The Reading / Listening - Patrol Cars - Level 3

What do police do with cars taken from criminals? Police in the Czech Republic have come up with a good idea for high-powered sports cars. They turned a criminal's Ferrari into a patrol car. The Ferrari 458 Italia is now part of the Czech Police's fleet of cars. It was almost brand new when they took it from a criminal. It only had 1,900 km on the clock. The same kind of car usually sells for around $275,000. The force spent around $14,000 to turn it into a police car. It was originally Ferrari red in colour, but the police repainted it yellow and blue. These are the colours of police cars in Czechia. They also fitted it with fluorescent stripes, cameras, a radio, a siren, and flashing police lights on the roof.

A police spokesperson said they would use the Ferrari in high-speed chases. He said it would be able to catch any joyrider on the roads. Police will also pursue drivers taking part in illegal road races. The spokesperson added that the car would be used against some of the country's "most aggressive" criminals on the roads. Police in Czechia seize many vehicles from criminals each year. They sell most of them and give the money to victims of traffic crimes. They turn others into patrol cars. The Ferrari is the most luxurious to become a patrol car. Czechia has a long way to go to match Dubai's fleet of supercars. Dubai police get to drive Lamborghinis, Bugattis and an Aston Martin to keep their roads safer.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Patrol Cars - Level 0 Patrol Cars - Level 1   or  Patrol Cars - Level 2

Sources
  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jul/25/czech-police-turn-seized-ferrari-into-patrol-car
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-62295674
  • https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/07/26/czech-police-ferrari-458-italia/


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. POLICE CARS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about police cars. 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?
       police / criminals / good ideas / sports cars / patrol car / brand new / clock / siren /
       Ferrari / chases / road races / aggressive / vehicles / luxurious / traffic / crimes
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. SPORTS CARS: Students A strongly believe all police patrol cars should be sports cars; Students B strongly believe otherwise. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. CRIMINALS' PROPERTY: What should be done with the property of criminals taken by police? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

What Should Be Done?

Why?

Fast cars

 

 

Jewellery

 

 

Houses

 

 

Money

 

 

Pets

 

 

Weapons

 

 

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5. CRMINAL: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "criminal". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. VEHICLES: Rank these with your partner. Put the best police vehicles at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Supercars
  • Helicopters
  • Segways
  • Bicycles
  • Motorbikes
  • Speedboats
  • Horses
  • Police van

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. come up with a. Never been used before.
      2. fleet b. So bright it is easy to see even in the dark.
      3. brand new c. Think of an idea for something.
      4. spent d. A group of cars, ships or aircraft operating together for the same company or country.
      5. originally e. Used money for something.
      6. fluorescent f. At first.
      7. siren g. A kind of speaker that makes a loud and long warning sound.

    Paragraph 2

      8. chase h. A person harmed, injured, or killed because of a crime or accident.
      9. joyrider i. Follow someone to try to catch them.
      10. illegal j. In a very, very angry way.
      11. aggressive k. Cars, buses, trucks, etc. on the roads.
      12. victim l. Someone who steals a car and drives it fast and dangerously for fun.
      13. traffic m. Very, very comfortable or stylish, usually meaning a lot of money.
      14. luxurious n. Against the law.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Czech police are starting to use only high-powered sports cars.     T / F
  2. The Czech police force now has 458 Italian Ferraris.     T / F
  3. It cost the Czech police $14,000 to convert a Ferrari into a patrol car.     T / F
  4. The Ferrari now has flashing lights on its roof.     T / F
  5. The police said they would use the Ferrari to catch joyriders.     T / F
  6. The police said it would be very aggressive in chasing drivers.     T / F
  7. The Czech police sell criminals' cars to give money to traffic victims.     T / F
  8. The Czech police will buy Lamborghinis from the Dubai police.     T / F

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

  1. criminals
  2. turned
  3. sells
  4. originally
  5. stripes
  6. chases
  7. illegal
  8. seize
  9. luxurious
  10. match
  1. lines
  2. retails
  3. expensive
  4. pursuits
  5. lawbreakers
  6. unlawful
  7. equal
  8. transformed
  9. capture
  10. initially

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

  1. come up
  2. It was almost brand
  3. The same kind of car usually sells
  4. fluorescent
  5. flashing police lights
  6. use the Ferrari in high-
  7. it would be able to catch any
  8. the country's "most aggressive" criminals
  9. give the money to victims
  10. The Ferrari is the most
  1. speed chases
  2. on the roads
  3. on the roof
  4. luxurious
  5. for around $275,000
  6. of traffic crimes
  7. with a good idea
  8. new
  9. joyrider on the roads
  10. stripes

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
brand
spent
fitted
taken
clock
roof
idea
repainted

What do police do with cars (1) _____________________ from criminals? Police in the Czech Republic have come up with a good (2) _____________________ for high-powered sports cars. They turned a criminal's Ferrari into a patrol car. The Ferrari 458 Italia is now part of the Czech Police's fleet of cars. It was almost (3) _____________________ new when they took it from a criminal. It only had 1,900 km on the (4) _____________________. The same kind of car usually sells for around $275,000. The force (5) _____________________ around $14,000 to turn it into a police car. It was originally Ferrari red in colour, but the police (6) _____________________ it yellow and blue. These are the colours of police cars in Czechia. They also (7) _____________________ it with fluorescent stripes, cameras, a radio, a siren, and flashing police lights on the (8) _____________________.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
seize
way
pursue
speed
keep
against
others
victims

A police spokesperson said they would use the Ferrari in high-(9) _____________________ chases. He said it would be able to catch any joyrider on the roads. Police will also (10) _____________________ drivers taking part in illegal road races. The spokesperson added that the car would be used (11) _____________________ some of the country's "most aggressive" criminals on the roads. Police in Czechia (12) _____________________ many vehicles from criminals each year. They sell most of them and give the money to (13) _____________________ of traffic crimes. They turn (14) _____________________ into patrol cars. The Ferrari is the most luxurious to become a patrol car. Czechia has a long (15) _____________________ to go to match Dubai's fleet of supercars. Dubai police get to drive Lamborghinis, Bugattis and an Aston Martin to (16) _____________________ their roads safer.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) Police in the Czech Republic have come up with ______
     a.  a good ideas
     b.  the good idea
     c.  a good idea
     d.  a goods idea
2)  The Ferrari 458 Italia is now part of the Czech Police's ______
     a.  fleet of cars
     b.  float of cars
     c.  fret of cars
     d.  ferret of cars
3)  they took it from a criminal. It only had 1,900 km ______
     a.  on a clock
     b.  on the dock
     c.  on the clock
     d.  on the click
4)  spent around $14,000 to turn it into a police car. It was ______
     a.  original a Ferrari red
     b.  originally Ferrari lead
     c.  originally Ferrari led
     d.  originally Ferrari red
5)  a radio, a siren, and flashing police lights ______
     a.  on the aloof
     b.  on the loop
     c.  on the route
     d.  on the roof

6)  A police spokesperson said they would use the Ferrari in ______
     a.  high-speed chases
     b.  high-speed chase is
     c.  high-speed chase says
     d.  high-speed chase
7)  He said it would be able to catch any joyrider ______
     a.  on the loads
     b.  on the raids
     c.  on the reds
     d.  on the roads
8)  Police will also pursue drivers taking part in ______
     a.  ill eagle road races
     b.  illegal road races
     c.  ill legal road races
     d.  ill leaky road races
9)  They sell most of them and give the money to victims ______
     a.  off traffic crimes
     b.  of terrific crimes
     c.  of traffic crimes
     d.  off terrific crimes
10)  Dubai police get to drive Lamborghinis, Bugattis and an Aston Martin to keep ______
     a.  their roads saver
     b.  their roads safer
     c.  their roads safe far
     d.  their roads say far

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

What (1) ____________________ with cars taken from criminals? Police in the Czech Republic have come up with (2) ____________________ for high-powered sports cars. They turned a criminal's Ferrari into a patrol car. The Ferrari 458 Italia is now part of the Czech Police's (3) ____________________. It was almost brand new when they took it from a criminal. It only had 1,900 km (4) ____________________. The same kind of car usually sells for around $275,000. The force spent around $14,000 to turn it into a police car. It was originally Ferrari (5) ____________________, but the police repainted it yellow and blue. These are the colours of police cars in Czechia. They also fitted it with fluorescent stripes, cameras, a radio, a siren, and flashing police lights (6) ____________________.

A police spokesperson said they would use the Ferrari in (7) ____________________. He said it would be able to catch any joyrider on the roads. Police will also pursue drivers taking (8) ____________________ road races. The spokesperson added that the car would be used against some of the country's "most aggressive" criminals on the roads. Police in Czechia (9) ____________________ from criminals each year. They sell most of them and give the money (10) ____________________ traffic crimes. They turn others into patrol cars. The Ferrari is (11) ____________________ to become a patrol car. Czechia has a long way to (12) ____________________ Dubai's fleet of supercars. Dubai police get to drive Lamborghinis, Bugattis and an Aston Martin to keep their roads safer.

Comprehension questions

  1. What kind of idea does the article say the police had?
  2. What is the model of the Ferrari?
  3. How many kilometres had the Ferrari done when the police got it?
  4. In what colours was the Ferrari repainted?
  5. What's on the roof of the new Ferrari patrol car?
  6. Who will the Ferrari be able to catch on the roads?
  7. What kind of criminals will be Ferrari be used against?
  8. Where does some of the money from selling criminals' cars go to?
  9. What car in the Czech Police's fleet is the most luxurious?
  10. Which city has a better fleet of supercars?

Multiple choice quiz

1) What kind of idea does the article say the police had?
a) a sudden idea
b) a bad idea
c) a good idea
d) a terrible idea
2) What is the model of the Ferrari?
a) a 458 Italia
b) a 548 Italia
c) a 485 Italia
d) a 854 Italia
3) How many kilometres had the Ferrari done when the police got it?
a) 1,800 km
b) 1,900 km
c) 1,500 km
d) 1,700 km
4) In what colours was the Ferrari repainted?
a) yellow and red
b) green and blue
c) blue and red
d) blue and yellow
5) What's on the roof of the new Ferrari patrol car?
a) fluorescent stripes
b) radios and sirens
c) flashing police lights
d) the words "Ferrari Police"

6) Who will the Ferrari be able to catch on the roads?
a) anyone
b) joyriders
c) F1 drivers
d) other police cars
7) What kind of criminals will be Ferrari be used against?
a) robbers
b) the worst
c) pickpockets
d) aggressive criminals
8) Where does some of the money from selling criminals' cars go to?
a) road safety
b) victims of traffic crimes
c) better roads
d) new Ferraris
9) What car in the Czech Police's fleet is the most luxurious?
a) a Lamborghini
b) the Ferrari
c) a Rolls Royce
d) an Aston Martin
10) Which city has a better fleet of supercars?
a) Dubai
b) London
c) Tokyo
d) New York

Role play

Role  A – Supercars
You think supercars are the best form of transport for the police. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): helicopters, horses or Segways.

Role  B – Helicopters
You think helicopters are the best form of transport for the police. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): supercars, horses or Segways.

Role  C – Horses
You think horses are the best form of transport for the police. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): helicopters, supercars or Segways.

Role  D – Segways
You think Segways are the best form of transport for the police. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): helicopters, horses or supercars.

After reading / listening

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

'police'

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  • and 'car'.

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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:

    • idea
    • now
    • new
    • spent
    • yellow
    • fitted
    • high
    • illegal
    • against
    • money
    • match
    • safer

    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 - Patrol Cars

    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 'police'?
    3. What do you think of police cars?
    4. What should happen to cars taken from criminals?
    5. Would you like a high-powered sports car?
    6. Is it a good idea for police to have Ferrari's?
    7. Have you ever seen a police chase?
    8. Would being a traffic police officer be a good job?
    9. How good at solving crime are the police in your country?
    10. What should police do with other things taken from criminals?

    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 'car'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you think of Ferraris?
    5. What do you think of joyriders?
    6. How often do you see aggressive criminals on the roads?
    7. What do you think of road rage?
    8. Should victims of crime always get money?
    9. Why do you think Dubai police have so many supercars?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the Czech police?

    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)

    What do police do with cars (1) ____ from criminals? Police in the Czech Republic have come up with a good idea for high-(2) ____ sports cars. They turned a criminal's Ferrari into a patrol car. The Ferrari 458 Italia is now part of the Czech Police's (3) ____ of cars. It was almost brand new when they took it from a criminal. It only had 1,900 km on the (4) ____. The same kind of car usually sells for around $275,000. The force spent around $14,000 to turn it into a police car. It was (5) ____ Ferrari red in colour, but the police repainted it yellow and blue. These are the colours of police cars in Czechia. They also (6) ____ it with fluorescent stripes, cameras, a radio, a siren, and flashing police lights on the roof.

    A police spokesperson said they would use the Ferrari in high-speed chases. He said it would be able to catch any (7) ____ on the roads. Police will also pursue drivers taking part in illegal road races. The spokesperson added that the car would be used (8) ____ some of the country's "most aggressive" criminals on the roads. Police in Czechia (9) ____ many vehicles from criminals each year. They sell most of them and give the money to (10) ____ of traffic crimes. They turn others into patrol cars. The Ferrari is the most (11) ____ to become a patrol car. Czechia has a long way to go to match Dubai's fleet of supercars. Dubai police get to drive Lamborghinis, Bugattis and an Aston Martin to keep their roads (12) ____.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     taken     (b)     given     (c)     stolen     (d)     driven    
    2. (a)     powers     (b)     powerful     (c)     powered     (d)     powerless    
    3. (a)     feet     (b)     float     (c)     fleet     (d)     foot    
    4. (a)     timepiece     (b)     time     (c)     watch     (d)     clock    
    5. (a)     original     (b)     originals     (c)     originally     (d)     originate    
    6. (a)     put     (b)     fitted     (c)     raced     (d)     armed    
    7. (a)     joyful     (b)     joyrider     (c)     joy     (d)     joyless    
    8. (a)     opposed     (b)     against     (c)     protect     (d)     in case    
    9. (a)     size     (b)     sieve     (c)     seize     (d)     sever    
    10. (a)     victim     (b)     victimise     (c)     victimless     (d)     victims    
    11. (a)     luxuriate     (b)     luxuries     (c)     luxury     (d)     luxurious    
    12. (a)     safes     (b)     safety     (c)     safely     (d)     safer

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. the Czech Police's elfte of cars
    2. It was almost bndar new
    3. It was oraillgnyi Ferrari red in colour
    4. They also etfidt it
    5. sufrlnteeco stripes
    6. nfgiaslh police lights on the roof

    Paragraph 2

    1. A police oppkoesnsser
    2. catch any dorrjiye on the roads
    3. part in eigalll road races
    4. the country's most grssgieeva criminals
    5. give the money to sicitvm of traffic crimes
    6. The Ferrari is the most soiuruxul

    Put the text back together

    1  ) What do police do with cars taken from criminals? Police in the Czech Republic have come up with a good
    (...)  around $14,000 to turn it into a police car. It was originally Ferrari red in colour, but the police repainted it yellow
    (...)  stripes, cameras, a radio, a siren, and flashing police lights on the roof.
    (...)  A police spokesperson said they would use the Ferrari in high-speed chases. He said it would be able to catch
    (...)  way to go to match Dubai's fleet of supercars. Dubai police get to drive
    (...)  Lamborghinis, Bugattis and an Aston Martin to keep their roads safer.
    (...)  into patrol cars. The Ferrari is the most luxurious to become a patrol car. Czechia has a long
    (...)  any joyrider on the roads. Police will also pursue drivers taking part in illegal road races. The spokesperson added that the car would
    (...)  vehicles from criminals each year. They sell most of them and give the money to victims of traffic crimes. They turn others
    (...)  idea for high-powered sports cars. They turned a criminal's Ferrari into a patrol car. The Ferrari 458 Italia is now part
    (...)  criminal. It only had 1,900 km on the clock. The same kind of car usually sells for around $275,000. The force spent
    (...)  and blue. These are the colours of police cars in Czechia. They also fitted it with fluorescent
    (...)  be used against some of the country's "most aggressive" criminals on the roads. Police in Czechia seize many
    (...)  of the Czech Police's fleet of cars. It was almost brand new when they took it from a

    Put the words in the right order

    1. have   idea   .   with   a   good   come   Police   up
    2. a   a   turned   They   into   car   .   Ferrari   patrol
    3. cars   .   of   Police's   the   Czech   fleet   of   Part
    4. It   brand   it   .   was   they   new   took   when
    5. in   Ferrari   was   It   red   originally   colour   .
    6. it   would   catch   any   joyrider   on   the   roads   .
    7. races   .   drivers   Pursue   taking   part   in   illegal   road
    8. money   traffic   the   Give   to   victims   of   crimes   .
    9. The   most   become   to   a   patrol   luxurious   car   .
    10. to   A   way   Dubai   .   go   long   to   match

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    What do police do / doing with cars taken from criminals? Police in the Czech Republic have come up / down with a good idea for high-powered sports cars. They tuned / turned a criminal's Ferrari into a patrol car. The Ferrari 458 Italia is now part of / at the Czech Police's fleet of cars. It was almost bland / brand new when they took it from a criminal. It only had 1,900 km in / on the clock. The same kind of car usually / usual sells for around $275,000. The force spent / spending around $14,000 to turn it into a police car. It was originally Ferrari red in colour, but the police repainted it yellow and blue. These are / be the colours of police cars in Czechia. They also fitted it with fluorescent stripes, cameras, a radio, a siren, and flushing / flashing police lights on the roof.

    A police spokesperson said they would use / abuse the Ferrari in high-speed chases. He said it would be able to catch any joyrider in / on the roads. Police will also pursue / purse drivers taking part in illegal road races. The spokesperson subtracted / added that the car would be used against some of the country's "most aggressive" criminals on the roads. Police in Czechia seize / sieve many vehicles from criminals each year. They sell mostly / most of them and give the money to victims of traffic / truffle crimes. They turn others into patrol cars. The Ferrari is the must / most luxurious to become a patrol car. Czechia has a long way to go to match / mix Dubai's fleet of supercars. Dubai police get to drive Lamborghinis, Bugattis and an Aston Martin to keep their roads safety / safer.

    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)

    Wh_t  d_  p_l_c_  d_  w_th  c_rs  t_k_n  fr_m  cr_m_n_ls?  P_l_c_  _n  th_  Cz_ch  R_p_bl_c  h_v_  c_m_  _p  w_th  _  g__d  _d__  f_r  h_gh-p_w_r_d  sp_rts  c_rs.  Th_y  t_rn_d  _  cr_m_n_l's  F_rr_r_  _nt_  _  p_tr_l  c_r.  Th_  F_rr_r_  458  _t_l__  _s  n_w  p_rt  _f  th_  Cz_ch  P_l_c_'s  fl__t  _f  c_rs.  _t  w_s  _lm_st  br_nd  n_w  wh_n  th_y  t__k  _t  fr_m  _  cr_m_n_l.  _t  _nly  h_d  1,900  km  _n  th_  cl_ck.  Th_  s_m_  k_nd  _f  c_r  _s__lly  s_lls  f_r  _r__nd  $275,000.  Th_  f_rc_  sp_nt  _r__nd  $14,000  t_  t_rn  _t  _nt_  _  p_l_c_  c_r.  _t  w_s  _r_g_n_lly  F_rr_r_  r_d  _n  c_l__r,  b_t  th_  p_l_c_  r_p__nt_d  _t  y_ll_w  _nd  bl__.  Th_s_  _r_  th_  c_l__rs  _f  p_l_c_  c_rs  _n  Cz_ch__.  Th_y  _ls_  f_tt_d  _t  w_th  fl__r_sc_nt  str_p_s,  c_m_r_s,  _  r_d__,  _  s_r_n,  _nd  fl_sh_ng  p_l_c_  l_ghts  _n  th_  r__f.

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    what do police do with cars taken from criminals police in the czech republic have come up with a good idea for highpowered sports cars they turned a criminals ferrari into a patrol car the ferrari 458 italia is now part of the czech polices fleet of cars it was almost brand new when they took it from a criminal it only had 1900 km on the clock the same kind of car usually sells for around 275000 the force spent around 14000 to turn it into a police car it was originally ferrari red in colour but the police repainted it yellow and blue these are the colours of police cars in czechia they also fitted it with fluorescent stripes cameras a radio a siren and flashing police lights on the roof

    a police spokesperson said they would use the ferrari in highspeed chases he said it would be able to catch any joyrider on the roads police will also pursue drivers taking part in illegal road races the spokesperson added that the car would be used against some of the countrys most aggressive criminals on the roads police in czechia seize many vehicles from criminals each year they sell most of them and give the money to victims of traffic crimes they turn others into patrol cars the ferrari is the most luxurious to become a patrol car czechia has a long way to go to match dubais fleet of supercars dubai police get to drive lamborghinis bugattis and an aston martin to keep their roads safer

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    Whatdopolicedowithcarstakenfromcriminals?PoliceintheCzechRepu
    blichavecomeupwithagoodideaforhigh-poweredsportscars.Theytur
    nedacriminal'sFerrariintoapatrolcar.TheFerrari458Italiaisnowpartof
    theCzechPolice'sfleetofcars.Itwasalmostbrandnewwhentheytookitf
    romacriminal.Itonlyhad1,900kmontheclock.Thesamekindofcarusu
    allysellsforaround$275,000.Theforcespentaround$14,000toturniti
    ntoapolicecar.ItwasoriginallyFerrariredincolour,butthepolicerepaint
    edityellowandblue.ThesearethecoloursofpolicecarsinCzechia.Theya
    lsofitteditwithfluorescentstripes,cameras,aradio,asiren,andflashing
    policelightsontheroof.ApolicespokespersonsaidtheywouldusetheFe
    rrariinhigh-speedchases.Hesaiditwouldbeabletocatchanyjoyride
    rontheroads.Policewillalsopursuedriverstakingpartinillegalroadrace
    s.Thespokespersonaddedthatthecarwouldbeusedagainstsomeofthe
    country's"mostaggressive"criminalsontheroads.PoliceinCzechiasei
    zemanyvehiclesfromcriminalseachyear.Theysellmostofthemandgiv
    ethemoneytovictimsoftrafficcrimes.Theyturnothersintopatrolcars.T
    heFerrariisthemostluxurioustobecomeapatrolcar.Czechiahasalong
    waytogotomatchDubai'sfleetofsupercars.DubaipolicegettodriveLa
    mborghinis,BugattisandanAstonMartintokeeptheirroadssafer.

    Free writing

    Write about patrol car for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    All property taken from criminals should be sold to help victims of crime. 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. POLICE CARS: Make a poster about police cars. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. CRIMINALS' PROPERTY: Write a magazine article about selling all property seized by police to help victims of crime. 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 police cars. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to make police cars better. 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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