The Reading / Listening - Transgender Soldiers - Level 5

Donald Trump's desire to ban transgender people from serving in the USA military has run into problems. Military bosses at the Pentagon have said that there will be "no modifications" to its policy of allowing transgender people to serve until it receives formal notification from the White House. The Pentagon said: "In the meantime, we will continue to treat all of our personnel with respect." It added: "There will be no modifications to the current policy until…direction has been received by the Secretary of Defense and the secretary has issued implementation guidance."

President Trump tweeted on Wednesday that: "The United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail." This reversed a policy that President Barack Obama approved. Republican John McCain said: "Any American who meets current medical and readiness standards should be allowed to continue serving."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Transgender Soldiers - Level 4 or  Transgender Soldiers - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/07/27/539760575/joint-chiefs-chairman-says-transgender-policy-wont-change-yet
  • https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-27/pentagon-pushes-back-on-trump-bid-to-change-transgender-policy
  • http://edition.cnn.com/2017/07/26/politics/trump-military-transgender/index.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 :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Trump's desire to
  2. run into
  3. there will be "no modifications"
  4. allowing transgender
  5. until it receives formal
  6. treat all of our personnel
  7. There will be no modifications to
  8. issued implementation
  1. with respect
  2. people to serve
  3. guidance
  4. problems
  5. the current policy
  6. ban transgender people
  7. notification
  8. to its policy

Paragraph 2

  1. not accept or allow transgender
  2. serve in any
  3. Our military must
  4. decisive and
  5. cannot be
  6. the tremendous
  7. meets current medical and
  8. should be allowed to continue
  1. readiness standards
  2. burdened
  3. individuals
  4. serving
  5. capacity
  6. be focused
  7. medical costs
  8. overwhelming victory

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Donald Trump's (1) ___________________ transgender people from serving in the USA military (2) ___________________ problems. Military bosses at the Pentagon have said that there will be "no modifications" (3) ___________________ allowing transgender people to serve until it receives formal (4) ___________________ the White House. The Pentagon said: "In the meantime, we will continue (5) ___________________ our personnel with respect." It added: "There will be no modifications to the current policy until…direction has been received by the Secretary of Defense and the secretary (6) ___________________ implementation guidance."

President Trump (7) ___________________ Wednesday that: "The United States Government will (8) ___________________ allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused (9) ___________________ overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous (10) ___________________ disruption that transgender in the military (11) ___________________." This reversed a policy that President Barack Obama approved. Republican John McCain said: "Any American who meets current medical and readiness standards should (12) ___________________ continue serving."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

DonaldTrump'sdesiretobantransgenderpeoplefromservingintheUS
Amilitaryhasrunintoproblems.MilitarybossesatthePentagonhavesai
dthattherewillbe"nomodifications"toitspolicyofallowingtransgender
peopletoserveuntilitreceivesformalnotificationfromtheWhiteHouse.
ThePentagonsaid:"Inthemeantime,wewillcontinuetotreatallofourpe
rsonnelwithrespect."Itadded:"Therewillbenomodificationstothecurr
entpolicyuntil…directionhasbeenreceivedbytheSecretaryofDefense
andthesecretaryhasissuedimplementationguidance."PresidentTru
mptweetedonWednesdaythat:"TheUnitedStatesGovernmentwillnot
acceptorallowtransgenderindividualstoserveinanycapacityintheU.S
.Military.Ourmilitarymustbefocusedondecisiveandoverwhelmingvic
toryandcannotbeburdenedwiththetremendousmedicalcostsanddisr
uptionthattransgenderinthemilitarywouldentail."Thisreversedapoli
cythatPresidentBarackObamaapproved.RepublicanJohnMcCainsaid
:"AnyAmericanwhomeetscurrentmedicalandreadinessstandardssh
ouldbeallowedtocontinueserving."

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

Write about this topic for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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Answers

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