The Reading / Listening - Iranian Revenge - Level 4

Iran's president promised to avenge the assassination of Qassem Soleimani. Using strong words, the president said: "The Americans do not realise what grave error they have committed. Revenge for Soleimani's blood will be secured, and the filthy hands of America will be cut off forever from this region." Iran's religious leader was similarly defiant. He said: "Severe retaliation awaits murderers with blood on their hands." Mr Soleimani's death will increase tensions.



Qassem Soleimani, 62, was the second most powerful person in Iran. He was the top military leader and was behind Iran's spreading regional influence. Some media call him the "rock star general". The U.S. president ordered the assassination after the killing of an American in the U.S. embassy in Baghdad. He said the assassination was to stop war in the region. He called Soleimani a terrorist who was responsible for thousands of deaths. "World War III" is now a top hashtag on social media.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Iranian Revenge - Level 5 or  Iranian Revenge - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/iran-fallout-soleimani-assassination-200104091122122.html
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-50991810
  • https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-01-03/top-iranian-commander-is-killed-in-u-s-airstrike-in-baghdad


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. promised to avenge
  2. strong
  3. grave
  4. America will be cut off forever
  5. Iran's religious leader was
  6. severe retaliation
  7. murderers with blood
  8. Mr Soleimani's death will
  1. similarly defiant
  2. from this region
  3. words
  4. increase tensions
  5. awaits
  6. error
  7. the assassination
  8. on their hands

Paragraph 2

  1. the second most
  2. the top military
  3. Iran's spreading regional
  4. Some media call him the
  5. the U.S. embassy in
  6. stop war
  7. responsible for
  8. a top hashtag
  1. "rock star general"
  2. thousands of deaths
  3. Baghdad
  4. on social media
  5. influence
  6. leader
  7. in the region
  8. powerful person

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Iran's president (1) ___________________ the assassination of Qassem Soleimani. Using strong words, the president said: "The Americans do not realise what (2) ___________________ have committed. Revenge for Soleimani's blood (3) ___________________, and the filthy hands of America will be cut (4) ___________________ this region." Iran's religious leader was similarly defiant. He said: "(5) ___________________ murderers with blood on their hands." Mr Soleimani's death (6) ___________________.

Qassem Soleimani, 62, was (7) ___________________ powerful person in Iran. He was the (8) ___________________ was behind Iran's spreading regional influence. Some media call him the "(9) ___________________". The U.S. president ordered the assassination (10) ___________________ of an American in the U.S. (11) ___________________. He said the assassination was to stop war in the region. He called Soleimani a terrorist who was responsible for thousands of deaths. "World War III" is now (12) ___________________ on social media.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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mani.Usingstrongwords,thepresidentsaid:"TheAmericansdonotreal
isewhatgraveerrortheyhavecommitted.RevengeforSoleimani'sbloo
dwillbesecured,andthefilthyhandsofAmericawillbecutoffforeverfro
mthisregion."Iran'sreligiousleaderwassimilarlydefiant.Hesaid:"Sev
ereretaliationawaitsmurdererswithbloodontheirhands."MrSoleiman
i'sdeathwillincreasetensions.QassemSoleimani,62,wasthesecondm
ostpowerfulpersoninIran.HewasthetopmilitaryleaderwasbehindIra
n'sspreadingregionalinfluence.Somemediacallhimthe"rockstargene
ral".TheU.S.presidentorderedtheassassinationafterthekillingofanA
mericanintheU.S.embassyinBaghdad.Hesaidtheassassinationwasto
stopwarintheregion.HecalledSoleimaniaterroristwhowasresponsibl
eforthousandsofdeaths."WorldWarIII"isnowatophashtagonsocialm
edia.

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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