The Reading / Listening - Passports - Level 4

The United Arab Emirates passport is now the world's most powerful travel document. This is according to the Passport Index, which provides insights on travel and visas. UAE passport holders enjoy the greatest freedom of movement of anyone in the world. They can travel visa-free to 167 countries. The second most powerful passports are Singapore's and Germany's. The Afghanistan passport offers the least freedom of movement.



The UAE passport got to number one just before the country's 47th National Day celebrations. The prime minister expressed his pride in his country's achievement. He thanked his people for their "great efforts to strengthen the UAE's status, enhance its reputation, and facilitate procedures for Emirati citizens". The Passport Index said: "The Emirati passport has witnessed unprecedented progress...reflecting the international stature of the country."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Passports - Level 5 or  Passports - Level 6

Sources
  • https://gulfnews.com/uae/government/now-no-1-uae-passport-most-powerful-in-the-world-1.1541685198560
  • https://www.thenational.ae/uae/uae-passport-ranked-most-powerful-globally-1.798029
  • http://www.arabnews.com/node/1414136/middle-east


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. The United Arab Emirates
  2. travel
  3. This is according
  4. provides insights
  5. enjoy the greatest
  6. travel visa-
  7. The second most
  8. offers the least freedom of
  1. powerful passports
  2. on travel and visas
  3. movement
  4. passport
  5. to the Passport Index
  6. document
  7. freedom
  8. free to 167 countries

Paragraph 2

  1. The UAE passport got to
  2. National Day
  3. expressed his pride in his country's
  4. He thanked
  5. great efforts to strengthen
  6. enhance its
  7. unprecedented
  8. the international stature
  1. reputation
  2. achievement
  3. the UAE's status
  4. of the country
  5. number one
  6. progress
  7. his people
  8. celebrations

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The United Arab Emirates (1) ___________________ the world's most powerful travel document. This (2) ___________________ the Passport Index, which (3) ___________________ travel and visas. UAE passport holders enjoy the greatest freedom of movement (4) ___________________ the world. They can travel (5) ___________________ countries. The second most powerful passports are Singapore's and Germany's. The Afghanistan passport (6) ___________________ freedom of movement.

The UAE passport (7) ___________________ one just before the country's 47th National Day celebrations. The prime minister (8) ___________________ in his country's achievement. He thanked his people for their "great efforts (9) ___________________ UAE's status, enhance its reputation, and (10) ___________________ Emirati citizens". The Passport Index said: "The Emirati (11) ___________________ unprecedented progress...reflecting the international (12) ___________________ country."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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eldocument.ThisisaccordingtothePassportIndex,whichprovidesinsi
ghtsontravelandvisas.UAEpassportholdersenjoythegreatestfreedo
mofmovementofanyoneintheworld.Theycantravelvisa-freeto167co
untries.ThesecondmostpowerfulpassportsareSingapore'sandGerm
any's.TheAfghanistanpassportofferstheleastfreedomofmovement.T
heUAEpassportgottonumberonejustbeforethecountry's47thNationa
lDaycelebrations.Theprimeministerexpressedhisprideinhiscountry'
sachievement.Hethankedhispeoplefortheir"greateffortstostrengthe
ntheUAE'sstatus,enhanceitsreputation,andfacilitateproceduresforE
miraticitizens".ThePassportIndexsaid:"TheEmiratipassporthaswitn
essedunprecedentedprogress...reflectingtheinternationalstatureoft
hecountry."

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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