The Reading / Listening - Border Wall - Level 5

The U.S. government will partially shut down due to a lack of agreement over funding for the wall along the Mexico border. It is likely that the closures will last until after Christmas. It is the third government shutdown this year. U.S. President Donald Trump has promised a "very long" government shutdown if Democrats do not fund the wall. He wants $5.7 billion to finance the wall. It was one of the President's major election promises. He said: "We are totally prepared for a very long shutdown." He tweeted: "Shutdown today if Democrats do not vote for border security."



The shutdown affected Mr Trump's holiday plans. The White House confirmed this in a statement. It said: "Due to the shutdown, President Trump will remain in Washington, D.C. and the First Lady will return from Florida so they can spend Christmas together." There is gridlock in large parts of the country. Funding has expired for departments that operate national parks, homeland security, law enforcement, tax collection and transportation. Around 400,000 federal workers will stay at home without pay until a deal is reached.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Border Wall - Level 4 or  Border Wall - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/shutdown-day-1-trump-warns-it-could-be-a-long-stay-amid-impasse-over-border-wall/2018/12/22/006ff10c-060b-11e9-9122-82e98f91ee6f_story.html
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-46637638
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2018/12/22/politics/government-shutdown-day-1/index.html


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 U.S. government will partially
  2. a lack of agreement
  3. the closures will last
  4. a "very long"
  5. He wants $5.7 billion
  6. the President's major election
  7. We are totally
  8.  if Democrats do not vote for
  1. until after Christmas
  2. prepared
  3. government shutdown
  4. border security
  5. shut down
  6. to finance the wall
  7. over funding
  8. promises

Paragraph 2

  1. The shutdown affected Mr Trump's
  2. The White House confirmed this
  3. they can spend
  4. There is gridlock in large
  5. homeland
  6. law
  7. tax
  8. workers will stay at home
  1. enforcement
  2. security
  3. holiday plans
  4. without pay
  5. in a statement
  6. collection
  7. parts of the country
  8. Christmas together

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The U.S. government will partially shut down due (1) ___________________ of agreement over funding for (2) ___________________ the Mexico border. It is likely that the closures (3) ___________________ after Christmas. It is the third government shutdown this year. U.S. President Donald Trump has (4) ___________________ long" government shutdown if Democrats do not fund the wall. He wants $5.7 billion to finance the wall. It was one of the President's (5) ___________________. He said: "We are totally prepared for a very long shutdown." He tweeted: "Shutdown today if Democrats do not (6) ___________________ security."

The shutdown affected Mr Trump's holiday plans. The White House (7) ___________________ a statement. It said: "Due to the shutdown, President Trump (8) ___________________ Washington, D.C. and the First Lady will return from Florida so (9) ___________________ Christmas together." There is gridlock in (10) ___________________ the country. Funding (11) ___________________ departments that operate national parks, homeland security, law enforcement, tax collection and transportation. Around 400,000 federal workers will stay at home without pay (12) ___________________ is reached.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheU.S.governmentwillpartiallyshutdownduetoalackofagreemento
verfundingforthewallalongtheMexicoborder.Itislikelythattheclosure
swilllastuntilafterChristmas.Itisthethirdgovernmentshutdownthisy
ear.U.S.PresidentDonaldTrumphaspromiseda"verylong"governme
ntshutdownifDemocratsdonotfundthewall.Hewants$5.7billiontofina
ncethewall.ItwasoneofthePresident'smajorelectionpromises.Hesai
d:"Wearetotallypreparedforaverylongshutdown."Hetweeted:"Shut
downtodayifDemocratsdonotvoteforbordersecurity."Theshutdowna
ffectedMrTrump'sholidayplans.TheWhiteHouseconfirmedthisinasta
tement.Itsaid:"Duetotheshutdown,PresidentTrumpwillremaininWa
shington,D.C.andtheFirstLadywillreturnfromFloridasotheycanspen
dChristmastogether."Thereisgridlockinlargepartsofthecountry.Fun
dinghasexpiredfordepartmentsthatoperatenationalparks,homeland
security,lawenforcement,taxcollectionandtransportation.Around40
0,000federalworkerswillstayathomewithoutpayuntiladealisreached
.

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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