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E.U. Opens Office in Benghazi (23rd May, 2011)

The European Union has opened an office in the Libyan city of Benghazi. The opening is a huge show of support for the rebels fighting Muammar Gaddafi. The head of the EU’s foreign policy, Catherine Ashton, made a speech at the opening ceremony. She said: “It is a great honour to formally open the EU office in Benghazi…I have seen the vision of the Libyan people today all around. I saw the posters as I came from the airport with the words, ‘We have a dream’”.

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The Benghazi office will focus on non-humanitarian needs. EU representatives talked with officials from Libya’s National Transitional Council about security, border management, the economy, health and education. Ms Ashton said the new office was a sign of the EU’s “unfaltering support for the Libyan people”. Meanwhile, NATO launched another 49 missions near Tripoli. They hit ammunition dumps and air defence radars.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

opened an

a.

support

2

a huge show of

b.

opening ceremony

3.

foreign

c.

office

4.

made a speech at the

d.

dream

5.

the vision of the

e.

policy

6.

We have a

f.

Libyan people

 

Paragraph 2

1.

focus on non-

a.

support

2

talked with

b.

and education

3.

the economy, health

c.

officials

4.

the EU’s unfaltering

d.

radars

5.

NATO launched another

e.

humanitarian needs

6.

air defence

f.

49 missions


LISTENING GAP FILL

The European Union has __________________ in the Libyan city of Benghazi. The opening is __________________ support for the rebels fighting Muammar Gaddafi. The head of the EU’s foreign policy, Catherine Ashton, __________________ at the opening ceremony. She said: “It is __________________ to formally open the EU office in Benghazi…I have __________________ the Libyan people today all around. I saw the posters as I came from the airport __________________, ‘We have a dream’”.

The Benghazi office __________________-humanitarian needs. EU representatives __________________ from Libya’s National Transitional Council about security, __________________, the economy, health and education. Ms Ashton said the new __________________ the EU’s “unfaltering support for the Libyan people”. Meanwhile, NATO launched another __________________ Tripoli. They hit ammunition dumps and __________________.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

The European Union has opened an (1) ____ in the Libyan city of Benghazi. The opening is a huge show (2) ____ support for the rebels fighting Muammar Gaddafi. The (3) ____ of the EU’s foreign policy, Catherine Ashton, made a speech at the (4) ____ ceremony. She said: “It is a great honour to formally open the EU office in Benghazi…I have seen the vision of the Libyan people today (5) ____ around. I saw the posters (6) ____ I came from the airport with the words, ‘We have a dream’”.

The Benghazi office will focus (7) ____ non-humanitarian needs. EU representatives talked (8) ____ officials from Libya’s National Transitional Council about security, border management, the economy, (9) ____ and education. Ms Ashton said the new office was a (10) ____ of the EU’s “unfaltering support for the Libyan people”. (11) ____, NATO launched another 49 missions near Tripoli. They (12) ____ ammunition dumps and air defence radars.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

offices

(b)

official

(c)

office

2.

(a)

of

(b)

by

(c)

to

3.

(a)

neck

(b)

body

(c)

head

4.

(a)

opens

(b)

opening

(c)

opened

5.

(a)

all

(b)

whole

(c)

every

6.

(a)

was

(b)

has

(c)

as

7.

(a)

on

(b)

in

(c)

at

8.

(a)

from

(b)

and

(c)

with

9.

(a)

healthy

(b)

health

(c)

healthier

10.

(a)

poster

(b)

sign

(c)

banner

11.

(a)

However

(b)

Meanwhile

(c)

Altough

12

(a)

crashed

(b)

punched

(c)

hit


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

onedep an office

2.

a huge show of otpuspr

3.

the EU’s nfgeiro policy

4.

opening nyerocem

5.

a great unhroo

6.

I saw the opstres

 

Paragraph 2

7.

talked with flaifsioc

8.

dboerr management

9.

health and uontceiad

10.

another 49 issonism

11.

They hit ammunition dpmus

12.

air defence saradr


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

came from the airport with the words, ‘We have a dream’”.

(    )

with officials from Libya’s National Transitional Council about security, border

(    )

of support for the rebels fighting Muammar Gaddafi. The head of the EU’s foreign

(    )

The Benghazi office will focus on non-humanitarian needs. EU representatives talked

(    )

management, the economy, health and education. Ms Ashton said the new

(    )

the Libyan people”. Meanwhile, NATO launched another 49

(    )

honour to formally open the EU office in Benghazi…I have seen the

(    )

vision of the Libyan people today all around. I saw the posters as I

1  )

The European Union has opened an office in the Libyan city of Benghazi. The opening is a huge show

(    )

missions near Tripoli. They hit ammunition dumps and air defence radars.

(    )

office was a sign of the EU’s “unfaltering support for

(    )

policy, Catherine Ashton, made a speech at the opening ceremony. She said: “It is a great


WORD JUMBLE

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

1.

office     an     opened     has     Union     European     The.    

2.

of     support     A     for     huge     the     show     rebels.    

3.

speech     a     Made     ceremony     opening     the     at.    

4.

EU     the     open     Formally     Benghazi     in     office.    

5.

the     posters     as     I     came     from     the     airport     I     saw.    

6.

The    Benghazi    office    will    focus    on    non-humanitarian   needs.

7.

Council     Transitional     National     Libya’s     from     Officials

8.

the     was     said     office     sign     Ashton     new     a     Ms.    

9.

people     support     for     The     the     EU’s     Libyan     unfaltering.    

10.

Tripoli     near     missions     49     another     launched     NATO.    


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 Libya 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. BENGHAZI: Search the Internet and find more information about Benghazi. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Benghazi. Include imaginary interviews with people who live there. 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 EU’s foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton. Ask her three questions about Libya. Give her three of your opinions on Libya. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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