Scissors Inside Man

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(P1) This news is about a man. He is from Vietnam. He has a traffic accident. He goes to the hospital. Doctors operate on him.

(P2) He leaves the hospital. He is not OK. He is in pain.

(P3) Doctors take an X-ray of his belly. There are scissors inside him! The doctors left the scissors inside him 18 years ago!

(P4) The scissors must come out. The man goes to the same hospital. Doctors take out the scissors. Now the man is OK.

WORDS: 80

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VOCABULARY: accident, operate, pain, x-ray, scissors

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Have you ever had an x-ray? If yes, on what part of your body?
  3. Have you ever had surgery? If yes, what for?
  4. Have you ever been in a car accident? If yes, were you injured?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Where is the man from?
  2. When the man leaves the hospital, he is in ________.
  3. The x-ray was taken of his chest. (T or F)
  4. What was inside his belly?
  5. The man went to two different hospitals. (T or F)

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • goes to the hospital (P1)
  • leaves the hospital (P2)
  • inside him (P3)
  • doctors take out the scissors (P4)

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Woman busted smuggling teen refugee inside suitcase

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(P1) A young woman has been caught trying to smuggle a teenage African migrant hidden in her suitcase into Spanish territory.

(P2) Authorities stopped the 22-year old woman last week at a border crossing into Ceuta, one of two Spanish enclaves in North Africa, from neighboring Morocco.

(P3) A 19-year old migrant from Gabon was found concealed inside. The man was immediately offered medical attention due to the lack of oxygen inside the compact travel bag, Spain’s Civil Guard said in a statement.

(P4) Border control had become suspicious of the woman after they noticed she was carrying her luggage on top of a trolley, authorities added.

(P5) Spanish officials said the woman showed an “evasive attitude while going through the established controls and nervousness” while speaking to agents.

(P6) Ceuta along with the province of Melilla to the east, are Europe’s only land borders in Africa. Both enclaves have long been popular transit points for hundreds of sub-Saharan African migrants trying to cross the sea at the narrow point south of Spain.

(P7) This creative but dangerous method of concealment is one of several desperate approaches to illegal smuggling that the Spanish Civil Guard has faced in the past week on the Ceuta border.

(P8) Two migrants, a man and a woman from Guinea, were also rescued Monday after authorities discovered them hidden inside the dashboard and the backseat of a car, according to the Spanish Civil Guard.

(P9) The migrants were 20 and 24 years old, according to officials. The Moroccan man driving the vehicle, a Volkswagen, Golf, was arrested. The car had been stolen in Barcelona in 2015 and had fake Moroccan plates and registration documents, the statement added.

(P10) Meanwhile, at least 800 African migrants tried to storm a border fence into Ceuta from Morocco on New Year’s Day, according to the Spanish and Moroccan governments, Reuters reported.

(P11) Most of the migrants were prevented from entering Spanish territory. A handful of migrants scaled the six-meter high barbed wire fence, but were eventually helped down by cranes, Reuters reported. Dozens of Moroccan security forces were injured in the incident, along with five Spanish police officers.

WORDS: 348

SOURCE: http://edition.cnn.com/2017/01/03/europe/ceuta-morocco-refugee-suitcase/index.html

VOCABULARY: enclaves, trolley, evasive, dashboard, scaled, cranes

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. In your opinion, why do you think people go to extreme measures to migrate to another country illegally?
  3. Describe what you think it would be like concealed in a suitcase.
  4. Do you think it would be worth risking your life to be smuggled into another country? Why or why not?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. The young man who was concealed in the suitcase was given medical attention because he was unconscious. (T or F)
  2. The authorities at the border, where the woman was trying to cross, notice irregular behavior from the woman because of the suitcases on the ____________.
  3. A male and female from __________ were saved from a _____________ car. They were hidden in the ____________ and ______________.
  4. What’s the name of the city where 800 or maybe more people tried physically enter from Morocco?
  5. How many security guards were injured in the attempt to illegally cross over into Ceuta?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • while going through the established controls (P5)
  • had fake Moroccan plates (P9)
  • tried to storm a border fence (P10)
  • dozens of Moroccan security guards (P11)

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Image source: Spanish Civil Guard http://edition.cnn.com/2017/01/03/europe/ceuta-morocco-refugee-suitcase/index.html

Putin Friend to the USA

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(P1) This news is about Russia and the USA. The USA says that Russia did a cyberattack. It says that it was a cyberattack on Hillary Clinton’s election campaign.

(P2) US President Obama reacts to this. He tells 35 Russian diplomats to leave the USA. Sergey Lavrov is the Russian foreign minister. He wants to tell American diplomats to leave. Russian President Putin, however, does not want this.

(P3) American diplomats stay in Moscow. Putin wants to work with the USA.

WORDS: 80

SOURCE: http://www.newsinlevels.com/products/putin-friend-to-the-usa-level-1/

VOCABULARY: cyber attack, election, reacts, diplomats, minister

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Do you think Russia did a cyberattack on the USA? Why or why not?
  3. Do you agree with Obama’s reaction? Why or why not?
  4. Do you think Putin really wants to work with the USA? Why or why not?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. The article is about ___________ and the _________.
  2. Russia does a cyberattack on ______________________.
  3. How many Russian diplomats does Obama tell to leave the USA?
  4. Who is the foreign minister of Russia?
  5. The American diplomats have to leave Russia. (T or F)

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • about Russia and the USA (P1)
  • to leave the USA (P2)
  • does not want this (P2)
  • stay in Moscow (P3)

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Image source: By CC BY-SA 4.0 Maria Joner http://www.cgpolicy.org/articles/can-putins-palestine-peace-plan-succeed/

All Passengers Freed From Hijacked Plane

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(P1) A hijacking drama unfolded on an airport tarmac in Malta Friday, but it ended without violence. It began when two hijackers commandeered an aircraft carrying 118 people in the skies over Libya and diverted it to the Mediterranean island, reports Reuters. Claiming to have a hand grenade, the hijackers threatened to blow up the Afriqiyah Airways A320, which had been en route from one Libyan airport to another. After a few hours of negotiations, and once the plane landed, the hijackers freed everybody on board, then turned themselves over to troops, reports the Times of Malta. Their motives remain unclear, but they appear to revolve around the late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

(P2) The hijackers said they belonged to a group called Al Fatah Al Gadida, which is loyal to Gadhafi, and they had promised to release all passengers if their demands were met. Those demands haven’t been made public, though one unconfirmed report says they called for the release of Gadhafi’s son Saif, per Morroco World News. The Times reports it’s the first significant hijacking involving the country since 1985. On Nov. 23 of that year, an EgyptAir Boeing 737 plane was forced to land on the island. A 1986 People article about a survivor of the deadly incident reported 57 of the 92 passengers died during the rescue effort.

WORDS: 220

SOURCE: http://www.newser.com/story/235895/hijacked-plane-with-118-people-sits-on-runway.html

VOCABULARY: unfolded, commandeered, revolve, loyal, survivor

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. In your opinion, do you think the hijackers’ demands were met? Why or why not?
  3. What are some motives for people or groups to hijack planes?
  4. What do you think would go through your mind if you were on a plane that was hijacked?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. The hijacking occurred in the _____________.
  2. The hijackers took control of the plane over ___________.
  3. The motives of the hijackers appear to be related to whom?
  4. The demands of the hijackers were released to the public. (T or F)
  5. In which year did another hijacking occur that left 57 of the 92 passengers dead?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • airport tarmac (P1)
  • demands were met (P2)
  • haven’t been made public (P2)
  • was forced to land (P2)
  • rescue effort (P2)

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Image source: by TVM via AP http://www.newser.com/story/235895/hijacked-plane-with-118-people-sits-on-runway.html

U.N. Asks for Record $22 Billion to Aid World’s Needy

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(P1) The United Nations, or U.N., is asking for $22.2 billion dollars to provide life-saving help for nearly 93 million people worldwide.

(P2) The U.N. made the request on Monday to international donors. The request says the donations would go to helping the most vulnerable people in 33 countries.

(P3) U.N. officials say the world is facing its biggest humanitarian crisis since World War II. They say more than 128 million people are in need of urgent support. The people are said to be victims of conflict, displacement, and natural disasters. Of this number, U.N. officials are requesting money to help the individuals most severely in need of life-saving assistance.

(P4) Stephen O’Brien is the U.N.’s Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs. He says the donations will make a big difference in the lives of tens of millions of people. O’Brien said the money will be used for life-saving food assistance to people close to starvation in areas including the Lake Chad Basin and South Sudan. The donations will also help people in other countries. “It will provide protection for the most vulnerable people in Syria, in Iraq, and in Yemen. And, it will enable children, education for children whose schooling is disrupted by El Niño among many other responses.”

(P5) The crisis in Syria is the United Nations’ biggest humanitarian concern. The U.N. plans to help nearly 13 million Syrians who are displaced within the country or living as refugees in neighboring countries.

(P6) O’Brien says humanitarian assistance is only a temporary solution. He told VOA that a political solution is the only thing that will end the suffering in Syria. He noted that the Syrian conflict is more than five years old. “Humanitarians can do no more than fill the gaps of people who either need food or shelter or medicines or treatments or evacuation or who need access to water and sanitation and hygiene and other non-food items in order to simply to survive.”

(P7) In addition to Syria, U.N. officials said that Yemen, South Sudan, and Nigeria are among the countries with the greatest humanitarian needs. They have had large displacements of people inside and outside their borders.

(P8) The United Nations noted that about 1.2 million people have fled South Sudan, making this the biggest refugee movement in Africa. Eighty percent of those who fled are women and children.

WORDS: 383

SOURCE: http://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/un-makes-record-request-for-93-million-people-in-need-of-urgent-support/3624024.html

VOCABULARY: vulnerable, displacement, starvation, El Niño, evacuation, sanitation, hygiene

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Do you think big international companies like Apple, Samsung, Exxon Mobil, and Aramco should donate money to help these people?
  3. Would you volunteer to go to some of these poor countries to help? Why or why not?
  4. Do you think the governments of these people should do more to help? Why or why not?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. How many individuals throughout the world need assistance because their lives are in danger?
  2. The number of people that require urgent support is higher than the people needing life-saving assistance. (T or F)
  3. What is Stephen O’Brian’s title?
  4. According to O’Brian what will end the painful situation in Syria?
  5. What percent of the people who left South Sudan are not women and children?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • international donors (P2)
  • is facing (P3)
  • political solution (P6)
  • inside and outside their borders (P7)

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South Korean Leader Offers to Resign in Surprise Move

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(P1) South Korean President Park Geun-hye said Tuesday that she will resign her office once Parliament develops a plan for a safe transfer of power. The surprise announcement, which the opposition called a move to delay impeachment, comes amid prosecution claims that she conspired with a friend who handled government power from the shadows. Hundreds of thousands of people have rallied in Seoul each Saturday for the last five weeks to demand that Park steps down. “I will leave the matters about my fate, including the shortening of my presidential term, to be decided by the National Assembly,” Park said Tuesday in a live address to the nation, per the AP.

(P2) Opposition parties had been closing in on an impeachment motion against Park, and even her allies in the conservative ruling party have called for her to “honorably” step down rather than face impeachment. An impeachment motion vote has been planned for Friday. Park would be the first South Korean leader to resign since the country’s first president, Syngman Rhee, quit and then fled to Hawaii amid a popular uprising in 1960. The succeeding government was overthrown by a coup by Park’s late father, the military dictator Park Chung-hee, whose rule also abruptly ended when he was assassinated by his spy chief in 1979.

WORDS: 213

SOURCE: http://www.newser.com/story/234705/south-korean-leader-says-shell-resign.html

VOCABULARY: resign, impeachment, conspired, uprising, succeeding, coup

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Do you think Park should step down? Why or why not?
  3. Why do you think people in high ranking position, like leaders, abuse their power?
  4. In your opinion, do you think Park should be prosecuted and sent to prison? Why or why not?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. The announcement made by Park to resign was not expected. (T or F)
  2. How many weeks in a row have the people in Seoul demonstrated to ask Park to leave office?
  3. Who was the first person in South Korea to hold the office of president?
  4. Park Chung-hee was the ruler of South Korea before Rhee. (T or F)
  5. Who killed the father of Park Geun-hye?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • handled government power from the shadows (P1)
  • to demand that Park step down (P1)
  • a live address to the nation (P1)
  • closing in (P2)

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Image source: by Ahn Young-joon http://www.newser.com/story/234705/south-korean-leader-says-shell-resign.html

Tsunami in Japan

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(P1) This news is from last Tuesday. There is an earthquake. It is strong. The earthquake starts a tsunami. The tsunami hits Japan. Nobody dies. Two people are a little bit injured.

(P2) The tsunami hits near Fukushima. There is a nuclear power plant there. A big tsunami hit the plant in 2011.

WORDS: 51

SOURCE: http://www.newsinlevels.com/products/tsunami-in-japan-level-1/

VOCABULARY: earthquake, strong, tsunami, injured, power plant

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Are there tsunamis or earthquakes in your country? If yes, where?
  3. Are there nuclear power plants in your country? If yes, where?
  4. Have you ever been to Japan? If Yes, why? If no, do you want to go there?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. What country had an earthquake?
  2. What day did the Tsunami happen on?
  3. Two people died in the Tsunami. (T or F)
  4. What city is the power plant in?
  5. There was another Tsunami back in __________.

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • last Tuesday (P1)
  • hits Japan (P1)
  • near Fukushima (P2)
  • in 2011 (P2)

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