The Reading / Listening - Nagorno-Karabakh - Level 2

There is heavy fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan. It could lead to a bigger conflict between the countries. The trouble is over a border region called Nagorno-Karabakh. It is internationally recognized as being part of Azerbaijan but it has a majority Armenian ethnic population. It largely governs itself. Civilians and soldiers have died in the clashes. Armenia blamed Azerbaijan for starting the conflict. It said Azerbaijan launched missiles into the region. Azerbaijan said it launched missiles to "ensure the safety of the population" in the region.



There have been tensions between the two countries since the end of the Nagorno-Karabakh War in 1994. The current clashes are the worst fighting in many years. A journalist and expert on Nagorno-Karabakh said fighting was, "a very serious escalation". Other countries are now getting involved. Turkey's President said his country would back Azerbaijan. Russia gave its backing to Armenia, but called for a ceasefire and urgent negotiations. Iran, which shares a border with both Azerbaijan and Armenia, offered to arrange peace talks.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Nagorno-Karabakh - Level 0 Nagorno-Karabakh - Level 1   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. heavy
  2. It could lead to a bigger
  3. The trouble is over a border
  4. it has a majority Armenian
  5. Civilians and soldiers have
  6. Azerbaijan launched missiles
  7. Azerbaijan said it launched
  8. ensure the safety
  1. into the region
  2. region
  3. of the population
  4. fighting
  5. missiles
  6. ethnic population
  7. conflict
  8. died in the clashes

Paragraph 2

  1. There have been tensions
  2. since the end of the Nagorno-Karabakh
  3. the worst fighting in
  4. A journalist and
  5. a very serious
  6. Other countries are now
  7. a ceasefire and urgent
  8. offered to arrange
  1. many years
  2. peace talks
  3. escalation
  4. negotiations
  5. between the two
  6. expert
  7. War in 1994
  8. getting involved

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

There (1) ___________________ between Armenia and Azerbaijan. It could lead to a bigger conflict between the countries. The trouble is over (2) ___________________ called Nagorno-Karabakh. It is internationally recognized as being part of Azerbaijan but it has a majority Armenian ethnic population. It (3) ___________________. Civilians and soldiers have died (4) ___________________. Armenia blamed Azerbaijan for starting the conflict. It said Azerbaijan launched missiles (5) ___________________. Azerbaijan said it launched missiles to "(6) ___________________ of the population" in the region.

There (7) ___________________ between the two countries since the end of the Nagorno-Karabakh War in 1994. The (8) ___________________ the worst fighting in many years. A journalist and expert on Nagorno-Karabakh said fighting was, "(9) ___________________ escalation". Other countries are now getting involved. Turkey's President said his country would back Azerbaijan. Russia (10) ___________________ to Armenia, but called (11) ___________________ and urgent negotiations. Iran, which shares a border with both Azerbaijan and Armenia, (12) ___________________ peace talks.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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ncalledNagorno-Karabakh.Itisinternationallyrecognizedasbeingp
artofAzerbaijanbutithasamajorityArmenianethnicpopulation.Itlarge
lygovernsitself.Civiliansandsoldiershavediedintheclashes.Armeniab
lamedAzerbaijanforstartingtheconflict.ItsaidAzerbaijanlaunchedmi
ssilesintotheregion.Azerbaijansaiditlaunchedmissilesto"ensurethes
afetyofthepopulation"intheregion.Therehavebeentensionsbetween
thetwocountriessincetheendoftheNagorno-KarabakhWarin1994.T
hecurrentclashesaretheworstfightinginmanyyears.Ajournalistande
xpertonNagorno-Karabakhsaidfightingwas,"averyseriousescalatio
n".Othercountriesarenowgettinginvolved.Turkey'sPresidentsaidhis
countrywouldbackAzerbaijan.RussiagaveitsbackingtoArmenia,butc
alledforaceasefireandurgentnegotiations.Iran,whichsharesaborder
withbothAzerbaijanandArmenia,offeredtoarrangepeacetalks.

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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