The Reading / Listening - Level 6

The new British Prime Minister Theresa May has caused a stir around the world with her appointment of the UK's new Foreign Secretary. She has chosen the controversial former Mayor of London Boris Johnson. Mr Johnson led the campaign for Britain to leave the European Union and has now been given the job of Britain's top diplomat. This has surprised many as Mr Johnson has a track record of being very undiplomatic to world leaders and countries. He once referred to Hillary Clinton as a "sadistic nurse in a mental hospital". He compared Russian President Vladimir Putin to a creature from Harry Potter. He also made racist comments about African countries and the nation of Papua New Guinea.



The British newspaper 'The Independent' said Mrs May, "had managed to unite the international community in bewilderment by her appointment of Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary". France's foreign secretary said Mr Johnson had lied to the British people during his campaign to get Britain to leave the EU. TV presenters and journalists in Germany speculated whether British politics was becoming a farcical comedy show. The Washington Post asked how Mr Johnson could become Britain’s top diplomat after having offended much of the world. Mr Johnson shrugged off comments that he was not the person for the job. He said his task was to reshape Britain's identity as a "great global player".

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Level 4  or  Level 5

Sources
  • http://edition.cnn.com/2016/07/13/europe/boris-johnson-uk-foreign-secretary/
  • https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/07/14/why-boris-johnson-became-britains-top-diplomat-despite-having-offended-much-of-the-world/
  • http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/who-is-boris-johnson-uk-foreign-secretary-british-government-theresa-may-cabinet-a7135996.html


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Warm-ups

1. DIPLOMACY: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about diplomacy. 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?

       appointment / foreign secretary / controversial / campaign / diplomat / hospital /
       unite / community / bewilderment / journalists / comedy / comments / identity

Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.

3. DIPLOMAT: Students A strongly believe anyone can be a diplomat; Students B strongly believe otherwise.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. FOREIGN SECRETARY: Which of these people would make a good foreign secretary? Discuss this with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

  • Banker
  • Journalist
  • Teacher
  • Pilot
  • Psychiatrist
  • Comedian
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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. GLOBAL PLAYER: Rank these with your partner. Put the things a country most need to be a global player at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • military strength
  • popular culture
  • natural resources
  • a universal language
  • strong currency
  • long history
  • stable economy
  • strong leaders

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The article says Theresa May likes to stir things.     T / F
  2. Boris Johnson was a key campaigner for the UK to leave the EU.     T / F
  3. Boris Johnson has a history of not being very diplomatic.     T / F
  4. Mr Johnson made racist comments about Papua New Guinea.     T / F
  5. A newspaper said the UK leader had united the international community. T / F
  6. Boris Johnson called France's foreign secretary a liar.     T / F
  7. The article says Boris Johnson will soon star in a German comedy.     T / F
  8. Boris Johnson said Britain's identity does not need to be changed.     T / F

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

  1. caused
  2. chosen
  3. campaign
  4. track record
  5. comments
  6. unite
  7. speculated
  8. farcical
  9. shrugged off
  10. task
  1. wondered
  2. remarks
  3. job
  4. selected
  5. ridiculous
  6. history
  7. created
  8. disregarded
  9. drive
  10. unify

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

  1. the controversial former
  2. Johnson led the campaign for Britain
  3. a track
  4. a "sadistic nurse in a
  5. He also made racist
  6. unite the international
  7. British politics was becoming
  8. Johnson could become Britain’s top
  9. offended much
  10. his task was to reshape
  1. community
  2. mental hospital
  3. a farcical comedy show
  4. Mayor of London
  5. to leave
  6. diplomat
  7. of the world
  8. comments
  9. Britain's identity
  10. record

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
campaign
referred
caused
racist
record
former
creature
diplomat

The new British Prime Minister Theresa May has (1) ____________ a stir around the world with her appointment of the UK's new Foreign Secretary. She has chosen the controversial (2) ____________ Mayor of London Boris Johnson. Mr Johnson led the (3) ____________ for Britain to leave the European Union and has now been given the job of Britain's top (4) ____________. This has surprised many as Mr Johnson has a track (5) ____________ of being very undiplomatic to world leaders and countries. He once (6) ____________ to Hillary Clinton as a "sadistic nurse in a mental hospital". He compared Russian President Vladimir Putin to a (7) ____________ from Harry Potter. He also made (8) ____________ comments about African countries and the nation of Papua New Guinea.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
farcical
appointment
task
speculated
identity
unite
offended
campaign

The British newspaper 'The Independent' said Mrs May, "had managed to (9) ____________ the international community in bewilderment by her (10) ____________ of Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary". France's foreign secretary said Mr Johnson had lied to the British people during his (11) ____________ to get Britain to leave the EU. TV presenters and journalists in Germany (12) ____________ whether British politics was becoming a (13) ____________ comedy show. The Washington Post asked how Mr Johnson could become Britain’s top diplomat after having (14) ____________ much of the world. Mr Johnson shrugged off comments that he was not the person for the job. He said his (15) ____________ was to reshape Britain's (16) ____________ as a "great global player".

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  The new British Prime Minister Theresa May has caused ______ the world
     a.  a star around
     b.  a stir around
     c.  a stair around
     d.  ace tar around

2)  She has chosen the controversial ______ of London
     a.  former Mayor
     b.  farmer Mayor
     c.  framer Mayor
     d.  firmer Mayor

3)  This has surprised many as Mr Johnson has a track record of being ______
     a.  very non-diplomatic
     b.  very un-diploma tick
     c.  very under-problematic
     d.  very undiplomatic

4)  He once referred to Hillary Clinton as a "sadistic nurse in a ______"
     a.  mentally hospital
     b.  mental ill hospital
     c.  mental hospital
     d.  mentally ill hospital

5) made racist comments about African countries and ______ Papua New Guinea
     a.  the notion of
     b.  the nation of
     c.  the national of
     d.  the notional of

6)  France's foreign secretary said Mr Johnson had lied to the British people ______
     a.  enduring his campaign
     b.  during this campaign
     c.  during his campaigns
     d.  during his campaign

7)  journalists in Germany speculated whether British politics was becoming ______ show
     a.  a farcical comedy
     b.  a far cycle comedy
     c.  a force I call comedy
     d.  a farce I call comedy

8)  how Mr Johnson could become Britain’s top diplomat after having ______ the world
     a.  offend did much of
     b.  offended much of
     c.  offended much off
     d.  off-end did much of

9)  Mr Johnson shrugged off comments that he was not the ______
     a.  person from the job
     b.  person for the jobs
     c.  person for the job
     d.  person from the jobs

10)  He said his task was to reshape Britain's ______ "great global player"
     a.  identity as a
     b.  identities as a
     c.  identity has a
     d.  identify as a

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The new British Prime Minister Theresa May (1) ___________________ around the world with her appointment of the UK's new Foreign Secretary. She has chosen the (2) ___________________ Mayor of London Boris Johnson. Mr Johnson (3) ___________________ for Britain to leave the European Union and has now been given the job of Britain's top diplomat. This has surprised many as Mr Johnson (4) ___________________ of being very undiplomatic to world leaders and countries. He once referred to Hillary Clinton as (5) ___________________ in a mental hospital". He compared Russian President Vladimir Putin (6) ___________________ from Harry Potter. He also made racist comments about African countries and the nation of Papua New Guinea.

The British newspaper 'The Independent' said Mrs May, "had managed to unite the international community (7) ___________________ by her appointment of Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary". France's foreign secretary said Mr Johnson (8) ___________________ British people during his campaign to get Britain to leave the EU. TV presenters and journalists in Germany (9) ___________________ British politics was becoming a farcical comedy show. The Washington Post asked how Mr Johnson could become Britain’s top diplomat after (10) ___________________ much of the world. Mr Johnson (11) ___________________ that he was not the person for the job. He said his task (12) ___________________ Britain's identity as a "great global player".

Comprehension questions

  1. What did the article say Theresa May caused around the world?
  2. What did Boris Johnson lead a campaign for Britain to leave?
  3. What has Boris Johnson got a track record in doing?
  4. To what did Mr Johnson compare Vladimir Putin?
  5. What nation did Mr Johnson make racist comments about?
  6. What is the international community united by?
  7. Which country's foreign secretary said Mr Johnson lied?
  8. What kind of show did German TV presenters liken British politics to?
  9. Who did the Washington Post say Mr Johnson had offended?
  10. What did Mr Johnson say he wanted to reshape?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What did the article say Theresa May caused around the world?
a) a story
b) a star
c) a stir
d) a storm

2) What did Boris Johnson lead a campaign for Britain to leave?
a) the EU
b) Europe
c) NATO
d) the UN

3) What has Boris Johnson got a track record in doing?
a) being a foreign secretary
b) being diplomatic
c) being problematic
d) being undiplomatic

4) To what did Mr Johnson compare Vladimir Putin?
a) a nation
b) a creature from Harry Potter
c) a statue
d) a nurse

5) What nation did Mr Johnson make racist comments about?
a) Paraguay
b) Russia
c) Papua New Guinea
d) France

6) What is the international community united by?
a) laughter
b) bewilderment
c) grief
d) appointments

7) Which country's foreign secretary said Mr Johnson lied?
a) Russia
b) the USA
c) Germany
d) France

8) What kind of show did German TV presenters liken British politics to?
a) a tragedy
b) a comedy
c) a documentary
d) a children's show

9) Who did the Washington Post say Mr Johnson had offended?
a) much of the world
b) its journalists
c) immigrants
d) his colleagues

10) What did Mr Johnson say he wanted to reshape?
a) his stomach
b) the world
c) his hairstyle
d) Britain's identity

Role play

Role A — A strong currency

You think a strong currency is most important for a country to be a global player. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't so important. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): military strength, a popular culture or a universal language.

Role B — Military strength

You think military strength is most important for a country to be a global player. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't so important. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): a strong currency, a popular culture or a universal language.

Role C — A popular culture

You think a popular culture is most important for a country to be a global player. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't so important. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): military strength, a strong currency or a universal language.

Role D — A universal language

You think a universal language is most important for a country to be a global player. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't so important. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why):  military strength, a popular culture or a strong currency.

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 'secretary'.

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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:

    • unite
    • lied
    • whether
    • much
    • person
    • task
    • stir
    • former
    • led
    • track
    • once
    • nation




    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 - Boris Johnson – UK's controversial new foreign secretary

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What springs to mind when you hear the word 'diplomat'?
    3. What do you know about Boris Johnson?
    4. Why is the world shocked Boris Johnson is the UK's foreign secretary?
    5. What do you think of your country's foreign secretary?
    6. What do you know about recent politics in Britain?
    7. What qualities should a top diplomat have?
    8. What advice do you have for Boris Johnson?
    9. What do you think of Boris Johnson's comments about world leaders?
    10. How can someone who makes racist comments be foreign secretary?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What kind of foreign secretary do you think Boris Johnson will be?
    3. Is Boris Johnson good or bad for Britain?
    4. What should Boris Johnson do in his first few months?
    5. What do you think of France's foreign secretary saying Johnson lied?
    6. Why might people think British politics is "a farcical comedy show"?
    7. How important is the UK to your country?
    8. How could Mr Johnson reshape Britain's identity?
    9. Are any of your leaders embarrassing?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Boris Johnson?

    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 new British Prime Minister Theresa May has caused a (1) ____ around the world with her appointment of the UK's new Foreign Secretary. She has chosen the controversial (2) ____ Mayor of London Boris Johnson. Mr Johnson led the campaign for Britain to leave the European Union (3) ____ has now been given the job of Britain's top diplomat. This has surprised many as Mr Johnson has a (4) ____ record of being very undiplomatic to world leaders and countries. He once (5) ____ to Hillary Clinton as a "sadistic nurse in a mental hospital". He compared Russian President Vladimir Putin to a (6) ____ from Harry Potter. He also made racist comments about African countries and the nation of Papua New Guinea.

    The British newspaper 'The Independent' said Mrs May, "had managed to unite the international community (7) ____ bewilderment by her appointment of Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary". France's foreign secretary said Mr Johnson had lied to the British people (8) ____ his campaign to get Britain to leave the EU. TV presenters and journalists in Germany speculated whether British politics was becoming a (9) ____ comedy show. The Washington Post asked how Mr Johnson could become Britain’s top diplomat after (10) ____ offended much of the world. Mr Johnson shrugged (11) ____ comments that he was not the person for the job. He said his task was to reshape Britain's identity as a "great global (12) ____ ".

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     stirring     (b)     stir-fry     (c)     stirrup     (d)     stir    
    2. (a)     firmer     (b)     farmer     (c)     framer     (d)     former    
    3. (a)     but     (b)     and     (c)     although     (d)     such    
    4. (a)     lane     (b)     groove     (c)     track     (d)     rail    
    5. (a)     referred     (b)     referenced     (c)     referral     (d)     refereed    
    6. (a)     creature     (b)     crater     (c)     creative     (d)     couture    
    7. (a)     at     (b)     of     (c)     on     (d)     in    
    8. (a)     during     (b)     while     (c)     whatsoever     (d)     of    
    9. (a)     farce     (b)     farcical     (c)     forceps     (d)     farces    
    10. (a)     had     (b)     has     (c)     having     (d)     have    
    11. (a)     in     (b)     up     (c)     off     (d)     on    
    12. (a)     playmate     (b)     player     (c)     plaything     (d)     playwright

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (    )     of the world. Mr Johnson shrugged off comments that he was not the person

    (    )     bewilderment by her appointment of Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary". France's foreign secretary said Mr Johnson had

    (    )     show. The Washington Post asked how Mr Johnson could become Britain’s top diplomat after having offended much

    (    )     hospital". He compared Russian President Vladimir Putin to a creature from Harry Potter. He also made

    (    )     journalists in Germany speculated whether British politics was becoming a farcical comedy

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    (    )     The British newspaper 'The Independent' said Mrs May, "had managed to unite the international community in

    (    )     London Boris Johnson. Mr Johnson led the campaign for Britain to leave the European Union and has now been

    (    )     given the job of Britain's top diplomat. This has surprised many as Mr Johnson has a track record of being very

    (    )     racist comments about African countries and the nation of Papua New Guinea.

    (    )     undiplomatic to world leaders and countries. He once referred to Hillary Clinton as a "sadistic nurse in a mental

    1  )     The new British Prime Minister Theresa May has caused a stir around the world with her appointment

    (    )     for the job. He said his task was to reshape Britain's identity as a "great global player".

    (    )     lied to the British people during his campaign to get Britain to leave the EU. TV presenters and

    Put the words in the right order

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    7. British   his   had   the   during  Johnson   to   people   campaign   lied  .
    8. British   show   comedy   farcical   a   becoming   was   politics   .
    9. that   not   for   Comments   was   person   job   he   the   the   .
    10. as   identity   Britain's   Reshape   player   global   great   a   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    The British newspaper 'The Independent' said Mrs May, "had manager / managed to unite / untie the international community in / on bewilderment by her appointment of Boris Johnson has / as Foreign Secretary". France's foreign secretary said Mr Johnson had lied for / to the British people during his campaign to / for get Britain to leave the EU. TV presenters and journalists in Germany speculated which / whether British politics was becoming a farcical / forceps comedy show. The Washington Post asked how Mr Johnson could become Britain’s top diplomat after had / having offended much of the world. Mr Johnson shrugged off comments that he was not the person for the job. He said his task / tusk was to reshape Britain's identity as a "great global player".

    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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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    the new british prime minister theresa may has caused a stir around the world with her appointment of the uk's new foreign secretary she has chosen the controversial former mayor of london boris johnson mr johnson led the campaign for britain to leave the european union and has now been given the job of britain's top diplomat this has surprised many as mr johnson has a track record of being very undiplomatic to world leaders and countries he once referred to hillary clinton as a "sadistic nurse in a mental hospital" he compared russian president vladimir putin to a creature from harry potter he also made racist comments about african countries and the nation of papua new guinea

    the british newspaper 'the independent' said mrs may "had managed to unite the international community in bewilderment by her appointment of boris johnson as foreign secretary" france's foreign secretary said mr johnson had lied to the british people during his campaign to get britain to leave the eu tv presenters and journalists in germany speculated whether british politics was becoming a farcical comedy show the washington post asked how mr johnson could become britain’s top diplomat after having offended much of the world mr johnson shrugged off comments that he was not the person for the job he said his task was to reshape britain's identity as a "great global player"

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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    esaidhistaskwastoreshapeBritain'sidentityasa"greatglobalplayer".

    Free writing

    Write about Boris Johnson for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Britain is one of the world's most important countries. 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 Boris Johnson. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. WORLD RELATIONS: Make a poster about world relations. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. FOREIGN SECRETARY: Write a magazine article about your country's foreign secretary. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against him/her.

    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 diplomacy. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to get on better with other countries. 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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