The Reading / Listening - Iran Sanctions - Level 4

The USA has put economic sanctions back on Iran. It said there would be "relentless" financial pressure unless Iran changes its "revolutionary course". The sanctions that were lifted in 2015 after the Iranian nuclear deal are now back in place. They target Iran's economy, such as the energy, shipping and shipbuilding, and financial sectors. The U.S. described the new penalties as, "the toughest U.S. sanctions ever imposed on Iran".



Iran's president was defiant in the face of the sanctions and said Iran would break them. He said Mr Trump was, "a throwback to the era of Bush...and a repeat of the same statements as 2003". He said: "The Iranian people have heard these statements hundreds of times, and no longer pay attention." Al Jazeera said the sanctions were a backward step and that Trump had destroyed the goodwill that had been built between Iranians and the rest of the world.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Iran Sanctions - Level 5 or  Iran Sanctions - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/11/threaten-iranians-sanctions-set-return-181104170028105.html
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2018/11/04/middleeast/trump-iran-sanctions-intl/index.html
  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/04/pompeo-trump-us-sanctions-oil-iran-iranian-people


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. relentless
  2. The sanctions that were
  3. after the Iranian nuclear
  4. now back in
  5. They target
  6. energy, shipping and
  7. financial
  8. the toughest U.S. sanctions
  1. deal
  2. shipbuilding
  3. lifted in 2015
  4. ever imposed
  5. place
  6. sectors
  7. Iran's economy
  8. financial pressure

Paragraph 2

  1. Iran's president was
  2. in the face
  3. a throwback
  4. heard these statements
  5. no longer pay
  6. a backward
  7. destroyed the goodwill
  8. the rest
  1. to the era of Bush
  2. that had been built
  3. defiant
  4. of the world
  5. of the sanctions
  6. attention
  7. hundreds of times
  8. step

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The USA has put economic (1) ___________________ Iran. It said there would be "relentless" (2) ___________________ Iran changes its "revolutionary course". The sanctions (3) ___________________ in 2015 after the Iranian nuclear deal are now (4) ___________________. They target Iran's economy, such (5) ___________________, shipping and shipbuilding, and financial sectors. The U.S. described the new penalties as, "the toughest U.S. sanctions (6) ___________________ Iran".

Iran's president was defiant in (7) ___________________ the sanctions and said Iran would break them. He said Mr Trump was, "a (8) ___________________ era of Bush...and a repeat of the same statements as 2003". He said: "The Iranian people (9) __________________ statements hundreds of times, and no (10) ___________________." Al Jazeera said the sanctions (11) ___________________ step and that Trump had destroyed the goodwill that had been built between Iranians and the (12) ___________________ world.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheUSAhasputeconomicsanctionsbackonIran.Itsaidtherewouldbe"r
elentless"financialpressureunlessIranchangesits"revolutionarycour
se".Thesanctionsthatwereliftedin2015aftertheIraniannucleardealar
enowbackinplace.TheytargetIran'seconomy,suchastheenergy,ship
pingandshipbuilding,andfinancialsectors.TheU.S.describedthenew
penaltiesas,"thetoughestU.S.sanctionseverimposedonIran".Iran'sp
residentwasdefiantinthefaceofthesanctionsandsaidIranwouldbreak
them.HesaidMrTrumpwas,"athrowbacktotheeraofBush...andarepe
atofthesamestatementsas2003".Hesaid:"TheIranianpeoplehavehe
ardthesestatementshundredsoftimes,andnolongerpayattention."Al
JazeerasaidthesanctionswereabackwardstepandthatTrumphaddest
royedthegoodwillthathadbeenbuiltbetweenIraniansandtherestofth
eworld.

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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(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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