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Serbia Arrests Ratko Mladic (27th May, 2011)

Serbia arrested Europe’s most wanted fugitive Ratko Mladic on Thursday. Mladic, 69, was wanted for genocide by the International Criminal Court in The Hague. He was found by Serbian police in a town in the north of the country after being on the run for 16 years. Reports are he lived in a relative’s house with the false name Milorad Komodic. Serbia’s authorities will soon send him to The Hague, where he will face trial in front of the war crimes tribunal. The capture of Mladic is sure to help Serbia’s bid to join the European Union.

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He faces many serious charges, including the killing of around 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica in 1995. He also led the 3-year siege of Sarajevo, in which up to 10,000 civilians were killed. Mladic appeared in court in Belgrade later Thursday. His lawyer, Milos Saljic, said he was in a "difficult psychological and physical condition", and that he was having problems answering questions. A spokeswoman for families of the Srebrenica victims said: "After 16 years of waiting, for us, the victims' families, this is a relief."

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

Europe’s most

a.

run for 16 years

2

wanted for

b.

trial

3.

a town in the north

c.

genocide

4.

being on the

d.

wanted fugitive

5.

he will face

e.

join the European Union

6.

Serbia’s bid to

f.

of the country

 

Paragraph 2

1.

He faces many

a.

of Sarajevo

2

the 3-year siege

b.

the Srebrenica victims

3.

10,000 civilians

c.

physical condition

4.

a difficult psychological and

d.

relief

5.

A spokeswoman for families of

e.

serious charges

6.

this is a

f.

were killed


LISTENING GAP FILL

Serbia arrested Europe’s ___________________ Ratko Mladic on Thursday. Mladic, 69, was ___________________ by the International Criminal Court in The Hague. He was found by Serbian police in a town ___________________ country after being on the run for 16 years. Reports are he lived in a relative’s house ___________________ Milorad Komodic. Serbia’s authorities will soon send him to The Hague, where he will face ___________________ the war crimes tribunal. The capture of Mladic is sure to help Serbia’s ___________________ European Union.

He faces ___________________, including the killing of around 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica in 1995. He also led ___________________ Sarajevo, ___________________ 10,000 civilians were killed. Mladic ___________________ in Belgrade later Thursday. His lawyer, Milos Saljic, said he was in a "difficult psychological and physical condition", and that he was having problems answering questions. ___________________ families of the Srebrenica victims said: "After 16 years of waiting, for us, the victims' families, ___________________."


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Serbia arrested Europe’s (1) ____ wanted fugitive Ratko Mladic on Thursday. Mladic, 69, was wanted (2) ____ genocide by the International Criminal Court in The Hague. He was found by Serbian police in a town in the north of the country after being on the (3) ____ for 16 years. Reports are he lived in a relative’s house with the (4) ____ name Milorad Komodic. Serbia’s authorities will soon send him to The Hague, where he will (5) ____ trial in front of the war crimes tribunal. The capture of Mladic is sure to help Serbia’s (6) ____ to join the European Union.

He faces many serious (7) ____, including the killing of around 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica in 1995. He also (8) ____ the 3-year siege of Sarajevo, in which up to 10,000 civilians were killed. Mladic appeared (9) ____ court in Belgrade later Thursday. His lawyer, Milos Saljic, said he was in a "difficult psychological and (10) ____ condition", and that he was having problems answering questions. A spokeswoman for families of the Srebrenica victims said: "After 16 years of waiting, for (11) ____, the victims' families, this is a (12) ____."

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

many

(b)

more

(c)

most

2.

(a)

for

(b)

by

(c)

from

3.

(a)

walk

(b)

run

(c)

crawl

4.

(a)

false

(b)

mistake

(c)

wrongly

5.

(a)

head

(b)

face

(c)

eye

6.

(a)

bad

(b)

bud

(c)

bid

7.

(a)

charges

(b)

currents

(c)

exercises

8.

(a)

leading

(b)

led

(c)

leads

9.

(a)

on

(b)

in

(c)

at

10.

(a)

physics

(b)

physique

(c)

physical

11.

(a)

us

(b)

we

(c)

they

12

(a)

relieve

(b)

relieving

(c)

relief


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

most wanted giievtuf

2.

wanted for iondegec

3.

giebn on the run

4.

slafe name

5.

face airlt

6.

The ratcupe of Mladic…

 

Paragraph 2

7.

He faces many serious raghecs

8.

the 3-year eegis of Sarajevo

9.

10,000 iiinalsvc

10.

dreappea in court

11.

difficult psychological and apsilchy condition

12.

this is a erlfie


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica in 1995. He also led the 3-year

(    )

name Milorad Komodic. Serbia’s authorities will soon send him to The Hague, where he will

(    )

to help Serbia’s bid to join the European Union.

(    )

wanted for genocide by the International Criminal Court in The Hague. He was found

(    )

answering questions. A spokeswoman for families of the Srebrenica victims said: "After 16 years

(    )

run for 16 years. Reports are he lived in a relative’s house with the false

(    )

siege of Sarajevo, in which up to 10,000 civilians were killed. Mladic appeared

(    )

He faces many serious charges, including the killing of around

1  )

Serbia arrested Europe’s most wanted fugitive Ratko Mladic on Thursday. Mladic, 69, was

(    )

in court in Belgrade later Thursday. His lawyer, Milos Saljic, said he was in a "difficult

(    )

face trial in front of the war crimes tribunal. The capture of Mladic is sure

(    )

by Serbian police in a town in the north of the country after being on the

(    )

of waiting, for us, the victims' families, this is a relief."

(    )

psychological and physical condition", and that he was having problems


WORD JUMBLE

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

1.

fugitive     Europe’s     most     Serbia     arrested     wanted     .

2.

north     a     In     of     country     town     the     the     in     .

3.

relative’s     he     are     lived     a          house     in     Reports     .

4.

tribunal     trial     front     in     of     war     the     Face     crimes.

5.

Serbia’s     to     bid     Union     join     European     the     Help.

6.

many     charges     faces     He     serious.

7.

led     Sarajevo     the     He     3-     siege     also     of     year     .

8.

to     killed     10,000     were     civilians     Up     .

9.

later     appeared     court     Belgrade     in     in     Mladic     Thursday.

10.

of    for   spokeswoman    A    families    the    victims     Srebrenica    .


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.

________________________________________________________

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 Ratko Mladic 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. RATKO MLADIC: Search the Internet and find more information about Ratko Mladic. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Ratko Mladic. Include imaginary interviews with him and the police who arrested him. 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 the head of the war crimes tribunal. Ask him/her three questions about Ratko Mladic. Give him/her three of your suggestions on what to do with Ratko Mladic. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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