The Reading / Listening - Global Catastrophe - Level 2

Russia's Vladimir Putin warned that the North Korean crisis could cause a "planetary catastrophe". He said war on the Korean Peninsular would cause a huge loss of life. He told reporters in China that "peaceful dialogue" was the only way to end the crisis. He warned the USA and North Korea that talking about military action was very dangerous and "senseless". Mr Putin said North Korea would never stop its nuclear programme. He said: "They will eat grass instead of stopping their nuclear programme, as long as they do not feel safe."



Tensions in Korea are at dangerous levels. On Sunday, North Korea carried out its biggest ever nuclear test. The United Nations met to tell North Korea to stop its testing. Many countries want stronger sanctions against North Korea. Mr Putin said sanctions have never worked and would never work. He said they would be useless. The US ambassador to the UN said North Korea was "begging for war" because of its actions. She said: "War is never something the US wants. We don't want it now. But our country's patience is not unlimited. We will defend our allies and our territory."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Global Catastrophe - Level 0 Global Catastrophe - Level 1   or  Global Catastrophe - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/05/south-korea-minister-redeploying-us-nuclear-weapons-tensions-with-north
  • http://www.nation.co.ke/news/world/Putin-global-catastrophe-North-Korea/1068-4083486-w4xj8cz/index.html
  • https://www.rte.ie/news/2017/0905/902328-korea/


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 North Korean
  2. cause a huge loss
  3. peaceful
  4. the only way to
  5. talking about military
  6. They will eat grass
  7. stopping their nuclear
  8. as long as they do
  1. programme
  2. dialogue
  3. crisis
  4. not feel safe
  5. instead
  6. of life
  7. action
  8. end the crisis

Paragraph 2

  1. Tensions in Korea are at dangerous
  2. carried out its
  3. stop its
  4. stronger sanctions
  5. North Korea was
  6. War is never something
  7. our country's patience is not
  8. We will defend our
  1. the US wants
  2. allies
  3. "begging for war"
  4. unlimited
  5. levels
  6. against North Korea
  7. biggest ever nuclear test
  8. testing

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Russia's Vladimir Putin (1) ___________________ North Korean crisis could cause a "(2) ___________________". He said war on the Korean Peninsular would (3) ___________________ loss of life. He told reporters in China that "peaceful dialogue" was the only way to (4) ___________________. He warned the USA and North Korea that talking about (5) ___________________ was very dangerous and "senseless". Mr Putin said North Korea would never stop its nuclear programme. He said: "They will (6) ___________________ of stopping their nuclear programme, as long as they do not feel safe."

Tensions in Korea are (7) ___________________. On Sunday, North Korea carried out (8) ___________________ nuclear test. The United Nations met to tell North Korea to stop its testing. Many countries want stronger (9) ___________________ North Korea. Mr Putin said sanctions have never worked and would never work. He said they (10) ___________________. The US ambassador to the UN said North Korea was "begging for war" because of its actions. She said: "(11) ___________________ something the US wants. We don't want it now. But our country's patience is not unlimited. We will defend (12) ___________________ our territory."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Russia'sVladimirPutinwarnedthattheNorthKoreancrisiscouldcausea
"planetarycatastrophe".HesaidwarontheKoreanPeninsularwouldca
useahugelossoflife.HetoldreportersinChinathat"peacefuldialogue"w
astheonlywaytoendthecrisis.HewarnedtheUSAandNorthKoreathatt
alkingaboutmilitaryactionwasverydangerousand"senseless".MrPuti
nsaidNorthKoreawouldneverstopitsnuclearprogramme.Hesaid:"Th
eywilleatgrassinsteadofstoppingtheirnuclearprogramme,aslongast
heydonotfeelsafe."TensionsinKoreaareatdangerouslevels.OnSunda
y,NorthKoreacarriedoutitsbiggestevernucleartest.TheUnitedNation
smettotellNorthKoreatostopitstesting.Manycountrieswantstrongers
anctionsagainstNorthKorea.MrPutinsaidsanctionshaveneverworked
andwouldneverwork.Hesaidtheywouldbeuseless.TheUSambassado
rtotheUNsaidNorthKoreawas"beggingforwar"becauseofitsactions.S
hesaid:"WarisneversomethingtheUSwants.Wedon'twantitnow.Buto
urcountry'spatienceisnotunlimited.Wewilldefendouralliesandourter
ritory."

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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