The Reading / Listening - Passports - Level 5

The United Arab Emirates passport has risen to the top spot on the list of the most powerful passports. This is according to the Passport Index - an online service that provides insights on passports and visas. UAE passport holders now enjoy the greatest freedom of movement globally of anyone in the world. UAE passport holders can travel visa-free to 167 countries. The second most powerful passports are the Singaporean and German passports. The USA passport is ranked at number four. Holders of the Afghanistan passport have the least freedom of movement.



The UAE passport reached number one on the eve of the country's 47th National Day celebrations. The UAE prime minister expressed his pride in his country's achievement. He tweeted: "A big 'thank you' goes to the working teams for their great efforts to strengthen the UAE's status, enhance its reputation, and facilitate procedures for Emirati citizens. Congratulations to the UAE leadership and people." A Passport Index spokesman said: "The Emirati passport has witnessed unprecedented progress globally in the past few years, reflecting the international stature of the country."

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    Passports - Level 4 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


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. risen to
  2. the list of the
  3. This is according
  4. an online service that
  5. travel visa-
  6. The second most
  7. The USA passport is ranked
  8. have the least
  1. at number four
  2. to the Passport Index
  3. free to 167 countries
  4. the top spot
  5. freedom of movement
  6. provides insights
  7. powerful passports
  8. most powerful passports

Paragraph 2

  1. on the
  2. expressed his pride in his
  3. A big 'thank you' goes to
  4. for their great
  5. strengthen the UAE's
  6. enhance
  7. unprecedented
  8. the international
  1. efforts
  2. progress
  3. status
  4. stature of the country
  5. eve of
  6. country's achievement
  7. the working teams
  8. its reputation

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The United Arab Emirates passport (1) ___________________ the top spot on the list of the most powerful passports. This is according to the Passport Index - an online service that (2) ___________________ passports and visas. UAE passport holders (3) ___________________ greatest freedom of movement globally of anyone in the world. UAE passport holders can travel (4) ___________________ countries. The second most powerful passports are the Singaporean and German passports. The USA (5) ___________________ at number four. Holders of the Afghanistan passport (6) ___________________ freedom of movement.

The UAE passport reached number one on (7) ___________________ the country's 47th National Day celebrations. The UAE prime minister expressed (8) ___________________ his country's achievement. He tweeted: "A big 'thank you' goes to the working teams for their great (9) ___________________ the UAE's status, enhance its reputation, and facilitate procedures for Emirati citizens. Congratulations to the UAE (10) ___________________." A Passport Index spokesman said: "The Emirati passport has witnessed unprecedented progress (11) ___________________ past few years, reflecting the international (12) ___________________ country."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheUnitedArabEmiratespassporthasrisentothetopspotonthelistofth
emostpowerfulpassports.ThisisaccordingtothePassportIndex-ano
nlineservicethatprovidesinsightsonpassportsandvisas.UAEpassport
holdersnowenjoythegreatestfreedomofmovementgloballyofanyone
intheworld.UAEpassportholderscantravelvisa-freeto167countries.
ThesecondmostpowerfulpassportsaretheSingaporeanandGermanp
assports.TheUSApassportisrankedatnumberfour.HoldersoftheAfgh
anistanpassporthavetheleastfreedomofmovement.TheUAEpasspor
treachednumberoneontheeveofthecountry's47thNationalDaycelebr
ations.TheUAEprimeministerexpressedhisprideinhiscountry'sachie
vement.Hetweeted:"Abig'thankyou'goestotheworkingteamsforthei
rgreateffortstostrengthentheUAE'sstatus,enhanceitsreputation,an
dfacilitateproceduresforEmiraticitizens.CongratulationstotheUAEle
adershipandpeople."APassportIndexspokesmansaid:"TheEmiratipa
ssporthaswitnessedunprecedentedprogressgloballyinthepastfewye
ars,reflectingtheinternationalstatureofthecountry."

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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