The Reading / Listening - Diplomatic Posts - Level 0

China has the more embassies and consulates around the world than any other country. It has 276 diplomatic posts. The USA has 273. They have the same number of embassies. China has more consulates. China opened five new embassies in the past two years. The new embassies are on four continents.



The Global Diplomacy Index shows China is becoming stronger in the world. It wants to be a bigger part of the world economy. Its network of diplomatic posts can help China become stronger. China is expanding its diplomatic presence around the world, but USA diplomacy "has entered a period of limbo".

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Sources
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2019/11/26/asia/us-china-diplomacy-lowy-intl-hnk/index.html
  • https://www.yahoo.com/news/china-overtakes-us-number-diplomatic-missions-041540880.html
  • https://globaldiplomacyindex.lowyinstitute.org/


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. China has
  2. around the
  3. It has 276 diplomatic
  4. the same number
  5. China has more
  6. China opened five new
  7. in the past
  8. on four
  1. continents
  2. two years
  3. consulates
  4. world
  5. embassies
  6. posts
  7. more embassies
  8. of embassies

Paragraph 2

  1. China is becoming stronger in
  2. It wants to be a
  3. the world
  4. help China become
  5. China is
  6. diplomatic presence
  7. USA
  8. a period
  1. around the world
  2. the world
  3. expanding
  4. of limbo
  5. economy
  6. diplomacy
  7. stronger
  8. bigger part

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

China (1) ___________________ and consulates (2) ___________________ than any other country. It has 276 diplomatic posts. The (3) ___________________. They have the same (4) ___________________. China has more consulates. (5) ___________________ new embassies in the past two years. The new embassies (6) ___________________ continents.

The Global Diplomacy Index shows China (7) ___________________ in the world. It wants to (8) ___________________ part of the world economy. (9) ___________________ diplomatic posts can help China become stronger. China (10) ___________________ diplomatic presence (11) __________________, but USA diplomacy "has entered a (12) ___________________".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Chinahasmoreembassiesandconsulatesaroundtheworldthananyoth
ercountry.Ithas276diplomaticposts.TheUSAhas273.Theyhavethes
amenumberofembassies.Chinahasmoreconsulates.Chinaopenedfiv
enewembassiesinthepasttwoyears.Thenewembassiesareonfourcon
tinents.TheGlobalDiplomacyIndexshowsChinaisbecomingstrongeri
ntheworld.Itwantstobeabiggerpartoftheworldeconomy.Itsnetworko
fdiplomaticpostscanhelpChinabecomestronger.Chinaisexpandingits
diplomaticpresencearoundtheworld,butUSAdiplomacy"hasentered
aperiodoflimbo".

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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(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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