The Reading / Listening - Oil Tanker Attacks - Level 4

Tensions are high after attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. The USA is blaming Iran. The vessels were hit near the strategically important Strait of Hormuz, which divides Iran and the United Arab Emirates. Ships carry about a fifth of the world's oil through it. The US said Iran was behind the "blatant assault". It said the US would defend its allies against "Iranian aggression". However, it gave no proof that Iran was responsible.



The US says the tankers were hit by mines. It showed a video of supposed Iranian forces removing a mine from one of the ships. Iran called the attacks "suspicious". Its navy is investigating them. Iran said the US accusations were "unfounded" and "Iranophobic". The Japanese owner of one of the tankers said some kind of missile, not a mine, hit his ship. The UN said the truth needed to be "clearly established".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Oil Tanker Attacks - Level 5 or  Oil Tanker Attacks - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/oil-tankers-attacked-in-gulf-of-oman-us-navy-says/2019/06/13/d59b784c-8db0-11e9-b162-8f6f41ec3c04_story.html?
  • https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/06/iran-calls-tanker-explosions-suspicious-global-concern-grows-190613150655075.html
  • https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/436925/Iran-warns-U-S-over-blame-game-through-suspicious-attacks


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Tensions are
  2. oil tankers in
  3. The USA is
  4. the strategically important
  5. Ships carry about a fifth of
  6. Iran was behind the
  7. It said the US would
  8. it gave no proof that Iran
  1. defend its allies
  2. blaming Iran
  3. was responsible
  4. the world's oil
  5. blatant assault
  6. high
  7. Strait of Hormuz
  8. the Gulf of Oman

Paragraph 2

  1. the tankers were hit
  2. removing a mine from
  3. Iran called the attacks
  4. Its navy is investigating
  5. Iran said the US accusations
  6. The Japanese owner of one
  7. some kind of missile, not by a
  8. the truth needed to be clearly
  1. were "unfounded"
  2. mine, hit his ship
  3. one of the ships
  4. established
  5. "suspicious"
  6. them
  7. by mines
  8. of the tankers

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Tensions are high (1) ___________________ two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. The USA is blaming Iran. The (2) ___________________ near the strategically important Strait of Hormuz, which divides Iran and the United Arab Emirates. Ships (3) ___________________ fifth of the world's (4) ___________________. The US said Iran was behind the "blatant assault". It said the US would (5) ___________________ against "Iranian aggression". However, it (6) ___________________ that Iran was responsible.

The US says the tankers were (7) ___________________. It showed a video of supposed Iranian (8) ___________________ mine from one of the ships. Iran called the attacks "suspicious". Its navy (9) ___________________. Iran said the US accusations were "unfounded" and "Iranophobic". The Japanese (10) ___________________ of the tankers said some (11) ___________________, not by a mine, hit his ship. The UN said the (12) ___________________ be "clearly established".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TensionsarehighafterattacksontwooiltankersintheGulfofOman.The
USAisblamingIran.Thevesselswerehitnearthestrategicallyimportan
tStraitofHormuz,whichdividesIranandtheUnitedArabEmirates.Ship
scarryaboutafifthoftheworld'soilthroughit.TheUSsaidIranwasbehin
dthe"blatantassault".ItsaidtheUSwoulddefenditsalliesagainst"Irani
anaggression".However,itgavenoproofthatIranwasresponsible.The
USsaysthetankerswerehitbymines.ItshowedavideoofsupposedIrani
anforcesremovingaminefromoneoftheships.Irancalledtheattacks"s
uspicious".Itsnavyisinvestigatingthem.IransaidtheUSaccusationsw
ere"unfounded"and"Iranophobic".TheJapaneseownerofoneoftheta
nkerssaidsomekindofmissile,notbyamine,hithisship.TheUNsaidthet
ruthneededtobe"clearlyestablished".

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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Answers

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