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Aung San Suu Kyi has been a figurehead for her country’s struggle for democracy since 1988. She was born to lead her nation; her father was Burma's independence hero. He was assassinated when she was just two years old. Suu Kyi had an international upbringing. She was educated in Burma, India, and the United Kingdom, where she got her PhD.

In 1988 she returned home to care for her dying mother. Burma was in political chaos after a new military junta took power. A nationwide uprising against the Generals started and Suu Kyi campaigned for freedom and democracy. The brutal regime clamped down on the people and slaughtered 10,000 demonstrators. This made Suu Kyi more determined to help her people.

Suu Kyi increased her efforts to fight the dictators who were leading her country. She was put under house arrest. Even though the government arrested her, the party she led won a staggering 82% of the seats in the 1990 election. The regime never recognized the results. The Generals offered her freedom if she left the country, but she refused.

Suu Kyi was under house arrest for the best part of two decades. Ms Suu Kyi won the Nobel Peace Prize while being detained. She was given her freedom by the military dictatorship on November 13th, 2010. She was greeted by thousands of adoring Burmese at the gates of her home. World leaders welcomed her release. Her new goal is to work with anyone and everyone in Burma to make a better country for her people.

Sources: http://www.wikipedia.org/ and assorted biographies.


SYNONYM MATCH:

Match the words from the article on the left with their synonyms on the right. Are your answers the same as other students’?

Paragraphs 1 and 2

 

 

1.

figurehead

a.

childhood

2

assassinated

b.

revolution

3.

upbringing

c.

murdered

4.

care for

d.

symbol

5.

uprising

e.

committed

6.

determined

f.

look after

Paragraphs 3 and 4

 

 

7.

dictators

g.

unbelievable

8.

staggering

h.

most of

9.

recognized

i.

tyrants

10.

the best part of

j.

loving

11

adoring

k

welcomed

12

greeted

l

accepted

PHRASE MATCH: Match the following phrases from the article.

1.

her country’s struggle

a.

down on the people

2

her father was Burma's

b.

of adoring Burmese

3.

she returned home to care

c.

for democracy

4.

Burma was in political

d.

house arrest

5.

The brutal regime clamped

e.

chaos

6.

She was put under

f.

independence hero

7.

The Generals offered

g.

and everyone

8.

for the best part of

h.

for her dying mother

9.

She was greeted by thousands

i.

her freedom

10.

Her new goal is to work with anyone

j.

two decades


LISTENING GAP FILL:

Aung San Suu Kyi has been a figurehead ________________________ for democracy since 1988. She ________________________; her father was Burma's independence hero. He was assassinated when she was just two years old. Suu Kyi had ________________________. She was educated in Burma, India, and the United Kingdom, where she got her PhD.

In 1988 she returned ________________________ dying mother. Burma was ________________________ new military junta took power. A nationwide uprising against the Generals started and Suu Kyi campaigned for freedom and democracy. The brutal regime ________________________ and slaughtered 10,000 demonstrators. This made Suu Kyi more determined to help her people.

Suu Kyi increased ________________________ dictators who were leading her country. She was put under house arrest. Even though the government arrested her, ________________________ staggering 82% of the seats in the 1990 election. The regime never recognized the results. The Generals offered her ________________________ country, but she refused.

Suu Kyi was under house arrest ________________________ decades. Ms Suu Kyi won the Nobel Peace Prize while being detained. She was given her freedom by ________________________ November 13th, 2010. She was greeted by thousands of adoring Burmese at the gates of her home. World ___________________________. Her new goal is to work with anyone and everyone in Burma to make a better country for her people.

CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD:

Delete the wrong word in each of the pairs of italics.

Aung San Suu Kyi has been a figurehead for her country’s struggle for democracy since / for 1988. She was born to leader / lead her nation; her father was Burma's independence hero. He was assassinated when she was just two years old. Suu Kyi had an international brought / upbringing. She was educated / education in Burma, India, and the United Kingdom, where she got her PhD.

In 1988 she returned home to care with / for her dying mother. Burma was in political choice / chaos after a new military junta took power. A nationwide uprising / rise against the Generals started and Suu Kyi campaigned for freedom and democracy. The brutal regime clamped up / down on the people and slaughtered 10,000 demonstrators. This made Suu Kyi more determined to help her people.

Suu Kyi increased her efforts / effects to fight the dictators who were leading her country. She was put over / under house arrest. Even though the government arrested her, the party she led won a staggering 82% of the chairs / seats in the 1990 election. The regime never recognized the results. The Generals offered her freedom if she left the country, but she refusal / refused.

Suu Kyi was under home / house arrest for the best part of two decades. Ms Suu Kyi won the Nobel Peace Prize while being / was detained. She was given her freedom by the military dictatorship on November 13th, 2010. She was greeting / greeted by thousands of adoring Burmese at the gates of her home. World leaders welcomed her release. Her new goal is to work with anyone and someone / everyone in Burma to make a better country for her people.


SPELLING:  

These jumbled words (underlined) are from the text. Spell them correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

her country’s urgetgls for democracy

2.

She was born to lead her notina

3.

her father was Burma's independence rheo

4.

She was tcaededu in Burma

Paragraph 2

5.

she eedtrrnu home to care for her dying mother

6.

A nationwide uprising ntgaasi the Generals

7.

Suu Kyi campaigned for rfmedoe and democracy

8.

This made Suu Kyi more tieeedrndm to help her people

Paragraph 3

9.

the dictators who were dangile her country

10.

the party she led won a staggering 82% of the eatss

11.

The regime never recognized the eutsrls

12.

but she sfdeure

Paragraph 4

13.

for the best part of two ceaddes

14.

he was given her dfemero

15.

thousands of nragdio Burmese

16.

World leaders welcomed her eeesalr

PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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10,000 demonstrators. This made Suu Kyi more determined to help her people.

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for freedom and democracy. The brutal regime clamped down on the people and slaughtered

1  )

Aung San Suu Kyi has been a figurehead for her country's struggle for democracy

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release. Her new goal is to work with anyone and everyone in Burma to make a better country for her people.

(    )

since 1988. She was born to lead her nation; her father was Burma's independence hero. He was assassinated when she was just

(    )

seats in the 1990 election. The regime never recognized the results. The Generals offered her freedom if she left the country, but she refused.

(    )

being detained. She was given her freedom by the military dictatorship on November 13th, 2010. She was greeted

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arrest. Even though the government arrested her, the party she led won a staggering 82% of the

(    )

two years old. Suu Kyi had an international upbringing. She was educated in

(    )

Suu Kyi increased her efforts to fight the dictators who were leading her country. She was put under house

(    )

chaos after a new military junta took power. A nationwide uprising against the Generals started and Suu Kyi campaigned

(    )

Suu Kyi has been under house arrest for the best part of two decades. Ms Suu Kyi won the Nobel Peace Prize while

(    )

by thousands of adoring Burmese at the gates of her home. World leaders welcomed her

(    )

In 1988 she returned home to care for her dying mother. Burma was in political

(    )

Burma, India, and the United Kingdom, where she got her PhD.


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1. her   for   figurehead   a   struggle   country’s
2. hero   independence   Burma's   was   father   her
3. her   home   dying   to   mother   care   she   for   returned
4. political   was   chaos   in   Burma
5. down   clamped   regime   brutal   The   people   the   on
6. were   who   dictators   the   fight   country   her   leading
7. she   party   the   seats   the   of   %   82   staggering   a   won   led
8. Generals   freedom   offered   The   her
9. best    decades    arrest    for    Under    the    of    two    house    part.
10. to    everyone    new    and    is    work    Her    with    anyone    goal.

DISCUSSION (Write your questions):

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

1.

What do you know about Aung San Suu Kyi?

2.

Would you like to meet Aung San Suu Kyi?

3.

What would you like to know about Aung San Suu Kyi and why?

4.

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

1.

What did you learn from this text about Aung San Suu Kyi?

2.

What questions would you like to ask Aung San Suu Kyi?

3.

What would her answers be to those questions?

4.

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6.

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THE AUNG SAN SUU KYI SURVEY:

Write five questions about Aung San Suu Kyi in the table. Do this in pairs/groups. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

Without your partner, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

STUDENT 1

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STUDENT 2

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STUDENT 3

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Q.1.

 

 

 

 

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Return to your original partner(s) and share and talk about what you found out.  Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.


WRITING:

Write about Aung San Suu Kyi 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. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find more information about Aung San Suu Kyi. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. AUNG SAN SUU KYI POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Aung San Suu Kyi. Show your poster to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all find out similar things?

4. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Aung San Suu Kyi. Include an imaginary interview with her. Write about what she does every day and what she thinks about.

Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to Aung San Suu Kyi. Ask her three questions about her life. Give her three suggestions on what she should do in her future. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your “Aung San Suu Kyi expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.


ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2

 

 

1.

figurehead

a.

symbol

2

assassinated

b.

murdered

3.

upbringing

c.

childhood

4.

care for

d.

look after

5.

uprising

e.

revolution

6.

determined

f.

committed

Paragraphs 3 and 4

 

 

7.

dictators

g.

tyrants

8.

staggering

h.

unbelievable

9.

recognized

i.

accepted

10.

the best part of

j.

most of

11

adoring

k

loving

12

greeted

l

welcomed

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

her country’s struggle

a.

for democracy

2

her father was Burma's

b.

independence hero

3.

she returned home to care

c.

for her dying mother

4.

Burma was in political

d.

chaos

5.

The brutal regime clamped

e.

down on the people

6.

She was put under

f.

house arrest

7.

The Generals offered

g.

her freedom

8.

for the best part of

h.

two decades

9.

She was greeted by thousands

i.

of adoring Burmese

10.

Her new goal is to work with anyone

j.

and everyone

ALL OTHER EXERCISES

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