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Saudi Woman Gets 10 Lashes for Driving (28th September, 2011)

A woman in Saudi Arabia is to get 10 lashes because she drove a car in the capital Riayadh. This comes just two days after the Saudi King’s historic decision to give women the vote. Women can vote in elections from 2015 but still cannot drive a car. A campaign group called Women2Drive.com is very angry with the court’s decision. It said: “This is completely unacceptable and certainly breaks…international treaties that Saudi Arabia has signed….What is happening is horrifying and must be stopped immediately.”

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Two other women went to court for driving. One of them, Najla Hariri, had to sign a promise not to drive again. She has to go back to court for her trial in one month. A Women2Drive spokeswoman said: “There is no written law that bans women from driving, so how can women drivers be [wrong]?” The campaign group wants to teach more women to drive. They say more than 1,500 women ticked the “learn” box on a survey the campaigners sent around by email. More women are demanding their right to drive.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

she drove a car in

a.

treaties

2

historic

b.

the vote

3.

give women

c.

is horrifying

4.

completely

d.

decision

5.

breaks international

e.

unacceptable

6.

What is happening

f.

the capital Riayadh

 

Paragraph 2

1.

wo other women went

a.

be wrong

2

sign a promise not

b.

that bans women

3.

There is no written law

c.

to drive again

4.

how can women drivers

d.

right to drive

5.

teach more women to

e.

to court

6.

women are demanding their

f.

drive


LISTENING GAP FILL

A woman in Saudi Arabia is to ____________________ she drove a car in the capital Riayadh. This comes just two days after the Saudi King’s ____________________ give women the vote. Women can ____________________ from 2015 but still cannot drive a car. A campaign group called Women2Drive.com is very angry with ____________________. It said: “This is completely unacceptable ____________________ …international treaties that Saudi Arabia has signed….What is happening is horrifying and must _______________________.”

Two other women went ____________________. One of them, Najla Hariri, had to ____________________ to drive again. She has to go back to court for her trial in one month. A Women2Drive spokeswoman said: “There is ____________________ bans women from driving, so how can women drivers be [wrong]?” The ____________________ wants to teach more women to drive. They say more than 1,500 women ticked the “learn” ____________________ the campaigners sent around by email. More women are ____________________ to drive.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

A woman in Saudi Arabia is to (1) ____ 10 lashes because she drove a car in the capital Riayadh. This comes just two days after the Saudi King’s          (2) ____ decision to give women the vote. Women can vote (3) ____ elections from 2015 but still cannot drive a car. A campaign group called Women2Drive.com is very angry with the court’s decision. It said: “This is (4) ____ unacceptable and certainly breaks…international treaties that Saudi Arabia has (5) ____. “What is happening is horrifying and must be (6) ____ immediately.”

Two other women went to (7) ____ for driving. One of them, Najla Hariri, had to sign a (8) ____ not to drive again. She has to go back to court for her trial in one month. A Women2Drive spokeswoman said: “There is no written law that (9) ____ women from driving, so how can women drivers be [wrong]?” The campaign (10) ____ wants to teach more women to drive. They say more than 1,500 women ticked the “learn” (11) ____ on a survey the campaigners sent around by email. More women are demanding their (12) ____ to drive.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

let

(b)

get

(c)

set

2.

(a)

historic

(b)

history

(c)

historian

3.

(a)

an

(b)

on

(c)

in

4.

(a)

completely

(b)

complete

(c)

completed

5.

(a)

signal

(b)

signed

(c)

signs

6.

(a)

started

(b)

again

(c)

stopped

7.

(a)

curtain

(b)

cart

(c)

court

8.

(a)

promise

(b)

direction

(c)

signature

9.

(a)

fears

(b)

bans

(c)

starts

10.

(a)

friends

(b)

drivers

(c)

group

11.

(a)

tick

(b)

box

(c)

check

12

(a)

right

(b)

left

(c)

wrong


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

she ovedr a car

2.

otiscihr decision

3.

Women can vote in eneisctol

4.

very agryn

5.

international reateits

6.

must be pesdpto immediately

 

Paragraph 2

7.

women went to cotur

8.

ompsrie not to drive again

9.

no rwtenit law

10.

campaign uorpg

11.

1,500 women ktiedc the “learn” box

12.

demanding their ihtgr to drive


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

can women drivers be [wrong]?” The campaign group wants to teach

(    )

a promise not to drive again. She has to go back to court for her trial in one

(    )

Two other women went to court for driving. One of them, Najla Hariri, had to sign

(    )

group called Women2Drive.com is very angry with the court’s decision. It said: “This is completely

(    )

unacceptable and certainly breaks…international treaties that Saudi Arabia has

(    )

month. A Women2Drive spokeswoman said: “There is no written law that bans women from driving, so how

1  )

A woman in Saudi Arabia is to get 10 lashes because she drove a car in the capital

(    )

Riayadh. This comes just two days after the Saudi King’s historic decision to give women

(    )

signed….What is happening is horrifying and must be stopped immediately.”

(    )

more women to drive. They say more than 1,500 women ticked the “learn” box on a survey the campaigners

(    )

sent around by email. More women are demanding their right to drive.

(    )

the vote. Women can vote in elections from 2015 but still cannot drive a car. A campaign


WORD JUMBLE

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

1.

in     She     the     drove     capital     a     Riayadh     car.    

2.

decision     Historic     vote     the     women     give     to.    

3.

vote     can     Women     2015     from     elections     in.    

4.

with     court’s     angry     the     decision     Very.    

5.

horrifying     is     happening     is     What.    

6.

went     court     Two     women     to     other.    

7.

again     drive     to     not     promise     a     Sign.    

8.

written     law     There     that     is     bans     no     women.    

9.

more     group     women     wants     to     The     teach     campaign.    

10.

right     their     demanding     are     Women     drive     to.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

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

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

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

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about the female Saudi driver receiving 10 lashes. Include imaginary interviews with her and a spokeswoman from Women2Drive.com. 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 a spokeswoman from Women2Drive.com. Ask him/her three questions about the court’s decision. Give him/her three of your opinions on it. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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