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World Leaders Attack Koran Burning (9th September, 2010)

World leaders have made statements expressing their anger over the Koran-burning plan of an American churchman. They fear the event could lead to violence around the globe. Terry Jones, leader of a small church in Florida, plans to burn Korans on September 11. He said his plan is to stop the building of a new mosque near Ground Zero, New York. He wants the mosque relocated and said his “International Burn A Koran Day” would not be cancelled unless the mosque was moved away from the site of the 9/11 attacks.

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President Obama spoke on U.S. television and asked Mr Jones to stop his “stunt”. He said: "This is a recruitment bonanza for Al Qaeda. You could have serious violence in places like Pakistan or Afghanistan. This could increase the recruitment of [people]…willing to blow themselves up in American cities or European cities." Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari attacked the plan, saying it would cause irreversible damage to world peace. Lebanese President Michel Suleiman said it went against all Christian teachings.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

statements expressing

a.

church in Florida

2

lead to violence around

b.

relocated

3.

leader of a small

c.

the globe

4.

the building of

d.

9/11 attacks

5.

He wants the mosque

e.

their anger

6.

the site of the

f.

a new mosque

 

Paragraph 2

1.

asked Mr Jones to

a.

violence

2

a recruitment bonanza

b.

up

3.

serious

c.

teachings

4.

willing to blow themselves

d.

stop his “stunt”

5.

irreversible damage to

e.

for Al Qaeda

6.

it went against all Christian

f.

world peace


LISTENING GAP FILL

World leaders have made statements __________________ over the Koran-burning plan of an American churchman. They fear the event could __________________ the globe. Terry Jones, leader of a small church in Florida, plans to burn Korans on September 11. He said __________________ building of a new mosque near Ground Zero, New York. He wants __________________ and said his “International Burn A Koran Day” would not be cancelled unless the mosque was moved __________________ of the 9/11 attacks.

President Obama spoke on U.S. television and asked Mr Jones to stop his “stunt”. He said: "This is __________________ for Al Qaeda. You could have serious __________________ like Pakistan or Afghanistan. This could increase the recruitment of [people]…willing to __________________ in American cities or European cities." Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari attacked the plan, saying it would cause __________________ to world peace. Lebanese President Michel Suleiman said __________________ Christian teachings.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

World leaders have (1) ____ statements expressing their anger over the Koran-burning plan of an American churchman. They (2) ____ the event could lead to violence around the globe. Terry Jones, leader of a small church in Florida, (3) ____ to burn Korans on September 11. He said his plan is to stop (4) ____ building of a new mosque near Ground Zero, New York. He wants the mosque (5) ____ and said his “International Burn A Koran Day” would not be (6) ____ unless the mosque was moved away from the site of the 9/11 attacks.

President Obama (7) ____ on U.S. television and asked Mr Jones to stop his “stunt”. He said: "This is a recruitment bonanza for Al Qaeda. You could have (8) ____ violence in places like Pakistan or Afghanistan. This could increase the recruitment of [people]… (9) ____ to (10) ____ themselves up in American cities or European cities." Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari attacked the plan, saying it would (11) ____ irreversible damage to world peace. Lebanese President Michel Suleiman said it (12) ____ against all Christian teachings.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

done

(b)

been

(c)

made

2.

(a)

afraid

(b)

fear

(c)

concern

3.

(a)

plans

(b)

planning

(c)

plan

4.

(a)

a

(b)

the

(c)

this

5.

(a)

relocated

(b)

relocation

(c)

relocate

6.

(a)

cancel

(b)

cancellation

(c)

cancelled

7.

(a)

said

(b)

spoke

(c)

told

8.

(a)

series

(b)

seriously

(c)

serious

9.

(a)

will

(b)

would

(c)

willing

10.

(a)

blow

(b)

puff

(c)

suck

11.

(a)

because

(b)

cause

(c)

course

12

(a)

went

(b)

came

(c)

visited


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

leaders have made saenetsttm

2.

expressing their agrne

3.

voneecli around the globe

4.

a small hcrchu in Florida

5.

He wants the mosque reltcedao

6.

the 9/11 takctsa

 

Paragraph 2

7.

a recruitment nzaaobn

8.

reuisso violence

9.

This could ersaeinc

10.

European siceit

11.

cause irreversible edagam

12.

against all Christian sahticgen


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

in Florida, plans to burn Korans on September 11. He said his plan is to stop the building of a new

(    )

damage to world peace. Lebanese President Michel Suleiman said it went against all Christian teachings.

(    )

mosque near Ground Zero, New York. He wants the mosque relocated and said his “International Burn

1  )

World leaders have made statements expressing their anger over the Koran-burning plan of an American

(    )

could increase the recruitment of [people]…willing to blow themselves up in American cities or

(    )

A Koran Day” would not be cancelled unless the mosque was moved away from the site of the 9/11 attacks.

(    )

recruitment bonanza for Al Qaeda. You could have serious violence in places like Pakistan or Afghanistan. This

(    )

churchman. They fear the event could lead to violence around the globe. Terry Jones, leader of a small church

(    )

European cities." Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari attacked the plan, saying it would cause irreversible

(    )

President Obama spoke on U.S. television and asked Mr Jones to stop his “stunt”. He said: "This is a


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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

1.

statements made have Leaders anger their expressing.

2.

fear to the violence event could They lead.

3.

of building the stop to is plan His mosque new a.

4.

mosque the wants He relocated.

5.

away Moved attacks 9/11 the of site the from.

6.

for is Al a Qaeda recruitment bonanza This.

7.

violence serious have could You.

8.

up People to themselves willing blow.

9.

peace Cause damage world irreversible to.

10.

all teachings It against Christian went.


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 world peace 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. WORLD PEACE: Search the Internet and find more information about this news. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about world peace. Include imaginary an interview with Terry Jones. 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 Terry Jones. Ask him three questions about his plan. Give him three of your opinions on it. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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