The Reading / Listening - Death Penalty - Level 4

Malaysia will abolish the death penalty in a move that pleased human rights campaigners. The Law Minister said any planned executions will not be carried out. There are currently over 1,267 people on death row in Malaysia. They will be released or have their sentences reduced. The minister said: "[Prisoners] would have to face life imprisonment because there had been several deaths that were caused by the offender and so they were sentenced to death."



Amnesty International welcomed the decision. It said: "Malaysia [will] join the 106 countries who have turned their backs for good on the ultimate cruel, inhumane, degrading punishment." It added: "The death penalty should have been consigned to the history books long ago." It said the announcement was encouraging but more needed to be done because 23 countries still have the death penalty. There were 993 executions recorded worldwide in 2017.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Death Penalty - Level 5 or  Death Penalty - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2168140/malaysian-government-agrees-abolish-death-penalty-move
  • https://www.newsweek.com/malaysia-announces-it-will-abolish-death-penalty-all-crimes-1165110
  • https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/10/malaysia-abolish-death-penalty-181011083607761.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. human rights
  2. law
  3. executions will not
  4. 1,267 people on
  5. have their sentences
  6. face life
  7. deaths that were caused
  8. sentenced
  1. death row
  2. by the offender
  3. campaigners
  4. to death
  5. be carried out
  6. reduced
  7. minister
  8. imprisonment

Paragraph 2

  1. Amnesty International welcomed
  2. Malaysia will join
  3. turned their backs
  4. inhumane, degrading
  5. consigned to the
  6. the announcement
  7. more needed to
  8. There were 993 executions
  1. be done
  2. the decision
  3. recorded worldwide
  4. for good
  5. was encouraging
  6. the 106 countries
  7. history books
  8. punishment

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Malaysia will abolish the death penalty in a (1) ___________________ human rights campaigners. The Law Minister said any planned executions will not (2) ___________________. There are currently over 1,267 people (3) ___________________ in Malaysia. They will be released or have their sentences reduced. The minister said: "[Prisoners] would (4) ___________________ life imprisonment because there (5) ___________________ deaths that were caused by the offender and so they were (6) ___________________."

Amnesty International (7) ___________________. It said: "Malaysia [will] join the 106 countries who have turned (8) ___________________ good on (9) ___________________, inhumane, degrading punishment." It added: "The death penalty should have been (10) ___________________ history books long ago." It said the announcement was encouraging (11) ___________________ to be done because 23 countries still have the death penalty. There (12) ___________________ recorded worldwide in 2017.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Malaysiawillabolishthedeathpenaltyinamovethatpleasedhumanrigh
tscampaigners.TheLawMinistersaidanyplannedexecutionswillnotbe
carriedout.Therearecurrentlyover1,267peopleondeathrowinMalays
ia.Theywillbereleasedorhavetheirsentencesreduced.Theministersai
d:"[Prisoners]wouldhavetofacelifeimprisonmentbecausetherehadb
eenseveraldeathsthatwerecausedbytheoffenderandsotheyweresen
tencedtodeath."AmnestyInternationalwelcomedthedecision.Itsaid:
"Malaysia[will]jointhe106countrieswhohaveturnedtheirbacksforgo
odontheultimatecruel,inhumane,degradingpunishment."Itadded:"
Thedeathpenaltyshouldhavebeenconsignedtothehistorybookslonga
go."Itsaidtheannouncementwasencouragingbutmoreneededtobed
onebecause23countriesstillhavethedeathpenalty.Therewere993ex
ecutionsrecordedworldwidein2017.

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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(o) ________________

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Free writing

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