The Reading / Listening - Thailand - Level 5

Protests are taking place in Thailand's capital Bangkok, despite a state of emergency. Police arrested dozens of pro-democracy demonstrators. They have been protesting in cities and online for over three months. Many of the protestors are students, but they are being joined by a wider variety of people. They are calling for a new constitution and a true constitutional monarch and a more democratic system. They are also demanding the dissolution of parliament, the resignation of the Prime Minister, and an end to "the intimidation of government critics".



The government said the protests have, "affected the government's stability, safety, property and staff". It said they were, "no longer a peaceful assembly," and were a threat to national security. The government banned gatherings of more than five people. It also banned online messages that could "harm national security". Police arrested 22 people for public disorder offences, including three prominent activists. Footage showing a woman being put into a police car went viral on social media. Police photographed crowds and warned demonstrators they could be prosecuted.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Thailand - Level 4 or  Thailand - Level 6

Sources
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2020/10/14/asia/thailand-emergency-decree-protests-intl-hnk/index.html
  • https://www.npr.org/2020/10/15/924031210/thailand-declares-state-of-emergency-amid-anti-government-protests
  • https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2003319/cabinet-confirms-state-of-emergency-curfew-if-protests-escalate


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. Protests
  2. despite a state
  3. dozens of pro-democracy
  4. being joined by a wider
  5. a more democratic
  6. the resignation
  7. an end
  8. government
  1. system
  2. to the intimidation
  3. variety of people
  4. critics
  5. of the Prime Minister
  6. demonstrators
  7. are taking place
  8. of emergency

Paragraph 2

  1. affected the government's
  2. no longer a peaceful
  3. harm national
  4. arrested 22 people for public
  5. three prominent
  6. went viral
  7. photographed crowds and
  8. they could
  1. disorder offences
  2. activists
  3. be prosecuted
  4. stability
  5. warned demonstrators
  6. security
  7. assembly
  8. on social media

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Protests (1) ___________________ in Thailand's capital Bangkok, despite a state of emergency. Police (2) ___________________ pro-democracy demonstrators. They have been protesting in cities and online for over three months. Many (3) ___________________ are students, but they are being joined by a wider variety of people. They are calling for (4) ___________________ and a true constitutional monarch and a more democratic system. They are also demanding (5) ___________________ parliament, the resignation of the Prime Minister, and an end to "(6) ___________________ government critics".

The government said (7) ___________________, "affected the government's stability, safety, property and staff". It said they were, "no longer (8) ___________________," and were a threat to national security. The government banned (9) ___________________ than five people. It also banned online messages that could "harm national security". Police arrested 22 people (10) ___________________ offences, including three prominent activists. Footage showing a woman being put into a police car (11) ___________________ social media. Police photographed crowds and warned demonstrators they (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ProtestsaretakingplaceinThailand'scapitalBangkok,despiteastateof
emergency.Policearresteddozensofpro-democracydemonstrators.T
heyhavebeenprotestingincitiesandonlineforoverthreemonths.Many
oftheprotestorsarestudents,buttheyarebeingjoinedbyawidervariety
ofpeople.Theyarecallingforanewconstitutionandatrueconstitutional
monarchandamoredemocraticsystem.Theyarealsodemandingthedi
ssolutionofparliament,theresignationofthePrimeMinister,andanend
to"theintimidationofgovernmentcritics".Thegovernmentsaidthepro
testshave,"affectedthegovernment'sstability,safety,propertyandst
aff".Itsaidtheywere,"nolongerapeacefulassembly,"andwereathreat
tonationalsecurity.Thegovernmentbannedgatheringsofmorethanfiv
epeople.Italsobannedonlinemessagesthatcould"harmnationalsecur
ity".Policearrested22peopleforpublicdisorderoffences,includingthre
eprominentactivists.Footageshowingawomanbeingputintoapolicec
arwentviralonsocialmedia.Policephotographedcrowdsandwarnedde
monstratorstheycouldbeprosecuted.

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) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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