The Reading / Listening - Corruption - Level 4

Brazil's ex-president Lula da Silva is in jail. He got a 12-year sentence for money laundering and corruption. It is a big downfall for him. He still has a lot of support. Hours before giving himself to the police, his supporters tried to stop him. Hundreds of union workers blocked the gate to stop his car. However, with the help of his bodyguards, he could get past the crowds. This meant there were no clashes with armed police.



Mr da Silva is known as Lula. He was born in poverty but worked his way up to become leader of Brazil. He was elected President in 2002 and served from 2003 to 2010. During this time, he started social welfare programs and improved the economy. He helped millions out of poverty. This increased his popularity. Barack Obama called him, "the most popular politician on Earth". When he left the presidency, his approval rating was 83 per cent.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Corruption - Level 5 or  Corruption - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/04/08/once-wildly-popular-brazils-da-silva-is-jailed-for-graft.html
  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/07/crowds-in-sao-paulo-block-lula-from-handing-himself-in
  • https://www.voanews.com/a/thousands-gather-in-support-of-former-brazilian-president-as-he-defies-prison-order/4336887.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. money
  2. He still has a
  3. giving himself
  4. his supporters tried to
  5. workers blocked
  6. with the help
  7. This meant there
  8. armed
  1. were no clashes
  2. laundering
  3. the gate
  4. police
  5. to the police
  6. lot of support
  7. of his bodyguards
  8. stop him

Paragraph 2

  1. worked his
  2. served
  3. social
  4. He helped millions out
  5. This increased his
  6. the most popular politician
  7. When he left
  8. his approval rating
  1. of poverty
  2. on Earth
  3. way up
  4. was 83 per cent
  5. from 2003 to 2010
  6. the presidency
  7. popularity
  8. welfare programs

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Brazil's ex-president Lula da Silva (1) ___________________. He got a 12-year sentence (2) ___________________ and corruption. It is a big downfall for him. He still has a lot of support. Hours (3) ___________________ to the police, his supporters tried to stop him. Hundreds (4) ___________________ blocked the gate to stop his car. However, with the help (5) ___________________, he could get past the crowds. This meant there were no (6) ___________________ police.

Mr da Silva is known as Lula. He was (7) ___________________ but worked his way up to become leader of Brazil. (8) ___________________ President in 2002 and served from 2003 to 2010. (9) ___________________, he started social welfare programs and (10) ___________________. He helped millions out of poverty. This (11) ___________________. Barack Obama called him, "the most (12) ___________________ Earth". When he left the presidency, his approval rating was 83 per cent.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Brazil'sex-presidentLuladaSilvaisinjail.Hegota12-yearsentencefor
moneylaunderingandcorruption.Itisabigdownfallforhim.Hestillhasal
otofsupport.Hoursbeforegivinghimselftothepolice,hissupporterstrie
dtostophim.Hundredsofunionworkersblockedthegatetostophiscar.
However,withthehelpofhisbodyguards,hecouldgetpastthecrowds.T
hismeanttherewerenoclasheswitharmedpolice.MrdaSilvaisknownas
Lula.HewasborninpovertybutworkedhiswayuptobecomeleaderofBr
azil.HewaselectedPresidentin2002andservedfrom2003to2010.Duri
ngthistime,hestartedsocialwelfareprogramsandimprovedtheecono
my.Hehelpedmillionsoutofpoverty.Thisincreasedhispopularity.Bara
ckObamacalledhim,"themostpopularpoliticianonEarth".Whenheleft
thepresidency,hisapprovalratingwas83percent.

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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