The Reading / Listening - Afghan Refugees - Level 2

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai wants countries to open their borders to Afghan refugees. She is worried about the safety of Afghans after the Taliban took over on August the 15th. Malala is a human rights activist from Pakistan. She was shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012 because she supported education for girls. She was 15 years old at that time and was on her way to school. She is now worried that girls in Afghanistan will not get an education. She is also concerned that women in Afghanistan will not have the freedom they have had for twenty years.

Ms Yousafzai became the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner at the age of 17. She continues to campaign for the education of women and children. She called recent events in Afghanistan "shocking" and said there is an "urgent humanitarian crisis". She said: "We are living in a world where we're talking about advances…about gender equality. We cannot see a country going decades and centuries back." She called on the world to act to protect women, girls and minority groups. She also called for peace and stability in the region.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Afghan Refugees - Level 0 Afghan Refugees - Level 1   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. Yousafzai wants countries to
  2. She is worried about the
  3. the Taliban took
  4. Malala is a human rights
  5. she supported education
  6. She was 15 years old
  7. on her way
  8. the freedom they have had
  1. for twenty years
  2. for girls
  3. at that time
  4. over
  5. open their borders
  6. to school
  7. safety of Afghans
  8. activist

Paragraph 2

  1. campaign for the education
  2. She called recent events in Afghanistan
  3. there is an urgent humanitarian
  4. gender
  5. a country going decades
  6. protect women, girls and
  7. in the
  8. She also called for peace
  1. minority groups
  2. of women
  3. region
  4. crisis
  5. and stability
  6. shocking
  7. and centuries back
  8. equality

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai (1) ___________________ open their borders to Afghan refugees. She is (2) ___________________ safety of Afghans after the Taliban took over on August the 15th. Malala is a (3) ___________________ from Pakistan. She was shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012 because she supported (4) ___________________. She was 15 years old at that time and was (5) ___________________ to school. She is now worried that girls in Afghanistan will not get an education. She is also concerned that women in Afghanistan will not have the freedom they (6) ___________________ twenty years.

Ms Yousafzai became (7) ___________________ Nobel Peace Prize winner (8) ___________________ of 17. She continues to campaign for the education of women and children. She called recent events in Afghanistan "shocking" and said there (9) ___________________ humanitarian crisis". She said: "We are living in a world where we're talking about advances... (10) ___________________. We cannot see a country (11) ___________________ centuries back." She called on the world to act to protect women, girls and minority groups. She also called for peace and stability (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

NobelPeacePrizewinnerMalalaYousafzaiwantscountriestoopentheir
borderstoAfghanrefugees.SheisworriedaboutthesafetyofAfghansaft
ertheTalibantookoveronAugustthe15th.Malalaisahumanrightsactivi
stfromPakistan.ShewasshotintheheadbytheTalibanin2012becauses
hesupportededucationforgirls.Shewas15yearsoldatthattimeandwa
sonherwaytoschool.SheisnowworriedthatgirlsinAfghanistanwillnotg
etaneducation.SheisalsoconcernedthatwomeninAfghanistanwillnot
havethefreedomtheyhavehadfortwentyyears.MsYousafzaibecamet
heyoungesteverNobelPeacePrizewinnerattheageof17.Shecontinues
tocampaignfortheeducationofwomenandchildren.Shecalledrecente
ventsinAfghanistan"shocking"andsaidthereisan"urgenthumanitaria
ncrisis".Shesaid:"Wearelivinginaworldwherewe'retalkingaboutadva
nces...aboutgenderequality.Wecannotseeacountrygoingdecadesan
dcenturiesback."Shecalledontheworldtoacttoprotectwomen,girlsan
dminoritygroups.Shealsocalledforpeaceandstabilityintheregion.

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.

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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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Answers

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