The Reading / Listening - Iran Sanctions - Level 5

The USA has re-imposed economic sanctions on Iran. It warned Iran there would be "relentless" pressure unless it changes its "revolutionary course". President Trump reinstated all sanctions that were lifted in 2015 after the Iranian nuclear deal. Most sanctions target Iran's economy. The U.S. described the new penalties as, "the toughest U.S. sanctions ever imposed on Iran". It added they would, "target critical sectors of Iran's economy, such as the energy, shipping and shipbuilding, and financial sectors" to put "maximum financial pressure on the Iranian regime".



Iran's president was defiant in the face of the renewed sanctions. He said: "We will proudly break the sanctions." He described Mr Trump's administration as, "a throwback to the era of Bush junior 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." The Al Jazeera news agency said the sanctions were a backward step. It wrote: "With one Trump signature, the goodwill that had been built between Iranians and the rest of the world crumbled in a matter of months."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Iran Sanctions - Level 4 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. sanctions that were
  3. sanctions target
  4. the toughest U.S. sanctions
  5. target critical sectors
  6. energy, shipping
  7. financial
  8. financial pressure on the Iranian
  1. sectors
  2. ever imposed
  3. lifted in 2015
  4. regime
  5. and shipbuilding
  6. Iran's economy
  7. of Iran's economy
  8. pressure

Paragraph 2

  1. in the face
  2. We will proudly break
  3. a throwback to the
  4. a repeat of the same
  5. heard these statements
  6. no longer pay
  7. between Iranians and the
  8. in a matter
  1. attention
  2. rest of the world
  3. statements
  4. of months
  5. era of Bush
  6. of the renewed sanctions
  7. the sanctions
  8. hundreds of times

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The USA has re-imposed (1) ___________________ Iran. It warned Iran there would be "relentless" pressure (2) ___________________ its "revolutionary course". President Trump reinstated all (3) ___________________ lifted in 2015 after the Iranian nuclear deal. Most sanctions target Iran's economy. The U.S. (4) ___________________ penalties as, "the toughest U.S. sanctions ever imposed on Iran". It added they would, "target (5) ___________________ Iran's economy, such as the energy, shipping and shipbuilding, and financial sectors" to put "maximum financial (6) ___________________ Iranian regime".

Iran's president was (7) ___________________ face of the renewed sanctions. He said: "We will proudly (8) ___________________." He described Mr Trump's administration (9) ___________________ to the era of Bush junior and a repeat of the same statements as 2003". He said: "The Iranian people have heard these statements (10) ___________________, and no longer pay attention." The Al Jazeera news agency said the sanctions (11) ___________________ step. It wrote: "With one Trump signature, the goodwill that had been built between Iranians and the rest of the world crumbled in (12) ___________________ months."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheUSAhasre-imposedeconomicsanctionsonIran.ItwarnedIranther
ewouldbe"relentless"pressureunlessitchangesits"revolutionarycour
se".PresidentTrumpreinstatedallsanctionsthatwereliftedin2015afte
rtheIraniannucleardeal.MostsanctionstargetIran'seconomy.TheU.S
.describedthenewpenaltiesas,"thetoughestU.S.sanctionseverimpos
edonIran".Itaddedtheywould,"targetcriticalsectorsofIran'seconom
y,suchastheenergy,shippingandshipbuilding,andfinancialsectors"to
put"maximumfinancialpressureontheIranianregime".Iran'spreside
ntwasdefiantinthefaceoftherenewedsanctions.Hesaid:"Wewillproud
lybreakthesanctions."HedescribedMrTrump'sadministrationas,"ath
rowbacktotheeraofBushjuniorandarepeatofthesamestatementsas2
003".Hesaid:"TheIranianpeoplehaveheardthesestatementshundre
dsoftimes,andnolongerpayattention."TheAlJazeeranewsagencysaid
thesanctionswereabackwardstep.Itwrote:"WithoneTrumpsignature
,thegoodwillthathadbeenbuiltbetweenIraniansandtherestoftheworl
dcrumbledinamatterofmonths."

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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