The Reading / Listening - eSwatini - Level 4

Swaziland's King Mswati III has changed his country's name to eSwatini. This means "land of the Swazis". The king is an absolute monarch, so he has the power to change his country. He spoke at the nation's Golden Jubilee celebrations, which was also his 50th birthday. He said: "African countries, on getting independence, reverted to their...names before they were colonized. So from now on, the country will officially be known as...eSwatini."



King Mswati often uses eSwatini in his parliament, and at the UN and the African Union. Swaziland got its independence from Britain in 1968 but kept its colonial name. Other former British colonies changed their names. Nyasaland became Malawi and Rhodesia became Zimbabwe. King Mswati said that people would no longer confuse his country with Switzerland. The UN, Google Maps and Internet companies now have to change their databases.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    eSwatini - Level 5 or  eSwatini - Level 6

Sources
  • https://mpumalanganews.co.za/335886/king-mswati-iii-renames-swaziland-kingdom-eswatini/
  • http://allafrica.com/stories/201804200114.html
  • https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/19/world/africa/swaziland-eswatini-name-change.html


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. King Mswati III has changed
  2. land
  3. The king is an absolute
  4. he has the power
  5. the nation's Golden Jubilee
  6. getting
  7. before they were
  8. from now
  1. monarch
  2. on
  3. celebrations
  4. independence
  5. his country's name
  6. colonized
  7. of the Swazis
  8. to change his country

Paragraph 2

  1. in his
  2. at the UN and the
  3. Swaziland got its independence
  4. kept its colonial
  5. former British
  6. Rhodesia became
  7. confuse his country
  8. change their
  1. colonies
  2. name
  3. parliament
  4. databases
  5. African Union
  6. with Switzerland
  7. from Britain
  8. Zimbabwe

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Swaziland's King Mswati III (1) ___________________ country's name to eSwatini. This means "land of the Swazis". The king is (2) ___________________, so he has the power to change his country. He spoke (3) ___________________ Golden Jubilee celebrations, (4) ___________________ his 50th birthday. He said: "African countries, on getting independence, (5) ___________________...names before they were colonized. So (6) ___________________, the country will officially be known as...eSwatini."

King Mswati often uses eSwatini (7) ___________________, and at the UN and the African Union. Swaziland (8) ___________________ from Britain in 1968 but kept (9) ___________________. Other former British colonies (10) ___________________. Nyasaland became Malawi and Rhodesia became Zimbabwe. King Mswati said that people (11) ___________________ confuse his country with Switzerland. The UN, Google Maps and Internet companies now have (12) ___________________ databases.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Swaziland'sKingMswatiIIIhaschangedhiscountry'snametoeSwatini.
Thismeans"landoftheSwazis".Thekingisanabsolutemonarch,soheha
sthepowertochangehiscountry.Hespokeatthenation'sGoldenJubilee
celebrations,whichwasalsohis50thbirthday.Hesaid:"Africancountrie
s,ongettingindependence,revertedtotheir...namesbeforetheywerec
olonized.Sofromnowon,thecountrywillofficiallybeknownas...eSwati
ni."KingMswatioftenuseseSwatiniinhisparliament,andattheUNandt
heAfricanUnion.SwazilandgotitsindependencefromBritainin1968bu
tkeptitscolonialname.OtherformerBritishcolonieschangedtheirnam
es.NyasalandbecameMalawiandRhodesiabecameZimbabwe.KingM
swatisaidthatpeoplewouldnolongerconfusehiscountrywithSwitzerla
nd.TheUN,GoogleMapsandInternetcompaniesnowhavetochangethe
irdatabases.

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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