The Reading / Listening - Hong Kong Protests - Level 5

Hong Kong's leader has voiced concerns about the ongoing protests taking place in the city. She said the public disorder is disrupting life and is pushing the city to "the verge of an extremely dangerous situation". Hong Kong was hit with more street demonstrations for the ninth weekend in a row. Protestors fought with police and there was a citywide strike. This caused a lot of disruption to roads and transport. Traffic was brought to a standstill on Monday as streets were blocked. Demonstrators made sure trains could not move by keeping their doors open. This angered many passengers.



The protests began in March against a proposed bill to allow the extradition of people to stand trial in mainland China. In July, protesters stormed the Hong Kong legislature building. They broke glass walls, metal doors and caused damage by spray-painting slogans and defacing flags and paintings. A government spokesperson condemned the latest demonstrators. He said: "Their conduct has blatantly offended the...national dignity, wantonly 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 4 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 has voiced
  2. the ongoing protests
  3. public disorder is
  4. pushing the city
  5. an extremely
  6. for the ninth weekend
  7. This caused a lot of disruption
  8. This angered
  1. disrupting life
  2. to roads
  3. many passengers
  4. dangerous situation
  5. in a row
  6. concerns
  7. to the verge
  8. taking place

Paragraph 2

  1. allow the extradition of people
  2. protesters stormed the Hong Kong
  3. spray-
  4. defacing flags
  5. A government
  6. blatantly offended
  7. the...'one country, two systems'
  8. hurt the feelings of the
  1. the national dignity
  2. entire Chinese people
  3. and paintings
  4. to stand trial
  5. principle
  6. legislature
  7. spokesperson
  8. painting slogans

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Hong Kong's leader (1) ___________________ about the ongoing protests taking place in the city. She said the public disorder (2) ___________________ and is pushing the city to "(3) ___________________ an extremely dangerous situation". Hong Kong was hit with more street demonstrations for the ninth weekend (4) ___________________. Protestors fought with police and there was a citywide strike. This caused a lot of disruption to roads and transport. Traffic was brought (5) ___________________ on Monday as streets were blocked. Demonstrators made sure trains could not (6) ___________________ their doors open. This angered many passengers.

The protests began in March against a (7) ___________________ allow the extradition of people to (8) ___________________ mainland China. In July, protesters stormed the Hong Kong legislature building. They broke glass walls, metal doors and (9) ___________________ spray-painting slogans and defacing flags and paintings. A government spokesperson condemned the latest demonstrators. He said: "Their (10) ___________________ offended (11) ___________________, wantonly trampled on the...'one country, two systems' principle, and greatly (12) ___________________ of the entire Chinese people."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

HongKong'sleaderhasvoicedconcernsabouttheongoingproteststaki
ngplaceinthecity.Shesaidthepublicdisorderisdisruptinglifeandispus
hingthecityto"thevergeofanextremelydangeroussituation".HongKo
ngwashitwithmorestreetdemonstrationsfortheninthweekendinarow
.Protestorsfoughtwithpoliceandtherewasacitywidestrike.Thiscause
dalotofdisruptiontoroadsandtransport.Trafficwasbroughttoastandst
illonMondayasstreetswereblocked.Demonstratorsmadesuretrainsc
ouldnotmovebykeepingtheirdoorsopen.Thisangeredmanypassenge
rs.TheprotestsbeganinMarchagainstaproposedbilltoallowtheextradi
tionofpeopletostandtrialinmainlandChina.InJuly,protestersstormed
theHongKonglegislaturebuilding.Theybrokeglasswalls,metaldoorsa
ndcauseddamagebyspray-paintingslogansanddefacingflagsandpa
intings.Agovernmentspokespersoncondemnedthelatestdemonstrat
ors.Hesaid:"Theirconducthasblatantlyoffendedthe...nationaldignity
,wantonlytrampledonthe...'onecountry,twosystems'principle,andgr
eatlyhurtthefeelingsoftheentireChinesepeople."

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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