The Reading / Listening - Winter Olympics - Level 2

South and North Korea will use the same flag at next month's Winter Olympics. The Olympics are from the 9th to the 25th of February. They are in the South Korean city of PyeongChang. People were worried about North Korea attending the games. Tensions between the two countries are high because North Korea has tested many missiles. However, after high-level talks, both countries decided to use a "unified Korea" flag at the games. They will also enter a joint ice hockey team. This might mean that relations between the two countries are improving.



The thaw in relations could open the door for more peace talks. The Koreas have been divided since the 1950-53 Korean War. There have been many attempts to improve ties between the two. The Winter Olympics could help this. The cross-border road will open for the first time in two years. However, not all Koreans are happy with this news. Thousands of people signed an online petition asking for South Korea's president to forget about the plan. South Korea's hockey coach is not happy. He said a united hockey team could damage South Korea's chances of winning a medal.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Winter Olympics - Level 0 Winter Olympics - Level 1   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. South and North Korea will
  2. worried about North Korea attending
  3. Tensions between the two
  4. North Korea has tested
  5. both countries
  6. use a "unified Korea"
  7. a joint
  8. relations between the two countries
  1. many missiles
  2. flag
  3. are improving
  4. the games
  5. countries are high
  6. ice hockey team
  7. decided
  8. use the same flag

Paragraph 2

  1. The thaw
  2. open the door for
  3. divided since the
  4. many attempts to improve
  5. The cross-border
  6. Thousands of people signed
  7. South Korea's hockey
  8. Korea's chances of
  1. 1950-53 Korean War
  2. coach
  3. ties
  4. more peace talks
  5. an online petition
  6. in relations
  7. winning a medal
  8. road will open

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

South and North Korea will use (1) ___________________ at next month's Winter Olympics. The Olympics are from the 9th to the 25th of February. They are in the South Korean city of PyeongChang. People (2) ___________________ North Korea attending the games. Tensions between (3) ___________________ are high because North Korea has tested many missiles. However, after (4) ___________________, both countries decided to use a "unified Korea" flag at the games. They will also (5) ___________________ ice hockey team. This might mean that relations between the two (6) ___________________.

The (7) ___________________ could open the door for more peace talks. The Koreas have been (8) ___________________ 1950-53 Korean War. There have been (9) ___________________ improve ties between the two. The Winter Olympics could help this. The (10) ___________________ will open for the first time in two years. However, not all Koreans are happy with this news. Thousands of people signed (11) ___________________ asking for South Korea's president to forget about the plan. South Korea's hockey coach is not happy. He said a united hockey team could damage South Korea's (12) ___________________ a medal.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

SouthandNorthKoreawillusethesameflagatnextmonth'sWinterOlym
pics.TheOlympicsarefromthe9thtothe25thofFebruary.Theyareinthe
SouthKoreancityofPyeongChang.PeoplewereworriedaboutNorthKor
eaattendingthegames.Tensionsbetweenthetwocountriesarehighb
ecauseNorthKoreahastestedmanymissiles.However,afterhigh-leve
ltalks,bothcountriesdecidedtousea"unifiedKorea"flagatthegames.T
heywillalsoenterajointicehockeyteam.Thismightmeanthatrelations
betweenthetwocountriesareimproving.Thethawinrelationscouldope
nthedoorformorepeacetalks.TheKoreashavebeendividedsincethe19
50-53KoreanWar.Therehavebeenmanyattemptstoimprovetiesbetw
eenthetwo.TheWinterOlympicscouldhelpthis.Thecross-borderroad
willopenforthefirsttimeintwoyears.However,notallKoreansarehapp
ywiththisnews.Thousandsofpeoplesignedanonlinepetitionaskingfor
SouthKorea'spresidenttoforgetabouttheplan.SouthKorea'shockeyc
oachisnothappy.HesaidaunitedhockeyteamcoulddamageSouthKore
a'schancesofwinningamedal.

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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(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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