The Reading / Listening - Level 4

Thailand has a new king after Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, accepted an invitation from parliament. He follows his father, the much loved King Bhumibol, who died in October. The new King Maha Vajiralongkorn will also be known as Rama X. He said on Thursday: "I would like to accept the invitation for the benefit of the Thai people." Thailand's Prime Minister asked people to unite and pray for his long reign, "as an idol and guardian of the Thai people".



The coronation of the new king will take place after King Bhumibol's cremation. King Maha Vajiralongkorn was born in 1952. He went to schools overseas and did military training in Australia. He has travelled a lot and has a home in Germany. Over the past few years, he has done more of his father's duties when the late king was ill. He organized high-profile charity events in the Thai capital. One of his first acts will be to support Thailand's new constitution.

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    Level 5 or  Level 6

Sources
  • http://mobile.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSKBN13Q4YS
  • http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/crown-prince-ascends-the-throne-in-thailand
  • http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1149219/crown-prince-becomes-king


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. accepted an invitation
  2. the much
  3. …will also be known
  4. I would like to accept the
  5. for the benefit
  6. asked people to unite and
  7. his long
  8. guardian of
  1. reign
  2. invitation
  3. from parliament
  4. the Thai people
  5. as Rama X
  6. loved King Bhumibol
  7. pray
  8. of the Thai people

Paragraph 2

  1. The coronation
  2. He went to schools
  3. military
  4. He has travelled
  5. He organized high-profile
  6. in the Thai
  7. One of his first
  8. support Thailand's
  1. charity events
  2. training
  3. new constitution
  4. overseas
  5. acts
  6. of the new king
  7. a lot
  8. capital

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Thailand has (1) ___________________ Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, accepted an invitation from parliament. He (2) ___________________, the much loved King Bhumibol, who died in October. The new King Maha Vajiralongkorn will (3) ___________________ as Rama X. He said on Thursday: "I would like to accept the invitation (4) ___________________ of the Thai people." Thailand's Prime Minister asked people (5) ___________________ for his long reign, "as an idol (6) ___________________ Thai people".

The (7) ___________________ new king will take place after King Bhumibol's cremation. King Maha Vajiralongkorn was born in 1952. He went to (8) ___________________ and did military training in Australia. He has (9) ___________________ and has a home in Germany. Over the past few years, he has done more of (10) ___________________ when the late king was ill. He organized high-(11) ___________________ in the Thai capital. One of his first acts (12) ___________________ Thailand's new constitution.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ThailandhasanewkingafterCrownPrinceMahaVajiralongkorn,accept
edaninvitationfromparliament.Hefollowshisfather,themuchlovedKi
ngBhumibol,whodiedinOctober.ThenewKingMahaVajiralongkornwil
lalsobeknownasRamaX.HesaidonThursday:"Iwouldliketoacceptthei
nvitationforthebenefitoftheThaipeople."Thailand'sPrimeMinisterask
edpeopletouniteandprayforhislongreign,"asanidolandguardianofth
eThaipeople".ThecoronationofthenewkingwilltakeplaceafterKingBh
umibol'scremation.KingMahaVajiralongkornwasbornin1952.Hewen
ttoschoolsoverseasanddidmilitarytraininginAustralia.Hehastravelle
a lotandhasahomeinGermany.Overthepastfewyears,hehasdonemo
reofhisfather'sdutieswhenthelatekingwasill.Heorganizedhigh-prof
ilecharityeventsintheThaicapital.OneofhisfirstactswillbetosupportT
hailand'snewconstitution.

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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