The Reading / Listening - Oil Tanker Attacks - Level 5

Tensions are rising over the latest attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. The USA is blaming Iran for the attacks. The vessels were hit by blasts while sailing near the strategically important Strait of Hormuz. The Strait is between Iran and the United Arab Emirates and around a fifth of the world's oil passes through it. The Strait is 68km at its narrowest point. The U.S. Secretary of State said Iran was behind the "blatant assault". He said the U.S. would defend itself and its allies against "Iranian aggression". However, he gave no evidence that Iran was behind the attacks.



It is the second time tankers have been attacked in the past month. Two Saudi tankers were hit in a UAE port last month. The U.S. says the recent tanker blasts were caused by mines. It showed a video of supposed Iranian forces removing an unexploded mine from one of the ships. Iran's Foreign Minister described the attacks as "suspicious". Iran's navy is investigating them. Iran called the U.S. accusations "unfounded" and "Iranophobic". The Japanese owner of one of the tankers said some kind of missile hit his ship, not a mine. The UN said the truth needed to be "clearly established".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Oil Tanker Attacks - Level 4 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. the latest
  2. The USA is blaming Iran
  3. The vessels were hit
  4. the strategically important
  5. a fifth of the world's
  6. 68km at its
  7. the U.S. would defend itself
  8. no evidence that Iran was
  1. and its allies
  2. oil passes through it
  3. for the attacks
  4. by blasts
  5. behind the attacks
  6. attacks
  7. Strait of Hormuz
  8. narrowest point

Paragraph 2

  1. the second time tankers have
  2. in the past
  3. recent tanker blasts were caused
  4. removing an unexploded
  5. Iran called the U.S. accusations
  6. The Japanese owner of one
  7. some kind of missile
  8. the truth needed to be
  1. by mines
  2. hit his ship
  3. mine
  4. clearly established
  5. been attacked
  6. "unfounded"
  7. month
  8. of the tankers

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Tensions (1) ___________________ the latest attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. The USA is blaming Iran for the attacks. (2) ___________________ hit by blasts while sailing near the strategically important Strait of Hormuz. The Strait is between Iran and the United Arab Emirates and (3) ___________________ of the world's oil passes through it. The Strait is 68km at (4) ___________________. The U.S. Secretary of State said Iran was (5) ___________________ assault". He said the U.S. would defend itself and its allies against "Iranian aggression". However, he (6) ___________________ that Iran was behind the attacks.

It is the second time tankers (7) ___________________ in the past month. Two Saudi tankers (8) ___________________ a UAE port last month. The U.S. says the recent tanker blasts were caused by mines. It showed a video of supposed Iranian forces removing (9) ___________________ from one of the ships. Iran's Foreign Minister described the attacks as "suspicious". Iran's navy (10) ___________________. Iran called the U.S. accusations "unfounded" and "Iranophobic". The Japanese owner of one of the tankers said some (11) ___________________ hit his ship, not a mine. The UN said the truth needed to (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TensionsarerisingoverthelatestattacksontwooiltankersintheGulfofO
man.TheUSAisblamingIranfortheattacks.Thevesselswerehitbyblast
swhilesailingnearthestrategicallyimportantStraitofHormuz.TheStra
itisbetweenIranandtheUnitedArabEmiratesandaroundafifthofthewo
rld'soilpassesthroughit.TheStraitis68kmatitsnarrowestpoint.TheU.
S.SecretaryofStatesaidIranwasbehindthe"blatantassault".Hesaidth
eU.S.woulddefenditselfanditsalliesagainst"Iranianaggression".How
ever,hegavenoevidencethatIranwasbehindtheattacks.Itisthesecon
dtimetankershavebeenattackedinthepastmonth.TwoSauditankers
werehitinaUAEportlastmonth.TheU.S.saystherecenttankerblastswe
recausedbymines.ItshowedavideoofsupposedIranianforcesremovin
ganunexplodedminefromoneoftheships.Iran'sForeignMinisterdescri
bedtheattacksas"suspicious".Iran'snavyisinvestigatingthem.Iranca
lledtheU.S.accusations"unfounded"and"Iranophobic".TheJapanese
ownerofoneofthetankerssaidsomekindofmissilehithisship,notbyami
ne.TheUNsaidthetruthneededtobe"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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