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Ugandan Nuns Arrested for Growing Marijuana (11th June, 2010)

Police in Uganda have arrested two Catholic nuns after a drugs raid. Officers in Masaka district raided the Bwanda Covent after a tip-off that marijuana was growing. They found two acres of the plant. One of the nuns attacked the police to stop them from reaching the illegal plants. Uganda’s New Vision website said the police were surprised when the nuns struggled. One of the nuns told the police the marijuana was not for sale. She said they wanted to use it to treat farm animals.

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This will be a difficult case for the court to decide. It is very unusual to hear about Catholic nuns growing marijuana. Perhaps even stranger are stories of them using it themselves. Growing marijuana in Uganda is illegal. Noah Serunjogi, a police spokesman, said, “no one is allowed to plant marijuana”. He added that other people might be taking advantage of the nuns to commit a crime. The nuns were later released by the police without being charged. However, police are now questioning two male workers from the convent.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

a drugs

a.

not for sale

2

a tip-off that

b.

surprised

3.

One of the nuns

c.

raid

4.

the police were

d.

farm animals

5.

the police the marijuana was

e.

marijuana was growing

6.

use it to treat

f.

attacked the police

 

Paragraph 2

1.

a difficult case

a.

being charged

2

Growing marijuana in Uganda

b.

two male workers

3.

people might be taking

c.

is illegal

4.

commit a

d.

for the court

5.

released by the police without

e.

crime

6.

police are now questioning

f.

advantage of the nuns


LISTENING GAP FILL

Police in Uganda have arrested two Catholic nuns ____________ raid. Officers in Masaka district raided the Bwanda Covent after ______________ marijuana was growing. They found two acres of the plant. One of the nuns attacked the police ______________ from reaching ______________. Uganda’s New Vision website said the police were surprised when the nuns struggled. One of the nuns told the police the marijuana was ______________. She said they wanted to use ______________ animals.

This will be ______________ for the court to decide. It is very unusual to hear about Catholic nuns growing marijuana. Perhaps even stranger are stories of ______________ themselves. Growing marijuana in Uganda is illegal. Noah Serunjogi, a police spokesman, said, “________________ to plant marijuana”. He added that other people might be ______________ of the nuns to commit a crime. The nuns were later released by the police without ______________. However, police are ______________ two male workers from the convent.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Police in Uganda have (1) ____ two Catholic nuns after a drugs raid. Officers in Masaka district raided the Bwanda Covent after a tip-(2) ____ that marijuana was growing. They found two acres of the plant. One of the nuns attacked the police to stop them from (3) ____ the illegal plants. Uganda’s New Vision website said the police were surprised when the nuns struggled. One of the nuns told the police the marijuana was not for (4) ____. She said they wanted to use it to (5) ____ farm animals.

This will be a difficult (6) ____ for the court to decide. It is very unusual to hear about Catholic nuns growing marijuana. Perhaps even stranger are stories of them using (7) ____ themselves. Growing marijuana in Uganda is illegal. Noah Serunjogi, a police spokesman, said, “no one is allowed to     (8) ____ marijuana”. He added that other people might be taking advantage (9) ____ the nuns to commit a crime. The nuns were later released by the police without being charged. However, police are now (10) ____ two male workers from the convent.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

arrests

(b)

arrest

(c)

arrested

2.

(a)

off

(b)

on

(c)

over

3.

(a)

reach

(b)

reaching

(c)

reaches

4.

(a)

sell

(b)

sale

(c)

sales

5.

(a)

treat

(b)

threat

(c)

thread

6.

(a)

bag

(b)

box

(c)

case

7.

(a)

them

(b)

it

(c)

her

8.

(a)

flower

(b)

weed

(c)

plant

9.

(a)

of

(b)

by

(c)

at

10.

(a)

questions

(b)

questioning

(c)

questioned


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

a drugs raid

2.

two acres of the plant

3.

the illegal plants

4.

the nuns struggled

5.

not for sale

6.

treat farm animals

 

Paragraph 2

7.

a difficult case for the court

8.

very unusual

9.

even stranger

10.

no one is allowed

11.

taking advantage of the nuns

12.

commit a crime


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

plant marijuana”. He added that other people might be taking advantage of the nuns to commit a crime. The nuns were

(    )

later released by the police without being charged. However, police are now questioning two male workers from the convent.

1  )

Police in Uganda have arrested two Catholic nuns after a drugs raid. Officers in Masaka district

(    )

the marijuana was not for sale. She said they wanted to use it to treat farm animals.

(    )

raided the Bwanda Covent after a tip-off that marijuana was growing. They found two acres of the plant. One of the

(    )

This will be a difficult case for the court to decide. It is very unusual to hear

(    )

themselves. Growing marijuana in Uganda is illegal. Noah Serunjogi, a police spokesman, said, “no one is allowed to

(    )

nuns attacked the police to stop them from reaching the illegal plants. Uganda’s New Vision website said

(    )

about Catholic nuns growing marijuana. Perhaps even stranger are stories of them using it

(    )

the police were surprised when the nuns struggled. One of the nuns told the police


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

Catholic     Uganda     nuns     have     arrested     Police     two     in.    

2.

that     A     marijuana     tip     was     -     growing     off.    

3.

police     the     attacked     nuns     the     of     One.    

4.

were     struggled     surprised     when     The     the     police     nuns.    

5.

was     for     marijuana     not     sale     The.    

6.

A     court     difficult     to     case     decide     for     the.    

7.

Growing     in     is     marijuana     Uganda     illegal.    

8.

be     nuns     taking     advantage     People     of     might     the.    

9.

released     The     by     nuns     the     were     police     later.    

10.

male     two     questioning     now     are     Police     workers.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

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

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

________________________________________________________

3.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________

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

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

________________________________________________________

3.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________


WRITING

Write about marijuana for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

2. ILLEGAL DRUGS: Search the Internet and find more information about the bad effects of illegal drugs. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about marijuana. Include imaginary an interview with a doctor. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to the Ugandan policeman. Ask him three questions about this case. Give him three of your opinions on how to stop people using drugs. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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