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The U.K. will start a new project to help men with fatherhood. Men can take lessons on how to be a better parent. The project is to reduce family breakdown in the U.K. Over a million British children have no father at home. A 16-year-old is more likely to own a smartphone than have a father. A spokesperson said the bond between a father and his child was very important for children as they grow up.



The new classes will be for men only. They will look at how a baby can change relationships. There will also be lessons on communication skills, possible problems and where to get help. The U.K. wants the divorce rate to go down. Divorce harms children. It affects school work, eating habits and relations with parents. A spokesman said the government had to "be serious about seeking to support and strengthen families".

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Sources
  • http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2893961/Men-lessons-parenting-slow-rate-family-breakdown-survey-reveals-teenagers-likely-smartphones-fathers-home.html
  • http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/relationships/fatherhood/11321755/Fatherhood-lessons-wont-stop-families-breaking-up.html
  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-30658123


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The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

1.

a new project to help men

a.

be a better parent

2.

lessons on how to

b.

old

3.

family

c.

father at home

4.

children have no

d.

they grow up

5.

A 16-year-

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with fatherhood

6.

more likely to own

f.

and his child

7.

the bond between a father

g.

breakdown

8.

important for children as

h.

a smartphone



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

The new classes will be

a.

parents

2.

how a baby can change

b.

get help

3.

communication

c.

strengthen families

4.

where to

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for men only

5.

divorce

e.

children

6.

Divorce harms

f.

rate

7.

relations with

g.

relationships

8.

seeking to support and

h.

skills

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

The U.K. (1) ___________________ project to help men with fatherhood. Men can take lessons (2) ___________________ better parent. The project (3) ___________________ family breakdown in the U.K. Over a million British children have no (4) ___________________. A 16-year-old is more likely to own a smartphone (5) ___________________. A spokesperson said the bond between a father and his child was very important for children (6) ___________________.

The new classes will (7) ___________________. They will look at how a baby can change relationships. (8) ___________________ lessons on communication skills, (9) ___________________ and where to get help. The U.K. wants the (10) ___________________ go down. Divorce harms children. It affects school work, eating (11) ___________________ with parents. A spokesman said the government had to "be serious about (12) ___________________ and strengthen families".





PUT A SLASH ( / ) WHERE THE SPACES ARE

TheU.K.willstartanewprojecttohelpmenwithfatherhood.Mencantake
lessonsonhowtobeabetterparent.Theprojectistoreducefamilybreak
downintheU.K.OveramillionBritishchildrenhavenofatherathome.A1
6-year-oldismorelikelytoownasmartphonethanhaveafather.Aspoke
spersonsaidthebondbetweenafatherandhischildwasveryimportantf
orchildrenastheygrowup.Thenewclasseswillbeformenonly.Theywilll
ookathowababycanchangerelationships.Therewillalsobelessonsonc
ommunicationskills,possibleproblemsandwheretogethelp.TheU.K.
wantsthedivorceratetogodown.Divorceharmschildren.Itaffectsscho
olwork,eatinghabitsandrelationswithparents.Aspokesmansaidtheg
overnmenthadto"beseriousaboutseekingtosupportandstrengthenfa
milies".

WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

Student A: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

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Student B: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

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WRITING

Write about fatherhood for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner's paper.

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