The Reading / Listening - Belly Dancing - Level 1

A belly dancer has been put in prison. A court in Egypt sentenced Sama el-Masry to three years, and fined her $18,500. The police arrested her and charged her with "immorality". She posted videos on the website TikTok doing different belly dances. Egypt is cracking down on social media posts. Police said Ms El-Masry put "immoral" videos on social media. They said she was guilty of damaging Egypt's morals because the videos were of a sexual nature.



Sama el-Masry is 42 years old. She is a belly dancer and actress. She starred in a movie about the unfair treatment of female workers. It got lots of people talking about women in the workplace. She also got attacked in the past for posting videos about her political views. A lawyer defending Ms El-Masry said: "Our conservative society is struggling with technological changes which have created a completely different environment."

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Sources
  • https://www.arabnews.com/node/1696436/middle-east
  • https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/89022/Sama-el-Masry-sentenced-to-3-years-in-prison-on
  • https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/06/egypt-court-jails-belly-dancer-debauchery-tiktok-post-200628004134084.html


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. A belly dancer has been put
  2. fined her
  3. The police arrested
  4. She posted videos on the
  5. cracking down on
  6. put "immoral" videos
  7. They said she was
  8. the videos were of a
  1. sexual nature
  2. social media posts
  3. $18,500
  4. guilty
  5. website
  6. her
  7. on social media
  8. in prison

Paragraph 2

  1. She starred
  2. the unfair treatment
  3. It got lots
  4. She also got attacked
  5. posting videos about her political
  6. Our conservative society is
  7. technological
  8. created a completely different
  1. in the past
  2. struggling
  3. of female workers
  4. environment
  5. changes
  6. in a movie
  7. views
  8. of people talking

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A belly dancer has been (1) ___________________. A court in Egypt sentenced Sama el-Masry (2) ___________________, and fined her $18,500. The police (3) ___________________ charged her with "immorality". She posted videos on the website TikTok (4) ___________________ dances. Egypt is cracking down on social media posts. Police said Ms El-Masry put "immoral" videos on social media. They said (5) ___________________ of damaging Egypt's morals because the videos were of (6) ___________________.

Sama el-Masry is 42 years old. She is a belly (7) ___________________. She starred in a movie about the unfair treatment of female workers. It (8) ___________________ people talking about women in the workplace. She (9) ___________________ in the past for posting videos about her political views. (10) ___________________ Ms El-Masry said: "Our conservative (11) ___________________ with technological changes which have (12) ___________________ different environment."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Abellydancerhasbeenputinprison.AcourtinEgyptsentencedSamael-
Masrytothreeyears,andfinedher$18,500.Thepolicearrestedherandc
hargedherwith"immorality".ShepostedvideosonthewebsiteTikTokd
oingdifferentbellydances.Egyptiscrackingdownonsocialmediaposts.
PolicesaidMsEl-Masryput"immoral"videosonsocialmedia.Theysai
dshewasguiltyofdamagingEgypt'smoralsbecausethevideoswereofa
sexualnature.Samael-Masryis42yearsold.Sheisabellydancerandac
tress.Shestarredinamovieabouttheunfairtreatmentoffemaleworker
s.Itgotlotsofpeopletalkingaboutwomenintheworkplace.Shealsogota
ttackedinthepastforpostingvideosaboutherpoliticalviews.Alawyerde
fendingMsEl-Masrysaid:"Ourconservativesocietyisstrugglingwitht
echnologicalchangeswhichhavecreatedacompletelydifferentenviron
ment."

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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