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Libyans Vote for First Time in Decades (8th July, 2012)

Libyans voted on Saturday for the first time in four decades. Millions of voters went to vote in the historic election - the first since Muammar Gaddafi rose to power 43 years ago. He was killed by rebel forces last year. This allowed the current elections to take place. Most voters were very happy they could choose their future leader. One Tripoli resident said: "Look at the lines. Everyone came of his and her own free will. I knew… Gaddafi would not be there forever. We want to start again from zero."

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Almost 2.9 million Libyans registered for the election. There were over 3,000 candidates to choose from. One voter said: "We are celebrating today and we want the whole world to celebrate with us." However, not all Libyans were happy with their chance to vote. In the east of the country there was violence. There were protests in and around Benghazi. The east is worried it will lose power to the capital Tripoli in the west. Benghazi was where last year's rebellion against Gaddafi started.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

the first time

a.

forces

2

vote in the

b.

own free will

3.

killed by rebel

c.

from zero

4.

This allowed the current elections

d.

in four decades

5.

Everyone came of his and her

e.

to take place

6.

We want to start again

f.

historic election

Paragraph 2

1.

2.9 million Libyans registered

a.

to celebrate with us

2

over 3,000 candidates

b.

for the election

3.

we want the whole world

c.

against Gaddafi

4.

protests in and

d.

power

5.

The east is worried it will lose

e.

to choose from

6.

last year's rebellion

f.

around Benghazi


LISTENING GAP FILL

Libyans voted on Saturday for (1) _________________ four decades. Millions of voters (2) _________________ historic election - the first since Muammar Gaddafi rose to power 43 years ago. (3) _________________ rebel forces last year. This allowed the current elections (4) _________________. Most voters were very happy (5) _________________ their future leader. One Tripoli resident said: "Look at the lines. Everyone came of his and her own free will. I knew… Gaddafi would not be there forever. We want to start (6) _________________."

Almost 2.9 million Libyans (7) _________________ election. There were over 3,000 candidates to choose from. One voter said: "We (8) _________________ and we want the whole world to celebrate with us." However, not all Libyans were happy with (9) _________________. In the east of the country there was violence.  There were (10) _________________ around Benghazi. The east is worried (11) _________________ to the capital Tripoli in the west. Benghazi (12) _________________ rebellion against Gaddafi started.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Libyans voted on Saturday for the first time (1) ____ four decades. Millions of voters went to vote in the (2) ____ election - the first since Muammar Gaddafi rose to power 43 years ago. He was killed by rebel (3) ____ last year. This allowed the current elections to take place. Most voters were very happy they could choose their (4) ____ leader. One Tripoli resident said: "Look at the lines. Everyone came of his and her own free (5) ____. I knew… Gaddafi would not be there (6) ____. We want to start again from zero."

Almost 2.9 million Libyans (7) ____ for the election. There were over 3,000 candidates to choose (8) ____. One voter said: "We are celebrating today and we want the whole world to celebrate (9) ____ us." However, not all Libyans were happy with their chance to vote. In the east (10) ____ the country there was violence.  There were protests in and around Benghazi. The east is worried it will (11) ____ power to the capital Tripoli in the west. Benghazi was where last (12) ____  rebellion against Gaddafi started.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

in

(b)

on

(c)

at

2.

(a)

history

(b)

historian

(c)

historic

3.

(a)

makes

(b)

forces

(c)

orders

4.

(a)

future

(b)

soon

(c)

after

5.

(a)

would

(b)

may

(c)

will

6.

(a)

forbid

(b)

forever

(c)

foreign

7.

(a)

registered

(b)

registration

(c)

registers

8.

(a)

as

(b)

from

(c)

one

9.

(a)

with

(b)

against

(c)

pro

10.

(a)

at

(b)

to

(c)

of

11.

(a)

forget

(b)

lose

(c)

misplace

12

(a)

years

(b)

year

(c)

year's


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

the first time in four ddsaece

2.

vote in the sthricio election

3.

killed by eelrb forces

4.

the treurnc elections

5.

choose their future erdeal

6.

not be there rfeevro

 

Paragraph 2

7.

2.9 million Libyans eriseerdtg

8.

3,000 eitacsdnda

9.

bcteeelra with us

10.

there was cieveoln

11.

There were rosestpt

12.

last year's obineellr against Gaddafi


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

world to celebrate with us." However, not all Libyans were happy with their chance to

(    )

would not be there forever. We want to start again from zero."

(    )

candidates to choose from. One voter said: "We are celebrating today and we want the whole

(    )

election - the first since Muammar Gaddafi rose to power 43 years ago. He was killed by

(    )

Almost 2.9 million Libyans registered for the election. There were over 3,000

(    )

voters were very happy they could choose their future leader. One Tripoli

1  )

Libyans voted on Saturday for the first time in four decades. Millions of voters went to vote in the historic

(    )

vote. In the east of the country there was violence.  There were protests in and

(    )

around Benghazi. The east is worried it will lose power to the capital Tripoli

(    )

resident said: "Look at the lines. Everyone came of his and her own free will. I knew… Gaddafi

(    )

rebel forces last year. This allowed the current elections to take place. Most

(    )

in the west. Benghazi was where last year's rebellion against Gaddafi started.


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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

1.

first     the     For     decades     four     in     time.    

2.

of    to    vote    in    the    historic    Millions   voters    went    election.

3.

to     since     power     Muammar     Gaddafi     The     rose     first.    

4.

of     her     will     came     and     free     Everyone     his     own.    

5.

from     again     start     to     want     We     zero.    

6.

for     election     registered     Almost     2.9   million     Libyans     the.    

7.

over     3,000     candidates     to     choose     from     There     were.    

8.

the     to     us     want     world     with     We     whole     celebrate.    

9.

There     Benghazi     around     and     in     protests     were.    

10.

year's     last     Where     started     Gaddafi     against     rebellion.    


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.

________________________________________________________


WRITING

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

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Libya's election. Include an imaginary interview with voters. 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 Libya expert. Ask him/her three questions about Libya. Give him/her three of your opinions on Libya's future. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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