The Reading / Listening - Donald Trump - Level 5

The House of Representatives in the USA has impeached Donald Trump. It is the third time in history for a president to be impeached. President Trump is charged with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. These are both acts of "high crimes and misdemeanors". They could lead to his removal from power. This is unlikely as the US Congress is Republican-controlled and requires a majority of two-thirds. Democrat Nancy Pelosi said: "If we do not act now, we would be [careless] in our duty. It is tragic that the President's [unwise] actions make impeachment necessary."



The impeachment is the result of a long and bitter three-month investigation into allegations that President Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate his political rivals. Mr Trump said the probe is the greatest witch-hunt in history. Republicans have reacted angrily. A Republican compared the impeachment to how Pontius Pilate tried Jesus, but said Pilate was kinder. Mr Trump said: "The Democrats are surrendering their majority, their dignity. They look like a bunch of fools." He tweeted: "They are not after me; they are after you."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Donald Trump - Level 4 or  Donald Trump - Level 6

Sources
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2019/12/18/politics/house-impeachment-vote/index.html
  • https://www.foxnews.com/media/house-impeaches-trump-part-history-part-reality-show
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-50840934


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. It is the third time
  2. charged with abuse
  3. obstruction of
  4. high crimes and
  5. lead to his removal
  6. This is
  7. a majority of
  8. the President's unwise
  1. two-thirds
  2. Congress
  3. unlikely
  4. of power
  5. actions
  6. in history
  7. from power
  8. misdemeanors

Paragraph 2

  1. impeachment is the
  2. a long and bitter three-month
  3. investigate his political
  4. the greatest witch-
  5. how Pontius Pilate
  6. Democrats are surrendering their
  7. They look like a bunch
  8. They are not after
  1. rivals
  2. me
  3. result
  4. tried Jesus
  5. of fools
  6. hunt in history
  7. majority
  8. investigation

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The House of Representatives in the USA has impeached Donald Trump. It is the third (1) ___________________ for a president to be impeached. President Trump is charged with (2) ___________________ and obstruction of Congress. These are both (3) ___________________ crimes and misdemeanors". They could lead to his (4) ___________________. This is unlikely as the US Congress is Republican-controlled and requires a majority of two-thirds. Democrat Nancy Pelosi said: "If we do (5) ___________________, we would be [careless] (6) ___________________. It is tragic that the President's [unwise] actions make impeachment necessary."

The impeachment is the result of a (7) ___________________ three-month investigation into allegations that President Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate (8) ___________________. Mr Trump said the probe is the greatest (9) ___________________. Republicans have reacted angrily. A Republican (10) ___________________ to how Pontius Pilate tried Jesus, but said Pilate was kinder. Mr Trump said: "The Democrats are surrendering their (11) ___________________. They look like a bunch of fools." He tweeted: "They are (12) ___________________; they are after you."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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tisthethirdtimeinhistoryforapresidenttobeimpeached.PresidentTru
mpischargedwithabuseofpowerandobstructionofCongress.Thesear
ebothactsof"highcrimesandmisdemeanors".Theycouldleadtohisrem
ovalfrompower.ThisisunlikelyastheUSCongressisRepublican-contro
lledandrequiresamajorityoftwo-thirds.DemocratNancyPelosisaid:"I
fwedonotactnow,wewouldbe[careless]inourduty.ItistragicthatthePr
esident's[unwise]actionsmakeimpeachmentnecessary."Theimpeac
hmentistheresultofalongandbitterthree-monthinvestigationintoalle
gationsthatPresidentTrumppressuredUkrainetoinvestigatehispolitic
alrivals.MrTrumpsaidtheprobeisthegreatestwitch-huntinhistory.Re
publicanshavereactedangrily.ARepublicancomparedtheimpeachme
nttohowPontiusPilatetriedJesus,butsaidPilatewaskinder.MrTrumpsa
id:"TheDemocratsaresurrenderingtheirmajority,theirdignity.Theylo
oklikeabunchoffools."Hetweeted:"Theyarenotafterme;theyareafter
you."

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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