The Reading / Listening - LGBT Issues - Level 6

One of China's largest social media sites, Weibo, has reversed a ban on users posting online content related to LGBT issues. On Friday, the social networking giant issued a statement announcing that for the next three months, it would be deleting images, cartoons and videos that were "related to homosexuality". It also said it would remove content with "pornographic implications" or content that promoted "bloody violence". The Internet company said it was part of a new "clean-up campaign" that intended "to create a sunny and harmonious community environment" within China's online community. It also said it was complying with China's cyber-security laws.



Weibo reversed the decision on Monday following a passionate public outcry from the country's Internet users. Many of Weibo's LGBT community responded to the initial ban by posting photos of themselves with their partners, often adding rainbow emojis. Many people cited China's constitution, which protects minorities. One user said the constitution maintains that the "personal dignity" of citizens is "inviolable" and that insult directed against citizens is prohibited. 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 and thanking everyone for the discussion.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    LGBT Issues - Level 4  or  LGBT Issues - Level 5

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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. LGBT ISSUES: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about LGBT issues. 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?
       social media / sites / online content / giant / homosexuality / violence / sunny / laws /
       decision / outcry / initial / constitution / minorities / citizens / prohibited / discussion
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. INSULTS: Students A strongly believe insulting someone should be a crime; Students B strongly believe it shouldn't. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. BAN: What should and shouldn't be banned on social media? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Yes / No?

Why?

Insults

 

 

Fake news

 

 

Violent images

 

 

Paintings of nudes

 

 

Pornography

 

 

Photos of lunch

 

 

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5. ONLINE: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "online". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. SITES: Rank these with your partner. Put the best sites at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • gaming sites
  • video sites
  • English study sites
  • music sites
  • social media sites
  • news sites
  • shopping sites
  • sports sites

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. reversed a. Belonging to the same family, group, or type; connected.
      2. related b. Happy together and free from disagreement.
      3. giant c. Had a course of action as one's purpose or objective; plan.
      4. pornographic d. The likely consequences (results) of something.
      5. implications e. The display of sexual organs or activity in books, videos, etc. that are made to make people sexually interested or excited.
      6. intended f. Made something the opposite of what it was.
      7. harmonious g. A very, very large company or organization.

    Paragraph 2

      8. outcry h. Officially stopped; banned; forbidden.
      9. initial i. A smaller group of people, especially one commonly discriminated against in a community, society, or nation.
      10. cited j. All of the rules and principles that guides how a country is ruled or governed.
      11. constitution k. A strong expression of public disapproval or anger.
      12. minority l. Treating people unfairly because of their race, sex, or age, etc.
      13. prohibited m. Happening at the beginning.
      14. discriminating n. Mentioned as an example.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. Weibo is China's largest social media site.     T / F
  2. Weibo wanted to ban LGBT content for a year.     T / F
  3. Weibo said it was trying to clean up its online community.     T / F
  4. Weibo said it hadn't considered China's cyber-security laws.     T / F
  5. The social media site reversed the ban because people complained.     T / F
  6. Many people posted rainbow emojis online.     T / F
  7. China's constitution does not prohibit people insulting others.     T / F
  8. Weibo thanked people for discussing the ban.     T / F

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

  1. reversed
  2. issued
  3. deleting
  4. promoted
  5. harmonious
  6. outcry
  7. responded
  8. cited
  9. insult
  10. discriminating
  1. peaceful
  2. encouraged
  3. referred to
  4. abuse
  5. overturned
  6. being prejudiced
  7. protest
  8. released
  9. reacted
  10. removing

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

  1. the social networking giant
  2. videos that were related
  3. content that promoted bloody
  4. a sunny and harmonious
  5. complying with China's
  6. a passionate public
  7. adding rainbow
  8. personal
  9. insult directed against citizens
  10. thanking everyone for
  1. the discussion
  2. cyber-security laws
  3. emojis
  4. outcry
  5. violence
  6. dignity
  7. issued a statement
  8. community environment
  9. to homosexuality
  10. is prohibited

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
giant
content
sunny
deleting
complying
reversed
campaign
bloody

One of China's largest social media sites, Weibo, has (1) ____________ a ban on users posting online content related to LGBT issues. On Friday, the social networking (2) ____________ issued a statement announcing that for the next three months, it would be (3) ____________ images, cartoons and videos that were "related to homosexuality". It also said it would remove (4) ____________ with "pornographic implications" or content that promoted "(5) ____________ violence". The Internet company said it was part of a new "clean-up (6) ____________ " that intended "to create a (7) ____________ and harmonious community environment" within China's online community. It also said it was (8) ____________ with China's cyber-security laws.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
rainbow
minority
against
passionate
thanking
initial
suddenly
minorities

Weibo reversed the decision on Monday following a (9) ____________ public outcry from the country's Internet users. Many of Weibo's LGBT community responded to the (10) ____________ ban by posting photos of themselves with their partners, often adding (11) ____________ emojis. Many people cited China's constitution, which protects (12) ____________. One user said the constitution maintains that the "personal dignity" of citizens is "inviolable" and that insult directed (13) ____________ citizens is prohibited. A woman from Shanghai posted: "I (14) ____________ find that in this strong country, Weibo is discriminating against and attacking this sexual (15) ____________." Weibo responded to the outcry by reversing its decision and (16) ____________ everyone for the discussion.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  reversed a ban on users posting online content related ______ issues
     a.  too LGBT
     b.  two LGBT
     c.  to LGBT
     d.  thru LGBT
2)  it would be deleting images, cartoons and videos that ______ homosexuality"
     a.  were "relating to
     b.  were "relate it to
     c.  were "relate it too
     d.  were "related to
3)  It also said it would remove content with "______"
     a.  pornographic implications
     b.  phonographic implications
     c.  photographic implications
     d.  phonological implications
4)  part of a new "clean-up campaign" that intended "to create a sunny and ______
     a.  harmony as community
     b.  harmony as a community
     c.  harm money as community
     d.  harmonious community
5)  It also said it was complying with China's cyber-______
     a.  security flaws
     b.  security laws
     c.  security claws
     d.  security paws

6)  Weibo reversed the decision on Monday following a passionate ______
     a.  publicity outcry
     b.  public's outcry
     c.  public outcry
     d.  publics outcry
7)  Many of Weibo's LGBT community responded to ______
     a.  the initial ban
     b.  the inner shall ban
     c.  the in it shall ban
     d.  the in niche all ban
8)  the "personal dignity" of citizens is "inviolable" and that insult directed against ______
     a.  citizen is prohibited
     b.  citizens is prohibit it
     c.  citizens is prohibited
     d.  citizen is prohibit it
9)  Weibo is discriminating against and attacking ______
     a.  this sexual minority
     b.  these sexual minority
     c.  those sexual minority
     d.  this sexual minorities
10)  Weibo responded to the outcry ______ decision
     a.  by reserving its
     b.  by reversal its
     c.  by reversing its
     d.  by reverses its

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

One of China's (1) ___________________ sites, Weibo, has reversed a ban on users posting online content related to LGBT issues. On Friday, the social networking (2) ___________________ statement announcing that for the next three months, it would be deleting images, (3) ___________________ that were "related to homosexuality". It also said it would remove content with "pornographic implications" (4) ___________________ promoted "bloody violence". The Internet company said it was part of a new "clean-up campaign" that intended "(5) ___________________ sunny and harmonious community environment" within China's online community. It also said it was complying with China's (6) ___________________.

Weibo reversed (7) ___________________ Monday following a passionate public outcry from the country's Internet users. Many of Weibo's LGBT community responded to (8) ___________________ by posting photos of themselves with their partners, often adding rainbow emojis. Many people cited China's constitution, (9) ___________________. One user said the constitution maintains that the "personal dignity" of citizens is "inviolable" and (10) ___________________ against citizens is prohibited. A woman from Shanghai posted: "I (11) ___________________ in this strong country, Weibo is discriminating against and attacking this sexual minority." Weibo (12) ___________________ outcry by reversing its decision and thanking everyone for the discussion.

Comprehension questions

  1. On what day of the week did Weibo announce its ban?
  2. For how long did Weibo intend to delete content?
  3. What kind of violence did Weibo say it would remove?
  4. What sunny and harmonious thing did Weibo hope to create?
  5. What did Weibo say it was complying with?
  6. What was the reaction of the public to the ban?
  7. What kind of emojis did people post of themselves?
  8. What does the Chinese constitution say is "inviolable"?
  9. What minority did a woman say Weibo was attacking?
  10. What did Weibo thank people for?




Multiple choice quiz

1) On what day of the week did Weibo announce its ban?
a) Sunday
b) Wednesday
c) Friday
d) Tuesday
2) For how long did Weibo intend to delete content?
a) 3 months
b) 2 months
c) 3 weeks
d) 2 weeks
3) What kind of violence did Weibo say it would remove?
a) bloody violence
b) graphic violence
c) domestic violence
d) football violence
4) What sunny and harmonious thing did Weibo hope to create?
a) a song
b) an online community
c) a website
d) an online choir
5) What did Weibo say it was complying with?
a) internal policy
b) Internet guidelines
c) morals
d) China's cyber-security laws

6) What was the reaction of the public to the ban?
a) bemusement
b) there was an outcry
c) wonder
d) grief
7) What kind of emojis did people post of themselves?
a) rainbow emojis
b) unicorn emojis
c) scales of justice emojis
d) heart emojis
8) What does the Chinese constitution say is "inviolable"?
a) freedom
b) trust
c) personal dignity
d) choice
9) What minority did a woman say Weibo was attacking?
a) a political minority
b) a religious minority
c) an ethnic minority
d) a sexual minority
10) What did Weibo thank people for?
a) the discussion
b) subscriptions
c) getting angry
d) their support

Role play

Role  A – Social Media Sites
You think social media sites are best. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their sites. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): gaming sites, English study sites or video sites.

Role  B – Gaming Sites
You think gaming sites are best. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their sites. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): social media sites, English study sites or video sites.

Role  C – English Study Sites
You think English study sites are best. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their sites. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): gaming sites, social media sites or video sites.

Role  D – Video Sites
You think video sites are best. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their sites. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): gaming sites, English study sites or social media sites.

After reading / listening

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

'social'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'media'.

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • • 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:

    • following
    • initial
    • rainbow
    • insult
    • suddenly
    • thanking
    • largest
    • giant
    • next
    • remove
    • part
    • within




    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 - Social media site reverses LGBT ban after outcry

    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 'social'?
    3. What do you think of the initial ban?
    4. What kind of people suggested the ban?
    5. Why did the site want to implement the ban?
    6. What issues does the LGBT community have in your country?
    7. How can governments promote greater tolerance?
    8. How "sunny and harmonious" is your society?
    9. What are the good and bad things about social media sites?
    10. What content should be banned on social media sites?

    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 'media'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What has the ban and reversal done for Weibo's image?
    5. Why does the LGBT community use the rainbow as an icon?
    6. How angry would you be if a site banned your content for being you?
    7. What would you do if a social media site banned your content?
    8. Where does homophobia come from?
    9. What LGBT issues will exist in 50 years from now?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Weibo's boss?

    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)

    One of China's largest social media sites, Weibo, has (1) ____ a ban on users posting online content related to LGBT issues. On Friday, the social networking (2) ____ issued a statement announcing that for the next three months, it would (3) ____ deleting images, cartoons and videos that were "related to homosexuality". It also said it would remove content with "pornographic implications" or content that promoted "(4) ____ violence". The Internet company said it was part of a new "clean-up campaign" that (5) ____ " to create a sunny and harmonious community environment" within China's online community. It also said it was complying (6) ____ China's cyber-security laws.

    Weibo reversed the decision on Monday (7) ____ a passionate public outcry from the country's Internet users. Many of Weibo's LGBT community (8) ____ to the initial ban by posting photos of themselves with their partners, often adding rainbow emojis. Many people cited China's constitution, which (9) ____ minorities. One user said the constitution maintains that the "personal dignity" of citizens is "inviolable" and that insult directed (10) ____ citizens is prohibited. A woman from Shanghai posted: "I suddenly find that in this strong country, Weibo is discriminating against and attacking this sexual (11) ____." Weibo responded to the outcry (12) ____ reversing its decision and thanking everyone for the discussion.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     reserved     (b)     reversal     (c)     reversion     (d)     reversed    
    2. (a)     dwarf     (b)     ogre     (c)     unicorn     (d)     giant    
    3. (a)     be     (b)     by     (c)     been     (d)     but    
    4. (a)     broody     (b)     blood     (c)     bloody     (d)     brood    
    5. (a)     intention     (b)     contended     (c)     intended     (d)     attended    
    6. (a)     with     (b)     at     (c)     for     (d)     by    
    7. (a)     chasing     (b)     following     (c)     running     (d)     shadowing    
    8. (a)     responded     (b)     response     (c)     respond     (d)     responsive    
    9. (a)     progress     (b)     protects     (c)     propels     (d)     projects    
    10. (a)     gain     (b)     again     (c)     against     (d)     gaining    
    11. (a)     majority     (b)     major     (c)     minority     (d)     minor    
    12. (a)     on     (b)     at     (c)     of     (d)     by

    Spelling

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    Put the text back together

    (...)  minority." Weibo responded to the outcry by reversing its decision and thanking everyone for the discussion.
    (...)  China's online community. It also said it was complying with China's cyber-security laws.
    (...)  homosexuality". It also said it would remove content with "pornographic
    (...)  three months, it would be deleting images, cartoons and videos that were "related to
    (...)  which protects minorities. One user said the constitution maintains that the "personal dignity" of citizens is "inviolable" and
    (...)  themselves with their partners, often adding rainbow emojis. Many people cited China's constitution,
    (...)  implications" or content that promoted "bloody violence". The Internet company said it was part of a new "clean-
    (...)  that insult directed against citizens is prohibited. A woman from Shanghai posted: "I suddenly
    (...)  users. Many of Weibo's LGBT community responded to the initial ban by posting photos of
    (...)  Weibo reversed the decision on Monday following a passionate public outcry from the country's Internet
    (...)  find that in this strong country, Weibo is discriminating against and attacking this sexual
    (...)  to LGBT issues. On Friday, the social networking giant issued a statement announcing that for the next
    (...)  up campaign" that intended "to create a sunny and harmonious community environment" within
    1  ) One of China's largest social media sites, Weibo, has reversed a ban on users posting online content related

    Put the words in the right order

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    2. related   homosexuality   .   and   that   to   were   videos   Cartoons
    3. with   remove   content   implications   .   It   would   pornographic
    4. clean-up   It   part   of   was   new   campaign   .   a
    5. It   complying   with   was   laws   .   cyber-security   China's
    6. from   users   .   outcry   the   A   public   country's   Internet
    7. photos   partners   .   of   Posting   their   with   themselves
    8. The   personal   constitution   the   citizens   .   dignity   of   maintains
    9. against   is   this   Weibo   discriminating   minority   .   sexual
    10. outcry   reversing   the   to   decision   .   its   by   Responded

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    One of China's largest social media sites, Weibo, has reserved / reversed a ban on users posting online content related / relation to LGBT issues. On Friday, the social networking giant / gigantic issued a statement announcing that for the next three months, it would be / by deleting images, cartoons and videos that were "related to homosexuality". It also said it would remove index / content with "pornographic implications" or content that promoted "bloody / blood violence". The Internet company said it was part of / for a new "clean-up campaign" that intended "to create a sun / sunny and harmonious community environment" wither / within China's online community. It also said it was complying / complaining with China's cyber-security laws.

    Weibo reversed the decider / decision on Monday following a passionate public outing / outcry from the country's Internet users. Many of Weibo's LGBT community responded to the initially / initial ban by posting photos of themselves with their partners, often added / adding rainbow emojis. Many people sighted / cited China's constitution, which protects minorities. One user said the constitution maintains / maintenance that the "personal dignity" of citizens is "inviolable" and that consult / insult directed against citizens is prohibited. A woman from Shanghai posted: "I sudden / suddenly find that in this strong country, Weibo is discriminating against and attacking this sexual minor / minority." Weibo responded to the outcry by reversing its decision and thanking everyone / someone for the discussion.

    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

    one of chinas largest social media sites weibo has reversed a ban on users posting online content related to lgbt issues on friday the social networking giant issued a statement announcing that for the next three months it would be deleting images cartoons and videos that were related to homosexuality it also said it would remove content with pornographic implications or content that promoted bloody violence the internet company said it was part of a new cleanup campaign that intended to create a sunny and harmonious community environment within chinas online community it also said it was complying with chinas cybersecurity laws

    weibo reversed the decision on monday following a passionate public outcry from the countrys internet users many of weibos lgbt community responded to the initial ban by posting photos of themselves with their partners often adding rainbow emojis many people cited chinas constitution which protects minorities one user said the constitution maintains that the personal dignity of citizens is inviolable and that insult directed against citizens is prohibited 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 and thanking everyone for the discussion

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    OneofChina'slargestsocialmediasites,Weibo,hasreversedabanonus
    erspostingonlinecontentrelatedtoLGBTissues.OnFriday,thesocialne
    tworkinggiantissuedastatementannouncingthatforthenextthreemo
    nths,itwouldbedeletingimages,cartoonsandvideosthatwere"related
    tohomosexuality".Italsosaiditwouldremovecontentwith"pornograp
    hicimplications"orcontentthatpromoted"bloodyviolence".TheIntern
    etcompanysaiditwaspartofanew"clean-upcampaign"thatintended"t
    ocreateasunnyandharmoniouscommunityenvironment"withinChina
    'sonlinecommunity.ItalsosaiditwascomplyingwithChina'scyber-sec
    uritylaws.WeiboreversedthedecisiononMondayfollowingapassionat
    epublicoutcryfromthecountry'sInternetusers.ManyofWeibo'sLGBTc
    ommunityrespondedtotheinitialbanbypostingphotosofthemselvesw
    iththeirpartners,oftenaddingrainbowemojis.ManypeoplecitedChina'
    sconstitution,whichprotectsminorities.Oneusersaidtheconstitution
    maintainsthatthe"personaldignity"ofcitizensis"inviolable"andthatin
    sultdirectedagainstcitizensisprohibited.AwomanfromShanghaipost
    ed:"Isuddenlyfindthatinthisstrongcountry,Weiboisdiscriminatingag
    ainstandattackingthissexualminority."Weiborespondedtotheoutcry
    byreversingitsdecisionandthankingeveryoneforthediscussion.

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    What rules would you create for online content on social media sites? Why?

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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 news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. LGBT ISSUES: Make a poster about LGBT issues. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. FINES: Write a magazine article about there being a big fine for websites, companies, organizations, etc. banning issues or comments about LGBT issues. 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 LGBT issues. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on how we can end discrimination against the LGBT community. 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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