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Tunisia President Runs from Unrest (15th January, 2011)

Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali has run away to Saudi Arabia with his family. He was in power for 23 years but has become increasingly more unpopular. The 74-year-old leader knew his time was up after a month of street protests against him. Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi took over as temporary president and declared a state of emergency. Dozens of people have died in the past two months in the demonstrations. People are unhappy because there are no jobs, prices are rising and they see corruption everywhere.

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One Tunisian, 26-year-old graduate Mohamed Bouazizi, set fire to himself in front of riot police. He later died from his injuries. His death made the Tunisian people more determined to remove Mr. Ben Ali from power. The number of people protesting in the streets increased after Mr. Bouazizi’s death, and the police shot more protestors. State officials say 23 people died, but protestors say that number is nearer 60. Mr. Ghannouchi hopes to restore calm to the streets. Some experts believe the unrest will spread to neighbouring countries.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

Ben Ali has run

a.

temporary president

2

become increasingly

b.

up

3.

his time was

c.

rising

4.

Ghannouchi took over as

d.

away to Saudi Arabia

5.

declared a state

e.

more unpopular

6.

prices are

f.

of emergency

 

Paragraph 2

1.

set fire

a.

in the streets

2

He later died from

b.

from power

3.

remove Mr. Ben Ali

c.

nearer 60

4.

people protesting

d.

to himself

5.

hat number is

e.

spread

6.

the unrest will

f.

his injuries


LISTENING GAP FILL

Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali _________________ Saudi Arabia with his family. He _________________ 23 years but has become increasingly more unpopular. The 74-year-old leader knew _________________ after a month of street protests against him. Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi took over as temporary president and declared _________________. Dozens of people have _________________ two months in the demonstrations. People are unhappy because there are no jobs, _________________ they see corruption everywhere.

One Tunisian, 26-year-old graduate Mohamed Bouazizi, set fire to _________________ riot police. He later died from his injuries. His death made the Tunisian people more _________________ Mr. Ben Ali from power. The number _________________ in the streets increased after Mr. Bouazizi’s death, and the police shot more protestors. State _________________ people died, but protestors say that _________________. Mr. Ghannouchi hopes to restore calm to the streets. Some experts _________________ will spread to neighbouring countries.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali has (1) ____ away to Saudi Arabia with his family. He was in power for 23 years but has become increasingly (2) ____ unpopular. The 74-year-old leader knew his time was (3) ____ after a month of street protests against him. Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi took (4) ____ as temporary president and declared a state of emergency. Dozens of people have died in the (5) ____ two months in the demonstrations. People are unhappy because there are no jobs, prices are rising and they (6) ____ corruption everywhere.

One Tunisian, 26-year-old graduate Mohamed Bouazizi, set (7) ____ to himself in front of riot police. He later died (8) ____ his injuries. His death made the Tunisian people more determined (9) ____ remove Mr. Ben Ali from power. The number of people protesting in the streets increased after Mr. Bouazizi’s death, and the police shot more protestors. State officials say 23 people (10) ____, but protestors say that number is nearer 60. Mr. Ghannouchi hopes to (11) ____ calm to the streets. Some experts believe the unrest will (12) ____ to neighbouring countries.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

ran

(b)

run

(c)

runs

2.

(a)

more

(b)

most

(c)

much

3.

(a)

down

(b)

up

(c)

on

4.

(a)

under

(b)

across

(c)

over

5.

(a)

parsed

(b)

past

(c)

passed

6.

(a)

see

(b)

like

(c)

make

7.

(a)

flame

(b)

fire

(c)

heat

8.

(a)

at

(b)

to

(c)

from

9.

(a)

as

(b)

will

(c)

to

10.

(a)

died

(b)

death

(c)

dead

11.

(a)

restores

(b)

restored

(c)

restore

12

(a)

spread

(b)

speared

(c)

spared


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

in opwre for 23 years

2.

increasingly more uprnapoul

3.

a month of street trostsep

4.

declared a ttsea of emergency

5.

ezsnod of people have died

6.

they see corruption eevhreyrwe

 

Paragraph 2

7.

26-year-old ardaetgu

8.

set fire to sefhlim

9.

eovrem Mr. Ben Ali from power

10.

State lsfoifcia

11.

that number is eraern 60

12.

the unrest will prdsea


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

One Tunisian, 26-year-old graduate Mohamed Bouazizi, set fire

(    )

over as temporary president and declared a state of emergency. Dozens of people have died in the past

(    )

no jobs, prices are rising and they see corruption everywhere.

(    )

calm to the streets. Some experts believe the unrest will spread to neighbouring countries.

(    )

to himself in front of riot police. He later died from his injuries. His death made the Tunisian people more determined to

(    )

power for 23 years but has become increasingly more unpopular. The 74-year-old leader knew his time was

(    )

up after a month of street protests against him. Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi took

1  )

Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali has run away to Saudi Arabia with his family. He was in

(    )

death, and the police shot more protestors. State officials say 23 people

(    )

died, but protestors say that number is nearer 60. Mr. Ghannouchi hopes to restore

(    )

remove Mr. Ben Ali from power. The number of people protesting in the streets increased after Mr. Bouazizi’s

(    )

two months in the demonstrations. People are unhappy because there are


WORD JUMBLE

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

1.

his    family    Ali    has    run    away    to    Saudi    Arabia    with.   

2.

was    knew    -    74    up    his    old    -    time    leader    year    The.   

3.

of    people    have    died    in    the    past    two    months    Dozens.   

4.

are     no     unhappy     jobs     because     there     People     are.    

5.

rising    everywhere    and    they    Prices    see    are    corruption.   

6.

front    of    riot    police    Bouazizi    set    fire    to    himself    in.   

7.

his     later     from     injuries     He     died.    

8.

The     in     number     the     of     streets     people     protesting.    

9.

is     number     that     say     Protestors     60     nearer.    

10.

the     believe     experts     Some     spread     will     unrest.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

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

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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WRITING

Write about Tunisia 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. TUNISIA: Search the Internet and find more information about Tunisia. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali running away. Include imaginary interviews with him and a protestor. 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 Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali. Ask him three questions about Tunisia. Give him three of your opinions on what he should do from now. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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