Level 2

An awards ceremony called the Golden Globes took place in January 2018. At the ceremony a woman gave a speech after winning an award. Her name is Oprah Winfrey. Her speech was very powerful and now many people think she will run for president in 2020.

Oprah does not have any political experience. She had her own talk show for 25 years, has a TV network, and a magazine. She has acted in films as well. Oprah has also done a lot of charity work. She has helped many young girls and women. She has even opened her own school for girls in Africa. In her speech she said, “I want all the girls watching here and now to know that a new day is on the horizon.” Women’s rights is very important to her.

The current president is Donald Trump. He did not have any political experience before becoming president either. He was a businessman who 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 who gave him a lot of money to start a business. Oprah’s family was very poor when she was a child. Now both of them are billionaires.

Oprah has not said if she will run for president. This is only speculation. Some people are excited and some people are not. Only time will tell what she does.

Difficult words

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

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

Award: A prize someone wins

Political: About the government.

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

Horizon: The skyline in the distance

Women’s rights: What is fair and what a female deserves.

Property: Buildings belonging to someone.

Speculation: Thinking something has happened with no proof.

Time will tell: Time passing will show what will happen.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

British English:

American English:

Match the Synonym!

1. Ceremony A. What is fair for a female
2. Speech B. A prize
3. Award C. A guess
4. Political D. A talk
5. Charity E. Buildings
6. Horizon F. A goodwill foundation
7. Women’s rights G. Ritual
8. Property H. A skyline
9. Speculation I. Governmental

True or False?

1. The awards ceremony was called the Golden Robes. T / F

2. After her speech, nobody thinks Oprah will run for president. T / F

3. Donald Trump had his own TV show. T / F

4. Donald Trump’s father gave him no money. T / F

5. Oprah thinks women’s rights are very important. T / F

6. Oprah had her own talk show for 10 years. T / F

7. Donald Trump was a businessman before he was  president. T / F

8. Donald Trump did not have his own TV show. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. Oprah / any / experience / political / does / have / not

2. helped / women / She / young / has / and / many / girls

3. Oprah / could / president / think / Now / too / people / be

4. president / said / Oprah / run / has / for / not / if / she / will

5. Only / will / time / does / tell / she / what

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 Speech Horizon
Charity Women’s rights Ceremony
Award Speculation Property

An awards _________ called the Golden Globes took place in January 2017. At the ceremony a woman gave a _________ after winning an ________. Her name is Oprah Winfrey. Her speech was very powerful and now many people think she will run for president in 2020.

Oprah does not have any _________ experience. She had her own talk show for 25 years, has a TV network, and a magazine. She has acted in films as well. Oprah has also done a lot of ________ work. She has helped many young girls and women. She has even opened her own school for girls in Africa. In her speech she said, “I want all the girls watching here and now to know that a new day is on the ________.” __________ is very important to her.

The current president is Donald Trump. He did not have any political experience before becoming president either. He was a businessman who owned a lot of _________ and had his own TV show. Now people think Oprah could be president too.

Donald Trump’s father was a millionaire who gave him a lot of money to start a business. Oprah’s family was very poor when she was a child. Now both of them are billionaires.

Oprah has not said if she will run for president. This is only __________. Some people are excited and some people are not. Only time will tell what she does.

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?