The Reading / Listening - Level 4

An ex-head of NATO has said America needs to be the world's policeman. He said, "we need determined American global leadership" to bring back law and order. He explained that Syria is falling apart because of war, Iraq is in danger of collapsing, and Libya is a failed state. He added that Russia is unsettling Eastern Europe, China is creating tensions, and North Korea is threatening neighbours with nuclear attacks.



The ex-head criticised President Barack Obama for not stopping conflicts. He said: "Superpowers don't get to retire. Look around; you will see a world on fire." The Russia Today newspaper said the U.S. has caused problems in the Middle East and North Africa. It said Libya is in chaos and U.S. actions in Iraq and Syria created a global security threat - ISIS. The Taliban still control a third of Afghanistan, even though the U.S. spent 15 years there.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Level 5 or  Level 6

Sources
  • http://news.sky.com/story/america-needs-to-be-the-worlds-policeman-former-nato-chief-says-10642541
  • http://news.antiwar.com/2016/11/02/former-nato-chief-we-need-us-as-worlds-policeman/
  • https://www.rt.com/news/365262-rasmussen-nato-america-police/


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. global
  2. bring back law and
  3. Syria is falling
  4. Iraq is in danger
  5. Libya is a
  6. creating
  7. North Korea is
  8. nuclear
  1. apart
  2. failed state
  3. attacks
  4. order
  5. threatening neighbours
  6. leadership
  7. tensions
  8. of collapsing

Paragraph 2

  1. The ex-head criticised
  2. Superpowers don't get to
  3. you will see a world on
  4. in the Middle
  5. It said Libya is in
  6. a global security
  7. The Taliban still control a
  8. the U.S. spent
  1. retire
  2. third of Afghanistan
  3. chaos
  4. 15 years there
  5. fire
  6. East
  7. President Barack Obama
  8. threat

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

An ex-head of NATO has said America (1) ___________________ world's policeman. He said, "we (2) ___________________ American global leadership" to bring back (3) ___________________. He explained that Syria is falling apart (4) ___________________, Iraq is in danger of collapsing, and Libya is a (5) ___________________. He added that Russia is unsettling Eastern Europe, China is creating tensions, and North Korea is threatening neighbours (6) ___________________ attacks.

The ex-head criticised President Barack Obama (7) ___________________ conflicts. He said: "Superpowers don't (8) ___________________. Look around; you will see a (9) ___________________." The Russia Today newspaper said the U.S. has caused problems in the Middle East and North Africa. It said Libya (10) ___________________ U.S. actions in Iraq and Syria created a global (11) ___________________ - ISIS. The Taliban still control a third of Afghanistan, (12) ___________________ U.S. spent 15 years there.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Anex-headofNATOhassaidAmericaneedstobetheworld'spolicema
n.Hesaid,"weneeddeterminedAmericangloballeadership"tobringba
cklawandorder.HeexplainedthatSyriaisfallingapartbecauseofwar,Ir
aqisindangerofcollapsing,andLibyaisafailedstate.HeaddedthatRussi
aisunsettlingEasternEurope,Chinaiscreatingtensions,andNorthKore
aisthreateningneighbourswithnuclearattacks.Theex-headcriticis
edPresidentBarackObamafornotstoppingconflicts.Hesaid:"Superpo
wersdon'tgettoretire.Lookaround;youwillseeaworldonfire."TheRuss
iaTodaynewspapersaidtheU.S.hascausedproblemsintheMiddleEast
andNorthAfrica.ItsaidLibyaisinchaosandU.S.actionsinIraqandSyria
createdaglobalsecuritythreat-ISIS.TheTalibanstillcontrolathirdo
fAfghanistan,eventhoughtheU.S.spent15yearsthere.

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) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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