The Reading / Listening - Fire and Fury - Level 1

President Donald Trump warned North Korea over its missiles. The war of words between Mr Trump and North Korea is getting worse. Countries are worried the war of words could become a real war. Tensions increased when North Korea said it had nuclear missiles. Trump then warned that North Korea would, "be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen". North Korea then promised to fire missiles near the US territory of Guam.



North Korea said Trump's words were "nonsense". Mr Trump said his "fire and fury" statement "wasn't tough enough". He said North Korea should "be very, very nervous". The Arms Control Association said Mr Trump should stop using such strong words to avoid a war. It said Mr Trump's words were dangerous and would not stop North Korea's nuclear development. It added that a war "would not be in the U.S. interest".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Fire and Fury - Level 0 Fire and Fury - Level 2   or  Fire and Fury - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40894529
  • http://time.com/4894701/north-korea-donald-trump-fire-fury-load-of-nonsense/
  • http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2017/08/103_234561.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 warned North Korea
  2. the war
  3. become a real
  4. North Korea said it
  5. be met with fire
  6. like the world has
  7. North Korea then promised
  8. near the US
  1. never seen
  2. war
  3. to fire missiles
  4. of words
  5. territory of Guam
  6. over its missiles
  7. and fury
  8. had nuclear missiles

Paragraph 2

  1. North Korea said Trump's words
  2. wasn't tough
  3. North Korea should
  4. The Arms Control
  5. avoid a
  6. It said Mr Trump's words were
  7. stop North Korea's nuclear
  8. a war would not be
  1. development
  2. "be very, very nervous"
  3. dangerous
  4. in the U.S. interest
  5. were "nonsense"
  6. Association
  7. enough
  8. war

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

President Donald Trump warned North Korea (1) ___________________. The war of words between Mr Trump and North Korea (2) ___________________. Countries are worried the (3) ___________________ could become a real war. Tensions increased when North Korea (4) ___________________ nuclear missiles. Trump then warned that North Korea would, "(5) ___________________ fire and fury like the world has never seen". North Korea then promised (6) ___________________ near the US territory of Guam.

North Korea said Trump's words (7) ___________________. Mr Trump said his "(8) ___________________" statement "wasn't tough enough". He said North Korea (9) ___________________, very nervous". The Arms Control Association said Mr Trump should (10) ___________________ strong words to avoid a war. It said Mr Trump's words were dangerous and (11) ___________________ North Korea's nuclear development. It added that a war "would (12) ___________________ U.S. interest".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

PresidentDonaldTrumpwarnedNorthKoreaoveritsmissiles.Thewarof
wordsbetweenMrTrumpandNorthKoreaisgettingworse.Countriesar
eworriedthewarofwordscouldbecomearealwar.Tensionsincreasedw
henNorthKoreasaidithadnuclearmissiles.TrumpthenwarnedthatNor
thKoreawould,"bemetwithfireandfuryliketheworldhasneverseen".N
orthKoreathenpromisedtofiremissilesneartheUSterritoryofGuam.N
orthKoreasaidTrump'swordswere"nonsense".MrTrumpsaidhis"firea
ndfury"statement"wasn'ttoughenough".HesaidNorthKoreashould"b
every,verynervous".TheArmsControlAssociationsaidMrTrumpshoul
dstopusingsuchstrongwordstoavoidawar.ItsaidMrTrump'swordswe
redangerousandwouldnotstopNorthKorea'snucleardevelopment.Ita
ddedthatawar"wouldnotbeintheU.S.interest".

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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(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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