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1. Preview the vocabulary and read the gapfill text.
2. Play the news report and try to fill in the blanks.
3. Answer the comprehension questions by writing full sentences.
4. Use the discussion question to write an essay or discuss the story with other students.
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6. Pretend to be a news anchor by reading each story out loud.

dateline: 20 September 2011

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Violence Escalates In Yemen

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • escalate: to increase
  • demonstration: a public show of disapproval by a group of people
  • resignation: the act of stepping down from a position of leadership
  • incur: to receive something you don’t want
  • amnesty: a government pardon for previous wrongdoings
  • negotiation: a discussion to reach an agreement
  • civil war: a war between people from the same country

Violence Escalates In Yemen

Hundreds of protesters were injured in Yemen this week during demonstrations in Sanaa and Taiz. forces and snipers reportedly fired bullets and tear gas at demonstrators killing at least 50 people in just two days. The youth-led demand for the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh has been going on for seven months. The president is in Saudi Arabia recovering from injuries he incurred when his palace was attacked in June. Negotiations to power to the vice-president continue to fail. Philip Luther of Amnesty International stated that the in Yemen is increasing the risk of a civil war, and Oxfam has warned that Yemen is facing a food crisis. According to Oxfam, 7.5 million Yemenis are in desperate need of .

Comprehension Questions

  1. Why is the word “reportedly” used in news stories like this?
  2. How long has this particular conflict been going on?
  3. Why is Oxfam so concerned?

Discussion Question: Many of the recent demonstrations around the world have been youth-led. Why do you think youth are so passionate about political leaders and human rights?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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