The Reading / Listening - Baghdad University - Level 5

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



The University of Baghdad is the largest university in Iraq and the second largest in the Arab world. Its roots go back to the year 1067. The first of the university's modern departments started in 1908. The University of Baghdad was formally established in 1956. It stayed open throughout the invasions and occupations of Iraq earlier this century. Many academics and students see the ranking as a prestigious accolade. 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 4 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


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

Paragraph 2

  1. the second largest
  2. Its roots go back
  3. Baghdad was formally
  4. throughout the invasions
  5. a prestigious
  6. I am so
  7. It means the
  8. to be held in such high
  1. world to us
  2. in the Arab world
  3. accolade
  4. esteem
  5. established in 1956
  6. and occupations
  7. to the year 1067
  8. proud

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

For (1) ___________________ an Iraqi University has made the best universities in (2) ___________________. The University of Baghdad has made it onto the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. It has been ranked in the 801-to-a-thousand (3) ___________________ list of best universities. A director of the Times (4) ___________________ university had "distinguished" itself for having a "very strong international cooperation". He said the University of Baghdad (5) ___________________ very important role in the rebuilding of Iraq after (6) ___________________ and internal troubles.

The University of Baghdad (7) ___________________ university in Iraq and the second largest in the Arab world. Its (8) ___________________ to the year 1067. The first of the university's modern departments started in 1908. The University of Baghdad was (9) ___________________ 1956. It stayed open throughout (10) ___________________ occupations of Iraq earlier this century. Many academics and students (11) ___________________ as a prestigious accolade. One student said: "I am so proud of Baghdad University. It means the world to us to be (12) ___________________ high esteem."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ForthefirsttimeanIraqiUniversityhasmadethebestuniversitiesinthe
worldlist.TheUniversityofBaghdadhasmadeitontotheTimesHigherEd
ucationWorldUniversityRankings.Ithasbeenrankedinthe801-to-a-
thousandrangeonthelistofbestuniversities.AdirectoroftheTimesstat
edthattheuniversityhad"distinguished"itselfforhavinga"verystrongi
nternationalcooperation".HesaidtheUniversityofBaghdadhadplayed
averyimportantroleintherebuildingofIraqafteritsrecentwarsandinte
rnaltroubles.TheUniversityofBaghdadisthelargestuniversityinIraqa
ndthesecondlargestintheArabworld.Itsrootsgobacktotheyear1067.
Thefirstoftheuniversity'smoderndepartmentsstartedin1908.TheUni
versityofBaghdadwasformallyestablishedin1956.Itstayedopenthro
ughouttheinvasionsandoccupationsofIraqearlierthiscentury.Manya
cademicsandstudentsseetherankingasaprestigiousaccolade.Onestu
dentsaid:"IamsoproudofBaghdadUniversity.Itmeanstheworldtoust
obeheldinsuchhighesteem."

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)

(a) ________________

(b) ________________

(c) ________________

(d) ________________

(e) ________________

(f) ________________

(g) ________________

(h) ________________

STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

Write about this topic for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

Answers

(Please check your answers against the article above.

Help Support This Web Site

  • Please consider helping Breaking News English.com

Sean Banville's Book

Thank You