The Reading / Listening - Level 5

Turkey is increasing its efforts to detain those responsible for the weekend's failed coup attempt. It has arrested around 6,000 members of the judiciary and military, including top judges and generals. It has also suspended nearly 8,000 police officers suspected of being involved. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would rid all government institutions of the "virus" that caused the coup. He is taking a very hard line with all suspects and announced that he might bring back the death penalty. This would hurt Turkey's efforts to join the European Union.



Turkey's Justice Minister announced that there would be more than 6,000 detentions. He said: "The legal process on these will continue." He added that: "Suspects are being charged with membership of an armed terrorist organisation and of attempting to overthrow the government of the Turkish Republic using force and violence." At least 290 people were killed and thousands wounded in the coup attempt. President Erdogan spoke to the country via mobile telephone. He asked people to "take to the streets" to reclaim democracy. Forces loyal to him soon retook control.

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Sources
  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-36824045
  • http://www.turkishweekly.net/2016/07/18/news/6-000-detained-from-turkish-army-judiciary-in-probe-into-failed-coup-attempt/
  • http://in.reuters.com/article/turkey-security-idINKCN0ZY082


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. detain those
  2. members of the judiciary
  3. top judges
  4. officers suspected of
  5. rid all government institutions
  6. He is taking a very hard
  7. he might bring back
  8. hurt Turkey's efforts to
  1. line
  2. responsible
  3. join the European Union
  4. and generals
  5. the death penalty
  6. and military
  7. of the "virus"
  8. being involved

Paragraph 2

  1. more than 6,000
  2. legal
  3. membership of an armed
  4. attempting to overthrow
  5. using force
  6. thousands wounded in
  7. take to the streets to
  8. Forces loyal to him soon
  1. terrorist organisation
  2. and violence
  3. reclaim democracy
  4. process
  5. retook control
  6. the government
  7. detentions
  8. the coup attempt

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Turkey is increasing (1) ___________________ those responsible for the weekend's failed coup attempt. It has (2) ___________________ 6,000 members of the judiciary and military, including top judges and generals. It has also (3) ___________________ 8,000 police officers suspected of being involved. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said (4) ___________________ government institutions of the "virus" that caused the coup. He is taking a (5) ___________________ all suspects and announced that he might bring back the death penalty. This would hurt Turkey's (6) ___________________ the European Union.

Turkey's Justice Minister announced that there would be more than 6,000 detentions. He said: "The (7) ___________________ these will continue." He added that: "Suspects are being charged (8) ___________________ an armed terrorist organisation and of attempting (9) ___________________ government of the Turkish Republic using (10) ___________________." At least 290 people were killed and thousands wounded in the coup attempt. President Erdogan spoke to (11) ___________________ mobile telephone. He asked people to "take to the streets" to reclaim democracy. Forces loyal to him (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Turkeyisincreasingitseffortstodetainthoseresponsiblefortheweeken
d'sfailedcoupattempt.Ithasarrestedaround6,000membersofthejudi
ciaryandmilitary,includingtopjudgesandgenerals.Ithasalsosuspend
ednearly8,000policeofficerssuspectedofbeinginvolved.PresidentRe
cepTayyipErdogansaidhewouldridallgovernmentinstitutionsofthe"vi
rus"thatcausedthecoup.Heistakingaveryhardlinewithallsuspectsan
dannouncedthathemightbringbackthedeathpenalty.ThiswouldhurtT
urkey'seffortstojointheEuropeanUnion.Turkey'sJusticeMinisteranno
uncedthattherewouldbemorethan6,000detentions.Hesaid:"Theleg
alprocessonthesewillcontinue."Headdedthat:"Suspectsarebeingcha
rgedwithmembershipofanarmedterroristorganisationandofattempti
ngtooverthrowthegovernmentoftheTurkishRepublicusingforceandv
iolence."Atleast290peoplewerekilledandthousandswoundedintheco
upattempt.PresidentErdoganspoketothecountryviamobiletelephon
e.Heaskedpeopleto"taketothestreets"toreclaimdemocracy.Forceslo
yaltohimsoonretookcontrol.

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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