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13 Syrians Killed Trying to Help Reporters (27th February, 2012)

Thirteen Syrian activists were killed on Monday trying to help four foreign journalists escape from the city of Homs. The reporters were covering the fighting between government troops who have surrounded the city and opposition fighters. The daring rescue attempt went wrong when Syrian security forces ambushed a group containing 40 activists and the four journalists. They were trying to leave the Bab Amr neighbourhood, which has been a centre of resistance to President Bashar al-Assad.

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Syrian forces have killed more than 7,500 civilians since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began a year ago. A spokeswoman for the United Nations said: "There are [believable] reports that the death toll now often exceeds 100 civilians a day, including many women and children." US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suggested the Syrian leader may be a war criminal. French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe warned Assad that he could face justice in the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.
Paragraph 1

1.

Thirteen Syrian activists were

a.

fighters

2

The reporters were covering

b.

resistance

3.

opposition

c.

killed on Monday

4.

daring rescue

d.

40 activists

5.

ambushed a group containing

e.

the fighting

6.

a centre of

f.

attempt

Paragraph 2

1.

killed more than 7,500 civilians

a.

civilians a day

2

death

b.

Minister

3.

exceeds 100

c.

justice

4.

war

d.

toll

5.

Foreign

e.

since the uprising

6.

face

f.

criminal


LISTENING GAP FILL


Thirteen Syrian activists were killed on Monday ______________ four ________________ escape from the city of Homs. The reporters were covering the fighting between government troops who have __________________ and opposition fighters. The _____________________ went wrong when Syrian security ________________ a group containing 40 activists and the four journalists. They were trying to leave the Bab Amr neighbourhood, which has been a ________________ to President Bashar al-Assad.
Syrian forces have __________________ 7,500 civilians ________________ against President Bashar al-Assad began a year ago. A spokeswoman for the United Nations said: "There are [believable] reports that ________________ now often __________________ a day, including many women and children." US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suggested the Syrian leader may be ________________. French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe warned Assad that he _________________ in the International Criminal Court in The Hague.


MULTIPLE CHOICE


Thirteen Syrian activists were killed on Monday (1) ____ to help four foreign journalists escape from the city of Homs. The reporters were (2) ____ the fighting between government troops who have surrounded the city and opposition (3) ____. The daring rescue attempt (4) ____ wrong when Syrian security forces ambushed a group containing 40 (5) ____ and the four journalists. They were trying to leave the Bab Amr neighbourhood, which has been a (6) ____ of resistance to President Bashar al-Assad.
Syrian forces have killed more than 7,500 civilians (7) ____ the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began a year (8) ____. A spokeswoman for the United Nations said: "There are [believable] reports that the death (9) ____ now often exceeds 100 civilians a day, including many women and children." US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (10) ____ the Syrian leader may be a war criminal. French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe (11) ____ Assad that he could (12) ____ justice in the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

tried

(b)

tries

(c)

trying

2.

(a)

covering

(b)

covers

(c)

covered

3.

(a)

fighting

(b)

fighters

(c)

fought

4.

(a)

went

(b)

gone

(c)

been

5.

(a)

activites

(b)

actions

(c)

activists

6.

(a)

centre

(b)

middle

(c)

oval

7.

(a)

past

(b)

since

(c)

ago

8.

(a)

since

(b)

past

(c)

ago

9.

(a)

toll

(b)

roll

(c)

poll

10.

(a)

suggestion

(b)

suggested

(c)

suggests

11.

(a)

warning

(b)

warned

(c)

warns

12

(a)

head

(b)

back

(c)

face


SPELLING


Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

Thirteen Syrian cistaitsv

2.

aesepc from the city

3.

fighting between government rsotpo

4.

The daring rescue pettamt

5.

security eorscf ambushed a group

6.

a tecner of resistance

 

Paragraph 2

7.

7,500 vnsaiilci

8.

since the usiprign

9.

the edhat toll

10.

cesxeed 100

11.

a war crailinm

12.

he could face sjcieut


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER


Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

against President Bashar al-Assad began a year ago. A spokeswoman for the United Nations said:

(    )

fighters. The daring rescue attempt went wrong when Syrian security forces ambushed a

(    )

group containing 40 activists and the four journalists. They were trying to leave the Bab Amr neighbourhood,

(    )

the fighting between government troops who have surrounded the city and opposition

(    )

suggested the Syrian leader may be a war criminal. French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe warned

(    )

Assad that he could face justice in the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

(  1  )

Thirteen Syrian activists were killed on Monday trying to help four foreign

(    )

civilians a day, including many women and children." US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

(    )

which has been a centre of resistance to President Bashar al-Assad.

(    )

journalists escape from the city of Homs. The reporters were covering

(    )

Syrian forces have killed more than 7,500 civilians since the uprising

(    )

"There are [believable] reports that the death toll now often exceeds 100


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


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

1.

were     activists     Syrian     Thirteen     Monday     on     killed.    

2.

escape     Help     from     four     the     foreign     city     journalists.    

3.

covering     fighting     The     were     the     reporters.    

4.

daring     attempt     wrong     The     rescue     went.    

5.

a     ambushed     forces     Security     group.    

6.

500     forces     more     ,     Syrian     killed     7     have     than.    

7.

began     Bashar     President     against     uprising     the     Since.    

8.

civilians     now     often     The     exceeds     death     100     toll.    

9.

leader     criminal     may     be     The     a     Syrian     war.    

10.

could     warned     face     Assad     justice     that     he     Juppe.    


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.

________________________________________________________

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 the situation in Syria. Include an imaginary interview with civilians. 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 what’s happening. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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