The Reading / Listening - Baghdad University - Level 4

An Iraqi University is on the best universities in the world list for the first time. The University of Baghdad made it onto the Times Higher Education World University Rankings in the 801-to-a-thousand range on the list. The Times said the university had "distinguished" itself for having a "very strong international cooperation". He said the university had played a very important role in the rebuilding of Iraq after its recent wars and internal troubles.



The University of Baghdad is the second largest in the Arab world. It goes back to the year 1067. It was formally established in 1956. The university stayed open during the many invasions and occupations of Iraq. Many professors and students think the ranking is a great thing. One student said: "I am so proud of Baghdad University. It means the world to us to be held in such high esteem."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Baghdad University - Level 5 or  Baghdad University - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.asianews.it/news-en/In-first-ever,-Iraqi-University-listed-among-best-in-the-world-45052.html
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/business-45627486
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Baghdad


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. the best universities in
  2. for the first
  3. the 801-to-a-
  4. the university had "distinguished"
  5. international
  6. the university had played a
  7. the rebuilding
  8. after its recent wars and
  1. of Iraq
  2. itself
  3. time
  4. internal troubles
  5. thousand range
  6. cooperation
  7. the world list
  8. very important role

Paragraph 2

  1. the second
  2. in the Arab
  3. It goes back to
  4. It was formally established
  5. during the many invasions
  6. students think the ranking
  7. It means the world
  8. to be held in such
  1. the year 1067
  2. and occupations
  3. high esteem
  4. largest
  5. as a great thing
  6. in 1956
  7. world
  8. to us

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

An Iraqi University (1) ___________________ best universities in the world (2) ___________________ first time. The University of Baghdad made it onto the Times Higher Education World University Rankings in the 801-to-a-thousand (3) ___________________ list. The Times said the university had "distinguished" itself for having (4) ___________________ international cooperation". He said the university (5) ___________________ very important role in the rebuilding of Iraq after its recent wars (6) ___________________.

The University of Baghdad (7) ___________________ largest in the Arab world. It goes back to the year 1067. (8) ___________________ established in 1956. The university stayed (9) ___________________ many invasions and occupations of Iraq. Many professors and students (10) ___________________ as a great thing. One student said: "I (11) ___________________ of Baghdad University. It means the world to us to be (12) ___________________ high esteem."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AnIraqiUniversityisonthebestuniversitiesintheworldlistforthefirstti
me.TheUniversityofBaghdadmadeitontotheTimesHigherEducation
WorldUniversityRankingsinthe801-to-a-thousandrangeonthelist.Th
eTimessaidtheuniversityhad"distinguished"itselfforhavinga"verystr
onginternationalcooperation".Hesaidtheuniversityhadplayedaveryi
mportantroleintherebuildingofIraqafteritsrecentwarsandinternaltro
ubles.TheUniversityofBaghdadisthesecondlargestintheArabworld.It
goesbacktotheyear1067.Itwasformallyestablishedin1956.Theunive
rsitystayedopenduringthemanyinvasionsandoccupationsofIraq.Ma
nyprofessorsandstudentsthinktherankingasagreatthing.Onestuden
tsaid:"IamsoproudofBaghdadUniversity.Itmeanstheworldtoustobe
heldinsuchhighesteem."

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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(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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