The Reading / Listening - Artwork - Level 0

World police found over 19,000 bits of stolen art. Interpol, national police forces, and customs officers found an ancient gold mask that is over 600 years old. They also found very old jewellery and ancient coins. A lot was stolen from museums. Thieves took some art treasures while countries were fighting wars.



Police arrested 101 traffickers across the world. They found the art and the thieves online. Interpol said the number of arrests and objects shows how big this problem is. It said every country with a long history could be a target. It said international criminal networks are trafficking the stolen art.

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Sources
  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/07/stolen-artefacts-international-art-trafficking-crackdown
  • https://edition.cnn.com/style/article/interpol-crackdown-artifacts/index.html
  • https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/19000-artifacts-recovered-international-antiquities-trafficking-sting-1-180974836/


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. police found over 19,000 bits
  2. national police
  3. an ancient gold mask that is over
  4. They also found very
  5. ancient
  6. A lot was stolen from
  7. Thieves took some art
  8. countries were fighting
  1. old jewellery
  2. wars
  3. forces
  4. coins
  5. treasures
  6. 600 years old
  7. museums
  8. of stolen art

Paragraph 2

  1. Police arrested
  2. across the
  3. They found the art and
  4. the number
  5. how big this
  6. every country with a long
  7. international criminal
  8. trafficking the stolen
  1. networks
  2. of arrests
  3. history
  4. art
  5. world
  6. 101 traffickers
  7. the thieves online
  8. problem is

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

World (1) ___________________ 19,000 bits of stolen art. Interpol, (2) ___________________, and customs officers found (3) ___________________ mask that is over 600 years old. They (4) ___________________ old jewellery and ancient coins. (5) ___________________ stolen from museums. Thieves took some art treasures while countries (6) ___________________.

Police arrested 101 traffickers (7) ___________________. They found the art and (8) ___________________. Interpol said the number (9) ___________________ objects shows how big this problem is. It (10) ___________________ with a long history could (11) ___________________. It said international criminal networks are trafficking (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Worldpolicefoundover19,000bitsofstolenart.Interpol,nationalpolice
forces,andcustomsofficersfoundanancientgoldmaskthatisover600y
earsold.Theyalsofoundveryoldjewelleryandancientcoins.Alotwassto
lenfrommuseums.Thievestooksomearttreasureswhilecountrieswer
efightingwars.Policearrested101traffickersacrosstheworld.Theyfou
ndtheartandthethievesonline.Interpolsaidthenumberofarrestsando
bjectsshowshowbigthisproblemis.Itsaideverycountrywithalonghist
orycouldbeatarget.Itsaidinternationalcriminalnetworksaretraffickin
gthestolenart.

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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(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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