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José Ramos-Horta (born 1949) is the second Prime Minister of East Timor and a Nobel Peace Prize winner. He has spent most of his life fighting for and serving his people. He was a founder of a group that fought against the Indonesian occupation of his country between 1975 and 1999. He was injured in an assassination attempt in 2008.

Ramos-Horta was involved in politics from a young age. When he was 25, he became Foreign Minister of the "Democratic Republic of East Timor". Three days after he arrived in New York to talk about independence for his country, Indonesian troops invaded and took over East Timor. He pleaded with the UN Security Council to end Indonesia’s occupation, in which 102,000 East Timorese died.

Ramos-Horta travelled the world for two decades to raise awareness of what was happening in East Timor. He often had hardly a penny in his pocket and relied on the goodwill of well-wishers. He got the Nobel Prize in 1996 for his "sustained efforts to hinder the oppression of a small people”. Several years later, East Timor would be free.

Ramos-Horta played a key role in negotiating East Timor’s independence. He became his nation’s first Foreign Minister in 2002 when East Timor joined the United Nations. He resigned from this post in 2006. A day later, the Prime Minister resigned, which led to political chaos. Ramos-Horta became Prime Minister two weeks later to end the turmoil. He became President of East Timor in 2007.

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SYNONYM MATCH

Match the words from the article on the left with their synonyms on the right. Are your answers the same as other students’?

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1.

serving

a.

begged

2

occupation

b.

try

3.

attempt

c.

attacked

4.

invaded

d.

capture

5.

took over

e.

working for

6.

pleaded with

f.

controlled


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7.

awareness

g.

confusion

8.

hardly

h.

quit

9.

oppression

i.

barely

10.

key

j.

abuse

11

resigned

k

understanding

12

chaos

l

important

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article:

1.

serving

a.

took over East Timor

2

a group that fought against the

b.

key role

3.

Ramos-Horta was involved in

c.

his people

4.

Indonesian troops invaded and

d.

of what was happening

5.

He pleaded

e.

chaos

6.

raise awareness

f.

Indonesian occupation

7.

He often had hardly a

g.

of well-wishers

8.

relied on the goodwill

h.

politics from a young age

9.

Ramos-Horta played a

i.

with the UN

10.

political

j.

penny in his pocket

LISTENING GAP FILL

José Ramos-Horta (born 1949) _____________ Prime Minister of East Timor and a Nobel Peace Prize winner. He has _____________ his life fighting for and serving his people. He was a founder of a group that _____________ the Indonesian occupation of his country between 1975 and 1999. He was _____________ assassination attempt in 2008.

Ramos-Horta was involved _____________ a young age. When he was 25, he became Foreign Minister of the "Democratic Republic of East Timor". Three days _____________ in New York to talk about independence for his country, Indonesian troops invaded _____________ East Timor. He pleaded with the UN Security Council to end Indonesia’s occupation, _______________ East Timorese died.

Ramos-Horta travelled the world _____________ to raise awareness of what was happening in East Timor. He often _____________ penny in his pocket and _____________ goodwill of well-wishers. He got the Nobel Prize in 1996 for his "sustained efforts _____________ oppression of a small people”. Several years later, East Timor _____________.

Ramos-Horta played _____________ in negotiating East Timor’s independence. He became his nation’s first Foreign Minister in 2002 when East Timor joined the United Nations. He resigned _____________ in 2006. A day later, the Prime Minister resigned, _____________ political chaos. Ramos-Horta became Prime Minister two weeks _____________ turmoil. He became President of East Timor in 2007.

CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

Delete the wrong word in each of the pairs in italics.

José Ramos-Horta (born 1949) is the second Prime Minister of East Timor and a Nobel Peace Prize winner. He has spending / spent most of his life fighting from / for and serving his people. He was a finding / founder of a group that fought against the Indonesian occupation of his country between 1975 and 1999. He was injured on / in an assassination attempt in 2008.

Ramos-Horta was / has involved in politics from / for a young age. When he was 25, he became Foreign Minister of the "Democratic Republic of East Timor". Three days after he arrived in New York to talk about independence from / for his country, Indonesian troops invaded and took over / under East Timor. He pleaded with the UN Security Council to end Indonesia’s occupation, in which 102,000 East Timorese died.

Ramos-Horta travelled the world for two decades to rise / raise awareness of what was happening in East Timor. He often had hardly / hard a penny in his pocket and relied on / in the goodwill of well-wishers. He got the Nobel Prize in 1996 for his "sustained efforts to hinder the oppression of a small people”. Several years later, East Timor would be free / freedom.

Ramos-Horta played a key role in / on negotiating East Timor’s independence. He became his nation’s first Foreign Minister in 2002 when East Timor joined the United Nations. He resigned for / from this post in 2006. A day later, the Prime Minister resigned, which led at / to political chaos. Ramos-Horta became Prime Minister two weeks later to end / ending the turmoil. He became President of East Timor in 2007.

SPELLING

The underlined, jumbled words are from the text. Spell them correctly.

Paragraph 1
 

1.

the esdcon Prime Minister of East Timor

2.

fighting for and rgsinve his people

3.

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4.

He was rijuend in an assassination attempt


Paragraph 2
 

5.

Ramos-Horta was involved in scioitpl from a young age

6.

Three days after he dravire in New York

7.

Indonesian stropo invaded

8.

He pdeeadl with the UN Security Council


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9.

travelled the world for two eadcsed

10.

He often had dlhary a penny in his pocket

11.

relied on the gildowol of well-wishers

12.

feosrtf to hinder the oppression


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13.

Ramos-Horta adpyel a key role

14.

He sdigneer from this post

15.

political choas

16.

end the ioulmrt

PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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of the "Democratic Republic of East Timor". Three days after he arrived in New York to talk about

(    )

 

well-wishers. He got the Nobel Prize in 1996 for his "sustained efforts to

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Ramos-Horta travelled the world for two decades to raise awareness of what was

(    )

 

hinder the oppression of a small people”. Several years later, East Timor would be free.

(    )

 

most of his life fighting for and serving his people. He was a founder of a group that fought against the Indonesian

(    )

 

Ramos-Horta played a key role in negotiating East Timor’s independence. He became his nation’s

(    )

 

to end Indonesia’s occupation, in which 102,000 East Timorese died.

(    )

 

Ramos-Horta was involved in politics from a young age. When he was 25, he became Foreign Minister

(    )

 

independence for his country, Indonesian troops invaded and took over East Timor. He pleaded with the UN Security Council

( 1 )

 

José Ramos-Horta (born 1949) is the second Prime Minister of East Timor and a Nobel Peace Prize winner. He has spent

(    )

 

happening in East Timor. He often had hardly a penny in his pocket and relied on the goodwill of

(    )

 

first Foreign Minister in 2002 when East Timor joined the United Nations. He resigned from this post in 2006. A day

(    )

 

occupation of his country between 1975 and 1999. He was injured in an assassination attempt in 2008.

(    )

 

weeks later to end the turmoil. He became President of East Timor in 2007.

(    )

 

later, the Prime Minister resigned, which led to political chaos. Ramos-Horta became Prime Minister two

SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

people   his   serving   and   for   fighting

2.

country   his   of   occupation   Indonesian   the   against   fought

3.

young   age   Ramos-Horta   was   involved   in   politics   from   a

4.

Indonesian   Timor   East   over   took   and   invaded   troops

5.

with the UN Security Council to end Indonesia’s occupation He pleaded

6.

was   raise   happening   awareness   in   of   East   what   Timor

7.

hardly   pocket   a   He   penny   often   in   had   his

8.

well-wishers   of   goodwill   the   on   relied

9.

this   in   He   from   post   2006   resigned

10.

the   resigned   led   chaos   Minister   which   political   Prime   ,   to

JOSÉ RAMOS-HORTA DISCUSSION

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

1.

What do you know about José Ramos-Horta?

2.

Would you like to meet José Ramos-Horta?

3.

What would you like to know about José Ramos-Horta and why?

4.

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6.

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

1.

What did you learn from this text about José Ramos-Horta?

2.

What questions would you like to ask José Ramos-Horta?

3.

What would his answers be to those questions?

4.

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5.

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6.

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JOSÉ RAMOS-HORTA SURVEY

Write five questions about José Ramos-Horta in the table. Do this in pairs/groups. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

Without your partner, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

STUDENT 1

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STUDENT 2

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STUDENT 3

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Q.1.

 

 

 

 

Q.2.

 

 

 

 

Q.3.

 

 

 

 

Q.4.

 

 

 

 

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Return to your original partner(s) and share and talk about what you found out.  Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.

WRITING

Write about José Ramos-Horta 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. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find more information about José Ramos-Horta. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. JOSÉ RAMOS-HORTA POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of José Ramos-Horta. Show your poster to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all find out similar things?

4. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about José Ramos-Horta. Include an imaginary interview with him. Write about what he does every day and what he thinks about.

Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to José Ramos-Horta. Ask him three questions about his life. Give him three suggestions on what he should do in his future. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your “José Ramos-Horta expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.

ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

serving

a.

working for

2

occupation

b.

capture

3.

attempt

c.

try

4.

invaded

d.

attacked

5.

took over

e.

controlled

6.

pleaded with

f.

begged


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

awareness

g.

understanding

8.

hardly

h.

barely

9.

oppression

i.

abuse

10.

key

j.

important

11

resigned

k

quit

12

chaos

l

confusion

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

serving

a.

his people

2

a group that fought against the

b.

Indonesian occupation

3.

Ramos-Horta was involved in

c.

politics from a young age

4.

Indonesian troops invaded and

d.

took over East Timor

5.

He pleaded

e.

with the UN

6.

raise awareness

f.

of what was happening

7.

He often had hardly a

g.

penny in his pocket

8.

relied on the goodwill

h.

of well-wishers

9.

Ramos-Horta played a

i.

key role

10.

political

j.

chaos

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