The Reading / Listening - Myanmar Coup - Level 5

The military junta that overthrew Myanmar's government has blocked Facebook. It said Facebook would be stopped to maintain social "stability". Most people in Myanmar use the social media giant, and so the junta sees it as a threat to its rule. In the days after the coup, a civil disobedience page started on Facebook and attracted over 200,000 followers. Human Rights Watch Asia said the junta sees Facebook as its Internet nemesis because it's so dominant in Myanmar. It has also been hostile to the military. A Twitter user said there is "a ban on the Internet".



The junta seized power from the democratically elected government and declared a yearlong state of emergency. The coup took place after tension between the military and the government. The junta alleges massive voter fraud in November's national election. It has arrested Aung San Suu Kyi. She is now being held in detention at an undisclosed location. Authorities say she illegally imported six unregistered walkie-talkie radios. The military also arrested former president Win Myint. They charged him with violating coronavirus measures during the election.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Myanmar Coup - Level 4 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. stopped to
  3. use the social media
  4. the junta sees it as a threat
  5. In the days
  6. attracted over
  7. the junta sees Facebook as its
  8. It has also been hostile
  1. to its rule
  2. giant
  3. 200,000 followers
  4. to the military
  5. junta
  6. Internet nemesis
  7. maintain social stability
  8. after the coup

Paragraph 2

  1. The junta seized
  2. the democratically elected
  3. a yearlong state
  4. The junta alleges massive
  5. She is now being held
  6. at an undisclosed
  7. walkie-talkie
  8. violating coronavirus
  1. location
  2. of emergency
  3. in detention
  4. government
  5. measures
  6. power
  7. voter fraud
  8. radios

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The military (1) ___________________ Myanmar's government has blocked Facebook. It said Facebook would be (2) ___________________ social "stability". Most people in Myanmar use the social media giant, and so the junta sees it (3) ___________________ to its rule. In the days after the coup, a civil disobedience page started on Facebook (4) ___________________ 200,000 followers. Human Rights Watch Asia said the junta sees Facebook as (5) ___________________ because it's so dominant in Myanmar. It has also (6) ___________________ the military. A Twitter user said there is "a ban on the Internet".

The junta (7) ___________________ the democratically elected government and declared a yearlong state of emergency. The coup took (8) ___________________ between the military and the government. The junta alleges (9) ___________________ in November's national election. It has arrested Aung San Suu Kyi. She is now being (10) ___________________ at an undisclosed location. Authorities say (11) ___________________ six unregistered walkie-talkie radios. The military also arrested former president Win Myint. They charged (12) ___________________ coronavirus measures during the election.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ThemilitaryjuntathatoverthrewMyanmar'sgovernmenthasblockedF
acebook.ItsaidFacebookwouldbestoppedtomaintainsocial"stability"
.MostpeopleinMyanmarusethesocialmediagiant,andsothejuntasees
itasathreattoitsrule.Inthedaysafterthecoup,acivildisobediencepage
startedonFacebookandattractedover200,000followers.HumanRight
sWatchAsiasaidthejuntaseesFacebookasitsInternetnemesisbecaus
eit'ssodominantinMyanmar.Ithasalsobeenhostiletothemilitary.ATwi
tterusersaidthereis"abanontheInternet".Thejuntaseizedpowerfrom
thedemocraticallyelectedgovernmentanddeclaredayearlongstateof
emergency.Thecouptookplaceaftertensionbetweenthemilitaryandt
hegovernment.ThejuntaallegesmassivevoterfraudinNovember'snat
ionalelection.IthasarrestedAungSanSuuKyi.Sheisnowbeingheldind
etentionatanundisclosedlocation.Authoritiessaysheillegallyimporte
dsixunregisteredwalkie-talkieradios.Themilitaryalsoarrestedformer
presidentWinMyint.Theychargedhimwithviolatingcoronavirusmeas
uresduringtheelection.

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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