The Reading / Listening - Sri Lanka Blasts - Level 2

At least 207 people died in explosions in Sri Lanka. Suicide bombers were responsible for the bombings. The blasts were in churches and hotels across the country. Bombers attacked three churches where people were attending religious services for Easter, one of the biggest events in the Christian calendar. Three luxury hotels were also hit. Sri Lanka has imposed a curfew on the country. People must be alert and report anything suspicious. The government has blocked social media sites to stop the spread of misinformation. Police have arrested seven suspects.

World leaders condemned the attacks. Pope Francis said: "I pray for the injured and all those who are suffering [in] this dramatic event." The Catholic Church in Sri Lanka said: "It's a very difficult and a very sad situation for all of us. We never expected such a thing to happen...on Easter Sunday." Donald Trump tweeted: "The U.S. offers heartfelt condolences to the great people of Sri Lanka. We [are] ready to help." Turkey called the blasts "an assault on all of humanity". Sri Lanka's president is worried that the violence could create instability in his country.

Note: At the time of uploading, the death toll was 310.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Sri Lanka Blasts - Level 0 Sri Lanka Blasts - Level 1   or  Sri Lanka Blasts - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48001720
  • https://www.cbsnews.com/live-news/sri-lanka-bombings-explosions-easter-sunday-colombo-churches-hotels-2019-04-21-live-updates/
  • https://www.dw.com/en/easter-sunday-blasts-belie-sri-lankas-calm-facade/a-48422430


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. suicide
  2. The blasts
  3. attending religious
  4. Sri Lanka has imposed
  5. report anything
  6. blocked social
  7. stop the spread
  8. Police have arrested
  1. seven suspects
  2. suspicious
  3. were in churches
  4. services
  5. of misinformation
  6. a curfew
  7. media sites
  8. bombers

Paragraph 2

  1. World leaders condemned
  2. I pray
  3. all those who are
  4. a very difficult and a very sad
  5. We never expected such a
  6. The U.S. offers heartfelt
  7. an assault on all
  8. create instability
  1. of humanity
  2. the attacks
  3. in his country
  4. thing to happen
  5. suffering
  6. for the injured
  7. condolences
  8. situation

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

At least 207 people (1) ___________________ in Sri Lanka. Suicide bombers were responsible (2) ___________________. The blasts were in churches and hotels across the country. Bombers attacked three churches where people (3) ___________________ services for Easter, one of the biggest events in the Christian calendar. Three (4) ___________________ also hit. Sri Lanka has imposed a curfew on the country. People must be (5) ___________________ anything suspicious. The government has blocked social media sites to stop (6) ___________________ misinformation. Police have arrested seven suspects.

World leaders condemned the attacks. Pope Francis said: "I (7) ___________________ injured and all those who are suffering [in] (8) ___________________." The Catholic Church in Sri Lanka said: "It's a very difficult and a very sad situation (9) ___________________ us. We never expected such a thing to happen...on Easter Sunday." Donald Trump tweeted: "The U.S. offers heartfelt condolences (10) ___________________ people of Sri Lanka. We [are] ready to help." Turkey called the blasts "an assault on (11) ___________________". Sri Lanka's president is worried that the violence could create (12) ___________________ country.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Atleast207peoplediedinexplosionsinSriLanka.Suicidebomberswere
responsibleforthebombings.Theblastswereinchurchesandhotelsacr
ossthecountry.Bombersattackedthreechurcheswherepeoplewereat
tendingreligiousservicesforEaster,oneofthebiggesteventsintheChri
stiancalendar.Threeluxuryhotelswerealsohit.SriLankahasimposeda
curfewonthecountry.Peoplemustbealertandreportanythingsuspicio
us.Thegovernmenthasblockedsocialmediasitestostopthespreadofm
isinformation.Policehavearrestedsevensuspects.Worldleaderscond
emnedtheattacks.PopeFrancissaid:"Iprayfortheinjuredandallthose
whoaresuffering[in]thisdramaticevent."TheCatholicChurchinSriLan
kasaid:"It'saverydifficultandaverysadsituationforallofus.Wenevere
xpectedsuchathingtohappen...onEasterSunday."DonaldTrumptwee
ted:"TheU.S.offersheartfeltcondolencestothegreatpeopleofSriLank
a.We[are]readytohelp."Turkeycalledtheblasts"anassaultonallofhu
manity".SriLanka'spresidentisworriedthattheviolencecouldcreatein
stabilityinhiscountry.

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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