Level 1

There was an awards ceremony. At the ceremony a woman gave a speech. Her name is Oprah Winfrey. Many people now think she will run for president in 2020.

Oprah does not have political experience. She had her own talk show for 25 years. She ran her own TV network. She has her own magazine and acted in films. Oprah has also done a lot of charity work. She has helped many girls and women. She has even opened her own school for girls in Africa.

The president is Donald Trump. He did not have any political experience either. He owned a lot of property and had his own TV show. Now people think Oprah could be president too.

Donald Trump’s father was a millionaire. Oprah’s family was very poor. Now both are billionaires. Who would win between them?

Difficult words

Ceremony: A service or ritual given for a special occasion.

Speech: A person speaking in a formal way to an audience.

Political: About the government.

Experience: Knowledge or skills obtained over time.

Network: A broadcasting station containing different programs to watch.

Charity: An organisation set up to raise money for those in need.

Property: Buildings belonging to someone.

Millionaire: A person who has a million or more pounds or dollars, etc.

Billionaire: A person who has a billion or more pounds or dollars, etc.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

British English:

American English:

Match the Synonym!

1. Ceremony A. Knowledge
2. Speech B. A broadcasting station.
3. Political C. A talk.
4. Experience D. Buildings
5. Network E. 1,000,000
6 . Charity F. Ritual
7. Property G. 1,000,000,000
8. Millionaire H. Governmental
9. Billionaire I. A goodwill foundation.

True or False?

1. A man gave a speech at an awards ceremony. T / F

2. Oprah does not have political experience. T / F

3. Donald Trump’s father was very poor. T / F

4. Oprah is a billionaire. T / F

5. Oprah has done charity work. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. was / awards / There / ceremony / an

2. people / Many / for / 2020 / will / think / president / now / she / run / in

3. has / She / girls / many / and / helped / women

4. is / Donald / The / Trump / president

5. poor / family / very / Oprah’s / was

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

British English:

American English:

Political Experience Speech Network
Charity Billionaires Ceremony
Millionaire Property Property

There was an awards __________. At the ceremony a woman gave a _______. Her name is Oprah Winfrey. Many people now think she will run for president in 2020.

Oprah does not have ___________. She had her own talk show for 25 years. She ran her own TV________. She has her own magazine and acted in films. Oprah has also done a lot of _______ work. She has helped many girls and women. She has even opened her own school for girls in Africa.

The president is Donald Trump. He did not have any political experience either. He owned a lot of ________ and had his own TV show. Now people think Oprah could be president too.

Donald Trump’s father was a ________. Oprah’s family was very poor. Now both are _________. Who would win between them?

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. What do you know about Oprah Winfrey?
4. What do you know about Donald Trump?
5. Should a president always have political experience?
6. Does charity work count as experience?
7. Could a celebrity become president in your country?
8. Are there any celebrities you would like to be president?
9. What do people in your country think about Donald Trump?
10. What do you think about Donald Trump being born rich and Oprah being born poor?
11. Would you like to be president? Why or why not?
12. What would you do if you were president for one day?
13. What would you do if you were a billionaire?
14. What kind of charity would you like to help the most?
15. Who would you vote for in a the next presidential race?
16. What do you know about past American presidents?
17. Who is the president in your country?
18. What do people think of the president in your country?
19. What is something you would like your president to change in your country?
20. Do you think only rich people can be president?