The Reading / Listening - Level 1

Facebook decided not to ban a famous photograph of the Vietnam War. The photo is of a naked, 9-year-old girl running away from a napalm attack. It was taken by photographer Nick Ut. He won a top prize for photo-journalism. Facebook banned the photo because the child is naked. Facebook got a lot of complaints. Norway's president Erna Solberg said the photo was an important part of history and that Facebook was changing history by banning it.



Ms Solberg explained: "They must see the difference between editing out child pornography and editing out history." She added: "I want my children and other children to grow up in a society where history is taught as it was." Facebook said a photo of a naked child is child pornography in some countries. The company said it understood the history and global importance of the photo in showing, "a particular moment in time".

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    Level 0 Level 2   or  Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.cnbc.com/2016/09/10/facebook-reinstates-vietnam-photo-after-outcry-over-censorship.html
  • http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/10/technology/facebook-vietnam-war-photo-nudity.html?_r=0
  • http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/special-reports/1082872/facebook-restores-iconic-vietnam-war-photo


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 :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. a famous photograph
  2. running
  3. a napalm
  4. He won a top prize
  5. Facebook got a lot
  6. Norway's
  7. an important
  8. Facebook was changing history
  1. president
  2. for photo-journalism
  3. by banning it
  4. of the Vietnam War
  5. part of history
  6. attack
  7. of complaints
  8. away

Paragraph 2

  1. They must
  2. my children and
  3. grow up
  4. where history is taught
  5. child
  6. The company said it understood
  7. global
  8. a particular moment
  1. the history
  2. as it was
  3. in time
  4. see the difference
  5. importance
  6. in a society
  7. other children
  8. pornography

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Facebook decided (1) ___________________ famous photograph of the Vietnam War. The (2) ___________________ naked, 9-year-old girl (3) ___________________ from a napalm attack. It was taken by photographer Nick Ut. He (4) ___________________ for photo-journalism. Facebook banned the photo because the child is naked. Facebook got a (5) ___________________. Norway's president Erna Solberg said the photo was an important part of history and that Facebook was changing history (6) ___________________.

Ms Solberg explained: "They must (7) ___________________ between (8) ___________________ child pornography and editing out history." She added: "I want my children (9) ___________________ to grow up in a society where history is (10) ___________________." Facebook said a photo of a naked child is child pornography in some countries. The company said it understood the (11) ___________________ importance of the photo in showing, "a particular (12) ___________________ ".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

FacebookdecidednottobanafamousphotographoftheVietnamWar.T
hephotoisofanaked,9-year-oldgirlrunningawayfromanapalmatt
ack.ItwastakenbyphotographerNickUt.Hewonatopprizeforphoto-j
ournalism.Facebookbannedthephotobecausethechildisnaked.Faceb
ookgotalotofcomplaints.Norway'spresidentErnaSolbergsaidthephot
owasanimportantpartofhistoryandthatFacebookwaschanginghistor
ybybanningit.MsSolbergexplained:"Theymustseethedifferencebet
weeneditingoutchildpornographyandeditingouthistory."Sheadded:
"Iwantmychildrenandotherchildrentogrowupinasocietywherehistor
yistaughtasitwas."Facebooksaidaphotoofanakedchildischildpornogr
aphyinsomecountries.Thecompanysaiditunderstoodthehistoryandg
lobalimportanceofthephotoinshowing,"aparticularmomentintime".

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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(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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