The Reading / Listening - Corruption - Level 5

Brazil's ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is in jail. He was sentenced to 12 years behind bars for money laundering and corruption. It is a big downfall for the popular ex-leader. Mr da Silva still has huge support. Hours before giving himself to the police, his supporters were trying to stop him from going. Hundreds of supporters from a workers' union blocked the gate to stop Mr da Silva's car from leaving. It was only with the help of his bodyguards that he could get past the crowds. This meant clashes with armed police were avoided.



Mr da Silva is known as Lula. He was born in poverty but worked his way up workers' unions to become leader of South America's largest country. He was elected President in 2002 and served from 2003 to 2010. During his two terms, he started social welfare programs and improved the economy. This helped tens of millions out of poverty, which increased his popularity. Former U.S. President Barack Obama called him, "the most popular politician on Earth". When he left office, his approval rating was an impressive 83 per cent. He hopes to run for president again one day.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Corruption - Level 4 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


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. 12 years
  2. a big downfall for the popular
  3. Mr da Silva still
  4. a workers' union blocked
  5. stop Mr da Silva's car from
  6. with the help
  7. get past the
  8. clashes
  1. crowds
  2. leaving
  3. ex-leader
  4. with armed police
  5. has huge support
  6. the gate
  7. behind bars
  8. of his bodyguards

Paragraph 2

  1. He was born
  2. During his two
  3. social welfare
  4. helped tens of millions out
  5. increased his
  6. the most popular
  7. approval
  8. He hopes to run
  1. rating
  2. programs
  3. for president again
  4. popularity
  5. in poverty
  6. terms
  7. politician on Earth
  8. of poverty

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Brazil's ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (1) ___________________. He was sentenced to 12 years (2) ___________________ money laundering and corruption. It is a (3) ___________________ the popular ex-leader. Mr da Silva still has huge support. Hours before giving himself to the police, his (4) ___________________ to stop him from going. Hundreds of supporters from a workers' union blocked the gate to stop Mr da Silva's car from leaving. It was only with the help (5) ___________________ that he could get past the crowds. This meant clashes (6) ___________________ were avoided.

Mr da Silva is known as Lula. He was (7) ___________________ but worked his way up workers' unions to (8) ___________________ South America's largest country. He was elected President in 2002 and served from 2003 to 2010. During (9) ___________________, he started social welfare programs and improved the economy. This helped tens of millions (10) ___________________, which increased his popularity. Former U.S. President Barack Obama called him, "the most (11) ___________________ Earth". When he left office, his approval rating was an impressive 83 per cent. He hopes (12) ___________________ president again one day.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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mgoing.Hundredsofsupportersfromaworkers'unionblockedthegatet
ostopMrdaSilva'scarfromleaving.Itwasonlywiththehelpofhisbodygu
ardsthathecouldgetpastthecrowds.Thismeantclasheswitharmedpoli
cewereavoided.MrdaSilvaisknownasLula.Hewasborninpovertybutw
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gestcountry.HewaselectedPresidentin2002andservedfrom2003to2
010.Duringhistwoterms,hestartedsocialwelfareprogramsandimpro
vedtheeconomy.Thishelpedtensofmillionsoutofpoverty,whichincrea
sedhispopularity.FormerU.S.PresidentBarackObamacalledhim,"the
mostpopularpoliticianonEarth".Whenheleftoffice,hisapprovalrating
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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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Free writing

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Answers

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