The Reading / Listening - Migrant Caravan - Level 4

A caravan of over 7,000 migrants is walking 1,000 kilometres through Mexico, heading to the USA. They are mainly from Honduras and want a better life in the U.S. Many have young children. They are fleeing from violence and a lack of jobs back home. A reporter said the caravan was "a river of people". They have little food and are tired. Many were deported from the U.S. They want to go back to be with their children who are still there.



The USA made it clear it will stick to its asylum laws. It will turn away anyone who doesn't apply for asylum in Mexico. It has a "zero-tolerance" policy towards migrants. There was anger earlier this year after authorities separated migrant children from their parents. Donald Trump tweeted: "It looks like Mexico's police...are unable to stop the caravan... Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in." He said he would cut aid to Honduras.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Migrant Caravan - Level 5 or  Migrant Caravan - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.cbsnews.com/news/migrant-caravan-what-happens-if-it-reaches-the-us-border/
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-45944166
  • https://thehill.com/opinion/immigration/412670-why-the-migrant-caravan-is-not-a-border-crisis


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. A caravan of
  2. heading
  3. They are fleeing
  4. a lack
  5. the caravan was a
  6. Many were deported
  7. They want
  8. their children
  1. to go back
  2. over 7,000 migrants
  3. from the U.S.
  4. to the USA
  5. who are still there
  6. of jobs
  7. "river of people"
  8. from violence

Paragraph 2

  1. it will stick
  2. turn
  3. apply for
  4. It has a "zero-tolerance" policy
  5. There was anger earlier
  6. separated migrant children
  7. police are unable
  8. he would cut
  1. this year
  2. to stop the caravan
  3. to its asylum laws
  4. aid to Honduras
  5. asylum
  6. towards migrants
  7. from their parents
  8. away anyone

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A caravan of over 7,000 (1) ___________________ 1,000 kilometres through Mexico, heading to the USA. They (2) ___________________ Honduras and want a better life in the U.S. Many have young children. They are fleeing from violence (3) ___________________ of jobs back home. A reporter said the caravan was "a (4) ___________________". They have little food and are tired. Many (5) ___________________ the U.S. They want to go back to be with their children (6) ___________________ there.

The USA made it clear it will (7) ___________________ asylum laws. It will turn away anyone who doesn't (8) ___________________ in Mexico. It has a "zero-tolerance" policy towards migrants. There (9) ___________________ this year after authorities (10) ___________________ from their parents. Donald Trump tweeted: "It looks like Mexico's (11) ___________________ to stop the caravan... Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in." He said he would (12) ___________________ Honduras.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Acaravanofover7,000migrantsarewalking1,000kilometresthrough
Mexico,headingtotheUSA.TheyaremainlyfromHondurasandwantab
etterlifeintheU.S.Manyhaveyoungchildren.Theyarefleeingfromviole
nceandalackofjobsbackhome.Areportersaidthecaravanwas"ariverof
people".Theyhavelittlefoodandaretired.Manyweredeportedfromthe
U.S.Theywanttogobacktobewiththeirchildrenwhoarestillthere.TheU
SAmadeitclearitwillsticktoitsasylumlaws.Itwillturnawayanyonewho
doesn'tapplyforasyluminMexico.Ithasa"zero-tolerance"policytowar
dsmigrants.Therewasangerearlierthisyearafterauthoritiesseparate
dmigrantchildrenfromtheirparents.DonaldTrumptweeted:"Itlooksli
keMexico'spolice...areunabletostopthecaravan...Criminalsandunkn
ownMiddleEasternersaremixedin."HesaidhewouldcutaidtoHondura
s.

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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Free writing

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Answers

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