The Reading / Listening - Catalonia - Level 4

A strike in Catalonia brought large parts of Barcelona to a standstill. Thousands of Catalans protested over police violence during Sunday's independence referendum. Nearly 900 people were injured. Spain's government said the referendum was illegal. It told the police to break it up. Spain's king condemned the vote. He said people had put themselves "outside the law". He said the situation was "extremely serious". He also called for national unity.



Barcelona's mayor said Catalans deserved a vote on independence. She said people needed a democratic response and a political solution, "that listens to the cries of millions of people". She asked Spain's prime minister to resign. More unrest could come. A declaration of Catalan independence could send Spain into a constitutional crisis and risk the break-up of Spain. Other regions might copy Catalonia and have their own referendum.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Catalonia - Level 5 or  Catalonia - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.cnbc.com/2017/10/03/catalonia-goes-on-strike-as-calls-for-declaration-of-independence-grow.html
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-41479048
  • http://edition.cnn.com/2017/10/03/europe/catalonia-general-strike-protests-barcelona/index.html
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-41493014


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. brought large parts of Barcelona
  2. Catalans protested over police
  3. Sunday's independence
  4. It told the police to break
  5. Spain's king condemned the
  6. people had put themselves outside
  7. He said the situation was extremely
  8. He also called for national
  1. vote
  2. referendum
  3. unity
  4. to a standstill
  5. serious
  6. it up
  7. violence
  8. the law

Paragraph 2

  1. a vote
  2. people needed a democratic
  3. She asked Spain's prime minister
  4. More unrest could
  5. send Spain into a constitutional
  6. risk the break-
  7. Other regions might copy
  8. have their own
  1. Catalonia
  2. come
  3. on independence
  4. referendum
  5. to resign
  6. crisis
  7. response
  8. up of Spain

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A strike in Catalonia (1) ___________________ of Barcelona to a standstill. Thousands of Catalans (2) ___________________ police violence during Sunday's independence referendum. Nearly 900 (3) ___________________. Spain's government said the referendum was illegal. It told the police to (4) ___________________. Spain's king condemned the vote. He said people had put themselves "(5) ___________________". He said the situation was "extremely serious". He also called (6) __________________.

Barcelona's mayor said Catalans (7) ___________________ on independence. She said people needed a democratic response and (8) ___________________, "that listens to the (9) ___________________ of people". She asked Spain's prime (10) ___________________. More unrest could come. A declaration of Catalan independence could send Spain into a constitutional (11) ___________________ the break-up of Spain. Other regions might copy Catalonia and (12) ___________________ referendum.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AstrikeinCataloniabroughtlargepartsofBarcelonatoastandstill.Thou
sandsofCatalansprotestedoverpoliceviolenceduringSunday'sindepe
ndencereferendum.Nearly900peoplewereinjured.Spain'sgovernme
ntsaidthereferendumwasillegal.Ittoldthepolicetobreakitup.Spain'sk
ingcondemnedthevote.Hesaidpeoplehadputthemselves"outsidethel
aw".Hesaidthesituationwas"extremelyserious".Healsocalledfornati
onalunity.Barcelona'smayorsaidCatalansdeservedavoteonindepen
dence.Shesaidpeopleneededademocraticresponseandapoliticalsolu
tion,"thatlistenstothecriesofmillionsofpeople".SheaskedSpain'spri
meministertoresign.Moreunrestcouldcome.AdeclarationofCatalanin
dependencecouldsendSpainintoaconstitutionalcrisisandriskthebrea
k-upofSpain.OtherregionsmightcopyCataloniaandhavetheirownre
ferendum.

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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(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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