The Reading / Listening - Qatar - Level 2

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



Qatar now has a difficult future, until normal relations return. Air, land and sea links from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain have closed. This will be a problem for people in Qatar. Most of its food enters from Saudi Arabia. There is now a rush to buy food in supermarkets. Qatar Airways will suffer because it has to change its routes. Many flights will take much longer. The building of stadiums for the 2022 soccer World Cup could slow down as building materials come in from Saudi. 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 1   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. Bahrain, the UAE, Libya
  2. gives money and support to
  3. it has to protect its
  4. create instability
  5. Qatar said this was not
  6. countries are acting unfairly
  7. affect the normal lives
  8. residents
  1. towards Qatar
  2. in the region
  3. in Qatar
  4. own security
  5. of citizens
  6. and Yemen
  7. true
  8. terrorist groups

Paragraph 2

  1. Qatar now has a difficult
  2. until normal relations
  3. Air, land and sea
  4. This will be a problem
  5. There is now a rush
  6. it has to change
  7. Many flights will take much
  8. have 14 days to
  1. longer
  2. for people
  3. to buy food
  4. return
  5. leave
  6. future
  7. its routes
  8. links

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, (1) ___________________, Libya and Yemen have all cut ties with Qatar. They say Qatar gives money and (2) ___________________ groups. Saudi Arabia said it has to protect its own security. It said Qatar (3) _________________ many "terrorist...groups that aim to create instability in the region". Qatar said this was not true and that there (4) _________________ that show that terrorist groups are in Qatar. It said the other Arab countries are (5) ___________________ towards Qatar. It also said other Arab countries would, "not affect the normal lives of citizens (6) ___________________ Qatar.

Qatar now has a difficult future, (7) ___________________ return. Air, land and (8) ___________________ Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain have closed. This will be a problem for people in Qatar. (9) ___________________ enters from Saudi Arabia. There is now a rush to buy food in supermarkets. Qatar Airways will suffer because it (10) ___________________ its routes. Many flights will take much longer. The building of stadiums for the 2022 soccer World Cup could slow (11) ___________________ materials come in from Saudi. Citizens from Saudi, the UAE and Bahrain are banned from going to Qatar (12) ___________________ days to leave.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

SaudiArabia,Egypt,Bahrain,theUAE,LibyaandYemenhaveallcutties
withQatar.TheysayQatargivesmoneyandsupporttoterroristgroups.
SaudiArabiasaidithastoprotectitsownsecurity.ItsaidQatarwashomet
omany"terrorist...groupsthataimtocreateinstabilityintheregion".Qa
tarsaidthiswasnottrueandthattherearenofactsthatshowthatterrori
stgroupsareinQatar.ItsaidtheotherArabcountriesareactingunfairlyt
owardsQatar.ItalsosaidotherArabcountrieswould,"notaffectthenor
mallivesofcitizensandresidents"inQatar.Qatarnowhasadifficultfutur
e,untilnormalrelationsreturn.Air,landandsealinksfromSaudiArabia,t
heUAE,EgyptandBahrainhaveclosed.Thiswillbeaproblemforpeoplein
Qatar.MostofitsfoodentersfromSaudiArabia.Thereisnowarushtobuy
foodinsupermarkets.QatarAirwayswillsufferbecauseithastochangeit
sroutes.Manyflightswilltakemuchlonger.Thebuildingofstadiumsfort
he2022soccerWorldCupcouldslowdownasbuildingmaterialscomeinf
romSaudi.CitizensfromSaudi,theUAEandBahrainarebannedfromgoi
ngtoQatarandhave14daystoleave.

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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(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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