The Reading / Listening - Manny Pacquiao - Level 3

Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao, 42, has said he will run for president in the 2022 elections. Mr Pacquiao has served as a senator of the Philippines since 2016. He said he wants to run for president because the Filipino people need a new government. He believes his career in boxing has helped him in politics and would give him the skills he needs to be a good president. He said in a speech: "I'm a fighter, and I will always be a fighter inside and outside the ring." He added: "We need government to serve our people." Other sporting heroes have become leaders of their country, like Pakistan's cricketing hero Imran Khan and Liberia's soccer icon George Weah.

Emmanuel Pacquiao is one of the greatest professional boxers of all time. He is the only boxer in history to be world champion at eight different levels and won twelve major world titles. He is the only boxer to hold world championships across four decades, from the 1990s to the 2020s. In 2019, he became the oldest welterweight world champion ever at the age of 40. Pacquiao has had other successes outside of his boxing and political careers. He was the head coach and a player for a Philippine Basketball Association team. He has also starred in movies, presented TV shows, and as a singer, has released best-selling albums and songs. He is also a preacher, philanthropist and YouTube personality.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Manny Pacquiao - Level 0 Manny Pacquiao - Level 1   or  Manny Pacquiao - Level 2

Sources
  • https://www.npr.org/2021/09/20/1038905560/boxer-manny-pacquiao-running-for-president-the-philippines
  • https://www.cbssports.com/boxing/news/manny-pacquiao-says-hes-running-for-president-of-the-philippines-fighting-future-uncertain/
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manny_Pacquiao


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice activities, drag and drop activities, sentence jumbles, which word activities, text reconstructions, spelling, gap fills and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)





Warm-ups

1. BOXING: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about boxing. 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?
       boxing / legend / president / senator / career / politics / fighter / heroes / icon /
       history / professional / levels / titles / oldest / successes / albums / YouTube
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. BOXERS: Students A strongly believe boxers would make better presidents than TV celebrities; Students B strongly believe the opposite. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. HEROES: Who are your heroes? Why? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Who?

Why?

Sporting hero

 

 

Business hero

 

 

Environmental hero

 

 

Music hero

 

 

Political hero

 

 

Technology hero

 

 

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5. LEGEND: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "legend". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. BEST PRESIDENT: Rank these with your partner. Put who would be the best president at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • a boxer
  • a CEO
  • a nurse
  • a teacher
  • an engineer
  • a soldier
  • a chat show host
  • a homeless person

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. legend a. Be someone other people can vote for in an election.
      2. run b. A job done for a long period of a person's life.
      3. served c. A person or thing thought of as something great.
      4. career d. Performed duties or services for other people.
      5. politics e. The group of people with the power to control a country or city.
      6. government f. An extremely great and famous person.
      7. icon g. The activities of governments about the relations between people and countries.

    Paragraph 2

      8. professional h. Important, serious, or significant.
      9. major i. The position of being the champion of a major sports competition.
      10. title j. A person who tries to make the lives of other people better, especially giving money.
      11. success k. Acted in a movie, play, or other show as a main character.
      12. starred l. The completing of an aim or purpose.
      13. preacher m. Being someone who gets paid for what they do as a job.
      14. philanthropist n. A person who talks to other people in churches, in the streets, etc. about religion or God.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Manny Pacquiao has been a senator in the Philippines.     T / F
  2. Manny believes his career as a boxer will help him be a good president.   T / F
  3. Manny said he won't always be a fighter.     T / F
  4. Manny said he would be the first sporting hero to be a president.     T / F
  5. Manny has been world champion at eight different levels.     T / F
  6. Manny was first a world champion in the 1990s.     T / F
  7. The article says Manny is the youngest ever boxing world champion.     T / F
  8. Manny has also had a career as a singer.     T / F

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

  1. legend
  2. run
  3. believes
  4. helped
  5. need
  6. greatest
  7. hold
  8. successes
  9. coach
  10. personality
  1. triumphs
  2. thinks
  3. character
  4. require
  5. possess
  6. superstar
  7. trainer
  8. stand for
  9. best
  10. assisted

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

  1. he will run for president
  2. Mr Pacquiao has served as
  3. give him the skills
  4. I will always be a fighter inside and outside
  5. Other sporting heroes have become leaders
  6. one of the greatest professional
  7. He is the only boxer in history to
  8. hold world championships across four
  9. He was the head
  10. released best-selling
  1. boxers of all time
  2. the ring
  3. coach
  4. albums and songs
  5. he needs
  6. decades
  7. in the 2022 elections
  8. of their country
  9. be world champion
  10. a senator

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
icon
career
senator
speech
elections
leaders
serve
need

Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao, 42, has said he will run for president in the 2022 (1) _____________________. Mr Pacquiao has served as a (2) _____________________ of the Philippines since 2016. He said he wants to run for president because the Filipino people (3) _____________________ a new government. He believes his (4) _____________________ in boxing has helped him in politics and would give him the skills he needs to be a good president. He said in a (5) _____________________: "I'm a fighter, and I will always be a fighter inside and outside the ring." He added: "We need government to (6) _____________________ our people." Other sporting heroes have become (7) _____________________ of their country, like Pakistan's cricketing hero Imran Khan and Liberia's soccer (8) _____________________ George Weah.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
major
starred
ever
released
time
personality
levels
successes

Emmanuel Pacquiao is one of the greatest professional boxers of all (9) _____________________. He is the only boxer in history to be world champion at eight different (10) _____________________ and won twelve (11) _____________________ world titles. He is the only boxer to hold world championships across four decades, from the 1990s to the 2020s. In 2019, he became the oldest welterweight world champion (12) _____________________ at the age of 40. Pacquiao has had other (13) _____________________ outside of his boxing and political careers. He was the head coach and a player for a Philippine Basketball Association team. He has also (14) _____________________ in movies, presented TV shows, and as a singer, has (15) _____________________ best-selling albums and songs. He is also a preacher, philanthropist and YouTube (16) _____________________.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) Manny Pacquiao, 42, has said he will run for president in ______
     a.  the 2022 erections
     b.  the 2022 editions
     c.  the 2022 elections
     d.  the 2022 electrons
2)  his career in boxing has helped him in politics and would give him the ______
     a.  skills he needs
     b.  skills he need
     c.  skills he needy
     d.  skills he kneads
3)  I'm a fighter, and I will always be a fighter inside and ______
     a.  outside a ring
     b.  outside a wring
     c.  outside the wiring
     d.  outside the ring
4)  He added we need government to ______
     a.  save our people
     b.  sieve our people
     c.  suave our people
     d.  serve our people
5)  like Pakistan's cricketing hero Imran Khan and Liberia's soccer ______
     a.  eye con George Weah
     b.  eye can George Weah
     c.  icon George Weah
     d.  hike con George Weah

6)  Emmanuel Pacquiao is one of the greatest professional boxers ______
     a.  offal time
     b.  off all time
     c.  of all time
     d.  on all time
7)  He is the only boxer in history to be world champion at ______
     a.  eights different levels
     b.  eight difference levels
     c.  eight different level
     d.  eight different levels
8)  He is the only boxer to hold world championships ______
     a.  ache cross four decades
     b.  arc cross four decades
     c.  across four decades
     d.  a cross four decades
9)  Pacquiao has had other successes outside of his boxing ______
     a.  and political careens
     b.  and political carers
     c.  and political car rears
     d.  and political careers
10)  He is also a preacher, philanthropist and ______
     a.  YouTube personality
     b.  YouTube personalities
     c.  YouTube personal a tee
     d.  YouTube personal a tea

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao, 42, has said (1) ____________________ for president in the 2022 elections. Mr Pacquiao has served (2) ____________________ of the Philippines since 2016. He said he wants to run for president because the Filipino people need a new government. He believes (3) ____________________ boxing has helped (4) ____________________ and would give him the skills he needs to be a good president. He said in a speech: "I'm a fighter, and I will always be a fighter inside and (5) ____________________." He added: "We need government to serve our people." Other (6) ____________________ become leaders of their country, like Pakistan's cricketing hero Imran Khan and Liberia's soccer icon George Weah.

Emmanuel Pacquiao is one (7) ____________________ professional boxers of all time. He is the only boxer (8) ____________________ be world champion at eight different levels and won twelve major world titles. He is the only boxer to hold world championships (9) ____________________, from the 1990s to the 2020s. In 2019, he became the oldest welterweight world champion (10) ____________________ age of 40. Pacquiao has had other successes outside of his boxing and political careers. He was the head coach and a player for a Philippine Basketball Association team. He has (11) ____________________ movies, presented TV shows, and as a singer, has released best-selling albums and songs. He is (12) ____________________, philanthropist and YouTube personality.

Comprehension questions

  1. How old is Manny Pacquiao?
  2. Who does Manny Pacquiao say needs a new government?
  3. What does Manny Pacquiao believe will help him be a good president?
  4. What will Manny Pacquiao always be in and out of the ring?
  5. What other kinds of heroes does the article say have become leaders?
  6. At how many levels has Manny Pacquiao been world champion?
  7. Over how many decades has Manny Pacquiao been a world champion?
  8. What world title did Manny Pacquiao win at the age of 40?
  9. In what other sport was Manny Pacquiao a head coach?
  10. What does the article say Manny Pacquiao has released?




Multiple choice quiz

1) How old is Manny Pacquiao?
a) 41
b) 42
c) 40
d) 51
2) Who does Manny Pacquiao say needs a new government?
a) Filipino workers
b) the world
c) the poor
d) the Filipino people
3) What does Manny Pacquiao believe will help him be a good president?
a) his team
b) his intelligence
c) his career in boxing
d) support from the people
4) What will Manny Pacquiao always be in and out of the ring?
a) a fighter
b) popular
c) successful
d) true
5) What other kinds of heroes does the article say have become leaders?
a) business heroes
b) sporting heroes
c) personal heroes
d) good heroes

6) At how many levels has Manny Pacquiao been world champion?
a) 8
b) 10
c) 7
d) 12
7) Over how many decades has Manny Pacquiao been a world champion?
a) 5
b) 3
c) 4
d) 2
8) What world title did Manny Pacquiao win at the age of 40?
a) the welterweight title
b) the lightweight title
c) the middleweight title
d) the heavyweight title
9) In what other sport was Manny Pacquiao a head coach?
a) cricket
b) soccer
c) baseball
d) basketball

10) What does the article say Manny Pacquiao has released?
a) prisoners
b) his memoirs
c) best-selling albums and songs
d) funds

Role play

Role  A – A Boxer
You think a boxer would be the best president. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their people. Also, tell the others which of these would be the worst president (and why): a nurse, an engineer or a chat show host.

Role  B – A Nurse
You think a nurse would be the best president. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their people. Also, tell the others which of these would be the worst president (and why): a boxer, an engineer or a chat show host.

Role  C – An Engineer
You think an engineer would be the best president. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their people. Also, tell the others which of these would be the worst president (and why): a nurse, a boxer or a chat show host.

Role  D – A Chat Show Host
You think a chat show host would be the best president. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their people. Also, tell the others which of these would be the worst president (and why): a nurse, an engineer or a boxer.

After reading / listening

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

'boxing'

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  • ________________
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  • ________________
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  • ________________
  • and 'legend'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • 2022
    • 2016
    • new
    • skills
    • ring
    • icon
    • time
    • eight
    • only
    • 2019
    • coach
    • songs

    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 - Manny Pacquiao

    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 'boxing'?
    3. What do you know about Manny Pacquiao?
    4. Do you think Manny would be a good president?
    5. Would you be a good president?
    6. How can boxing skills help someone be a good president?
    7. Should a president be a fighter?
    8. Are you a fighter?
    9. Are sporting heroes or TV celebrities better presidents?
    10. What do you think of your government?

    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 'legend'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you think of boxing?
    5. What do you think of Manny's record as a boxer?
    6. What do you think of Manny's other successes?
    7. Do you think Manny Pacquiao would be a good president?
    8. What advice would you give Manny?
    9. Who is your favorite YouTube personality?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Manny Pacquiao?

    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)

    Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao, 42, has said he will run for president (1) ____ the 2022 elections. Mr Pacquiao has (2) ____ as a senator of the Philippines since 2016. He said he wants to run for president because the Filipino people need a new government. He believes his career (3) ____ boxing has helped him in politics and would give him the skills he needs to be a good president. He said in a speech: "I'm a fighter, and I will always be a fighter inside and outside the (4) ____." He added: "We need government to serve our people." Other sporting (5) ____ have become leaders of their country, like Pakistan's cricketing hero Imran Khan and Liberia's soccer (6) ____ George Weah.

    Emmanuel Pacquiao is one of the greatest professional boxers of (7) ____ time. He is the only boxer in history to be world champion (8) ____ eight different levels and won twelve major world titles. He is the only boxer to (9) ____ world championships across four decades, from the 1990s to the 2020s. In 2019, he became the oldest welterweight world champion ever at the age of 40. Pacquiao has had other (10) ____ outside of his boxing and political careers. He was the head coach and a player for a Philippine Basketball Association team. He has also (11) ____ in movies, presented TV shows, and as a singer, has released best-selling albums and songs. He is also a preacher, philanthropist and YouTube (12) ____.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    (a)     at     (b)     in     (c)     on     (d)     by    
    (a)     serviced     (b)     served     (c)     saved     (d)     sieved    
    (a)     as     (b)     at     (c)     on     (d)     in     
    (a)     square     (b)     ring     (c)     octagon     (d)     cube    
    (a)     hero     (b)     heroics     (c)     heroism     (d)     heroes    
    (a)     canny     (b)     cone     (c)     icon     (d)     acorn    
    (a)     all     (b)     every     (c)     whole     (d)     entire    
    (a)     is     (b)     to     (c)     at     (d)     by    
    (a)     jab     (b)     southpaw     (c)     punch     (d)     hold    
    (a)     successes     (b)     successful     (c)     successfully     (d)     succeed    
    (a)     starred     (b)     storied     (c)     stirred     (d)     stored    
    (a)     personality     (b)     complex     (c)     role     (d)     puncher

    Spelling

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    Put the text back together

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    (...)  in movies, presented TV shows, and as a singer, has released best-selling albums
    (...)  speech: "I'm a fighter, and I will always be a fighter inside and outside the ring." He added: "We need government to serve our
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    (...)  and songs. He is also a preacher, philanthropist and YouTube personality.
    (...)  coach and a player for a Philippine Basketball Association team. He has also starred
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    Put the words in the right order

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    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    Emmanuel Pacquiao is one / once of the greatest professional boxers of all time. He is the / an only boxer in history to be world champion to / at eight different levels and won twelve major world title / titles. He is the only boxer to hold world championships across / above four decades, from the 1990s to the 2020s. In 2019, he became the oldest welterweight world champion ever on / at the age of 40. Pacquiao has had other successes outside of his boxing and political carers / careers. He was the head coach and a player for a Philippine Basketball Association team. He has also starred / stared in movies, presented TV shows, and as a singer, has / have released best-selling albums and songs. He is also a preacher, philanthropist and YouTube personality / person.

    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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    _mm_n__l  P_cq____  _s  _n_  _f  th_  gr__t_st  pr_f_ss__n_l  b_x_rs  _f  _ll  t_m_.  H_  _s  th_  _nly  b_x_r  _n  h_st_ry  t_  b_  w_rld  ch_mp__n  _t  __ght  d_ff_r_nt  l_v_ls  _nd  w_n  tw_lv_  m_j_r  w_rld  t_tl_s.  H_  _s  th_  _nly  b_x_r  t_  h_ld  w_rld  ch_mp__nsh_ps  _cr_ss  f__r  d_c_d_s,  fr_m  th_  1990s  t_  th_  2020s.  _n  2019,  h_  b_c_m_  th_  _ld_st  w_lt_rw__ght  w_rld  ch_mp__n  _v_r  _t  th_  _g_  _f  40.  P_cq____  h_s  h_d  _th_r  s_cc_ss_s  __ts_d_  _f  h_s  b_x_ng  _nd  p_l_t_c_l  c_r__rs.  H_  w_s  th_  h__d  c__ch  _nd  _  pl_y_r  f_r  _  Ph_l_pp_n_  B_sk_tb_ll  _ss_c__t__n  t__m.  H_  h_s  _ls_  st_rr_d  _n  m_v__s,  pr_s_nt_d  TV  sh_ws,  _nd  _s  _  s_ng_r,  h_s  r_l__s_d  b_st-s_ll_ng  _lb_ms  _nd  s_ngs.  H_  _s  _ls_  _  pr__ch_r,  ph_l_nthr_p_st  _nd  Y__T_b_  p_rs_n_l_ty.

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    philippine boxing legend manny pacquiao 42 has said he will run for president in the 2022 elections mr pacquiao has served as a senator of the philippines since 2016 he said he wants to run for president because the filipino people need a new government he believes his career in boxing has helped him in politics and would give him the skills he needs to be a good president he said in a speech im a fighter and i will always be a fighter inside and outside the ring he added we need government to serve our people other sporting heroes have become leaders of their country like pakistans cricketing hero imran khan and liberias soccer icon george weah

    emmanuel pacquiao is one of the greatest professional boxers of all time he is the only boxer in history to be world champion at eight different levels and won twelve major world titles he is the only boxer to hold world championships across four decades from the 1990s to the 2020s in 2019 he became the oldest welterweight world champion ever at the age of 40 pacquiao has had other successes outside of his boxing and political careers he was the head coach and a player for a philippine basketball association team he has also starred in movies presented tv shows and as a singer has released bestselling albums and songs he is also a preacher philanthropist and youtube personality

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    PhilippineboxinglegendMannyPacquiao,42,hassaidhewillrunforpres
    identinthe2022elections.MrPacquiaohasservedasasenatorofthePhili
    ppinessince2016.HesaidhewantstorunforpresidentbecausetheFilipi
    nopeopleneedanewgovernment.Hebelieveshiscareerinboxinghashe
    lpedhiminpoliticsandwouldgivehimtheskillsheneedstobeagoodpresi
    dent.Hesaidinaspeech:"I'mafighter,andIwillalwaysbeafighterinside
    andoutsidethering."Headded:"Weneedgovernmenttoserveourpeop
    le."Othersportingheroeshavebecomeleadersoftheircountry,likePaki
    stan'scricketingheroImranKhanandLiberia'ssoccericonGeorgeWeah
    .EmmanuelPacquiaoisoneofthegreatestprofessionalboxersofalltime
    .Heistheonlyboxerinhistorytobeworldchampionateightdifferentlevel
    sandwontwelvemajorworldtitles.Heistheonlyboxertoholdworldcha
    mpionshipsacrossfourdecades,fromthe1990stothe2020s.In2019,h
    ebecametheoldestwelterweightworldchampioneverattheageof40.P
    acquiaohashadothersuccessesoutsideofhisboxingandpoliticalcareer
    s.HewastheheadcoachandaplayerforaPhilippineBasketballAssociati
    onteam.Hehasalsostarredinmovies,presentedTVshows,andasasing
    er,hasreleasedbest-sellingalbumsandsongs.Heisalsoapreacher,phi
    lanthropistandYouTubepersonality.

    Free writing

    Write about boxing legend for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    A former boxer would be a better president than a former TV star. 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. BOXING: Make a poster about boxing. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. PRESIDENT: Write a magazine article about encouraging more famous people to run for president of their country. 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 boxing. Ask him/her three questions about boxing. Give him/her three of your ideas. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.





    A Few Additional Activities for Students

    Ask your students what they have read, seen or heard about this news in their own language. Students are likely to / may have have encountered this news in their L1 and therefore bring a background knowledge to the classroom.

    Get students to role play different characters from this news story.

    Ask students to keep track of this news and revisit it to discuss in your next class.

    Ask students to male predictions of how this news might develop in the next few days or weeks, and then revisit and discuss in a future class.

    Ask students to write a follow-up story to this news.

    Students role play a journalist and someone who witnessed or was a part of this news. Perhaps they could make a video of the interview.

    Ask students to keep a news journal in English and add this story to their thoughts.

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