The Reading / Listening - FBI Boss - Level 5

President Trump has fired the boss of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), James Comey. It is the second time in US history an FBI boss has been fired. Mr Comey thought the news of his firing was a prank and he didn't believe it. He was talking to FBI agents in a field office in Los Angeles when he saw a news program reporting on President Trump firing him. FBI staff then confirmed to him that he had been fired. The White House delivered a letter to Mr Comey about his firing, but Comey was not in his office in Washington to receive it.



The sacking is a huge political story in the USA. Many newspapers are saying Mr Comey was fired because he was investigating President Trump's alleged links to Russia. Journalists are saying the White House is covering up a scandal concerning President Trump and Russia. The White House denied this. Officials said that Comey was sacked because of his mishandling of investigations into Hillary Clinton's e-mails. They said this meant he couldn't effectively lead the FBI. President Trump said it was time for a "new beginning" at the FBI – the USA's "crown jewel of law enforcement".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    FBI Boss - Level 4 or  FBI Boss - Level 6

Sources
  • http://news.sky.com/story/shocked-fbi-boss-james-comey-thought-his-firing-was-a-prank-10870875
  • http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/332662-comey-learned-he-was-fired-from-tv-reports
  • https://www.vox.com/2017/5/9/15602922/james-comey-fired-prank


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. Federal Bureau
  2. It is the second time
  3. he didn't
  4. He was talking to FBI
  5. he saw a news
  6. confirmed to him that he had been
  7. The White House delivered
  8. Comey was not in
  1. fired
  2. of Investigation
  3. a letter
  4. believe it
  5. his office
  6. in US history
  7. program
  8. agents

Paragraph 2

  1. The sacking is a huge
  2. Trump's alleged
  3. covering up
  4. his mishandling
  5. he couldn't effectively lead
  6. time for a new
  7. crown
  8. law
  1. beginning
  2. the FBI
  3. jewel
  4. enforcement
  5. of investigations
  6. links to Russia
  7. a scandal
  8. political story

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

President Trump has (1) ___________________ the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), James Comey. It is the (2) ___________________ US history an FBI boss has been fired. Mr Comey thought (3) ___________________ firing was a prank and he didn't believe it. He was talking to FBI agents (4) ___________________ Los Angeles when he saw a news program reporting on President Trump firing him. FBI staff then confirmed (5) ___________________ had been fired. The White House delivered a letter to Mr Comey about his firing, but Comey was not in his office in Washington (6) ___________________.

The sacking (7) ___________________ story in the USA. Many newspapers are saying Mr Comey was fired because he was investigating President Trump's (8) ___________________ Russia. Journalists are saying the White House is (9) ___________________ scandal concerning President Trump and Russia. The White House denied this. Officials said that Comey was sacked (10) ___________________ mishandling of investigations into Hillary Clinton's e-mails. They said this meant he (11) ___________________ lead the FBI. President Trump said it was time for a "new beginning" at the FBI – the USA's "(12) ___________________ law enforcement".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

PresidentTrumphasfiredthebossoftheFederalBureauofInvestigation
(FBI),JamesComey.ItisthesecondtimeinUShistoryanFBIbosshasbee
nfired.MrComeythoughtthenewsofhisfiringwasaprankandhedidn'tb
elieveit.HewastalkingtoFBIagentsinafieldofficeinLosAngeleswhenh
esawanewsprogramreportingonPresidentTrumpfiringhim.FBIstafft
henconfirmedtohimthathehadbeenfired.TheWhiteHousedeliveredal
ettertoMrComeyabouthisfiring,butComeywasnotinhisofficeinWashi
ngtontoreceiveit.ThesackingisahugepoliticalstoryintheUSA.Manyne
wspapersaresayingMrComeywasfiredbecausehewasinvestigatingPr
esidentTrump'sallegedlinkstoRussia.JournalistsaresayingtheWhite
HouseiscoveringupascandalconcerningPresidentTrumpandRussia.T
heWhiteHousedeniedthis.OfficialssaidthatComeywassackedbecaus
eofhismishandlingofinvestigationsintoHillaryClinton'se-mails.Theys
aidthismeanthecouldn'teffectivelyleadtheFBI.PresidentTrumpsaidit
wastimefora"newbeginning"attheFBItheUSA's"crownjeweloflawen
forcement".

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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