The Reading / Listening - Death Penalty - Level 5

Malaysia intends to abolish the death penalty in a move that human rights campaigners have welcomed. Malaysia's Law Minister said: "The death penalty will be abolished. Full stop." He said any planned executions will not be carried out. There are currently over 1,267 people on death row in Malaysia. They will get a reprieve. Prisoners on death row will be released or have their sentences commuted. The minister said: "They 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."



Malaysia's decision was hailed by Amnesty International. It said: "Malaysia must now join the 106 countries who have turned their backs for good on the ultimate cruel, inhumane, degrading punishment." It added: "There is no time to waste. The death penalty should have been consigned to the history books long ago. Malaysia's new government has promised to deliver on human rights, and today's announcement is an encouraging sign, but much more needs to be done." There are 23 countries with the death penalty. There were 993 executions recorded worldwide in 2017.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Death Penalty - Level 4 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


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. human rights
  2. The death penalty will
  3. over 1,267 people on
  4. They will get
  5. have their sentences
  6. face life
  7. several deaths that were caused
  8. they were sentenced
  1. imprisonment
  2. a reprieve
  3. to death
  4. be abolished
  5. by the offender
  6. death row
  7. commuted
  8. campaigners

Paragraph 2

  1. hailed
  2. Malaysia must now join
  3. turned their
  4. inhumane, degrading
  5. There is no time
  6. consigned to the
  7. promised to deliver
  8. much more needs
  1. punishment
  2. to be done
  3. history books
  4. the 106 countries
  5. on human rights
  6. by Amnesty International
  7. to waste
  8. backs for good

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Malaysia intends (1) ___________________ death penalty in a move that human rights campaigners have welcomed. Malaysia's Law Minister said: "The death penalty (2) ___________________. Full stop." He said any planned executions will not (3) ___________________. There are currently over 1,267 people on death row in Malaysia. They will get a reprieve. Prisoners (4) ___________________ will be released or have their sentences commuted. The minister said: "They would (5) ___________________ life imprisonment because there had been several deaths that were caused by the offender and so they were (6) ___________________."

Malaysia's decision (7) ___________________ Amnesty International. It said: "Malaysia must now join the 106 countries who have (8) ___________________ for good on the ultimate cruel, inhumane, degrading punishment." It added: "There is no (9) ___________________. The death penalty should have been consigned to the history books long ago. Malaysia's new government has promised (10) ___________________ human rights, and today's announcement is an encouraging sign, but much more needs (11) ___________________." There are 23 countries with the death penalty. There were 993 executions (12) ___________________ 2017.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Malaysiaintendstoabolishthedeathpenaltyinamovethathumanrights
campaignershavewelcomed.Malaysia'sLawMinistersaid:"Thedeath
penaltywillbeabolished.Fullstop."Hesaidanyplannedexecutionswilln
otbecarriedout.Therearecurrentlyover1,267peopleondeathrowinMa
laysia.Theywillgetareprieve.Prisonersondeathrowwillbereleasedorh
avetheirsentencescommuted.Theministersaid:"Theywouldhavetof
acelifeimprisonmentbecausetherehadbeenseveraldeathsthatwerec
ausedbytheoffenderandsotheyweresentencedtodeath."Malaysia'sd
ecisionwashailedbyAmnestyInternational.Itsaid:"Malaysiamustno
wjointhe106countrieswhohaveturnedtheirbacksforgoodontheultim
atecruel,inhumane,degradingpunishment."Itadded:"Thereisnotim
etowaste.Thedeathpenaltyshouldhavebeenconsignedtothehistoryb
ookslongago.Malaysia'snewgovernmenthaspromisedtodeliveronhu
manrights,andtoday'sannouncementisanencouragingsign,butmuch
moreneedstobedone."Thereare23countrieswiththedeathpenalty.Th
erewere993executionsrecordedworldwidein2017.

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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