The Reading / Listening - Farmers' Protests - Level 5

A protest has taken place in India that could be the largest in human history. Tens of thousands of farmers went to India's capital city to voice concerns about new legislation. This number is nothing out of the ordinary for a protest. However, up to 250 million people from a cross-section of society joined in a 24-hour general strike. The protestors came from all walks of life to show solidarity with the farmers. The scale of the protest made the government change its tactics. It met the protesters face-to-face. Protests are usually met with a show of force from the police.



India's farmers are up in arms about of three reforms of the country's agriculture industry. They will cause great upheaval to India's farming society. Furious farmers are on the streets. They are accusing the government of selling them out for the benefit of big agri-business. They have set up protest camps around Delhi. It looks like a blockade of the city. A farmers' union said: "We will block rail tracks if our demands are not met." It said agriculture was too important to play party politics with. The agriculture minister said he was optimistic about finding a compromise.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Farmers' Protests - Level 4 or  Farmers' Protests - Level 6

Sources
  • https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/12/india-farmer-protests-modi.html
  • https://gulfnews.com/opinion/op-eds/why-indias-protesting-farmers-are-right-in-fearing-for-their-livelihoods-1.75807944
  • https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/farmers-protest-govt-asks-unions-to-reconsider-proposals-says-its-open-to-talks/articleshow/79670838.cms


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. A protest has taken
  2. voice
  3. nothing out of the
  4. people from a cross-
  5. show solidarity
  6. The scale of
  7. It met the protesters
  8. a show of force
  1. face-to-face
  2. ordinary
  3. from the police
  4. concerns
  5. place in India
  6. section of society
  7. the protest
  8. with the farmers

Paragraph 2

  1. India's farmers are up
  2. the country's agriculture
  3. They will cause great
  4. Furious farmers are
  5. accusing the government of
  6. They have set
  7. It looks like a
  8. optimistic about finding
  1. selling them out
  2. upheaval
  3. a compromise
  4. industry
  5. blockade of the city
  6. in arms
  7. up protest camps
  8. on the streets

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A protest has (1) ___________________ India that could be the largest in human history. Tens of thousands of farmers went to India's capital city (2) ___________________ about new legislation. This number is nothing out (3) ___________________ for a protest. However, up to 250 million people from (4) ___________________ society joined in a 24-hour general strike. The protestors came from all walks of life to (5) ___________________ the farmers. The scale of the protest made the government change its tactics. It met the protesters face-to-face. Protests are usually met with a (6) ___________________ rom the police.

India's farmers are (7) ___________________ about of three reforms of the country's agriculture industry. They will cause (8) ___________________ India's farming society. Furious farmers are on the streets. They are accusing the government of selling them out for (9) ___________________ big agri-business. They have set up protest camps around Delhi. It looks like a blockade of the city. A farmers' union said: "We will (10) ___________________ if our demands are not met." It said agriculture was too important to (11) ___________________ with. The agriculture minister said (12) ___________________ about finding a compromise.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AprotesthastakenplaceinIndiathatcouldbethelargestinhumanhistor
y.TensofthousandsoffarmerswenttoIndia'scapitalcitytovoiceconcer
nsaboutnewlegislation.Thisnumberisnothingoutoftheordinaryforap
rotest.However,upto250millionpeoplefromacross-sectionofsociet
yjoinedina24-hourgeneralstrike.Theprotestorscamefromallwalks
oflifetoshowsolidaritywiththefarmers.Thescaleoftheprotestmadeth
egovernmentchangeitstactics.Itmettheprotestersface-to-face.Prot
estsareusuallymetwithashowofforcefromthepolice.India'sfarmersar
eupinarmsaboutofthreereformsofthecountry'sagricultureindustry.T
heywillcausegreatupheavaltoIndia'sfarmingsociety.Furiousfarmers
areonthestreets.Theyareaccusingthegovernmentofsellingthemoutf
orthebenefitofbigagri-business.Theyhavesetupprotestcampsaroun
dDelhi.Itlookslikeablockadeofthecity.Afarmers'unionsaid:"Wewillbl
ockrailtracksifourdemandsarenotmet."Itsaidagriculturewastooimp
ortanttoplaypartypoliticswith.Theagricultureministersaidhewasopti
misticaboutfindingacompromise.

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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Free writing

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