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Brazil Clears Slums Ahead of World Cup (15th November, 2011)

Brazilian police have started its efforts to make the country safer before the 2014 soccer World Cup. At the weekend, police went into Rochina, Brazil’s largest favela (slum), to clear it of drugs and drug dealers. It is the first time for decades that the police have entered Rochina, a hillside town that overlooks Rio’s wealthiest areas. Police officers took control of Rochina without firing any bullets. Drug traffickers who live there did not fight back.

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Rio de Janeiro leaders say they plan to move into dozens more favelas before the FIFA 2014 World Cup begins. More than 1.5 million people live in 1,000 slums on hillsides across Rio. That’s around a third of the city’s population. So far, police have arrested six people and found about a ton of illegal drugs. The city now has the opportunity to provide better services because the police are more in control. The favelas badly need trash collection services.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

make the country

a.

town

2

drug

b.

dealers

3.

the first time for

c.

safer

4.

a hillside

d.

back

5.

without firing any

e.

decades

6.

fight

f.

bullets

 

Paragraph 2

1.

move into dozens

a.

population

2

hillsides

b.

illegal drugs

3.

a third of the city’s

c.

more favelas

4.

police have arrested

d.

services

5.

a ton of

e.

across Rio

6.

trash collection

f.

six people


LISTENING GAP FILL

Brazilian police have ____________________ to make the country ____________________ 2014 soccer World Cup. At the weekend, police went into Rochina, Brazil’s largest favela (slum), to clear it of drugs ____________________. It is the first time for decades that the police have entered Rochina, ____________________ that overlooks  Rio’s ____________________. Police officers took control of Rochina without ____________________. Drug traffickers who live there did not fight back.

Rio de Janeiro leaders say ____________________ into dozens more favelas before the FIFA 2014 World Cup begins. More than 1.5 million people live in 1,000 slums ____________________ Rio. That’s ____________________ the city’s population. So far, police have arrested six people and found about ____________________ drugs. The city now has the opportunity to provide better services because the police ____________________. The favelas badly need ____________________.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Brazilian police have started its (1) ____ to make the country safer before the 2014 soccer World Cup. At the weekend, police went into Rochina, Brazil’s largest favela (slum), to (2) ____ it of drugs and drug dealers. It is the first time for (3) ____ that the police have entered Rochina, a hillside town that (4) ____  Rio’s wealthiest areas. Police officers (5) ____ control of Rochina without firing (6) ____ bullets. Drug traffickers who live there did not fight back.

Rio de Janeiro leaders say they plan to move into (7) ____ more favelas before the FIFA 2014 World Cup (8) ____. More than 1.5 million people live in 1,000 slums on hillsides (9) ____ Rio. That’s around a third of the city’s population. So far, police have arrested six people and found about a ton of (10) ____ drugs. The city now has the opportunity to provide better services because the police are more (11) ____ control. The favelas badly need trash collection (12) ____.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

try

(b)

attempting

(c)

efforts

2.

(a)

clear

(b)

clearing

(c)

cleared

3.

(a)

facades

(b)

decades

(c)

glades

4.

(a)

overhears

(b)

overcharges

(c)

overlooks

5.

(a)

took

(b)

done

(c)

gave

6.

(a)

a

(b)

any

(c)

all

7.

(a)

dozens

(b)

numbers

(c)

twelves

8.

(a)

beginning

(b)

begins

(c)

beginner

9.

(a)

under

(b)

via

(c)

across

10.

(a)

illegal

(b)

legality

(c)

legalise

11.

(a)

on

(b)

up

(c)

in

12

(a)

rubbish

(b)

services

(c)

mountains


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

started its fsfoter

2.

make the country fsare

3.

drug eslreda

4.

a sdeliihl town

5.

without firing any tuebsll

6.

gihtf back

 

Paragraph 2

7.

Rio de Janeiro dealesr

8.

dzenso more

9.

ellidissh across Rio

10.

around a itdhr

11.

pvdiero better services

12.

srath collection services


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

bullets. Drug traffickers who live there did not fight back.

(    )

have entered Rochina, a hillside town that overlooks  Rio’s wealthiest

(    )

it of drugs and drug dealers. It is the first time for decades that the police

(    )

the FIFA 2014 World Cup begins. More than 1.5 million people live in 1,000

(    )

in control. The favelas badly need trash collection services.

1  )

Brazilian police have started its efforts to make the country safer before the 2014

(    )

Rio de Janeiro leaders say they plan to move into dozens more favelas before

(    )

now has the opportunity to provide better services because the police are more

(    )

slums on hillsides across Rio. That’s around a third of the city’s population. So far, police

(    )

areas. Police officers took control of Rochina without firing any

(    )

have arrested six people and found about a ton of illegal drugs. The city

(    )

soccer World Cup. At the weekend, police went into Rochina, Brazil’s largest favela (slum), to clear


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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

1.

to     the     safer     Efforts     make     country.    

2.

it     Clear     dealers     drug     and     drugs     of.    

3.

is     It     decades     for     time     first     the.    

4.

officers     control     Rochina     Police     took     of.    

5.

not     who     fight     live     there     Drug     did     traffickers.    

6.

into     They     dozens     plan     more     to     favelas     move.    

7.

slums     in     000     hillsides     live     ,     on     People     1.     

8.

the     around     city’s     a     population     third     of     That’s.    

9.

opportunity     provide     services     The     to     better.    

10.

need     badly     favelas     The     services     collection     trash.    


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.

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WRITING

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

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about the Brazil World Cup in 2014. Include an imaginary interview with Brazilians. 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 drug trafficking expert. Ask him/her three questions about drugs. Give him/her three of your opinions on trafficking. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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