The Reading / Listening - Akon City - Level 5

The R&B singer Akon said his plans to build a city from scratch will go ahead. He has raised funds for a futuristic metropolis of 300,000 people on Africa's west coast. He will call it Akon City, which he described as a "real-life Wakanda" from the city in the movie "Black Panther". Akon was born in the USA to Senegalese parents. He spent much of his childhood in Senegal. He said construction on the $6 billion project will start next year. It is expected to take three years to finish. He hopes the project will provide much-needed employment for Senegalese people.



esigns on akoncity.com show a cityscape of dreamlike, shining glass and steel buildings. The towering skyscrapers were inspired by traditional sculptures made in African villages. The city will be high-tech and have high-speed Internet. Akon wants the city to be a port of call for Senegalese and other Africans facing racial injustice in the USA or Europe. He said: "The system back home treats people unfairly, in...ways that you can never imagine....So if you're coming from...the diaspora and you feel that you want to visit Africa, we want Senegal to be your first stop."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Akon City - Level 4 or  Akon City - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/rb-singer-akon-moves-ahead-with-6-billion-akon-city-in-senegal
  • https://face2faceafrica.com/article/akons-6-billion-futuristic-pan-african-city-in-senegal-to-begin-next-year
  • https://akoncity.com/about/


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. his plans to
  2. from
  3. He has raised
  4. a futuristic metropolis
  5. He spent much of his
  6. the $6 billion project
  7. It is expected to take
  8. provide much-needed
  1. scratch
  2. three years to finish
  3. build a city
  4. employment
  5. funds
  6. childhood in Senegal
  7. of 300,000 people
  8. will start next year

Paragraph 2

  1. towering
  2. be a port
  3. Africans facing racial
  4. treats people
  5. in ways that you can
  6. if you're coming from
  7. you feel that you
  8. we want Senegal to be
  1. unfairly
  2. your first stop
  3. of call
  4. injustice
  5. want to visit Africa
  6. skyscrapers
  7. the diaspora
  8. never imagine

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The R&B singer Akon said his plans to build a city (1) ___________________ go ahead. He has raised funds for a (2) ___________________ 300,000 people on Africa's west coast. He will call it Akon City, which he (3) ___________________ "real-life Wakanda" from the city in the movie "Black Panther". Akon was born in the USA to Senegalese parents. He spent (4) ___________________ childhood in Senegal. He said construction on the $6 billion project will start next year. It (5) ___________________ take three years to finish. He hopes the (6) ___________________ much-needed employment for Senegalese people.

Designs on akoncity.com show a (7) ___________________, shining glass and steel buildings. The towering skyscrapers were inspired by traditional (8) ___________________ African villages. The city will be high-tech and (9) ___________________ Internet. Akon wants the city to be a port of call for Senegalese and other Africans facing (10) ___________________ the USA or Europe. He said: "The system back home treats people unfairly, in...ways that you (11) ___________________....So if you're coming from...the diaspora and you feel that you want to visit Africa, we want Senegal to be (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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.Hehasraisedfundsforafuturisticmetropolisof300,000peopleonAfric
a'swestcoast.HewillcallitAkonCity,whichhedescribedasa"real-lifeW
akanda"fromthecityinthemovie"BlackPanther".AkonwasbornintheU
SAtoSenegaleseparents.HespentmuchofhischildhoodinSenegal.He
saidconstructiononthe$6billionprojectwillstartnextyear.Itisexpecte
dtotakethreeyearstofinish.Hehopestheprojectwillprovidemuch-ne
ededemploymentforSenegalesepeople.Designsonakoncity.comsho
wacityscapeofdreamlike,shiningglassandsteelbuildings.Thetowerin
gskyscraperswereinspiredbytraditionalsculpturesmadeinAfricanvill
ages.Thecitywillbehigh-techandhavehigh-speedInternet.Akonwa
ntsthecitytobeaportofcallforSenegaleseandotherAfricansfacingraci
alinjusticeintheUSAorEurope.Hesaid:"Thesystembackhometreatsp
eopleunfairly,in...waysthatyoucanneverimagine....Soifyou'recomin
gfrom...thediasporaandyoufeelthatyouwanttovisitAfrica,wewantSe
negaltobeyourfirststop."

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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(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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