The Reading / Listening - Christchurch - Level 1

People are angry because a video of the killings in Christchurch is still on social media. A terrorist shot and killed 50 worshippers at two mosques. He live-streamed the shootings on Facebook. Many people think social media sites did not do enough to stop the video spreading. Social media users asked people to stop sharing it. One said: "That is what the terrorist wanted." Another said sites quickly take down music videos but not terror videos.

Facebook said it quickly removed the video after the police told them about it. Facebook also removed the shooter's Facebook and Instagram accounts. YouTube said it removes videos after people tell them. The UK's Home Secretary said sites must do more to stop the spread of "sick material". He said: "It is wrong and it is illegal." He said social media sites must not "do the terrorists' work for them". He said the terrorist wanted to spread his ideas.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Christchurch - Level 0 Christchurch - Level 2   or  Christchurch - Level 3

Sources
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2019/03/15/tech/new-zealand-shooting-video-facebook-youtube/index.html
  • https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/03/how-new-zealand-christchurch-shooter-hijacked-social-media-hellscape-facebook-youtube
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-47583393


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. People are
  2. still on
  3. worshippers at
  4. He live-
  5. do enough to stop
  6. users asked people
  7. That is what the terrorist
  8. take down music videos but
  1. streamed the shootings
  2. wanted
  3. social media
  4. not terror videos
  5. to stop sharing
  6. two mosques
  7. the video spreading
  8. angry

Paragraph 2

  1. Facebook said it quickly
  2. after the police told
  3. Facebook and Instagram
  4. it removes videos after
  5. stop the spread of sick
  6. It is wrong and
  7. do the terrorists'
  8. the terrorist wanted to
  1. material
  2. work for them
  3. it is illegal
  4. spread his ideas
  5. accounts
  6. removed the video
  7. them about it
  8. people tell them

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

People are angry (1) ___________________ of the killings in Christchurch (2) ___________________ social media. A terrorist shot and killed 50 worshippers (3) ___________________. He live-streamed the shootings on Facebook. Many people think social media sites did (4) ___________________ to stop the video spreading. Social media users asked people (5) ___________________ it. One said: "That is what the terrorist wanted." Another said sites (6) ___________________ music videos but not terror videos.

Facebook said (7) ___________________ the video after the police told (8) ___________________. Facebook also removed the shooter's Facebook and Instagram accounts. YouTube said it removes videos (9) ___________________ them. The UK's Home Secretary said sites must do more to (10) ___________________ of "sick material". He said: "It (11) ___________________ it is illegal." He said social media sites must not "do the terrorists' work for them". He said the terrorist (12) ___________________ his ideas.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

PeopleareangrybecauseavideoofthekillingsinChristchurchisstillonso
cialmedia.Aterroristshotandkilled50worshippersattwomosques.Heli
ve-streamedtheshootingsonFacebook.Manypeoplethinksocialmedi
asitesdidnotdoenoughtostopthevideospreading.Socialmediausersa
skedpeopletostopsharingit.Onesaid:"Thatiswhattheterroristwanted
."Anothersaidsitesquicklytakedownmusicvideosbutnotterrorvideos.
Facebooksaiditquicklyremovedthevideoafterthepolicetoldthemabo
utit.Facebookalsoremovedtheshooter'sFacebookandInstagramacco
unts.YouTubesaiditremovesvideosafterpeopletellthem.TheUK'sHo
meSecretarysaidsitesmustdomoretostopthespreadof"sickmaterial"
.Hesaid:"Itiswronganditisillegal."Hesaidsocialmediasitesmustnot"d
otheterrorists'workforthem".Hesaidtheterroristwantedtospreadhisi
deas.

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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