The Reading / Listening - Silk Road - Level 4

China has an ambitious plan to help global trade. President Xi said he will invest $124 billion to increase trade along the old Silk Road. He spoke at a meeting of 29 world leaders, and the heads of the UN, IMF and World Bank. Xi said the project would invest billions of dollars in infrastructure. It would also help to make goods and services flow more freely around the world. He said: "Trade is the important engine of economic development."



President Xi said increased trade and cooperation would make the world more peaceful. He said: "We will create a new model of cooperation and mutual benefit." Pakistan's Prime Minister liked President Xi's "vision". He said the huge scale of the cooperation, economic partnerships and investments were a world first. He called it, "a geo-economic revolution". Britain's finance minister said Britain was a "natural partner" of the project.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Silk Road - Level 5 or  Silk Road - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-silkroad-africa-idUSKBN18A02I
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39912671
  • http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-05/14/c_136282137.htm


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. China has an
  2. help global
  3. invest
  4. He spoke at a meeting
  5. the heads of the
  6. invest billions of dollars
  7. goods
  8. economic
  1. in infrastructure
  2. of 29 world leaders
  3. development
  4. trade
  5. and services
  6. UN, IMF and World Bank
  7. ambitious plan
  8. $124 billion

Paragraph 2

  1. increased trade
  2. make the world more
  3. create a new model of
  4. mutual
  5. the huge scale
  6. economic
  7. a geo-
  8. Britain was a "natural partner"
  1. of the cooperation
  2. cooperation
  3. economic revolution
  4. of the project
  5. and cooperation
  6. benefit
  7. partnerships
  8. peaceful

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

China (1) ___________________ plan to help global trade. President Xi said will invest $124 billion (2) ___________________ along the old Silk Road. He spoke at a meeting of 29 world leaders, and (3) ___________________ UN, IMF and World Bank. Xi said the project (4) ___________________ billions of dollars in infrastructure. It (5) ___________________ to make goods and services flow more freely around the world. He said: "Trade is the important (6) ___________________ development."

President Xi (7) ___________________ trade and cooperation would make the world more peaceful. He said: "We (8) ___________________ new model of cooperation and (9) ___________________." Pakistan's Prime Minister liked President Xi's "vision". He said the (10) ___________________ the cooperation, economic partnerships and investments were a world first. He called it, "(11) ___________________ revolution". Britain's finance minister said Britain was a "natural (12) ___________________ project.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Chinahasanambitiousplantohelpglobaltrade.PresidentXisaidwillinve
st$124billiontoincreasetradealongtheoldSilkRoad.Hespokeatameet
ingof29worldleaders,andtheheadsoftheUN,IMFandWorldBank.Xisai
dtheprojectwouldinvestbillionsofdollarsininfrastructure.Itwouldalso
helptomakegoodsandservicesflowmorefreelyaroundtheworld.Hesai
d:"Tradeistheimportantengineofeconomicdevelopment."President
Xisaidincreasedtradeandcooperationwouldmaketheworldmorepeac
eful.Hesaid:"Wewillcreateanewmodelofcooperationandmutualbene
fit."Pakistan'sPrimeMinisterlikedPresidentXi's"vision".Hesaidthehu
gescaleofthecooperation,economicpartnershipsandinvestmentswer
eaworldfirst.Hecalledit,"ageo-economicrevolution".Britain'sfinanc
eministersaidBritainwasa"naturalpartner"oftheproject.

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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