The Reading / Listening - Level 3

The government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has advised its citizens not to wear the country's traditional clothes when travelling overseas. This was after an Emirati businessman was mistaken for a member of ISIS in a hotel in the state of Ohio, USA. The businessman, Ahmad Al Menhali, 41, from Abu Dhabi, was making a phone call in the lobby of a hotel. The hotel receptionist called the police because he was wearing the traditional white kandoura (Arab robe) and headdress, and he was speaking Arabic, so she thought he might be a terrorist. Police armed with assault rifles wrestled a terrified 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 have apologised for the incident. The UAE's Ministry of Foreign Affairs advised Emiratis to avoid wearing the country's national dress when travelling abroad. It said citizens had to think about their safety outside of the UAE. Mr Al Menhali reportedly blamed Donald Trump, for making people hate Muslims. The Council on American Islamic Relations said it was worried about what happened to Al Menhali. It said: "The fact that the police referred to his clothing in their report as a criminal [sign] is very concerning." 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".

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Level 0 Level 1   or  Level 2

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


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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. NATIONAL DRESS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about national dress. Change partners often and share your findings.

2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?

       government / citizens / traditional / overseas / businessman / hotel / terrorist / brutal
       apologised / traveling / safety / worried / police / clothing / criminal / diversity

Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.

3. TOLERANT: Students A strongly believe the world is becoming a more tolerant place; Students B strongly believe the opposite.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. NATIONAL: How important are these things for your national identity? Talk about this with your partner(s). Change partners often.

  • Clothes
  • Food
  • Songs
  • Days
  • Traditions
  • People
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5. TRADITIONAL: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "traditional". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. TRAVEL: Rank these with your partner. Put the most important things to take when travelling at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • sunglasses
  • backpack
  • medicine
  • selfie stick
  • national dress
  • electric adaptor
  • mobile phone
  • phrase book

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if a-h below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The United Arab Emirates government has issued some travel advice.     T / F
  2. A UAE businessman was mistaken as an ISIS member in a USA hotel.    T / F
  3. The Emirati businessman was from the UAE capital city Abu Dhabi.     T / F
  4. The man did not suffer any harm when the police came to the hotel.     T / F
  5. The man is still waiting for an apology from the police and hotel.     T / F
  6. The Emirati businessman blamed Donald Trump for the attack.     T / F
  7. An Islamic Relations group said the police needed university training.     T / F
  8. It is the first time the man has worn national dress overseas.     T / F

 

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. advised
  2. traditional
  3. clothes
  4. terrified
  5. brutal
  6. incident
  7. avoid
  8. referred to
  9. concerning
  10. encountered
  1. keep away from
  2. frightened
  3. worrying
  4. happening
  5. suggested
  6. mentioned
  7. attire
  8. come across
  9. vicious
  10. customary

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. travelling
  2. making
  3. Police armed with assault
  4. He needed hospital
  5. He was shocked at how "brutal"
  6. The police and the hotel have apologised
  7. Mr Al Menhali reportedly blamed
  8. very
  9. Police need more diversity
  10. during
  1. for the incident
  2. treatment
  3. Donald Trump
  4. training
  5. overseas
  6. concerning
  7. a phone call
  8. the police were
  9. all my travels
  10. rifles

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
terrorist
overseas
advised
brutal
lobby
treatment
state
robe

The government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has               (1) ____________ its citizens not to wear the country's traditional clothes when travelling (2) ____________. This was after an Emirati businessman was mistaken for a member of ISIS in a hotel in the (3) ____________ of Ohio, USA. The businessman, Ahmad Al Menhali, 41, from Abu Dhabi, was making a phone call in the (4) ____________ of a hotel. The hotel receptionist called the police because he was wearing the traditional white kandoura (Arab (5) ____________) and headdress, and he was speaking Arabic, so she thought he might be a (6) ____________. Police armed with assault rifles wrestled a terrified Mr Al Menhali to the floor. He needed hospital (7) ____________ after the incident. He was shocked at how "(8) ____________ " the police were.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
hate
avoid
such
incident
criminal
safety
diversity
fact

The police and the hotel have apologised for the (9) ____________. The UAE's Ministry of Foreign Affairs advised Emiratis to (10) ____________ wearing the country's national dress when travelling abroad. It said citizens had to think about their (11) ____________ outside of the UAE. Mr Al Menhali reportedly blamed Donald Trump, for making people (12) ____________ Muslims. The Council on American Islamic Relations said it was worried about what happened to Al Menhali. It said: "The (13) ____________ that the police referred to his clothing in their report as a (14) ____________ [sign] is very concerning." It added: "Police need more (15) ____________ training. This is shocking". Mr Al Menhali said: "I always wear my traditional clothes during all my travels and never encountered (16) ____________ a thing".

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  advised its citizens not to wear the country's traditional clothes when ______
     a.  travelling over the seas
     b.  travelling oversees
     c.  travel in overseas
     d.  travelling overseas

2)  This was after an Emirati businessman was mistaken ______ ISIS
     a.  four a member of
     b.  for a member of
     c.  for remember of
     d.  fore member of

3)  making a phone call in the ______ hotel
     a.  lobby at a
     b.  lobby in a
     c.  lobby of a
     d.  lobby to a

4)  He needed hospital treatment ______
     a.  after the incident
     b.  after the incidence
     c.  after the coincidence
     d.  after the in see dent

5)  He was shocked at how ______ police were
     a.  "brutality" the
     b.  "brutalise" the
     c.  "brute all" the
     d.  "brutal" the

6)  The UAE's Ministry of Foreign Affairs advised Emiratis to avoid wearing the ______
     a.  country's national dressed
     b.  country's national dress
     c.  country's national dresses
     d.  country's national address

7)  Mr Al Menhali reportedly ______
     a.  enflamed Donald Trump
     b.  framed Donald Trump
     c.  blamed Donald Trump
     d.  tamed Donald Trump

8)  The fact that the police referred to his clothing in their report as a criminal sign is _____
     a.  very concern in
     b.  very concerting
     c.  very cornering
     d.  very concerning

9)  It added: "Police need more ______"
     a.  diverse it training
     b.  diverse it tea training
     c.  diversity training
     d.  diversity train in

10)  I always wear my traditional clothes during all my travels and never encountered ____
     a.  such the thing
     b.  such a thing
     c.  much a thing
     d.  touch a thing

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) (1) _________________ citizens not to wear the country's traditional clothes when travelling overseas. (2) ___________________ an Emirati businessman was mistaken for a member of ISIS in a hotel in the state of Ohio, USA. The businessman, Ahmad Al Menhali, 41, from Abu Dhabi, was making a phone (3) ___________________ of a hotel. The hotel receptionist called the police because he (4) ___________________ traditional white kandoura (Arab robe) and headdress, and he was speaking Arabic, so she thought he might be a terrorist. Police (5) ___________________ rifles wrestled a terrified 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) ___________________ for the incident. The UAE's Ministry of Foreign Affairs advised Emiratis (8) __________________ the country's national dress when travelling abroad. It said citizens had to think about (9) ___________________ of the UAE. Mr Al Menhali reportedly blamed Donald Trump, for making people hate Muslims. The Council on American Islamic Relations said it was worried about what happened to Al Menhali. It said: "The fact that the police (10) ___________________ clothing in their report as a criminal [sign] is very concerning." 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 (12) ___________________ a thing".

Comprehension questions

  1. What is the job of the man who was mistaken for an ISIS member?
  2. What city does the man come from?
  3. Who called the police?
  4. What colour were the clothes the man was wearing?
  5. Where did the man have to go after the police came?
  6. Who apologised to the man?
  7. What did the Ministry of Foreign Affairs say people had to think about?
  8. Who did the Emirati man blame for what happened to him?
  9. What did the police say was a criminal sign in their report?
  10. What kind of training did an Islamic group say the police needed?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What is the job of the man who was mistaken for an ISIS member?
a) policeman
b) diplomat
c) soldier
d) businessman

2) What city does the man come from?
a) London
b) Abu Dhabi
c) Dubai
d) Ohio

3) Who called the police?
a) a businessman
b) a passer-by
c) a hotel guest
d) a hotel receptionist

4) What colour were the clothes the man was wearing?
a) dark blue
b) brown
c) white
d) black

5) Where did the man have to go after the police came?
a) the UAE embassy
b) the airport
c) a police station
d) a hospital

6) Who apologised to the man?
a) citizens
b) a businessman
c) the police and hotel
d) hotel guests

7) What did the Ministry of Foreign Affairs say people had to think about?
a) their safety
b) traveling
c) foreign affairs
d) outside

8) Who did the Emirati man blame for what happened to him?
a)  a hotel guest
b) the hotel receptionist
c) Donald Trump
d) foreigners

9) What did the police say was a criminal sign in their report?
a) a red fish
b) the man's clothes
c) a mobile phone
d) a letter

10) What kind of training did an Islamic group say the police needed?
a) diversity training
b) university training
c) adversity training
d) universal training

Role play

Role A — National dress

You think national dress is the most important thing to take overseas. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as important. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): an electric adaptor, a backpack or a selfie stick.

Role B — An electric adaptor

You think an electric adaptor is the most important thing to take overseas. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as important. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): national dress, a backpack or a selfie stick.

Role C — Backpack

You think a backpack is the most important thing to take overseas. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as important. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): an electric adaptor, national dress or a selfie stick.

Role D — Selfie stick

You think a selfie stick is the most important thing to take overseas. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as important. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): an electric adaptor, a backpack or national dress.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'national'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'dress'.

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • apologised
    • think
    • blamed
    • fact
    • more
    • such
    • overseas
    • member
    • phone
    • white
    • speaking
    • shocked




    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 - UAE tells citizens not to wear national dress abroad

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What springs to mind when you hear the term 'national dress'?
    3. What do you think of your national dress?
    4. What do you think about what you read?
    5. Is the UAE government right to ask citizens not to wear national dress?
    6. How sad is it that people have to avoid wearing their national dress?
    7. What do you think of the white robe Arab men wear?
    8. Was the receptionist calling the police a racist act?
    9. How would you feel if you were Mr Al Menhali?
    10. What do you know about the UAE and its people?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. Should Mr Menhali take legal action against the hotel and/or police?
    3. What do you think of Mr Menhali blaming Donald Trump for the attack?
    4. How worrying is it the police were called because of someone's clothes?
    5. Are we becoming afraid of everyone who is different?
    6. How safe do you feel in other countries?
    7. What do you think when you see people in their national dress?
    8. Should everyone be given more diversity training?
    9. What can we do to reduce racism?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Mr Al Menhali?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

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

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

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

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    The government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has (1) ____ its citizens not to wear the country's traditional clothes when travelling overseas. This was (2) ____ an Emirati businessman was mistaken for a member of ISIS in a hotel in the state of Ohio, USA. The businessman, Ahmad Al Menhali, 41, from Abu Dhabi, was (3) ____ a phone call in the lobby of a hotel. The hotel receptionist (4) ____ the police because he was wearing the traditional white kandoura (Arab robe) and headdress, and he was (5) ____ Arabic, so she thought he might be a terrorist. Police armed with assault rifles wrestled a terrified Mr Al Menhali to the floor. He needed hospital treatment after the incident. He was (6) ____ at how "brutal" the police were.

    The police and the hotel have apologised (7) ____ the incident. The UAE's Ministry of Foreign Affairs advised Emiratis (8) ____ avoid wearing the country's national dress when travelling abroad. It said citizens had to think about their (9) ____ outside of the UAE. Mr Al Menhali reportedly blamed Donald Trump, for (10) ____ people hate Muslims. The Council on American Islamic Relations said it was worried about what happened to Al Menhali. It said: "The fact that the police referred to his clothing in their report as a criminal [sign] is very (11) ____." It added: "Police need more diversity training. This is shocking". Mr Al Menhali said: "I always wear my traditional clothes (12) ____ all my travels and never encountered such a thing".

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     advisory     (b)     advised     (c)     advice     (d)     advising    
    2. (a)     following     (b)     after     (c)     post     (d)     then    
    3. (a)     phoning     (b)     calling     (c)     doing     (d)     making    
    4. (a)     shouted     (b)     called     (c)     talked     (d)     spoke    
    5. (a)     spoke     (b)     speaks     (c)     spoken     (d)     speaking    
    6. (a)     shocking     (b)     shocks     (c)     shocked     (d)     shocker    
    7. (a)     for     (b)     to     (c)     of     (d)     by    
    8. (a)     on     (b)     at     (c)     to     (d)     for    
    9. (a)     safeguard     (b)     safer     (c)     safe     (d)     safety    
    10. (a)     making     (b)     getting     (c)     disliking     (d)     nothing    
    11. (a)     concerning     (b)     concerns     (c)     concerned     (d)     concern    
    12. (a)     during     (b)     while     (c)     around     (d)     when

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. wear the country's dairioantlt clothes
    2. The hotel otrneitpeics called the police
    3. she thought he might be a tirrotres
    4. Police armed with slataus rifles
    5. He needed hospital treatment after the iindetnc
    6. shocked at how atrblu the police were

    Paragraph 2

    1. The police and the hotel have esaldgooip (UK) / gdaiozleop (USA)
    2. think about their sytfae
    3. police referred to his oihtcnlg
    4. Police need more itrdiyvse training
    5. rndgiu all my travels
    6. never eeeonurndtc such a thing

    Put the text back together

    (    )     wearing the traditional white kandoura (Arab robe) and headdress, and he was speaking Arabic, so she

    (    )     The police and the hotel have apologised for the incident. The UAE's Ministry of Foreign Affairs advised Emiratis to

    (    )     hate Muslims. The Council on American Islamic Relations said it was worried about what happened

    (    )     for a member of ISIS in a hotel in the state of Ohio, USA. The businessman, Ahmad Al Menhali, 41, from

    (    )     to Al Menhali. It said: "The fact that the police referred to his clothing in their report as a criminal [sign] is

    (    )     floor. He needed hospital treatment after the incident. He was shocked at how "brutal" the police were.

    (    )     avoid wearing the country's national dress when travelling abroad. It said citizens had to think about their

    (    )     "I always wear my traditional clothes during all my travels and never encountered such a thing".

    (    )     thought he might be a terrorist. Police armed with assault rifles wrestled a terrified Mr Al Menhali to the

    (    )     safety outside of the UAE. Mr Al Menhali reportedly blamed Donald Trump, for making people

    1  )     The government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has advised its citizens not to wear the country's traditional

    (    )     very concerning." It added: "Police need more diversity training. This is shocking". Mr Al Menhali said:

    (    )     Abu Dhabi, was making a phone call in the lobby of a hotel. The hotel receptionist called the police because he was

    (    )     clothes when travelling overseas. This was after an Emirati businessman was mistaken

    Put the words in the right order

    1. clothes  citizens   wear  traditional  its  to  country's  Advised  not  the  .
    2. mistaken  member  An   was  a   ISIS   businessman  for   of  Emirati   .
    3. phone   the   a   a   in   of   Making   call   lobby   hotel   .
    4. the   He   hospital   after   incident   needed   treatment   .
    5. the   shocked   police   at   were   how   He   brutal   was   .
    6. and   have   the   police   hotel   for   The   the   apologised   incident   .
    7. when   travelling   Avoid   wearing   the   country's   national   dress   .
    8. about   citizens   their   had   safety   to   It   think   said   .
    9. to   report   his   The   clothing   police   in   referred   their   .
    10. I   my   during   travels   wear   clothes   my   always  traditional   all   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    The government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has advice / advised its citizens not to wear the country's traditional / tradition clothes when travelling overseas. This was after / following an Emirati businessman was mistaken for a member of ISIS in a hotel in the states / state of Ohio, USA. The businessman, Ahmad Al Menhali, 41, from Abu Dhabi, was doing / making a phone call in the lobby of a hotel. The hotel receptionist called the police because / however he was wearing the traditional white kandoura (Arab robe) and headdress, and he was spoken / speaking Arabic, so she thought / thinks he might be a terrorist. Police armed with assault rifles wrestled a terrified Mr Al Menhali to the floor. He needy / needed hospital treatment after the incident / incidence. He was shocked at how "brutal" the police were.

    The police and the hotel have apologized / apologies for the incident. The UAE's Ministry of Foreign Affairs advised Emiratis to evade / avoid wearing the country's national dress / dressed when travelling abroad. It said citizens had to think for / about their safety outside of the UAE. Mr Al Menhali reportedly blamed / blaming Donald Trump, for making people hate Muslims. The Council on American Islamic Relations said it was worried / worrying about what happened to Al Menhali. It said: "The fact / factual that the police referred too / to his clothing in their report as a criminal [sign] is very concerning." It added: "Police needy / need more diversity training. This is shocking". Mr Al Menhali said: "I always wear my traditional clothes during whole / all my travels and never encountered such a thing".

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Th_ p_l_c_ _nd th_ h_t_l h_v_ _p_l_g_s_d f_r th_ _nc_d_nt. Th_ ___'s M_n_stry _f F_r__gn _ff__rs _dv_s_d _m_r_t_s t_ _v__d w__r_ng th_ c__ntry's n_t__n_l dr_ss wh_n tr_v_ll_ng _br__d. _t s__d c_t_z_ns h_d t_ th_nk _b__t th__r s_f_ty __ts_d_ _f th_ ___. Mr _l M_nh_l_ r_p_rt_dly bl_m_d D_n_ld Tr_mp, f_r m_k_ng p__pl_ h_t_ M_sl_ms. Th_ C__nc_l _n _m_r_c_n _sl_m_c R_l_t__ns s__d _t w_s w_rr__d _b__t wh_t h_pp_n_d t_ _l M_nh_l_. _t s__d: "Th_ f_ct th_t th_ p_l_c_ r_f_rr_d t_ h_s cl_th_ng _n th__r r_p_rt _s _ cr_m_n_l [s_gn] _s v_ry c_nc_rn_ng." _t _dd_d: "P_l_c_ n__d m_r_ d_v_rs_ty tr__n_ng. Th_s _s sh_ck_ng". Mr _l M_nh_l_ s__d: "_ _lw_ys w__r my tr_d_t__n_l cl_th_s d_r_ng _ll my tr_v_ls _nd n_v_r _nc__nt_r_d s_ch _ th_ng".

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    the government of the united arab emirates (uae) has advised its citizens not to wear the country's traditional clothes when travelling overseas this was after an emirati businessman was mistaken for a member of isis in a hotel in the state of ohio usa the businessman ahmad al menhali 41 from abu dhabi was making a phone call in the lobby of a hotel the hotel receptionist called the police because he was wearing the traditional white kandoura (arab robe) and headdress and he was speaking arabic so she thought he might be a terrorist police armed with assault rifles wrestled a terrified 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 have apologised for the incident the uae's ministry of foreign affairs advised emiratis to avoid wearing the country's national dress when travelling abroad it said citizens had to think about their safety outside of the uae mr al menhali reportedly blamed donald trump for making people hate muslims the council on american islamic relations said it was worried about what happened to al menhali it said "the fact that the police referred to his clothing in their report as a criminal [sign] is very concerning" 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"

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    ThegovernmentoftheUnitedArabEmirates(UAE)hasadviseditscitize
    nsnottowearthecountry'straditionalclotheswhentravellingoverseas.
    ThiswasafteranEmiratibusinessmanwasmistakenforamemberofISI
    SinahotelinthestateofOhio,USA.Thebusinessman,AhmadAlMenhali,
    41,fromAbuDhabi,wasmakingaphonecallinthelobbyofahotel.Thehot
    elreceptionistcalledthepolicebecausehewaswearingthetraditionalw
    hitekandoura(Arabrobe)andheaddress,andhewasspeakingArabic,s
    oshethoughthemightbeaterrorist.Policearmedwithassaultrifleswres
    tledaterrifiedMrAlMenhalitothefloor.Heneededhospitaltreatmentaft
    ertheincident.Hewasshockedathow"brutal"thepolicewere.Thepolice
    andthehotelhaveapologisedfortheincident.TheUAE'sMinistryofForei
    gnAffairsadvisedEmiratistoavoidwearingthecountry'snationaldress
    whentravellingabroad.Itsaidcitizenshadtothinkabouttheirsafetyout
    sideoftheUAE.MrAlMenhalireportedlyblamedDonaldTrump,formaki
    ngpeoplehateMuslims.TheCouncilonAmericanIslamicRelationssaidi
    twasworriedaboutwhathappenedtoAlMenhali.Itsaid:"Thefactthatth
    epolicereferredtohisclothingintheirreportasacriminal[sign]isveryco
    ncerning."Itadded:"Policeneedmorediversitytraining.Thisisshockin
    g".MrAlMenhalisaid:"Ialwayswearmytraditionalclothesduringallmyt
    ravelsandneverencounteredsuchathing".

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    "My country is a great country to live in for people from other countries." Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. NATIONAL DRESS: Make a poster about the national dress of your country. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. ISLAMOPHOBIA: Write a magazine article about Islamophobia. Include imaginary interviews with people who have experienced it and those trying to fight it.

    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).

    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on racism. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to reduce it. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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