The Reading / Listening - Beirut - Level 4

France's president hosted a summit to ask world leaders to help Beirut after the catastrophic explosion last week. A virtual conference was held. The president said Lebanon needed aid immediately. He said: "We must act quickly...so that this aid goes directly to where it is needed. Lebanon's future is at stake." Dozens of pledges of assistance came from Lebanon's neighbours, Europe, Asia, and the USA. The total promised so far is $300 million.



Europe will give $68 million to help Beirut. A spokesperson said: "We are providing humanitarian support to hundreds of thousands of the most vulnerable people." The money will go to charities. Qatar pledged $50 million, the biggest donation from one country. There was spiritual support from the Roman Catholic Church. Pope Francis made a plea saying: "We must all work for the good of this beloved country." He appealed for "generous help".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Beirut - Level 5 or  Beirut - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/beirut-live-france-s-emmanuel-macron-urges-fast-direct-aid-for-lebanon-1.1059048
  • https://www.france24.com/en/20200809-macron-hosts-trump-for-un-backed-virtual-donor-conference-on-lebanon
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-53710556


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. France's president hosted
  2. A virtual
  3. We must act
  4. this aid goes directly to where
  5. Lebanon's future is at
  6. pledges of
  7. Lebanon's
  8. The total promised so
  1. assistance
  2. quickly
  3. a summit
  4. neighbours
  5. conference
  6. it is needed
  7. far is $300 million
  8. stake

Paragraph 2

  1. We are providing humanitarian
  2. hundreds
  3. the most vulnerable
  4. the biggest donation
  5. spiritual support from the
  6. Pope Francis made a
  7. work for the good of this
  8. He appealed for generous
  1. Roman Catholic Church
  2. support
  3. help
  4. plea
  5. from one country
  6. beloved country
  7. of thousands
  8. people

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

France's president (1) ___________________ to ask world leaders to help Beirut after the catastrophic explosion last week. (2) ___________________ was held. The president said Lebanon needed aid immediately. He said: "We (3) ___________________...so that this aid (4) ___________________ where it is needed. Lebanon's future is at stake." Dozens of (5) ___________________ came from Lebanon's neighbours, Europe, Asia, and the USA. The (6) ___________________ far is $300 million.

Europe will give $68 million to help Beirut. A spokesperson said: "We are providing (7) ___________________ hundreds of thousands of the most vulnerable people." The money (8) ___________________ charities. Qatar pledged $50 million, (9) ___________________ from one country. There was (10) ___________________ the Roman Catholic Church. Pope Francis (11) ___________________ saying: "We must all work for the good of this beloved country." He (12) ___________________ help".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

France'spresidenthostedasummittoaskworldleaderstohelpBeirutaft
erthecatastrophicexplosionlastweek.Avirtualconferencewasheld.Th
epresidentsaidLebanonneededaidimmediately.Hesaid:"Wemustact
quickly...sothatthisaidgoesdirectlytowhereitisneeded.Lebanon'sfut
ureisatstake."DozensofpledgesofassistancecamefromLebanon'snei
ghbours,Europe,Asia,andtheUSA.Thetotalpromisedsofaris$300milli
on.Europewillgive$68milliontohelpBeirut.Aspokespersonsaid:"Wea
reprovidinghumanitariansupporttohundredsofthousandsofthemost
vulnerablepeople."Themoneywillgotocharities.Qatarpledged$50mil
lion,thebiggestdonationfromonecountry.Therewasspiritualsupportf
romtheRomanCatholicChurch.PopeFrancismadeapleasaying:"Wem
ustallworkforthegoodofthisbelovedcountry."Heappealedfor"genero
ushelp".

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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