President of Haiti-in-waiting or singer with stars in his eyes?

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In two minutes, write as many things about Haiti as you can.

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Fill the gaps in the sentences using these key words from the text. The paragraph numbers are given to help you. Grammy 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. policy notoriously dire candidacy slum rubble

an adverb used to describe something that is famous for a bad reason _______________________ (para 2) a poor area of a town where the houses are in very bad condition _______________________ (para 2) broken pieces of stone and brick from buildings, walls etc that have been destroyed _______________________ (para 3) a set of plans or actions agreed on by a government or political party _______________________ (para 3) the fact that someone is a candidate (wants to win) in an election _______________________ (para 4) a prize given in the US each year to the best performers and writers of music on CD _______________________ (para 5) an adjective meaning very severe or serious _______________________ (para 6)

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money or goods that you give to an organization. to take power from a central government or place and give it to several smaller and more local ones ____________________ (para 9) 13.President of Haiti-in-waiting or singer with stars in his eyes? Level 2 faith 8. 9. especially one that helps people ____________________ (para 10) © Macmillan Publishers Ltd 2010 NEWS LESSONS / President of Haiti-in-waiting or singer with stars in his eyes? / Intermediate CA •P H N T O FR BE C O DO O M W P W N IA EB LO B SI A L TE DE E D • O . Intermediate donations allies controversy scholarship charity decentralize people who are ready to help you. especially about a moral issue that a lot of people have strong feelings about ____________________ (para 10) 14. a disagreement. especially in difficult situations ____________________ (para 6) an organization to which you give money so that it can give money and help to people who need it ____________________ (para 7) 10. money that an organization gives to someone so that they can study at school or university ____________________ (para 7) 11. belief in a god or gods ____________________ (para 8) 12.

cannot stand again because he has already served two five-year terms. Wyclef Jean: President of Haiti-in-waiting or singer with stars in his eyes? Musician will stand in election in his native country but critics ask what exactly he offers a nation in desperate need of leadership Ed Pilkington in Bloomfield. While there. sugar cane village. 5 Jean is Haiti’s most famous son. like why should anyone in Haiti vote for a pop star as president at such a dire moment in its history? “People can say.” 3 He was staying in Haiti in the Hotel Montana. So the first thing you do is engage education and job creation. at times. moving first to Brooklyn and then to New Jersey.” he says and then brings the microphone up to his mouth and sings: “Wyclef. there’s an election he has to win. but this is urgent. “One more time. Their second album sold more than 18 million copies worldwide and won two Grammys. New Jersey 6 August. The current president. Port-auPrince. “Each village would be associated with a different food – mango village. But there are other doubts. “The streets were filled with bodies of children and pregnant women.President of Haiti-in-waiting or singer with stars in his eyes? Level 2 Intermediate 6 No one doubts that Jean is likely to have an electric presence when campaigning begins. when he set up his charity. and awarding educational scholarships. which works with poor young people by helping them to read and write. One of the things that people will talk N T O FR BE C O DO O M W P W N IA EB LO B SI A L TE DE E D • CA •P H NEWS LESSONS / President of Haiti-in-waiting or singer with stars in his eyes? / Intermediate O . the Haitian president!” 2 Now that the world knows the former singer with the group The Fugees and solo star is running for president of Haiti. Singing about policy is not enough. “For two days I was picking bodies up. Yéle Haiti. Jimmy O. the notoriously poor and. so I took a helicopter and I landed with my daughter and a Santa Claus right in the middle of Cité Soleil.” Secondly. he says. He has been actively involved in Haitian affairs since 2005. the entire building was reduced to rubble in the massive Haitian earthquake. There is hardly any food or work. the key question is: why? Jean recalls a visit he made to Haiti just before Christmas with his four-year-old daughter. He reached Port-au-Prince the day after the earthquake. But it was the earthquake that really convinced him of the need to get directly involved in the running of his country. because everywhere you look there’s disaster. at that moment you think ‘If there is a God why did he let that happen?’ But then you see a man with a nail in his hand. René Préval. and if it is like previous Haitian elections it’s going to get dirty. © Macmillan Publishers Ltd 2010 7 8 9 10 But first. I found my friend. The Haitian Experience. he would encourage people to move out of the capital by building new villages in the countryside.” Almost seven months on from the earthquake. the race is wide open. where would he begin? “There’s nowhere to go but up in Haiti right now. He left the country when he was nine. I feel I can help move this country forward. where he later formed The Fugees with Pras Michel and Lauryn Hill. Unusually for Haiti. 2010 1 Wyclef Jean is in his recording studio in New Jersey working on his latest album. So that’s why I’m standing [for president]. he says. he decided to spread a little joy for the children of Cité Soleil. on 12 January. and he says we are building a new Haiti. taking them to a morgue.” He says the experience made him question his faith. with no obvious frontrunner. Three weeks later. Maybe I could have waited another ten years for this.” Jean insists that he has always been political. violent slum in the capital. If you can provide a job opportunity and a home for people you can start to decentralize Port-au-Prince. hundreds of thousands of people are still living under plastic sheets despite the onset of the hurricane season. ‘Clef what do you know about politics and running the country?’ But when you think of the connections and allies I have around the world. dead in his car with a building on him. If Jean actually were to win the election. Education would be the key”.” 4 Wyclef Jean’s candidacy will have an explosive impact on the presidential elections on 28 November. “I wanted to bring Santa Claus to the slums because these kids were poor. “We escaped death by a few weeks. before he can start work on these policies.

para 6) a severe and serious point of time ______________________________ (two words. 10. 4. 06/08/10 about is the controversy over his charity. para 4) a quality where someone has an extremely exciting way of speaking and acting that makes everyone want to listen to him/her ______________________________ (two words. para 10) incorrectness in the way money and funds are dealt with and looked after ______________________________ (two words. 5. para 2) only broken pieces of brick and mortar left ______________________________ (three words. which has raised about $9 million (£5. “The world will have known that in history there was a young man from Haiti who felt he wanted to do more than music. My honesty you can never question. para 8) money given to people who are in urgent need of help. trying to be elected to become the head of the country ______________________________ (three words. to engage in Haitian politics and help move the country forward. when is the next presidential election in Haiti? What natural disaster recently happened in Haiti? Why must there be a new president in Haiti? Where was Jean born and where did he move to? What is the name of Jean’s charity? If he wins the election. 6. 2. 8.” 3 Comprehension check Answer the questions by referring to the information in the article.7 million) in disaster relief since January. 6. I would never steal from my country. para 6) to be unsure about his religious beliefs or the existence of God ______________________________ (three words.” © Guardian News & Media 2010 First published in The Guardian. para 10) © Macmillan Publishers Ltd 2010 NEWS LESSONS / President of Haiti-in-waiting or singer with stars in his eyes? / Intermediate CA O N T O FR BE C O DO O M W P W N IA EB LO B SI A L TE DE E D • •P H . What kind of artist is Wyclef Jean? Who or what are The Fugees? According to the article. I win. The number of words and paragraph numbers are given to help you. that didn’t happen. So does he really think he can win? “Even if I lose. usually after an event that has affected lots of people ______________________________ (two words. Yéle Haiti.” he says. 4. we would never do that. 1. 9. 5. 7.President of Haiti-in-waiting or singer with stars in his eyes? Level 2 Intermediate 11 There is likely to be a lot more criticism when Jean launches his campaign in Haiti on Thursday. has been accused of a range of financial irregularities. 3. 8. No. 1. what does Jean say that he will do first? What does Jean want to “decentralize” and how? What kind of criticism is Jean facing regarding the charity? 4 Find the phrases Find phrases or expressions in the article that match the definitions. para 3) anyone still has a chance to win ______________________________ (five words. 7. 2. 3. What does he say to the charge that some donations ended up in his personal accounts? “No.

youtube. If Wyclef is running in the election.com/Wyclef © Macmillan Publishers Ltd 2010 NEWS LESSONS / President of Haiti-in-waiting or singer with stars in his eyes? / Intermediate CA O N T O FR BE C O DO O M W P W N IA EB LO B SI A L TE DE E D • •P H .org/ to read about Wyclef Jean’s aid projects and to watch video interviews and more. What did the president or prime minister of your country do before he/she was elected? 6 Webquest Search the internet for more information about Wyclef Jean and his involvement with Haiti. In your opinion.President of Haiti-in-waiting or singer with stars in his eyes? Level 2 Intermediate 5 Discussion There has been further news on Wyclef’s candidacy since this article was published. • Read an interview with Wyclef and watch videos on his blog: http://wyclefjean.wordpress.com/ • Go to http://www.co. • You can also find Wyclef on Facebook at http://www. Haiti’s election board decided that Wyclef Jean could not run in the presidential election.com • Find and watch videos of some of Wyclef’s and The Fugees’ most famous songs such as ‘Killing me softly’ by The Fugees and ‘Hips don’t lie’ with Shakira. do you agree with the decision to stop him from running for president? 2. Jean was intending to appeal against the decision.guardian. what qualifies a person to be president of a country? 3. • Go to http://www. • Watch him discussing his plans for Haiti by typing presidential candidate wyclef into the search field on www. do you think he can possibly win? If not.uk/ and type Wyclef into the search field to find out the latest news on his appeal to run for president.facebook. Discuss the following questions: 1. At the time of publication.yele-haiti.

2. 7. 4. 2. 4. 3 Comprehension check 1. 3. 8. Arnold Schwarzenegger etc. 11. 12. 3. running for president reduced to rubble the race is wide open electric presence dire moment question his faith disaster relief financial irregularities 5 Discussion Teacher’s notes: You could mention the fact that other artists or public figures have held. 14. 7. 4. 5. that there have been financial irregularities © Macmillan Publishers Ltd 2010 NEWS LESSONS / President of Haiti-in-waiting or singer with stars in his eyes? / Intermediate CA •P H N T O FR BE C O DO O M W P W N IA EB LO B SI A L TE DE E D • O . then to north New Jersey (US). Yéle Haiti 8. 9. 2. 3. He would move people out of the capital city to specially created agricultural villages which would each work on providing different crops. 8. 13. 10.President of Haiti-in-waiting or singer with stars in his eyes? Level 2 KEY Intermediate 2 Key words 1. provide education and create jobs 9. 6. He was born in Haiti and moved to Brooklyn (New York. Consider Ronald Regan. 2010 the earthquake in January 2010 The current president. 6. a musician a very successful music group 28 November. 5. or do still hold. 6. 7. US). 5. notoriously slum rubble policy candidacy Grammy dire allies charity scholarship faith decentralize controversy donations 4 Find the phrases 1. cannot stand again because he has already served two five-year terms. high positions in politics. René Préval. 10.

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