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World Afro Day (WAD) happens on September the 15th every year. It is a global event that promotes the education and appreciation for afro hair. It is on this day to remember a U.S. federal court ruling that discriminated against people having dreadlocks in the workplace. On 15th September, 2016, a U.S. judge ruled it was legal to ban people from wearing dreadlocks at work. World Afro Day organisers hope this day will educate people and, "equip institutions and organisations alike, to identify and eradicate hair bias against afro-hair". The day allows people to, "empower future generations of black and mixed-race children to embrace, enjoy and celebrate their natural, afro-hair".



The World Afro Day website says many people in society unfairly have negative views of afro hair. It says this badly affects people with afro hair. It "can create exclusion, shame and feelings of inferiority". It also has a long-lasting economic impact and puts pressure on people, especially black women, to conform to hairstyles that society thinks are "normal". The WAD website points out that people with non-afro hair do not have these problems. It says: "Straight European and Asian hair types are promoted everyday, through fairytales, films, television, social media, consumer products and advertising." Visit the website to get and share ideas on how to celebrate World Afro Day.

Sources:
http://www.worldafroday.com/home-1
http://www.essence.com/2016/09/20/judge-ban-dreadlocks-workplace-discrimination
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afro

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

promotes the education and

a.

against afro-hair

2

a U.S. federal court

b.

afro-hair

3.

discriminated against people

c.

ruling

4.

eradicate hair bias

d.

generations

5.

empower future

e.

having dreadlocks

6.

celebrate their natural,

f.

appreciation for afro hair

 

Paragraph 2

1.

have negative

a.

lasting economic impact

2

feelings

b.

thinks are "normal"

3.

It also has a long-

c.

not have these problems

4.

conform to hairstyles that society

d.

views of afro hair

5.

people with non-afro hair do

e.

and advertising

6.

social media, consumer products

f.

of inferiority

LISTENING GAP FILL

World Afro Day (WAD) (1) ___________________ September the 15th every year. It is a global event that promotes the education and appreciation (2) ___________________. It is on this day because it remembers a U.S. federal court ruling that discriminated against people having (3) ___________________ the workplace. On 15th September 2016, a U.S. judge ruled it was legal to ban people from wearing dreadlocks at work. World Afro Day organisers hope this (4) ___________________ people and, "equip institutions and organisations alike, to identify and (5) ___________________ against afro-hair". The day allows people to, "empower future generations of black and mixed-race children to embrace, enjoy and (6) ___________________, afro-hair".

The World Afro Day website says many people (7) ___________________ have negative views of afro hair. It says this badly affects people with afro hair. It "can (8) ___________________, shame and feelings of inferiority". It also has a long-lasting economic impact and (9) ___________________ people, especially black women, to conform to hairstyles that society thinks are "normal". The WAD website (10) ___________________ people with non-afro hair do not have these problems. It says: "Straight European and Asian hair types are promoted everyday, (11) ___________________, films, television, social media, consumer products and advertising." Visit the website to get and (12) ___________________ how to celebrate World Afro Day.

WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

World Afro Day (WAD) happens on September the 15th every year. It is a global (1) ____________ that promotes the education and appreciation for afro hair. It is on this day (2) ____________ a U.S. federal court (3) ____________ that discriminated against people having dreadlocks in the (4) ____________. On 15th September 2016, a U.S. judge ruled it was (5) ____________ to ban people from wearing dreadlocks at work. World Afro Day organisers hope this day will educate people and, "equip institutions and organisations alike, to (6) ____________ and eradicate hair bias against afro-hair". The day allows people to, "empower (7) ____________ generations of black and mixed-race children to embrace, enjoy and celebrate their (8) ____________, afro-hair".

 

 

 

legal
event
future
workplace
natural
remember
ruling
identify

The World Afro Day website says many people in society unfairly have (9) ____________ views of afro hair. It says this badly affects people with afro hair. It "can create exclusion, (10) ____________ and feelings of inferiority". It also has a long-lasting (11) ____________ impact and puts pressure on people, especially black women, to conform to hairstyles that (12) ____________ thinks are "normal". The WAD website points out that people with non-afro hair do not have these (13) ____________. It says: "Straight European and Asian hair types are promoted everyday, through (14) ____________, films, television, social media, consumer (15) ____________ and advertising." Visit the website to get and (16) ____________ ideas on how to celebrate World Afro Day.

 

 

fairytales
 
shame
share
society
negative
products
problems
economic

CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

World Afro Day (WAD) (1) happens / happning on September the 15th every year. It is a global event that promotes the education and (2) appreciation / appreciates for afro hair. It is on this day because it remembers a U.S. (3) federal / feral court ruling that discriminated against people having dreadlocks in the workplace. On 15th September 2016, a U.S. judge ruled it was (4) legally / legal to ban people from wearing dreadlocks at work. World Afro Day organisers hope this day (5) will / is educate people and, "equip institutions and organisations alike, to identify and eradicate hair (6) basis / bias against afro-hair". The day allows people to, "empower (7) past / future generations of black and mixed-race children to embrace, enjoy and celebrate their (8) nature / natural, afro-hair".

The World Afro Day website says many people in (9) social / society unfairly have negative views of afro hair. It says this (10) bad / badly affects people with afro hair. It "can (11) create / creation exclusion, shame and feelings of inferiority". It also has a long-lasting economic impact and puts pressure (12) on / in people, especially black women, to conform to hairstyles that society thinks are "normal". The WAD website points (13) out / in that people with non-afro hair do not have (14) them / these problems. It says: "Straight European and Asian hair types are (15) promoted / promotion everyday, through fairytales, films, television, social media, consumer products and advertising." Visit the website to get and share ideas on (16) how / what to celebrate World Afro Day.

MULTIPLE CHOICE

World Afro Day (WAD) (1) ____ on September the 15th every year. It is a global event that promotes the (2) ____ and appreciation for afro hair. It is on this day because it remembers a U.S. federal court ruling that discriminated against people having dreadlocks (3) ____ the workplace. On 15th September 2016, a U.S. judge ruled it was legal to (4) ____ people from wearing dreadlocks at work. World Afro Day organisers hope this day will educate people and, "equip institutions and organisations alike, to identify and eradicate hair (5) ____ against afro-hair". The day allows people to, "empower future generations of black and mixed-(6) ____  children to embrace, enjoy and celebrate their natural, afro-hair".

The World Afro Day website says many people in society unfairly have negative views of afro hair. It says this (7) ____ affects people with afro hair. It "can create exclusion, shame and feelings (8) ____ inferiority". It also has a long-lasting economic impact and puts pressure on people, especially black women, to conform to hairstyles that (9) ____ thinks are "normal". The WAD website points out that people with non-afro hair do not have these problems. It says: "Straight European and Asian hair types (10) ____ promoted everyday, through fairytales, films, television, social media, (11) ____ products and advertising." Visit the website to get and share (12) ____ on how to celebrate World Afro Day.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

 happening

(b)

 happen

(c)

 happened

(d)

 happens

2.

(a)

 education

(b)

 educates

(c)

 educated

(d)

 educator

3.

(a)

 out

(b)

 in

(c)

 of

(d)

 for

4.

(a)

 fan

(b)

 can

(c)

 van

(d)

 ban

5.

(a)

 basis

(b)

 dais

(c)

 bias

(d)

 dials

6.

(a)

 race

(b)

 racist

(c)

 racially

(d)

 racism

7.

(a)

 worse

(b)

 bad

(c)

 badly

(d)

 badder

8.

(a)

 at

(b)

 off

(c)

 of

(d)

 on

9.

(a)

 society

(b)

 social

(c)

 socialism

(d)

 socialist

10.

(a)

 been

(b)

 be

(c)

 is

(d)

 are

11.

(a)

 producer

(b)

 consumer

(c)

 maker

(d)

 inventor

12.

(a)

 idealism

(b)

 ideas

(c)

 idea

(d)

 ideal

SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

a global event that tsropoem the education

2.

people having oelsracdkd

3.

equip tstnuinitosi and organisations alike

4.

identify and actaideer hair bias

5.

empower future aisgorentne

6.

aembcer, enjoy and celebrate

 

Paragraph 2

7.

lnifayur have negative views of afro hair

8.

shame and feelings of ftoierirnyi

9.

puts eprsesru on people

10.

mrcofno to hairstyles that society thinks are "normal"

11.

promoted everyday through satlfryeia

12.

sounemcr products and advertising

PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

educate people and, "equip institutions and organisations alike, to identify and eradicate hair bias

1  )

World Afro Day (WAD) happens on September the 15th every year. It is a global event that promotes the

(    )

lasting economic impact and puts pressure on people, especially black women, to conform to hairstyles that

8  )

The World Afro Day website says many people in society unfairly have negative views of afro hair. It says this badly

(    )

race children to embrace, enjoy and celebrate their natural, afro-hair".

(    )

afro hair do not have these problems. It says: "Straight European and Asian hair types are promoted

(    )

education and appreciation for afro hair. It is on this day to remember a U.S. federal

(    )

everyday, through fairytales, films, television, social media, consumer

(    )

against afro-hair". The day allows people to, "empower future generations of black and mixed-

(    )

judge ruled it was legal to ban people from wearing dreadlocks at work. World Afro Day organisers hope this day will

(    )

products and advertising." Visit the website to get and share ideas on how to celebrate World Afro Day.

(    )

court ruling that discriminated against people having dreadlocks in the workplace. On 15th September, 2016, a U.S.

(    )

society thinks are "normal". The WAD website points out that people with non-

(    )

affects people with afro hair. It "can create exclusion, shame and feelings of inferiority". It also has a long-

SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

afro  education  hair  and  appreciation  Promotes  for  the. 

2.

workplace  having  dreadlocks  Discriminated  in  against  the  people. 

3.

was  It  work  at  dreadlocks  wearing  from  people  ban  to  legal. 

4.

this  hope  Organisers  people  educate  will  day. 

5.

future  allows  generations  people  to  The  empower  day. 

6.

views  unfairly  society  in  People  hair  afro  of  have  negative. 

7.

badly  with  this  people  hair  says  affects  afro  It. 

8.

are  .  hairstyles  thinks  "normal"  to  society  Conform  that

9.

problems  these  have  not  do  hair  afro  -  non  with  People. 

10.

types  European  are  and  promoted  Asian  everyday  hair. 

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.

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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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THE WORLD AFRO DAY SURVEY

Write five questions about World Afro Day 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

_____________

STUDENT 2

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STUDENT 3

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Q.1.

 

 

 

 

Q.2.

 

 

 

 

Q.3.

 

 

 

 

Q.4.

 

 

 

 

Q.5.

 

 

 

 

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 World Afro Day 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 World Afro Day. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about World Afro Day. Write about what happens around the world. Include two imaginary interviews with people who did something on this day.

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

4. POSTER: Make your own poster about afro hair and World Afro Day. Write about will happen on this day around the world.

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

ANSWERS

Check your answers in "THE READING / TAPESCRIPT" section at the top of this page.




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