The Reading / Listening - Ambassador Recall - Level 5

A huge diplomatic row has started after France recalled its ambassadors to Australia and the USA. It comes after Australia cancelled an order to buy 12 conventional diesel-powered submarines from France. The 2016 deal was worth $37 billion to France. Instead, Australia will buy nuclear-powered submarines. France called the cancellation of the deal a "stab in the back" and a "betrayal" by Australia. France also recalled its top diplomat to the USA. It said the US and Australia were looking at "future cooperation on nuclear-powered submarines".

A new, strategic alliance between Australia, the UK and the USA is the cause of the split. The alliance is called AUKUS. It means Australia will get the technology to operate nuclear-powered submarines. France was only informed of the alliance hours before it was announced to the world. France's foreign minister said his country's "exceptional decision" was because of the "exceptional gravity" of the situation. It is said AUKUS is a reaction to China's influence in the region. China accused the three AUKUS powers of displaying a "Cold War mentality".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Ambassador Recall - Level 4 or  Ambassador Recall - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.foxnews.com/politics/france-recalls-ambassadors-to-u-s-and-australia-in-response-to-aukus-nuclear-submarine-pact
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-58604677
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2021/09/17/politics/french-ambassador-to-the-us-recalled/index.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. A huge diplomatic row
  2. Australia cancelled
  3. conventional diesel-
  4. The 2016 deal was
  5. a stab
  6. a "betrayal"
  7. France also recalled its top
  8. looking at future
  1. an order
  2. in the back
  3. cooperation
  4. has started
  5. diplomat
  6. powered submarines
  7. by Australia
  8. worth $37 billion

Paragraph 2

  1. A new, strategic
  2. the cause
  3. It means Australia will
  4. operate nuclear-
  5. hours before
  6. his country's exceptional
  7. the "exceptional gravity"
  8. displaying a Cold War
  1. get the technology
  2. of the situation
  3. decision
  4. it was announced
  5. alliance
  6. mentality
  7. powered submarines
  8. of the split

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A (1) ___________________ has started after France recalled its ambassadors to Australia and the USA. It comes after Australia cancelled (2) ___________________ buy 12 conventional diesel-powered submarines from France. The 2016 (3) ___________________ $37 billion to France. Instead, Australia will buy nuclear-powered submarines. France called the cancellation of the (4) ___________________ in the back and (5) ___________________ Australia. France also recalled its top diplomat to the USA. It said the US and Australia were looking at "(6) ___________________ nuclear-powered submarines".

A (7) ___________________ between Australia, the UK and the USA is the cause of the split. The alliance is called AUKUS. It means Australia will get the (8) ___________________ nuclear-powered submarines. France was only informed of the (9) ___________________ it was announced to the world. France's foreign minister said his country's "exceptional decision" was because of the (10) ___________________ the situation. It is said AUKUS is a reaction to China's (11) ___________________ region. China accused the three AUKUS powers of displaying a "(12) ___________________".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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oAustraliaandtheUSA.ItcomesafterAustraliacancelledanordertobuy
12conventionaldiesel-poweredsubmarinesfromFrance.The2016dea
lwasworth$37billiontoFrance.Instead,Australiawillbuynuclear-pow
eredsubmarines.Francecalledthecancellationofthedeala"stabintheb
ack"anda"betrayal"byAustralia.Francealsorecalleditstopdiplomatto
theUSA.ItsaidtheUSandAustraliawerelookingat"futurecooperationo
nnuclear-poweredsubmarines".Anew,strategicalliancebetweenA
ustralia,theUKandtheUSAisthecauseofthesplit.TheallianceiscalledA
UKUS.ItmeansAustraliawillgetthetechnologytooperatenuclear-
poweredsubmarines.Francewasonlyinformedofthealliancehoursbef
oreitwasannouncedtotheworld.France'sforeignministersaidhiscoun
try's"exceptionaldecision"wasbecauseofthe"exceptionalgravity"oft
hesituation.ItissaidAUKUSisareactiontoChina'sinfluenceintheregion
.ChinaaccusedthethreeAUKUSpowersofdisplayinga"ColdWarmental
ity".

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.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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Free writing

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