The Reading / Listening - Beirut - Level 5

France's President Macron has hosted a summit to ask world leaders to help Beirut. The virtual conference was held after the catastrophic explosion that devastated Lebanon's capital last week. President Macron 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 international donors have so far pledged $300 million to help Beirut.



Europe promised over $68 million to help Beirut. A spokesperson said: "As needs rise, we are providing humanitarian support to hundreds of thousands of the most vulnerable people." The funding will go directly to charities. Qatar pledged $50 million, the biggest donation from a single country, while Kuwait offered $40 million. There was also spiritual assistance from the head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis. He made a plea saying: "We must all work for the good of this beloved country." He appealed for "generous help from the international community".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Beirut - Level 4 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. President Macron has
  2. virtual
  3. after the catastrophic
  4. Lebanon's
  5. Lebanon needed aid
  6. aid goes directly to where
  7. Lebanon's future is
  8. Dozens of pledges
  1. at stake
  2. capital
  3. of assistance
  4. conference
  5. it is needed
  6. hosted a summit
  7. immediately
  8. explosion

Paragraph 2

  1. we are providing humanitarian
  2. the most
  3. the biggest donation
  4. He made a
  5. We must all work
  6. this beloved
  7. generous
  8. from the international
  1. vulnerable people
  2. help
  3. for the good
  4. community
  5. support
  6. plea
  7. from a single country
  8. country

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

France's President Macron has (1) ___________________ to ask world leaders to help Beirut. The (2) ___________________ held after the catastrophic (3) ___________________ Lebanon's capital last week. President Macron said Lebanon needed aid immediately. He said: "We (4) ___________________...so that this aid goes directly to where it is needed. Lebanon's future (5) ___________________." Dozens of pledges of assistance came from Lebanon's neighbours, Europe, Asia, and the USA. The international donors have (6) ___________________ $300 million to help Beirut.

Europe promised over $68 million to help Beirut. A spokesperson said: "(7) ___________________, we are providing humanitarian support to hundreds of thousands of (8) ___________________ people." The funding will (9) ___________________ charities. Qatar pledged $50 million, the biggest donation from a single country, while Kuwait offered $40 million. There was (10) ___________________ from the head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis. He made (11) ___________________: "We must all work for the good of (12) ___________________." He appealed for "generous help from the international community".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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lpBeirut.Thevirtualconferencewasheldafterthecatastrophicexplosio
nthatdevastatedLebanon'scapitallastweek.PresidentMacronsaidLeb
anonneededaidimmediately.Hesaid:"Wemustactquickly...sothatthi
saidgoesdirectlytowhereitisneeded.Lebanon'sfutureisatstake."Doz
ensofpledgesofassistancecamefromLebanon'sneighbours,Europe,A
sia,andtheUSA.Theinternationaldonorshavesofarpledged$300millio
ntohelpBeirut.Europepromisedover$68milliontohelpBeirut.Aspokes
personsaid:"Asneedsrise,weareprovidinghumanitariansupporttohu
ndredsofthousandsofthemostvulnerablepeople."Thefundingwillgodi
rectlytocharities.Qatarpledged$50million,thebiggestdonationfroma
singlecountry,whileKuwaitoffered$40million.Therewasalsospiritual
assistancefromtheheadoftheRomanCatholicChurch,PopeFrancis.He
madeapleasaying:"Wemustallworkforthegoodofthisbelovedcountry
."Heappealedfor"generoushelpfromtheinternationalcommunity".

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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