The Reading / Listening - Most-Wanted - Level 5

Most of the most-wanted fugitives in Europe are women. Europe's crime agency Europol said 18 of 21 criminals who are on the run from the authorities are women. The suspects are accused of a range of charges including murder, human trafficking and robbery. Europol has a "Crime has no gender" campaign. It said: "People think that usually these crimes are not being committed by women, but they are, and they are equally as serious as those committed by men." However, a crime expert said: "Some women do commit serious crimes. They do so far less frequently than men."



Europol hopes to raise awareness, "that women are just as likely to commit violent crimes as men." It said: "Even though the discourse is often around male fugitives, women can be just as bad." The campaign website asks: "Are women equally as capable of committing serious crimes as men?" It answers that question, stating: "The female fugitives featured on Europe's Most Wanted website prove that they are [capable]. Criminals of both genders in this new campaign by EU law enforcement are all wanted for grave offenses like murder...fraud, theft and trafficking in human beings."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Most-Wanted - Level 4 or  Most-Wanted - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/10/19/europol-says-women-equally-capable-crime-men-reveals-most-wanted/
  • https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/murder-gun-running-witchcraft-europes-20653976
  • https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2019/10/19/women-fugitives-europol-posts-crime-has-no-gender-most-wanted-list/4035979002/


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. Most of the most-wanted
  2. criminals who are on
  3. The suspects are accused of a
  4. not being committed
  5. they are equally as
  6. crime
  7. Some women do commit
  8. They do so far
  1. by women
  2. range of charges
  3. serious crimes
  4. serious
  5. less frequently
  6. fugitives
  7. the run
  8. expert

Paragraph 2

  1. Europol hopes to
  2. women are just
  3. commit violent
  4. women can
  5. EU law
  6. wanted for grave
  7. fraud, theft and
  8. human
  1. trafficking
  2. enforcement
  3. beings
  4. crimes
  5. raise awareness
  6. be just as bad
  7. offenses
  8. as likely

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Most of the most-wanted (1) ___________________ are women. Europe's crime agency Europol said (2) ___________________ criminals who are on the run (3) ___________________ are women. The suspects are accused of a range of charges including murder, (4) ___________________ robbery. Europol has a "Crime has no gender" campaign. It said: "People think that usually these crimes are not (5) ___________________ women, but they are, and they are equally as serious as those committed by men." However, a crime expert said: "Some women do commit serious crimes. They do so far (6) ___________________ men."

Europol (7) ___________________ awareness, "that women are just as likely to commit (8) ___________________ men." It said: "Even though the discourse is often around male fugitives, women can be just as bad." The campaign website asks: "Are women (9) ___________________ of committing serious crimes as men?" It answers that question, stating: "The female fugitives featured on Europe's Most Wanted (10) ___________________ they are [capable]. Criminals of both genders in this new campaign by EU (11) ___________________ all wanted for grave offenses like murder...fraud, theft and trafficking (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Mostofthemost-wantedfugitivesinEuropearewomen.Europe'scrime
agencyEuropolsaid18of21criminalswhoareontherunfromtheauthori
tiesarewomen.Thesuspectsareaccusedofarangeofchargesincluding
murder,humantraffickingandrobbery.Europolhasa"Crimehasnogen
der"campaign.Itsaid:"Peoplethinkthatusuallythesecrimesarenotbei
ngcommittedbywomen,buttheyare,andtheyareequallyasseriousast
hosecommittedbymen."However,acrimeexpertsaid:"Somewomend
ocommitseriouscrimes.Theydosofarlessfrequentlythanmen."Europ
olhopestoraiseawareness,"thatwomenarejustaslikelytocommitviole
ntcrimesasmen."Itsaid:"Eventhoughthediscourseisoftenaroundmal
efugitives,womencanbejustasbad."Thecampaignwebsiteasks:"Are
womenequallyascapableofcommittingseriouscrimesasmen?"Itansw
ersthatquestion,stating:"ThefemalefugitivesfeaturedonEurope'sMo
stWantedwebsiteprovethattheyare[capable].Criminalsofbothgende
rsinthisnewcampaignbyEUlawenforcementareallwantedforgraveoff
enseslikemurder...fraud,theftandtraffickinginhumanbeings."

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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