The Reading / Listening - Saudi Drone Attacks - Level 0

Oil prices increased by the biggest amount in ten years after the drone attacks in Saudi Arabia. They went up by nearly 20% - the biggest rise since the 1990-91 Gulf War. The attacks cut Saudi's oil production in half, and global production by five per cent. It could take weeks to fix. We could pay higher gasoline and food prices.



Yemen's Houthi group said it carried out the attacks. Iran called it self defense. It said: "The attack was a...response to years of Saudi aggression against Yemen." Arab countries say weapons used in the attack were made by Iran. The USA said the attacks came from either Iraq or Iran, not Yemen. Iran called this "maximum lies".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Saudi Drone Attacks - Level 1 Saudi Drone Attacks - Level 2   or  Saudi Drone Attacks - Level 3

Sources
  • https://finance.yahoo.com/news/oil-surges-stock-futures-slip-233804359.html
  • https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2019-09-16/california-gas-prices-saudi-arabia
  • https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-aramco-iran-rouhani/irans-rouhani-says-aramco-attacks-were-a-reciprocal-response-by-yemen-idUSKBN1W12AE


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. Oil prices
  2. by the biggest amount
  3. after the drone
  4. They went up by
  5. the biggest rise since the
  6. cut Saudi's oil production
  7. It could take weeks
  8. higher gasoline and
  1. nearly 20%
  2. to fix
  3. in half
  4. food prices
  5. attacks
  6. increased
  7. 1990-91 Gulf War
  8. in ten years

Paragraph 2

  1. Yemen's Houthi
  2. it carried
  3. self
  4. response to years of
  5. weapons used in the
  6. made
  7. the attacks came from
  8. Iran called this
  1. either Iraq or Iran
  2. defense
  3. "maximum lies"
  4. out the attacks
  5. Saudi aggression
  6. attack
  7. by Iran
  8. group

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Oil prices (1) ___________________ biggest amount in ten years (2) ___________________ attacks in Saudi Arabia. They went up by nearly 20% - the biggest (3) ___________________ 1990-91 Gulf War. (4) ___________________ Saudi's oil production in half, and global production by five per cent. It could take (5) ___________________. We could pay higher gasoline (6) ___________________.

Yemen's Houthi group said (7) ___________________ the attacks. Iran called it self defense. It said: "(8) ___________________ a...response (9) ___________________ Saudi aggression against Yemen." Arab countries (10) ___________________ in the attack were made by Iran. The USA said the attacks (11) ___________________ Iraq or Iran, not Yemen. Iran called (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Oilpricesincreasedbythebiggestamountintenyearsafterthedroneatt
acksinSaudiArabia.Theywentupbynearly20%-thebiggestrisesincet
he1990-91GulfWar.TheattackscutSaudi'soilproductioninhalf,andg
lobalproductionbyfivepercent.Itcouldtakeweekstofix.Wecouldpayhi
ghergasolineandfoodprices.Yemen'sHouthigroupsaiditcarriedoutth
eattacks.Irancalleditselfdefense.Itsaid:"Theattackwasa...response
toyearsofSaudiaggressionagainstYemen."Arabcountriessayweapon
susedintheattackweremadebyIran.TheUSAsaidtheattackscamefro
meitherIraqorIran,notYemen.Irancalledthis"maximumlies".

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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(n) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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