The Reading / Listening - Level 2

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has advised its citizens not to wear traditional clothes when they travel overseas. This was after a UAE businessman was mistaken for a member of ISIS in Ohio, USA. Ahmad Al Menhali, from Abu Dhabi, was making a phone call in a hotel. The receptionist called the police because he was wearing a white Arab robe and headdress, and he was speaking Arabic. She thought he was a terrorist. Police armed with assault rifles wrestled Mr Al Menhali to the floor. He needed hospital treatment after the incident. He was shocked at how "brutal" the police were.



The police and the hotel apologised for the incident. The UAE said its citizens had to think about their safety when they travel outside of the UAE. Mr Al Menhali reportedly blamed Donald Trump, for making people hate Muslims. An American Islamic relations group said it was worried that the police talked about Mr Menhali's clothing being a criminal sign in their report. It added: "Police need more diversity training. This is shocking". Mr Al Menhali said: "I always wear my traditional clothes during all my travels and never encountered such a thing".

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    Level 0 Level 1   or  Level 3

Sources
  • http://gulfnews.com /news/americas/usa/emirati-mistaken-for-daesh-member-in-us-1.1856250
  • http://www.inquisitr.com /3267770/when-an-ohio-muslim-made-a-phone-call-five-cops-showed-up-guns-drawn-and-someone-went-to-the-hospital-video/
  • http://www.thenational.ae /uae/they-were-brutal-with-me-emirati-describes-arrest-in-us-after-being-mistaken-for-isil-member


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. advised its citizens not to
  2. when they travel
  3. a UAE businessman was mistaken
  4. making a
  5. he was wearing a white Arab robe
  6. Police armed with assault
  7. He needed hospital
  8. shocked at how "brutal"
  1. for a member of ISIS
  2. treatment
  3. and headdress
  4. wear traditional clothes
  5. the police were
  6. phone call
  7. overseas
  8. rifles

Paragraph 2

  1. The police and the hotel apologised
  2. citizens had to think
  3. Mr Al Menhali reportedly blamed
  4. making people
  5. An American Islamic
  6. Police need more diversity
  7. during all
  8. never encountered
  1. Donald Trump
  2. relations group
  3. my travels
  4. about their safety
  5. such a thing
  6. for the incident
  7. hate Muslims
  8. training

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) (1) ___________________ citizens not to wear traditional clothes (2) ___________________ overseas. This was after a UAE businessman was (3) ___________________ member of ISIS in Ohio, USA. Ahmad Al Menhali, from Abu Dhabi, was making (4) ___________________ a hotel. The receptionist called the police because he was wearing a white Arab (5) ___________________, and he was speaking Arabic. She thought he was a terrorist. Police armed with assault rifles wrestled Mr Al Menhali to the floor. He needed hospital treatment after the incident. He was shocked (6) ___________________ the police were.

The police and the hotel (7) ___________________ incident. The UAE said its citizens had to think (8) ___________________ when they travel outside of the UAE. Mr Al Menhali reportedly blamed Donald Trump, for (9) ___________________ Muslims. An American Islamic relations group said it was worried that the police talked about Mr Menhali's clothing (10) ___________________ sign in their report. It added: "Police need more (11) ___________________. This is shocking". Mr Al Menhali said: "I always wear my traditional clothes during all my travels and never encountered (12) ___________________ ".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheUnitedArabEmirates(UAE)hasadviseditscitizensnottoweartraditi
onalclotheswhentheytraveloverseas.ThiswasafteraUAEbusinessma
nwasmistakenforamemberofISISinOhio,USA.AhmadAlMenhali,fro
mAbuDhabi,wasmakingaphonecallinahotel.Thereceptionistcalledth
epolicebecausehewaswearingawhiteArabrobeandheaddress,andhe
wasspeakingArabic.Shethoughthewasaterrorist.Policearmedwithas
saultrifleswrestledMrAlMenhalitothefloor.Heneededhospitaltreatme
ntaftertheincident.Hewasshockedathow"brutal"thepolicewere.Thep
oliceandthehotelapologisedfortheincident.TheUAEsaiditscitizensha
dtothinkabouttheirsafetywhentheytraveloutsideoftheUAE.MrAlMen
halireportedlyblamedDonaldTrump,formakingpeoplehateMuslims.
AnAmericanIslamicrelationsgroupsaiditwasworriedthatthepolicetal
kedaboutMrMenhali'sclothingbeingacriminalsignintheirreport.Itadd
ed:"Policeneedmorediversitytraining.Thisisshocking".MrAlMenhalis
aid:"Ialwayswearmytraditionalclothesduringallmytravelsandnever
encounteredsuchathing".

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic 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.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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