The Reading / Listening - Refugees - Level 2

The CEO of Starbucks has said his company would employ 10,000 refugees over the next five years. The CEO of the international coffee shop chain is unhappy with President Donald Trump's ban on people from seven Middle Eastern and North African countries. The CEO said he promised to make a big effort to welcome people escaping from war, violence and discrimination. He added: "There are more than 65 million…refugees, and we are developing plans to hire 10,000 of them over five years in the 75 countries around the world where Starbucks does business."



Many people are angry with Starbucks. Trump supporters called for a boycott of Starbucks coffee shops. They want Starbucks to help the 40,000 unemployed war veterans in the USA instead of refugees. Starbucks has already hired 8,800 veterans since 2013. Mr Trump's supporters asked consumers to stop doing business with companies who are negative about the President, like Amazon. Opponents of Mr. Trump have started the hashtag #GrabYourWallet to get consumers to avoid doing business with companies that have supported Mr Trump or have business links to him.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Refugees - Level 0 Refugees - Level 1   or  Refugees - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.cbsnews.com/news/does-starbucks-ignore-vets-while-helping-refugees/
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38793248
  • http://www.businessinsider.com/starbucks-is-hiring-10000-refugees-2017-1


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 :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. The CEO
  2. employ 10,000 refugees over
  3. the international coffee shop
  4. Donald Trump's ban on
  5. make a big effort to
  6. escaping
  7. plans to hire 10,000 of
  8. where Starbucks does
  1. from war
  2. chain
  3. welcome people
  4. them
  5. of Starbucks
  6. people
  7. business
  8. the next five years

Paragraph 2

  1. Many people are angry
  2. called for a boycott
  3. war
  4. stop doing
  5. negative
  6. the hashtag
  7. companies that have
  8. have business links
  1. business with companies
  2. supported Mr Trump
  3. to him
  4. about the President
  5. of Starbucks
  6. with Starbucks
  7. #GrabYourWallet
  8. veterans

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The CEO of Starbucks (1) ___________________ company would employ 10,000 refugees (2) ___________________ five years. The CEO of the international coffee shop chain (3) ___________________ President Donald Trump's ban on people from seven Middle Eastern and North African countries. The CEO said he promised to (4) ___________________ to welcome people escaping from war, violence and discrimination. He added: "There are more than 65 million…refugees, and (5) ___________________ plans to hire 10,000 of them over five years in the 75 countries around the world where Starbucks (6) ___________________."

Many people (7) ___________________ Starbucks. Trump supporters called (8) ___________________ of Starbucks coffee shops. They want Starbucks to help the 40,000 unemployed war veterans in the USA (9) ___________________. Starbucks has already hired 8,800 veterans since 2013. Mr Trump's supporters asked consumers to stop (10) ___________________ with companies who are negative about the President, like Amazon. Opponents of Mr. Trump (11) ___________________ hashtag #GrabYourWallet to get consumers to avoid doing business with companies that have supported Mr Trump or have business (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheCEOofStarbuckshassaidhiscompanywouldemploy10,000refuge
esoverthenextfiveyears.TheCEOoftheinternationalcoffeeshopchaini
sunhappywithPresidentDonaldTrump'sbanonpeoplefromsevenMidd
leEasternandNorthAfricancountries.TheCEOsaidhepromisedtomake
abigefforttowelcomepeopleescapingfromwar,violenceanddiscrimin
ation.Headded:"Therearemorethan65million…refugees,andweared
evelopingplanstohire10,000ofthemoverfiveyearsinthe75countriesa
roundtheworldwhereStarbucksdoesbusiness."Manypeopleareangry
withStarbucks.TrumpsupporterscalledforaboycottofStarbuckscoffe
eshops.TheywantStarbuckstohelpthe40,000unemployedwarvetera
nsintheUSAinsteadofrefugees.Starbuckshasalreadyhired8,800vete
ranssince2013.MrTrump'ssupportersaskedconsumerstostopdoingb
usinesswithcompanieswhoarenegativeaboutthePresident,likeAmaz
on.OpponentsofMr.Trumphavestartedthehashtag#GrabYourWallet
togetconsumerstoavoiddoingbusinesswithcompaniesthathavesupp
ortedMrTrumporhavebusinesslinkstohim.

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 — Write your own questions

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

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

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Free writing

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Answers

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