The Reading / Listening - Yemen Aid - Level 3

The United Kingdom is being criticized for cutting the amount of aid it gives to Yemen. The UK's foreign office said it would cut the amount of humanitarian aid to Yemen by more than 50 per cent. However, just three weeks ago, foreign office minister James Cleverly said Yemen would remain a "UK priority country". He said his government would use all of its efforts to bring peace. Yemen is one of the world's least developed countries. The United Nations reports that Yemen is the country with the most people in need of humanitarian aid. There are about 24 million people in need of help. This is about 85 per cent of its population. It ranks second worst in the Global Hunger Index.



There could be a catastrophic humanitarian crisis in Yemen. Millions of people are struggling to find food to eat. There is now the threat of a famine that would deepen the crisis. The civil war has left hospitals in ruins. Jan Egeland from the Norwegian Refugee Council said: "We are seeing a relentless countdown to a possible famine that the world hasn't seen since Ethiopia in the 1980s." The United Nations said: "More than 50,000 Yemenis are already starving to death and 16 million will go hungry this year." It added that the UK cut in aid from $280 million last year to $120 million this year would be "tragic". The UK's Guardian newspaper said: "Yemenis aren't starving, they are being starved."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Yemen Aid - Level 0 Yemen Aid - Level 1   or  Yemen Aid - Level 2

Sources
  • https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2021/mar/02/weve-cut-aid-to-yemen-and-children-will-starve-is-this-what-global-britain-means
  • https://www.arabnews.com/node/1818566/
  • world
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yemen


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Warm-ups

1. YEMEN: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about Yemen. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       United Kingdom / criticized / humanitarian aid / foreign minister / developed / rank /
       catastrophic / struggling / threat / famine / civil war / countdown / starving / tragic
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. RICH COUNTRIES: Students A strongly believe all rich countries should give more in aid to poor countries; Students B strongly believe the opposite. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. CATASTROPHES: How do these catastrophes affect people? How can we help people affected? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

How It Affects People

How To Help

Famine

 

 

War

 

 

Pandemic

 

 

Financial crisis

 

 

Earthquake

 

 

Flood

 

 

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5. FOREIGN: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "foreign". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. AID: Rank these with your partner. Put the most important form of aid at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Money
  • Food
  • Blankets
  • iPads
  • Medicine
  • Tents
  • Roads
  • Consultancy

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. criticized a. Spoke or wrote about things that are wrong with someone or something.
      2. cutting b. Advanced.
      3. aid c. Make smaller in size or amount.
      4. humanitarian d. The fact or condition of being thought of as more important.
      5. priority e. Help with money or other things.
      6. developed f. Concerned with or doing things to care about and help people.
      7. population g. All the people who live in a town, area, or country.

    Paragraph 2

      8. catastrophic h. A state where there is no food in a country or area to eat.
      9. crisis i. A statement that you will hurt someone or do something bad to them.
      10. struggling j. Sudden and great damage or suffering.
      11. threat k. Suffering or dying because of no or little food.
      12. famine l. A time of great difficulty, trouble, or danger.
      13. starving m. Great sadness.
      14. tragic n. Make big efforts to get free of something.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The UK has criticized other countries for not giving enough aid.     T / F
  2. The UK will cut foreign aid to Yemen by more than 50 per cent.     T / F
  3. The UK said it would do all it could to help bring peace in Yemen.     T / F
  4. About 85% of people in Yemen need help.     T / F
  5. There is a threat of famine in Yemen.     T / F
  6. A refugee expert said the last serious famine was in the 1970s.     T / F
  7. The UN said just fewer than 50,000 people are starving in Yemen.     T / F
  8. A British newspaper said Yemenis are being starved.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. criticized
  2. cut
  3. priority
  4. efforts
  5. ranks
  6. catastrophic
  7. threat
  8. relentless
  9. aid
  10. starving
  1. most important
  2. dying of hunger
  3. rates
  4. disastrous
  5. attacked
  6. possibility
  7. help
  8. reduce
  9. work
  10. nonstop

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. foreign
  2. cut the amount of
  3. There are about 24 million people in
  4. This is about 85 per cent
  5. It ranks second
  6. Millions of people are struggling
  7. There is now the threat
  8. We are seeing a relentless
  9. 16 million will
  10. they are being
  1. go hungry this year
  2. to find food
  3. worst
  4. office
  5. countdown
  6. need of help
  7. starved
  8. of a famine
  9. of its population
  10. humanitarian aid

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
help
remain
worst
least
cutting
efforts
need
aid

The United Kingdom is being criticized for (1) _____________________ the amount of aid it gives to Yemen. The UK's foreign office said it would cut the amount of humanitarian (2) _____________________ to Yemen by more than 50 per cent. However, just three weeks ago, foreign office minister James Cleverly said Yemen would (3) _____________________ a "UK priority country". He said his government would use all of its (4) _____________________ to bring peace. Yemen is one of the world's (5) _____________________ developed countries. The United Nations reports that Yemen is the country with the most people in (6) _____________________ of humanitarian aid. There are about 24 million people in need of (7) _____________________. This is about 85 per cent of its population. It ranks second (8) _____________________ in the Global Hunger Index.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
relentless
tragic
struggling
deepen
cut
catastrophic
hungry
famine

There could be a (9) _____________________ humanitarian crisis in Yemen. Millions of people are (10) _____________________ to find food to eat. There is now the threat of a famine that would (11) _____________________ the crisis. The civil war has left hospitals in ruins. Jan Egeland from the Norwegian Refugee Council said: "We are seeing a (12) _____________________ countdown to a possible (13) _____________________ that the world hasn't seen since Ethiopia in the 1980s." The United Nations said: "More than 50,000 Yemenis are already starving to death and 16 million will go (14) _____________________ this year." It added that the UK (15) _____________________ in aid from $280 million last year to $120 million this year would be "(16) _____________________". The UK's Guardian newspaper said: "Yemenis aren't starving, they are being starved."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) The United Kingdom is being criticized for cutting the ______
     a.  amount off aid
     b.  amount evade
     c.  amount invade
     d.  amount of aid
2)  foreign office minister James Cleverly said Yemen would remain ______
     a.  a UK prior tea
     b.  a UK pry rarity
     c.  a UK priority
     d.  a UK priorities
3)  He said his government would use all of its efforts ______
     a.  two bring peace
     b.  to bring peace
     c.  too bring peace
     d.  tube bring peace
4)  There are about 24 million people ______ help
     a.  in needy of
     b.  in needs of
     c.  in needing of
     d.  in need of
5)  It ranks second worst in the Global ______
     a.  Hunger Index
     b.  Hungry Index
     c.  Hungers Index
     d.  Hungered Index

6)  There could be a catastrophic humanitarian ______
     a.  crisis in Yemen
     b.  cry sis in Yemen
     c.  cries is in Yemen
     d.  cries sis in Yemen
7)  Millions of people are struggling to find ______
     a.  food to wheat
     b.  food to eats
     c.  food to eat
     d.  food two eat
8)  The civil war has left ______
     a.  hospital sin ruins
     b.  hospitals sin ruins
     c.  hospitals in ruin
     d.  hospitals in ruins
9)  More than 50,000 Yemenis are already ______
     a.  starve in to death
     b.  starving true death
     c.  starving to death
     d.  star vine to  death
10)  the UK cut in aid from $280 million last year to $120 million this year ______
     a.  would being tragedy
     b.  would be tragically
     c.  would been tragic
     d.  would be tragic

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The United Kingdom (1) ____________________ for cutting the amount of aid it gives to Yemen. The UK's foreign office said (2) ____________________ the amount of humanitarian aid to Yemen by more than 50 per cent. However, just three weeks ago, foreign office minister James Cleverly said Yemen (3) ____________________ "UK priority country". He said his government would use all of its efforts to bring peace. Yemen is one of the world's (4) ____________________ countries. The United Nations reports that Yemen is the country with the most people in need of humanitarian aid. There are about 24 million people (5) ____________________ help. This is about 85 per cent of its population. It ranks (6) ____________________ the Global Hunger Index.

There could be a catastrophic humanitarian crisis in Yemen. Millions of people are (7) ____________________ food to eat. There is now the threat of a famine that would (8) ____________________. The civil war has left hospitals in ruins. Jan Egeland from the Norwegian Refugee Council said: "We are seeing (9) ____________________ to a possible famine that the world hasn't seen since Ethiopia in the 1980s." The United Nations said: "More than 50,000 Yemenis are already (10) ____________________ and 16 million will go hungry this year." It added that the UK (11) ____________________ from $280 million last year to $120 million this year (12) ____________________. The UK's Guardian newspaper said: "Yemenis aren't starving, they are being starved."

Comprehension questions

  1. By how much will the UK cut its foreign aid?
  2. Who does James Cleverly work for?
  3. What kind of country did James Cleverly say Yemen would remain?
  4. How many people are in need of help in Yemen?
  5. Where does Yemen rank on the Global Hunger Index?
  6. What does the article say there is a threat of in Yemen?
  7. What does the article say a civil war has left in ruins?
  8. When did a refugee say the last serious famine was?
  9. How many Yemenis will go hungry this year?
  10. Who said Yemenis are being starved?




Multiple choice quiz

1) By how much will the UK cut its foreign aid?
a) by up to 40%
b) more than 50%
c) by about a third
d) by three-quarters
2) Who does James Cleverly work for?
a) an aid agency
b) the IMF
c) a refugee agency
d) the foreign office
3) What kind of country did James Cleverly say Yemen would remain?
a) a priority
b) a risk
c) one full of potential
d) a great country
4) How many people are in need of help in Yemen?
a) more than 24 million
b) exactly 24 million
c) about 24 million
d) fewer than 24 million
5) Where does Yemen rank on the Global Hunger Index?
a) first
b) second
c) third
d) fourth

6) What does the article say there is a threat of in Yemen?
a) social collapse
b) more war
c) famine
d) economic collapse
7) What does the article say a civil war has left in ruins?
a) roads
b) schools
c) the army
d) hospitals
8) When did a refugee say the last serious famine was?
a) the 1980s
b) the 1970s
c) the 1990s
d) the 1920s
9) How many Yemenis will go hungry this year?
a) 16 million
b) 18 million
c) 17 million
d) 15 million
10) Who said Yemenis are being starved?
a) the UN
b) the Guardian newspaper
c) the UK government
d) a refugee agency

Role play

Role  A – Money
You think money is the most important form of aid. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their kinds of aid. Also, tell the others which is the least urgent of these (and why): food, medicine or iPads.

Role  B – Food
You think food is the most important form of aid. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their kinds of aid. Also, tell the others which is the least urgent of these (and why): money, medicine or iPads.

Role  C – Medicine
You think medicine is the most important form of aid. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their kinds of aid. Also, tell the others which is the least urgent of these (and why): food, money or iPads.

Role  D – iPads
You think iPads is the most important form of aid. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their kinds of aid. Also, tell the others which is the least urgent of these (and why): food, medicine or money.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'foreign'

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  • and 'aid'.

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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • office
    • weeks
    • priority
    • least
    • need
    • second
    • crisis
    • threat
    • civil
    • 50,000
    • 280
    • starved




    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 - Yemen Aid

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'Yemen'?
    3. What do you think of foreign aid?
    4. What aid does your country give to poorer nations?
    5. Why do countries need humanitarian aid?
    6. What do you know about Yemen?
    7. Why is Yemen having so many problems?
    8. How can we help the least developed countries?
    9. Why do countries still need humanitarian aid in the 21st century?
    10. How well developed is your country?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'aid'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What is a catastrophic humanitarian crisis?
    5. What can we do to prevent famines?
    6. What civil wars do you know about?
    7. What do you know about famines around the world?
    8. What do you think of the UK for cutting aid to Yemen?
    9. Would you be happy if your country sent aid to other countries?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the foreign office minister?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    The United Kingdom is being (1) ____ for cutting the amount of aid it gives to Yemen. The UK's foreign office said it would (2) ____ the amount of humanitarian aid to Yemen by more than 50 per cent. However, just three weeks ago, (3) ____ office minister James Cleverly said Yemen would (4) ____ a "UK priority country". He said his government would use all of its efforts to bring peace. Yemen is one of the world's the least developed countries. The United Nations reports that Yemen is the country with the most people (5) ____ need of humanitarian aid. There are about 24 million people in need of help. This is about 85 per cent of its population. It (6) ____ second worst in the Global Hunger Index.

    There could be a catastrophic humanitarian crisis in Yemen. Millions of people are (7) ____ to find food to eat. There is now the threat of a famine that would (8) ____ the crisis. The civil war has left hospitals in ruins. Jan Egeland from the Norwegian Refugee Council said: "We are seeing a relentless countdown to a (9) ____ famine that the world hasn't seen since Ethiopia in the 1980s." The United Nations said: "More than 50,000 Yemenis are already (10) ____ to death and 16 million will go hungry this year." It added that the UK cut (11) ____ aid from $280 million last year to $120 million this year would (12) ____ "tragic". The UK's Guardian newspaper said: "Yemenis aren't starving, they are being starved."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     criticized     (b)     critics     (c)     critic     (d)     criticize    
    2. (a)     snap     (b)     scissors     (c)     cut     (d)     snip    
    3. (a)     forging     (b)     foreigner     (c)     foreign     (d)     feign    
    4. (a)     remains     (b)     remain     (c)     remainder     (d)     remain    
    5. (a)     on     (b)     of     (c)     in     (d)     at    
    6. (a)     tanks     (b)     ranks     (c)     thanks     (d)     banks    
    7. (a)     struggles     (b)     struggling     (c)     struggled     (d)     struggle    
    8. (a)     deeper     (b)     deepen     (c)     depend     (d)     deepening    
    9. (a)     possibility     (b)     possibly     (c)     possible     (d)     impossible    
    10. (a)     starve     (b)     starves     (c)     starvation     (d)     starving    
    11. (a)     on     (b)     at     (c)     in     (d)     as    
    12. (a)     mean     (b)     have     (c)     do     (d)     be

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. eronfig office minister
    2. remain a UK riotpiry country
    3. the least elovdedpe countries
    4. in need of iaranutiamnh aid
    5. 85 per cent of its oauponiltp
    6. It ranks second sorwt

    Paragraph 2

    1. Millions of people are grslggunit
    2. the threat of a afneim
    3. We are seeing a renestlsle countdown
    4. 16 million will go hurgyn this year
    5. this year would be crtagi
    6. they are being srteavd

    Put the text back together

    (...)  need of humanitarian aid. There are about 24 million people in need of help. This is about 85 per cent
    (...)  to a possible famine that the world hasn't seen since Ethiopia in the 1980s." The United Nations said: "More than 50,000 Yemenis
    (...)  weeks ago, foreign office minister James Cleverly said Yemen would remain a "UK priority
    (...)  country". He said his government would use all of its efforts to bring peace. Yemen is one of the world's least
    (...)  are already starving to death and 16 million will go hungry this year." It added
    (...)  ruins. Jan Egeland from the Norwegian Refugee Council said: "We are seeing a relentless countdown
    (...)  There could be a catastrophic humanitarian crisis in Yemen. Millions of people are struggling to
    (...)  developed countries. The United Nations reports that Yemen is the country with the most people in
    (...)  office said it would cut the amount of humanitarian aid to Yemen by more than 50 per cent. However, just three
    (...)  of its population. It ranks second worst in the Global Hunger Index.
    (...)  that the UK cut in aid from $280 million last year to $120 million this year would be
    (...)  find food to eat. There is now the threat of a famine that would deepen the crisis. The civil war has left hospitals in
    1  ) The United Kingdom is being criticized for cutting the amount of aid it gives to Yemen. The UK's foreign
    (...)  "tragic". The UK's Guardian newspaper said: "Yemenis aren't starving, they are being starved."

    Put the words in the right order

    1. for   of   aid   .   the   Criticized   cutting   amount
    2. to   amount   humanitarian   Yemen   .   the   of   Cut   aid
    3. government   efforts   .   all   His   would   use   of   its
    4. in   need   most   humanitarian   aid   .   people   of   The
    5. people     There   24 million   about   are   in   need   .
    6. catastrophic   be   There   a   crisis   .   humanitarian   could
    7. of   the   threat   now   There   famine   .   a   is
    8. war   civil   The   ruins   .   in   hospitals   left   has
    9. a   countdown   We   seeing   to   a   famine   .   are
    10. being   UK   starved   .   A   Yemenis   said   are   newspaper

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    The United Kingdom is being critics / criticized for cutting the amount of aid it gives to Yemen. The UK's foreign office said it would cut the amount of humanitarian / humanity aid to Yemen by more than 50 per cent. However, just three weeks ago, foreign office minister James Cleverly said Yemen would remain / remaining a "UK prior / priority country". He said his government would use all of that / its efforts to bring peace. Yemen is one of the world's least / last developed countries. The United Nations reports that Yemen is the country with the most people in / on need of humanitarian aid. There are about 24 million people in / to need of help. This is about 85 per cent at / of its population. It rankings / ranks second worst in the Global Hunger Index.

    There could be a catastrophe / catastrophic humanitarian crisis in Yemen. Millions of people are struggling / struggle to find food to eat. There is now the treat / threat of a famine that would deep / deepen the crisis. The civil war has left hospitals on / in ruins. Jan Egeland from the Norwegian Refugee Council said: "We are seen / seeing a relentless countdown to a possible famine that the world hasn't seen since Ethiopia in / on the 1980s." The United Nations said: "More than 50,000 Yemenis are already / ready starving to death and 16 million will go / come hungry this year." It added that the UK cut in aid from $280 million last year to $120 million this year would be "tragic". The UK's Guardian newspaper said: "Yemenis aren't starving, they are being starvation / starved."

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Th_r_  c__ld  b_  _  c_t_str_ph_c  h_m_n_t_r__n  cr_s_s  _n  Y_m_n.  M_ll__ns  _f  p__pl_  _r_  str_ggl_ng  t_  f_nd  f__d  t_  __t.  Th_r_  _s  n_w  th_  thr__t  _f  _  f_m_n_  th_t  w__ld  d__p_n  th_  cr_s_s.  Th_  c_v_l  w_r  h_s  l_ft  h_sp_t_ls  _n  r__ns.  J_n  _g_l_nd  fr_m  th_  N_rw_g__n  R_f_g__  C__nc_l  s__d:  "W_  _r_  s___ng  _  r_l_ntl_ss  c__ntd_wn  t_  _  p_ss_bl_  f_m_n_  th_t  th_  w_rld  h_sn't  s__n  s_nc_  _th__p__  _n  th_  1980s."  Th_  _n_t_d  N_t__ns  s__d:  "M_r_  th_n  50,000  Y_m_n_s  _r_  _lr__dy  st_rv_ng  t_  d__th  _nd  16  m_ll__n  w_ll  g_  h_ngry  th_s  y__r."  _t  _dd_d  th_t  th_  _K  c_t  _n  __d  fr_m  $280  m_ll__n  l_st  y__r  t_  $120  m_ll__n  th_s  y__r  w__ld  b_  "tr_g_c".  Th_  _K's  G__rd__n  n_wsp_p_r  s__d:  "Y_m_n_s  _r_n't  st_rv_ng,  th_y  _r_  b__ng  st_rv_d."

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    the united kingdom is being criticized for cutting the amount of aid it gives to yemen. the uk's foreign office said it would cut the amount of humanitarian aid to yemen by more than 50 per cent. however, just three weeks ago, foreign office minister james cleverly said yemen would remain a "uk priority country". he said his government would use all of its efforts to bring peace. yemen is one of the world's least developed countries. the united nations reports that yemen is the country with the most people in need of humanitarian aid. there are about 24 million people in need of help. this is about 85 per cent of its population. it ranks second worst in the global hunger index.

    there could be a catastrophic humanitarian crisis in yemen. millions of people are struggling to find food to eat. there is now the threat of a famine that would deepen the crisis. the civil war has left hospitals in ruins. jan egeland from the norwegian refugee council said: "we are seeing a relentless countdown to a possible famine that the world hasn't seen since ethiopia in the 1980s." the united nations said: "more than 50,000 yemenis are already starving to death and 16 million will go hungry this year." it added that the uk cut in aid from $280 million last year to $120 million this year would be "tragic". the uk's guardian newspaper said: "yemenis aren't starving, they are being starved."

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    TheUnitedKingdomisbeingcriticizedforcuttingtheamountofaiditgive
    stoYemen.TheUK'sforeignofficesaiditwouldcuttheamountofhumanit
    arianaidtoYemenbymorethan50percent.However,justthreeweeksa
    go,foreignofficeministerJamesCleverlysaidYemenwouldremaina"U
    Kprioritycountry".Hesaidhisgovernmentwoulduseallofitseffortstobri
    ngpeace.Yemenisoneoftheworld'sleastdevelopedcountries.TheUnit
    edNationsreportsthatYemenisthecountrywiththemostpeopleinneed
    ofhumanitarianaid.Thereareabout24millionpeopleinneedofhelp.Thi
    sisabout85percentofitspopulation.ItrankssecondworstintheGlobalH
    ungerIndex.TherecouldbeacatastrophichumanitariancrisisinYemen
    .Millionsofpeoplearestrugglingtofindfoodtoeat.Thereisnowthethreat
    ofafaminethatwoulddeepenthecrisis.Thecivilwarhaslefthospitalsinr
    uins.JanEgelandfromtheNorwegianRefugeeCouncilsaid:"Weareseei
    ngarelentlesscountdowntoapossiblefaminethattheworldhasn'tseen
    sinceEthiopiainthe1980s."TheUnitedNationssaid:"Morethan50,000
    Yemenisarealreadystarvingtodeathand16millionwillgohungrythisye
    ar."ItaddedthattheUKcutinaidfrom$280millionlastyearto$120millio
    nthisyearwouldbe"tragic".TheUK'sGuardiannewspapersaid:"Yemen
    isaren'tstarving,theyarebeingstarved."

    Free writing

    Write about Yemen aid for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    All countries should double the amount of aid to Yemen to help people eat. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. YEMEN: Make a poster about Yemen. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. AID: Write a magazine article about the world doubling the aid it gives to Yemen. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on Yemen. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to bring peace to the country. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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