The Reading / Listening - Eid al-Adha - Level 5

Tens of thousands of Muslims in Australia prayed for rain for Australia's farmers who are suffering in droughts. The prayers were part of the Muslim festival Eid al-Adha - one of Islam's holiest festivals. It is often referred to as the Festival of Sacrifice. It is celebrated by sharing food with family, neighbours, the poor and needy. The biggest gathering was at a mosque in Sydney, which was attended by over 30,000 Muslims. An imam at the mosque said: "God will send down rainfall. It is our duty to help Australians, especially the farmers."



Australia is having its most devastating drought in living memory. The whole of the state of New South Wales is in drought. A farmers' spokeswoman told the ABC news agency that farmers appreciated the support and thoughts of the Muslim community. She said: "I think it really touched the heart of our farmers during this period. Every little bit helps." Australia's Prime Minister recently promised $1.3 billion in relief funds for farmers to safeguard their livelihoods. It is currently winter in Australia and the hot summer weather is coming and threatening to worsen the situation.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Eid al-Adha - Level 4 or  Eid al-Adha - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-22/muslim-rain-prayer-call-to-end-the-drought-for-farmers/10152076
  • https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-45267434
  • https://www.sbs.com.au/news/muslim-australians-pray-for-drought-breaking-rain-during-eid-celebrations


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. farmers who are suffering
  2. one of Islam's holiest
  3. It is celebrated by sharing
  4. the poor and
  5. The biggest gathering was
  6. attended by over
  7. God will send
  8. It is our
  1. 30,000 Muslims
  2. in droughts
  3. duty to help
  4. festivals
  5. down rainfall
  6. needy
  7. at a mosque
  8. food

Paragraph 2

  1. Australia is having its most devastating
  2. in living
  3. farmers appreciated the
  4. Every little bit
  5. promised $1.3 billion in relief
  6. for farmers to safeguard
  7. It is currently
  8. threatening to
  1. funds
  2. winter in Australia
  3. memory
  4. support
  5. worsen the situation
  6. drought
  7. helps
  8. their livelihoods

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Tens (1) ___________________ Muslims in Australia prayed for rain for Australia's farmers (2) ___________________ in droughts. The prayers were part of the Muslim festival Eid al-Adha - one of Islam's holiest festivals. It is (3) ___________________ as the Festival of Sacrifice. It is celebrated by sharing food with family, neighbours, the (4) ___________________. The biggest gathering was at a mosque in Sydney, which (5) ___________________ over 30,000 Muslims. An imam at the mosque said: "God will send down rainfall. It is (6) ___________________ help Australians, especially the farmers."

Australia (7) ___________________ most devastating drought in living memory. The whole (8) ___________________ of New South Wales is in drought. A farmers' spokeswoman told the ABC news agency that farmers appreciated (9) ___________________ thoughts of the Muslim community. She said: "I think it really (10) ___________________ of our farmers during this period. Every little bit helps." Australia's Prime Minister recently promised $1.3 billion (11) ___________________ for farmers to safeguard their livelihoods. It is currently winter in Australia and the hot summer weather is coming and threatening to (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TensofthousandsofMuslimsinAustraliaprayedforrainforAustralia'sfa
rmerswhoaresufferingindroughts.TheprayerswerepartoftheMuslimf
estivalEidal-Adha-oneofIslam'sholiestfestivals.Itisoftenreferredto
astheFestivalofSacrifice.Itiscelebratedbysharingfoodwithfamily,nei
ghbours,thepoorandneedy.ThebiggestgatheringwasatamosqueinS
ydney,whichwasattendedbyover30,000Muslims.Animamatthemos
quesaid:"Godwillsenddownrainfall.ItisourdutytohelpAustralians,es
peciallythefarmers."Australiaishavingitsmostdevastatingdroughtinl
ivingmemory.ThewholeofthestateofNewSouthWalesisindrought.Af
armers'spokeswomantoldtheABCnewsagencythatfarmersappreciat
edthesupportandthoughtsoftheMuslimcommunity.Shesaid:"Ithinki
treallytouchedtheheartofourfarmersduringthisperiod.Everylittlebit
helps."AustralianPrimeMinisterrecentlypromised$1.3billioninrelieff
undsforfarmerstosafeguardtheirlivelihoods.ItiscurrentlywinterinAu
straliaandthehotsummerweatheriscomingandthreateningtoworsen
thesituation.

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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