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Muslim Countries Pressure Syria (1st December, 2011)

Syria is facing more international pressure to end the attacks on its people. First the Arab League introduced tough penalties on Syria’s government; now Turkey has joined in. On Wednesday, the Arab League put a travel ban on 17 top Syrian officials, including members of President Bashar Assad’s family. Turkey announced yesterday it would stop all trade across its border with Syria. The USA and Europe have also taken actions to hurt Syria’s economy and stop money getting to President Assad.

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The Syrian government is showing no signs of slowing down its attacks on pro-democracy groups. The United Nations says over 3,500 citizens have been killed since March. Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Al- Muallem said the actions taken against his country were “economic war”. Syria expert Peter Harling said the actions taken by Syria’s neighbours are working because its economy is “falling apart”. He said: “There is a shortage of cooking gas and heating oil, medicine, milk powder, and…power cuts - even in the capital, Damascus.”

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

Syria is facing more international

a.

penalties

2

introduced tough

b.

has joined in

3.

now Turkey

c.

its border

4.

travel

d.

economy

5.

stop all trade across

e.

ban

6.

actions to hurt Syria’s

f.

pressure

 

Paragraph 2

1.

showing no signs

a.

groups

2

pro-democracy

b.

powder

3.

3,500 citizens

c.

Damascus

4.

falling

d.

of slowing down

5.

milk

e.

apart

6.

in the capital,

f.

have been killed


LISTENING GAP FILL

Syria _______________ international pressure to end the attacks on its people. First the Arab League introduced _______________ Syria’s government; now Turkey has joined in. On Wednesday, the Arab League _______________ on 17 top Syrian officials, _________________ of President Bashar Assad’s family. Turkey announced yesterday it would _______________ its border with Syria. The USA and Europe have also taken ________________ Syria’s economy and stop money getting to President Assad.

The Syrian government is _______________ of slowing down its attacks on _______________ groups. The United Nations says over 3,500 citizens have been killed since March. Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Al- Muallem said the actions taken against his country were “_______________”. Syria expert Peter Harling said the actions taken by Syria’s neighbours are working because its economy is “_______________”. He said: “There _______________ cooking gas and heating oil, medicine, milk powder, and…power cuts - _______________, Damascus.”


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Syria is (1) ____ more international pressure to end the attacks on (2) ____ people. First the Arab League introduced tough penalties on Syria’s government; now Turkey has joined (3) ____. On Wednesday, the Arab League put a travel ban on 17 top Syrian officials, (4) ____ members of President Bashar Assad’s family. Turkey announced yesterday it would stop all trade across its (5) ____ with Syria. The USA and Europe have also taken actions to (6) ____ Syria’s economy and stop money getting to President Assad.

The Syrian government is showing (7) ____ signs of slowing down its attacks on (8) ____-democracy groups. The United Nations says over 3,500 citizens have been killed since March. Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Al- Muallem said the actions taken (9) ____ his country were “economic war”. Syria (10) ____ Peter Harling said the actions taken by Syria’s neighbours are working because its economy is “falling (11) ____”. He said: “There is a shortage of cooking gas and heating oil, medicine, milk powder, and…power cuts - (12) ____ in the capital, Damascus.”

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

facing

(b)

face

(c)

faced

2.

(a)

it’s

(b)

its

(c)

it

3.

(a)

on

(b)

out

(c)

in

4.

(a)

via

(b)

including

(c)

addition

5.

(a)

edge

(b)

rim

(c)

border

6.

(a)

painful

(b)

hurt

(c)

ouch

7.

(a)

no

(b)

non

(c)

not

8.

(a)

pro

(b)

pre

(c)

per

9.

(a)

for

(b)

back

(c)

against

10.

(a)

expert

(b)

expel

(c)

expect

11.

(a)

part

(b)

apart

(c)

partly

12

(a)

event

(b)

ever

(c)

even


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

ifgcan more international pressure

2.

end the aacktst on its people

3.

introduced ohugt penalties

4.

17 top Syrian foasiflci

5.

stop all trade across its erordb

6.

hurt Syria’s neoomyc

 

Paragraph 2

7.

sinwogh no signs of slowing down

8.

3,500 ceniitsz have been killed

9.

Syrian roingFe Minister

10.

Syria eetrxp

11.

falling rapta

12.

the tpalaic, Damascus


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

The Syrian government is showing no signs of slowing down its attacks on pro-democracy

(    )

heating oil, medicine, milk powder, and…power cuts - even in the capital, Damascus.”

(    )

a travel ban on 17 top Syrian officials, including members of President Bashar Assad’s

(    )

introduced tough penalties on Syria’s government; now Turkey has joined in. On Wednesday, the Arab League put

(    )

groups. The United Nations says over 3,500 citizens have been killed since

(    )

family. Turkey announced yesterday it would stop all trade across its

(    )

March. Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Al- Muallem said the actions taken against his country were “economic

(    )

working because its economy is “falling apart”. He said: “There is a shortage of cooking gas and

1  )

Syria is facing more international pressure to end the attacks on its people. First the Arab League

(    )

war”. Syria expert Peter Harling said the actions taken by Syria’s neighbours are

(    )

border with Syria. The USA and Europe have also taken actions to

(    )

hurt Syria’s economy and stop money getting to President Assad.


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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

1.

pressure     more     is     international     facing     Syria.    

2.

Tough     government     Syria’s     on     penalties

3.

top     travel     Syrian     ban     officials     on     17     A.    

4.

economy     Taken     to     Syria’s     actions     hurt.    

5.

getting     President     money     to     Assad     Stop.    

6.

slowing     Showing     down     no     its     signs     attacks     of.    

7.

have     been     killed     since     March     Over     3,500     citizens.    

8.

Syria’s     by     taken     Actions     neighbours.    

9.

apart     falling     is     economy     Its.    

10.

of     shortage     a     is     There     gas     cooking.    


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

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Syria and its neighbours. Include an imaginary interview with a Syrian. 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 Syria expert. Ask him/her three questions about Syria. 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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