Brazilian Police Try to Clean Up Slums

Brazilian police raided another slum in Rio de Janeiro in an effort to ¬†clean up the area before the 2012 World Cup and the 2014 Olympics. If you’re looking for something current to talk about in class this week and you have access to the Internet, try showing these Huffingtonpost pictures: ¬†World Cup Police Raid Slum to Secure Stadium. Soccer Visuals from the news (such as The Big Picture) are great for starting a discussion or introducing new vocabulary that will stick in the minds of your English learners. The images from this article show police raiding a shantytown around Maracona stadium. These slums are run by drug trafficking gangs. Police were backed by helicopter support and tanks and managed to secure the area without exchanging gunfire. Here are some discussion questions to get you started:

  • How do you feel about this raid? Is it for a good reason?
  • What will happen to this area after these international events?
  • Are drug gangs a problem in your country?
  • What surprises you about the text and pictures?
  • Do you enjoy soccer/football? Why or why not?

If your students are interested in learning more about soccer, try our Famous Things lesson plan: Soccer.

Our Famous Things lesson on Soccer includes:

  • a reading about soccer
  • comprehension questions
  • discussion questions
  • vocabulary review

Go to this lesson.

While our Something to Talk About suggestions are useful for getting your students involved in a group or pair discussion or debate, the topics, articles, and videos can also be used if you are looking for something for your students to blog/Skype/or write an opinion essay about.

Related in the ESL-Library:
Famous Things: Soccer
Famous Things: Olympics
Famous People: Pele


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