The Reading / Listening - Catalonia - Level 5

A strike in Catalonia, Spain on Tuesday brought large parts of Barcelona to a standstill. Thousands of Catalans joined together and blocked roads to protest over police violence during Sunday's independence referendum. Nearly 900 people were injured in a police crackdown against voters and referendum staff. Spain's government said the referendum was illegal. It ordered the police to break it up. Spain's King Felipe VI condemned the vote. In a televised speech, he said people had put themselves "outside the law". He said the situation in Catalonia was "extremely serious" and called for national unity.



The mayor of Barcelona said the Catalan people deserved a vote on independence. She said: "What we need is a democratic response…a political solution [and] an inclusive solution that listens to the cries of millions of people." She called for Spain's prime minister to resign. More unrest could come in the days ahead. A declaration of Catalan independence could send Spain into a constitutional crisis. It could risk the break-up of Spain if other regions copy Catalonia and have their own referendum. Spain's president asked the international community to help mediate.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Catalonia - Level 4 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


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. brought large parts of Barcelona
  2. 900 people were injured in a police
  3. the referendum was
  4. It ordered the police to break
  5. In a televised
  6. people had put themselves
  7. extremely
  8. called for national
  1. "outside the law"
  2. it up
  3. unity
  4. crackdown
  5. serious
  6. to a standstill
  7. speech
  8. illegal

Paragraph 2

  1. the Catalan people
  2. What we need is a democratic
  3. a political
  4. She called for Spain's prime minister
  5. More unrest could come in
  6. It could risk the break-
  7. if other regions copy
  8. the international
  1. Catalonia
  2. to resign
  3. community
  4. deserved a vote
  5. up of Spain
  6. solution
  7. response
  8. the days ahead

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A strike in Catalonia, Spain on Tuesday brought (1) ___________________ Barcelona to a standstill. Thousands of Catalans (2) ___________________ roads to protest over police violence during Sunday's independence referendum. Nearly 900 people (3) ___________________ a police crackdown against voters and referendum staff. Spain's government said the referendum was illegal. It ordered the police (4) ___________________. Spain's King Felipe VI condemned the vote. In a televised speech, he said people had put themselves "(5) ___________________". He said the situation in Catalonia was "extremely serious" (6) ___________________ national unity.

The mayor of Barcelona said the Catalan (7) ___________________ a vote on independence. She said: "What (8) ___________________ democratic response…a political solution [and] (9) ___________________ that listens to the cries of millions of people." She called for Spain's prime minister to resign. More unrest (10) ___________________ the days ahead. A declaration of Catalan independence could send Spain into a constitutional crisis. It could (11) ___________________ of Spain if other regions copy Catalonia and have their own referendum. Spain's president asked the international community (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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oastandstill.ThousandsofCatalansjoinedtogetherandblockedroadsto
protestoverpoliceviolenceduringSunday'sindependencereferendum.
Nearly900peoplewereinjuredinapolicecrackdownagainstvotersandre
ferendumstaff.Spain'sgovernmentsaidthereferendumwasillegal.Itor
deredthepolicetobreakitup.Spain'sKingFelipeVIcondemnedthevote.I
natelevisedspeech,hesaidpeoplehadputthemselves"outsidethelaw".
HesaidthesituationinCataloniawas"extremelyserious"andcalledforna
tionalunity.ThemayorofBarcelonasaidtheCatalanpeopledeservedavo
teonindependence.Shesaid:"Whatweneedisademocraticresponse…a
politicalsolution[and]aninclusivesolutionthatlistenstothecriesofmillio
nsofpeople."ShecalledforSpain'sprimeministertoresign.Moreunrestc
ouldcomeinthedaysahead.AdeclarationofCatalanindependencecould
sendSpainintoaconstitutionalcrisis.ItcouldriskthebreakupofSpainifot
herregionscopyCataloniaandhavetheirownreferendum.Spain'spresid
entaskedtheinternationalcommunitytohelpmediate.

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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