The Reading / Listening - Dual Citizenship - Level 6

Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has been disqualified from his governmental position because he held dual citizenship when he was elected. He was one of five politicians who were deemed as being incorrectly elected because they held two passports and were thus dual citizens. They were ineligible because they were a "subject or citizen of a foreign power". Australia's constitution prohibits dual nationals from being elected. Mr Joyce's departure has put pressure on Australia's ruling National Party*, which now has just 75 seats in the 150-seat House of Representatives. Mr Joyce could return to office by running in a by-election after he renounced his New Zealand citizenship in August.



Mr Joyce accepted the court's decision, which he said typified the democratic values of Australia. He said: "I respect the verdict of the court. We live in a marvelous democracy. With all the checks and balances, it has given us all the freedoms we see. I thank the court for their deliberations." He added: "The decision of the court today is clearly not the outcome we were hoping for, but the business of government goes on." Many Australians believe the dual citizenship laws should be changed. The latest census in Australia shows that 28 per cent of Australians were born overseas. Many more have a family history going back generations that would entitle them to claim dual citizenship.

*CORRECTION: Australia's current government is a coalition between the Liberal Party and the National Party. The Prime Minister is Malcolm Turnbull from the Liberal Party. Barnaby Joyce is from the National Party.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Dual Citizenship - Level 4  or  Dual Citizenship - Level 5

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-41772372
  • http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/10/27/560364872/australias-deputy-pm-is-removed-from-office-over-citizenship
  • https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-australia-politics/australian-court-rules-deputy-pm-ineligible-for-parliament-government-loses-majority-idUKKBN1CW022


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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. DUAL CITIZENSHIP: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about dual citizenship. Change partners often and share your findings.

2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?

       disqualified / dual citizenship / politicians / elected / constitution / pressure / office /
       decision / verdict / democracy / freedoms / outcome / overseas / family history

Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.

3. PASSPORTS: Students A strongly believe passports are unnecessary; Students B strongly believe otherwise.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. BORN OVERSEAS: What are the advantages and disadvantages of being born overseas? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Advantages

Disadvantages

Passport

 

 

Identity

 

 

Language

 

 

Family

 

 

Racism

 

 

Travel

 

 

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5. CITIZEN: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "citizen". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. MY COUNTRY: Rank these with your partner. Put the best things about your country at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • the music
  • the language
  • the history
  • the capital city
  • the passport
  • the flag
  • the leaders
  • the food

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if a-h below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. A total of five Australian politicians have been disqualified.     T / F
  2. The Australian constitution forbids dual citizens from being a politician.    T / F
  3. Australia's ruling party has half the seats in the House of Representatives. T / F
  4. Australia's former deputy leader still has his New Zealand citizenship.     T / F
  5. The former deputy prime minister said the decision was undemocratic.    T / F
  6. The former deputy leader thanked the court that made the decision.     T / F
  7. The article said many Australians don't want citizenship rules to change.  T / F
  8. Over a quarter of Australians were not born in the country.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. disqualified
  2. deemed
  3. ineligible
  4. departure
  5. renounced
  6. typified
  7. verdict
  8. outcome
  9. generations
  10. claim
  1. judgment
  2. gave up
  3. assert
  4. considered
  5. result
  6. barred
  7. exit
  8. ages
  9. unsuitable
  10. epitomized

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. disqualified from
  2. deemed as
  3. a subject or
  4. put pressure on
  5. return to office by running
  6. Mr Joyce accepted the court's
  7. typified the democratic
  8. all the checks and
  9. clearly not the outcome we
  10. a family history going back
  1. citizen of a foreign power
  2. were hoping for
  3. in a by-election
  4. decision
  5. his governmental position
  6. balances
  7. Australia's ruling National Party
  8. generations
  9. being incorrectly elected
  10. values of Australia

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
prohibits
deemed
return
disqualified
pressure
elected
running
dual

Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has been (1) ____________ from his governmental position because he held dual citizenship when he was (2) ____________. He was one of five politicians who were (3) ____________ as being incorrectly elected because they held two passports and were thus (4) ____________ citizens. They were ineligible because they were a "subject or citizen of a foreign power". Australia's constitution (5) ____________ dual nationals from being elected. Mr Joyce's departure has put (6) ____________ on Australia's ruling National Party, which now has just 75 seats in the 150-seat House of Representatives. Mr Joyce could (7) ____________ to office by (8) ____________ in a by-election after he renounced his New Zealand citizenship in August.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
marvelous
overseas
outcome
decision
claim
respect
dual
balances

Mr Joyce accepted the court's (9) ____________, which he said typified the democratic values of Australia. He said: "I (10) ____________ the verdict of the court. We live in a (11) ____________ democracy. With all the checks and (12) ____________, it has given us all the freedoms we see. I thank the court for their deliberations." He added: "The decision of the court today is clearly not the (13) ____________ we were hoping for, but the business of government goes on." Many Australians believe the (14) ____________ citizenship laws should be changed. The latest census in Australia shows that 28 per cent of Australians were born (15) ____________. Many more have a family history going back generations that would entitle them to (16) ____________ dual citizenship.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has been disqualified from his ______
     a.  government all position
     b.  govern mental position
     c.  govern mentally position
     d.  governmental position

2)  incorrectly elected because they held two passports and were ______
     a.  this dually citizens
     b.  that's dual citizen
     c.  this dual citizens
     d.  thus dual citizens

3)  They were ineligible because they were a subject or ______ foreign power
     a.  citizen off a
     b.  citizen of a
     c.  citizen for a
     d.  citizen from a

4)  Mr Joyce's departure has put pressure on Australia's ______
     a.  rule in National Party
     b.  ruler in National Party
     c.  ruling National Party
     d.  rules in National Party

5)  return to office by running in a by-election after he renounced his ______
     a.  New Zealand citizen's ship
     b.  New Zealand citizen ships
     c.  New Zealand citizens' ships
     d.  New Zealand citizenship

6)  the court's decision, which he said typified the democratic ______ Australia
     a.  valuables of
     b.  values of
     c.  valueless of
     d.  valued of

7)  I respect the verdict of the court. We live in a ______
     a.  marvel ours democracy
     b.  marvelous democratic
     c.  marvelous democracy
     d.  marvelous democracies

8)  The decision of the court today is clearly not the ______ hoping for
     a.  outcome we were
     b.  income we were
     c.  welcome we were
     d.  please come we were

9)  The latest census in Australia shows that 28 per cent of Australians ______
     a.  were born overseas
     b.  were borne over the seas
     c.  were newborn overseas
     d.  were born over the seas

10)  history going back generations that would entitle them ______ citizenship
     a.  to claim dual
     b.  to clam dual
     c.  to claimed dual
     d.  to claims dual

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce (1) ___________________ from his governmental position because he held dual citizenship when he was elected. He was one of five politicians who (2) ___________________ being incorrectly elected because they held two passports and were thus dual citizens. They (3) ___________________ because they were a "(4) ___________________ of a foreign power". Australia's constitution prohibits dual nationals from being elected. Mr Joyce's departure has (5) ___________________ Australia's ruling National Party, which now has just 75 seats in the 150-seat House of Representatives. Mr Joyce could return to (6) ___________________ in a by-election after he renounced his New Zealand citizenship in August.

Mr Joyce accepted the court's decision, which (7) ___________________ the democratic values of Australia. He said: "I respect the verdict of the court. We live in a (8) ___________________. With all the checks and balances, it has given us (9) ___________________ we see. I thank the court for their deliberations." He added: "The decision of the court today is clearly not the (10) ___________________ hoping for, but the business of government goes on." Many Australians believe the dual citizenship laws should be changed. The (11) ___________________ Australia shows that 28 per cent of Australians were born overseas. Many more have a family history going back generations that (12) ___________________ to claim dual citizenship.

Comprehension questions

  1. How many politicians were disqualified in total?
  2. What prohibits dual nationals from being elected in Australia?
  3. How many seats are in Australia's House of Representatives?
  4. What does Mr Joyce need to run in to get back into power?
  5. What passport did Barnaby Joyce give up?
  6. What did Mr Joyce say the court's decision typified?
  7. What did Mr Joyce say gave Australia "all the freedoms" besides checks?
  8. What did Mr Joyce thank?
  9. What percentage of Australians were born overseas?
  10. What do many Australians have going back centuries?




Multiple choice quiz

1) How many politicians were disqualified in total?
a) 2
b) 3
c) 4
d) 5

2) What prohibits dual nationals from being elected in Australia?
a) history
b) the constitution
c) passports
d) lawyers

3) How many seats are in Australia's House of Representatives?
a) 75
b) 100
c) 120
d) 150

4) What does Mr Joyce need to run in to get back into power?
a) a marathon
b) a competition
c) a by-election
d) the Olympics

5) What passport did Barnaby Joyce give up?
a) a US passport
b) a UK passport
c) a French passport
d) a New Zealand passport

6) What did Mr Joyce say the court's decision typified?
a) balances
b) freedom
c) Australia's democratic values
d) justice

7) What did Mr Joyce say gave Australia "all the freedoms" besides checks?
a) balances
b) justice
c) courts
d) culture

8) What did Mr Joyce thank?
a) Australia
b) his passport
c) the court
d) an opera house

9) What percentage of Australians were born overseas?
a) 41%
b) 28%
c) 22%
d) 7%

10) What do many Australians have going back centuries?
a) a family history
b) passports
c) businesses
d) courts

Role play

Role  A – The Passport

You think the passport is the best thing about your country. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as good. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): the flag, the music or the leaders.

Role  B – The Flag

You think the flag is the best thing about your country. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as good. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): the passport, the music or the leaders.

Role  C – The Music

You think the music is the best thing about your country. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as good. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): the flag, the passport or the leaders.

Role  D – The Leaders

You think the leaders are the best thing about your country. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as good. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why):  the flag, the music or the passport.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'dual'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'citizen'.

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • decision
    • respect
    • checks
    • hoping
    • latest
    • history
    • position
    • when
    • thus
    • pressure
    • 75
    • running




    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 - Australian Deputy PM disqualified over dual citizenship

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'citizen'?
    3. Are you happy being a citizen of your country?
    4. What other passport would you like?
    5. What are the benefits of dual citizenship?
    6. Should Mr Joyce have been disqualified?
    7. What is the problem of having dual citizenship?
    8. Must a leader be born in the country he or she leads?
    9. What would make you give up your citizenship?
    10. How much do you like your passport?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'politician'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What would a world without passports be like?
    5. How much are you a citizen of the world?
    6. How much of a 'marvelous democracy' is your country?
    7. What do you know about your family history?
    8. What do you think of having a world passport?
    9. What do you think of Australia?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Mr Joyce?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has been disqualified (1) ____ his governmental position because he (2) ____ dual citizenship when he was elected. He was one of five politicians who were (3) ____ as being incorrectly elected because they held two passports and were thus dual citizens. They were ineligible because they were a "subject or citizen of a foreign power". Australia's constitution (4) ____ dual nationals from being elected. Mr Joyce's departure has put pressure on Australia's ruling National Party, which now has just 75 (5) ____ in the 150-seat House of Representatives. Mr Joyce could return to office by running in a by-election after he (6) ____ his New Zealand citizenship in August.

    Mr Joyce accepted the court's decision, which he said (7) ____ the democratic values of Australia. He said: "I respect the (8) ____ of the court. We live in a marvelous democracy. With all the (9) ____ and balances, it has given us all the freedoms we see. I thank the court for their deliberations." He added: "The decision of the court today is clearly not the (10) ____ we were hoping for, but the business of government goes on." Many Australians believe the dual citizenship laws should be changed. The latest (11) ____ in Australia shows that 28 per cent of Australians were born overseas. Many more have a family history going back generations that would entitle them to (12) ____ dual citizenship.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     from     (b)     at     (c)     of     (d)     by    
    2. (a)     hardened     (b)     hid     (c)     held     (d)     headed    
    3. (a)     doomed     (b)     dimmed     (c)     deemed     (d)     dammed    
    4. (a)     inhabits     (b)     inhibits     (c)     exhibits     (d)     prohibits    
    5. (a)     seats     (b)     stools     (c)     chairs     (d)     sofas    
    6. (a)     flounced     (b)     renounced     (c)     trounced     (d)     denounced    
    7. (a)     typicality     (b)     typically     (c)     typical     (d)     typified    
    8. (a)     verging     (b)     verdict     (c)     verbal     (d)     verified    
    9. (a)     assets     (b)     premiums     (c)     checks     (d)     spectrum    
    10. (a)     incoming     (b)     income     (c)     outgoing     (d)     outcome    
    11. (a)     calculus     (b)     cactus     (c)     caucus     (d)     census    
    12. (a)     blame     (b)     claim     (c)     frame     (d)     flame

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    4. Australia's constitution tsoihripb dual nationals
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    6. he ncenoudre his New Zealand citizenship

    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (    )     dual citizenship when he was elected. He was one of five politicians who were deemed as being incorrectly

    (    )     court for their deliberations." He added: "The decision of the court today is clearly not the outcome we were

    (    )     democracy. With all the checks and balances, it has given us all the freedoms we see. I thank the

    (    )     from being elected. Mr Joyce's departure has put pressure on Australia's ruling National Party, which now has just

    (    )     by running in a by-election after he renounced his New Zealand citizenship in August.

    (    )     elected because they held two passports and were thus dual citizens. They were ineligible because they were a "subject

    (    )     or citizen of a foreign power". Australia's constitution prohibits dual nationals

    (    )     hoping for, but the business of government goes on." Many Australians believe the dual citizenship laws should be

    (    )     values of Australia. He said: "I respect the verdict of the court. We live in a marvelous

    (    )     changed. The latest census in Australia shows that 28 per cent of Australians were born overseas. Many

    (    )     Mr Joyce accepted the court's decision, which he said typified the democratic

    (    )     more have a family history going back generations that would entitle them to claim dual citizenship.

    1  )     Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has been disqualified from his governmental position because he held

    (    )     75 seats in the 150-seat House of Representatives. Mr Joyce could return to office

    Put the words in the right order

    1. disqualified   been   has   Joyce   position   governmental   his   from   .
    2. and   They   were   held   thus   two   dual   passports   citizens   .
    3. being   from   nationals   dual   prohibits   constitution   The   elected   .
    4. ruling   Party   pressure   Australia's   National   Put   on   .
    5. return   could   Joyce   by-election   a   in   running   by   office   to   .
    6. of   typified   Australia   the   He   democratic   said   values   it   .
    7. "I   said:   He   court   the   of   verdict   ."   the   respect
    8. freedoms   given   we   us   see   all   It   the   has   .
    9. Clearly   for   hoping   were   we   outcome   the   not   .
    10. history   more   going   have   back   a   generations   family   Many   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    Mr Joyce accepted the court's decision, which he said typical / typified the democratic values of Australia. He said: "I respect the verdict / predict of the court. We live in a marvel / marvelous democracy. With all the checks / cheques and balances, it has given them / us all the freedoms we see. I thank the court for their deliberations." He added: "The decision of the court today is clearly not the income / outcome we were hoping for, but the business of government goes on / out." Many Australians believe the dual citizenship laws should be charged / changed. The latest census in Australia shows that 28 per cent of Australians were born / birth overseas. Many more have a family history going back generations / generation that would entitle them to claim dual citizenship.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    australia's deputy prime minister barnaby joyce has been disqualified from his governmental position because he held dual citizenship when he was elected he was one of five politicians who were deemed as being incorrectly elected because they held two passports and were thus dual citizens they were ineligible because they were a "subject or citizen of a foreign power" australia's constitution prohibits dual nationals from being elected mr joyce's departure has put pressure on australia's ruling national party which now has just 75 seats in the 150-seat house of representatives mr joyce could return to office by running in a by-election after he renounced his new zealand citizenship in august

    mr joyce accepted the court's decision which he said typified the democratic values of australia he said "i respect the verdict of the court we live in a marvelous democracy with all the checks and balances it has given us all the freedoms we see i thank the court for their deliberations" he added "the decision of the court today is clearly not the outcome we were hoping for but the business of government goes on" many australians believe the dual citizenship laws should be changed the latest census in australia shows that 28 per cent of australians were born overseas many more have a family history going back generations that would entitle them to claim dual citizenship

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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    omhisgovernmentalpositionbecausehehelddualcitizenshipwhenhe
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    npower".Australia'sconstitutionprohibitsdualnationalsfrombeingele
    cted.MrJoyce'sdeparturehasputpressureonAustralia'srulingNational
    Party,whichnowhasjust75seatsinthe150-seatHouseofRepresentati
    ves.MrJoycecouldreturntoofficebyrunninginaby-electionafterheren
    ouncedhisNewZealandcitizenshipinAugust.MrJoyceacceptedthecou
    rt'sdecision,whichhesaidtypifiedthedemocraticvaluesofAustralia.He
    said:"Irespecttheverdictofthecourt.Weliveinamarvelousdemocracy
    .Withallthechecksandbalances,ithasgivenusallthefreedomswesee.I
    thankthecourtfortheirdeliberations."Headded:"Thedecisionoftheco
    urttodayisclearlynottheoutcomewewerehopingfor,butthebusinesso
    fgovernmentgoeson."ManyAustraliansbelievethedualcitizenshiplaw
    sshouldbechanged.ThelatestcensusinAustraliashowsthat28percent
    ofAustralianswerebornoverseas.Manymorehaveafamilyhistorygoin
    gbackgenerationsthatwouldentitlethemtoclaimdualcitizenship.

    Free writing

    Write about dual citizenship for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    There is no problem with having dual citizenship in any position in life. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. DUAL CITIZENSHIP: Make a poster about dual citizenship. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. LEADERS: Write a magazine article about whether nationals leaders should be able to be in office with dual citizenship. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.

    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).

    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on dual citizenship. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your opinions. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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