The Reading / Listening - Iranian Revenge - Level 5

Iran's president has promised to get revenge for the assassination of general Qassem Soleimani. In a strongly-worded statement, President Rouhani said: "The Americans do not realise what grave error they have committed. Revenge for his blood will be secured, and the filthy hands of America will be cut off forever from this region." Iran's religious leader Ayatollah Khamenei mirrored these comments. He said: "Severe retaliation awaits murderers who have the blood of Mr Soleimani on their hands." He said Soleimani's death would increase hostilities towards the USA.



Qassem Soleimani, 62, was the second most powerful figure in Iran. He was the country's top military leader and the architect of its spreading influence in the Middle East. Some media called him the "rock star general". U.S. President Donald Trump ordered his assassination after the death of an American in attacks on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad. He said the assassination was to prevent war in the region. He said Soleimani was a terrorist responsible for thousands of deaths. The world is now waiting to see how Iran retaliates. "World War III" is now a top hashtag on social media.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Iranian Revenge - Level 4 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. Iran's president has promised
  2. a strongly-
  3. what grave error
  4. revenge for his blood
  5. America will be cut
  6. Ayatollah Khamenei mirrored
  7. severe retaliation
  8. increase hostilities
  1. these comments
  2. will be secured
  3. towards the USA
  4. worded statement
  5. awaits
  6. to get revenge
  7. off forever
  8. they have committed

Paragraph 2

  1. He was the country's top
  2. the architect of its
  3. media called him the
  4. attacks on the U.S. embassy
  5. prevent war
  6. a terrorist responsible
  7. waiting to see how
  8. now a top
  1. in Baghdad
  2. in the region
  3. Iran retaliates
  4. spreading influence
  5. hashtag on social media
  6. "rock star general"
  7. military leader
  8. for thousands of deaths

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Iran's president has promised (1) ___________________ for the assassination of general Qassem Soleimani. (2) ___________________ statement, President Rouhani said: "The Americans do not realise what (3) ___________________ have committed. Revenge for his blood will be secured, and the filthy hands of America will be (4) ___________________ from this region." Iran's religious leader Ayatollah Khamenei mirrored these comments. He said: "(5) ___________________ murderers who have the blood of Mr Soleimani on their hands." He said Soleimani's death would (6) ___________________ the USA.

Qassem Soleimani, 62, was the second most (7) ___________________ Iran. He was the country's (8) ___________________ and the architect of its (9) ___________________ the Middle East. Some media called him the "rock star general". U.S. President Donald Trump (10) ___________________ after the death of an American in attacks on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad. He said the assassination was (11) ___________________ in the region. He said Soleimani was a terrorist responsible for thousands of deaths. The world is now waiting to see (12) ___________________. "World War III" is now a top hashtag on social media.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Iran'spresidenthaspromisedtogetrevengefortheassassinationofgen
eralQassemSoleimani.Inastrongly-wordedstatement,PresidentR
ouhanisaid:"TheAmericansdonotrealisewhatgraveerrortheyhaveco
mmitted.Revengeforhisbloodwillbesecured,andthefilthyhandsofAm
ericawillbecutoffforeverfromthisregion."Iran'sreligiousleaderAyatol
lahKhameneimirroredthesecomments.Hesaid:"Severeretaliationa
waitsmurdererswhohavethebloodofMrSoleimaniontheirhands."Hes
aidSoleimani'sdeathwouldincreasehostilitiestowardstheUSA.Qasse
mSoleimani,62,wasthesecondmostpowerfulfigureinIran.Hewasthe
country'stopmilitaryleaderandthearchitectofitsspreadinginfluencei
ntheMiddleEast.Somemediacalledhimthe"rockstargeneral".U.S.Pre
sidentDonaldTrumporderedhisassassinationafterthedeathofanAme
ricaninattacksontheU.S.embassyinBaghdad.Hesaidtheassassinatio
nwastopreventwarintheregion.HesaidSoleimaniwasaterroristrespo
nsibleforthousandsofdeaths.TheworldisnowwaitingtoseehowIranre
taliates."WorldWarIII"isnowatophashtagonsocialmedia.

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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