The Reading / Listening - eSwatini - Level 5

The king of Swaziland, King Mswati III, has changed his country's name to eSwatini. The new name means "land of the Swazis" in the local language. King Mswati is an absolute monarch and has the power to change his country. He spoke at the nation's Golden Jubilee celebrations on Thursday, which was also his 50th birthday. He said: "African countries, on getting independence, reverted to their ancient names before they were colonized. So from now on, the country will officially be known as the Kingdom of eSwatini." Swaziland was a British colony until 50 years ago.



The name change has been talked about for years. The king regularly refers to Swaziland as eSwatini in his parliament, and at the U.N. General Assembly and the African Union. Swaziland became independent from Britain in 1968. Unlike other former British colonies, it kept its colonial-era name. Nyasaland became Malawi, Bechuanaland changed its name to Botswana, and Rhodesia became Zimbabwe. King Mswati said that from now, people would not 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 4 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. The king
  2. land of
  3. in the local
  4. King Mswati is an absolute
  5. the nation's Golden Jubilee
  6. getting
  7. ancient
  8. before they were
  1. names
  2. monarch
  3. celebrations
  4. language
  5. independence
  6. of Swaziland
  7. colonized
  8. the Swazis

Paragraph 2

  1. a British colony until
  2. The name change has been talked
  3. The king regularly refers
  4. at the U.N.
  5. Swaziland became independent
  6. Unlike other former
  7. it kept its colonial-
  8. confuse his country
  1. to Swaziland
  2. with Switzerland
  3. British colonies
  4. 50 years ago
  5. era name
  6. from Britain
  7. about for years
  8. General Assembly

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The king of Swaziland, King Mswati III, (1) ___________________ country's name to eSwatini. The (2) ___________________ "land of the Swazis" in the local language. King Mswati is (3) ___________________ and has the power to change his country. He spoke (4) ___________________ Golden Jubilee celebrations on Thursday, which was also his 50th birthday. He said: "African countries, on getting independence, (5) ___________________ ancient names before (6) ___________________. So from now on, the country will officially be known as the Kingdom of eSwatini." Swaziland was a British colony until 50 years ago.

The name change has been talked (7) ___________________. The king regularly refers to Swaziland as eSwatini (8) ___________________, and at the U.N. General Assembly and the African Union. Swaziland became independent from Britain in 1968. (9) ___________________ British colonies, it kept its (10) ___________________. Nyasaland became Malawi, Bechuanaland changed its name to Botswana, and Rhodesia became Zimbabwe. King Mswati said that from now, people (11) ___________________ his country with Switzerland. The UN, Google Maps and Internet companies now have to (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ThekingofSwaziland,KingMswatiIII,haschangedhiscountry'snamet
oeSwatini.Thenewnamemeans"landoftheSwazis"inthelocallanguag
e.KingMswatiisanabsolutemonarchandhasthepowertochangehiscou
ntry.Hespokeatthenation'sGoldenJubileecelebrationsonThursday,w
hichwasalsohis50thbirthday.Hesaid:"Africancountries,ongettingind
ependence,revertedtotheirancientnamesbeforetheywerecolonized.
Sofromnowon,thecountrywillofficiallybeknownastheKingdomofeSw
atini."SwazilandwasaBritishcolonyuntil50yearsago.Thenamechang
ehasbeentalkedaboutforyears.ThekingregularlyreferstoSwazilanda
seSwatiniinhisparliament,andattheU.N.GeneralAssemblyandtheAfr
icanUnion.SwazilandbecameindependentfromBritainin1968.Unlike
otherformerBritishcolonies,itkeptitscolonial-eraname.Nyasalandb
ecameMalawi,BechuanalandchangeditsnametoBotswana,andRhod
esiabecameZimbabwe.KingMswatisaidthatfromnow,peoplewouldn
otconfusehiscountrywithSwitzerland.TheUN,GoogleMapsandIntern
etcompaniesnowhavetochangetheirdatabases.

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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Free writing

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Answers

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