The Reading / Listening - Nagorno-Karabakh - Level 0

There is fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan. It is over a border area called Nagorno-Karabakh. Civilians and soldiers died in the clashes. Armenia said Azerbaijan started the conflict by launching missiles. Azerbaijan said it launched missiles to keep the population safe.



Tensions started after the Nagorno-Karabakh War in 1994. The current fighting is the worst in many years. A journalist said it was, "a very serious escalation". Turkey is backing Azerbaijan. Russia is backing Armenia. It called for urgent talks. Iran offered to arrange peace talks.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Nagorno-Karabakh - Level 1 Nagorno-Karabakh - Level 2   or  Nagorno-Karabakh - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-54314341
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2020/09/27/europe/armenia-azerbaijan-tensions-nagorno-karabakh-intl/index.html
  • https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/9/27/heavy-fighting-erupts-in-disputed-nagorno-karabakh-region


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. There is
  2. between Armenia
  3. It is over a border
  4. Civilians and
  5. in the
  6. Armenia said Azerbaijan
  7. it launched
  8. keep the population
  1. area
  2. clashes
  3. safe
  4. started the conflict
  5. missiles
  6. and Azerbaijan
  7. fighting
  8. soldiers died

Paragraph 2

  1. after the Nagorno-Karabakh
  2. The current
  3. the worst in
  4. a very serious
  5. Turkey is
  6. Russia is backing
  7. It called
  8. Iran offered to arrange peace
  1. Armenia
  2. War in 1994
  3. for urgent talks
  4. fighting
  5. talks
  6. escalation
  7. many years
  8. backing Azerbaijan

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

(1) ___________________ between Armenia and Azerbaijan. It is (2) ___________________ area called Nagorno-Karabakh. Civilians and (3) ___________________ the clashes. Armenia said Azerbaijan (4) ___________________ by launching missiles. Azerbaijan said (5) ___________________ to keep (6) ___________________.

Tensions (7) ___________________ Nagorno-Karabakh War in 1994. The (8) ___________________ the worst in many years. A journalist said it was, "(9) ___________________ escalation". Turkey is backing Azerbaijan. Russia (10) ___________________ Armenia. It called (11) ___________________. Iran offered to (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ThereisfightingbetweenArmeniaandAzerbaijan.Itisoveraborderarea
calledNagorno-Karabakh.Civiliansandsoldiersdiedintheclashes.Ar
meniasaidAzerbaijanstartedtheconflictbylaunchingmissiles.Azerbai
jansaiditlaunchedmissilestokeepthepopulationsafe.Tensionsstarted
aftertheNagorno-KarabakhWarin1994.Thecurrentfightingisthewo
rstinmanyyears.Ajournalistsaiditwas,"averyseriousescalation".Tur
keyisbackingAzerbaijan.RussiaisbackingtoArmenia.Itcalledforurge
nttalks.Iranofferedtoarrangepeacetalks.

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) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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