The Reading / Listening - Artwork - Level 1

World police worked to find lots of missing art. Detectives from Interpol and national police forces, and customs officers found over 19,000 bits of art. These include an ancient gold mask that is over 600 years old, a carved Roman lion, and centuries-old jewellery and ancient coins. Many items were stolen from museums. Many were taken from countries at war. Thieves took art treasures while countries were fighting civil wars or wars against other countries.



The police arrested 101 traffickers across the world. Police officers spent a long time online to find the art and the thieves. Interpol spoke about the size of their search. It said: "The number of arrests and objects shows the scale and global reach of this illicit trade....Every country with a rich heritage is a potential target....Organised crime has many faces." It said international criminal networks are trafficking the stolen art.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Artwork - Level 0 Artwork - Level 2   or  Artwork - Level 3

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. national police
  2. customs officers found over
  3. These include an ancient
  4. centuries-
  5. Many items were stolen
  6. Thieves took art
  7. fighting civil
  8. wars against other
  1. treasures
  2. old jewellery
  3. countries
  4. gold mask
  5. wars
  6. 19,000 bits of art
  7. from museums
  8. forces

Paragraph 2

  1. Police officers spent a long
  2. Interpol spoke about the size
  3. The number
  4. Every country with a rich
  5. a potential
  6. Organised crime has many
  7. international criminal
  8. trafficking the stolen
  1. faces
  2. heritage
  3. art
  4. of their search
  5. networks
  6. of arrests
  7. target
  8. time online

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

World police worked (1) ___________________ of missing art. Detectives from Interpol and (2) ___________________, and customs officers found over 19,000 (3) ___________________. These include an ancient gold mask that is over 600 years old, a carved Roman lion, (4) ___________________ jewellery and ancient coins. Many (5) ___________________ from museums. Many were taken from countries at war. Thieves took art treasures while countries (6) ___________________ wars or wars against other countries.

The police arrested 101 traffickers (7) ___________________. Police officers spent a long (8) ___________________ find the art and the thieves. Interpol spoke about (9) ___________________ their search. It said: "The number of arrests and objects shows the scale (10) ___________________ of this illicit trade....Every country with a rich heritage is (11) ___________________....Organised crime has many faces." It said international criminal networks are trafficking (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Worldpoliceworkedtofindlotsofmissingart.DetectivesfromInterpola
ndnationalpoliceforces,andcustomsofficersfoundover19,000bitsofa
rt.Theseincludeanancientgoldmaskthatisover600yearsold,acarved
Romanlion,andcenturies-oldjewelleryandancientcoins.Manyitem
swerestolenfrommuseums.Manyweretakenfromcountriesatwar.Thi
evestookarttreasureswhilecountrieswerefightingcivilwarsorwarsag
ainstothercountries.Thepolicearrested101traffickersacrosstheworl
d.Policeofficersspentalongtimeonlinetofindtheartandthethieves.Int
erpolspokeaboutthesizeoftheirsearch.Itsaid:"Thenumberofarrestsa
ndobjectsshowsthescaleandglobalreachofthisillicittrade....Everyco
untrywitharichheritageisapotentialtarget....Organisedcrimehasma
nyfaces."Itsaidinternationalcriminalnetworksaretraffickingthestole
nart.

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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