The Reading / Listening - UNESCO - Level 0

The USA and Israel quit UNESCO. They pulled out on New Year's Eve. It is the second time the U.S. has pulled out. It quit in 1984 for seven years. The USA and Israel say UNESCO is against Israel. The USA said: "UNESCO is among the most corrupt and...biased UN agencies."



The USA co-founded UNESCO after World War II. It is famous for its World Heritage program. It improves education for girls, helps people understand the Holocaust, and defends the press. The U.S. will follow UNESCO as a non-member state. Israel said it would not be a member of UNESCO because it is against them.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    UNESCO - Level 1 UNESCO - Level 2   or  UNESCO - Level 3

Sources
  • https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/us-israel-exit-cultural-agency-claiming-bias-60103564
  • https://nypost.com/2019/01/01/us-and-israel-officially-leave-un-cultural-agency-claiming-bias/
  • https://www.foxnews.com/politics/us-israel-official-quit-un-agency-unesco-claiming-anti-israeli-bias


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 USA and Israel
  2. They pulled
  3. on New Year's
  4. It is the second
  5. It quit
  6. for
  7. UNESCO is
  8. the most corrupt and biased
  1. in 1984
  2. time
  3. against Israel
  4. UN agencies
  5. Eve
  6. quit UNESCO
  7. seven years
  8. out

Paragraph 2

  1. The USA co-
  2. famous for its World
  3. It improves education
  4. helps people
  5. defends the
  6. follow UNESCO as a non-
  7. be a member
  8. it is against
  1. understand the Holocaust
  2. of UNESCO
  3. press
  4. them
  5. Heritage program
  6. for girls
  7. founded UNESCO
  8. member state

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The USA (1) ___________________ UNESCO. They (2) ___________________ New Year's Eve. It is the (3) ___________________ U.S. has pulled out. It (4) ___________________ for seven years. The USA and Israel say UNESCO (5) ___________________. The USA said: "UNESCO is among the (6) ___________________...biased UN agencies."

The USA co-founded UNESCO (7) ___________________ II. It is (8) ___________________ World Heritage program. It improves (9) ___________________, helps people understand the Holocaust, and (10) ___________________. The U.S. will follow UNESCO as a non-member state. Israel (11) __________________ not be a member of UNESCO because it (12) _________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheUSAandIsraelquitUNESCO.TheypulledoutonNewYear'sEve.Itist
hesecondtimetheU.S.haspulledout.Itquitin1984forsevenyears.The
USAandIsraelsayUNESCOisagainstIsrael.TheUSAsaid:"UNESCOisa
mongthemostcorruptand...biasedUNagencies."TheUSAco-founde
dUNESCOafterWorldWarII.ItisfamousforitsWorldHeritageprogram.
Itimproveseducationforgirls,helpspeopleunderstandtheHolocaust,a
nddefendsthepress.TheU.S.willfollowUNESCOasanon-memberstat
e.IsraelsaiditwouldnotbeamemberofUNESCObecauseitisagainstthe
m.

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) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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