The Reading / Listening - Artwork - Level 2

World police worked together to find lots of missing art. Detectives from Interpol, Europol, national police forces and customs officers found more than 19,000 items of artwork. These include an ancient Colombian gold mask that is over 600 years old. There was also a carved Roman lion, and centuries-old jewellery and ancient coins. Many items the police recovered were stolen from museums and archaeological sites. Many were taken from countries at war. The thieves took cultural treasures while countries were fighting civil wars or wars against other countries.



The police arrested 101 art traffickers in Spain, Colombia, Latvia, Afghanistan and Turkey. Police officers spent a long time checking online marketplaces to find the art and the thieves. Interpol spoke to journalists about the size of the operation. It said: "The number of arrests and objects shows the scale and global reach of the illicit trade in cultural artefacts....Every country with a rich heritage is a potential target....Organised crime has many faces. The trafficking of cultural goods is one of them. It is not a glamorous business run by...gentlemen forgers, but by international criminal networks."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Artwork - Level 0 Artwork - Level 1   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. find lots of missing
  2. national police forces and customs
  3. more than 19,000 items
  4. an ancient Colombian
  5. centuries-old jewellery and ancient
  6. stolen from
  7. taken from countries
  8. civil
  1. of artwork
  2. wars
  3. coins
  4. officers
  5. at war
  6. art
  7. gold mask
  8. museums

Paragraph 2

  1. The police arrested 101 art
  2. Police officers spent a long
  3. find the art and
  4. Interpol spoke
  5. The number
  6. Every country with a rich heritage is a
  7. It is not a glamorous
  8. international criminal
  1. to journalists
  2. potential target
  3. networks
  4. traffickers
  5. the thieves
  6. business
  7. of arrests
  8. time checking

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

World police worked together (1) ___________________ of missing art. Detectives from Interpol, Europol, national police forces and customs officers (2) ___________________ 19,000 items of artwork. These (3) ___________________ Colombian gold mask that is over 600 years old. There was also a carved Roman lion, and centuries-old jewellery and ancient coins. Many items the police recovered were (4) ___________________ and archaeological sites. Many were taken from countries at war. The thieves                         (5) ___________________ while countries were fighting                  (6) ___________________ wars against other countries.

The police arrested 101 art traffickers in Spain, Colombia, Latvia, Afghanistan and Turkey. Police officers spent (7) ___________________ checking online marketplaces to find the art and the thieves. Interpol spoke to journalists (8) ___________________ of the operation. It said: "The number of arrests and objects shows the scale (9) ___________________ of the illicit trade in cultural artefacts....Every country with a rich heritage is (10) ___________________....Organised crime has many faces. The trafficking of cultural goods is (11) ___________________. It is not a glamorous business run by...gentlemen forgers, (12) ___________________ criminal networks."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Worldpoliceworkedtogethertofindlotsofmissingart.DetectivesfromI
nterpol,Europol,nationalpoliceforcesandcustomsofficersfoundmore
than19,000itemsofartwork.TheseincludeanancientColombiangold
maskthatisover600yearsold.TherewasalsoacarvedRomanlion,andc
enturies-oldjewelleryandancientcoins.Manyitemsthepolicerecove
redwerestolenfrommuseumsandarchaeologicalsites.Manyweretake
nfromcountriesatwar.Thethievestookculturaltreasureswhilecountri
eswerefightingcivilwarsorwarsagainstothercountries.Thepolicearre
sted101arttraffickersinSpain,Colombia,Latvia,AfghanistanandTurk
ey.Policeofficersspentalongtimecheckingonlinemarketplacestofindt
heartandthethieves.Interpolspoketojournalistsaboutthesizeoftheo
peration.Itsaid:"Thenumberofarrestsandobjectsshowsthescaleand
globalreachoftheillicittradeinculturalartefacts....Everycountrywitha
richheritageisapotentialtarget....Organisedcrimehasmanyfaces.Th
etraffickingofculturalgoodsisoneofthem.Itisnotaglamorousbusiness
runby...gentlemenforgers,butbyinternationalcriminalnetworks."

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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