The Reading / Listening - Level 5

A historic event involving China and Taiwan will take place today, November the 7th. Chinese president Xi Jinping and Taiwanese president Ma Ying-Jeou will meet for discussions. It is the first summit at presidential level between China and Taiwan since the end of China's civil war in 1949. Taiwan is just 180 km from China but their relations have been difficult for decades. China believes Taiwan is part of its territory and not a separate nation. Only 22 countries recognise Taiwan as an independent country. Its status is one of the more difficult world problems to solve.



The meeting is a major stepping stone to repair decades-old differences. It could lead to similar meetings in the future. Special etiquette is already in place. The two parties have decided not to use the term "president" to address each other. Instead, they will use the word "mister". Further, the two leaders will not sign any agreements, issue any joint statements or hold a joint press conference. The meeting is to, "exchange views on promoting the peaceful development of…relations". The talks also, "aim to solidify relations between the two sides and keep the status quo".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Level 4 or  Level 6

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/


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

1.

A historic event involving

a.

part of its territory

2.

meet for

b.

world problems

3.

It is the first summit

c.

180 km from China

4.

since the end of China's civil

d.

difficult for decades

5.

Taiwan is just

e.

China

6.

relations have been

f.

discussions

7.

China believes Taiwan is

g.

war

8.

one of the more difficult

h.

at presidential level



MY e-BOOK
See a sample

PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

a major stepping

a.

address each other

2.

repair decades-

b.

meetings in the future

3.

It could lead to similar

c.

any agreements

4.

Special etiquette is

d.

between the two sides

5.

the term "president" to

e.

stone

6.

the two leaders will not sign

f.

conference

7.

a joint press

g.

old differences

8.

solidify relations

h.

already in place

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

(1) ___________________ involving China and Taiwan will take place today, November the 7th. Chinese president Xi Jinping and Taiwanese president Ma Ying-Jeou (2) ___________________. It is the first summit at presidential level between China and Taiwan (3) ___________________ China's civil war in 1949. Taiwan is just 180 km from China (4) ___________________ have been difficult for decades. China believes Taiwan is part of its territory and (5) ___________________ nation. Only 22 countries recognise Taiwan as an independent country. Its status is (6) ___________________ difficult world problems to solve.

The meeting (7) ___________________ stepping stone to repair decades-old differences. It (8) ___________________ similar meetings in the future. Special etiquette is (9) ___________________. The two parties have decided not to use the term "president" (10) ___________________. Instead, they will use the word "mister". Further, the two leaders will not sign any agreements, issue any joint statements or hold a (11) ___________________. The meeting is to, "exchange views on promoting the peaceful development of…relations". The talks also, "(12) ___________________ relations between the two sides and keep the status quo".





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

_____________

STUDENT 2

_____________

STUDENT 3

_____________

Q.1.

 

 

 

 

Q.2.

 

 

 

 

Q.3.

 

 

 

 

Q.4.

 

 

 

 

Q.5.

 

 

 

 

  • Now return to your original partner and share and talk about what you found out. Change partners often.
  • Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.

WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

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

a)

________________________________________________________

b)

________________________________________________________

c)

________________________________________________________

d)

________________________________________________________

e)

________________________________________________________

f)

________________________________________________________

g)

________________________________________________________

h)

________________________________________________________

 



-----------------------------------------------------------------------------  

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

a)

________________________________________________________

b)

________________________________________________________

c)

________________________________________________________

d)

________________________________________________________

e)

________________________________________________________

f)

________________________________________________________

g)

________________________________________________________

h)

________________________________________________________

FREE WRITING

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

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

Answers

(Please check your answers against the article above.

Help Support This Web Site

  • Please consider helping Breaking News English.com

Sean Banville's Book

Thank You