The Reading / Listening - Level 2

Saudi Arabian women are registering to vote for the first time in their history. They will vote in the city council elections later this year. They have a 21-day period to register. A Saudi newspaper said the first woman to register was Safinaz Abu Al-Shamat. She said she wanted to be, "the first woman to arrive at the centre" to register. She said it was a national duty to take part. Another woman to register was Jamal Al-Saadi. She said: "The participation of Saudi women in the municipal elections as voters and candidates was a dream for us. We are just at the beginning of the road."



Letting women vote was one of the plans of King Abdullah, who died earlier this year. The Saudi government said giving women the vote was, "a significant milestone in progress". Many women also want to run for office and take up government positions. At least 70 want to run for office and more than 80 want to be campaign managers. One of the women who wants to be a candidate in the elections is 36-year-old Haifa al-Hababi. She said she would campaign for change. She said that: "Change is life. The government has given us this tool and I intend to use it."

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Sources
  • http://news.sky.com/story/1538353/saudi-women-register-to-vote-for-first-time
  • http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/saudi-women-are-registering-to-vote-in-elections-across-the-country-for-the-first-time-ever-10461020.html
  • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/saudi-women-register-to-vote_55d75fb2e4b04ae497031659


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The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

1.

Saudi Arabian women are

a.

candidates

2.

for the first time

b.

council elections

3.

They will vote in the city

c.

of the road

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They have a 21-day

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to take part

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arrive at

e.

registering to vote

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it was a national duty

f.

period to register

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voters and

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in their history

8.

We are just at the beginning

h.

the centre



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

Letting women

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office

2.

a significant

b.

for change

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run for

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to use it

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campaign

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milestone

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a candidate in the

e.

vote

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She said she would campaign

f.

managers

7.

The government has given

g.

elections

8.

I intend

h.

us this tool

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

Saudi Arabian women are (1) ___________________ for the first time in their history. They will vote in the (2) ___________________ later this year. They have a 21-day (3) ___________________. A Saudi newspaper said the first woman to register was Safinaz Abu Al-Shamat. She (4) ___________________ be, "the first woman to arrive at the centre" to register. She said it (5) ___________________ to take part. Another woman to register was Jamal Al-Saadi. She said: "The participation of Saudi women in the municipal elections as voters and candidates was a dream for us. We are (6) ___________________ of the road."

Letting women vote (7) ___________________ plans of King Abdullah, who died earlier this year. The Saudi government said giving women the vote was, "a (8) ___________________ in progress". Many women also (9) ___________________ office and take up government positions. At least 70 want to run for office and more than 80 want to be (10) ___________________. One of the women who wants (11) ___________________ in the elections is 36-year-old Haifa al-Hababi. She said she would campaign for change. She said that: "Change is life. The government has given us this tool (12) ___________________ it."





PUT A SLASH ( / ) WHERE THE SPACES ARE

SaudiArabianwomenareregisteringtovoteforthefirsttimeintheirhisto
ry.Theywillvoteinthecitycouncilelectionslaterthisyear.Theyhavea21
-dayperiodtoregister.ASaudinewspapersaidthefirstwomantoregis
terwasSafinazAbuAl-Shamat.Shesaidshewantedtobe,"thefirstwo
mantoarriveatthecentre"toregister.Shesaiditwasanationaldutytota
kepart.AnotherwomantoregisterwasJamalAl-Saadi.Shesai
d:"TheparticipationofSaudiwomeninthemunicipalelectionsasvoters
andcandidateswasadreamforus.Wearejustatthebeginningoftheroad
."LettingwomenvotewasoneoftheplansofKingAbdullah,whodiedearli
erthisyear.TheSaudigovernmentsaidgivingwomenthevotewas,"asig
nificantmilestoneinprogress".Manywomenalsowanttorunforofficean
dtakeupgovernmentpositions.Atleast70wanttorunforofficeandmore
than80wanttobecampaignmanagers.Oneofthewomenwhowantstob
eacandidateintheelectionsis36-year-oldHaifaal-Hababi.Shesaidsh
ewouldcampaignforchange.Shesaidthat:"Changeislife.Thegovernm
enthasgivenusthistoolandIintendtouseit."

WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

Student A: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

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Student B: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

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WRITING

Write about voting for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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Answers

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