The Reading / Listening - Citizenship - Level 2

A woman who ran away from the U.K. to join ISIS has had her British citizenship removed. Shamima Begum, 19, left London when she was 15 to live in the Islamic State. The U.K. said that anyone who joined ISIS could not have a British passport. Ms Begum was found in a refugee camp in Syria this week. British TV stations interviewed her. She said she wants to return to London. She gave birth to her third child a few days ago. Her first two babies died from hunger. Shamima married an ISIS fighter several weeks after reaching Syria. She said she enjoyed life in the IS.

International law says the U.K. cannot take away anyone's passport if that person becomes stateless. The U.K. said Begum is a citizen of Bangladesh because her mother was born there. Bangladesh said she is not a Bangladeshi citizen, and there is "no question" of her being allowed into the country. Bangladesh is "deeply concerned" the U.K. has called her Bangladeshi. Begum said she only has "one citizenship". She said: "I wasn't born in Bangladesh, I've never seen Bangladesh...so how can they claim I have Bangladeshi citizenship?" Ms Begum's baby could still be British.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Citizenship - Level 0 Citizenship - Level 1   or  Citizenship - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/8463591/isis-bride-shamima-begum-stripped-british-citizenship/
  • http://www.arabnews.com/node/1455196/world
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-47312207


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. A woman who ran
  2. refugee
  3. British TV
  4. She said she wants to
  5. She gave
  6. two babies died
  7. several weeks
  8. She said she enjoyed
  1. return to London
  2. from hunger
  3. life in the IS
  4. away from the U.K.
  5. stations
  6. after reaching Syria
  7. camp
  8. birth to her third child

Paragraph 2

  1. International
  2. the U.K. cannot take away
  3. that person becomes
  4. her mother was born
  5. there is "no question" of her
  6. Bangladesh is deeply
  7. they claim
  8. Begum's baby could
  1. stateless
  2. concerned
  3. I have
  4. being allowed
  5. still be British
  6. there
  7. law
  8. anyone's passport

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A woman who (1) ___________________ the U.K. to join ISIS has had her British citizenship removed. Shamima Begum, 19, left London (2) ___________________ 15 to live in the Islamic State. The U.K. said that (3) ___________________ ISIS could not have a British passport. Ms Begum was found in (4) ___________________ in Syria this week. British TV stations interviewed her. She said she wants to return to London. She (5) ___________________ her third child a few days ago. Her first two babies died from hunger. Shamima married an ISIS fighter (6) ___________________ reaching Syria. She said she enjoyed life in the IS.

International law says the U.K. (7) ___________________ anyone's passport if that person becomes stateless. The U.K. said Begum is (8) ___________________ Bangladesh because her mother was born there. Bangladesh said (9) ___________________ a Bangladeshi citizen, and there is "no question" (10) ___________________ allowed into the country. Bangladesh is "deeply concerned" the U.K. has called her Bangladeshi. Begum (11) ___________________ has "one citizenship". She said: "I wasn't born in Bangladesh, I've never seen Bangladesh...so how (12) ___________________ I have Bangladeshi citizenship?" Ms Begum's baby could still be British.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AwomanwhoranawayfromtheU.K.tojoinISIShashadherBritishcitize
nshipremoved.ShamimaBegum,19,leftLondonwhenshewas15tolive
intheIslamicState.TheU.K.saidthatanyonewhojoinedISIScouldnoth
aveaBritishpassport.MsBegumwasfoundinarefugeecampinSyriathis
week.BritishTVstationsinterviewedher.Shesaidshewantstoreturnto
London.Shegavebirthtoherthirdchildafewdaysago.Herfirsttwobabie
sdiedfromhunger.ShamimamarriedanISISfighterseveralweeksafter
reachingSyria.ShesaidsheenjoyedlifeintheIS.Internationallawsayst
heU.K.cannottakeawayanyone'spassportifthatpersonbecomesstate
less.TheU.K.saidBegumisacitizenofBangladeshbecausehermotherw
asbornthere.BangladeshsaidsheisnotaBangladeshicitizen,andthere
is"noquestion"ofherbeingallowedintothecountry.Bangladeshis"dee
plyconcerned"theU.K.hascalledherBangladeshi.Begumsaidsheonly
has"onecitizenship".Shesaid:"Iwasn'tborninBangladesh,I'venevers
eenBangladesh...sohowcantheyclaimIhaveBangladeshicitizenship?
"MsBegum'sbabycouldstillbeBritish.

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

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Free writing

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