The Reading / Listening - Level 2

North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un is unhappy with the weather forecasts. He said the meteorological department gave "incorrect" forecasts. It is unusual for him to be negative about a part of the government. Mr Kim was visiting one of his country's weather stations. He said the techniques used to forecast the weather were wrong. He told workers to use modern equipment. He told reporters it was important to protect people and their homes and factories. North Korea has many natural disasters and famines. It is important to have accurate weather forecasts.



Many North Korean people suffer from food shortages. There are many droughts and floods. This means people do not have enough food to eat. In May, North Korea had one of the worst droughts in over 30 years. This means more food shortages. In the mid-1990s there was a very bad famine. Wikipedia says no one knows how many people died. The site said the number is between 240,000 and 3,500,000. North Korea needs food aid from other countries. Many people would die if they did not get this. A lot of the food aid does not get to the people who need it the most.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Level 0 Level 1   or  Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/12/kim-jong-weather-north-korea
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Korean_famine
  • http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1530793/kim-jong-un-blasts-n-korea-weather-service-incorrect-forecasts


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 :-)



The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

1.

meteorological

a.

their homes

2.

It is unusual for

b.

stations

3.

weather

c.

and famines

4.

He told workers to

d.

department

5.

He told reporters it

e.

weather forecasts

6.

protect people and

f.

him to be negative

7.

many natural disasters

g.

was important

8.

accurate

h.

use modern equipment



MY e-BOOK
ESL resource book with copiable worksheets and handouts - 1,000 Ideas and Activities for Language Teachers / English teachers
See a sample

PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

suffer from food

a.

in over 30 years

2.

people do not have enough

b.

aid

3.

one of the worst droughts

c.

many people died

4.

In the mid-

d.

it the most

5.

no one knows how

e.

shortages

6.

the number is between 240,000

f.

1990s

7.

food

g.

food to eat

8.

the people who need

h.

and 3,500,000

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un (1) ___________________ the weather forecasts. He said the meteorological department gave "incorrect" forecasts. It is (2) ___________________ to be negative about a part of the government. Mr Kim (3) ___________________ his country's weather stations. He said the techniques used to forecast the weather were wrong. He (4) ___________________ modern equipment. He told reporters it (5) ___________________ protect people and their homes and factories. North Korea has many natural (6) ___________________. It is important to have accurate weather forecasts.

Many North Korean people (7) ___________________ shortages. There are many droughts and floods. This means people do not have (8) ___________________. In May, North Korea had one of the worst droughts (9) ___________________. This means more food shortages. In the mid-1990s there (10) ___________________ famine. Wikipedia says no one knows how many people died. The site said the (11) ___________________ 240,000 and 3,500,000. North Korea needs food aid from other countries. Many people would die if they did not get this. A lot of the food aid does not get to the people (12) ___________________.





PUT A SLASH ( / )WHERE THE SPACES ARE

NorthKorea'sleaderKimJong-unisunhappywiththeweatherforec
asts.Hesaidthemeteorologicaldepartmentgave"incorrect"foreca
sts.Itisunusualforhimtobenegativeaboutapartofthegovernment.
MrKimwasvisitingoneofhiscountry'sweatherstations.Hesaidthet
echniquesusedtoforecasttheweatherwerewrong.Hetoldworkerst
ousemodernequipment.Hetoldreportersitwasimportanttoprotect
peopleandtheirhomesandfactories.NorthKoreahasmanynaturald
isastersandfamines.Itisimportanttohaveaccurateweatherforeca
sts.ManyNorthKoreanpeoplesufferfromfoodshortages.Thereare
manydroughtsandfloods.Thismeanspeopledonothaveenoughfoo
dtoeat.InMay,NorthKoreahadoneoftheworstdroughtsinover30ye
ars.Thismeansmorefoodshortages.Inthemid-1990sthere
wasaverybadfamine.Wikipediasaysnooneknowshowmanypeople
died.Thesitesaidthenumberisbetween240,000and3,500,000.No
rthKoreaneedsfoodaidfromothercountries.Manypeoplewoulddiei
ftheydidnotgetthis.Alotofthefoodaiddoesnotgettothepeoplewho
needitthemost.

WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

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

a)

________________________________________________________

b)

________________________________________________________

c)

________________________________________________________

d)

________________________________________________________

e)

________________________________________________________

f)

________________________________________________________

g)

________________________________________________________

h)

________________________________________________________

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------

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

a)

________________________________________________________

b)

________________________________________________________

c)

________________________________________________________

d)

________________________________________________________

e)

________________________________________________________

f)

________________________________________________________

g)

________________________________________________________

h)

________________________________________________________





WRITING

Write about weather for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner's paper.

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

Answers

(Please check your answers against the article above.

Help Support This Web Site

  • Please consider helping Breaking News English.com

Sean Banville's Book

Thank You