The Reading / Listening - Denuclearization - Level 5

The leaders of the USA and North Korea will meet for the first time ever. A historic summit between President Donald Trump and Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un will take place by May. The two leaders will discuss North Korea's denuclearization. The US Vice-President said American diplomacy had brought North Korea to the negotiating table and that, "President Trump's strategy to isolate the Kim regime is working". A North Korean ambassador said Mr Kim's "courageous decision" brought about the meeting. He said Kim would secure "peace and stability in the Korean peninsula".



World leaders welcomed the upcoming meeting. Such talks seemed unlikely a few months ago when the two leaders were insulting each other. The one-time enemies could now be "frenemies". South Korea's president said it was "like a miracle". He said there would be obstacles, but the talks were key for denuclearization. He added: "The…meeting will be recorded as a historic milestone in achieving peace on the Korean Peninsula." China's president telephoned Mr Trump to welcome the talks. He advised both sides to go ahead carefully so as not to damage improving relations.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Denuclearization - Level 4 or  Denuclearization - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43345209
  • https://www.wsj.com/articles/china-cautiously-welcomes-trump-kim-summit-1520618342
  • http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20180309000664


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. meet for the first time
  2. A historic
  3. take place
  4. discuss North Korea's
  5. brought North Korea to the
  6. Trump's strategy to isolate
  7. Kim's courageous
  8. peace
  1. denuclearization
  2. decision
  3. summit
  4. and stability
  5. by May
  6. negotiating table
  7. ever
  8. the Kim regime

Paragraph 2

  1. the two leaders were
  2. one-time enemies could
  3. He said there would be
  4. talks were key for
  5. a historic
  6. achieving peace on
  7. He advised both sides to go ahead
  8. not to damage improving
  1. now be "frenemies"
  2. carefully
  3. milestone
  4. relations
  5. obstacles
  6. denuclearization
  7. insulting each other
  8. the Korean Peninsula

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The leaders of the USA and North Korea will meet for the (1) ___________________. A historic summit between President Donald Trump and Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un will (2) ___________________ May. The two (3) ___________________ North Korea's denuclearization. The US Vice-President said American (4) ___________________ North Korea to the negotiating table and that, "President Trump's strategy to isolate the Kim (5) ___________________ ". A North Korean ambassador said Mr Kim's "courageous decision" brought about the meeting. He said Kim would secure "(6) ___________________ in the Korean peninsula".

World leaders welcomed the (7) ___________________. Such talks seemed unlikely a few months ago when the two leaders (8) ___________________ other. The one-time enemies could now be "frenemies". South Korea's president said it was "(9) ___________________". He said there would be obstacles, but the talks were key for denuclearization. He added: "The…meeting will be recorded as (10) ___________________ in achieving peace on the Korean Peninsula." China's president telephoned Mr Trump to welcome the talks. He (11) ___________________ to go ahead carefully so as not to (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheleadersoftheUSAandNorthKoreawillmeetforthefirsttimeever.Ahi
storicsummitbetweenPresidentDonaldTrumpandSupremeLeaderKi
mJong-unwilltakeplacebyMay.ThetwoleaderswilldiscussNorthKore
a'sdenuclearization.TheUSVice-PresidentsaidAmericandiplomacy
hadbroughtNorthKoreatothenegotiatingtableandthat,"PresidentTru
mp'sstrategytoisolatetheKimregimeisworking".ANorthKoreanamba
ssadorsaidMrKim's"courageousdecision"broughtaboutthemeeting.
HesaidKimwouldsecure"peaceandstabilityintheKoreanpeninsula".
Worldleaderswelcomedtheupcomingmeeting.Suchtalksseemedunli
kelyafewmonthsagowhenthetwoleaderswereinsultingeachother.Th
eone-timeenemiescouldnowbe"frenemies".SouthKorea'spresidenti
twas"likeamiracle".Hesaidtherewouldbeobstacles,butthetalkswere
keyfordenuclearization.Headded:"The…meetingwillberecordedasa
historicmilestoneinachievingpeaceontheKoreanPeninsula."China'sp
residenttelephonedMrTrumptowelcomethetalks.Headvisedbothside
stogoaheadcarefullysoasnottodamageimprovingrelations.

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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