The Reading / Listening - LGBT Issues - Level 4

One of China's biggest social media sites has reversed its ban on LGBT content. On Friday, it made a statement saying it would delete images and videos that were "related to homosexuality". It would also remove pornographic content or images of "bloody violence". The site said it was part of a "clean-up campaign" to "create a sunny and harmonious [online] community". It also said it was following China's cyber-security laws.



The site reversed the decision after an outcry from Internet users. Many of the LGBT community posted photos of themselves with their partners online. One user said the Chinese constitution protected the "personal dignity" of citizens. A woman from Shanghai said: "I suddenly find that in this strong country, [the site] is discriminating against and attacking this sexual minority." The site thanked everyone for the discussion.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    LGBT Issues - Level 5 or  LGBT Issues - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/16/china-weibo-bans-homosexual-content-protest
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-43779650
  • http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2141907/online-outcry-forces-chinas-twitter-sina-weibo-backtrack


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. One of China's biggest social
  2. reversed its ban
  3. it would delete images
  4. pornographic
  5. images of
  6. part of a clean-
  7. create a sunny and harmonious
  8. China's cyber-
  1. "bloody violence"
  2. community
  3. content
  4. security laws
  5. and videos
  6. media sites
  7. on LGBT content
  8. up campaign

Paragraph 2

  1. The site reversed
  2. an outcry from
  3. the LGBT community posted
  4. the Chinese
  5. personal
  6. A woman
  7. sexual
  8. thanked everyone
  1. photos of themselves
  2. from Shanghai
  3. for the discussion
  4. dignity
  5. minority
  6. constitution
  7. the decision
  8. Internet users

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

One of China's biggest social media sites (1) ___________________ ban on LGBT content. On Friday, it made a statement saying it (2) ___________________ and videos that were "related to homosexuality". It would also remove pornographic (3) ___________________ of "bloody violence". The site said it (4) ___________________ a "clean-up campaign" to "(5) ___________________ and harmonious [online] community". It also said it was following China's (6) ___________________.

The site reversed the decision (7) ___________________ from Internet users. Many of the LGBT community (8) ___________________ themselves with their partners online. One (9) ___________________ Chinese constitution protected the (10) ___________________ citizens. A woman from Shanghai said: "I suddenly find that in this strong country, [the site] is discriminating (11) ___________________ this sexual minority." The site (12) ___________________ the discussion.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

OneofChina'sbiggestsocialmediasiteshasreverseditsbanonLGBTcon
tent.OnFriday,itmadeastatementsayingitwoulddeleteimagesandvid
eosthatwere"relatedtohomosexuality".Itwouldalsoremovepornogra
phiccontentorimagesof"bloodyviolence".Thesitesaiditwaspartofa"cl
ean-upcampaign"to"createasunnyandharmonious[online]commu
nity".ItalsosaiditwasfollowingChina'scyber-securitylaws.Thesiter
eversedthedecisionafteranoutcryfromInternetusers.ManyoftheLGB
Tcommunitypostedphotosofthemselveswiththeirpartnersonline.On
eusersaidtheChineseconstitutionprotectedthe"personaldignity"ofcit
izens.AwomanfromShanghaisaid:"Isuddenlyfindthatinthisstrongco
untry,[thesite]isdiscriminatingagainstandattackingthissexualminor
ity."Thesitethankedeveryoneforthediscussion.

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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