The Reading / Listening - Qatar - Level 1

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, the UAE, Libya and Yemen have cut ties with Qatar. They say Qatar supports terrorism. Saudi said it has to protect its security. It said Qatar was home to "terrorist...groups that aim to create instability in the region". Qatar said there were no facts that say this is true. It said the Arab countries are acting unfairly towards Qatar. It also said these countries would, "not affect the normal lives of citizens and residents" in Qatar.



Qatar has a difficult future without normal relations. Air, land and sea links from the Arab nations have closed. This will be a problem for people in Qatar. Most of its food comes in from Saudi. There is now a rush to buy food. Qatar Airways will suffer. It has to change its routes. Flights will be longer. Building stadiums for the 2022 World Cup could also slow down. Citizens from Saudi, the UAE and Bahrain are banned from going to Qatar and have 14 days to leave.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Qatar - Level 0 Qatar - Level 2   or  Qatar - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/business-40156029
  • http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/06/qatar-justification-cutting-diplomatic-ties-170605073154112.html
  • http://www.thenational.ae/world/middle-east/uae-and-saudi-arabia-cut-ties-with-qatar--live-updates


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. the UAE, Libya
  2. They say Qatar
  3. Saudi said it has to
  4. home to
  5. no facts that say
  6. countries are acting
  7. affect the normal lives
  8. residents
  1. protect its security
  2. unfairly towards Qatar
  3. terrorist groups
  4. in Qatar
  5. supports terrorism
  6. of citizens
  7. this is true
  8. and Yemen

Paragraph 2

  1. Qatar has a difficult future
  2. Air, land and sea
  3. This will be a problem for
  4. Most of its food comes
  5. There is now a rush
  6. It has to change its
  7. banned from
  8. have 14 days to
  1. going to Qatar
  2. people in Qatar
  3. to buy food
  4. routes
  5. without normal relations
  6. leave
  7. links
  8. in from Saudi

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, (1) ___________________ Yemen have cut ties with Qatar. They say Qatar supports terrorism. Saudi (2) ___________________ protect its security. It said Qatar was home to "terrorist...groups (3) ___________________ create instability in the region". Qatar said there (4) ___________________ that say this is true. It said the Arab countries are acting (5) ___________________ Qatar. It also said these countries would, "(6) ___________________ normal lives of citizens and residents" in Qatar.

Qatar (7) ___________________ future without normal relations. Air, land and (8) ___________________ the Arab nations have closed. This will (9) ___________________ for people in Qatar. Most of its food comes in from Saudi. There (10) ___________________ to buy food. Qatar Airways will suffer. It has to change its routes. Flights will be longer. Building stadiums for the 2022 World Cup (11) ___________________ down. Citizens from Saudi, the UAE and Bahrain are banned from going to Qatar and have (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

SaudiArabia,Egypt,Bahrain,theUAE,LibyaandYemenhavecuttieswit
hQatar.TheysayQatarsupportsterrorism.Saudisaidithastoprotectits
security.ItsaidQatarwashometo"terrorist...groupsthataimtocreatei
nstabilityintheregion".Qatarsaidtherewerenofactsthatsaythisistrue.
ItsaidtheArabcountriesareactingunfairlytowardsQatar.Italsosaidth
esecountrieswould,"notaffectthenormallivesofcitizensandresidents
"inQatar.Qatarhasadifficultfuturewithoutnormalrelations.Air,landa
ndsealinksfromtheArabnationshaveclosed.Thiswillbeaproblemforpe
opleinQatar.MostofitsfoodcomesinfromSaudi.Thereisnowarushtobu
yfood.QatarAirwayswillsuffer.Ithastochangeitsroutes.Flightswillbel
onger.Buildingstadiumsforthe2022WorldCupcouldalsoslowdown.Ci
tizen
sfromSaudi,theUAEandBahrainarebannedfromgoingtoQatarandhav
e14daystoleave.

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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