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1. Preview the vocabulary and read the gapfill text.
2. Play the news report and try to fill in the blanks.
3. Answer the comprehension questions by writing full sentences.
4. Use the discussion question to write an essay or discuss the story with other students.
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dateline: 21 February 2018

Syrian Civilians Trapped in Eastern Ghouta

Listen to the news in English with Tara Benwell

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • catastrophic: causing great harm or damage
  • dire: very serious
  • humanitarian: related to help for people in need
  • civilian: a person who is not in the armed forces or police
  • access: the ability to get or have
  • ceasefire: an agreement to stop fighting for a time period

Syrian War Catastrophic in Eastern Ghouta

Syrians trapped in the last rebel-held region say the is catastrophic and fear the international community has forgotten them. At least ten towns and across the region have been bombed in government air strikes since Sunday. According to the Red Cross, the area is in dire need of humanitarian , but no emergency supplies are being allowed in. Hundreds of civilians have been killed and many more are with no access to medical care. The UN is calling for a ceasefire in order to civilians.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What fear do Syrian civilians in Eastern Ghouta have?
  2. According to the article, which organization wants to provide humanitarian assistance but can’t?
  3. What has the UN called for?

Discussion Questions

Do you agree that the world has forgotten about Syria? What role does the media have?

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

2 Comments on Syrian Civilians Trapped in Eastern Ghouta

  1. Susie Campbell says:

    This resource will be invaluable for my weekly English conversation class (EFL)
    I will look forward to making full use of it.

  2. Bijan says:

    Hi Tara,

    First, thank you for this week’s news report.

    Second, this news report is easy for me because could understand it without seeing the text in the first step.

    In addition, I could fill in the blanks except one word (evacuate).

    Third, I’m so sorry for Syrian civilians and am sorry for international organizations that cannot help them.

    Fourth, it’s nearly 40 years that we can see the war everywhere in the Middle East (Iran and Iraq, Iraq and Kuwait, the Persian Gulf’s war, Syria’s war, ISIS’s war and so on).
    A lot of people were killed and were injured by these wars and also have lost everything in their life.

    Finally, I hope the Middle East will see the peace soon, if the leaders of countries want to end these wars because the people of these countries are innocent and don’t have any role in creating the wars.

    I wish love and peace for all countries and all people around the world regardless of nationality, religion, race and so on.

    Teacher Tara,

    Thank you for telling us about innocent people in your news reports.

    Best wishes and have a great weekend in nice Canada,
    Bijan from the Persian Gulf

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