The Reading / Listening - Refugee Crisis - Level 0

The singer Sting called world leaders "half-men and cowards" for not helping refugees. He praised Greece for helping refugees, saying: "When other people are building walls. When children are being taken from their mothers and put in cages, you are acting with...generosity and common sense."



Greece helped nearly a million refugees in 2015, even though it had a financial crisis. Other countries refused to help. Many built fences. Sting attacked the recent separation of more than 2,000 children from their parents in the U.S. illegally. He called this "brutal". Many European countries still won't help refugees.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Refugee Crisis - Level 1 Refugee Crisis - Level 2   or  Refugee Crisis - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/sting-blasts-leaders-cowards-over-migration-crisis-134827897.html
  • https://www.rte.ie/entertainment/2018/0623/972699-sting-slams-coward-leaders-over-migrants-fate/
  • http://www.thejakartapost.com/life/2018/06/24/sting-lashes-out-at-coward-leaders-over-migrants-fate.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. Sting called world leaders
  2. He praised Greece
  3. helping
  4. other people are building
  5. being taken from
  6. put in
  7. acting
  8. common
  1. cages
  2. half-men
  3. sense
  4. refugees
  5. with generosity
  6. for helping
  7. their mothers
  8. walls

Paragraph 2

  1. nearly a million
  2. financial
  3. Other countries
  4. Many built
  5. the recent separation of more than
  6. in the U.S.
  7. He called this
  8. countries still won't
  1. 2,000 children
  2. "brutal"
  3. crisis
  4. help refugees
  5. refused to help
  6. fences
  7. refugees
  8. illegally

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The singer Sting (1) ___________________ "half-men and cowards" (2) ___________________ refugees. He praised Greece for helping refugees, saying: "(3) ___________________ are building walls. When children (4) ___________________ from their mothers and (5) ___________________, you are acting with...generosity (6) ___________________."

Greece helped (7) ___________________ refugees in 2015, even though it had (8) ___________________. Other countries refused to help. (9) ___________________. Sting attacked the recent separation (10) ___________________ 2,000 children from their parents in the U.S. illegally. He (11) ___________________. Many European countries (12) ___________________ refugees.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ThesingerStingcalledworldleaders"half-menandcowards"fornothel
pingrefugees.HepraisedGreeceforhelpingrefugees,saying:"Whenot
herpeoplearebuildingwalls.Whenchildrenarebeingtakenfromtheirm
othersandputincages,youareactingwith...generosityandcommonse
nse."Greecehelpednearlyamillionrefugeesin2015,eventhoughithad
afinancialcrisis.Othercountriesrefusedtohelp.Manybuiltfences.Sting
attackedtherecentseparationofmorethan2,000childrenfromtheirpar
entsintheU.S.illegally.Hecalledthis"brutal".ManyEuropeancountries
stillwon'thelprefugees.

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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