The Reading / Listening - Level 0

Israel has OK'd a bill to make mosques quieter. It says loudspeakers during the call to prayer are too loud and damage people's life. The call to prayer happens five times a day, from dawn to after sunset. An Israeli politician said, "hundreds of thousands of Israelis suffer" from the loudspeakers.

Israel's Prime Minister said Israel has freedom of religion, but it must also protect citizens from noise. An Arab politician said the bill was racist and its aim was to make people hate Arabs. Another critic of the bill said it would hurt relations between Jews and Arabs. Arabs make up about 20 per cent of Israel's population.

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Sources
  • http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.752956
  • http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/11/benjamin-netanyahu-backs-bill-stop-mosque-noise-161113183806099.html
  • https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2016/11/13/israeli-pm-backs-quietening-muslim-call-to-prayer
  • http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Ministers-approve-bill-muffling-muezzins-call-to-prayer-472519


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. too
  2. damage people's
  3. The call to
  4. five times a
  5. from dawn to
  6. An Israeli
  7. hundreds of
  8. suffer
  1. thousands of Israelis
  2. prayer
  3. politician
  4. from the loudspeakers
  5. life
  6. day
  7. loud
  8. after sunset

Paragraph 2

  1. Israel's Prime
  2. freedom of
  3. protect citizens
  4. An Arab
  5. the bill was
  6. make people
  7. Another critic
  8. hurt relations between
  1. of the bill
  2. from noise
  3. racist
  4. religion
  5. hate Arabs
  6. Minister
  7. Jews and Arabs
  8. politician

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Israel (1) ___________________ bill to make mosques quieter. It says loudspeakers (2) ___________________ to prayer are too loud (3) ___________________ people's life. The call to prayer happens (4) ___________________ day, from dawn to after sunset. An Israeli politician said, "(5) __________________ thousands of Israelis suffer" from (6) ___________________.

Israel's Prime Minister said Israel (7) ___________________ religion, but (8) ___________________ protect citizens from noise. An Arab politician (9) ___________________ was racist and its aim was to make (10) ___________________ Arabs. Another critic of the bill said it would (11) ___________________ between Jews and Arabs. Arabs (12) ___________________ 20 per cent of Israel's population.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

IsraelhasOK'dabilltomakemosquesquieter.Itsaysloudspeakersdurin
gthecalltoprayeraretooloudanddamagepeople'slife.Thecalltoprayer
happensfivetimesaday,fromdawntoaftersunset.AnIsraelipoliticians
aid,"hundredsofthousandsofIsraelissuffer"fromtheloudspeakers.Isr
ael'sPrimeMinistersaidIsraelhasfreedomofreligion,butitmustalso
protectcitizensfromnoise.AnArabpoliticiansaidthebillwasracistandit
saimwastomakepeoplehateArabs.Anothercriticofthebillsaiditwould
hurtrelationsbetweenJewsandArabs.Arabsmakeupabout20percent
ofIsrael'spopulation.

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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Free writing

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Answers

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