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Wikileaks Boss To Run For Senate (18th March, 2012)

Julian Assange, the man who started Wikileaks, is going to run for election in Australia. Mr Assange is under house arrest at the moment in Britain. He is wanted by the USA and Sweden, where he faces questioning about a possible sexual assault. Assange wants to run against Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. The Wikileaks website tweeted: “We have discovered that it is possible for Julian Assange to run for the Australian Senate while detained. Julian has decided to run.”

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Mr Assange said he is not running for a seat in the Senate to make his Wikileaks site more famous. He is angry with the Australian leader for not supporting him. He believes Ms Gillard should have told the USA that he cannot go to court in America. The USA wants to put him in prison because he released hundreds of thousands of private documents on his Wikileaks site. Many of these were top-secret government e-mails and memos. Assange can enter the election even though he does not live in Australia.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.
Paragraph 1

1.

the man who

a.

house arrest

2

Mr Assange is under

b.

to run

3.

at the

c.

sexual assault

4.

he faces questioning about a possible

d.

started Wikileaks

5.

it is possible for Julian Assange

e.

decided to run

6.

Julian has

f.

moment

Paragraph 2

1.

make his Wikileaks site

a.

secret

2

He is angry

b.

not live in Australia

3.

go to

c.

with the Australian

4.

hundreds of

d.

court

5.

top-

e.

more famous

6.

even though he does

f.

thousands


LISTENING GAP FILL


Julian Assange, the man who started Wikileaks, ______________ for election in Australia. Mr Assange ______________ arrest at the moment in Britain. He is wanted by the USA and Sweden, where he faces questioning ________________ sexual assault. Assange wants to run against Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. The Wikileaks website tweeted: “We ______________ _________________ for Julian Assange to run for the Australian Senate ______________. Julian has decided to run.”
Mr Assange said he is not running ________________ the Senate to make his Wikileaks site more famous. He is angry with the Australian leader for ________________ him. He believes Ms Gillard should have told the USA ______________ go to court in America. The USA wants to ________________ because he released hundreds of thousands of private documents on his Wikileaks site. Many of these ________________government e-mails and memos. Assange can enter the election ______________ does not live in Australia.


MULTIPLE CHOICE


Julian Assange, the man (1) ____ started Wikileaks, is going to run for election in Australia. Mr Assange is (2) ____ house arrest at the moment in Britain. He is wanted by the USA and Sweden, where he (3) ____ questioning about a possible sexual assault. Assange wants to run (4) ____ Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. The Wikileaks website tweeted: “We have discovered that it is (5) ____ for Julian Assange to run for the Australian Senate while detained. Julian has (6) ____ to run.”
Mr Assange said he is not (7) ____ for a seat in the Senate to make his Wikileaks site more famous. He is angry (8) ____ the Australian leader for not supporting him. He believes Ms Gillard should have told the USA that he cannot go to (9) ____ in America. The USA wants to (10) ____ him in prison because he released hundreds of thousands of private documents on his Wikileaks site. Many of these were (11) ____-secret government e-mails and memos. Assange can enter the election even (12) ____ he does not live in Australia.
Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

whom

(b)

whoever

(c)

who

2.

(a)

under

(b)

over

(c)

through

3.

(a)

heads

(b)

faces

(c)

noses

4.

(a)

back

(b)

by

(c)

against

5.

(a)

possibility

(b)

possible

(c)

possibilities

6.

(a)

decided

(b)

decision

(c)

decides

7.

(a)

running

(b)

jogging

(c)

sprinting

8.

(a)

by

(b)

of

(c)

with

9.

(a)

court

(b)

field

(c)

pitch

10.

(a)

take

(b)

give

(c)

put

11.

(a)

high

(b)

top

(c)

up

12

(a)

through

(b)

though

(c)

thought


SPELLING


Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

the man who sarttde Wikileaks

2.

run for enoeilct

3.

under seuoh arrest

4.

at the emnmto

5.

run gstiaan the Australian Prime Minister

6.

Julian has eeiddcd to run

 

Paragraph 2

7.

more ufsoam

8.

not spriugontp him

9.

go to crout in America

10.

thousands of rpveait documents

11.

top-certse

12.

even uhgtho he does not live in Australia


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER


Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

famous. He is angry with the Australian leader for not supporting

(    )

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. The Wikileaks website tweeted: “We have

(    )

Mr Assange said he is not running for a seat in the Senate to make his Wikileaks site more

(    )

house arrest at the moment in Britain. He is wanted by the USA and Sweden, where he faces

(    )

discovered that it is possible for Julian Assange to run for the

1  )

Julian Assange, the man who started Wikileaks, is going to run for election in Australia. Mr Assange is under

(    )

in America. The USA wants to put him in prison because he released hundreds of thousands

(    )

questioning about a possible sexual assault. Assange wants to run against

(    )

of private documents on his Wikileaks site. Many of these were top-secret government e-mails

(    )

and memos. Assange can enter the election even though he does not live in Australia.

(    )

him. He believes Ms Gillard should have told the USA that he cannot go to court

(    )

Australian Senate while detained. Julian has decided to run.”


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


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

1.

who     man     The     Wikileaks     started.    

2.

under     moment     house     arrest     Assange     at     is     the.    

3.

faces     sexual     questioning     assault     about    a     He     possible.    

4.

have     We     possible     is     it     that     discovered.    

5.

for     Run     detained     while     Senate     Australian     the.    

6.

leader     Australian     the     with     angry     is     He.    

7.

him     USA     in     wants     prison     to     put     The.    

8.

hundreds    documents   of    thousands    He    of    released    private.

9.

e-mails     government     top-secret     were     these     of     Many.

10.

Australia     does     not     Even     live     though     in     he.    


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.

________________________________________________________

3.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________


WRITING


Write about Wikileaks 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. WIKILEAKS: Search the Internet and find more information about Wikileaks. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Wikileaks. Include an imaginary interview with Julian Assange. 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 Wikileaks expert. Ask him/her three questions about Wikileaks. Give him/her three of your opinions on it. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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