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There’s a television show in the U.S.A. called Sesame Street. This show has decided to help children in Syria because of the war. Many of these children have been displaced and have gone through traumatic experiences. Sesame Street wants to provide a safe place for them to learn.

Sesame Street and another group won $100 million to help these child refugees. They will help children in Jordan, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. This award is one of the biggest donations ever given. It will help millions of refugees who have lost their homes.

Sesame Street will make a version of their show for Syrian children. They will be able to watch it on mobile phones. It will teach them reading and math, as well as how to treat others.

The goal is to give hope and opportunity to these children through education.

Difficult words

Displaced: To be moved.

Traumatic: Very terrible and stressful

Refugee: A person who has to leave their country

Donation: Something given for free to help someone else.

Version: A different type of something.

Opportunity: A chance to do something new.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

British English:

American English:

Match the Synonym!

 1. Displaced  A. Upsetting
 2. Traumatic  B. Moved
 3. Donation  C. Type
 4. Version  D. Chance
 5. Opportunity  E. Gift

True or False?

1.  A television show in the U.K. has decided to help children. T / F

2.  Only adults have been displaced by the war. T / F

3.  Sesame Street won very little money. T / F

4.  This organisation will give people new homes. T / F

5. A new show will be made for Syrian children. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. Syria / in / This / help / decided / to / war / show / of / because / the / children / has

2. provide / to / safe / place / them / for / Street / Sesame / wants / learn / to / a

3. This / ever / one / award / donations / given / the / is / biggest / of

4. to / watch / mobile / They / be / it / phones / will / on / able

5. The / goal / hope / is / and / to / children / give / opportunity / these / to

Listening and Vocabulary

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

British English:

American English:

Donations Displaced Refugees
Provide  Version Television

There’s a ______________ show in the U.S.A. called Sesame Street. This show has decided to help children in Syria because of the war. Many of these children have been ___________ and have gone through traumatic experiences. Sesame Street wants to _________ a safe place for them to learn.

Sesame Street and another group won $100 million to help these child ___________. They will help children in Jordan, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. This award is one of the biggest _____________ ever given. It will help millions of refugees who have lost their homes.

Sesame Street will make a _____________ of their show for Syrian children. They will be able to watch it on mobile phones. It will teach them reading and math, as well as how to treat others.

The goal is to give hope and opportunity to these children through education.

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 the war in Syria?
4. Is Sesame Street popular in your country?
5. What can be done to aid the refugee crisis in Europe?
6. Should countries be doing more to help the situation in Syria?
7. Should countries in the EU and America send troops to Syria?
8. How has the crisis in the Middle East had an impact on your country?
9. Is TV good for children?
10. Is there a limit to how much screen time children should be having?
11. What is the best way to help the children in Syria?
12. Do you think this program will have a positive impact on the children in Syria?
13. Do you think having the puppets in the classroom will help educate them?
14. Do you agree that this is the “humanitarian issue of our time”?
15. Do you think their entire focus should be on young children?
16. What is the biggest humanitarian issue in your country?
17. Would you take your child to this kind of facility?
18. Did you watch a lot of television as a child?
19. Do you feel like you learned valuable things  from television as a child?
20. If you had $100 million dollars to help a crisis, who would you help?