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A man from Syria has been stuck in an airport. He has been there for over one month. He cannot enter Malaysia, he has to only stay in the airport.

He was sent to Malaysia when he lost his work visa. He was working in the United Arab Emirates. He lost his visa because there is a war in his home country.

He cannot return to his home country because of the war. He also can’t go to a new country because of the war.

He is trying lots of different options to try and get to a new country.

Difficult words

Stuck: Cannot leave a place.

Visa: Something that allows you to stay in a country that is not yours.

Lost: To not have something that you still want.

Return: Come back.

Options: Possible things that you can do.

War: Fighting between countries or people.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

British English:

American English:

Match the Synonym!

 1. Stuck  A. Can’t move
 2. Visa  B. Come back
 3. Lost  C. Travel document
 4. Return  D. Possibilities
 5. Options E. Stop having

True or False?

1.  A woman has not left an airport for more than one month. T / F

2. The man cannot go to his home country.  T / F

3.  The man was working in Malaysia. T / F

4. The man is from Syria. T / F

5.  There is a war in the man’s country. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. airport / in / A / stuck / man / from / has / been / Syria / an

2. He / one / over / for / has / month / there / been

3. enter / cannot / He / Malaysia

4. working / was / in / United Arab Emirates / He / the

5. return / He / to / country / cannot / his / home

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

British English:

American English:

War Work Stuck
Return Stay Different

A man from Syria has been ___________ in an airport. He has been there for over one month. He cannot enter Malaysia, he has to only _________ in the airport.

He was sent to Malaysia when he lost his ________ visa. He was working in the United Arab Emirates. He lost his visa because there is a _____ in his home country.

He cannot ________ to his home country because of the war. He also can’t go to a new country because of the war.

He is trying lots of ___________ options to try and get to a new country.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. Have you ever had trouble getting a visa?
4. How do you think the man should be helped?
5. What would you do if you were this man?
6. Do you think countries should accept Syrian refugees?
7. Have you ever heard of the film ‘The Terminal’?
8. What is the longest you have ever been in an airport?
9. Are there any countries that you would like to live in?
10. Have you ever been to a dangerous country?
11. Is your passport a “strong” passport?
12. Do tourists need a visa to visit your country?
13. What do you think life is like being stuck in an airport for so long?
14. Should Malaysia let the man into the country?
15. Would you try to escape the airport?
16. Do you think airports are comfortable?
17. Have you ever been trapped inside anywhere?
18. How long do you think you could survive in an airport?
19. Do you like airports?
20. Is there anything you would like to say to the man?