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Iran Tests Its Own Nuclear Fuel (2nd January, 2012)

Iran has said its scientists have tested the first nuclear fuel rod that is made from uranium inside the country. The Iranian Atomic Energy Organisation website said: "After going through physical checks, it was inserted into the core of the Tehran…reactor…to study how well it works.” Western governments never thought Iran’s engineers could do this. They believe Iran wants to use uranium to build nuclear weapons. Iran’s government has said for the past decade its nuclear sites are for energy only.

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Iran is under a lot of international pressure not to produce nuclear missiles. On Friday, U.S. President Barack Obama created new laws that targeted Iran's central bank. America wants the world to stop trading with Iran unless it allows experts into the country to check the nuclear plants. In a related story, Iran also tested a new missile on Sunday. The medium-range missile can fly without radars seeing it. The test was part of a 10-day exercise in the Gulf that also increased tensions with the U.S.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

nuclear fuel

a.

well it works

2

made from

b.

checks

3.

going through physical

c.

rod

4.

inserted into

d.

decade

5.

study how

e.

the core

6.

for the past

f.

uranium

 

Paragraph 2

1.

under a lot of international

a.

seeing it

2

produce nuclear

b.

with Iran

3.

stop trading

c.

pressure

4.

In a related

d.

with the U.S.

5.

fly without radars

e.

missiles

6.

increased tensions

f.

story


LISTENING GAP FILL

Iran has ________________ have tested the first nuclear fuel rod that is ________________ inside the country. The Iranian Atomic Energy Organisation website said: "After going through physical checks, it was inserted ________________ of the Tehran…reactor…to study how ________________.” Western governments never thought Iran’s engineers could do this. They believe Iran wants to use uranium to ___________________. Iran’s government has said for ________________ its nuclear sites are for energy only.

Iran is ________________ international pressure not to produce nuclear missiles. On Friday, U.S. President Barack Obama ________________ that targeted Iran's central bank. America wants the world to stop trading with Iran ________________ experts into the country to check the nuclear plants. ________________ story, Iran also tested a new missile on Sunday. The medium-range missile ________________ radars seeing it. The test was part of a 10-day exercise in the Gulf that also __________________ with the U.S.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Iran has said its scientists (1) ____ tested the first nuclear fuel rod that is made from uranium inside the country. The Iranian Atomic Energy Organisation website said: "After going (2) ____ physical checks, it was inserted into the (3) ____ of the Tehran…reactor…to study how well it works.” Western governments never (4) ____ Iran’s engineers could do this. They believe Iran wants to use uranium to (5) ____ nuclear weapons. Iran’s government has said for the past decade its nuclear sites are for energy   (6) ____.

Iran is (7) ____ a lot of international pressure not to produce nuclear missiles. On Friday, U.S. President Barack Obama created new laws that   (8) ____ Iran's central bank. America wants the world to stop (9) ____ with Iran unless it allows experts into the country to check the nuclear plants. In a (10) ____ story, Iran also tested a new missile on Sunday. The medium-range missile can fly without radars seeing (11) ____. The test was part of a 10-day exercise in the Gulf that also increased tensions (12) ____ the U.S.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

has

(b)

having

(c)

have

2.

(a)

up

(b)

through

(c)

in

3.

(a)

pip

(b)

skin

(c)

core

4.

(a)

thought

(b)

thinks

(c)

thinking

5.

(a)

build

(b)

built

(c)

builds

6.

(a)

just

(b)

only

(c)

simple

7.

(a)

under

(b)

over

(c)

around

8.

(a)

aimed

(b)

targeted

(c)

shot

9.

(a)

marketing

(b)

bartering

(c)

trading

10.

(a)

related

(b)

relation

(c)

relative

11.

(a)

them

(b)

it

(c)

all

12

(a)

at

(b)

over

(c)

with


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

made from runmiua

2.

going through sacplhiy checks

3.

Iran’s eigrnesen

4.

build nuclear awepson

5.

for the past cdaeed

6.

for yegnre only

 

Paragraph 2

7.

international eerrupss

8.

laws that gdaetert Iran's central bank

9.

stop rgntiad with Iran

10.

In a eatdler story…

11.

The medium-range iilesms

12.

increased oitnsnse with the U.S.


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

Friday, U.S. President Barack Obama created new laws that targeted Iran's central bank. America wants the

(    )

Iran is under a lot of international pressure not to produce nuclear missiles. On

(    )

has said for the past decade its nuclear sites are for energy only.

(    )

world to stop trading with Iran unless it allows experts into the country to check the nuclear

(    )

plants. In a related story, Iran also tested a new missile on Sunday. The medium-

(    )

day exercise in the Gulf that also increased tensions with the U.S.

(    )

inside the country. The Iranian Atomic Energy Organisation website said: "After going

(    )

through physical checks, it was inserted into the core of the Tehran…reactor…to study how well it

(    )

range missile can fly without radars seeing it. The test was part of a 10-

1  )

Iran has said its scientists have tested the first nuclear fuel rod that is made from uranium

(    )

works.” Western governments never thought Iran’s engineers could do

(    )

this. They believe Iran wants to use uranium to build nuclear weapons. Iran’s government


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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

1.

tested     rod     the     first     Scientists     nuclear     have     fuel.    

2.

was     into     core     It     inserted     the.    

3.

works     it     well     how     Study.    

4.

to     weapons    wants    uranium    nuclear     Iran    use    build     to.    

5.

only     energy     for     are     sites     nuclear     Its.    

6.

a     lot     Iran     of     is     international     under     pressure.     

7.

bank     central     Iran's     targeted     that     laws     New.    

8.

to     with     America     world     trading     the    stop     Iran     wants.    

9.

a     new     Iran     missile     also     on     tested     Sunday.    

10.

a     10     -     day     exercise     The     test     was     part     of.    


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 Iran for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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______________________________________________________________________________

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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. IRAN: Search the Internet and find more information about Iran and its nuclear plans. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Iran. Include an imaginary interview with an Iranian and the U.S. President. 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 Iran expert. Ask him/her three questions about Iran. Give him/her three of your opinions on the country. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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