The Reading / Listening - Migrant Caravan - Level 5

A caravan of more than 7,000 migrants is heading to the USA on a thousand-kilometre journey through Mexico. They are mainly from Honduras and want to find a better life in the U.S. Many are parents with young children. They are fleeing the violence and a lack of job opportunities back home. A reporter said the caravan was "a river of people". They are battling hot weather, little food and exhaustion in their flight. Many in the caravan were recently deported from the U.S. after having lived there illegally for decades. They are desperate to go back to be with their children still living in the U.S.



The U.S. government made it clear that it would stick to its asylum laws. It will turn away anyone who doesn't apply for asylum in Mexico first. It has a "zero-tolerance" policy towards migrants to stop people from trying to enter the country illegally. There was anger earlier this year after authorities separated migrant children from their parents at the border. President Donald Trump tweeted: "Sadly, it looks like Mexico's police...are unable to stop the caravan... Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in." He has vowed to cut foreign aid to Guatemala and Honduras.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Migrant Caravan - Level 4 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 more than
  2. find a better
  3. a lack
  4. the caravan was a
  5. They are battling
  6. recently deported
  7. having lived there illegally
  8. They are desperate
  1. from the U.S.
  2. 7,000 migrants
  3. to go back
  4. of job opportunities
  5. for decades
  6. "river of people"
  7. life
  8. hot weather

Paragraph 2

  1. it would stick
  2. It will turn
  3. apply
  4. a zero-
  5. trying to enter the country
  6. separated migrant children
  7. Mexico's police are unable
  8. He has vowed to cut
  1. tolerance policy
  2. to stop the caravan
  3. away anyone
  4. foreign aid
  5. for asylum
  6. illegally
  7. to its asylum laws
  8. from their parents

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A caravan of more than 7,000 migrants (1) ___________________ the USA on a thousand-kilometre journey through Mexico. They (2) ___________________ Honduras and want to find a better life in the U.S. Many are parents with young children. They (3) ___________________ violence and a lack of job opportunities back home. A reporter said the caravan was "a (4) ___________________". They are battling hot weather, little food (5) ___________________ their flight. Many in the caravan were recently deported from the U.S. after having lived (6) ___________________ decades. They are desperate to go back to be with their children still living in the U.S.

The U.S. government made it (7) ___________________ would stick to its asylum laws. It will turn away anyone who doesn't (8) ___________________ in Mexico first. It has (9) ___________________ policy towards migrants to stop people from trying to enter the country illegally. There was anger earlier this (10) ___________________ separated migrant children from their parents (11) ___________________. President Donald Trump tweeted: "Sadly, it looks like Mexico's police...are unable to stop the caravan... Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in." He (12) ___________________ cut foreign aid to Guatemala and Honduras.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Acaravanofmorethan7,000migrantsareheadingtotheUSAonathousa
nd-kilometrejourneythroughMexico.TheyaremainlyfromHondurasa
ndwanttofindabetterlifeintheU.S.Manyareparentswithyoungchildre
n.Theyarefleeingtheviolenceandalackofjobopportunitiesbackhome.
Areportersaidthecaravanwas"ariverofpeople".Theyarebattlinghotw
eather,littlefoodandexhaustionintheirflight.Manyinthecaravanwere
recentlydeportedfromtheU.S.afterhavinglivedthereillegallyfordeca
des.Theyaredesperatetogobacktobewiththeirchildrenstilllivinginthe
U.S.TheU.S.governmentmadeitclearthatitwouldsticktoitsasylumla
ws.Itwillturnawayanyonewhodoesn'tapplyforasyluminMexicofirst.It
hasa"zero-tolerance"policytowardsmigrantstostoppeoplefromtryin
gtoenterthecountryillegally.Therewasangerearlierthisyearafterauth
oritiesseparatedmigrantchildrenfromtheirparentsattheborder.Presi
dentDonaldTrumptweeted:"Sadly,itlookslikeMexico'spolice...areun
abletostopthecaravan...CriminalsandunknownMiddleEasternersare
mixedin."HehasvowedtocutforeignaidtoGuatemalaandHonduras.

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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