Posted by: a2cristina | December 6, 2016

CRIME – Speaking activities and vocabulary



  1. Do you like watching any police TV series? If so, which ones? If not, why not?
  2. If you like them, what is it you like about them?
  3. Do you think police TV dramas are realistic?
  4. Do you like reading detective stories or thrillers? Why? / Why not?





Match the following crimes to their definitions.


  1. arson                             6. forgery                   11. manslaughter           16. shoplifting
  2. assault                           7. fraud                       12. Mugging                     17. theft
  3. blackmail                    8. hijacking               13. murder                       18. Vandalism
  4. burglary                       9. kidnapping          14. rape
  5. embezzlement          10. libel                      15. robbery



  1. __________ is taking a person away by force and keeping them prisoner, usually in order to demand money for their safe return.
  2. __________ is the serious crime of stealing large amounts of money from a bank, a shop or a vehicle, often using force or threats of violence.
  3. __________ is the crime of copying things such as banknotes, letters, official documents, etc. in order to deceive people.
  4. __________ is killing a person by accident or negligence.
  5. __________ is forcing someone to have sex with you.
  6. __________ is the crime of deliberately setting fire to a building, a forest, etc.
  7. __________ is taking control of an aeroplane, train, etc. by force, usually to make political demands.
  8. __________ is killing someone deliberately.
  9. __________ is demanding money or favours from someone by threatening to reveal a secret about them which, if made public, could cause embarrassment and harm.
  10. __________ is deliberately taking goods from a shop without paying for them.
  11. __________ is stealing money that is placed in your care, often over a period of time.
  12. __________ is the crime of physically attacking someone.
  13. __________ is printing or publishing something which is untrue and damages another person’s reputation in some way.
  14. __________ is the crime of getting money from someone by deceiving or tricking them.
  15. __________ is the crime of breaking into a house, a flat, etc. in order to steal things.
  16. __________ is the crime of stealing.
  17. __________ is deliberately destroying or damaging public property.
  18. __________ is the crime of attacking and robbing people in a public place.




  1. Do you know anyone who has been a victim of a crime? Have you?
  2. Has anyone you know ever broken the law? What crime did he / she commit?
  3. Have you ever done anything illegal? If so, can you tell us what you did?
  4. Is it OK to break the law? If so, when?
  5. Can you imagine yourself committing a crime?
  6. What do you think are the main crimes in Spain? What crimes are you most afraid of?
  7. Is drunk driving a crime in Spain? If so, what is the punishment?
  8. Do you think people who use illegal drugs should be put in jail?
  9. Do you think the legalization of narcotics would make the crime rate decrease?
  10. Do you think Santander is a safe place to live in?

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