The Reading / Listening - Myanmar Coup - Level 6

The Tatmadaw, the military junta that overthrew Myanmar's government on February the 1st, has blocked access to Facebook. The Ministry of Communications issued a statement saying Facebook would be halted in order to maintain "stability". The social media giant is used by a majority of the population and the Tatmadaw sees it as a threat to its rule. In the days after the coup, a civil disobedience page that emerged on Facebook attracted over 200,000 followers. Human Rights Watch Asia said: "The Tatmadaw sees Facebook as its Internet nemesis because it's the dominant communication channel in the country and has been hostile to the military." A Twitter user said it was, "a ban on the Internet".



The Tatmadaw seized power from Myanmar's democratically elected civilian government. It immediately declared a yearlong state of emergency. The coup took place after days of tension between the military and the government. The Tatmadaw refused to accept the results of November's national election, alleging massive voter fraud. It has arrested former Minister of Foreign Affairs Aung San Suu Kyi, who is now being held in detention at an undisclosed location. Authorities filed charges against her for allegedly illegally importing six unregistered walkie-talkie radios. The military also arrested former president Win Myint. He is being charged with violating coronavirus containment measures during the election.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Myanmar Coup - Level 4  or  Myanmar Coup - Level 5

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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. MYANMAR'S COUP: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about Myanmar's coup. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       military / junta / communications / statement / stability / social media / ban / Internet
       power / government / emergency / election / fraud / location / walkie-talkies / radios
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. U.N.: Students A strongly believe the United Nations should reinstate the democratically-elected government in Myanmar; Students B strongly believe it shouldn't. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE: What are the pros and cons of these forms of civil disobedience? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Pros

Cons

Facebook campaigns

 

 

Street protests

 

 

Online petitions

 

 

Marches

 

 

Boycotts

 

 

Labor strikes

 

 

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5. MILITARY: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "military". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. SOCIAL STABILITY: Rank these with your partner. Put the most important for social stability at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Free Internet
  • Wealth
  • Equal opportunities
  • Family
  • Democracy
  • Religion
  • Strong courts
  • Strong military

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. junta a. Unfriendly.
      2. overthrew b. Brought to a sudden stop.
      3. halted c. Failure or refusal to obey rules or someone in authority.
      4. threat d. A military or political group that rules a country after taking power by force.
      5. disobedience e. A long-standing rival; an enemy.
      6. nemesis f. Removed forcibly from power.
      7. hostile g. A person or thing likely to cause damage or danger.

    Paragraph 2

      8. civilian h. Wrongful or criminal acts intended to result in financial or personal gain.
      9. declared i. The action of detaining someone or the state of being detained in official custody, especially as a political prisoner.
      10. alleging j. The action of keeping something harmful under control or within limits.
      11. fraud k. Openly or formally announced.
      12. detention l. Breaking or failing to comply with a rule or formal agreement.
      13. violating m. Claiming or asserting that someone has done something illegal or wrong, usually without proof that this is true.
      14. containment n. Of or relating to a person not belonging to the armed services or police.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. A coup took place in Myanmar at the end of January.     T / F
  2. The Ministry of Communications wants to maintain stability.     T / F
  3. Less than half of people in Myanmar use Facebook.     T / F
  4. A human rights group said Facebook was a nemesis to Myanmar's junta. T / F
  5. The junta has instilled a month-long state of emergency.     T / F
  6. The junta refused to accept the results of a national election.     T / F
  7. Aung San Suu Kyi is being held at the Junta's headquarters.     T / F
  8. The former president is accused of violating coronavirus measures.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. overthrew
  2. halted
  3. threat
  4. emerged
  5. hostile
  6. civilian
  7. tension
  8. fraud
  9. allegedly
  10. violating
  1. non-military
  2. appeared
  3. breaching
  4. stopped
  5. chicanery
  6. unfriendly
  7. reportedly
  8. toppled
  9. friction
  10. danger

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. the military junta that overthrew
  2. halted in order to
  3. used by a majority
  4. civil
  5. it's the dominant communication
  6. Myanmar's democratically elected
  7. The coup took place after days
  8. refused to accept
  9. held in detention at
  10. violating coronavirus containment
  1. civilian government
  2. of the population
  3. the results
  4. channel
  5. measures
  6. Myanmar's government
  7. an undisclosed location
  8. maintain "stability"
  9. of tension
  10. disobedience

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
halted
ban
emerged
blocked
dominant
junta
nemesis
threat

The Tatmadaw, the military (1) _____________________ that overthrew Myanmar's government on February the 1st, has (2) _____________________ access to Facebook. The Ministry of Communications issued a statement saying Facebook would be (3) _____________________ in order to maintain "stability". The social media giant is used by a majority of the population and the Tatmadaw sees it as a (4) _____________________ to its rule. In the days after the coup, a civil disobedience page that (5) _____________________ on Facebook attracted over 200,000 followers. Human Rights Watch Asia said: "The Tatmadaw sees Facebook as its Internet (6) _____________________ because it's the (7) _____________________ communication channel in the country and has been hostile to the military." A Twitter user said it was, "a (8) _____________________ on the Internet".

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
tension
fraud
declared
measures
results
illegally
seized
detention

The Tatmadaw (9) _____________________ power from Myanmar's democratically elected civilian government. It immediately (10) _____________________ a yearlong state of emergency. The coup took place after days of (11) _____________________ between the military and the government. The Tatmadaw refused to accept the (12) _____________________ of November's national election, alleging massive voter (13) _____________________. It has arrested former Minister of Foreign Affairs Aung San Suu Kyi, who is now being held in (14) _____________________ at an undisclosed location. Authorities filed charges against her for allegedly (15) _____________________ importing six unregistered walkie-talkie radios. The military also arrested former president Win Myint. He is being charged with violating coronavirus containment (16) _____________________ during the election.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  issued a statement saying Facebook would be halted in order ______
     a.  to maintains stability
     b.  to maintenance stability
     c.  to maintain stability
     d.  to main train stability
2)  used by a majority of the population and the Tatmadaw sees it as a threat ______
     a.  two its rule
     b.  too its rule
     c.  to its rule
     d.  to that's rule
3)  a civil disobedience page that emerged on Facebook attracted ______
     a.  over 2,000,000 followers
     b.  over 20,000 followers
     c.  over 200,000,000 followers
     d.  over 200,000 followers
4)  Human Rights Watch Asia said: "The Tatmadaw sees Facebook as ______"
     a.  its Internet names is
     b.  its Internet name ease
     c.  its Internet nemesis
     d.  its Internet meme assist
5)  the dominant communication channel in the country and has been hostile ______
     a.  to the militarily
     b.  to the militia tree
     c.  to the military
     d.  to the mill a tree

6)  The Tatmadaw seized power from Myanmar's democratically ______
     a.  elected civilian governmental
     b.  elected civilization government
     c.  elected civilian government
     d.  elected civil and government
7)  It immediately declared a yearlong ______
     a.  states of emergency
     b.  state of emergency
     c.  stated of emergency
     d.  straight of emergency
8) accept the results of November's national election, alleging ______
     a.  massively voter fraud
     b.  massive votes afraid
     c.  massive voter fraud
     d.  massive voter fraudulent
9)  former Minister of Foreign Affairs Aung San Suu Kyi, who is now being ______
     a.  hold in detention
     b.  held in detention
     c.  heeled in detention
     d.  heeled in detention
10)  He is being charged with violating coronavirus ______
     a.  contentment measures
     b.  containment measures
     c.  contain mint measures
     d.  contain meant measures

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The Tatmadaw, the military (1) ____________________ Myanmar's government on February the 1st, has (2) ____________________ Facebook. The Ministry of Communications issued a statement saying Facebook would be halted in order to maintain "stability". The social media giant is used by a (3) ____________________ population and the Tatmadaw sees it as a threat to its rule. In the days after the coup, a civil disobedience page (4) ____________________ Facebook attracted over 200,000 followers. Human Rights Watch Asia said: "The Tatmadaw sees Facebook as its Internet nemesis because it's the dominant communication (5) ____________________ country and has been hostile to the military." A Twitter user said it (6) ____________________ on the Internet".

The Tatmadaw (7) ____________________ Myanmar's democratically elected civilian government. It immediately (8) ____________________ state of emergency. The coup took place after days of tension between the military and the government. The Tatmadaw (9) ____________________ the results of November's national election, alleging massive voter fraud. It has arrested former Minister of Foreign Affairs Aung San Suu Kyi, who is now being held (10) ____________________ an undisclosed location. Authorities filed charges against her for allegedly illegally importing six unregistered walkie-talkie radios. The (11) ____________________ former president Win Myint. He is being (12) ____________________ coronavirus containment measures during the election.

Comprehension questions

  1. When did the junta overthrow Myanmar's government?
  2. What did the junta say it wanted to maintain?
  3. What does the junta see Facebook as a threat to?
  4. How many followers does a civil disobedience page have on Facebook?
  5. What did a human rights group say the junta views Facebook as?
  6. How long is the state of emergency the junta declared?
  7. What was there between the junta and government before the coup?
  8. What did the junta say happened in November's election?
  9. What is Aung San Suu Kyi accused of illegally importing?
  10. Who is being charged with violating coronavirus measures?




Multiple choice quiz

1) When did the junta overthrow Myanmar's government?
a) February the 5th
b) January the 31st
c) February the 1st
d) January the 30th
2) What did the junta say it wanted to maintain?
a) stability
b) power
c) control
d) standards
3) What does the junta see Facebook as a threat to?
a) society
b) its rule
c) safety
d) the Internet
4) How many followers does a civil disobedience page have on Facebook?
a) exactly 200,000
b) just fewer than 200,000
c) around 200,000
d) over 200,000
5) What did a human rights group say the junta views Facebook as?
a) an annoyance
b) a danger
c) its Internet nemesis
d) insignificant

6) How long is the state of emergency the junta declared?
a) a month
b) a year
c) a week
d) 10 weeks
7) What was there between the junta and government before the coup?
a) talks
b) cooperation
c) infighting
d) tension
8) What did the junta say happened in November's election?
a) riots
b) massive voter fraud
c) corruption
d) propaganda
9) What is Aung San Suu Kyi accused of illegally importing?
a) cars
b) walkie-talkie radios
c) fur coats
d) computers
10) Who is being charged with violating coronavirus measures?
a) former president Win Myint
b) Aung San Suu Kyi
c) the head of Facebook in Myanmar
d) the people in the capital

Role play

Role  A – Strong Military
You think a strong military is most important for social stability. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): democracy, family or wealth.

Role  B – Democracy
You think democracy is most important for social stability. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): a strong military, family or wealth.

Role  C – Family
You think family is most important for social stability. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): democracy, a strong military or wealth.

Role  D – Wealth
You think wealth is most important for social stability. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): democracy, family or a strong military.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'military'

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  • and 'coup'.

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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • junta
    • issued
    • giant
    • days
    • page
    • hostile
    • immediately
    • took
    • accept
    • location
    • filed
    • violating




    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 - Myanmar Coup

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'military'?
    3. What do you know about Myanmar?
    4. What do you know about military coups?
    5. How stable is the government in your country?
    6. Why might Facebook be a threat?
    7. What do you think of civil disobedience?
    8. Would you take part in civil disobedience?
    9. Why do you think the military think they can govern a country?
    10. Can the Internet be banned?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'coup'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you want to know about Myanmar?
    5. What happens in a state of emergency?
    6. How would you feel if there was a coup in your country?
    7. What do you know about Aung San Suu Kyi?
    8. What advice do you have for Aung San Suu Kyi?
    9. Where do you think this story will be in two months from now?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the military government?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    The Tatmadaw, the (1) ____ junta that overthrew Myanmar's government on February the 1st, has blocked access to Facebook. The Ministry of Communications issued a statement saying Facebook would be halted (2) ____ order to maintain "stability". The social media giant is used by a (3) ____ of the population and the Tatmadaw sees it as a (4) ____ to its rule. In the days after the coup, a civil disobedience page that (5) ____ on Facebook attracted over 200,000 followers. Human Rights Watch Asia said: "The Tatmadaw sees Facebook as its Internet nemesis because it's the dominant communication channel in the country and has been hostile (6) ____ the military." A Twitter user said it was, "a ban on the Internet".

    The Tatmadaw (7) ____ power from Myanmar's democratically elected civilian government. It immediately declared a yearlong (8) ____ of emergency. The coup took place after days of tension between the military and the government. The Tatmadaw refused to accept the results of November's national election, alleging massive voter (9) ____. It has arrested former Minister of Foreign Affairs Aung San Suu Kyi, who is now being held in detention at an undisclosed location. Authorities (10) ____ charges against her for allegedly illegally importing six unregistered walkie-(11) ____ radios. The military also arrested former president Win Myint. He is being charged with (12) ____ coronavirus containment measures during the election.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     militia     (b)     militarily     (c)     military     (d)     militants    
    2. (a)     in     (b)     on     (c)     at     (d)     by    
    3. (a)     majority     (b)     priority     (c)     rarity     (d)     sorority    
    4. (a)     threat     (b)     throat     (c)     treat     (d)     trait    
    5. (a)     converged     (b)     emerged     (c)     assured     (d)     excised    
    6. (a)     in     (b)     as     (c)     of     (d)     to    
    7. (a)     seized     (b)     ceased     (c)     assisted     (d)     sized    
    8. (a)     territory     (b)     province     (c)     nation     (d)     state    
    9. (a)     fraud     (b)     irregular     (c)     dishonest     (d)     corrupts    
    10. (a)     sawed     (b)     filed     (c)     chiselled     (d)     rasped    
    11. (a)     walkie     (b)     talkie     (c)     bulky     (d)     sulky    
    12. (a)     violating     (b)     violation     (c)     violator     (d)     violates

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    2. maintain talitybsi
    3. civil einecobsdeid
    4. The Tatmadaw sees Facebook as its Internet eimnses
    5. the mninotda communication channel
    6. heioslt to the military

    Paragraph 2

    1. The Tatmadaw iezsde power
    2. iicanliv government
    3. after days of osnetni
    4. llineagg massive voter fraud
    5. being held in einttdoen
    6. ognlviita coronavirus containment measures

    Put the text back together

    (...)  followers. Human Rights Watch Asia said: "The Tatmadaw sees Facebook as its Internet
    (...)  nemesis because it's the dominant communication channel in the country and has been hostile to the military." A Twitter user said it was, "a ban on the Internet".
    (...)  The Tatmadaw seized power from Myanmar's democratically elected civilian government. It immediately declared
    (...)  giant is used by a majority of the population and the Tatmadaw sees it as a threat to its rule. In the days
    (...)  held in detention at an undisclosed location. Authorities filed charges against
    (...)  February the 1st, has blocked access to Facebook. The Ministry of Communications issued
    1  ) The Tatmadaw, the military junta that overthrew Myanmar's government on
    (...)  a statement saying Facebook would be halted in order to maintain "stability". The social media
    (...)  after the coup, a civil disobedience page that emerged on Facebook attracted over 200,000
    (...)  her for allegedly illegally importing six unregistered walkie-talkie radios. The military also arrested former
    (...)  and the government. The Tatmadaw refused to accept the results of November's national election, alleging
    (...)  a yearlong state of emergency. The coup took place after days of tension between the military
    (...)  president Win Myint. He is being charged with violating coronavirus containment measures during the election.
    (...)  massive voter fraud. It has arrested former Minister of Foreign Affairs Aung San Suu Kyi, who is now being

    Put the words in the right order

    1. halted   be   would   social   maintain   to   stability   .   Facebook
    2. It's   a   the   population   .   by   majority   of   used
    3. that   A   on   page   disobedience   emerged   civil   Facebook   .
    4. Internet   its   as   Tatmadaw   The   Facebook   nemesis   .   sees
    5. Internet   .   ban   a   on   the   It   was
    6. state   yearlong   a   of   It   emergency   .   declared   immediately
    7. tension   .   The   of   after   days   took   place   coup
    8. undisclosed   detention   in   location   .   an   held   Being   at
    9. radios   .   Authorities   against   for   filed   charges   her   importing
    10. He   containment   .   being   charged   coronavirus   violating   with   is

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    The Tatmadaw, the militarily / military junta that overthrew Myanmar's government on February the 1st, has blocked excess / access to Facebook. The Ministry of Communications issued a / the statement saying Facebook would be hated / halted in order to maintain "stability". The social media giant is used by a majority of the population and the Tatmadaw sees it as a threat / treat to its rule. In the days after the coop / coup, a civil disobedience page that emerged in / on Facebook attracted over 200,000 followers. Human Rights Watch Asia said: "The Tatmadaw watches / sees Facebook as its Internet nemesis because it's the remnant / dominant communication channel in the country and has been hostile to the military." A Twitter user said it was, "a fan / ban on the Internet".

    The Tatmadaw ceased / seized power from Myanmar's democratically elected civilian government. It immediately declared a yearlong state to / of emergency. The coup took place after days of tension / tense between the military and the government. The Tatmadaw refused to accept the / a results of November's national election, alleging / allegory massive voter fraud. It has arrested farmer / former Minister of Foreign Affairs Aung San Suu Kyi, who is now being hold / held in detention at an undisclosed location. Authorities filed / flied charges against her for allegedly illegally importing six unregistered walkie-talkie radios. The military also rested / arrested former president Win Myint. He is being charged with violating coronavirus containment measures during / while the election.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    the tatmadaw the military junta that overthrew myanmars government on february the 1st has blocked access to facebook the ministry of communications issued a statement saying facebook would be halted in order to maintain stability the social media giant is used by a majority of the population and the tatmadaw sees it as a threat to its rule in the days after the coup a civil disobedience page that emerged on facebook attracted over 200000 followers human rights watch asia said the tatmadaw sees facebook as its internet nemesis because its the dominant communication channel in the country and has been hostile to the military a twitter user said it was a ban on the internet

    the tatmadaw seized power from myanmars democratically elected civilian government it immediately declared a yearlong state of emergency the coup took place after days of tension between the military and the government the tatmadaw refused to accept the results of novembers national election alleging massive voter fraud it has arrested former minister of foreign affairs aung san suu kyi who is now being held in detention at an undisclosed location authorities filed charges against her for allegedly illegally importing six unregistered walkietalkie radios the military also arrested former president win myint he is being charged with violating coronavirus containment measures during the election

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    TheTatmadaw,themilitaryjuntathatoverthrewMyanmar'sgovernme
    ntonFebruarythe1st,hasblockedaccesstoFacebook.TheMinistryofCo
    mmunicationsissuedastatementsayingFacebookwouldbehaltedinor
    dertomaintain"stability".Thesocialmediagiantisusedbyamajorityoft
    hepopulationandtheTatmadawseesitasathreattoitsrule.Inthedaysaf
    terthecoup,acivildisobediencepagethatemergedonFacebookattract
    edover200,000followers.HumanRightsWatchAsiasaid:"TheTatmad
    awseesFacebookasitsInternetnemesisbecauseit'sthedominantcom
    municationchannelinthecountryandhasbeenhostiletothemilitary."A
    Twitterusersaiditwas,"abanontheInternet".TheTatmadawseizedpo
    werfromMyanmar'sdemocraticallyelectedciviliangovernment.Itim
    mediatelydeclaredayearlongstateofemergency.Thecouptookplacea
    fterdaysoftensionbetweenthemilitaryandthegovernment.TheTatma
    dawrefusedtoaccepttheresultsofNovember'snationalelection,allegi
    ngmassivevoterfraud.IthasarrestedformerMinisterofForeignAffairs
    AungSanSuuKyi,whoisnowbeingheldindetentionatanundisclosedloc
    ation.Authoritiesfiledchargesagainstherforallegedlyillegallyimporti
    ngsixunregisteredwalkie-talkieradios.Themilitaryalsoarrestedform
    erpresidentWinMyint.Heisbeingchargedwithviolatingcoronavirusco
    ntainmentmeasuresduringtheelection.

    Free writing

    Write about Myanmar coup for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    The world should act to restore Myanmar's government. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. MYANMAR'S COUP: Make a poster about Myanmar's coup. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. RESTORE POWER: Write a magazine article about the world restoring power to Myanmar's elected government. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on Myanmar's coup. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your opinions on it. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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