The Reading / Listening - Haile Selassie - Level 4

The African Union (AU) has put a statue of Ethiopia's Emperor Haile Selassie I in its headquarters. Selassie was king from 1930 to 1974. The statue is for his role in creating the Organization of African Union (OAU). His vision was for African countries free from colonialism. He said: "May this union last 1,000 years." The OAU lasted for 39 years. It changed into the AU in 2002. The AU continues Selassie's vision of achieving greater African unity.



Emperor Selassie was born in 1892. His family's roots go back 3,000 years to King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. He was an important figure in Ethiopian history. He was a skilled politician and helped Ethiopia become a charter member of the U.N. Haile Selassie is a big part of the Rastafarian religion. Rastafarians believe he is a messiah who came to Earth to spread God's word. The 1973 famine in Ethiopia led to his eventual removal from power.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Haile Selassie - Level 5 or  Haile Selassie - Level 6

Sources
  • https://newbusinessethiopia.com/african-union-unveils-ethiopias-emperor-haile-selassie-i-statue/
  • https://www.ethiopiaobserver.com/2019/02/10/emperor-haile-selassie-statue-unveiled/
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haile_Selassie


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. a statue of Ethiopia's
  2. Selassie was king from
  3. The statue is for
  4. African countries free from
  5. The OAU lasted
  6. It changed into the
  7. The AU continues Selassie's
  8. achieving greater
  1. for 39 years
  2. Emperor
  3. African unity
  4. his role
  5. vision
  6. colonialism
  7. 1930 to 1974
  8. AU in 2002

Paragraph 2

  1. His family's roots
  2. He was an
  3. He was a skilled
  4. become a charter member
  5. a big part of the Rastafarian
  6. a messiah who
  7. spread God's
  8. his eventual removal
  1. word
  2. politician
  3. from power
  4. religion
  5. go back 3,000 years
  6. of the U.N.
  7. important figure
  8. came to Earth

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The African Union (AU) has (1) ___________________ of Ethiopia's Emperor Haile Selassie I in its headquarters. Selassie (2) ___________________ 1930 to 1974. The statue is for (3) ___________________ creating the Organization of African Union (OAU). His vision was for African countries free from colonialism. He said: "May (4) ___________________ 1,000 years." The OAU lasted for 39 years. It (5) ___________________ AU in 2002. The AU continues Selassie's (6) ___________________ greater African unity.

Emperor Selassie was born in 1892. His family's (7) ___________________ 3,000 years to King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. He was an (8) ___________________ Ethiopian history. He was a skilled politician and helped Ethiopia (9) ___________________ member of the U.N. Haile Selassie is a (10) ___________________ the Rastafarian religion. Rastafarians believe he is a messiah who came to Earth (11) ___________________ word. The 1973 famine in Ethiopia led to his eventual (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheAfricanUnion(AU)hasputastatueofEthiopia'sEmperorHaileSelas
sieIinitsheadquarters.Selassiewaskingfrom1930to1974.Thestatuei
sforhisroleincreatingtheOrganizationofAfricanUnion(OAU).Hisvisio
nwasforAfricancountriesfreefromcolonialism.Hesaid:"Maythisunion
last1,000years."TheOAUlastedfor39years.ItchangedintotheAUin20
02.TheAUcontinuesSelassie'svisionofachievinggreaterAfricanunity.
EmperorSelassiewasbornin1892.Hisfamily'srootsgoback3,000year
stoKingSolomonandtheQueenofSheba.HewasanimportantfigureinE
thiopianhistory.HewasaskilledpoliticianandhelpedEthiopiabecomea
chartermemberoftheU.N.HaileSelassieisabigpartoftheRastafarianre
ligion.RastafariansbelieveheisamessiahwhocametoEarthtospreadG
od'sword.The1973famineinEthiopialedtohiseventualremovalfromp
ower.

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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