The Reading / Listening - Asylum Seeker - Level 5

The 18-year-old Saudi asylum seeker who fled Saudi Arabia has been granted asylum by Canada. Rahaf Mohammed arrived at Toronto's International Airport on Saturday. She was greeted by Canada's Foreign Minister, who told reporters: "This is a very brave new Canadian. Rahaf wanted Canadians to see that she has arrived at her new home. She has had a very long and tiring journey and so would prefer not to take questions. She is now going to her new home." Rahaf was all smiles as she was whisked through the airport wearing a hoodie emblazoned with the word "Canada".



Rahaf claims her family want to kill her. She was detained in Bangkok while trying to board a flight to Australia. She appealed for help on Twitter and her story got worldwide attention. The United Nations Commission on Human Rights then gave her refugee status. The decision to grant asylum to Rahaf could worsen relations between Canada and Saudi. Relations are already strained after Canada called for the release of a jailed human rights activist. Saudi suspended new trade with Canada, froze flights to and from Toronto, and cancelled scholarships for Saudi students.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Asylum Seeker - Level 4 or  Asylum Seeker - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-12/urgent-the-latest-saudi-woman-fleeing-family-arrives-in-canada
  • https://www.reuters.com/article/us-thailand-saudi/saudi-teen-who-fled-family-welcomed-as-brave-new-canadian-in-toronto-idUSKCN1P60IE
  • https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/freeland-welcomes-brave-new-canadian-as-saudi-teen-lands-in-toronto-1.4250934


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. asylum
  2. granted
  3. greeted by Canada's
  4. This is a very
  5. a very long and tiring
  6. Rahaf was all
  7. she was whisked
  8. emblazoned with the
  1. through the airport
  2. brave new Canadian
  3. asylum
  4. word "Canada"
  5. Foreign Minister
  6. seeker
  7. journey
  8. smiles

Paragraph 2

  1. while trying to board
  2. her story got worldwide
  3. The decision to grant
  4. worsen
  5. Relations are already
  6. the release of a jailed
  7. Saudi suspended new
  8. scholarships
  1. strained
  2. trade with Canada
  3. attention
  4. for Saudi students
  5. asylum to Rahaf
  6. relations
  7. a flight
  8. human rights activist

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The 18-year-old Saudi asylum (1) ___________________ Saudi Arabia has been granted asylum by Canada. Rahaf Mohammed arrived at Toronto's International Airport on Saturday. She (2) ___________________ Canada's Foreign Minister, who told reporters: "This a (3) ___________________ Canadian. Rahaf wanted Canadians to see that she has arrived at her new home. She has had a very (4) ___________________ journey and so would prefer not to take questions. She is now going to her new home." Rahaf was all smiles as (5) ___________________ through the airport wearing a hoodie (6) ___________________ word "Canada".

Rahaf claims her family want to kill her. (7) ___________________ in Bangkok while trying to board a flight to Australia. She (8) ___________________ on Twitter and her story got worldwide attention. The United Nations Commission on Human Rights then gave her refugee status. The decision (9) ___________________ to Rahaf could worsen relations between Canada and Saudi. Relations (10) ___________________ after Canada called (11) ___________________ of a jailed human rights activist. Saudi suspended new trade with Canada, (12) ___________________ and from Toronto, and cancelled scholarships for Saudi students.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

The18-year-oldSaudiasylumseekerwhofledSaudiArabiahasbeengra
ntedasylumbyCanada.RahafMohammedarrivedatToronto'sInternat
ionalAirportonSaturday.ShewasgreetedbyCanada'sForeignMinister
,whotoldreporters:"ThisisaverybravenewCanadian.RahafwantedCa
nadianstoseethatshehasarrivedathernewhome.Shehashadaverylon
gandtiringjourneyandsowouldprefernottotakequestions.Sheisnowg
oingtohernewhome."Rahafwasallsmilesasshewaswhiskedthrought
heairportwearingahoodieemblazonedwiththeword"Canada".Rahafc
laimsherfamilywanttokillher.ShewasdetainedinBangkokwhiletrying
toboardaflighttoAustralia.SheappealedforhelponTwitterandherstor
ygotworldwideattention.TheUnitedNationsCommissiononHumanRi
ghtsthengaveherrefugeestatus.ThedecisiontograntasylumtoRahafc
ouldworsenrelationsbetweenCanadaandSaudi.Relationsarealready
strainedafterCanadacalledforthereleaseofajailedhumanrightsactivi
st.SaudisuspendednewtradewithCanada,frozeflightstoandfromTor
onto,andcancelledscholarshipsforSaudistudents.

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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Answers

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