The Reading / Listening - Level 6

The former chief of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, has said America needs to be the world's policeman to make sure the world is a safer place. Mr Rasmussen outlined his views in an interview with Britain's Sky News. He said America needed to intervene in the world's trouble spots to restore law and order. He said: "We need determined American global leadership." He stated that the USA had no choice but to act more forcefully, explaining that: "Syria is torn by war and conflict, Iraq is on the brink of collapse, Libya is a failed state,…Russia is attacking Ukraine and destabilising Eastern Europe, China is flexing its muscles, [and] the rogue state North Korea is threatening nuclear attacks."



Mr Rasmussen was particularly critical of President Barack Obama, whom he says has not done enough to prevent conflict. He said: "Superpowers don't get to retire. Look around; you will see a world on fire." The Russia Today (RT) newspaper questions the value of recent U.S. military interventions. It said U.S. foreign policy has led to greater instability in the Middle East and North Africa. It stated that Libya plunged into chaos after the ouster of Muammar Gaddafi with the US having no post-exit plan. RT added that U.S. policy in Iraq and Syria created one of the greatest global security threats in the form of ISIS. It went on to write that the Taliban still control a third of Afghanistan, even after the US spent 15 years there.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Level 4  or  Level 5

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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. WORLD SECURITY: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about world security. 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?

       chief / policeman / a safer place / intervene / global leadership / choice / collapse /
       critical / superpowers / military / foreign policy / chaos / security threats / control

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

3. USA: Students A strongly believe the USA should be the world's policeman; Students B strongly believe it shouldn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. PEACE: What can these countries do to make the world a safer place? Discuss this with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

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

6. POLICEMAN / POLICEWOMAN: Rank these with your partner. Put the best country to be the world's policeman / policewoman at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Bhutan
  • Great Britain
  • Brazil
  • Australia
  • USA
  • China
  • Russia
  • India

Before reading / listening

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

  1. An ex-boss of NATO said the USA would keep the world a safer place.     T / F
  2. The ex-boss said US leadership was important to keep law and order.     T / F
  3. The ex-boss said Syria was on the brink of collapse.     T / F
  4. The ex-boss said China was threatening nuclear attacks.     T / F
  5. The ex-boss praised Barack Obama for his foreign policy.     T / F
  6. A Russian newspaper said the USA had made the world more unstable.    T / F
  7. The newspaper said the USA had no post-exit plan after it left Libya.     T / F
  8. The paper said the Taliban was in control of a third of Afghanistan.     T / F

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

  1. outlined
  2. intervene
  3. order
  4. determined
  5. destabilising
  6. critical
  7. value
  8. plunged
  9. chaos
  10. form
  1. unsettling
  2. resolved
  3. usefulness
  4. get involved
  5. fault-finding
  6. shape
  7. summarised
  8. mayhem
  9. fell sharply
  10. peace

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

  1. The former
  2. intervene in the
  3. Iraq is on the brink
  4. rogue
  5. nuclear
  6. you will see a world on
  7. foreign
  8. Libya plunged
  9. one of the greatest global
  10. the Taliban still control
  1. security threats
  2. of collapse
  3. policy
  4. world's trouble spots
  5. into chaos
  6. chief of NATO
  7. a third of Afghanistan
  8. state
  9. attacks
  10. fire

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
outlined
determined
brink
flexing
chief
failed
forcefully
intervene

The former (1) ____________ of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, has said America needs to be the world's policeman to make sure the world is a safer place. Mr Rasmussen (2) ____________ his views in an interview with Britain's Sky News. He said America needed to (3) ____________ in the world's trouble spots to restore law and order. He said: We need (4) ____________ American global leadership." He stated that the USA had no choice but to act more (5) ____________, explaining that: "Syria is torn by war and conflict, Iraq is on the (6) ____________ of collapse, Libya is a (7) ____________ state,…Russia is attacking Ukraine and destabilising Eastern Europe, China is (8) ____________ its muscles, [and] the rogue state North Korea is threatening nuclear attacks."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
policy
post
critical
fire
third
prevent
threats
chaos

Mr Rasmussen was particularly (9) ____________ of President Barack Obama, whom he says has not done enough to (10) ____________ conflict. He said: "Superpowers don't get to retire. Look around; you will see a world on (11) ____________." The Russia Today (RT) newspaper questions the value of recent U.S. military interventions. It said U.S. foreign (12) ____________ has led to greater instability in the Middle East and North Africa. It stated that Libya plunged into (13) ____________ after the ouster of Muammar Gaddafi with the US having no (14) ____________ -exit plan. RT added that U.S. policy in Iraq and Syria created one of the greatest global security (15) ____________ in the form of ISIS. It went on to write that the Taliban still control a (16) ____________ of Afghanistan, even after the US spent 15 years there.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  America needs to be the world's policeman to make sure the world ______
     a.  is a safety place
     b.  is a safest place
     c.  is a safer place
     d.  is a safely place

2)  America needed to intervene in the world's trouble spots to restore ______
     a.  laws and orders
     b.  law and order
     c.  laws and order
     d.  law and orders

3)  Syria is torn by war and conflict, Iraq is on the ______
     a.  drink of collapse
     b.  rink of collapse
     c.  ink of collapse
     d.  brink of collapse

4)  Russia is attacking Ukraine and destabilising Eastern Europe, China is ______
     a.  flexing its muscles
     b.  floating its muscles
     c.  fluffing its muscles
     d.  flossing its muscles

5)  the rogue state North Korea is threatening ______
     a.  unclear attacks
     b.  unclean attacks
     c.  nuclear attacks
     d.  nucleus attacks

6)  Superpowers don't get to retire. Look around; you will see ______
     a.  a world to fire
     b.  a world at fire
     c.  a world in fire
     d.  a world on fire

7)  It said U.S. foreign policy has led to greater instability in ______
     a.  the Middle East
     b.  the Hub East
     c.  the Centre East
     d.  the Inner East

8)  It stated that Libya plunged ______
     a.  into chase
     b.  into ethos
     c.  into chaos
     d.  into pathos

9)  created one of the greatest global security threats ______ ISIS
     a.  in the form of
     b.  in the farm of
     c.  in the firm of
     d.  in the film of

10)  It went on to write that the Taliban still control ______ Afghanistan
     a.  a thirdly of
     b.  a thirds of
     c.  a thrice of
     d.  a third of

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Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The (1) ___________________ NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, has said America needs to be the world's policeman (2) ___________________ the world is a safer place. Mr Rasmussen outlined his views in an interview with Britain's Sky News. He said America needed (3) ___________________ world's trouble spots to restore law and order. He said: We need determined American global leadership." He stated that the USA (4) ___________________ to act more forcefully, explaining that: "Syria is torn by war and conflict, Iraq (5) ___________________ collapse, Libya is a failed state,…Russia is attacking Ukraine and destabilising Eastern Europe, China is flexing its muscles, [and] (6) ___________________ North Korea is threatening nuclear attacks."

Mr Rasmussen was (7) ___________________ President Barack Obama, whom he says has not done enough to prevent conflict. He said: "Superpowers don't get to retire. Look around; (8) ___________________ world on fire." The Russia Today (RT) newspaper questions the value of recent U.S. military interventions. It said U.S. foreign policy has led to (9) ___________________ in the Middle East and North Africa. It stated that Libya plunged into chaos (10) ___________________ of Muammar Gaddafi with the US having no post-exit plan. RT added that U.S. policy in Iraq and Syria (11) ___________________ greatest global security threats in the form of ISIS. It went on to write that the Taliban still control a third of Afghanistan, (12) ___________________ US spent 15 years there.

Comprehension questions

  1. What did the former NATO chief say the USA would make the world?
  2. Which news channel was the former chief talking to?
  3. What kind of spots did the former chief say America should intervene in?
  4. What did the former chief say Iraq was on the brink of?
  5. What did the former chief say China was flexing?
  6. Who was the former chief critical of?
  7. What did the former chief say does not retire?
  8. What has Libya plunged into?
  9. What did Russia Today say was one of the greatest security threats?
  10. How much of Afghanistan did Russia Today say the Taliban controlled?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What did the former NATO chief say the USA would make the world?

a) perfect
b) safer
c) a place to invest
d) democratic

2) Which news channel was the former chief talking to?

a) NHK
b) CNN
c) Al Jazeera
d) Sky News

3) What kind of spots did the former chief say America should intervene in?

a) the world's trouble spots
b) hotspots
c) black spots
d) spotty spots

4) What did the former chief say Iraq was on the brink of?

a) disaster
b) war
c) collapse
d) defeat

5) What did the former chief say China was flexing?

a) minds
b) muscles
c) arms
d) power

6) Who was the former chief critical of?

a) Barack Obama
b) his boss
c) Syria's president
d) Vladimir Putin

7) What did the former chief say does not retire?

a) Barack Obama
b) the military
c) superpowers
d) foreign policy

8) What has Libya plunged into?

a) chaos
b) a pool
c) the unknown
d) the abyss

9) What did Russia Today say was one of the greatest security threats?

a) ISIS
b) NATO
c) USA
d) RT

10) How much of Afghanistan did Russia Today say the Taliban controlled?

a) two-fifths
b) three-quarters
c) two-thirds
d) a third

Role play

Role A — The USA

You think the USA would be the world's best policeman / policewoman. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their countries wouldn't be so good. Also, tell the others which would be the worst of these (and why): India, Turkey or Bhutan.

Role B — India

You think India would be the world's best policeman / policewoman. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their countries wouldn't be so good. Also, tell the others which would be the worst of these (and why): the USA, Turkey or Bhutan.

Role C — Turkey

You think Turkey would be the world's best policeman / policewoman. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their countries wouldn't be so good. Also, tell the others which would be the worst of these (and why): India, the USA or Bhutan.

Role D — Bhutan

You think Bhutan would be the world's best policeman / policewoman. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their countries wouldn't be so good. Also, tell the others which would be the worst of these (and why): India, Turkey or the USA.

After reading / listening

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

'global'

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  • and 'security'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • whom
    • retire
    • fire
    • Middle
    • chaos
    • 15
    • needs
    • spots
    • order
    • choice
    • torn
    • rogue




    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 - U.S. must be world policeman, says ex-NATO boss

    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 'policeman'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Does the world need a 'policeman'?
    5. What would the world be like if America was the official 'policeman'?
    6. How dangerous is today's world?
    7. What risks are there to your country from other countries?
    8. What will happen to Syria, Iraq and Libya in the next few years?
    9. Is China flexing its muscles a problem?
    10. What threat is North Korea to global security?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of Barack Obama's foreign policy?
    3. Do we need superpowers?
    4. Could China, Russia and the USA work together for world peace?
    5. Will the world ever be at peace?
    6. Should the USA not intervene in the affairs of other countries?
    7. Can the Middle East take care of its own affairs?
    8. What will we be reading about ISIS in five years from now?
    9. What will happen to Afghanistan in the next ten years?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Barack Obama about the world?

    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)

    The former (1) ____ of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, has said America needs to be the world's policeman to make sure the world is a (2) ____ place. Mr Rasmussen outlined his views in an interview with Britain's Sky News. He said America needed to intervene in the world's trouble (3) ____ to restore law and order. He said: We need determined American global leadership." He stated that the USA had no choice (4) ____ to act more forcefully, explaining that: "Syria is (5) ____ by war and conflict, Iraq is on the brink of collapse, Libya is a failed state,…Russia is attacking Ukraine and destabilising Eastern Europe, China is (6) ____ its muscles, [and] the rogue state North Korea is threatening nuclear attacks."

    Mr Rasmussen was particularly critical (7) ____ President Barack Obama, whom he says has not done enough to prevent conflict. He said: "Superpowers don't get to retire. Look around; you will see a world (8) ____ fire." The Russia Today (RT) newspaper questions the value of recent U.S. military interventions. It said U.S. foreign policy has led (9) ____ greater instability in the Middle East and North Africa. It stated that Libya plunged into (10) ____ after the ouster of Muammar Gaddafi with the US having no post-exit plan. RT added that U.S. policy in Iraq and Syria created one of the greatest global security threats in the (11) ____ of ISIS. It went on to write that the Taliban still control a (12) ____ of Afghanistan, even after the US spent 15 years there.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     chief     (b)     chef     (c)     chieftain     (d)     chiefly    
    2. (a)     safely     (b)     safer     (c)     safest     (d)     safety    
    3. (a)     blots     (b)     dots     (c)     spots     (d)     plots    
    4. (a)     thus     (b)     so     (c)     just     (d)     but    
    5. (a)     torn     (b)     tarn     (c)     tore     (d)     tearing    
    6. (a)     flipping     (b)     flexing     (c)     flossing     (d)     flagging    
    7. (a)     to     (b)     from     (c)     for     (d)     of    
    8. (a)     to     (b)     on     (c)     as     (d)     in    
    9. (a)     at     (b)     on     (c)     to     (d)     as    
    10. (a)     chaotic     (b)     chaos     (c)     chasm     (d)     pathos    
    11. (a)     film     (b)     farm     (c)     firm     (d)     form    
    12. (a)     thrice     (b)     third     (c)     thirdly     (d)     thirds

    Spelling

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    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    Mr Rasmussen was particularly crucial / critical of President Barack Obama, whom he says has not done / doing enough to prevent conflict. He said: "Superpowers don't get to rewire / retire. Look around; you will see a world on / in fire." The Russia Today (RT) newspaper questions the value of recently / recent U.S. military interventions. It said U.S. foreign policy has led to greater stable / instability in the Middle East and North Africa. It stated that Libya plunged into chaotic / chaos after the ouster of Muammar Gaddafi with the US having no post-exit plan. RT added that U.S. policy in Iraq and Syria created one of the greatest global security treats / threats in the form of ISIS. It went on / in to write that the Taliban still control a third of Afghanistan, even after the US spent / spending 15 years there.

    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

    the former chief of nato anders fogh rasmussen has said america needs to be the world's policeman to make sure the world is a safer place mr rasmussen outlined his views in an interview with britain's sky news he said america needed to intervene in the world's trouble spots to restore law and order he said we need determined american global leadership" he stated that the usa had no choice but to act more forcefully explaining that "syria is torn by war and conflict iraq is on the brink of collapse libya is a failed state…russia is attacking ukraine and destabilising eastern europe china is flexing its muscles [and] the rogue state north korea is threatening nuclear attacks"

    mr rasmussen was particularly critical of president barack obama whom he says has not done enough to prevent conflict he said "superpowers don't get to retire look around you will see a world on fire" the russia today (rt) newspaper questions the value of recent us military interventions it said us foreign policy has led to greater instability in the middle east and north africa it stated that libya plunged into chaos after the ouster of muammar gaddafi with the us having no post-exit plan rt added that us policy in iraq and syria created one of the greatest global security threats in the form of isis it went on to write that the taliban still control a third of afghanistan even after the us spent 15 years there

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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    at:"Syriaistornbywarandconflict,Iraqisonthebrinkofcollapse,Libyais
    afailedstate,…RussiaisattackingUkraineanddestabilisingEasternEur
    ope,Chinaisflexingitsmuscles,[and]theroguestateNorthKoreaisthre
    ateningnuclearattacks."MrRasmussenwasparticularlycriticalofPresi
    dentBarackObama,whomhesayshasnotdoneenoughtopreventconfli
    ct.Hesaid:"Superpowersdon'tgettoretire.Lookaround;youwillseeaw
    orldonfire."TheRussiaToday(RT)newspaperquestionsthevalueofrec
    entU.S.militaryinterventions.ItsaidU.S.foreignpolicyhasledtogreate
    rinstabilityintheMiddleEastandNorthAfrica.ItstatedthatLibyaplunge
    dintochaosaftertheousterofMuammarGaddafiwiththeUShavingnopo
    st-exitplan.RTaddedthatU.S.policyinIraqandSyriacreatedoneoftheg
    reatestglobalsecuritythreatsintheformofISIS.Itwentontowritethatt
    heTalibanstillcontrolathirdofAfghanistan,evenaftertheUSspent15ye
    arsthere.

    Free writing

    Write about world policeman for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    The world does not need a "policeman". It would be very dangerous. Discuss.

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

    3. WORLD SECURITY: Make a poster about the threats to world security. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. USA AS WORLD POLICEMAN / POLICEWOMAN: Write a magazine article about the USA being the world's policeman / policewoman. 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 world security. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to make the world a safer place. 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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