English Lesson on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

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THE LESSON ON MAHMOUD AHMADINEJAD

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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is the sixth president of Iran. He was elected to power in 2005. Prior to becoming president, he served as mayor of Teheran for two years and fought in the Iran-Iraq War. Ahmadinejad is rarely out of the news. He has locked horns with the West on numerous occasions over his domestic and foreign policy.

Ahmadinejad was born in 1956 and grew up in Iran's capital Teheran. He studied civil engineering at university and went on to do his PhD. He became a lecturer at the Iran University of Science and Technology. This was cut short by the Iran-Iraq War, in which he served in the intelligence unit of the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution.

He has had mixed economic success as president of Iran. In 2006, vegetable prices tripled and housing prices doubled. Many called on him to use Iran's oil to help ordinary people survive. The Iranian parliament rejected his project to help young people find jobs, get married and buy their own house. Many say he has big ideas but is “weak on achievement”.

Ahmadinejad says Iran is now the strongest country in the world. He has strengthened relations with Russia, Venezuela and many Arab countries. He has caused concern around the world with his nuclear program, which he says is for peaceful purposes. He also caused a major controversy by calling for the destruction of Israel. In 2008, he became the first Iranian president ever to visit Iraq.

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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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elected

a.

stopped

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prior to

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division

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locked horns

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before

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went on

d.

voted in

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cut short

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fought

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unit

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continued


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mixed

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ruin

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called on

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success

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achievement

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worry

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strengthened

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varied

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concern

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reinforced

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destruction

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asked

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article:

1.

He was elected to

a.

horns with the West

2

Prior to

b.

concern around the world

3.

He has locked

c.

power in 2005

4.

went on to do

d.

economic success

5.

This was cut

e.

relations with Russia

6.

He has had mixed

f.

his PhD

7.

he has big ideas but is weak

g.

becoming President

8.

He has strengthened

h.

purposes

9.

He has caused

i.

short by the Iran-Iraq War

10.

for peaceful

j.

on achievement

LISTENING GAP FILL

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is the sixth president of Iran. He ____________________ in 2005. Prior to becoming president, he served as mayor of Teheran  for two years ____________________ Iran-Iraq War. Ahmadinejad is rarely out of the news. He ____________________ the West on ____________________ his domestic and foreign policy.

Ahmadinejad was born in 1956 and ____________________ capital Teheran. He studied civil engineering at university ____________________ PhD. He became a lecturer at the Iran University of Science and Technology. This ____________________ the Iran-Iraq War, in which he served in the ____________________ Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution.

He has had ____________________ as president of Iran. In 2006, vegetable prices tripled and ____________________. Many called on him to use Iran's oil to help ____________________. The Iranian parliament rejected his project to help young people find jobs, get married and buy their own house. Many say ____________________ “weak on achievement”.

Ahmadinejad ____________________ strongest country in the world. He has ____________________ with Russia, Venezuela and many Arab countries. He has caused concern around the world with his nuclear program, which he says ____________________. He also caused a major controversy ____________________ destruction of Israel. In 2008, he became the first Iranian president ever to visit Iraq.

CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is the sixth / six president of Iran. He was elected to power in 2005. Prior / Before to becoming president, he served as mayor of Teheran  for two years and fought in the Iran-Iraq War. Ahmadinejad is rare / rarely out of the news. He has locked horns with the West on numerous / numbers occasions over his domestic and foreign policy.

Ahmadinejad was born in 1956 and grew / grown up in Iran's capital Teheran. He studied civil engineering at university and went on / only to do his PhD. He became a lecturer at the Iran University of Science and Technology. This was sliced / cut short by the Iran-Iraq War, in which he served in the intelligent / intelligence unit of the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution.

He has had mixing / mixed economic success as president of Iran. In 2006, vegetable prices tripled and housing prices doubled. Many called off / on him to use Iran's oil to help ordinary people survive. The Iranian parliament rejection / rejected his project to help young people find jobs, get married and buy their own house. Many say he has big ideas / idea but is “weak on achievement”.

Ahmadinejad says Iran is now / know the strongest country in the world. He has strengthened relatives / relations with Russia, Venezuela and many Arab countries. He has caused concern around the world with his nuclear program, which he says is for peaceful on purpose / purposes. He also caused a major controversy by calling for the destruction of Israel. In 2008, he became the first Iranian president ever / even to visit Iraq.

SPELLING

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

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1.

He was dcetele to power in 2005

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he devesr as mayor of Tehran

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Ahmadinejad is aerrly out of the news

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grew up in Iran's taplaci Teheran

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He became a eteculrr at the Iran University

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he served in the intelligence niut

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the Army of the Guardians of the scaIiml Revolution


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He has had mixed economic cusssce

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vegetable prices rdlitep

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help ordinary people viuesrv

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Many say he has big esdia


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Iran is now the srgttneso country in the world

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He has caused nerccno around the world

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peaceful urpsoesp

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naligcl for the destruction of Israel

PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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in the intelligence unit of the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution.

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ideas but is “weak on achievement”.

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which he says is for peaceful purposes. He also caused a major controversy by calling for

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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is the sixth president of Iran. He was elected to

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Ahmadinejad was born in 1956 and grew up in Iran's capital Teheran. He studied civil engineering

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Ahmadinejad says Iran is now the strongest country in the world. He has strengthened relations with

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housing prices doubled. Many called on him to use Iran's oil to help ordinary people survive. The Iranian parliament

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Russia, Venezuela and many Arab countries. He has caused concern around the world with his nuclear program,

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rejected his project to help young people find jobs, get married and buy their own house. Many say he has big

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at university and went on to do his PhD. He became a lecturer at the Iran University of Science and Technology. This was cut short by the Iran-Iraq War, in which he served

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the destruction of Israel. In 2008, he became the first Iranian president ever to visit Iraq.

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He has had mixed economic success as president of Iran. In 2006, vegetable prices tripled and

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in the Iran-Iraq War. Ahmadinejad is rarely out of the news. He has locked

(    )

 

horns with the West on numerous occasions over his domestic and foreign policy.

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power in 2005. Prior to becoming president, he served as mayor of Teheran  for two years and fought

SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

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is   sixth   of   Ahmadinejad   the   president   Iran

2.

for   as   two   mayor   years   of   he   Teheran    served

3.

numerous   has   with   on   He   horns   West   occasions   locked   the

4.

on   went   PhD   his   do   to

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intelligence   the   in   served   he   unit

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prices   and   prices   vegetable   tripled   housing   doubled

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Iran's   use   survive   people   ordinary   help   to   oil

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big   on   ideas   achievement   but   he   is   has   weak

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relations   strengthened   has   He   Russia   with

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President   visit   became   Iranian   to   he   first   ever   Iraq   the

MAHMOUD AHMADINEJAD DISCUSSION

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

1.

What do you know about Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?

2.

Would you like to meet Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?

3.

What would you like to know about Mahmoud Ahmadinejad 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 Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?

2.

What questions would you like to ask Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?

3.

What would his answers be to those questions?

4.

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MAHMOUD AHMADINEJAD SURVEY

Write five questions about Mahmoud Ahmadinejad 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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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 Mahmoud Ahmadinejad 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 Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAHMOUD AHMADINEJAD POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. 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 Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. 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 Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. 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 “Mahmoud Ahmadinejad expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.

ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

elected

a.

voted in

2

prior to

b.

before

3.

locked horns

c.

fought

4.

went on

d.

continued

5.

cut short

e.

stopped

6.

unit

f.

division


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

mixed

g.

varied

8.

called on

h.

asked

9.

achievement

i.

success

10.

strengthened

j.

reinforced

11

concern

k

worry

12

destruction

l

ruin

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

He was elected to

a.

power in 2005

2

Prior to

b.

becoming President

3.

He has locked

c.

horns with the West

4.

went on to do

d.

his PhD

5.

This was cut

e.

short by the Iran-Iraq War

6.

He has had mixed

f.

economic success

7.

he has big ideas but is weak

g.

on achievement

8.

He has strengthened

h.

relations with Russia

9.

He has caused

i.

concern around the world

10.

for peaceful

j.

purposes

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