The Reading / Listening - Jerusalem - Level 4

Donald Trump has officially recognized that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. This comes ahead of its embassy moving there. For decades, America's embassy has been in Tel Aviv. Mr Trump judged this decision, "to be in the best interests of the USA, and the pursuit of peace between Israel and the Palestinians". He added that saying Jerusalem is Israel's capital was, "nothing more or less than a recognition of reality".



The UN called the decision "a moment of great anxiety". It said: "There is no alternative to the two-state solution." Israel's Prime Minister said it was "a historic day" and thanked Mr Trump. A Palestinian leader said the decision was a "flagrant aggression" and "the official announcement of the end of the peace process." Another Palestinian said Mr Trump, "is declaring war in the Middle East". Israel's Haaretz newspaper said it would help Iran and ISIS.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Jerusalem - Level 5 or  Jerusalem - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42259443
  • https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/1.827053
  • http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/12/palestinian-days-rage-trump-jerusalem-plan-171206103433314.html
  • https://www.voanews.com/a/trump-informs-leaders-of-plan-to-recognize-jerusalem-as-israeli-capital/4150167.html


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. Jerusalem is the capital
  2. This comes ahead of its embassy
  3. America's embassy has been
  4. Mr Trump judged this
  5. in the best
  6. the pursuit
  7. more or
  8. a recognition of
  1. less
  2. of Israel
  3. interests of the USA
  4. reality
  5. moving
  6. decision
  7. in Tel Aviv
  8. of peace

Paragraph 2

  1. a moment of great
  2. There is no alternative
  3. a historic
  4. the decision was a flagrant
  5. the official
  6. the end of the peace
  7. declaring
  8. it would help Iran
  1. day
  2. process
  3. announcement
  4. war in the Middle East
  5. anxiety
  6. aggression
  7. and ISIS
  8. to the two-state solution

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Donald Trump (1) ___________________ recognized that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. This (2) ___________________ its embassy moving there. For decades, America's (3) ___________________ in Tel Aviv. Mr Trump judged this decision, "to be in the (4) ___________________ the USA, and the (5) ___________________ between Israel and the Palestinians". He added that saying Jerusalem is Israel's capital was, "nothing more or less than a (6) ___________________".

The UN called the decision "a (7) ___________________ anxiety". It said: "There is no alternative to the (8) ___________________." Israel's Prime Minister said it was "(9) ___________________" and thanked Mr Trump. A Palestinian leader said the (10) ___________________ "flagrant aggression" and "the official announcement of the end of (11) ___________________." Another Palestinian said Mr Trump, "is (12) ___________________ the Middle East". Israel's Haaretz newspaper said it would help Iran and ISIS.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

DonaldTrumphasofficiallyrecognizedthatJerusalemisthecapitalofIsr
ael.Thiscomesaheadofitsembassymovingthere.Fordecades,Americ
a'sembassyhasbeeninTelAviv.MrTrumpjudgedthisdecision,"tobeint
hebestinterestsoftheUSA,andthepursuitofpeacebetweenIsraelandt
hePalestinians".HeaddedthatsayingJerusalemisIsrael'scapitalwas,"
nothingmoreorlessthanarecognitionofreality".TheUNcalledthedecisi
on"amomentofgreatanxiety".Itsaid:"Thereisnoalternativetothetwo
-statesolution."Israel'sPrimeMinistersaiditwas"ahistoricday"andt
hankedMrTrump.APalestinianleadersaidthedecisionwasa"flagranta
ggression"and"theofficialannouncementoftheendofthepeaceproces
s."AnotherPalestiniansaidMrTrump,"isdeclaringwarintheMiddleEast
".Israel'sHaaretznewspapersaiditwouldhelpIranandISIS.

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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