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King Mswati III of Swaziland became leader of his country in 1986. His real name is Makhosetive, which means King of Nations. As a young prince, he developed a keen interest in the Royal Guard, the soldiers that protect his kingdom. He became the first Swazi royal to join the Swaziland Defence Force.

His father died of pneumonia in 1982. The royal family chose 14-year-old prince Makhosetive to be the next king. He spent four years training for his new position, while attending an elite school in England. He was crowned King of Swaziland on April 25, 1986, aged 18 years and 6 days. At that time, he was the youngest reigning monarch in the world.

Today, Mswati III is Africa's last absolute monarch. This means he has the power to choose his own government. He can also choose his own wives and currently has thirteen. His first two wives were chosen for him by national councilors, following Swazi customs and traditions. He can only marry his fiancées after they have fallen pregnant, so they can prove they can have children.

The world’s media often criticizes the King. He leads a luxurious lifestyle and spends a fortune on luxury cars, while his people live in poverty. His mishandling of the country’s HIV/AIDS crisis came under heavy criticism. He wanted those with AIDS sterilized and branded. He also called for a five year ban on sex. He did not follow this, instead marrying five more wives.

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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’?

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

leader

a.

ruling

2

keen

b.

role

3.

interest

c.

enthusiastic

4.

position

d.

ruler

5.

elite

e.

curiosity

6.

reigning

f.

upper class


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

monarch

g.

a huge amount

8.

currently

h.

show to be true

9.

prove

i.

attacks

10.

criticizes

j.

king

11

fortune

k

outlaw

12

ban

l

presently

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article:

1.

he developed a keen

a.

protect his kingdom

2

soldiers that

b.

country’s HIV/AIDS crisis

3.

He spent four years training

c.

monarch in the world

4.

attending an elite

d.

ban on sex

5.

he was the youngest reigning

e.

for his new position

6.

he has the power to choose

f.

pregnant

7.

they have fallen

g.

school in England

8.

spends a fortune

h.

his own government

9.

His mishandling of his

i.

interest in the Royal Guard

10.

He also called for a five year

j.

on luxury cars

LISTENING GAP FILL

King Mswati III of Swaziland ______________ his country in 1986. His real name is Makhosetive, ______________ King of Nations. As a young prince, he developed ______________ in the Royal Guard, the soldiers that protect his kingdom. He became the first Swazi ______________ the Swaziland Defence Force.

His father died of pneumonia in 1982. The royal family ______________ old prince Makhosetive to be the next king. He spent four years ______________ new position, while attending ______________ in England. He was crowned King of Swaziland on April 25, 1986, aged 18 years and 6 days. At that time, he was the youngest ______________ in the world.

Today, Mswati III is Africa's last ______________. This means he has the power to choose his own government. He can also choose his own wives ______________ thirteen. His first two wives were chosen for him by ______________, following Swazi customs and traditions. He can only marry his fiancées after they have ______________, so they can prove they can have children.

The world’s ______________ criticizes the King. He leads a luxurious lifestyle and spends ______________ luxury cars, while his people live in poverty. His ________________ country’s HIV/AIDS crisis came under heavy criticism. He wanted those with AIDS sterilized and branded. He also called for ______________ on sex. He did not follow this, instead marrying five more wives.

CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

King Mswati III of Swaziland became leading / leader of his country in 1986. His real name is Makhosetive, which means King of Nations. As a young prince, he developed a keen / keep interest in the Royal Guard, the soldiers that protection / protect his kingdom. He became the first Swazi royal / royalty to join the Swaziland Defence Force.

His father died of pneumonia in 1982. The royal family choice / chose 14-year-old prince Makhosetive to be the next king. He spent four years training for his new position, while / when attending an elite school in England. He was / has crowned King of Swaziland on April 25, 1986, aged 18 years and 6 days. At that time, he was the youngest raining / reigning monarch in the world.

Today, Mswati III is Africa's last / lost absolute monarch. This means he has the power to choose / choice his own government. He can also choose his own wives and currently has thirteen. His first two wives were chosen for / to him by national councilors, following Swazi customs and traditions. He can only marry his fiancées after they have fallen pregnant, so they can proof / prove they can have children.

The world’s media often / soften criticizes the King. He leads a luxurious lifestyle and spends a fortune / fortunate on luxury cars, while his people live in poverty. His mishandling of the country’s HIV/AIDS crisis came under heavy / weigh criticism. He wanted those with AIDS sterilized and branded. He also called for a five year banned / ban on sex. He did not follow this, instead marrying five more wives.

SPELLING

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

Paragraph 1
 

1.

eelrad of his country

2.

he developed a keen intstree in the Royal Guard

3.

the soldiers that otrtcep the kingdom

4.

the first Swazi rloay to join the Swaziland Defence Force


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5.

The royal family ecsho 14-year-old prince Makhosetive

6.

training for his new tioiopns

7.

attending an leite school in England

8.

the youngest reigning hoamncr in the world


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9.

he has the power to oceohs his own government

10.

Swazi cssmtuo and traditions

11.

marry his fiancées after they have fallen napenrtg

12.

they can vroep they can have children


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13.

The world’s mdaei often criticizes the King.

14.

a fortune on lyruux cars

15.

his people live in eovtyrp

16.

He also aellcd for a five year ban on sex

PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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fallen pregnant, so they can prove they can have children.

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four years training for his new position, while attending an elite school in England. He was crowned

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monarch in the world.

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on sex. He ignored his own call and married five more wives.

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that protect his kingdom. He became the first Swazi royal to join the Swaziland Defence Force.

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choose his own wives and currently has thirteen. His first two wives were chosen for him by

(    )

 

His father died of pneumonia in 1982. The royal family chose 14-year-old prince Makhosetive to be the next king. He spent

(    )

 

criticism. He wanted those with AIDS sterilized and branded. He also called for a five year ban

(    )

 

The world’s media often criticizes the King. He leads a luxurious lifestyle and spends a fortune on

(    )

 

national councilors, following Swazi customs and traditions. He can only marry his fiancées after they have

(    )

 

luxury cars, while his people live in poverty. His mishandling of the country’s HIV/AIDS crisis came under heavy

(    )

 

King of Swaziland on April 25, 1986, aged 18 years and 6 days. At that time, he was the youngest reigning

(    )

 

King of Nations. As a young prince, he developed a keen interest in the Royal Guard, the soldiers

(    )

 

Today, Mswati III is Africa's last absolute monarch. This means he has the power to choose his own government. He can also

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King Mswati III of Swaziland became leader of his country in 1986. His real name is Makhosetive, which means

SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

he   in   developed   the   a   Royal   keen   Guard   interest

2.

the   kingdom   the   protect   that   soldiers

3.

for   spent   his   four   new   years   position   training   He

4.

crowned   was   He   Swaziland   of   King

5.

monarch   the   the   reigning   in   world   youngest

6.

monarch   III   Africa's   absolute   Mswati   is   last

7.

they   prove   can   children   can   they   have

8.

King   world’s   often   the   The   media   criticizes

9.

in   people   poverty   live   his

10.

year   sex   called   five   on   also   a   ban   He   for

KING MSWATI III DISCUSSION

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

1.

What do you know about King Mswati III?

2.

Would you like to meet King Mswati III?

3.

What would you like to know about King Mswati III and why?

4.

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

1.

What did you learn from this text about King Mswati III?

2.

What questions would you like to ask King Mswati III?

3.

What would his answers be to those questions?

4.

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5.

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6.

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7.

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8.

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KING MSWATI III SURVEY

Write five questions about King Mswati III 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.

 

 

 

 

Q.5.

 

 

 

 

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 King Mswati III 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 King Mswati III. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. KING MSWATI III POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of King Mswati III. 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 King Mswati III. 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 King Mswati III. 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 “King Mswati III expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.

ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

leader

a.

ruler

2

keen

b.

enthusiastic

3.

interest

c.

curiosity

4.

position

d.

role

5.

elite

e.

upper class

6.

reigning

f.

ruling


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

monarch

g.

king

8.

currently

h.

presently

9.

prove

i.

show to be true

10.

criticizes

j.

attacks

11

fortune

k

a huge amount

12

ban

l

outlaw

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

he developed a keen

a.

interest in the Royal Guard

2

soldiers that

b.

protect his kingdom

3.

He spent four years training

c.

for his new position

4.

attending an elite

d.

school in England

5.

he was the youngest reigning

e.

monarch in the world

6.

he has the power to choose

f.

his own government

7.

they have fallen

g.

pregnant

8.

spends a fortune

h.

on luxury cars

9.

His mishandling of his

i.

country’s HIV/AIDS crisis

10.

He also called for a five year

j.

ban on sex

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