The Reading / Listening - Afghan Refugees - Level 1

Human rights activist Malala Yousafzai wants countries to open their borders to Afghan refugees. She is worried about their safety after the Taliban took over Afghanistan. Malala is from Pakistan. The Taliban shot her in the head in 2012 because she supported girls' education. She was 15 years old and was on her way to school. She is worried that girls in Afghanistan will not get an education and that women will not have the freedom they had for twenty years.

Ms Yousafzai is the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner. She continues to campaign for girls' education. She called recent events in Afghanistan "shocking". She said there is an "urgent humanitarian crisis". She said many countries were talking about equality, so it is difficult to see Afghanistan "going decades and centuries back". She called for the protection of women, girls and minority groups. She also called for peace in the region.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Afghan Refugees - Level 0 Afghan Refugees - Level 2   or  Afghan Refugees - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.cbsnews.com/news/malala-yousafzai-afghanistan-refugees-taliban-open-borders/
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-58237871
  • https://www.insideedition.com/malala-yousafzai-advocates-for-countries-to-open-their-borders-for-afghan-refugees-69182


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. human rights
  2. open their
  3. She is worried
  4. the Taliban took
  5. The Taliban shot
  6. on her way
  7. get an
  8. the freedom they had
  1. education
  2. about their safety
  3. her
  4. for twenty years
  5. activist
  6. over Afghanistan
  7. to school
  8. borders

Paragraph 2

  1. She continues to campaign
  2. recent
  3. there is an urgent humanitarian
  4. many countries were talking about
  5. going decades and
  6. She called for the protection
  7. minority
  8. She also called for peace
  1. groups
  2. equality
  3. in the region
  4. for girls
  5. of women
  6. events in Afghanistan
  7. centuries back
  8. crisis

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Human rights activist Malala Yousafzai (1) ___________________ open their borders to Afghan refugees. (2) ___________________ about their (3) ___________________ Taliban took over Afghanistan. Malala is from Pakistan. The Taliban shot her in the head in 2012 (4) ___________________ girls' education. She was 15 years old and was on (5) ___________________ school. She is worried that girls in Afghanistan will not get an education and that women will not have (6) ___________________ had for twenty years.

Ms Yousafzai is (7) ___________________ Nobel Peace Prize winner. She continues (8) ___________________ girls' education. She called recent events in Afghanistan "shocking". She said there (9) ___________________ humanitarian crisis". She said many countries were (10) ___________________, so it is difficult to see Afghanistan "(11) ___________________ centuries back". She called for the protection of women, girls and minority groups. She also called (12) ___________________ the region.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

HumanrightsactivistMalalaYousafzaiwantscountriestoopentheirbor
derstoAfghanrefugees.SheisworriedabouttheirsafetyaftertheTaliba
ntookoverAfghanistan.MalalaisfromPakistan.TheTalibanshotherint
heheadin2012becauseshesupportedgirls'education.Shewas15year
soldandwasonherwaytoschool.SheisworriedthatgirlsinAfghanistan
willnotgetaneducationandthatwomenwillnothavethefreedomtheyh
adfortwentyyears.MsYousafzaiistheyoungesteverNobelPeacePrize
winner.Shecontinuestocampaignforgirls'education.Shecalledrecent
eventsinAfghanistan"shocking".Shesaidthereisan"urgenthumanitar
iancrisis".Shesaidmanycountriesweretalkingaboutequality,soitisdif
ficulttoseeAfghanistan"goingdecadesandcenturiesback".Shecalledf
ortheprotectionofwomen,girlsandminoritygroups.Shealsocalledfor
peaceintheregion.

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

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Free writing

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Answers

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