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Canada Bans Burqa for New Citizens (13th December, 2011)

Canada has started to ban veils for new citizens who take the oath of citizenship. Canada’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney told reporters that people who want to become a Canadian must show their face at the new citizens ceremony. The new law comes after judges complained they found it difficult to know if women wearing a burqa or niqab were actually saying the words of the oath – the promise to be a good Canadian. Almost a million Muslims live in Canada, about 2.8 per cent of the population.

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Jason Kenney said most Canadians believed new citizens should take the oath in view of others. He said it was important that the ceremony showed new citizens that Canada was an open and fair country. He also said people were free to wear the veil in their everyday life after taking the initial oath. Canadian Muslim Shahina Siddiqui disagreed with Mr Kenney. She said it showed Canada’s lack of tolerance: "It's basically saying, 'If you wear a veil, you cannot be a citizen.' That's the message for us loud and clear," she said.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

take the oath of

a.

to know

2

Canadian must show

b.

be a good Canadian

3.

they found it difficult

c.

citizenship

4.

actually saying

d.

their face

5.

the promise to

e.

of the population

6.

about 2.8 per cent

f.

the words

 

Paragraph 2

1.

new citizens should take

a.

life

2

in view

b.

of tolerance

3.

an open and

c.

loud and clear

4.

in their everyday

d.

the oath

5.

lack

e.

fair country

6.

That's the message for us

f.

of others


LISTENING GAP FILL

Canada ___________________ veils for new citizens who take _____________________. Canada’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney told reporters that people who want to become a Canadian must ___________________ at the new citizens ceremony. The new law ___________________ complained they found it difficult to know if women wearing a burqa or niqab ___________________ the words of the oath – the _____________________ Canadian. Almost a million Muslims live in Canada, about 2.8 per cent of the population.

Jason Kenney said most Canadians ___________________ should take the oath ___________________. He said it was important that the ceremony showed new citizens that Canada was an open ___________________. He also said people were free to wear the veil in their everyday life after ___________________ oath. Canadian Muslim Shahina Siddiqui disagreed with Mr Kenney. She said it showed Canada’s ___________________: "It's basically saying, 'If you wear a veil, you cannot be a citizen.' That's the message for ___________________," she said.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Canada has started to ban veils for new citizens who (1) ____ the oath of citizenship. Canada’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney told reporters that people who want to become a Canadian must (2) ____ their face at the new citizens ceremony. The new law (3) ____ after judges complained they found it difficult (4) ____ know if women wearing a burqa or niqab were actually (5) ____ the words of the oath – the promise to be a good Canadian. Almost a million Muslims live in Canada, about 2.8 per cent of the (6) ____.

Jason Kenney said most Canadians believed new citizens should take the oath in (7) ____ of others. He said it was important that the ceremony showed new citizens that Canada was an (8) ____ and fair country. He also said people were (9) ____ to wear the veil in their everyday life after taking the (10) ____ oath. Canadian Muslim Shahina Siddiqui disagreed with Mr Kenney. She said it showed Canada’s (11) ____ of tolerance: "It's basically saying, 'If you wear a veil, you cannot be a citizen.' That's the message for us (12) ____ and clear," she said.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

fake

(b)

take

(c)

sake

2.

(a)

show

(b)

peek

(c)

appear

3.

(a)

does

(b)

goes

(c)

comes

4.

(a)

to

(b)

as

(c)

by

5.

(a)

saying

(b)

talking

(c)

speaking

6.

(a)

populated

(b)

populate

(c)

population

7.

(a)

view

(b)

see

(c)

look

8.

(a)

openly

(b)

open

(c)

openness

9.

(a)

freedom

(b)

freed

(c)

free

10.

(a)

initials

(b)

initial

(c)

initially

11.

(a)

back

(b)

sack

(c)

lack

12

(a)

volume

(b)

loud

(c)

hear


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

tretads to ban veils

2.

Kenney told seterrorp

3.

the new citizens omrecyne

4.

idlictfuf to know

5.

the pomisre to be a good Canadian

6.

2.8 per cent of the otplpnioua

 

Paragraph 2

7.

in view of soreth

8.

an open and fair trocuny

9.

ydreavey life

10.

Siddiqui degsaierd with Mr Kenney

11.

lack of arctneole

12.

the gmasese for us


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

1  )

Canada has started to ban veils for new citizens who take the oath of citizenship. Canada’s Minister of

(    )

Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney told reporters that people who want to become a

(    )

Canadian must show their face at the new citizens ceremony. The new law comes after judges complained they

(    )

found it difficult to know if women wearing a burqa or niqab were actually

(    )

saying the words of the oath – the promise to be a good Canadian. Almost a million Muslims

(    )

live in Canada, about 2.8 per cent of the population.

(    )

Jason Kenney said most Canadians believed new citizens should take the oath in view

(    )

of others. He said it was important that the ceremony showed new citizens that Canada was an open

(    )

and fair country. He also said people were free to wear the veil in their everyday

(    )

life after taking the initial oath. Canadian Muslim Shahina Siddiqui disagreed with Mr Kenney. She

(    )

said it showed Canada’s lack of tolerance: "It's basically saying, 'If you wear

(    )

a veil, you cannot be a citizen.' That's the message for us, loud and clear," she said.


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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

1.

new     Canada     to     for     started     veils     citizens     has     ban.    

2.

face     ceremony     at     the     Show     new     their     citizens.    

3.

it     Judges     difficult     complained     to     they     know     found.    

4.

Actually     oath     the     of     words     the     saying.    

5.

Canada     in     live     Muslims     million     a     Almost.    

6.

view     in     oath     the     Take     others     of.    

7.

wear     in     life     to     veil     everyday     Free     the     their.    

8.

showed     Canada’s     She     lack     said     of     it     tolerance.    

9.

citizen     a     be     cannot     you     ,     veil     a     wear     you     If.    

10.

That's     ,     the     loud     message     and     for     clear     us


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

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

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

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3.

________________________________________________________

4.

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5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________


WRITING

Write about veils 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. BURQA: Search the Internet and find more information about the burqa. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about veils. Include an imaginary interview with someone who is angry they are being banned at Canada’s citizenship ceremony. 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 burqa expert. Ask him/her three questions about the burqa. 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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