The Reading / Listening - Level 4

A historic event will take place on November the 7th. Chinese president Xi Jinping and Taiwanese president Ma Ying-Jeou will meet for talks. It is the first summit at presidential level between China and Taiwan since 1949. Taiwan is just 180 km from China but their relations have been difficult for a long time. China believes Taiwan is part of China, not a separate nation. Only 22 countries recognise Taiwan as being an independent country.



The meeting could help to repair decades-old differences. There could be more meetings in the future. The two parties have decided not to use the term "president" in the meeting. Instead, they will use the word "mister". They will not sign any agreements, make any joint statements or hold a joint press conference. They will exchange views to develop peaceful relations. An official said the leaders want to, "keep the status quo".

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Sources
  • http://www.businessinsider.com/china-taiwan-meeting-game-changer-2015-11
  • http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2015/11/05/2015110500577.html
  • http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-11/04/c_134780926.htm
  • http://atimes.com/2015/11/the-big-china-taiwan-meeting-game-changer-lost-cause-or-election-strategy/


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The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

1.

A historic

a.

part of China

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meet for

b.

level

3.

It is the first

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country

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at presidential

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summit

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Taiwan is just 180 km

e.

event will take place

6.

their relations have been difficult

f.

talks

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China believes Taiwan is

g.

from China

8.

an independent

h.

for a long time



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

repair decades-

a.

views

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There could be more

b.

old differences

3.

they will use the word

c.

quo

4.

They will not sign any

d.

relations

5.

hold a joint press

e.

meetings in the future

6.

They will exchange

f.

"mister"

7.

develop peaceful

g.

conference

8.

keep the status

h.

agreements


LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

A historic (1) ___________________ place on November the 7th. Chinese president Xi Jinping and Taiwanese president Ma Ying-Jeou will meet for talks. It is (2) ___________________ at presidential level between China and Taiwan since 1949. Taiwan (3) ___________________ km from China but their relations have been difficult (4) ___________________. China believes Taiwan is part of China, not (5) ___________________. Only 22 countries recognise Taiwan (6) ___________________ independent country.

The meeting could (7) ___________________ decades-old differences. There could be more meetings in the future. (8) ___________________ have decided not (9) ___________________ "president" in the meeting. Instead, they will use the word "mister". They (10) ___________________ agreements, make any joint statements (11) ___________________ press conference. They will exchange views to develop peaceful relations. An official said the leaders want to, "keep (12) ___________________".





CHINA AND TAIWAN SURVEY

Write five GOOD questions about China and Taiwan in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

STUDENT 1

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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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FREE WRITING

Write about China and Taiwan for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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