The Reading / Listening - Saudi Drone Attacks - Level 2

Oil prices increased on Monday after the attacks on oil plants in Saudi Arabia. It was the biggest rise in a decade. Prices shot up by nearly 20 per cent - the biggest one-day rise since the 1990-91 Gulf War. Saudi Arabia's Energy Minister said the drone attack on Saudi's Abqaiq oil plant cut the country's oil production in half, and global oil production by five per cent. It could take weeks to repair the damage. During this time, we could pay higher gasoline prices, especially in Asia. People may also have to pay higher prices for food and other goods.



Yemen's Houthi group claimed responsibility for the attacks. The group said they were because of Saudi attacks on rebel groups in Yemen. Iran's President supported the Houthi claim. He said the attack was self defense. He said: "Yemeni people are exercising their legitimate right of defense. The attack was a...response to years of Saudi aggression against Yemen." Arab countries say there is evidence that the weapons used in the attack were made by Iran. U.S. officials suggest the attacks came from either Iraq or Iran and not Yemen. Iranian officials called this "maximum lies".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Saudi Drone Attacks - Level 0 Saudi Drone Attacks - Level 1   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


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. It was the biggest rise
  2. the biggest one-
  3. cut the country's oil
  4. global oil
  5. It could take weeks to
  6. pay higher
  7. People may also have
  8. higher prices for food
  1. production in half
  2. to pay
  3. day rise
  4. and other goods
  5. in a decade
  6. repair the damage
  7. production
  8. gasoline prices

Paragraph 2

  1. Yemen's Houthi group claimed
  2. attacks on rebel groups
  3. the attack was self
  4. their legitimate right
  5. a response to years
  6. the weapons used
  7. the attacks came from
  8. Iranian officials called
  1. either Iraq or Iran
  2. responsibility
  3. this "maximum lies"
  4. defense
  5. in the attack
  6. of defense
  7. of Saudi aggression
  8. in Yemen

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Oil prices increased on Monday (1) ___________________ on oil plants in Saudi Arabia. It was the biggest rise (2) ___________________. Prices shot up by nearly 20 per cent - the biggest one-day (3) ___________________ 1990-91 Gulf War. Saudi Arabia's Energy Minister said the drone attack on Saudi's Abqaiq oil plant cut the country's (4) ___________________ half, and global oil production by five per cent. It could take (5) ___________________ the damage. During this time, we could pay higher gasoline prices, especially in Asia. People may also have to (6) ___________________ for food and other goods.

Yemen's Houthi group claimed responsibility (7) ___________________. The group said they were because of Saudi attacks (8) ___________________ in Yemen. Iran's President supported the Houthi claim. He said the attack was self defense. He said: "Yemeni people (9) ___________________ legitimate right of defense. The attack was a... (10) ___________________ of Saudi aggression against Yemen." Arab countries say there is evidence that (11) ___________________ in the attack were made by Iran. U.S. officials suggest the attacks came from either Iraq or Iran and not Yemen. Iranian officials called (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

OilpricesincreasedonMondayaftertheattacksonoilplantsinSaudiArab
ia.Itwasthebiggestriseinadecade.Pricesshotupbynearly20percent-
thebiggestone-dayrisesincethe1990-91GulfWar.SaudiArabia'sEne
rgyMinistersaidthedroneattackonSaudi'sAbqaiqoilplantcutthecount
ry'soilproductioninhalf,andglobaloilproductionbyfivepercent.Itcoul
dtakeweekstorepairthedamage.Duringthistime,wecouldpayhigherg
asolineprices,especiallyinAsia.Peoplemayalsohavetopayhigherprice
sforfoodandothergoods.Yemen'sHouthigroupclaimedresponsibilityf
ortheattacks.ThegroupsaidtheywerebecauseofSaudiattacksonrebel
groupsinYemen.Iran'sPresidentsupportedtheHouthiclaim.Hesaidth
eattackwasselfdefense.Hesaid:"Yemenipeopleareexercisingtheirle
gitimaterightofdefense.Theattackwasa...responsetoyearsofSaudia
ggressionagainstYemen."Arabcountriessaythereisevidencethatthe
weaponsusedintheattackweremadebyIran.U.S.officialssuggestthea
ttackscamefromeitherIraqorIranandnotYemen.Iranianofficialscalle
dthis"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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Free writing

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Answers

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