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Thousands Camp In Cairo’s Tahrir Square (26th January, 2012)

Thousands of Egyptians are once again camping in Cairo's Tahrir Square. They stayed in the square overnight after a rally to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the protests that led to the fall of President Hosni Mubarak. Many of those sleeping out say they will stay until Friday, when another rally will take place. People are unhappy with how the military is running the country. They want change and a speedy handover of power to an elected government. There were similar rallies across Egypt on Wednesday.

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The BBC reporter Jon Leyne said there was a cheerful mood in Cairo among the tens of thousands on the streets. He reports there was a very peaceful atmosphere that was more like a huge street party than a political protest. One protestor said he was not there to party. Attiya Mohammed Attiya told the BBC: “I am not here to celebrate. I am here for a second revolution….The military council is made of [the leftovers] of the Mubarak regime. We will only succeed when we remove them from power.”

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.
Paragraph 1

1.

once

a.

of the protests

2

They stayed in the square

b.

handover

3.

the one-year anniversary

c.

overnight

4.

how the military is

d.

Egypt

5.

a speedy

e.

again

6.

There were similar rallies across

f.

running the country

Paragraph 2

1.

there was a cheerful

a.

thousands

2

tens of

b.

party

3.

a very peaceful

c.

mood

4.

a huge street

d.

from power

5.

The military

e.

atmosphere

6.

remove them

f.

council


LISTENING GAP FILL


Thousands of Egyptians __________________ camping in Cairo's Tahrir Square. They stayed in the __________________ after a rally to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the protests that __________________ of President Hosni Mubarak. Many of those sleeping out say they will stay until Friday, when another rally will take place. People are __________________ the military is running the country. They want change and __________________ of power to an elected government. There were __________________ Egypt on Wednesday.
The BBC reporter Jon Leyne said there was __________________ in Cairo among the tens of thousands on the streets. He reports there was a very __________________ that was more like a huge street party than __________________. One protestor said he was not there to party. Attiya Mohammed Attiya told the BBC: “I am not here to celebrate. I am here for a __________________ ….The military __________________ [the leftovers] of the Mubarak regime. We will only succeed when we __________________ from power.”


MULTIPLE CHOICE


Thousands of Egyptians are (1) ____ again camping in Cairo's Tahrir Square. They stayed in the square overnight after a rally (2) ____ celebrate the one-year anniversary of the protests that led to the (3) ____ of President Hosni Mubarak. Many of those sleeping out say they will stay until Friday, when another rally will (4) ____ place. People are unhappy with how the military is (5) ____ the country. They want change and a speedy handover of power to an elected government. There were (6) ____ rallies across Egypt on Wednesday.
The BBC reporter Jon Leyne said there was a cheerful (7) ____ in Cairo among the tens of thousands on the streets. He reports there was a very peaceful atmosphere that was more like a (8) ____ street party than a political (9) ____. One protestor said he was not (10) ____ to party. Attiya Mohammed Attiya told the BBC: “I am not here to celebrate. I am here for a second (11) ____ ….The military council is made of [the leftovers] of the Mubarak regime. We will only succeed when we (12) ____ them from power.”
Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

twice

(b)

only

(c)

once

2.

(a)

for

(b)

to

(c)

of

3.

(a)

fall

(b)

drop

(c)

mistake

4.

(a)

take

(b)

give

(c)

have

5.

(a)

walking

(b)

running

(c)

jogging

6.

(a)

same

(b)

similarity

(c)

similar

7.

(a)

mood

(b)

moody

(c)

mode

8.

(a)

hug

(b)

huge

(c)

hugs

9.

(a)

protest

(b)

protect

(c)

propose

10.

(a)

their

(b)

they’re

(c)

there

11.

(a)

resolution

(b)

reduction

(c)

revolution

12

(a)

movement

(b)

remove

(c)

removal


SPELLING


Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

cinmpga in Cairo's Tahrir Square

2.

stayed in the square rhgnvioet

3.

eahrotn rally will take place

4.

ignnrun the country

5.

a speedy erhvando

6.

rlsmiia rallies

 

Paragraph 2

7.

BBC eprretro

8.

a eucelfrh mood

9.

very ueacelpf

10.

a political trposte

11.

I am not here to realtcbee

12.

evermo them from power


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER


Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

like a huge street party than a political protest. One protestor said he was not there to

(    )

party. Attiya Mohammed Attiya told the BBC: “I am not here to celebrate. I am here for a second

(    )

of the protests that led to the fall of President Hosni Mubarak. Many of those

(    )

place. People are unhappy with how the military is running the country. They want change and a speedy

(    )

handover of power to an elected government. There were similar rallies across Egypt on Wednesday.

(    )

sleeping out say they will stay until Friday, when another rally will take

1  )

Thousands of Egyptians are once again camping in Cairo's Tahrir Square. They stayed

(    )

the Mubarak regime. We will only succeed when we remove them from power.”

(    )

the tens of thousands on the streets. He reports there was a very peaceful atmosphere that was more

(    )

revolution….The military council is made of [the leftovers] of

(    )

in the square overnight after a rally to celebrate the one-year anniversary

(    )

The BBC reporter Jon Leyne said there was a cheerful mood in Cairo among


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


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

1.

Square     camping     Tahrir     again     Cairo's     Once     in.    

2.

the     overnight     They     in     square     stayed.     

3.

one     the     -     protests     year     anniversary     The     of.    

4.

running     military     How     the     is     the     country.    

5.

change     speedy    power    want     a    of    They     and     handover.    

6.

in     There     a     mood     Cairo     was     cheerful

7.

very     reports     peaceful     there     atmosphere     was     a     He.    

8.

was     to     One     he     there     said     not     party     protestor.    

9.

for     a     second     revolution     I     .     am     here

10.

only     them     succeed     when     We     we     will     remove.    


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.

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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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WRITING


Write about Egypt’s revolution 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. EGYPT’S REVOLUTION: Search the Internet and find more information about Egypt’s revolution. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Egypt’s revolution. Include an imaginary interview with someone in Tahrir Square. 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 an Egypt expert. Ask him/her three questions about Egypt’s revolution. 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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