have signed / singed an agreement to collectively target the group known was / as ISIS. Their joint declaration will come into effect on Monday. There is mixed / mixture reaction around the world to the latest initiative dew / due to the failures of previous attempts on / at halting the fighting over the past few years. Even with the new 10-day truce been / being literally hours away, the bombs continued to rain / reign down in areas around the capital Damascus. Syrian government air strikes on ISIS-held areas reportedly / reporters killed at least 82 people past / over the weekend. At least 45 people died in strikes on Aleppo.

    Most of the majority / major players in the Syrian conflict responsive / responded positively to the new ceasefire, spite / despite the strained relations between Russia and the USA. An American official said: "This remains / still…the most promising way that we see in front of us to try to get this terrible situation on / to a better place." US Secretary of State John Kerry said: "It is an opportunity and not much / more than that until it becomes a reality / real." Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the US and Russia had agreed on zones in / on which joint "strikes against terrorists" would be conducted / conducive. Turkey and the European Union welcomed it but warned that further action was needed. There has been not / no official reaction from Iran.

    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

    there is a fresh but tentative hope for a cessation of hostilities in syria the united states russia and syria have signed an agreement to collectively target the group known as isis their joint declaration will come into effect on monday there is mixed reaction around the world to the latest initiative due to the failures of previous attempts at halting the fighting over the past few years even with the new 10-day truce being literally hours away the bombs continued to rain down in areas around the capital damascus syrian government air strikes on isis-held areas reportedly killed at least 82 people over the weekend at least 45 people died in strikes on aleppo

    most of the major players in the syrian conflict responded positively to the new ceasefire despite the strained relations between russia and the usa an american official said "this remains…the most promising way that we see in front of us to try to get this terrible situation to a better place" us secretary of state john kerry said "it is an opportunity and not more than that until it becomes a reality" russian foreign minister sergei lavrov said the us and russia had agreed on zones in which joint "strikes against terrorists" would be conducted turkey and the european union welcomed it but warned that further action was needed there has been no official reaction from iran

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    ThereisafreshbuttentativehopeforacessationofhostilitiesinSyria.Th
    eUnitedStates,RussiaandSyriahavesignedanagreementtocollectivel
    ytargetthegroupknownasISIS.Theirjointdeclarationwillcomeintoeff
    ectonMonday.Thereismixedreactionaroundtheworldtothelatestiniti
    ativeduetothefailuresofpreviousattemptsathaltingthefightingovert
    hepastfewyears.Evenwiththenew10-daytrucebeingliterallyhoursa
    way,thebombscontinuedtoraindowninareasaroundthecapitalDamas
    cus.SyriangovernmentairstrikesonISIS-heldareasreportedlykilled
    atleast82peopleovertheweekend.Atleast45peoplediedinstrikesonAl
    eppo.MostofthemajorplayersintheSyrianconflictrespondedpositivel
    ytothenewceasefire,despitethestrainedrelationsbetweenRussiaand
    theUSA.AnAmericanofficialsaid:"Thisremains…themostpromisingw
    aythatweseeinfrontofustotrytogetthisterriblesituationtoabetterplac
    e."USSecretaryofStateJohnKerrysaid:"Itisanopportunityandnotmo
    rethanthatuntilitbecomesareality."RussianForeignMinisterSergeiLa
    vrovsaidtheUSandRussiahadagreedonzonesinwhichjoint"strikesag
    ainstterrorists"wouldbeconducted.TurkeyandtheEuropeanUnionwel
    comeditbutwarnedthatfurtheractionwasneeded.Therehasbeennoof
    ficialreactionfromIran.

    Free writing

    Write about Syria truce for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

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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 the conflict in Syria. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. SYRIA: Make a poster about Syria. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. AMERICAN/RUSSIAN ACTION: Write a magazine article about America and Russia taking military action in Syria. 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 Syria. Ask him/her three questions about Syria. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to end hostilities. 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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