The Reading / Listening - the Burka - Level 3

The United Kingdom's former Foreign Minister Boris Johnson has been accused of racism. He made a number of comments about women wearing the burka while writing in the British newspaper 'The Telegraph'. Mr Johnson said women who wear burkas "look like letter boxes". He also said: "If a female student turned up at school or at a university lecture looking like a bank robber," he would ask her to remove it so that he "could talk to her properly". Johnson was writing an article about the recent full-face veil ban in Denmark. In the article, Mr Johnson said full-face veils should not be banned in the UK, but said women who wear a burka "look absolutely ridiculous".



The UK's Prime Minister Theresa May has asked Mr Johnson to apologize for his comments. She said: "I do think that we all have to be very careful about the language and terms we use, and some of the terms Boris used describing people's appearance obviously have offended." Another senior British politician has asked Mr Johnson to resign. Many other politicians said Johnson's comments were Islamophobic and were a hate crime. They say he knew his comments would offend many Muslims and others in the UK. Mr Johnson was London's mayor for eight years and the UK Foreign Minster for two years and so had thousands of experiences interacting with Muslim people.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    the Burka - Level 0 the Burka - Level 1   or  the Burka - Level 2

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-45096519
  • https://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/boris-johnson-burqa-wearers-look-like-bank-robbers-letter-boxes/news-story/
  • https://www.thenational.ae/world/europe/boris-johnson-allies-say-he-won-t-apologise-for-islamophobic-burqa-comments-1.757866


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. THE BURKA: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about the burka. 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?
       United Kingdom / foreign minister / racism / burka / female / bank robber / article /
       apologize / careful / language / appearance / Islamophobic / hate crime / mayor
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. FACE VEILS: Students A strongly believe face veils should not be banned anywhere in the world; Students B strongly believe they should.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. TRADITIONAL DRESS: What do you know about traditional dress? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

What I know

What I want to know

Burka

 

 

Sari

 

 

Kimono

 

 

Toga

 

 

Kilt

 

 

Flamenco dress

 

 

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ESL resource book with copiable worksheets and handouts - 1,000 Ideas and Activities for Language Teachers / English teachers
See a sample

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

  • capitalism
  • alcoholism
  • pessimism
  • hedonism
  • racism
  • sexism
  • ageism
  • communism

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. former a. Said that someone has done something wrong.
      2. accused b. Words and opinions about something.
      3. racism c. Had a particular role before or was a particular thing before.
      4. comments d. Correctly or satisfactorily.
      5. turned up e. Arrived somewhere.
      6. properly f. Silly and stupid.
      7. ridiculous g. Discrimination against someone of a different race based on the belief that one's own race is much, much better.

    Paragraph 2

      8. apologize h. Talking to or working with other people.
      9. terms i. Angry or hurt because someone said or did something.
      10. appearance j. Voluntarily leave a job or other position.
      11. offended k. Say you are sorry.
      12. resign l. Words or phrases that have a special meaning.
      13. crime m. An action that is against the law.
      14. interacting n. The way that someone or something looks.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Boris Johnson is the UK's Foreign Minister.     T / F
  2. Mr Johnson made comments about the burka in the 'Times' newspaper.   T / F
  3. Mr Johnson said women who wear a burka look like 'letter boxes'.     T / F
  4. Mr Johnson wants full-face veils to be banned in the UK.     T / F
  5. Britain's leader asked Mr Johnson to apologize for his comments.     T / F
  6. Theresa May said we must be careful about the language we use.     T / F
  7. A politician asked Boris Johnson to quit his job.     T / F
  8. Boris Johnson was the mayor of London for two years.     T / F

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

  1. former
  2. turned up
  3. properly
  4. banned
  5. ridiculous
  6. apologize
  7. resign
  8. offended
  9. comments
  10. interacting
  1. arrived
  2. quit
  3. say sorry
  4. stupid
  5. upset
  6. correctly
  7. forbidden
  8. communicating
  9. ex-
  10. remarks

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

  1. Johnson has been accused
  2. He made a number of
  3. writing an article about the recent
  4. full-face veils should not
  5. look absolutely
  6. be very careful about the language
  7. describing people's
  8. other politicians said Johnson's comments
  9. he knew his comments would
  10. thousands of experiences interacting
  1. comments about women
  2. were Islamophobic
  3. ridiculous
  4. offend many Muslims
  5. of racism
  6. with Muslim people
  7. be banned
  8. appearance
  9. full-face veil ban
  10. and terms we use

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
turned
recent
former
ridiculous
while
banned
number
remove

The United Kingdom's (1) ____________ Foreign Minister Boris Johnson has been accused of racism. He made a (2) ____________ of comments about women wearing the burka (3) ____________ writing in the British newspaper 'The Telegraph'. Mr Johnson said women who wear burkas "look like letter boxes". He also said: "If a female student (4) ____________ up at school or at a university lecture looking like a bank robber," he would ask her to (5) ____________ it so that he "could talk to her properly". Johnson was writing an article about the (6) ____________ full-face veil ban in Denmark. In the article, Mr Johnson said full-face veils should not be (7) ____________ in the UK, but said women who wear a burka "look absolutely (8) ____________ ".

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
politicians
offend
comments
interacting
obviously
others
careful
hate

The UK's Prime Minister Theresa May has asked Mr Johnson to apologize for his (9) ____________. She said: "I do think that we all have to be very (10) ____________ about the language and terms we use, and some of the terms Boris used describing people's appearance (11) ____________ have offended." Another senior British politician has asked Mr Johnson to resign. Many other (12) ____________ said Johnson's comments were Islamophobic and were a (13) ____________ crime. They say he knew his comments would (14) ____________ many Muslims and (15) ____________ in the UK. Mr Johnson was London's mayor for eight years and the UK Foreign Minster for two years and so had thousands of experiences (16) ____________ with Muslim people.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  The United Kingdom's former Foreign Minister Boris Johnson has been ______
     a.  accuses of racism
     b.  accusing of racism
     c.  accused of racism
     d.  a cruised of racism
2)  ...at a university lecture looking like a bank robber, he would ask her ______
     a.  to remove them
     b.  to remove all
     c.  to remove it
     d.  to remove this
3)  he would ask her to remove it so that he could talk ______
     a.  to her proper
     b.  to her prosper
     c.  to her preferably
     d.  to her properly
4)  In the article, Mr Johnson said full-face veils should ______
     a.  not be burned
     b.  not be binned
     c.  not be banned
     d.  not be band
5)  ... but said women who wear a burka look ______
     a.  absolute ridicules
     b.  absolutely ridiculous
     c.  absolutely ridiculously
     d.  absolute ridiculous

6) Prime Minister Theresa May has asked Mr Johnson to apologize ______
     a.  for this comments
     b.  for his comments
     c.  for his comment
     d.  for this comment
7)  I do think that we all have to be very careful about the ______
     a.  language and terms
     b.  languages and terms
     c.  language and term
     d.  languages and term
8)  Another senior British politician has asked Mr Johnson ______
     a.  to resign
     b.  to resigns
     c.  to resigned
     d.  to resigning
9)  Johnson's comments were Islamophobic and were ______
     a.  a hate crimes
     b.  a hate climb
     c.  a hate crime
     d.  a hate criminal
10)  ...for two years and so had thousands of experiences interacting ______
     a.  within Muslim people
     b.  without Muslim people
     c.  wither Muslim people
     d.  with Muslim people

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The United Kingdom's former Foreign Minister Boris Johnson has been (1) ___________________. He made a number of comments about women wearing the burka (2) ___________________ the British newspaper 'The Telegraph'. Mr Johnson said women who wear burkas "(3) ___________________ boxes". He also said: "If a female student turned up at school or at a university (4) ___________________ a bank robber," he would ask her to remove it so that he "could talk to her properly". Johnson was writing an article about the recent full-face (5) ___________________ Denmark. In the article, Mr Johnson said full-face veils should not be banned in the UK, but said women who wear a burka "(6) ___________________ ".

The UK's Prime Minister Theresa May has asked Mr Johnson (7) ___________________ his comments. She said: "I do think that we all have to be very careful about the (8) ___________________ we use, and some of the terms Boris used describing people's appearance obviously have offended." (9) ___________________ politician has asked Mr Johnson to resign. Many other politicians said Johnson's comments were Islamophobic and (10) ___________________ crime. They say he knew his comments would offend many Muslims and (11) ___________________ UK. Mr Johnson was London's mayor for eight years and the UK Foreign Minster for two years and so (12) ___________________ experiences interacting with Muslim people.

Comprehension questions

  1. What has the foreign minister of the UK been accused of?
  2. How many comments did Boris Johnson make?
  3. What did Johnson say burka-clad women look like besides bank robbers?
  4. Why would Mr Johnson ask a woman to remove her veil?
  5. What country did Johnson write about in a newspaper article?
  6. Who asked Mr Johnson to resign?
  7. What did the UK prime minister say we had to be careful of?
  8. Who asked Mr Johnson to resign?
  9. What kind of crime did politicians accuse Mr Johnson of?
  10. How long did Mr Johnson work as London's mayor?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What has the foreign minister of the UK been accused of?
a) communism
b) hedonism
c) racism
d) sexism
2) How many comments did Boris Johnson make?
a) a number of comments
b) 7
c) 6
d) 5
3) What did Johnson say burka-clad women look like besides bank robbers?
a) ghosts
b) normal people
c) angels
d) letter boxes
4) Why would Mr Johnson ask a woman to remove her veil?
a) he disrespects her
b) to talk to her properly
c) because it is UK law
d) he is afraid of her
5) What country did Johnson write about in a newspaper article?
a) Bolivia
b) Mauritius
c) Denmark
d) Jordan

6) Who asked Mr Johnson to apologize?
a) a senior politician
b) Theresa May
c) an imam
d) a Muslim woman
7) What did the UK prime minister say we had to be careful of?
a) stupid comments
b) Boris Johnson
c) burkas
d) language
8) Who asked Mr Johnson to resign?
a) Theresa May
b) a senior politician
c) an imam
d) a Muslim woman
9) What kind of crime did politicians accuse Mr Johnson of?
a) a hate crime
b) robbery
c) ignorance
d) a petty crime
10) How long did Mr Johnson work as London's mayor?
a) 2 years
b) 4 years
c) 7 years
d) 8 years

Role play

Role  A – Racism
You think racism is the worst ~ism. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ~isms. Also, tell the others which is the least harmful of these (and why): sexism, ageism or alcoholism.

Role  B – Sexism
You think sexism is the worst ~ism. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ~isms. Also, tell the others which is the least harmful of these (and why): racism, ageism or alcoholism.

Role  C – Ageism
You think ageism is the worst ~ism. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ~isms. Also, tell the others which is the least harmful of these (and why): sexism, racism or alcoholism.

Role  D – Alcoholism
You think alcoholism is the worst ~ism. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ~isms. Also, tell the others which is the least harmful of these (and why): sexism, ageism or racism.

After reading / listening

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

'bank'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'robber'.

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

    • apologize
    • careful
    • senior
    • resign
    • others
    • thousands
    • been
    • while
    • female
    • remove
    • recent
    • full




    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 - UK politician says burka is 'bank robber' clothing

    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 'bank robber'?
    3. What do you think of Boris Johnson's comments?
    4. Are Boris Johnson's comments racist?
    5. What do you know about the burka?
    6. Are Mr Johnson's comments sexist?
    7. Is Mr Johnson childish for making such comments?
    8. What would Muslims think about Johnson's comments?
    9. What do you think of full-face veil bans?
    10. What do you know about Islamophobia?

    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 'burka'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Why should Mr Johnson apologize?
    5. How tolerant do you think Britain is?
    6. Is racism around the world increasing or decreasing?
    7. Are Mr Johnson's comments an example of hate crime?
    8. What might a burka-wearing woman say to Mr Johnson?
    9. What advice do you have for Mr Johnson?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Boris Johnson?

    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)

    The United Kingdom's (1) ____ Foreign Minister Boris Johnson has been accused of racism. He made a (2) ____ of comments about women wearing the burka while (3) ____ in the British newspaper 'The Telegraph'. Mr Johnson said women who wear burkas "look like letter boxes". He also said: "If a female student (4) ____ up at school or at a university lecture looking like a bank robber," he would ask her to remove it so that he "could talk to her (5) ____". Johnson was writing an article about the recent full-face veil ban in Denmark. In the article, Mr Johnson said full-face veils should not (6) ____ banned in the UK, but said women who wear a burka "look absolutely ridiculous".

    The UK's Prime Minister Theresa May has asked Mr Johnson to apologize (7) ____ his comments. She said: "I do think that we all have to be (8) ____ careful about the language and terms we use, and some of the terms Boris used describing people's appearance (9) ____ have offended." Another senior British politician has asked Mr Johnson to (10) ____. Many other politicians said Johnson's comments were Islamophobic and were a hate crime. They say he knew his comments would (11) ____ many Muslims and others in the UK. Mr Johnson was London's mayor for eight years and the UK Foreign Minster for two years and so had thousands of experiences (12) ____ with Muslim people.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     filmer     (b)     former     (c)     farmer     (d)     firmer    
    2. (a)     numeral     (b)     number     (c)     numeric     (d)     numeracy    
    3. (a)     writes     (b)     written     (c)     wrote     (d)     writing    
    4. (a)     tanned     (b)     turned     (c)     toned     (d)     tuned    
    5. (a)     property     (b)     proper     (c)     prosperity     (d)     properly     
    6. (a)     being     (b)     been     (c)     be     (d)     bee    
    7. (a)     for     (b)     at     (c)     of     (d)     from    
    8. (a)     verily     (b)     vary     (c)     very     (d)     varying    
    9. (a)     obviously     (b)     obliviously     (c)     oblivious     (d)     obvious    
    10. (a)     resign     (b)     resigning     (c)     resigns     (d)     resignation    
    11. (a)     offend     (b)     offence     (c)     offender     (d)     offing    
    12. (a)     interacting     (b)     interaction     (c)     interact     (d)     interacts

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (...)  asked Mr Johnson to resign. Many other politicians said Johnson's comments were Islamophobic and were a hate
    (...)  The UK's Prime Minister Theresa May has asked Mr Johnson to apologize for his comments. She said: "I do
    (...)  and so had thousands of experiences interacting with Muslim people.
    1  ) The United Kingdom's former Foreign Minister Boris Johnson has been accused of racism. He made a number
    (...)  of comments about women wearing the burka while writing in the British newspaper 'The Telegraph'. Mr Johnson said women who
    (...)  wear burkas "look like letter boxes". He also said: "If a female student turned up at school or
    (...)  describing people's appearance obviously have offended." Another senior British politician has
    (...)  think that we all have to be very careful about the language and terms we use, and some of the terms Boris used
    (...)  London's mayor for eight years and the UK Foreign Minster for two years
    (...)  in Denmark. In the article, Mr Johnson said full-face veils should not be banned in the
    (...)  UK, but said women who wear a burka "look absolutely ridiculous".
    (...)  at a university lecture looking like a bank robber," he would ask her to remove it so that he "could talk
    (...)  to her properly". Johnson was writing an article about the recent full-face veil ban
    (...)  crime. They say he knew his comments would offend many Muslims and others in the UK. Mr Johnson was

    Put the words in the right order

    1. made   He   about   comments   number   women   .   of   a
    2. look   Women   burkas   letter   like   who   wear   boxes   .
    3. up   female   turned   student   school   .   If   at   a
    4. could   he   Remove   talk   so   her   .   to   it
    5. should   Johnson   not   be   full-face   said   veils   banned   .
    6. careful   we   very   use   .   language   the   Be   about
    7. politician   has   resign   .   Johnson   asked   Another   senior   to
    8. comments   He   would   Muslims   many   .   knew   his   offend
    9. eight   mayor   for   Johnson   London's   years   .   Mr   was
    10. of   Muslim   with   interacting   experiences   people   .   Thousands

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    The United Kingdom's farmer / former Foreign Minister Boris Johnson has been accused of racism. He made a numeral / number of comments about women wearing the burka while written / writing in the British newspaper 'The Telegraph'. Mr Johnson said women / woman who wear burkas "look like letter boxes". He also said: "If a female student tuned / turned up at school or at a university lecture looking / look like a bank robber," he would ask her to remove it so that he "could talk to her properly / property". Johnson was writing an article about the recently / recent full-face veil ban in Denmark. In the article, Mr Johnson said full-face veils should not been / be banned in the UK, but said women who wear a burka "look absolutely ridiculous / ridiculously".

    The UK's Prime Minister Theresa May has ask / asked Mr Johnson to apologize / apology for his comments. She said: "I do think that we all have to be very careful / carefully about the language and terms we use, and some of the terms Boris used describes / describing people's appearance obviously have offended / offense." Another senior British politician has asked Mr Johnson to resign / design. Many other politicians said Johnson's comments were Islamophobic and was / were a hate crime. They say he knew his comments would offend much / many Muslims and others in the UK. Mr Johnson was London's mayor for eight years and the UK Foreign / Foreigner Minster for two years and so had thousands of experiences interacting with Muslim people / person.

    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

    the united kingdoms former foreign minister boris johnson has been accused of racism he made a number of comments about women wearing the burka while writing in the british newspaper the telegraph mr johnson said women who wear burkas look like letter boxes he also said if a female student turned up at school or at a university lecture looking like a bank robber he would ask her to remove it so that he could talk to her properly johnson was writing an article about the recent fullface veil ban in denmark in the article mr johnson said fullface veils should not be banned in the uk but said women who wear a burka look absolutely ridiculous

    the uks prime minister theresa may has asked mr johnson to apologize for his comments she said i do think that we all have to be very careful about the language and terms we use and some of the terms boris used describing peoples appearance obviously have offended another senior british politician has asked mr johnson to resign many other politicians said johnsons comments were islamophobic and were a hate crime they say he knew his comments would offend many muslims and others in the uk mr johnson was londons mayor for eight years and the uk foreign minster for two years and so had thousands of experiences interacting with muslim people.

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    TheUnitedKingdom'sformerForeignMinisterBorisJohnsonhasbeenac
    cusedofracism.Hemadeanumberofcommentsaboutwomenwearingt
    heburkawhilewritingintheBritishnewspaper'TheTelegraph'.MrJohns
    onsaidwomenwhowearburkas"looklikeletterboxes".Healsosaid:"Ifa
    femalestudentturnedupatschooloratauniversitylecturelookinglikea
    bankrobber,"hewouldaskhertoremoveitsothathe"couldtalktoherpro
    perly".Johnsonwaswritinganarticleabouttherecentfull-faceveilbani
    nDenmark.Inthearticle,MrJohnsonsaidfull-faceveilsshouldnotbeba
    nnedintheUK,butsaidwomenwhowearaburka"lookabsolutelyridiculo
    us".TheUK'sPrimeMinisterTheresaMayhasaskedMrJohnsontoapolog
    izeforhiscomments.Shesaid:"Idothinkthatweallhavetobeverycarefu
    laboutthelanguageandtermsweuse,andsomeofthetermsBorisusedd
    escribingpeople'sappearanceobviouslyhaveoffended."Anothersenio
    rBritishpoliticianhasaskedMrJohnsontoresign.Manyotherpoliticians
    saidJohnson'scommentswereIslamophobicandwereahatecrime.The
    ysayheknewhiscommentswouldoffendmanyMuslimsandothersinthe
    UK.MrJohnsonwasLondon'smayorforeightyearsandtheUKForeignMi
    nsterfortwoyearsandsohadthousandsofexperiencesinteractingwith
    Muslimpeople.

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    Anyone should be allowed to wear what they want. Discuss.

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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. THE BURKA: Make a poster about the burka. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. ISLAMOPHOBIC COMMENTS: Write a magazine article about politicians making Islamophobic comments having to resign. 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 the burka. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to reduce Islamophobia. 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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