The Reading / Listening - Refugee Crisis - Level 1

The British singer Sting said world leaders were "half-men and cowards" for not solving the refugee crisis. He spoke at an Amnesty International concert in Greece. He praised Greece for helping refugees, saying: "Thank God for Greece because...you have shown how to treat refugees 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 to keep refugees out. Sting attacked the recent separation of more than 2,000 children from their parents who tried to cross the Mexico border into the US illegally. He called this policy "brutal". Some European countries still won't help refugees. Italy recently turned away a boat of 350 immigrants. Spain took them in.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Refugee Crisis - Level 0 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. world leaders were
  2. solving the refugee
  3. He praised Greece
  4. how to treat
  5. building
  6. children are being taken from
  7. you are acting with
  8. common
  1. for helping refugees
  2. generosity
  3. refugees
  4. sense
  5. crisis
  6. half-men
  7. walls
  8. their mothers

Paragraph 2

  1. even though it had a financial
  2. built fences to keep
  3. the recent separation of more
  4. tried to cross the
  5. He called this policy
  6. countries still won't
  7. Italy recently turned away
  8. Spain took
  1. help refugees
  2. crisis
  3. a boat
  4. than 2,000 children
  5. them in
  6. Mexico border
  7. refugees out
  8. "brutal"

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The British singer Sting (1) ___________________ were "half-men and cowards" for (2) ___________________ refugee crisis. He spoke at an Amnesty International concert in Greece. He praised Greece (3) ___________________, saying: "Thank God for Greece because...you have shown (4) ___________________ refugees when other people are building walls. When children are being taken from their mothers and (5) ___________________, you are acting with... (6) ___________________ sense."

Greece (7) ___________________ million refugees in 2015, even though it (8) ___________________ crisis. Other countries refused to help. Many built fences to keep refugees out. Sting attacked the recent (9) ___________________ than 2,000 children from their parents who tried to cross the Mexico border into the US illegally. He (10) ___________________ "brutal". Some European countries (11) ___________________ refugees. Italy recently turned away a boat of 350 immigrants. Spain (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheBritishsingerStingsaidworldleaderswere"half-menandcowar
ds"fornotsolvingtherefugeecrisis.HespokeatanAmnestyInternation
alconcertinGreece.HepraisedGreeceforhelpingrefugees,saying:"Th
ankGodforGreecebecause...youhaveshownhowtotreatrefugeeswhe
notherpeoplearebuildingwalls.Whenchildrenarebeingtakenfromthei
rmothersandputincages,youareactingwith...generosityandcommon
sense."Greecehelpednearlyamillionrefugeesin2015,eventhoughith
adafinancialcrisis.Othercountriesrefusedtohelp.Manybuiltfencestok
eeprefugeesout.Stingattackedtherecentseparationofmorethan2,00
0childrenfromtheirparentswhotriedtocrosstheMexicoborderintothe
USillegally.Hecalledthispolicy"brutal".SomeEuropeancountriesstill
won'thelprefugees.Italyrecentlyturnedawayaboatof350immigrants
.Spaintookthemin.

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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