The Reading / Listening - Level 4

American athletes at the Sochi Winter Olympics may be at risk if they wear their Team USA uniforms outside the security zones. Security is perhaps the tightest for any Olympics ever. It includes the "Ring of Steel" – checkpoints that stretch for 90 kilometres along the coast and 40 kilometres inland. Everyone will be X-rayed. Americans have been told not to "advertise" their nationality far from the Olympic venues.



There are fears that militants will attack the games. A group from Dagestan recently killed 34 people in two suicide bombings in Volgograd. President Vladimir Putin has promised teams that the games will be safe and successful. Meanwhile, security officials are hunting for three possible female suicide bombers. They think one of the women is in Sochi. There will be more threats as the games get closer. They will take place between February 7 and 23.

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    Level 5 or  Level 6

Sources
  • http://news.sky.com/story/1200548/team-usa-uniforms-pose-security-risk-in-sochi
  • http://edition.cnn.com/2014/01/24/us/sochi-us-security/


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The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

1.

outside the security

a.

be X-rayed

2.

perhaps the tightest for

b.

zones

3.

along

c.

far from the Olympic venues

4.

40 kilometres

d.

any Olympics ever

5.

Everyone will

e.

inland

6.

not to "advertise" their nationality

f.

the coast



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

fears that militants

a.

the games get closer

2.

killed 34 people

b.

and successful

3.

the games will be safe

c.

female suicide bombers

4.

officials are hunting for three possible

d.

will attack the games

5.

There will be more threats as

e.

between February 7 and 23

6.

They will take place

f.

in two suicide bombings





LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

American athletes at the Sochi Winter Olympics (1) ___________________ they wear their Team USA uniforms outside (2) ___________________. Security is perhaps (3) ___________________ Olympics ever. It includes the "Ring of Steel" – checkpoints (4) ___________________ kilometres along the coast and 40 kilometres inland. Everyone (5) ___________________. Americans have been told not to "advertise" (6) ___________________ from the Olympic venues.

There are (7) ___________________ will attack the games. A group from Dagestan recently killed 34 people in (8) ___________________ in Volgograd. President Vladimir Putin (9) ___________________ that the games will be (10) ___________________. Meanwhile, security officials are (11) ___________________ possible female suicide bombers. They think one of the women is in Sochi. There will be (12) ___________________ games get closer. They will take place between February 7 and 23.

SOCHI OLYMPICS SURVEY

Write five GOOD questions about the Sochi Olympics 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.

 

STUDENT 1

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STUDENT 2

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STUDENT 3

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Q.1.

 

 

 

 

Q.2.

 

 

 

 

Q.3.

 

 

 

 

Q.4.

 

 

 

 

Q.5.

 

 

 

 

  • Now return to your original partner and share and talk about what you found out. Change partners often.
  • Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.

WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

Student A: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

a)

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b)

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c)

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d)

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e)

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f)

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g)

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h)

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Student B: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

a)

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b)

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c)

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d)

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e)

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f)

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g)

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h)

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FREE WRITING

Write about the Sochi Olympics for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner's paper.

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Answers

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