The Reading / Listening - Hong Kong Protests - Level 4

Hong Kong's leader is worried about the protests taking place in the city. She said they are affecting daily life. She said the city is on "the verge of an extremely dangerous situation". Hong Kong had protests for the ninth weekend in a row. Protestors fought with police. A citywide strike disrupted transport. Traffic was brought to a standstill as streets were blocked. Protestors made sure trains could not move by keeping their doors open, angering passengers.



A proposed bill to extradite people to stand trial in mainland China started the protests. In July, protesters broke into the legislature building. They broke glass walls, metal doors and damaged flags and paintings with spray cans. A government spokesperson said the conduct of the protestors, "has blatantly offended the...national dignity [and] trampled on the...'one country, two systems' principle, and greatly hurt the feelings of the entire Chinese people."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Hong Kong Protests - Level 5 or  Hong Kong Protests - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.reuters.com/article/us-hongkong-protests-lam/hong-kong-leader-says-protests-are-challenging-chinas-sovereignty-idUSKCN1UV04W
  • http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-08/04/c_138283162.htm
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-49231143


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. Hong Kong's leader is worried
  2. on the verge of an extremely
  3. A citywide strike
  4. Traffic was brought
  5. streets were
  6. Protestors made sure trains
  7. keeping their doors
  8. angering
  1. open
  2. to a standstill
  3. about the protests
  4. passengers
  5. could not move
  6. dangerous situation
  7. blocked
  8. disrupted transport

Paragraph 2

  1. extradite people to stand trial
  2. protesters broke into the
  3. damaged flags
  4. spray
  5. the conduct
  6. blatantly offended the national
  7. the 'one country, two systems'
  8. hurt the feelings of the entire
  1. principle
  2. cans
  3. Chinese people
  4. legislature building
  5. dignity
  6. in mainland China
  7. of the protestors
  8. and paintings

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Hong Kong's leader is worried about (1) ___________________ place in the city. She said they are (2) ___________________. She said the city is on "the verge of an extremely dangerous situation". Hong Kong (3) ___________________ the ninth weekend in a row. Protestors fought with police. A citywide (4) ___________________. Traffic was brought to a standstill as (5) ___________________. Protestors made sure trains could not (6) ___________________ their doors open, angering passengers.

A proposed (7) ___________________ people to stand trial in mainland China started the protests. In July, protesters (8) ___________________ legislature building. They broke glass walls, metal doors and damaged flags and paintings (9) ___________________. A government spokesperson said the conduct of the protestors, "has (10) ___________________...national dignity [and] trampled on the...'one country, (11) ___________________, and greatly hurt the feelings (12) ___________________ Chinese people."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

HongKong'sleaderisworriedabouttheproteststakingplaceinthecity.S
hesaidtheyareaffectingdailylife.Shesaidthecityison"thevergeofanex
tremelydangeroussituation".HongKonghadprotestsfortheninthwee
kendinarow.Protestorsfoughtwithpolice.Acitywidestrikedisruptedtr
ansport.Trafficwasbroughttoastandstillasstreetswereblocked.Prote
storsmadesuretrainscouldnotmovebykeepingtheirdoorsopen,anger
ingpassengers.Aproposedbilltoextraditepeopletostandtrialinmainla
ndChinastartedtheprotests.InJuly,protestersbrokeintothelegislatur
ebuilding.Theybrokeglasswalls,metaldoorsanddamagedflagsandpa
intingswithspraycans.Agovernmentspokespersonsaidtheconductoft
heprotestors,"hasblatantlyoffendedthe...nationaldignity[and]tram
pledonthe...'onecountry,twosystems'principle,andgreatlyhurtthefe
elingsoftheentireChinesepeople."

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)

(i) ________________

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(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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