The Reading / Listening - Veils - Level 0

Austria said Muslim women cannot wear full-face veils in public. They must show their face from the hair to the chin. Austria wants to protect its values. Muslim groups said the law is unfair. It is against human and religious rights. Officials say the law might damage Austria's economy, because Muslim tourists might not visit.



France and Belgium banned the veil in 2011. Holland is working on a ban. Germany's leader said the full-face veil should be banned, where possible. Muslims in Austria said the law was unfair. They said it makes veiled women "criminals". They have to stay in their home. However, a woman said all Austrians must show their faces.

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    Veils - Level 1 Veils - Level 2   or  Veils - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2017/9/30/austria-burqa-ban-comes-into-force
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-41457427
  • http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/01/austrias-burka-ban-comes-force-prohibiting-face-veils-public/


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. women cannot wear full-face veils
  2. They must show
  3. from the hair
  4. Austria wants to protect
  5. the law is
  6. It is against human
  7. the law might damage Austria's
  8. tourists might not
  1. economy
  2. to the chin
  3. unfair
  4. visit
  5. their face
  6. its values
  7. in public
  8. and religious rights

Paragraph 2

  1. France and Belgium banned
  2. Holland is working
  3. Germany's
  4. the full-face veil should
  5. Muslims in Austria said the
  6. They said it makes veiled
  7. They have to stay
  8. all Austrians must show their
  1. in their home
  2. law was unfair
  3. faces
  4. leader
  5. on a ban
  6. be banned
  7. women "criminals"
  8. the veil

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Austria said Muslim women (1) ___________________ full-face (2) ___________________. They must show their face from the hair to the chin. Austria wants (3) ___________________ values. Muslim groups said the (4) ___________________. It is against human and (5) ___________________. Officials say the law might damage Austria's economy, because Muslim (6) ___________________ not visit.

France and Belgium banned the (7) ___________________. Holland is working (8) ___________________. Germany's leader said the full-face veil should be banned, (9) ___________________. Muslims in Austria said the law was unfair. They (10) ___________________ veiled women "criminals". They (11) ___________________ in their home. However, a woman said all Austrians must (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AustriasaidMuslimwomencannotwearfull-faceveilsinpublic.Theym
ustshowtheirfacefromthehairtothechin.Austriawantstoprotectitsval
ues.Muslimgroupssaidthelawisunfair.Itisagainsthumanandreligious
rights.OfficialssaythelawmightdamageAustria'seconomy,becauseM
uslimtouristsmightnotvisit.FranceandBelgiumbannedtheveilin2011
.Hollandisworkingonaban.Germany'sleadersaidthefull-faceveilsh
ouldbebanned,wherepossible.MuslimsinAustriasaidthelawwasunfai
r.Theysaiditmakesveiledwomen"criminals".Theyhavetostayintheirh
ome.However,awomansaidallAustriansmustshowtheirfaces.

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)

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

Write about this topic for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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Answers

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