The Reading / Listening - World Peace - Level 1

The world is more peaceful today than it was a year ago. The Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) said the world is now 0.28% more peaceful. The IEP reports on world peace every year. It publishes its Global Peace Index (GPI). This gives a peace score to 163 countries. It also advises countries on how to be peaceful. Iceland is the most peaceful country in the world. The next four countries are New Zealand, Portugal, Austria and Denmark.



The report says that 93 countries are more peaceful and 68 are more violent. Researchers looked at different things that change peace. They looked at the murder rate, the number of weapons, terrorism, and the number of soldiers a country has. Syria has been the least peaceful country for five years. The next four are Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan and Yemen. There are too many problems in the Middle East and the USA.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    World Peace - Level 0 World Peace - Level 2   or  World Peace - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-40118188
  • http://visionofhumanity.org/app/uploads/2017/06/GPI-2017-Report-1.pdf
  • http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/01/us-plummets-global-peace-ranking-due-political-instability/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. The world is more peaceful
  2. the world is now 0.28% more
  3. The IEP reports on world peace
  4. It publishes its
  5. This gives a peace score
  6. It also advises countries on
  7. Iceland is the most peaceful country
  8. The next four
  1. how to be peaceful
  2. Global Peace Index
  3. in the world
  4. every year
  5. countries
  6. to 163 countries
  7. peaceful
  8. today

Paragraph 2

  1. The report says that 93 countries
  2. 68 are more
  3. different things that change
  4. the murder
  5. the number of
  6. the least peaceful country
  7. There are too
  8. the Middle
  1. peace
  2. many problems
  3. violent
  4. weapons
  5. for five years
  6. are more peaceful
  7. East
  8. rate

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The world is more peaceful today (1) ___________________ year ago. The Institute for Economics (2) ___________________ said the world is now 0.28% more peaceful. The IEP (3) ___________________ peace every year. It publishes its Global Peace Index (GPI). This gives a peace (4) ___________________ countries. (5) __________________ countries on how to be peaceful. Iceland is the most peaceful country in the world. (6) ___________________ countries are New Zealand, Portugal, Austria and Denmark.

The report says (7) ___________________ are more peaceful and 68 (8) ___________________. Researchers looked at different things (9) ___________________. They looked at the murder rate, the (10) ___________________, terrorism, and the number of soldiers a country has. Syria has been the least peaceful country for five years. The (11) ___________________ Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan and Yemen. There are too many (12) ___________________ Middle East and the USA.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Theworldismorepeacefultodaythanitwasayearago.TheInstituteforE
conomicsandPeace(IEP)saidtheworldisnow0.28%morepeaceful.Th
eIEPreportsonworldpeaceeveryyear.ItpublishesitsGlobalPeaceInde
x(GPI).Thisgivesapeacescoreto163countries.Italsoadvisescountrie
sonhowtobepeaceful.Icelandisthemostpeacefulcountryintheworld.
ThenextfourcountriesareNewZealand,Portugal,AustriaandDenmark
.Thereportsaysthat93countriesaremorepeacefuland68aremoreviol
ent.Researcherslookedatdifferentthingsthatchangepeace.Theylook
edatthemurderrate,thenumberofweapons,terrorism,andthenumbe
rofsoldiersacountryhas.Syriahasbeentheleastpeacefulcountryforfiv
eyears.ThenextfourareAfghanistan,Iraq,SouthSudanandYemen.Th
erearetoomanyproblemsintheMiddleEastandtheUSA.

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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Free writing

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