The Reading / Listening - Myanmar Coup - Level 4

The military junta that overthrew Myanmar's government has blocked access to Facebook. It issued a statement saying Facebook would be halted in order to maintain "stability". The majority of people in Myanmar use the social media giant. The junta sees it as a threat. A civil disobedience page has started on Facebook that has over 200,000 followers. Human Rights Watch Asia said the junta sees Facebook as its Internet nemesis.



The junta seized power and declared a yearlong state of emergency. It alleges voter fraud in November's national election. The coup took place after tension between the military and the government. It arrested Aung San Suu Kyi, who is being held in detention at an undisclosed location. The military also arrested former president Win Myint. They charged him with violating coronavirus measures.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Myanmar Coup - Level 5 or  Myanmar Coup - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.reuters.com/article/us-myanmar-politics-facebook-focus/facebook-faces-a-reckoning-in-myanmar-after-blocked-by-military-idUSKBN2A42RY
  • https://techcrunch.com/2021/02/03/myanmar-orders-telecom-networks-to-temporarily-block-facebook/
  • https://www.voanews.com/east-asia-pacific/myanmar-military-blocks-access-facebook-resistance-coup-grows


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. The military
  2. overthrew Myanmar's
  3. blocked access
  4. It issued a
  5. Facebook would be
  6. in order to maintain
  7. The majority
  8. the junta sees Facebook as its
  1. of people
  2. statement
  3. Internet nemesis
  4. to Facebook
  5. stability
  6. junta
  7. government
  8. halted

Paragraph 2

  1. The junta seized
  2. declared a yearlong state
  3. It alleges voter
  4. being held
  5. at an undisclosed
  6. former
  7. They charged
  8. violating coronavirus
  1. him
  2. president Win Myint
  3. location
  4. measures
  5. fraud
  6. power
  7. in detention
  8. of emergency

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The military (1) ___________________ Myanmar's government has blocked access to Facebook. It (2) ___________________ saying Facebook would be (3) ___________________ to maintain "stability". The majority of people in Myanmar use the (4) ___________________. The junta sees it (5) ___________________. A civil disobedience page has started on Facebook that has over 200,000 followers. Human Rights Watch Asia said the junta sees Facebook as (6) ___________________.

The junta (7) ___________________ declared a yearlong state of emergency. It alleges (8) ___________________ November's national election. The coup took (9) ___________________ between the military and the government. It arrested Aung San Suu Kyi, (10) ___________________ held in detention at an undisclosed location. The (11) ___________________ former president Win Myint. They charged (12) ___________________ coronavirus measures.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ThemilitaryjuntathatoverthrewMyanmar'sgovernmenthasblockeda
ccesstoFacebook.ItissuedastatementsayingFacebookwouldbehalte
dinordertomaintain"stability".ThemajorityofpeopleinMyanmaruset
hesocialmediagiant.Thejuntaseesitasathreat.Acivildisobediencepag
ehasstartedonFacebookthathasover200,000followers.HumanRight
sWatchAsiasaidthejuntaseesFacebookasitsInternetnemesis.Thejun
taseizedpoweranddeclaredayearlongstateofemergency.Itallegesvo
terfraudinNovember'snationalelection.Thecouptookplaceaftertensi
onbetweenthemilitaryandthegovernment.ItarrestedAungSanSuuK
yi,whoisbeingheldindetentionatanundisclosedlocation.Themilitarya
lsoarrestedformerpresidentWinMyint.Theychargedhimwithviolating
coronavirusmeasures.

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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(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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