The Reading / Listening - Level 1

The Doctors of the World charity is selling four Christmas cards with a difference. The cards show traditional Christmas scenes from the Holy Land with images of the war in Syria. The charity wants to make people aware of the suffering in Syria. One card shows Mary and Joseph in the rubble of war-torn Syria. Another shows the baby Jesus asleep as a missile is fired in the distance. The next card shows the three wise men looking up at a warplane.



The charity's website said: "These images seek to remind the public that this year war has forced millions from their homes….By purchasing our cards, you are helping us to provide healthcare to the most vulnerable, and together we will [put back] a little of the most festive feeling of all – hope." The money from the cards will buy medicine and medical equipment. The UN says that 65 million people have left their homes because of violence and war.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Level 0 Level 2   or  Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk/news/2016-christmas-cards


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. The Doctors of the World
  2. Christmas cards with
  3. The cards show traditional
  4. images of the
  5. make people aware
  6. in the rubble of war-
  7. a missile is fired
  8. three wise men looking up
  1. war in Syria
  2. in the distance
  3. a difference
  4. of the suffering
  5. charity
  6. at a warplane
  7. torn Syria
  8. Christmas scenes

Paragraph 2

  1. The charity's
  2. These images seek to
  3. war has forced
  4. you are helping us to provide
  5. the most
  6. buy medicine and medical
  7. 65 million people have left
  8. because of violence
  1. their homes
  2. healthcare
  3. and war
  4. equipment
  5. website
  6. remind the public
  7. vulnerable
  8. millions from their homes

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The Doctors of the World charity (1) ___________________ Christmas cards (2) ___________________. The cards show traditional Christmas scenes from the Holy Land with images of (3) ___________________. The charity wants to make people aware of (4) ___________________ Syria. One card shows Mary and Joseph in the rubble of war-torn Syria. Another shows the baby Jesus asleep (5) ___________________ is fired in the distance. The next card shows the three wise men (6) ___________________ warplane.

The charity's website said: "These (7) ___________________ remind the public that this year war (8) ___________________ millions from their homes….By purchasing our cards, you are helping (9) ___________________ healthcare to the most vulnerable, and (10) ___________________ [put back] a little of the most festive feeling (11) ___________________." The money from the cards will buy medicine and medical equipment. The UN says that 65 million people have left their homes because of (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheDoctorsoftheWorldcharityissellingfourChristmascardswithadiffe
rence.ThecardsshowtraditionalChristmasscenesfromtheHolyLandw
ithimagesofthewarinSyria.Thecharitywantstomakepeopleawareoft
hesufferinginSyria.OnecardshowsMaryandJosephintherubbleofwar
-tornSyria.AnothershowsthebabyJesusasleepasamissileisfiredint
hedistance.Thenextcardshowsthethreewisemenlookingupatawarpl
ane.Thecharity'swebsitesaid:"Theseimagesseektoremindthepublict
hatthisyearwarhasforcedmillionsfromtheirhomes….Bypurchasingou
rcards,youarehelpingustoprovidehealthcaretothemostvulnerable,a
ndtogetherwewill[putback]alittleofthemostfestivefeelingofall–hop
e."Themoneyfromthecardswillbuymedicineandmedicalequipment.T
heUNsaysthat65millionpeoplehavelefttheirhomesbecauseofviolenc
eandwar.

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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Answers

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