The Reading / Listening - Citizenship - Level 3

A 19-year-old woman who ran away from the U.K. to join ISIS has been stripped of her British citizenship. Shamima Begum left London in 2015 when she was 15 to live in the Islamic State. The U.K. said that anyone who joined ISIS was a terrorist and had no right to a British passport. Ms Begum was found in a refugee camp in Syria earlier this week. British newspapers and TV stations interviewed her. She spoke of her desire to return to her home in London. She gave birth to her third child days after the interviews. Her first two babies died from malnutrition. Shamima got married to an ISIS fighter several weeks after reaching Syria. She said she enjoyed life in the IS as a housewife.

Under international law, the U.K. cannot take away anyone's passport if that person becomes stateless. The U.K. said Ms Begum is a citizen of Bangladesh because her mother was born there. However, Bangladesh's ministry of foreign affairs said Ms Begum is not a Bangladeshi citizen. It said there is "no question" of her being allowed into the country. Bangladesh is "deeply concerned" that the U.K. has called her a Bangladeshi national. Ms 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?" The U.K. said Ms Begum's baby could still be British.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Citizenship - Level 0 Citizenship - Level 1   or  Citizenship - Level 2

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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Warm-ups

1. ISIS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about ISIS. 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?
       ran away / ISIS / British / citizenship / terrorist / passport / refugee / desire / fighter /
       international law / citizen / foreign affairs / concerned / national / Bangladesh / baby
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. THE UK: Students A strongly believe Shamima Begum should be allowed back to the UK; Students B strongly believe the opposite.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. CITIZENSHIP: What duties do citizens have regarding these things? How good a citizen are you? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Duties

What you do

Family

 

 

Military

 

 

Religion

 

 

Work

 

 

Old people

 

 

Environment

 

 

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5. BRITISH: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "British". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. NOT A CITIZEN: Rank these with your partner. Put the things you would most if you could not live in you country at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • friends
  • language
  • shopping
  • entertainment
  • food
  • your house
  • TV
  • weather

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. stripped a. A strong feeling of wanting to have something or wishing for something to happen.
      2. terrorist b. A person who uses violence against civilians for political or religious reasons.
      3. right c. A person who has to leave their country to escape war, danger, or natural disaster.
      4. refugee d. Totally removed something.
      5. camp e. Do not have enough food so they become ill or are in danger of dying.
      6. desire f. Something basic we should all have to live normally because we are human.
      7. malnutrition g. A place with temporary huts, tents, or other places to stay, used by soldiers, refugees, prisoners, or travelers.

    Paragraph 2

      8. stateless h. Gave someone permission to do something.
      9. citizen i. A government department.
      10. ministry j. Worried.
      11. allowed k. Not thought of as a citizen of any country.
      12. deeply l. A person from a country that has a passport from that country.
      13. concerned m. Say that something is true, usually without giving evidence or proof.
      14. claim n. Very, very, very.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The woman who left the UK is now 19 years old.   T / F
  2. The woman left the UK when she was 15 to join ISIS.   T / F
  3. The woman wants to return to her home in London.   T / F
  4. Shamima said she didn't enjoy her life in the Islamic State.   T / F
  5. International law allows people to be made stateless.   T / F
  6. Shamima's mother was born in Bangladesh.   T / F
  7. Bangladesh has welcomed Shamima to live there.   T / F
  8. Shamima has only been to Bangladesh two times.   T / F

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

  1. stripped
  2. joined
  3. desire
  4. malnutrition
  5. several
  6. take away
  7. citizen
  8. allowed
  9. concerned
  10. claim
  1. state
  2. a number of
  3. deprived
  4. national
  5. wish
  6. let
  7. worried
  8. teamed up with
  9. confiscate
  10. hunger

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

  1. had no right to
  2. She spoke of her desire
  3. Her first two babies died from
  4. several weeks
  5. she enjoyed life in the IS
  6. Under international
  7. Bangladesh's ministry
  8. there is "no question" of
  9. deeply
  10. they claim I have Bangladeshi
  1. as a housewife
  2. of foreign affairs
  3. citizenship
  4. a British passport
  5. concerned
  6. malnutrition
  7. her being allowed
  8. after reaching Syria
  9. law
  10. to return to her home

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
refugee
malnutrition
desire
housewife
stripped
several
anyone
birth

A 19-year-old woman who ran away from the U.K. to join ISIS has been (1) ____________ of her British citizenship. Shamima Begum left London in 2015 when she was 15 to live in the Islamic State. The U.K. said that (2) ____________ who joined ISIS was a terrorist and had no right to a British passport. Ms Begum was found in a (3) ____________ camp in Syria earlier this week. British newspapers and TV stations interviewed her. She spoke of her (4) ____________ to return to her home in London. She gave (5) ____________ to her third child days after her the interviews. Her first two babies died from (6) ____________. Shamima got married to an ISIS fighter (7) ____________ weeks after reaching Syria. She said she enjoyed life in the IS as a (8) ____________.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
ministry
concerned
stateless
still
law
claim
allowed
born

Under international (9) ____________, the U.K. cannot take away anyone's passport if that person becomes (10) ____________. The U.K. said Ms Begum is a citizen of Bangladesh because her mother was born there. However, Bangladesh's (11) ____________ of foreign affairs said Ms Begum is not a Bangladeshi citizen. It said there is "no question" of her being (12) ____________ into the country. Bangladesh is "deeply (13) ____________ " that the U.K. has called her a Bangladeshi national. Ms Begum said she only has "one citizenship". She said: "I wasn't (14) ____________ in Bangladesh, I've never seen Bangladesh...so how can they (15) ____________ I have Bangladeshi citizenship?" The U.K. said Ms Begum's baby could (16) ____________ be British.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  The U.K. said that anyone who joined ISIS ______
   a.  was a terrorism
   b.  was the terror list
   c.  was a terrorist
   d.  was a terror list
2)  Ms Begum was found in a ______ Syria
   a.  refugee camping
   b.  refugee cam pin
   c.  refuge e-camp in
   d.  refugee camp in
3)  She gave birth to her third child days after ______
   a. the interviewees
   b. the interviews
   c. the interviewers
   d. the inter views
4)  Shamima got married to an ISIS fighter ______
   a.  several weeks
   b.  sever all weeks
   c.  severe all weeks
   d.  several week
5)  She said she enjoyed life in the IS ______
   a.  was a housewife
   b.  has a housewife
   c.  as a housewife
   d.  is a housewife

6)  the U.K. cannot take away anyone's passport if that person ______
   a.  becomes stateless
   b.  become states less
   c.  becomes stated less
   d.  become stateless
7)  a citizen of Bangladesh because her mother was ______
   a.  borne there
   b.  burn there
   c.  barn there
   d.  born there
8)  ministry of foreign affairs said Ms Begum is not a ______
   a.  Bangladeshi citizenry
   b.  Bangladeshi citizens
   c.  Bangladeshi citizenship
   d.  Bangladeshi citizen
9)  the U.K. has called her a Bangladeshi ______
   a.  national
   b.  nationals
   c.  nationally
   d.  nation all
10)  The U.K. said Ms Begum's baby ______ British
   a.  could distil be
   b.  could stills be
   c.  could still be
   d.  could stilled be

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A 19-year-old woman (1) ___________________ from the U.K. to join ISIS has been stripped of her British citizenship. Shamima Begum left London in 2015 when she was 15 (2) ___________________ the Islamic State. The U.K. said that anyone who joined ISIS was a terrorist and (3) ___________________ to a British passport. Ms Begum was found in a refugee camp in Syria earlier this week. British newspapers and TV stations interviewed her. She (4) ___________________ desire to return to her home in London. She gave birth to her third (5) ___________________ her the interviews. Her first two babies died from malnutrition. Shamima got married to an ISIS fighter (6) ___________________ reaching Syria. She said she enjoyed life in the IS as a housewife.

Under international law, the U.K. (7) ___________________ anyone's passport if that person becomes stateless. The U.K. said Ms Begum is a citizen of Bangladesh because her mother (8) ___________________. However, Bangladesh's ministry of foreign affairs said Ms Begum is not a Bangladeshi citizen. It said there (9) ___________________ of her being allowed into the country. Bangladesh is "deeply concerned" that the U.K. has (10) ___________________ Bangladeshi national. Ms Begum said she only has "one citizenship". She said: "I wasn't born in Bangladesh, I've never seen Bangladesh...so how (11) ___________________ I have Bangladeshi citizenship?" The U.K. said Ms Begum's baby (12) ___________________ British.

Comprehension questions

  1. How old is the woman who ran away to join ISIS?
  2. How old was she when she ran away?
  3. Where was Shamima Begum found?
  4. What happened to Shamima Begum days after some media interviews?
  5. What did Shamima Begum say she enjoyed in the IS?
  6. What can Britain not take away under international law?
  7. Where was Shamima Begum's mother born?
  8. How does Bangladesh feel?
  9. How many times has Shamima Begum been to Bangladesh?
  10. What did the U.K. say about Shamima Begum's baby?

Multiple choice quiz

1) How old is the woman who ran away to join ISIS?
a) 17
b) 16
c) 19
d) 14
2) How old was she when she ran away?
a) 15
b) 14
c) 13
d) 12
3) Where was Shamima Begum found?
a) on a battlefield
b) in a refugee camp in Syria
c) on a mountain in Iraq
d) in an army camp
4) What happened to Shamima Begum days after some media interviews?
a) she broke her leg
b) she got a new passport
c) she fainted
d) she gave birth
5) What did Shamima Begum say she enjoyed in the IS?
a) everything
b) the food
c) life as a housewife
d) living a normal life

6) What can Britain not take away under international law?
a) smart phones
b) passports
c) fingerprints
d) evidence
7) Where was Shamima Begum's mother born?
a) New York
b) Syria
c) London
d) Bangladesh
8) How does Bangladesh feel?
a) angry
b) deeply concerned
c) confused
d) pleased
9) How many times has Shamima Begum been to Bangladesh?
a) one
b) none
c) seven
d) three
10) What did the U.K. say about Shamima Begum's baby?
a) he could be British
b) nothing
c) he should stay in Iraq
d) he should go to Bangladesh

Role play

Role  A – Food
You think food is the biggest thing people would miss about not living in their country. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which of these you would miss least (and why): TV, weather or shopping.

Role  B – TV
You think TV is the biggest thing people would miss about not living in their country. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which of these you would miss least (and why): food, weather or shopping.

Role  C – Weather
You think weather is the biggest thing people would miss about not living in their country. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which of these you would miss least (and why): TV, food or shopping.

Role  D – Shopping
You think shopping is the biggest thing people would miss about not living in their country. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which of these you would miss least (and why): TV, weather or food.

After reading / listening

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

'citizen'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'passport'.

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • • 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:

    • take
    • born
    • question
    • deeply
    • never
    • still
    • ran
    • 15
    • right
    • TV
    • gave
    • enjoyed

    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 - ISIS bride stripped of her British citizenship

    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 'citizen'?
    3. What do you know about this story?
    4. What should happen to people who joined ISIS?
    5. Why do you think Shamima left London to join ISIS?
    6. If she was brainwashed, should we feel sorry for her?
    7. Is Britain right to take away Shamima's citizenship?
    8. Would you want Shamima to live next to you?
    9. Do you have sympathy for Shamima?
    10. What advice do you have for Shamima?

    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 'passport'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Has Britain's decision changed your view of Britain?
    5. Should Britain show its tolerance?
    6. Is Bangladesh right to refuse Shamima citizenship?
    7. What will happen to ISIS?
    8. Should Shamima be punished?
    9. What should happen to Shamima's baby?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Shamima Begum?

    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)

    A 19-year-old woman who ran (1) ____ from the U.K. to join ISIS has been stripped of her British citizenship. Shamima Begum left London in 2015 when she was 15 to live in the Islamic State. The U.K. said that (2) ____ who joined ISIS was a terrorist and had no (3) ____ to a British passport. Ms Begum was found in a refugee (4) ____ in Syria earlier this week. British newspapers and TV stations interviewed her. She spoke of her desire to return to her home in London. She (5) ____ birth to her third child days after the interviews. Her first two babies died from malnutrition. Shamima got married to an ISIS fighter several weeks after reaching Syria. She said she enjoyed life in the IS (6) ____ a housewife.

    Under international law, the U.K. cannot take away anyone's passport if that person becomes (7) ____. The U.K. said Ms Begum is a citizen of Bangladesh because her mother was born (8) ____. However, Bangladesh's ministry of foreign affairs said Ms Begum is not a Bangladeshi citizen. It said there is "(9) ____ question" of her being allowed into the country. Bangladesh is "(10) ____ concerned" that the U.K. has called her a Bangladeshi national. Ms Begum said she only has "one citizenship". She said: "I wasn't born in Bangladesh, I've never seen Bangladesh...so how can they (11) ____ I have Bangladeshi citizenship?" The U.K. said Ms Begum's baby could (12) ____ be British.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     after     (b)     around     (c)     about     (d)     away    
    2. (a)     we     (b)     every     (c)     one     (d)     anyone    
    3. (a)     wrong     (b)     right     (c)     middle     (d)     center    
    4. (a)     damp     (b)     lamp     (c)     camp     (d)     ramp    
    5. (a)     did     (b)     took     (c)     gave     (d)     had    
    6. (a)     is     (b)     has     (c)     was     (d)     as    
    7. (a)     homeless     (b)     stateless     (c)     penniless     (d)     hopeless    
    8. (a)     there     (b)     place     (c)     country     (d)     here    
    9. (a)     non     (b)     no     (c)     not     (d)     never    
    10. (a)     depth     (b)     depend     (c)     deeply     (d)     deepen    
    11. (a)     clam     (b)     calm     (c)     claim     (d)     clumsy    
    12. (a)     quiet     (b)     rest     (c)     calm     (d)     still

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. a trirorste and had no right
    2. found in a efereug camp
    3. newspapers and TV stsianto
    4. days after her the wivetnsier
    5. died from uimloarnitnt
    6. life in the IS as a hsfewueoi

    Paragraph 2

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    2. take away anyone's pstspaor
    3. a einiczt of Bangladesh
    4. Bangladesh's ministry of fegoinr affairs
    5. Bangladesh is deeply nedcnreco
    6. they imlac I have Bangladeshi citizenship

    Put the text back together

    (...)  her. She spoke of her desire to return to her home in London. She gave birth to her third
    (...)  in a refugee camp in Syria earlier this week. British newspapers and TV stations interviewed
    (...)  Under international law, the U.K. cannot take away anyone's passport if that person becomes
    (...)  said: "I wasn't born in Bangladesh, I've never seen Bangladesh...so how can they claim I
    (...)  child days after her the interviews. Her first two babies died from malnutrition. Shamima got
    1  ) A 19-year-old woman who ran away from the U.K. to join ISIS has been stripped of her British
    (...)  stateless. The U.K. said Ms Begum is a citizen of Bangladesh because her mother was born
    (...)  anyone who joined ISIS was a terrorist and had no right to a British passport. Ms Begum was found
    (...)  married to an ISIS fighter several weeks after reaching Syria. She said she enjoyed life in the IS as a housewife.
    (...)  her a Bangladeshi national. Ms Begum said she only has "one citizenship". She
    (...)  citizenship. Shamima Begum left London in 2015 when she was 15 to live in the Islamic State. The U.K. said that
    (...)  there. However, Bangladesh's ministry of foreign affairs said Ms Begum is not a Bangladeshi citizen. It said there is "no
    (...)  have Bangladeshi citizenship?" The U.K. said Ms Begum's baby could still be British.
    (...)  question" of her being allowed into the country. Bangladesh is "deeply concerned" that the U.K. has called

    Put the words in the right order

    1. U.K.   ran   who   away   from   A   the   19-year-old
    2. return   Her   home.   to   desire   her   to
    3. gave   her   child   She   third   to   birth   after.
    4. from   first   two   Her   died   malnutrition.   babies
    5. life   She   as   in   a   IS   housewife.   enjoyed
    6. anyone's   The   take   cannot   U.K.   away   passport.
    7. allowed.   her   is   being   question"   There   "no   of
    8. national.   U.K.         Bangladeshi   called   Concerned   her   a   the
    9. said   only   Begum   has   citizenship.   Ms   one   she
    10. could   Begum's   still   baby   Ms   be   British.

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    A 19-year-old woman who ran around / away from the U.K. to join ISIS has been stripped of / off her British citizenship. Shamima Begum left London in 2015 when she was 15 to live on / in the Islamic State. The U.K. said that anyone who joining / joined ISIS was a terrorist and had no right to a British passport. Ms Begum was found in a refugee camping / camp in Syria earlier this week. British newspapers and TV offices / stations interviewed her. She spoke of her reside / desire to return to her home in London. She gave birth to her third child / children days after her the interviews. Her first two babies died / death from malnutrition. Shamima got marriage / married to an ISIS fighter several weeks after reaching Syria. She said she enjoyed life in the IS as / was a housewife.

    Under / Over international law, the U.K. cannot take away anyone's passport if that person becomes stated / stateless. The U.K. said Ms Begum is a citizen off / of Bangladesh because her mother was born here / there. However, Bangladesh's ministry of foreign / foreigner affairs said Ms Begum is not a Bangladeshi citizen. It said there is "no question / answer" of her being / been allowed into the country. Bangladesh is "deeply concerned" that the U.K. has called her a Bangladeshi people / national. Ms Begum said she only has "one citizenship". She said: "I wasn't born in Bangladesh, I've never been / seen Bangladesh...so how can they claim I have Bangladeshi citizenship?" The U.K. said Ms Begum's baby could still / calm be British.

    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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    U n d_r _n t_r n_t__ n_l l_w , t h_ U . K . c_n n_t t_k_ _w_y _n y_n_' s p_s s p_r t _f t h_t p_r s_n b_c_m_s s t_t_l_s s . T h_ U . K . s__ d M s B_g_m _s _ c_t_z_n _f B_n g l_d_s h b_c__ s_ h_r m_t h_r w_s b_r n t h_r_. H_w_v_r , B_n g l_d_s h ' s m_n_s t r y _f f_r__ g n _f f__ r s s__ d M s B_g_m _s n_t _ B_n g l_d_s h_ c_t_z_n . I t s__ d t h_r_ _s " n_ q__ s t__ n " _f h_r b__ n g _l l_w_d _n t_ t h_ c__ n t r y . B_n g l_d_s h _s " d__ p l y c_n c_r n_d " t h_t t h_ U . K . h_s c_l l_d h_r _ B_n g l_d_s h_ n_t__ n_l . M s B_g_m s__ d s h_ _n l y h_s "_n_ c_t_z_n s h_p " . S h_ s__ d : " I w_s n ' t b_r n _n B_n g l_d_s h , I ' v_ n_v_r s__ n B_n g l_d_s h . . . s_ h_w c_n t h_y c l__ m I h_v_ B_n g l_d_s h_ c_t_z_n s h_p ? " T h_ U . K . s__ d M s B_g_m ' s b_b y c__ l d s t_l l b_ B r_t_s h .

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    a 19yearold woman who ran away from the uk to join isis has been stripped of her british citizenship shamima begum left london in 2015 when she was 15 to live in the islamic state the uk said that anyone who joined isis was a terrorist and had no right to a british passport ms begum was found in a refugee camp in syria earlier this week british newspapers and tv stations interviewed her she spoke of her desire to return to her home in london she gave birth to her third child days after her the interviews her first two babies died from malnutrition shamima got married to an isis fighter several weeks after reaching syria she said she enjoyed life in the is as a housewife

    under international law the uk cannot take away anyones passport if that person becomes stateless the uk said ms begum is a citizen of bangladesh because her mother was born there however bangladeshs ministry of foreign affairs said ms begum is not a bangladeshi citizen it said there is no question of her being allowed into the country bangladesh is deeply concerned that the uk has called her a bangladeshi national ms begum said she only has one citizenship she said i wasnt born in bangladesh ive never seen bangladeshso how can they claim i have bangladeshi citizenship the uk said ms begums baby could still be british

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    A19-year-oldwomanwhoranawayfromtheU.K.tojoinISIShasbeenst
    rippedofherBritishcitizenship.ShamimaBegumleftLondonin2015wh
    enshewas15toliveintheIslamicState.TheU.K.saidthatanyonewhojoi
    nedISISwasaterroristandhadnorighttoaBritishpassport.MsBegumw
    asfoundinarefugeecampinSyriaearlierthisweek.Britishnewspapersa
    ndTVstationsinterviewedher.Shespokeofherdesiretoreturntoherho
    meinLondon.Shegavebirthtoherthirdchilddaysaftertheinterview
    s.Herfirsttwobabiesdiedfrommalnutrition.Shamimagotmarriedtoan
    ISISfighterseveralweeksafterreachingSyria.Shesaidsheenjoyedlifei
    ntheISasahousewife.Underinternationallaw,theU.K.cannottakeawa
    yanyone'spassportifthatpersonbecomesstateless.TheU.K.saidMsBe
    gumisacitizenofBangladeshbecausehermotherwasbornthere.Howe
    ver,Bangladesh'sministryofforeignaffairssaidMsBegumisnotaBangl
    adeshicitizen.Itsaidthereis"noquestion"ofherbeingallowedintotheco
    untry.Bangladeshis"deeplyconcerned"thattheU.K.hascalledheraBa
    ngladeshinational.MsBegumsaidsheonlyhas"onecitizenship".Shesai
    d:"Iwasn'tborninBangladesh,I'veneverseenBangladesh...sohowca
    ntheyclaimIhaveBangladeshicitizenship?"TheU.K.saidMsBegum'sb
    abycouldstillbeBritish.

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    Someone who joins ISIS should lose their citizenship. 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. CITIZENSHIP: Make a poster about citizenship. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. ISIS: Write a magazine article about people being stripped of their citizenship if the join ISIS. 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 citizenship. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your opinions on citizenship. 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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