The Reading / Listening - Haile Selassie - Level 5

The African Union (AU) has unveiled a statue of Ethiopia's Emperor Haile Selassie I at its headquarters in Ethiopia's capital city. Selassie was King of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974. The statue was to recognize his role in the creation of the Organization of African Union (OAU) in 1963. His vision was to free all African countries from colonialism and create independent countries in Africa. He said: "May this union last 1,000 years." The OAU lasted for 39 years before it changed into the AU in 2002. The AU continues Selassie's vision of achieving greater unity between African nations.



Emperor Haile Selassie I was born in 1892. His family traced its roots back 3,000 years to King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. He was an influential figure in modern Ethiopian history. He was a skilled politician on the international stage and helped lead Ethiopia to become a charter member of the U.N. Ethiopia was never colonized. Haile Selassie is a big part of the Rastafarian religion. Around one million Rastafarians consider him as a messiah who came to Earth to spread the word of God. The 1973 famine in Ethiopia led to his eventual removal from power.

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    Haile Selassie - Level 4 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


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. The African Union (AU) has
  2. at its headquarters in
  3. Selassie was
  4. The statue was to
  5. free all African countries
  6. before it changed into
  7. The AU continues Selassie's
  8. achieving greater
  1. recognize his role
  2. vision
  3. from colonialism
  4. unity
  5. Ethiopia's capital city
  6. unveiled a statue
  7. King of Ethiopia
  8. the AU in 2002

Paragraph 2

  1. His family traced its roots
  2. He was an influential
  3. Ethiopia was never
  4. a big part of the Rastafarian
  5. a messiah who
  6. spread the word
  7. The 1973
  8. led to his eventual removal
  1. famine in Ethiopia
  2. colonized
  3. from power
  4. back 3,000 years
  5. of God
  6. religion
  7. figure
  8. came to Earth

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The African Union (AU) (1) ___________________ statue of Ethiopia's Emperor Haile Selassie I at its headquarters in Ethiopia's capital city. Selassie (2) ___________________ Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974. The statue was to recognize (3) ___________________ the creation of the Organization of African Union (OAU) in 1963. His vision was to free all African countries from (4) ___________________ independent countries in Africa. He said: "May this union last 1,000 years." The OAU (5) ___________________ years before it changed into the AU in 2002. The AU continues Selassie's vision of achieving (6) ___________________ African nations.

Emperor Haile Selassie I was born in 1892. His family (7) ___________________ back 3,000 years to King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. He was an influential (8) ___________________ Ethiopian history. He was a skilled politician on the international stage (9) ___________________ Ethiopia to become a charter member of the U.N. Ethiopia was never colonized. Haile Selassie is a (10) ___________________ the Rastafarian religion. Around one million Rastafarians (11) ___________________ a messiah who came to Earth to spread the word of God. The 1973 famine in Ethiopia led (12) ___________________ removal from power.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheAfricanUnion(AU)hasunveiledastatueofEthiopia'sEmperorHaile
SelassieIatitsheadquartersinEthiopia'scapitalcity.SelassiewasKingo
fEthiopiafrom1930to1974.Thestatuewastorecognizehisroleinthecre
ationoftheOrganizationofAfricanUnion(OAU)in1963.Hisvisionwasto
freeallAfricancountriesfromcolonialismandcreateindependentcount
riesinAfrica.Hesaid:"Maythisunionlast1,000years."TheOAUlastedfo
r39yearsbeforeitchangedintotheAUin2002.TheAUcontinuesSelassi
e'svisionofachievinggreaterunitybetweenAfricannations.EmperorH
aileSelassieIwasbornin1892.Hisfamilytraceditsrootsback3,000year
stoKingSolomonandtheQueenofSheba.Hewasaninfluentialfigurein
modernEthiopianhistory.Hewasaskilledpoliticianontheinternational
stageandhelpedleadEthiopiatobecomeachartermemberoftheU.N.Et
hiopiawasnevercolonized.HaileSelassieisabigpartoftheRastafarianr
eligion.AroundonemillionRastafariansconsiderhimasmessiahwhoca
metoEarthtospreadthewordofGod.The1973famineinEthiopialedtohi
seventualremovalfrompower.

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.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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Free writing

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