The Reading / Listening - Level 2

Many countries are supporting Nigeria to help find over 220 schoolgirls kidnapped last week by an extreme Islamist group. The USA, China, France, Britain and Canada are helping Nigeria's government to locate the missing girls. The group Boko Haram kidnapped the girls and said it would sell them. U.S. president Barack Obama said the kidnapping was "heartbreaking" and "outrageous". The American military is now in Nigeria to hunt for the children. China has promised technical help. One of Egypt's top Islamic universities said harming the girls "contradicts" Islam.



Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban for going to school, expressed her shock at the kidnappings. She said: "These girls are my sisters, and I am feeling very sad." She told them: "Never lose hope because we are with you." She compared the kidnapping to her hometown of Swat, Pakistan. She said: "In Swat, we were suffering. Girls were banned from going to school and banned from going to market…They were in schools trying to study, thinking about their future, and then suddenly some people came and abducted them." She called it "another kind of terrorism".

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Sources
  • http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/missing-nigeria-schoolgirls/malala-says-kidnapped-nigerian-schoolgirls-are-her-sisters-n99701
  • http://www.ngrguardiannews.com/index.php/news/national-news/160793-kidnapping-of-school-girls-in-borno-outrageous-heartbreaking-says-obama
  • http://leadership.ng/news/369939/abducted-girls-britain-china-canada-step


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The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

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countries are

a.

Islamic universities

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an extreme

b.

military

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locate the

c.

"contradicts" Islam

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kidnapped the girls and said

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missing girls

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The American

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supporting Nigeria

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China has promised

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it would sell them

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One of Egypt's top

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technical help

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harming the girls

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Islamist group



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

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shot by the Taliban

a.

are my sisters

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expressed her shock

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abducted them

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These girls

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at the kidnappings

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Never lose

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their future

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Girls were banned

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for going to school

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thinking about

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of terrorism

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people came and

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hope

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another kind

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from going to school

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

Many countries are (1) ___________________ to help find over 220 schoolgirls kidnapped last week by (2) ___________________ group. The USA, China, France, Britain and Canada are helping Nigeria's government to (3) ___________________ girls. The group Boko Haram kidnapped the girls and said it would sell them. U.S. president Barack Obama said the kidnapping (4) ___________________ and "outrageous". The American military is now in Nigeria to (5) ___________________. China has promised technical help. One of Egypt's top Islamic universities said harming the girls (6) ___________________.

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani (7) ___________________ the Taliban for going to school, (8) ___________________ at the kidnappings. She said: "These girls are my sisters, and I am feeling very sad." She told them: "(9) ___________________ because we are with you." She compared the kidnapping to her hometown of Swat, Pakistan. She said: "In Swat, (10) ___________________. Girls were banned from going to school and (11) ___________________ market…They were in schools trying to study, thinking about their future, and then suddenly some people came and abducted them." She called it "another (12) ___________________".





PUT A SLASH ( / )WHERE THE SPACES ARE

ManycountriesaresupportingNigeriatohelpfindover220schoolgirl
skidnappedlastweekbyanextremeIslamistgroup.TheUSA,China,
France,BritainandCanadaarehelpingNigeria'sgovernmenttolocat
ethemissinggirls.ThegroupBokoHaramkidnappedthegirlsandsai
ditwouldsellthem.U.S.presidentBarackObamasaidthekidnapping
was"heartbreaking"and"outrageous".TheAmericanmilitaryisnow
inNigeriatohuntforthechildren.Chinahaspromisedtechnicalhelp.
OneofEgypt'stopIslamicuniversitiessaidharmingthegirls"contrad
icts"Islam.MalalaYousafzai,thePakistanischoolgirlshotbytheTalib
anforgoingtoschool,expressedhershockatthekidnappings.Shesai
d:"Thesegirlsaremysisters,andIamfeelingverysad."Shetoldthem
:"Neverlosehopebecausewearewithyou."Shecomparedthekidna
ppingtoherhometownofSwat,Pakistan.Shesaid:"InSwat,wewere
suffering.Girlswerebannedfromgoingtoschoolandbannedfromgo
ingtomarket…Theywereinschoolstryingtostudy,thinkingaboutth
eirfuture,andthensuddenlysomepeoplecameandabductedthem."
Shecalledit"anotherkindofterrorism".

WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

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WRITING

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Answers

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