The Reading / Listening - The Rohingya - Level 2

The UN has said Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar are facing a catastrophe. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have fled over the border to Bangladesh. The UN Secretary-General said the Rohingya are being attacked by Myanmar's security forces. Over 379,000 Rohingyas have fled the violence since last month. The BBC said whole villages have been burned down. The Myanmar army said it isn't targeting the Rohingya. The Rohingya are a mostly Muslim people. They have lived in Rakhine state for hundreds of years, but Myanmar calls them illegal immigrants.



Many people are asking Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi to help the Rohingya. They want her Nobel Peace Prize to be taken away if she doesn't act. They say she cannot keep the prize while the Rohingya are suffering in her country. Ms Suu Kyi has not criticized the attacks on the Rohingya. Bangladesh has asked Myanmar to take the Rohingya refugees back. However, the Myanmar army said Myanmar couldn't do that. A spokesman said Buddhists are the original people of Rakhine state and have been living there, "since the time of their forefathers".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    The Rohingya - Level 0 The Rohingya - Level 1   or  The Rohingya - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.dw.com/en/myanmar-crackdown-on-rohingya-people-aung-san-suu-kyi-cancels-un-trip-amid-global-outrage/a-40478110
  • https://www.voanews.com/a/al-qaeda-warns-myanmar-of-punishment-over-rohingya/4026597.html
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41260767


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. facing a
  2. security
  3. 379,000 Rohingyas have fled
  4. whole villages have been
  5. it isn't
  6. The Rohingya are a mostly
  7. for hundreds
  8. illegal
  1. burned down
  2. of years
  3. forces
  4. immigrants
  5. catastrophe
  6. targeting the Rohingya
  7. the violence
  8. Muslim people

Paragraph 2

  1. taken
  2. They say she cannot
  3. Rohingya are suffering
  4. Suu Kyi has not
  5. take the Rohingya refugees
  6. Myanmar couldn't do
  7. Buddhists are the original
  8. since the time of their
  1. criticized the attacks
  2. in her country
  3. people
  4. forefathers
  5. that
  6. away
  7. back
  8. keep the prize

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The UN has said Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar (1) ___________________ catastrophe. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have (2) ___________________ border to Bangladesh. The UN Secretary-General said the Rohingya are being attacked by Myanmar's (3) ___________________. Over 379,000 Rohingyas have (4) ___________________ since last month. The BBC said whole villages have been burned down. The Myanmar army said it (5) ___________________ the Rohingya. The Rohingya are a mostly Muslim people. They have lived in Rakhine state for hundreds of years, but Myanmar calls them (6) ___________________.

Many (7) ___________________ Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi to help the Rohingya. They (8) ___________________ Nobel Peace Prize to be (9) ___________________ she doesn't act. They say she cannot keep the prize while the Rohingya are suffering in her country. Ms Suu Kyi has not (10) ___________________ on the Rohingya. Bangladesh has asked Myanmar to take the Rohingya (11) ___________________. However, the Myanmar army said Myanmar couldn't do that. A spokesman said Buddhists are the (12) ___________________ Rakhine state and have been living there, "since the time of their forefathers".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheUNhassaidRohingyaMuslimsinMyanmararefacingacatastrophe.
HundredsofthousandsofRohingyahavefledoverthebordertoBanglad
esh.TheUNSecretary-GeneralsaidtheRohingyaarebeingattackedb
yMyanmar'ssecurityforces.Over379,000Rohingyashavefledtheviole
ncesincelastmonth.TheBBCsaidwholevillageshavebeenburneddown
.TheMyanmararmysaiditisn'ttargetingtheRohingya.TheRohingyaar
eamostlyMuslimpeople.TheyhavelivedinRakhinestateforhundredso
fyears,butMyanmarcallsthemillegalimmigrants.Manypeopleareaski
ngMyanmar'sAungSanSuuKyitohelptheRohingya.TheywantherNob
elPeacePrizetobetakenawayifshedoesn'tact.Theysayshecannotkee
ptheprizewhiletheRohingyaaresufferinginhercountry.MsSuuKyihas
notcriticizedtheattacksontheRohingya.BangladeshhasaskedMyanm
artotaketheRohingyarefugeesback.However,theMyanmararmysaid
Myanmarcouldn'tdothat.AspokesmansaidBuddhistsaretheoriginalp
eopleofRakhinestateandhavebeenlivingthere,"sincethetimeoftheirf
orefathers".

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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