The Reading / Listening - Yellow Vests Protests - Level 4

France is famous for revolution but is now seeing unrest it has not seen for decades. It is being hit by violent nationwide protests. Hundreds of thousands of people are taking to the streets, causing chaos to business, transport and the economy. The Yellow Vests Movement is leading the protests. Its protestors wear high-visibility jackets. The protestors were angry about rising fuel prices, the high cost of living, and tax reforms that are unfair for workers.



France's President declared "a state of social and economic emergency". The violence has caused over a billion dollars in damages. Paris has seen the worst of the protests. The President will cancel his planned fuel-price rise and lower tax for the poor. He called for the chaos to end and for calm to return. He said: "No anger justifies attacking a police officer...or damaging a shop or public building. When violence is unleashed, freedom ends."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Yellow Vests Protests - Level 5 or  Yellow Vests Protests - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.npr.org/2018/12/10/675425153/macron-promises-minimum-wage-hike-and-tax-cuts-to-end-yellow-vest-protests
  • https://www.thelocal.fr/20181210/bank-of-france-yellow-vest-violence-wipes
  • https://www.liberationnews.org/french-mass-rebellion-grows-and-deepens/


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. unrest it has not
  2. hit by violent nationwide
  3. causing chaos
  4. Its protestors wear high-
  5. angry about rising fuel
  6. the high
  7. tax
  8. unfair
  1. for workers
  2. seen for decades
  3. visibility jackets
  4. reforms
  5. cost of living
  6. to business
  7. prices
  8. protests

Paragraph 2

  1. a state of social and economic
  2. caused over a billion dollars
  3. Paris has seen the worst
  4. cancel his planned fuel-
  5. lower tax
  6. He called for the chaos
  7. No anger justifies attacking
  8. When violence is unleashed,
  1. a police officer
  2. of the protests
  3. in damages
  4. freedom ends
  5. to end
  6. emergency
  7. price rise
  8. for the poor

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

France (1) ___________________ revolution but is now seeing unrest it has not seen for decades. It is being (2) ___________________ nationwide protests. Hundreds of thousands of people (3) ___________________ the streets, causing chaos to business, transport and the economy. The Yellow Vests Movement (4) ___________________ protests. Its protestors wear high-visibility jackets. The protestors were (5) ___________________ fuel prices, the high cost of living, and tax reforms that (6) ___________________ workers.

France's President declared "a (7) ___________________ and economic emergency". The violence has (8) ___________________ billion dollars in damages. Paris has seen (9) ___________________ the protests. The President will cancel his planned fuel-price (10) ___________________ tax for the poor. He called for the chaos to end and for (11) ___________________. He said: "No anger justifies attacking a police officer...or damaging a shop or public building. (12) ___________________ unleashed, freedom ends."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Franceisfamousforrevolutionbutisnowseeingunrestithasnotseenfor
decades.Itisbeinghitbyviolentnationwideprotests.Hundredsofthous
andsofpeoplearetakingtothestreets,causingchaostobusiness,transp
ortandtheeconomy.TheYellowVestsMovementisleadingtheprotests.
Itsprotestorswearhigh-visibilityjackets.Theprotestorswereangrya
boutrisingfuelprices,thehighcostofliving,andtaxreformsthatareunfa
irforworkers.France'sPresidentdeclared"astateofsocialandeconomic
emergency".Theviolencehascausedoverabilliondollarsindamages.P
arishasseentheworstoftheprotests.ThePresidentwillcancelhisplanne
dfuel-priceriseandlowertaxforthepoor.Hecalledforthechaostoenda
ndforcalmtoreturn.Hesaid:"Noangerjustifiesattackingapoliceofficer
...ordamagingashoporpublicbuilding.Whenviolenceisunleashed,fre
edomends."

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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(n) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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