The Reading / Listening - Asylum Seeker - Level 6

The teenage Saudi asylum seeker who fled Saudi Arabia two weeks ago has been granted asylum by Canada. Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, 18, arrived at Toronto's Pearson International Airport on Saturday. She was greeted by Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, who told reporters: "This is a very brave new Canadian." She added: "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 today. And she is now going to go to her new home." Rahaf was all smiles as she was whisked through the airport wearing a hoodie emblazoned with the word "Canada".



Rahaf is fleeing alleged abuse by her family, whom she claims want to kill her. She was detained in Bangkok on January 6th while trying to board a flight to Australia, where she initially wanted to seek asylum. She appealed for help on Twitter and her plight gained worldwide attention. She was then granted refugee status by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. Canada's 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 Saudi human rights activist. Saudi suspended new trade with Canada, froze Saudi flights to and from Toronto, and cancelled scholarships for Saudi students in Canada.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Asylum Seeker - Level 4  or  Asylum Seeker - Level 5

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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. ASYLUM SEEKERS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about asylum seekers. 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?
       teenager / asylum / airport / brave / new home / tiring journey / questions / hoodie /
       abuse / flight / help / worldwide attention / decision / relations / human rights
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. ASYLUM: Students A strongly believe anyone seeking asylum should be granted it; Students B strongly believe otherwise.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. REFUGEES: How can we help refugees? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

What we can do

Problems with this

In-country

 

 

Education

 

 

Travel

 

 

Housing

 

 

Education

 

 

Emotional support

 

 

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5. AIRPORT: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "airport". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. HUMAN RIGHTS: Rank these with your partner. Put the most important human rights at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • The right to own things
  • The right to trial
  • The right to privacy
  • The right to a nationality
  • The right to play
  • Workers rights
  • The right to democracy
  • Freedom of expression

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. asylum a. An act of traveling from one place to another.
      2. fled b. Agreed to give or allow something requested.
      3. granted c. Ran away from a place or situation of danger.
      4. greeted d. Clearly and visibly put a design or words on something.
      5. journey e. The protection granted by a nation to someone who has left their native country as a political refugee.
      6. whisked f. Welcomed someone on meeting someone.
      7. emblazoned g. Took or moved someone or something in a particular direction suddenly and quickly.

    Paragraph 2

      8. alleged h. A dangerous, difficult, or otherwise unfortunate situation.
      9. abuse i. Temporarily prevented from continuing or being in force or effect.
      10. detained j. Of an atmosphere, situation, or relationship that is not relaxed or comfortable; tense or uneasy.
      11. plight k. Cruel and violent treatment of a person or animal.
      12. strained l. Stopped things from being used for a period of time.
      13. suspended m. Claimed that someone has done something illegal or wrong, typically without proof that this is the case.
      14. froze n. Kept someone in official custody, typically for questioning about a crime or in a politically sensitive situation.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The article says the teenager fled Saudi Arabia over three weeks ago.     T / F
  2. The teenager was met at a Canadian airport by Canada's Prime Minister. T / F
  3. The teenager (Rahaf Mohammed) had a long and tiring journey.     T / F
  4. Rahaf did not smile as she walked through the Canadian airport.  T / F
  5. Rahaf was detained in Australia while on her way to Bangkok.     T / F
  6. Rahaf got worldwide attention after posting on Twitter.     T / F
  7. Relations between Saudi Arabia and Canada are strained.     T / F
  8. Saudi stopped Saudi airplanes flying to and from Toronto.     T / F

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

  1. fled
  2. granted
  3. greeted
  4. whisked
  5. emblazoned
  6. alleged
  7. detained
  8. plight
  9. strained
  10. froze
  1. difficulty
  2. decorated
  3. held
  4. gave
  5. stopped
  6. hurried
  7. ran away
  8. tense
  9. claimed
  10. welcomed

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

  1. asylum
  2. granted
  3. a very long and
  4. she was whisked
  5. emblazoned with
  6. fleeing alleged abuse
  7. trying to board a
  8. her plight gained worldwide
  9. worsen
  10. froze Saudi flights
  1. by her family
  2. the word "Canada"
  3. to and from Toronto
  4. relations
  5. asylum by Canada
  6. attention
  7. tiring journey
  8. flight to Australia
  9. seeker
  10. through the airport

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
brave
prefer
asylum
emblazoned
fled
whisked
journey
greeted

The teenage Saudi asylum seeker who (1) ____________ Saudi Arabia two weeks ago has been granted (2) ____________ by Canada. Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, 18, arrived at Toronto's Pearson International Airport on Saturday. She was (3) ____________ by Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, who told reporters: "This is a very (4) ____________ new Canadian." She added: "Rahaf wanted Canadians to see that she has arrived at her new home. She has had a very long and tiring (5) ____________ and so would (6) ____________ not to take questions today. And she is now going to go to her new home." Rahaf was all smiles as she was (7) ____________ through the airport wearing a hoodie (8) ____________ with the word "Canada".

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
initially
grant
froze
alleged
scholarships
plight
detained
strained

Rahaf is fleeing (9) ____________ abuse by her family, whom she claims want to kill her. She was (10) ____________ in Bangkok on January 6th while trying to board a flight to Australia, where she (11) ____________ wanted to seek asylum. She appealed for help on Twitter and her (12) ____________ gained worldwide attention. She was then granted refugee status by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. Canada's decision to (13) ____________ asylum to Rahaf could worsen relations between Canada and Saudi. Relations are already (14) ____________ after Canada called for the release of a jailed Saudi human rights activist. Saudi suspended new trade with Canada, (15) ____________ Saudi flights to and from Toronto, and cancelled (16) ____________ for Saudi students in Canada.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) asylum seeker who fled Saudi Arabia two weeks ago has been ______
     a.  grant it asylum
     b.  granting asylum
     c.  granted asylum
     d.  grant add asylum
2)  Chrystia Freeland, who told reporters: "This is a very ______ Canadian."
     a.  brave new
     b.  braved new
     c.  braves new
     d.  bravely new
3)  She added: "Rahaf wanted Canadians to see that ______"
     a.  she is arrive
     b.  she has arrived
     c.  she have arrived
     d.  she has arrive
4)  She has had a very long and tiring journey and so would ______
     a.  prefers not to
     b.  refer not to
     c.  refers not to
     d.  prefer not to
5)  she was whisked through the airport wearing a hoodie ______ the word
     a.  in blaze and with
     b.  emblazon it with
     c.  in blaze end with
     d.  emblazoned with

6)  She was detained in Bangkok on January 6th while trying to ______
     a.  bored a flight
     b.  bode a flight
     c.  board a flight
     d.  abort a flight
7)  She appealed for help on Twitter and her plight gained ______
     a.  world widely attention
     b.  worlds wide attention
     c.  world widely attention
     d.  worldwide attention
8)  Canada's decision to grant asylum to Rahaf could ______
     a.  worsens relations
     b.  worse and relations
     c.  worse end relations
     d.  worsen relations
9) strained after Canada called for the release of a jailed Saudi human ______
     a.  rights activist
     b.  right activism
     c.  lights activist
     d.  light activist
10)  Saudi suspended new trade with Canada, ______ flights...
     a.  frozen Saudi
     b.  froze Saudi
     c.  floss Saudi
     d.  freeze Saudi

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The teenage Saudi asylum (1) ___________________ Saudi Arabia two weeks ago has been (2) ___________________ Canada. Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, 18, arrived at Toronto's Pearson International Airport on Saturday. She was greeted by Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, who told reporters: "This a (3) ___________________ Canadian." She added: "Rahaf wanted Canadians to see that she has arrived at her new home. She has had a very long (4) ___________________ and so would prefer not to take questions today. And she is now going to go to her new home." Rahaf was all smiles as she (5) ___________________ the airport wearing a hoodie (6) ___________________ word "Canada".

Rahaf is (7) ___________________ by her family, whom she claims want to kill her. She was detained in Bangkok on January 6th while trying to board a flight to Australia, where (8) ___________________ to seek asylum. She appealed for help on Twitter and (9) ___________________ worldwide attention. She was then granted refugee status by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. Canada's decision to grant asylum to Rahaf (10) ___________________ between Canada and Saudi. Relations are already strained after Canada called for (11) ___________________ a jailed Saudi human rights activist. Saudi suspended new trade with Canada, froze Saudi flights to and from Toronto, (12) ___________________ for Saudi students in Canada.

Comprehension questions

  1. What is the name of the airport Rahaf arrived at?
  2. Who met Rahaf at the airport?
  3. What did Rahaf prefer not to take?
  4. Where was Rahaf heading for after leaving the airport?
  5. What word was written on a hoodie that Rahaf was wearing?
  6. Where was Rahaf initially detained?
  7. What social media platform did Rahaf use to ask for help?
  8. What could worsen between Canada and Saudi Arabia?
  9. Who did Canada want Saudi Arabia to release?
  10. What did Saudi Arabia freeze?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  What is the name of the airport Rahaf arrived at?
a) Canada International
b) Pearson International Airport
c) Maple Leaf International
d) Toronto Central
2) Who met Rahaf at the airport?
a) a UN official
b) schoolchildren
c) Canada's Prime Minister
d) Canada's Foreign Minister
3) What did Rahaf prefer not to take?
a) a taxi
b) her luggage
c) questions
d) a passport
4) Where was Rahaf heading for after leaving the airport?
a) her new home
b) the Prime Minister's house
c) a restaurant
d) an ice hockey game
5) What word was written on a hoodie that Rahaf was wearing?
a) "Free"
b) "Canada"
c) "Love"
d) "Thanks"

6) Where was Rahaf initially detained?
a) Bangkok
b) Sydney
c) Kuwait
d) London
7) What social media platform did Rahaf use to ask for help?
a) Reddit
b) Facebook
c) Twitter
d) Instagram
8) What could worsen between Canada and Saudi Arabia?
a) relations
b) sports links
c) investment
d) cultural ties
9) Who did Canada want Saudi Arabia to release?
a) a writer
b) another teenager
c) a Canadian
d) a human rights activist
10) What did Saudi Arabia freeze?
a) investments
b) water
c) flights to and from Toronto
d) Canadian beef

Role play

Role  A – The Right to Play
You think the right to play is the most important human right. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their rights aren't as important. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): right to democracy, freedom of expression or the right to a nationality.

Role  B – The Right to Democracy
You think the right to democracy is the most important human right. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their rights aren't as important. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): the right to play, freedom of expression or the right to a nationality.

Role  C – Freedom of Expression
You think freedom of expression is the most important human right. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their rights aren't as important. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): the right to democracy, the right to play or the right to a nationality.

Role  D – The Right to a Nationality
You think the right to a nationality is the most important human right. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their rights aren't as important. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): the right to democracy, freedom of expression or the right to play.

After reading / listening

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

'asylum'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'refugee'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • claims
    • board
    • plight
    • worsen
    • jailed
    • froze
    • fled
    • greeted
    • brave
    • long
    • home
    • wearing




    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 - Saudi teen welcomed as refugee in Canada

    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 'asylum'?
    3. What do you know about the Saudi teenager?
    4. What do you know about the asylum system?
    5. What is your country's policy towards asylum?
    6. How brave do you think Rahaf is?
    7. What would it be like to move country alone at the age of 18?
    8. Why are there so many asylum seekers in the world?
    9. How can we help asylum seekers?
    10. What advice do you have for Rahaf?

    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 'refugee'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. How powerful is Twitter in bringing world attention to things?
    5. In which country would you seek asylum if you had to?
    6. What will Rahaf's story do for Canada-Saudi relations?
    7. How can Canada and Saudi repair relations between them?
    8. What three adjectives best describe this story?
    9. Should all asylum seekers be granted asylum?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Rahaf?

    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 teenage Saudi asylum seeker who (1) ____ Saudi Arabia two weeks ago has been granted asylum by Canada. Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, 18, arrived at Toronto's Pearson International Airport on Saturday. She was (2) ____ by Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, who told reporters: "This is a very (3) ____ new Canadian." She added: "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 (4) ____ not to (5) ____ questions today. And she is now going to go to her new home." Rahaf was all smiles as she was whisked through the airport wearing a hoodie (6) ____ with the word "Canada".

    Rahaf is fleeing alleged abuse by her family, whom she (7) ____ want to kill her. She was detained in Bangkok on January 6th while trying to board a flight to Australia, where she (8) ____ wanted to seek asylum. She appealed for help on Twitter and her plight gained worldwide attention. She was then granted refugee (9) ____ by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. Canada's decision to grant asylum to Rahaf could worsen relations between Canada and Saudi. Relations are (10) ____ strained after Canada called for the release of a jailed Saudi human rights activist. Saudi (11) ____ new trade with Canada, (12) ____ Saudi flights to and from Toronto, and cancelled scholarships for Saudi students in Canada.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     flied     (b)     flew     (c)     fled     (d)     filed    
    2. (a)     greeted     (b)     grated     (c)     granted     (d)     grunted    
    3. (a)     bravery     (b)     brave     (c)     braved     (d)     braves    
    4. (a)     option     (b)     instead     (c)     rather     (d)     prefer    
    5. (a)     extract     (b)     hold     (c)     take     (d)     derive    
    6. (a)     condoned     (b)     emblazoned     (c)     meandered     (d)     advised    
    7. (a)     claims     (b)     calms     (c)     clams     (d)     acclaims    
    8. (a)     opening     (b)     primary     (c)     signature     (d)     initially    
    9. (a)     stylus     (b)     statues     (c)     status     (d)     stats    
    10. (a)     thus     (b)     until     (c)     before     (d)     already    
    11. (a)     appended     (b)     suspended     (c)     repealed     (d)     upended    
    12. (a)     froze     (b)     chilled     (c)     cooled     (d)     iced over

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. The teenage Saudi salyum seeker
    2. She was eegretd by Canada's Foreign Minister
    3. a very long and tiring nruojey
    4. epferr not to take questions
    5. she was wheksid through the airport
    6. a hoodie eozlamnbed with the word "Canada"

    Paragraph 2

    1. Rahaf is fleeing alleged ubsae
    2. She was tedeniad in Bangkok
    3. Australia, where she ilitinlay wanted to
    4. her ighlpt gained worldwide attention
    5. Relations are already taisrend
    6. aorhlsichsps for Saudi students

    Put the text back together

    (...)  by Canada. Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, 18, arrived at Toronto's Pearson International Airport on Saturday. She was
    (...)  through the airport wearing a hoodie emblazoned with the word "Canada".
    (...)  Rahaf is fleeing alleged abuse by her family, whom she claims want to kill her. She was detained in
    (...)  home. She has had a very long and tiring journey and so would prefer not to take questions today. And she is now
    (...)  new Canadian." She added: "Rahaf wanted Canadians to see that she has arrived at her new
    1  ) The teenage Saudi asylum seeker who fled Saudi Arabia two weeks ago has been granted asylum
    (...)  Bangkok on January 6th while trying to board a flight to Australia, where she initially wanted to seek asylum.  She appealed
    (...)  United Nations Commission on Human Rights. Canada's decision to grant asylum to Rahaf could worsen
    (...)  for the release of a jailed Saudi human rights activist. Saudi suspended new trade with Canada, froze
    (...)  relations between Canada and Saudi. Relations are already strained after Canada called
    (...)  Saudi flights to and from Toronto, and cancelled scholarships for Saudi students in Canada.
    (...)  for help on Twitter and her plight gained worldwide attention. She was then granted refugee status by the
    (...)  greeted by Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, who told reporters: "This is a very brave
    (...)  going to go to her new home." Rahaf was all smiles as she was whisked

    Put the words in the right order

    1. Saudi   Saudi   .   fled   The   asylum   teenage   who   seeker
    2. was   Minister   .   by   Canada's   greeted   Foreign   She
    3. wanted   that   to   see   arrived   .   Rahaf   she   Canadians
    4. as   she   whisked   All   was   smiles   through   .
    5. a   word   Wearing   "Canada"   .   hoodie   the   with   emblazoned
    6. is   by   abuse   alleged   fleeing   Rahaf   her   family   .
    7. initially   to   wanted   where   seek   she   -   asylum   .   Australia
    8. by   granted   UNCHR   .   refugee   was   the   She   status
    9. The   jailed   release   a   activist   .   Saudi   rights   of
    10. Saudi   scholarships   students   Cancelled   for   Canada   .   in

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    The teenage Saudi asylum seeker who fled / freed Saudi Arabia two weeks ago has been gland / granted asylum by Canada. Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, 18, arrived / arrival at Toronto's Pearson International Airport on Saturday. She was greeted by / for Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, who told reporters: "This is a very brave / bravery new Canadian." She added: "Rahaf wanted Canadians to see what / that she has arrived at her new home. She has had a very long / length and tiring journey and so would prefer / rather not to take questions today. And she is now going to go to her new home." Rahaf was all smiles as she was wished / whisked through the airport wearing a hoodie emblazoned on / with the word "Canada".

    Rahaf is freeing / fleeing alleged abuse by her family, whom she claims want to kill her. She was detention / detained in Bangkok on January 6th while trying to bored / board a flight to Australia, where she initially / initial wanted to seek asylum. She appealed for / of help on Twitter and her plight gained worldwide attention. She was then granted refugee status by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. Canada's decision to grand / grant asylum to Rahaf could worsen / worsening relations between Canada and Saudi. Relations are already strained after Canada called for the release of a jailed Saudi human rights activism / activist. Saudi suspended new trade with Canada, froze / frozen Saudi flights to and from Toronto, and cancelled scholarships / scholars for Saudi students in Canada.

    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 teenage saudi asylum seeker who fled saudi arabia two weeks ago has been granted asylum by canada rahaf mohammed alqunun 18 arrived at torontos pearson international airport on saturday she was greeted by canadas foreign minister chrystia freeland who told reporters This is a very brave new canadian she added 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 today and she is now going to go to her new home rahaf was all smiles as she was whisked through the airport wearing a hoodie emblazoned with the word canada

    Rahaf is fleeing alleged abuse by her family whom she claims want to kill her she was detained in bangkok on january 6th while trying to board a flight to australia where she initially wanted to seek asylum she appealed for help on twitter and her plight gained worldwide attention she was then granted refugee status by the united nations commission on human rights canadas 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 saudi human rights activist saudi suspended new trade with canada froze saudi flights to and from toronto and cancelled scholarships for saudi students in canada.

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    TheteenageSaudiasylumseekerwhofledSaudiArabiatwoweeksagoh
    asbeengrantedasylumbyCanada.RahafMohammedAlqunun,18,arri
    vedatToronto'sPearsonInternationalAirportonSaturday.Shewasgre
    etedbyCanada'sForeignMinisterChrystiaFreeland,whotoldreporters
    :"ThisisaverybravenewCanadian."Sheadded:"RahafwantedCanadia
    nstoseethatshehasarrivedathernewhome.Shehashadaverylongand
    tiringjourneyandsowouldprefernottotakequestionstoday.Andsheisn
    owgoingtogotohernewhome."Rahafwasallsmilesasshewaswhiskedt
    hroughtheairportwearingahoodieemblazonedwiththeword"Canada"
    .Rahafisfleeingallegedabusebyherfamily,whomsheclaimswanttokill
    her.ShewasdetainedinBangkokonJanuary6thwhiletryingtoboardafli
    ghttoAustralia,wheresheinitiallywantedtoseekasylum.Sheappealed
    forhelponTwitterandherplightgainedworldwideattention.Shewasthe
    ngrantedrefugeestatusbytheUnitedNationsCommissiononHumanRi
    ghts.Canada'sdecisiontograntasylumtoRahafcouldworsenrelations
    betweenCanadaandSaudi.RelationsarealreadystrainedafterCanada
    calledforthereleaseofajailedSaudihumanrightsactivist.Saudisuspen
    dednewtradewithCanada,frozeSaudiflightstoandfromToronto,andc
    ancelledscholarshipsforSaudistudentsinCanada.

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    All people seeking asylum should be granted it. 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. ASYLUM SEEKERS: Make a poster about asylum seekers. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. ASYLUM: Write a magazine article about all asylum seekers being granted asylum in the country of their choice. 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 asylum seekers. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to help asylum seekers. 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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