The Reading / Listening - LGBT Issues - Level 5

One of China's biggest social media sites, Weibo, has reversed its ban on content related to LGBT issues. On Friday, it made a statement saying that for the next three months, it would delete images and videos that were "related to homosexuality". It also said it would remove pornographic content or anything that promoted "bloody violence". Weibo said it was part of a new "clean-up campaign" to "create a sunny and harmonious [online] community" within China. It also said it wanted to follow China's cyber-security laws.



Weibo reversed the decision after a public outcry from the country's Internet users. Many of Weibo's LGBT community answered the ban by posting photos of themselves with their partners online, often adding rainbow emojis. One user said the Chinese constitution maintains that no one can offend the "personal dignity" of citizens. A woman from Shanghai posted: "I suddenly find that in this strong country, Weibo is discriminating against and attacking this sexual minority." Weibo responded to the outcry by reversing its decision. It thanked everyone for the discussion.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    LGBT Issues - Level 4 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. LGBT
  2. it would delete
  3. videos that were related
  4. anything that promoted bloody
  5. part of a new clean-
  6. sunny
  7. online
  8. follow China's cyber-
  1. images
  2. up campaign
  3. security laws
  4. to homosexuality
  5. community
  6. violence
  7. issues
  8. and harmonious

Paragraph 2

  1. after a public
  2. posting photos of
  3. often adding rainbow
  4. personal
  5. I suddenly find
  6. attacking this sexual
  7. Weibo responded
  8. It thanked everyone
  1. to the outcry
  2. that
  3. for the discussion
  4. minority
  5. dignity
  6. outcry
  7. emojis
  8. themselves

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

One of China's biggest social media sites, Weibo, (1) ___________________ ban on content related to LGBT issues. On Friday, it (2) ___________________ saying that for the next three months, it would delete images and videos that were "(3) ___________________". It also said it would remove pornographic content or (4) ___________________ "bloody violence". Weibo said it was part of a new "(5) ___________________" to "create a sunny and harmonious [online] community" within China. It also said it (6) ___________________ China's cyber-security laws.

Weibo reversed the decision after (7) ___________________ from the country's Internet users. Many of Weibo's LGBT community answered the ban (8) ___________________ of themselves with their partners online, (9) ___________________ emojis. One user said the Chinese constitution maintains that no one (10) ___________________ "personal dignity" of citizens. A woman from Shanghai posted: "I suddenly find that in this strong country, Weibo is discriminating (11) ___________________ this sexual minority." Weibo responded to the outcry by reversing its decision. It thanked everyone (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

OneofChina'sbiggestsocialmediasites,Weibo,hasreverseditsbanonc
ontentrelatedtoLGBTissues.OnFriday,itmadeastatementsayingthat
forthenextthreemonths,itwoulddeleteimagesandvideosthatwere"re
latedtohomosexuality".Italsosaiditwouldremovepornographicconte
ntoranythingthatpromoted"bloodyviolence".Weibosaiditwaspartofa
new"clean-upcampaign"to"createasunnyandharmonious[online]co
mmunity"withinChina.ItalsosaiditwantedtofollowChina'scyber-sec
uritylaws.Weiboreversedthedecisionafterapublicoutcryfromthecou
ntry'sInternetusers.ManyofWeibo'sLGBTcommunityansweredtheba
nbypostingphotosofthemselveswiththeirpartnersonline,oftenaddin
grainbowemojis.OneusersaidtheChineseconstitutionmaintainsthat
noonecanoffendthe"personaldignity"ofcitizens.AwomanfromShang
haiposted:"Isuddenlyfindthatinthisstrongcountry,Weiboisdiscrimin
atingagainstandattackingthissexualminority."Weiborespondedtoth
eoutcrybyreversingitsdecision.Itthankedeveryoneforthediscussion.

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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