The Reading / Listening - Oldest Leader - Level 4

Malaysia's ex-leader Mahathir Mohamad, 92, has ended the six-decade rule of the BN party. He will soon become Malaysia's next prime minister and the world's oldest elected leader. He was Malaysia's prime minister from 1981 to 2003 as leader of the BN, which came to power in 1957 after Malaysia's independence. He helped Malaysia become an "Asian tiger". However, he was accused of being too strong and of putting his opponents in jail.



Mahathir's party won 113 seats. This is enough for a majority in Malaysia's parliament. Mahathir ended his retirement to join the opposition party. It was a tough election race. He beat Najib Razak, who was accused of corruption in a financial scandal. Mahathir wants to put Malaysia back on track and "restore the rule of law". He joked that his new cabinet would be, "a gathering of men and women, including a young person".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Oldest Leader - Level 5 or  Oldest Leader - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2145438/malaysias-strongman-mahathir-mohamad-back-power-he-ends-barisan
  • http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/05/10/malaysia-looks-to-new-political-dawn/
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44063675


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. ended the six-
  2. the world's oldest elected
  3. prime minister
  4. came to power
  5. after Malaysia's
  6. He helped Malaysia become
  7. he was accused of
  8. putting his opponents
  1. being too strong
  2. from 1981 to 2003
  3. decade rule
  4. in jail
  5. leader
  6. independence
  7. in 1957
  8. an "Asian tiger"

Paragraph 2

  1. Mahathir's party won 113
  2. This is enough for a
  3. Mahathir ended his
  4. join the opposition
  5. It was a tough election
  6. accused
  7. a financial
  8. including a young
  1. person
  2. of corruption
  3. party
  4. race
  5. seats
  6. scandal
  7. majority
  8. retirement

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Malaysia's ex-leader Mahathir Mohamad, 92, has ended the (1) ___________________ of the BN party. He will soon become Malaysia's next prime minister and the (2) ___________________ leader. He was Malaysia's prime minister from 1981 to 2003 (3) ___________________ the BN, which (4) ___________________ in 1957 after Malaysia's independence. He helped Malaysia become an "Asian tiger". However, he (5) ___________________ being too strong and of putting his (6) ___________________.

Mahathir's party (7) ___________________. This is enough for a majority in Malaysia's parliament. Mahathir ended his retirement to (8) ___________________ party. It was a (9) ___________________. He beat Najib Razak, who was accused of corruption in (10) ___________________. Mahathir wants to put Malaysia (11) ___________________ and "restore the rule of law". He joked that (12) ___________________ would be, "a gathering of men and women, including a young person".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Malaysia'sex-leaderMahathirMohamad,92,hasendedthesix-decad
eruleoftheBNparty.HewillsoonbecomeMalaysia'snextprimeminister
andtheworld'soldestelectedleader.HewasMalaysia'sprimeministerfr
om1981to2003asleaderoftheBN,whichcametopowerin1957afterMa
laysia'sindependence.HehelpedMalaysiabecomean"Asiantiger".Ho
wever,hewasaccusedofbeingtoostrongandofputtinghisopponentsinj
ail.Mahathir'spartywon113seats.ThisisenoughforamajorityinMalays
ia'sparliament.Mahathirendedhisretirementtojointheoppositionpart
y.Itwasatoughelectionrace.HebeatNajibRazak,whowasaccusedofco
rruptioninafinancialscandal.MahathirwantstoputMalaysiabackontra
ckand"restoretheruleoflaw".Hejokedthathisnewcabinetwouldbe,"a
gatheringofmenandwomen,includingayoungperson".

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.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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Free writing

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