Introduce the topic by displaying images of places where drugs are legal and ask if they have anything in common. ( give nothing away )
Reveal the truth and have a small discussion about what they think has happened there.
Teach this vocabulary prior to next step.
Addiction – to be addicted. Drug trafficking – drug trafficker (the cartel ) To take drugs. To possess drugs – to have in your possession. To incinerate. To legalise – to make*become legal.
Move on to Portugal and introduce the video.
Give students these questions and tell them to listen out for the answer.
How many people are believed to be addicted to heroin ?
How much are you allowed to possess?
What do the two female psychologists do ?>
What's their approach called?
What percentage does Portugal spend its money on to combat drugs ?
And the USA?
What's the name of the drug company in Colorado ?
How much did they make last year?
How many states have legalised cannabis ?
A. 20%. B 90%. C. 50%
Follow up with a discussion about whether students think drugs are a problem in their country and what they thought about Portugal's approach to overcoming the drug problem.
Introduce pablo Escobar
Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria (December 1, 1949 to December 2, 1993) was a Colombian drug trafficker who eventually controlled over 80 percent of the cocaine shipped to the U.S., earning him the rank of one of Forbes Magazine’s 10 wealthiest people in the world. Escobar entered the cocaine trade in the early 1970s, collaborating with other criminals to form the Medellin Cartel. He earned popularity by sponsoring charity projects and soccer clubs, but later, terror campaigns that resulted in the murder of thousands turned public opinion against him. He was killed by Colombian police in 1993.
By the mid-1980s, Pablo Escobar had an estimated net worth of $30 billion and was named one of the 10 richest people on Earth by Forbes. Cash was so prevalent that Escobar purchased a Learjet for the sole purpose of flying his money. At the time, Escobar controlled more than 80 percent of the cocaine smuggled into the United States; more than 15 tons were reportedly smuggled each day, netting the Cartel as much as $420 million a week.
Colombian law enforcement finally caught up to Pablo Escobar on December 2, 1993 in a middle-class neighborhood in Medellin. A firefight ensued and, as Escobar tried to escape across a series of rooftops, he and his bodyguard were shot and killed.
Escobar came from modest means: His father worked as a peasant farmer while his mother was a schoolteacher. From an early age, Escobar packed a unique drive and ambition to raise himself up from his humble beginnings.
Escobar got his criminal start as a petty street thief, stealing cars before moving into the smuggling business. Escobar’s early prominence came during the “Marlboro Wars,” in which he played a high-profile role in the control of Colombia’s smuggled cigarette market. This episode proved to be a valuable training ground for the future narcotics kingpin.
In June 1991, Escobar surrendered to the Colombian government of President Cesar Gaviria. In return, the threat of extradition was lifted and Escobar was allowed to build his own luxury prison called “La Catedral,” which was guarded by men he handpicked from among his employees. The prison lived up to its name and came complete with a casino, spa and nightclub
Still, many Colombians mourned his killing. More than 25,000 people turned out for Escobar’s burial. “He built houses and cared about the poor,” one funeral goer stated at Escobar’s funeral in a story reported by The New York Times. “In the future, people will go to his tomb to pray, the way they would to a saint.”
All taken from biography.com not my own work.
Ask students to give each section a title.
Discuss what they think about him etc .. have they seen the tv series?