The Reading / Listening - Veils - Level 1

Austria has banned full-face veils. Muslim women cannot wear a full-face veil in public. Their face must be showing from the hair to the chin. Austria said the law is to protect its values. Muslim groups said the law is unfair. It is against human rights and religious freedom. A small minority of Austrians wears full-face veils. Officials say the law might damage Austria's economy. Many Muslim tourists might decide not to visit Austria.



Other European countries banned the veil. France and Belgium had bans in 2011. Holland is working on passing a ban. Germany's leader said the full-face veil should be banned, "wherever it is legally possible". The Islamic community in Austria said the new law was unfair. It said veiled women in Austria are now "criminals". They have to stay in their home. A supporter of the ban said: "It's not right that those living here don't show their faces."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Veils - Level 0 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. Austria has banned
  2. wear a full-face veil
  3. Their face must
  4. from the hair
  5. the law is to protect its
  6. the law might damage
  7. Many Muslim tourists
  8. decide not
  1. Austria's economy
  2. values
  3. to visit Austria
  4. be showing
  5. might
  6. full-face veils
  7. to the chin
  8. in public

Paragraph 2

  1. Other European countries
  2. France and Belgium had bans
  3. Holland is working on
  4. the full-face veil should
  5. wherever it is legally
  6. They have to stay
  7. A supporter
  8. those living here don't
  1. show their faces
  2. be banned
  3. of the ban
  4. in 2011
  5. in their home
  6. banned the veil
  7. possible
  8. passing a ban

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Austria has banned full-face veils. Muslim (1) ___________________ a full-face veil in public. Their face must be showing from (2) ___________________ the chin. Austria said the law is to (3) ___________________. Muslim groups said the law is unfair. It is against human rights and religious freedom. A (4) ___________________ Austrians wears full-face veils. Officials say the law (5) ___________________ Austria's economy. Many Muslim tourists might (6) __________________ visit Austria.

Other European countries (7) ___________________. France and Belgium had bans in 2011. Holland is working (8) ___________________ ban. Germany's leader said the full-face veil should be banned, "wherever it (9) ___________________". The Islamic community in Austria said the new (10) ___________________. It said veiled women in Austria are now "criminals". They have (11) ___________________ home. A supporter of the ban said: "It's not right that those living here don't (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Austriahasbannedfull-faceveils.Muslimwomencannotwearafull-fac
eveilinpublic.Theirfacemustbeshowingfromthehairtothechin.Austri
asaidthelawistoprotectitsvalues.Muslimgroupssaidthelawisunfair.It
isagainsthumanrightsandreligiousfreedom.AsmallminorityofAustria
nswearsfull-faceveils.OfficialssaythelawmightdamageAustria'seco
nomy.ManyMuslimtouristsmightdecidenottovisitAustria.OtherEuro
peancountriesbannedtheveil.FranceandBelgiumhadbansin2011.Ho
llandisworkingonpassingaban.Germany'sleadersaidthefull-facev
eilshouldbebanned,"whereveritislegallypossible".TheIslamiccomm
unityinAustriasaidthenewlawwasunfair.ItsaidveiledwomeninAustria
arenow"criminals".Theyhavetostayintheirhome.Asupporteroftheba
nsaid:"It'snotrightthatthoselivingheredon'tshowtheirfaces."

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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