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Asylum Seekers Riot in Australia (21st April, 2011)

Asylum seekers at a detention centre in Australia have destroyed buildings and property in a riot. The riots started on Wednesday night at the Villawood Detention Centre in Sydney. Around 100 detainees set fire to nine buildings and clashed with riot police. The protestors also threw stones and pieces of furniture at firefighters who came to put out the fires. The rioters destroyed a computer room, a kitchen, a laundry and medical facilities. Asylum seekers have made similar protests in recent years in Australia.

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Australia’s immigration department, which runs the centre, said the fires were now out. They condemned what they said was the "appalling" behaviour of the rioters. Immigration Minister Chris Bowen warned that he would not tolerate this kind of violence. Brami Jegan, from the Refugee Action Coalition, said riots were because of stress and frustration and “a cry for help”. Jegan told Australia’s ABC news that some people have been in the centre for nearly two years.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

Asylum seekers at a detention

a.

nine buildings

2

destroyed buildings

b.

computer room

3.

detainees set fire to

c.

in recent years

4.

put out

d.

and property

5.

The rioters destroyed a

e.

centre in Australia

6.

similar protests

f.

the fires

 

Paragraph 2

1.

immigration

a.

of violence

2

appalling"

b.

nearly two years

3.

not tolerate this kind

c.

behaviour

4.

riots were because

d.

for help

5.

a cry

e.

department

6.

in the centre for

f.

of stress


LISTENING GAP FILL

Asylum ____________________ centre in Australia have destroyed buildings ____________________ riot. The riots started on Wednesday night at the Villawood Detention Centre in Sydney. Around 100 detainees ____________________ buildings ____________________ riot police. The protestors also threw stones and pieces of furniture at firefighters who came ____________________. The rioters destroyed a computer room, a kitchen, a laundry and medical facilities. Asylum seekers have made similar ____________________ years in Australia.

Australia’s immigration department, ____________________ centre, said the fires were now out. They condemned what they said was the "appalling" ____________________ rioters. Immigration Minister Chris Bowen warned that he would not ____________________ of violence. Brami Jegan, from the Refugee Action Coalition said riots were ____________________ and frustration and “____________________”. Jegan told Australia’s ABC news that some people have been in the centre ____________________.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Asylum seekers at a detention centre in Australia (1) ____ destroyed buildings and property (2) ____ a riot. The riots started on Wednesday night at the Villawood Detention Centre in Sydney. Around 100 detainees (3) ____ fire to nine buildings and clashed with riot police. The protestors also threw stones and (4) ____ of furniture at firefighters who came to (5) ____ out the fires. The rioters destroyed a computer room, a kitchen, a laundry and medical facilities. Asylum seekers have (6) ____ similar protests in recent years in Australia.

Australia’s immigration department, which (7) ____ the centre, said the fires were now out. They condemned (8) ____ they said was the "appalling" behaviour of the rioters. Immigration Minister Chris Bowen warned that he would not tolerate (9) ____ kind of violence. Brami Jegan, from the Refugee Action Coalition said riots were because (10) ____ stress and frustration and “a (11) ____ for help”. Jegan told Australia’s ABC news that (12) ____ people have been in the centre for nearly two years.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

has

(b)

have

(c)

had

2.

(a)

in

(b)

by

(c)

of

3.

(a)

get

(b)

let

(c)

set

4.

(a)

pieces

(b)

peace

(c)

piece

5.

(a)

do

(b)

put

(c)

have

6.

(a)

made

(b)

did

(c)

gone

7.

(a)

walks

(b)

runs

(c)

fires

8.

(a)

that

(b)

what

(c)

chat

9.

(a)

this

(b)

so

(c)

for

10.

(a)

for

(b)

from

(c)

of

11.

(a)

tear

(b)

sob

(c)

cry

12

(a)

too

(b)

any

(c)

some


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

ttneieodn centre

2.

buildings and rtoepyrp

3.

set fire to nine iibndlusg

4.

dsecalh with riot police

5.

idelmca facilities

6.

lrsaiim protests

 

Paragraph 2

7.

immigration nemtpreadt

8.

the seifr were now out

9.

appalling bvroeuiha

10.

this kind of neivcoel

11.

stress and rstfaruitno

12.

naelyr two years


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

1  )

Asylum seekers at a detention centre in Australia have destroyed buildings and +

(    )

property in a riot. The riots started on Wednesday night at the Villawood Detention +

(    )

Centre in Sydney. Around 100 detainees set fire to nine buildings and clashed with riot +

(    )

police. The protestors also threw stones and pieces of furniture at firefighters who came to put +

(    )

out the fires. The rioters destroyed a computer room, a kitchen, a laundry and medical +

(    )

facilities. Asylum seekers have made similar protests in recent years in Australia.+

(    )

Australia’s immigration department, which runs the centre, said the fires were now +

(    )

out. They condemned what they said was the "appalling" behaviour of the rioters. Immigration +

(    )

Minister Chris Bowen warned that he would not tolerate this kind of +

(    )

violence. Brami Jegan, from the Refugee Action Coalition said riots were because +

(    )

of stress and frustration and “a cry for help”. Jegan told Australia’s ABC news +

(    )

that some people have been in the centre for nearly two years.


WORD JUMBLE

With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

at     detention     seekers     a     centre     Asylum.    

2.

started     Wednesday     riots     on     night     The.    

3.

set     fire     Around     to     100     nine     detainees     buildings.    

4.

came     fires     to     put     Firefighters     out     who     the.    

5.

seekers     made     protests     Asylum     have     similar.    

6.

The     out     now     were     fires.    

7.

behaviour     the     appalling     of     rioters     The.    

8.

not     violence     tolerate     this     He     kind     would     of.    

9.

and     stress     of     because     were     Riots     frustration.    

10.

been    centre    two    have    the    nearly    People    in    for    years.     


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

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

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

________________________________________________________

3.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________

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

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

________________________________________________________

3.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________


WRITING

Write about refugees for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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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. REFUGEES: Search the Internet and find more information about refugees. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about asylum seekers. Include imaginary interviews with an asylum seeker and someone from the country in which the refugee is hoping to live. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. 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.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to Australia’s immigration department. Ask officials three questions about refugees. Give them three of your opinions on the situation at the Villawood Detention Centre in Sydney. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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