The Reading / Listening - Bolivia - Level 5

Bolivia's new leader is opposition senator Jeanine Áñez. She declared herself interim president after the resignation of former-president Evo Morales. Ms Áñez said she was next in line to be president. She vowed to hold elections soon. She said: "I assume the presidency immediately and will do everything necessary to pacify the country." Lawmakers from Mr Morales' socialist party boycotted the vote. His allies branded Ms Áñez "a coup-mongering right-wing senator". Mr Morales said the takeover was the, "sneakiest, most nefarious coup in history".



Mr Morales has fled to Mexico. He feared for his life in Bolivia. He released a photo of himself sleeping on a concrete floor at an undisclosed location before fleeing to Mexico by private jet to seek asylum. He was forced to stand down but had done so willingly, "to ensure there would be no more bloodshed". Morales stepped down following weeks of social turmoil and violent protests. Bolivians took to the streets over election fraud during the presidential election. He tweeted: "It pains me to leave Bolivia for political reasons....I'll return soon, with more strength and energy."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Bolivia - Level 4 or  Bolivia - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-50399640
  • https://www.foxnews.com/world/bolivia-evo-morales-asylum-president-resignation
  • https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/12/world/americas/evo-morales-mexico-bolivia.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. declared herself interim
  2. the resignation of former-
  3. she was next in line
  4. She vowed to hold
  5. pacify the
  6. Morales' socialist party
  7. a coup-mongering right-
  8. most nefarious coup
  1. boycotted the vote
  2. elections soon
  3. in history
  4. president Evo Morales
  5. wing senator
  6. president
  7. country
  8. to be president

Paragraph 2

  1. He feared for
  2. seek
  3. Morales stepped
  4. weeks of social turmoil and
  5. Bolivians took
  6. during the presidential
  7. It pains me to leave Bolivia
  8. I'll return soon with more
  1. for political reasons
  2. violent protests
  3. strength and energy
  4. his life
  5. down
  6. to the streets
  7. asylum
  8. election

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Bolivia's new (1) ___________________ senator Jeanine Áñez. She declared herself interim president after (2) ___________________ former-president Evo Morales. Ms Áñez said she was next in line to be president. She (3) ___________________ elections soon. She said: "I assume the presidency immediately and will do everything (4) ___________________ the country." Lawmakers from Mr Morales' socialist party (5) ___________________. His allies branded Ms Áñez "a coup-mongering right-wing senator". Mr Morales said the takeover was the, "sneakiest, (6) ___________________ in history".

Mr Morales has fled to Mexico. He feared (7) ___________________ in Bolivia. He released a photo of himself sleeping on a concrete floor at an undisclosed location (8) ___________________ Mexico by private jet to seek asylum. He was (9) ___________________ down but had done so willingly, "to ensure there would be no more bloodshed". Morales stepped down following weeks (10) ___________________ and violent protests. Bolivians took to the streets (11) ___________________ during the presidential election. He tweeted: "It pains me to leave Bolivia for political reasons....I'll return soon, with more (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Bolivia'snewleaderisoppositionsenatorJeanineÁñez.Shedeclaredher
selfinterimpresidentaftertheresignationofformer-presidentEvoMor
ales.MsÁñezsaidshewasnextinlinetobepresident.Shevowedtoholdel
ectionssoon.Shesaid:"Iassumethepresidencyimmediatelyandwilldo
everythingnecessarytopacifythecountry."LawmakersfromMrMorale
s'socialistpartyboycottedthevote.HisalliesbrandedMsÁñez"acoup-
mongeringright-wingsenator".MrMoralessaidthetakeoverwasthe,
"sneakiest,mostnefariouscoupinhistory".MrMoraleshasfledtoMexico
.HefearedforhislifeinBolivia.Hereleasedaphotoofhimselfsleepingona
concreteflooratanundisclosedlocationbeforefleeingtoMexicobypriva
tejettoseekasylum.Hewasforcedtostanddownbuthaddonesowillingl
y,"toensuretherewouldbenomorebloodshed".Moralessteppeddownf
ollowingweeksofsocialturmoilandviolentprotests.Bolivianstooktoth
estreetsoverelectionfraudduringthepresidentialelection.Hetweeted
:"ItpainsmetoleaveBoliviaforpoliticalreasons....I'llreturnsoon,with
morestrengthandenergy."

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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