The Reading / Listening - Greenland - Level 2

Donald Trump is interested in buying the territory of Greenland. He said buying the world's second largest island would be like buying property. He said it was, "essentially a large real estate deal... They've got a lot of valuable minerals" and it is strategically located. He added: "Denmark owns it....We protect Denmark like we protect large portions of the world. So the concept came up and I said, 'Certainly I'd be [interested].' Mr Trump said buying Greenland was not his top priority at the moment. He said: "It's not number one on the burner."



Greenland is a territory of Denmark. The Prime Minister of Denmark said Greenland would not be sold. She said: "Greenland is not for sale. Greenland is not Danish. Greenland belongs to Greenland. I strongly hope that this is not meant seriously." She added: "It's an absurd discussion. Greenland's leader also made it clear that Greenland is not for sale. The USA has a history of being interested in Greenland. In 1946, President Harry Truman offered Denmark $100 million for the island but Denmark said no. In 1867, a US president paid Russia $7.2 million for Alaska.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Greenland - Level 0 Greenland - Level 1   or  Greenland - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world/middle_east
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2019/08/18/politics/us-buy-greenland-danish-prime-minister/index.html
  • https://www.thelocal.dk/20190816/does-donald-trump-really-want-to-buy-greenland-from-denmark


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. interested in buying
  2. the world's second
  3. it was essentially a large real
  4. They've got a lot of valuable
  5. we protect large portions
  6. buying Greenland was not his top
  7. at the
  8. It's not number
  1. priority
  2. of the world
  3. one on the burner
  4. the territory
  5. minerals
  6. moment
  7. estate deal
  8. largest island

Paragraph 2

  1. Greenland is a territory
  2. Greenland belongs
  3. It's an absurd
  4. Greenland's leader also
  5. Greenland is not
  6. a history of being interested
  7. offered Denmark $100 million for
  8. paid Russia $7.2 million
  1. the island
  2. made it clear
  3. for Alaska
  4. of Denmark
  5. in Greenland
  6. discussion
  7. to Greenland
  8. for sale

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Donald Trump is interested in (1) ___________________ of Greenland. He said buying the world's (2) ___________________ would be like buying property. He said it was, "(3) ___________________ real estate deal... They've got a lot of valuable minerals" and (4) ___________________ located. He added: "Denmark owns it....We protect Denmark like we protect large portions of the world. So (5) ___________________ up and I said, 'Certainly I'd be [interested].' Mr Trump said buying Greenland was not his top priority (6) ___________________. He said: "It's not number one on the burner."

Greenland is (7) ___________________ Denmark. The Prime Minister of Denmark said Greenland would not be sold. She said: "Greenland is (8) ___________________. Greenland is not Danish. Greenland belongs to Greenland. I (9) ___________________ this is not meant seriously." She added: "It's (10) ___________________. Greenland's leader also made it clear that Greenland is not for sale. The USA has (11) ___________________ being interested in Greenland. In 1946, President Harry Truman offered Denmark $100 million (12) ___________________ but Denmark said no. In 1867, a US president paid Russia $7.2 million for Alaska.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

DonaldTrumpisinterestedinbuyingtheterritoryofGreenland.Hesaidb
uyingtheworld'ssecondlargestislandwouldbelikebuyingproperty.He
saiditwas,"essentiallyalargerealestatedeal...They'vegotalotofvalua
bleminerals"anditisstrategicallylocated.Headded:"Denmarkownsit.
...WeprotectDenmarklikeweprotectlargeportionsoftheworld.Sothec
onceptcameupandIsaid,'CertainlyI'dbe[interested].'MrTrumpsaidb
uyingGreenlandwasnothistoppriorityatthemoment.Hesaid:"It'snot
numberoneontheburner."GreenlandisaterritoryofDenmark.ThePri
meMinisterofDenmarksaidGreenlandwouldnotbesold.Shesaid:"Gree
nlandisnotforsale.GreenlandisnotDanish.GreenlandbelongstoGreen
land.Istronglyhopethatthisisnotmeantseriously."Sheadded:"It'sana
bsurddiscussion.Greenland'sleaderalsomadeitclearthatGreenlandis
notforsale.TheUSAhasahistoryofbeinginterestedinGreenland.In194
6,PresidentHarryTrumanofferedDenmark$100millionfortheislandb
utDenmarksaidno.In1867,aUSpresidentpaidRussia$7.2millionforAl
aska.

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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Free writing

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Answers

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