The Reading / Listening - God - Level 1

The Philippines president has angered people. President Duterte said he would resign if anyone can prove that God exists. He often upsets people with his religious beliefs. He recently made people angry by calling God stupid. On Friday, he questioned the logic of the Catholic Church and why sin can only be removed from children by paying the Church. He wants "one single witness" who has a picture that a human was "able to talk to and see God".



His opponents called him "one evil man". One said the president's comments showed that he lied, had no heart and was ruthless. Mr Duterte said he believed in God. He said: "There is a universal mind...which controls the universe." He is very popular in the Philippines. He has spent years fighting a war on drugs in which hundreds of people died. He also crushed illegally imported luxury cars. He has agreed to meet religious leaders for talks.

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Sources
  • http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/07/07/philippines-duterte-vows-to-resign-if-anybody-can-prove-god-exists.html
  • http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2018/07/07/Rodrigo-Duterte-Christian-God-exists-resign.html
  • https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/07/07/1831416/duterte-show-me-proof-god-exists-and-ill-resign


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. The Philippines president has
  2. anyone can prove
  3. upsets people with his religious
  4. He recently made
  5. he questioned
  6. sin can only be removed
  7. He wants one single
  8. able to talk to
  1. from children
  2. beliefs
  3. and see God
  4. that God exists
  5. witness
  6. people angry
  7. the logic
  8. angered people

Paragraph 2

  1. His opponents called him
  2. the president's
  3. he lied, had no heart and was
  4. Mr Duterte said he
  5. a universal mind which controls
  6. fighting a war
  7. illegally imported
  8. meet religious leaders
  1. the universe
  2. luxury cars
  3. on drugs
  4. for talks
  5. comments
  6. believed in God
  7. "one evil man"
  8. ruthless

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The Philippines president (1) ___________________. President Duterte said he would resign if (2) ___________________ that God exists. He often upsets people with (3) ___________________. He recently made people angry by calling God stupid. On Friday, he (4) ___________________ of the Catholic Church and why sin can (5) ___________________ from children by paying the Church. He wants "one single witness" who has a picture that (6) ___________________ "able to talk to and see God".

His opponents called him "(7) ___________________". One said the president's comments showed that he lied, had no heart (8) ___________________. Mr Duterte said he believed in God. He said: "There is (9) ___________________...which controls the universe." He is (10) ___________________ the Philippines. He has spent years fighting a war on drugs (11) ___________________ of people died. He also crushed illegally imported luxury cars. He has agreed (12) ___________________ leaders for talks.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ThePhilippinespresidenthasangeredpeople.PresidentDutertesaidhe
wouldresignifanyonecanprovethatGodexists.Heoftenupsetspeople
withhisreligiousbeliefs.HerecentlymadepeopleangrybycallingGodst
upid.OnFriday,hequestionedthelogicoftheCatholicChurchandwhysi
ncanonlyberemovedfromchildrenbypayingtheChurch.Hewants"one
singlewitness"whohasapicturethatahumanwas"abletotalktoandsee
God".Hisopponentscalledhim"oneevilman".Onesaidthepresident'sc
ommentsshowedthathelied,hadnoheartandwasruthless.MrDutertes
aidhebelievedinGod.Hesaid:"Thereisauniversalmind...whichcontrol
stheuniverse."HeisverypopularinthePhilippines.Hehasspentyearsfi
ghtingawarondrugsinwhichhundredsofpeopledied.Healsocrushedill
egallyimportedluxurycars.Hehasagreedtomeetreligiousleadersfort
alks.

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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(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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