The Reading / Listening - Missile Defense System - Level 4

US-Turkey relations soured after Turkey purchased the Russian S-400 missile defense system. The first deliveries were made on Friday. The US warned Turkey not to buy the equipment from Russia. The USA and Turkey are both allies in NATO - a defense organization created to counter a military threat from Russia. The USA has the biggest military in NATO. Turkey has recently established closer ties with Russia. This has worried the USA.



The U.S. warned Turkey of economic sanctions if it installed the S-400 system. It also said Turkey would not be part of the USA's F-35 fighter jet programme. U.S. officials say the Russian system is incompatible with NATO systems and would risk the security of F-35 fighter jets. Turkey will not integrate the S-400 with NATO systems and says there is no threat to NATO. Turkey said buying the S-400 did not mean it is seeking "alternatives" in relations with the West.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Missile Defense System - Level 5 or  Missile Defense System - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-48962885
  • https://www.foxnews.com/world/russian-s-400-defense-systems-arrive-in-turkey
  • https://tass.com/defense/1068288
  • https://www.aa.com.tr/en/politics/turkey-russian-s-400-hardware-deployment-starts/1529747


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. US-Turkey relations
  2. The first deliveries were
  3. buy the equipment
  4. The USA and Turkey are both
  5. created to counter
  6. The USA has the biggest
  7. Turkey has recently established
  8. This has worried
  1. the USA
  2. from Russia
  3. military in NATO
  4. made on Friday
  5. closer ties
  6. soured
  7. a military threat
  8. allies in NATO

Paragraph 2

  1. economic
  2. part of the USA's F-35 fighter
  3. the Russian system
  4. risk the security of
  5. integrate the S-400
  6. there is no threat
  7. it is seeking
  8. relations with
  1. F-35 fighter jets
  2. "alternatives"
  3. jet programme
  4. the West
  5. sanctions
  6. with NATO systems
  7. to NATO
  8. is incompatible

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

US-Turkey (1) ___________________ Turkey purchased the Russian S-400 missile defense system. The (2) ___________________ made on Friday. The US warned Turkey not to (3) ___________________ from Russia. The USA and Turkey are (4) ___________________ NATO - a defense organization created to counter (5) ___________________ from Russia. The USA has the biggest military in NATO. Turkey has recently established (6) ___________________ Russia. This has worried the USA.

The U.S. warned Turkey (7) ___________________ if it installed the S-400 system. It also said Turkey would not (8) ___________________ the USA's F-35 fighter jet programme. U.S. officials say the Russian system is incompatible with NATO systems and would (9) ___________________ of F-35 fighter jets. Turkey will (10) ___________________ S-400 with NATO systems and says there is (11) ___________________ NATO. Turkey said buying the S-400 did not mean it is seeking "alternatives" (12) ___________________ the West.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

US-TurkeyrelationssouredafterTurkeypurchasedtheRussianS-400
missiledefensesystem.ThefirstdeliveriesweremadeonFriday.TheUS
warnedTurkeynottobuytheequipmentfromRussia.TheUSAandTurke
yarebothalliesinNATO-adefenseorganizationcreatedtocounteramilit
arythreatfromRussia.TheUSAhasthebiggestmilitaryinNATO.Turkey
hasrecentlyestablishedclosertieswithRussia.ThishasworriedtheUSA
.TheU.S.warnedTurkeyofeconomicsanctionsifitinstalledtheS-400s
ystem.ItalsosaidTurkeywouldnotbepartoftheUSA'sF-35fighterjetp
rogramme.U.S.officialssaytheRussiansystemisincompatiblewithNA
TOsystemsandwouldriskthesecurityofF-35fighterjets.Turkeywillno
tintegratetheS-400withNATOsystemsandsaysthereisnothreattoNA
TO.TurkeysaidbuyingtheS-400didnotmeanitisseeking"alternatives
"inrelationswiththeWest.

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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