The Reading / Listening - Joe Biden - Level 4

Joe Biden promised to re-establish global alliances. He became the 46th U.S. President on Wednesday. There were around 25,000 National Guard troops to make sure the inauguration took place peacefully. Mr Biden will make change the direction of America's foreign policy. He will rejoin the Paris climate accord. He wants to restore America's reputation. He said: "We will repair our alliances and engage with the world once again."



Donald Trump left office and promised to "be back". His farewell words were: "Have a good life, we will see you soon." He did not attend the inauguration. Mr Trump said: "This has been an incredible four years. We've accomplished so much together." He added: "It's been a...privilege to be your president....I wish the new administration great luck and great success....They have the foundation to do something really spectacular."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Joe Biden - Level 5 or  Joe Biden - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jan/20/trump-leaves-white-house-biden-to-be-sworn-in
  • https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2021/01/20/inauguration-day-world-watches-trump-exits-biden-takes-over/4209958001/
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-55736856


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. He became the
  2. the inauguration took
  3. Mr Biden will
  4. America's foreign
  5. He will rejoin the Paris
  6. He wants to restore America's
  7. We will repair
  8. engage with the world
  1. once again
  2. policy
  3. 46th U.S. President
  4. our alliances
  5. reputation
  6. change the direction
  7. climate accord
  8. place peacefully

Paragraph 2

  1. Donald Trump left
  2. promised to
  3. His farewell
  4. He did not attend the
  5. This has been an incredible
  6. We've accomplished so
  7. It's been a...privilege to be
  8. do something really
  1. be back
  2. four years
  3. your president
  4. spectacular
  5. words
  6. office
  7. much together
  8. inauguration

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Joe Biden promised to re-establish global alliances. (1) ___________________ 46th U.S. President on Wednesday. There were around 25,000 National Guard (2) ___________________ sure the inauguration (3) ___________________. Mr Biden will change the direction of America's foreign policy. He (4) ___________________ Paris climate accord. He (5) ___________________ America's reputation. He said: "We will repair our alliances and engage with the (6) ___________________."

Donald Trump left office and promised (7) ___________________. His farewell words were: "Have (8) ___________________, we will see you soon." He (9) ___________________ the inauguration. Mr Trump said: "This has been an (10) ___________________. We've accomplished so much together." He added: "It's been (11) ___________________ be your president....I wish the new administration great luck and great success....They have (12) ___________________ do something really spectacular."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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dtroopstomakesuretheinaugurationtookplacepeacefully.MrBidenwil
lchangethedirectionofAmerica'sforeignpolicy.HewillrejointheP
arisclimateaccord.HewantstorestoreAmerica'sreputation.Hesaid:"
Wewillrepairouralliancesandengagewiththeworldonceagain."Donal
dTrumpleftofficeandpromisedto"beback".Hisfarewellwordswere:"H
aveagoodlife,wewillseeyousoon."Hedidnotattendtheinauguration.M
rTrumpsaid:"Thishasbeenanincrediblefouryears.We'veaccomplishe
dsomuchtogether."Headded:"It'sbeena...privilegetobeyourpreside
nt....Iwishthenewadministrationgreatluckandgreatsuccess....They
havethefoundationtodosomethingreallyspectacular."

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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