The Reading / Listening - Kashmir - Level 1

There are tensions between India and Pakistan. The two countries could be heading for war. Pakistan shot down two Indian fighter jets on Wednesday and captured an Indian fighter pilot. This happened after Indian jets bombed Pakistani territory. India said it was bombing a terrorist base linked to a suicide car bombing that killed at least 40 Indian police officers in Kashmir. It is the first time Indian jets hit Pakistan since a 1971 war.



Pakistan closed its airspace on Wednesday. Airlines suspended flights to Pakistan and some parts of India. Airlines had to re-route flights to avoid the region. An aviation expert said 800 flights a day use the "critical" India-Pakistan air route. He said: "You can't fly over China, so you have to fly over Pakistan and India....Most of the traffic destined for Bangkok and Singapore will have to fly over Iran and then possibly take a detour."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Kashmir - Level 0 Kashmir - Level 2   or  Kashmir - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/02/india-pakistan-crisis-disrupts-international-flights-190227150404910.html
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2019/02/27/asia/pakistan-india-flight-disruption-intl/index.html
  • https://www.thenational.ae/uae/transport/uae-airlines-suspend-flights-to-pakistan-amid-military-escalation-1.830938


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. tensions between
  2. heading
  3. Pakistan shot down two
  4. captured an Indian
  5. Indian jets bombed Pakistani
  6. India said it was bombing
  7. a suicide car
  8. since a
  1. bombing
  2. Indian fighter jets
  3. territory
  4. for war
  5. a terrorist base
  6. India and Pakistan
  7. 1971 war
  8. fighter pilot

Paragraph 2

  1. Pakistan closed
  2. Airlines suspended
  3. some parts of
  4. re-route flights to
  5. An aviation
  6. Most of the traffic destined
  7. have to fly
  8. take a
  1. India
  2. over Iran
  3. expert
  4. detour
  5. flights to Pakistan
  6. its airspace
  7. avoid the region
  8. for Bangkok

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

There (1) ___________________ India and Pakistan. The two countries could be (2) ___________________. Pakistan shot down two Indian (3) ___________________ Wednesday and captured an Indian fighter pilot. This happened after Indian jets bombed Pakistani territory. India (4) ___________________ bombing a terrorist base linked (5) ___________________ car bombing that killed at least 40 Indian police officers in Kashmir. It is the first time Indian jets hit Pakistan (6) ___________________ war.

Pakistan (7) ___________________ on Wednesday. Airlines suspended flights to Pakistan and (8) ___________________ India. Airlines had to re-route flights (9) ___________________ region. An aviation expert said 800 flights a day (10) ___________________ India-Pakistan air route. He said: "You can't fly over China, so you have (11) ___________________ Pakistan and India....Most of the traffic destined for Bangkok and Singapore will have to fly over Iran and then (12) ___________________ detour."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TherearetensionsbetweenIndiaandPakistan.Thetwocountriescould
beheadingforwar.PakistanshotdowntwoIndianfighterjetsonWednes
dayandcapturedanIndianfighterpilot.ThishappenedafterIndianjetsb
ombedPakistaniterritory.Indiasaiditwasbombingaterroristbaselinke
dtoasuicidecarbombingthatkilledatleast40IndianpoliceofficersinKas
hmir.ItisthefirsttimeIndianjetshitPakistansincea1971war.Pakistanc
loseditsairspaceonWednesday.AirlinessuspendedflightstoPakistana
ndsomepartsofIndia.Airlineshadtore-routeflightstoavoidtheregion.
Anaviationexpertsaid800flightsadayusethe"critical"India-Pakist
anairroute.Hesaid:"Youcan'tflyoverChina,soyouhavetoflyoverPakis
tanandIndia....MostofthetrafficdestinedforBangkokandSingaporewi
llhavetoflyoverIranandthenpossiblytakeadetour."

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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(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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

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Answers

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