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Arab League, Egypt Back Libya Rebels (23rd August, 2011)

The Arab League and Egypt have both said they back Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC). It is the first time they have shown their support for the NTC, which is controlled by the rebels fighting Colonel Gaddafi. Arab League boss Nabil Elaraby offered his full backing to the rebels. He said: "This is a historic moment that marks a milestone in the history of the Libyan people.” Egypt also said it accepted the NTC as Libya’s new government. Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Amr said he was “overjoyed” with his government’s decision.

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Most of the world is now waiting for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to accept defeat. Gaddafi came to power 42 years ago and shows no signs of leaving. He continually tells reporters that he will “fight to the end” and die in his country. U.S. President Barack Obama said Gaddafi had to quit to end the killing in Libya. He said Gaddafi must accept his “rule has come to an end”. Many Libyans think the rebels will capture Gaddafi soon. They control most of the capital Tripoli and are searching the city for Gaddafi and his family.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

Libya’s National Transitional

a.

in the history

2

shown their support

b.

backing

3.

offered his full

c.

for the NTC

4.

a historic

d.

government’s decision

5.

a milestone

e.

moment

6.

overjoyed with his

f.

Council (NTC)

 

Paragraph 2

1.

the world is now

a.

to an end

2

accept

b.

of leaving

3.

shows no signs

c.

of the capital

4.

fight to

d.

waiting

5.

his rule has come

e.

the end

6.

They control most

f.

defeat


LISTENING GAP FILL

The Arab League and Egypt have ___________________ Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC). It is the first time they have ___________________ for the NTC, which is controlled by the rebels fighting Colonel  Gaddafi. Arab League boss Nabil Elaraby offered ___________________ the rebels. He said: "This is a historic moment that ___________________ in the history of the Libyan people.” Egypt ___________________ the NTC as Libya’s new government. Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Amr said he ____________________ his government’s decision.

Most of the ____________________ for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to accept defeat. Gaddafi came to power 42 years ago and shows ___________________. He continually tells reporters that he will “___________________” and die in his country. U.S. President Barack Obama said Gaddafi had ___________________ killing in Libya. He said Gaddafi must accept his “rule has come to an end”. Many Libyans think the ___________________ Gaddafi soon. They control most of the capital  Tripoli and are ___________________ for Gaddafi and his family.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

The Arab League and Egypt have (1) ____ said they back Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC). It is the first time they have (2) ____ their support for the NTC, which is controlled (3) ____ the rebels fighting Colonel  Gaddafi. Arab League boss Nabil Elaraby offered his (4) ____ backing to the rebels. He said: "This is a historic moment that marks a milestone in the (5) ____ of the Libyan people.” Egypt also said it accepted the NTC as Libya’s new government. Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Amr said he was “(6) ____” with his government’s decision.

Most of the world is now waiting for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to (7) ____ defeat. Gaddafi came to power 42 years ago and shows no signs of leaving. He (8) ____ tells reporters that he will “fight to the end” and die in his country. U.S. President Barack Obama said Gaddafi had to (9) ____ to end the killing in Libya. He said Gaddafi must accept his “rule has come to (10) ____ end”. Many Libyans think the rebels will capture Gaddafi soon. They control (11) ____ of the capital  Tripoli and are searching the city (12) ____ Gaddafi and his family.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

both

(b)

every

(c)

all

2.

(a)

shows

(b)

showed

(c)

shown

3.

(a)

at

(b)

by

(c)

of

4.

(a)

fill

(b)

fall

(c)

full

5.

(a)

historian

(b)

history

(c)

historical

6.

(a)

joyous

(b)

overjoyed

(c)

joy ride

7.

(a)

accepted

(b)

acceptance

(c)

accept

8.

(a)

continually

(b)

continue

(c)

continuous

9.

(a)

quite

(b)

quiet

(c)

quit

10.

(a)

an

(b)

a

(c)

no

11.

(a)

many

(b)

most

(c)

lot

12

(a)

for

(b)

as

(c)

to


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

shown their pptusro

2.

the rebels tiinghgf Colonel  Gaddafi

3.

offered his full kbigacn

4.

a historic etnomm

5.

it eptdccae the NTC

6.

his government’s isindceo

 

Paragraph 2

7.

accept tefeda

8.

shows no signs of iglavne

9.

end the ilgilnk

10.

the rebels will acetrup Gaddafi

11.

They lcorton most of the capital

12.

hcgirsaen the city


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

the rebels. He said: "This is a historic moment that marks a milestone in the history of the Libyan

(    )

people.” Egypt also said it accepted the NTC as Libya’s new government. Egyptian Foreign

(    )

end”. Many Libyans think the rebels will capture Gaddafi soon. They control

(    )

defeat. Gaddafi came to power 42 years ago and shows no signs of leaving. He continually tells

(    )

Most of the world is now waiting for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to accept

1  )

The Arab League and Egypt have both said they back Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC). It is the first

(    )

Minister Mohamed Amr said he was “overjoyed” with his government’s decision.

(    )

said Gaddafi had to quit to end the killing in Libya. He said Gaddafi must accept his “rule has come to an

(    )

most of the capital  Tripoli and are searching the city for Gaddafi and his family.

(    )

time they have shown their support for the NTC, which is controlled by the rebels

(    )

reporters that he will “fight to the end” and die in his country. U.S. President Barack Obama

(    )

fighting Colonel Gaddafi. Arab League boss Nabil Elaraby offered his full backing to


WORD JUMBLE

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

1.

have     The     shown     first     their     time     support     they.    

2.

his     rebels     full     backing     Elaraby     to     offered     the.    

3.

history     Libyan     A     the     the     in     of     people     milestone.    

4.

Libya’s     as     NTC     the     Accepted     government     new.    

5.

decision     government’s     his     with     overjoyed     was     He.    

6.

world     the     of     Most     waiting     now     is.    

7.

to     came     Gaddafi     ago     years     42     power.    

8.

end     He     fight     the     will     to.    

9.

to     killing     quit     to     Gaddafi     end     had     the.    

10.

The     will     Gaddafi     rebels     capture     soon.    


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

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Libya. Include imaginary interviews with Libyans in Tripoli. 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 A Libyan rebel. Ask him/her three questions about Libya. Give him/her three of your opinions on the Arab Spring. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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