The Reading / Listening - Refugee Crisis - Level 2

The British singer Sting called world leaders "half-men and cowards" because they won't solve the refugee crisis. He hit out at leaders during an Amnesty International concert in Greece. He praised Greece for helping refugees over the past few years. He said: "Thank God for Greece because you have shown the way. 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." He called world leaders "half-men" and "cowards" who have no solutions.



Sting said Greece helped nearly a million refugees in 2015, even though it had a financial crisis. Other countries refused to help the refugees. Many built barbed-wire fences to keep them out. Sting attacked the recent family-separation policy in the USA. More than 2,000 children have been separated from parents who tried to cross the Mexico border into the US illegally. The concert audience cheered when Sting called this policy "brutal". Some European countries still won't help refugees. Italy recently turned away a boat of 350 immigrants. Spain eventually took them in.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Refugee Crisis - Level 0 Refugee Crisis - Level 1   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. they won't solve the
  2. He hit out
  3. over the past
  4. how to treat
  5. children are being taken
  6. you are acting
  7. common
  8. cowards who have
  1. with generosity
  2. refugee crisis
  3. refugees
  4. no solutions
  5. few years
  6. sense
  7. from their mothers
  8. at leaders

Paragraph 2

  1. a financial
  2. Many built barbed-
  3. the recent family-separation
  4. More than 2,000 children have
  5. The concert audience
  6. countries still won't
  7. turned away a boat
  8. Spain eventually took
  1. been separated
  2. of 350 immigrants
  3. cheered
  4. wire fences
  5. them in
  6. policy
  7. crisis
  8. help refugees

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The British singer Sting called world leaders "half-men and cowards" because (1) ___________________ the refugee crisis. He hit out at leaders during an Amnesty International concert in Greece. He praised Greece (2) ___________________ over the past few years. He said: "Thank God for Greece because you have (3) ___________________. You have shown how to treat refugees when other people are building walls. When children (4) ___________________ from their mothers and put in cages, you are acting with...generosity (5) ___________________." He called world leaders "half-men" and "cowards" who (6) ___________________.

Sting said Greece (7) ___________________ million refugees in 2015, even though it had (8) ___________________. Other countries refused to help the refugees. Many built barbed-wire fences to keep them out. Sting (9) ___________________ family-separation policy in the USA. More than 2,000 children have been separated from parents who (10) ___________________ the Mexico border into the US illegally. The concert audience cheered when Sting (11) ___________________ "brutal". Some European countries still won't help refugees. Italy recently turned away a boat of 350 immigrants. Spain (12) ___________________ in.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheBritishsingerStingcalledworldleaders"half-menandcowards"b
ecausetheywon'tsolvetherefugeecrisis.HehitoutatleadersduringanA
mnestyInternationalconcertinGreece.HepraisedGreeceforhelpingre
fugeesoverthepastfewyears.Hesaid:"ThankGodforGreecebecausey
ouhaveshowntheway.Youhaveshownhowtotreatrefugeeswhenothe
rpeoplearebuildingwalls.Whenchildrenarebeingtakenfromtheirmot
hersandputincages,youareactingwith...generosityandcommonsens
e."Hecalledworldleaders"half-men"and"cowards"whohavenosoluti
ons.StingsaidGreecehelpednearlyamillionrefugeesin2015,eventho
ughithadafinancialcrisis.Othercountriesrefusedtohelptherefugees.
Manybuiltbarbed-wirefencestokeepthemout.Stingattackedtherec
entfamily-separationpolicyintheUSA.Morethan2,000childrenhaveb
eenseparatedfromparentswhotriedtocrosstheMexicoborderintothe
USillegally.TheconcertaudiencecheeredwhenStingcalledthispolicy"
brutal".SomeEuropeancountriesstillwon'thelprefugees.Italyrecentl
yturnedawayaboatof350immigrants.Spaineventuallytookthemin.

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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