The Reading / Listening - Winter Olympics - Level 1

South and North Korea will use the same flag at the Winter Olympics. The Olympics are in February. They are in the South Korean city of PyeongChang. People were worried because tensions between the two countries are high. North Korea has tested many missiles. However, both countries decided to use a "unified Korea" flag. There will also be a joint ice hockey team. This might improve relations between the two countries.



The better relations could bring peace talks. The Koreas have been divided since the 1950-53 Korean War. The Winter Olympics could help to bring peace. A cross-border road will open for the first time in two years. Not all Koreans are happy with this news. Thousands of people asked South Korea's president to forget about the plan. South Korea's hockey coach said a united hockey team could damage South Korea's chances of winning an Olympic medal.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Winter Olympics - Level 0 Winter Olympics - Level 2   or  Winter Olympics - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42721417
  • http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/01/356_242637.html
  • http://edition.cnn.com/2018/01/16/opinions/olympics-diplomacy-north-korea-lemmon-opinion/index.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. use
  2. People were
  3. tensions between the two
  4. North Korea has tested
  5. both countries
  6. use a "unified Korea"
  7. There will also be a joint
  8. improve relations between
  1. countries are high
  2. ice hockey team
  3. many missiles
  4. flag
  5. the two countries
  6. worried
  7. decided
  8. the same flag

Paragraph 2

  1. better
  2. bring peace
  3. divided since
  4. A cross-border
  5. open for the first time
  6. happy with this
  7. forget about
  8. chances of winning
  1. the 1950-53
  2. the plan
  3. talks
  4. in two years
  5. relations
  6. an Olympic medal
  7. road
  8. news

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

South and North Korea will (1) ___________________ flag at the Winter Olympics. The Olympics are in February. They are in the South Korean city of PyeongChang. (2) ___________________ because tensions between the two (3) ___________________. North Korea has (4) ___________________. However, both countries (5) ___________________ a "unified Korea" flag. There will also be a joint ice hockey team. This might (6) ___________________ between the two countries.

The better relations could (7) ___________________. The Koreas have been (8) ___________________ 1950-53 Korean War. The Winter Olympics could help to bring peace. A (9) ___________________ will open for the first time in two years. Not all Koreans are happy (10) ___________________. Thousands of people asked South Korea's president to forget (11) ___________________. South Korea's hockey coach said a united hockey team could damage South Korea's (12) ___________________ an Olympic medal.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

SouthandNorthKoreawillusethesameflagattheWinterOlympics.The
OlympicsareinFebruary.TheyareintheSouthKoreancityofPyeongCha
ng.Peoplewereworriedbecausetensionsbetweenthetwocountriesare
high.NorthKoreahastestedmanymissiles.However,bothcountriesde
cidedtousea"unifiedKorea"flag.Therewillalsobeajointicehockeytea
m.Thismightimproverelationsbetweenthetwocountries.Thebetterre
lationscouldbringpeacetalks.TheKoreashavebeendividedsincethe19
50-53KoreanWar.TheWinterOlympicscouldhelptobringpeace.Acros
sborderroadwillopenforthefirsttimeintwoyears.NotallKoreansareha
ppywiththisnews.ThousandsofpeopleaskedSouthKorea'spresident
toforgetabouttheplan.SouthKorea'shockeycoachsaidaunitedhockey
teamcoulddamageSouthKorea'schancesofwinninganOlympicmedal
.

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)

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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