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Putin for President, Says Medvedev (24th September, 2011)

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has told Russians that he thinks Vladimir Putin should be Russia’s next leader. This makes it almost certain Mr Putin will win the presidential race in 2012. Putin was president for two terms from 2000 to 2008. Straight after Medvedev made his announcement, Putin outlined his plans to the Russian congress in the Kremlin. Russian presidents will soon serve for six years. Two six-year terms means Putin could stay in power until 2024.

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Mr Putin still has a lot of power even though he is not president. Many Russians see him as a strong leader. He moved Russia from communism into a country where many people are rich. He said he would focus on education, health care and housing if he became president again. He also promised to make Russia fairer for working people by taxing the rich. He said: "The task of the government is not only to pour honey into a cup, but sometimes to give bitter medicine."

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

Vladimir Putin should be

a.

announcement

2

president for two

b.

six years

3.

Straight after Medvedev made his

c.

terms

4.

Putin outlined

d.

power until 2024

5.

presidents will soon serve for

e.

Russia’s next leader

6.

Putin could stay in

f.

his plans

 

Paragraph 2

1.

Putin still has a lot

a.

a strong leader

2

Russians see him as

b.

the rich

3.

He said he would focus

c.

of power

4.

make Russia fairer

d.

into a cup

5.

taxing

e.

for working people

6.

pour honey

f.

on education


LISTENING GAP FILL

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev ___________________ that he thinks Vladimir Putin should be Russia’s next leader. This ___________________ certain Mr Putin will win the presidential race in 2012. Putin was president ___________________ 2000 to 2008. Straight after Medvedev made his announcement, Putin ___________________ to the Russian congress in the Kremlin. Russian presidents will ___________________ years. Two six-year terms means Putin could ___________________ 2024.

Mr Putin still has ___________________ even though he is not president. Many Russians ___________________ strong leader. He moved Russia from communism into a country where many people are rich. He said he ___________________ education, health care and housing if he became president again. He also promised to make Russia ___________________ people by taxing the rich. He said: "The task of the government is not only to ___________________ a cup, but sometimes to ___________________."


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has (1) ____ Russians that he thinks Vladimir Putin should be Russia’s next leader. This makes it (2) ____ certain Mr Putin will win the presidential race in 2012. Putin was president for two (3) ____ from 2000 to 2008. Straight (4) ____ Medvedev made his announcement, Putin outlined his plans (5) ____ the Russian congress in the Kremlin. Russian presidents will soon serve for six years. Two six-year terms means Putin could stay (6) ____ power until 2024.

Mr Putin still has a lot of power even (7) ____ he is not president. Many Russians see him as a strong leader. He (8) ____ Russia from communism into a country (9) ____ many people are rich. He said he would focus on education, health care and (10) ____ if he became president again. He also promised to make Russia (11) ____ for working people by taxing the rich. He said: "The task of the government is not only to pour honey into a cup, but sometimes to (12) ____ bitter medicine."

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

said

(b)

spoke

(c)

told

2.

(a)

must

(b)

almost

(c)

misty

3.

(a)

terms

(b)

teams

(c)

tames

4.

(a)

post

(b)

after

(c)

following

5.

(a)

by

(b)

to

(c)

from

6.

(a)

at

(b)

of

(c)

in

7.

(a)

though

(b)

through

(c)

thought

8.

(a)

movement

(b)

moved

(c)

moving

9.

(a)

where

(b)

which

(c)

whose

10.

(a)

house

(b)

housed

(c)

housing

11.

(a)

fairer

(b)

fairy

(c)

fare

12

(a)

do

(b)

cook

(c)

give


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

Medvedev has told ssuanRsi

2.

almost ctnerai

3.

president for two rsetm

4.

tgihatrs after

5.

resev for six years

6.

stay in rpowe

 

Paragraph 2

7.

even utgohh he is not

8.

a strong redale

9.

scuof on education

10.

health care and ihougsn

11.

txinga the rich

12.

give tierbt medicine


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

after Medvedev made his announcement, Putin outlined his plans to the

(    )

race in 2012. Putin was president for two terms from 2000 to 2008. Straight

(    )

Russian congress in the Kremlin. Russian presidents will soon serve for six years. Two six-

(    )

Mr Putin still has a lot of power even though he is not president. Many Russians see him as

1  )

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has told Russians that he thinks Vladimir Putin should be Russia’s next

(    )

many people are rich. He said he would focus on education, health care and

(    )

only to pour honey into a cup, but sometimes to give bitter medicine."

(    )

leader. This makes it almost certain Mr Putin will win the presidential

(    )

year terms means Putin could stay in power until 2024.

(    )

housing if he became president again. He also promised to make Russia

(    )

a strong leader. He moved Russia from communism into a country where

(    )

fairer for working people by taxing the rich. He said: "The task of the government is not


WORD JUMBLE

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

1.

should     Russia’s     leader     Putin     be     next.    

2.

terms     Putin     president     two     was     for.    

3.

to     Putin     the     outlined     Russian     his     congress     plans.    

4.

for     serve     soon     will     Presidents     years     six.    

5.

stay     could     Putin     2024     until     power     in.    

6.

a     has     still     Putin     power     of     lot.    

7.

see     leader     him     as     Many     a     Russians     strong.    

8.

would     he     said     He     education     on     focus.    

9.

to     promised     also     He     fairer     Russia     make.    

10.

by     Fairer     taxing     for     the     working     rich     people.    


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.

________________________________________________________

2.

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3.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________


WRITING

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

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Vladimir Putin. Include imaginary interviews with him and Dmitry Medvedev. 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 Vladimir Putin. Ask him three questions about Russia. Give him three of your opinions on what to do if he becomes president. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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