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dateline: 15 October 2013

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Malala Visits The White House

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • activist: someone who speaks out and fights for change
  • memoir: a book about one’s personal memory of specific events
  • defy: to go against the rules
  • recipient: a person who receives something
  • drone: an unmanned aircraft
  • terrorism: the use of violence or threats to achieve political or social objectives

Malala Visits The White House

Malala Yousafzai, a young Pakistani activist who was by the Taliban last year, is touring the US to promote her memoir, I am Malala. Malala was shot because she defied the Taliban and campaigned for girls’ education. The 16-year-old was up for the this weekend. If she had won, she would have been the youngest recipient . While at the White House, Malala told that she believes drones are fuelling terrorism. She asked the president to stop using drones, and to improve relations with her government.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Who is Malala Yousafzai?
  2. Why does the report mention the Nobel Peace Prize?
  3. What does the report imply about the US and Pakistan?

Discussion Question: Do you agree with Malala that drones are fuelling terrorism? Why or why not?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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