The Reading / Listening - Level 5

The furniture store IKEA has banned old people from dating at its store in Shanghai. Store managers decided to stop what they described as 'illegal date clubs'. Since the store opened, hundreds of lonely, divorced or widowed elderly people have gone to the cafeteria in search of love and friendship. Many of them did not buy anything. Management said they used seats for 'extended periods,' 'spoke loudly,' 'spat on the floor,' 'flirted' and had 'quarrels and fights'. The store said: "From today, the restaurant will only be for people who purchase their food first."



The elderly people are angry about the ban. They say they have nowhere to go. One regular said: "We've been to McDonald's and KFC, but there are barely any of our peers there. We feel like aliens there - surrounded by youngsters." Another frequent visitor said: "Few people know just how lonely old people are. Our kids are not around, and some visit only on weekends. I feel quite good when I come here. I talk with friends, but some elderly do meet people who become lovers." Customers have little sympathy for those in search of love. They complain that there is nowhere to sit.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Level 4 or  Level 6

Sources
  • http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/ikea-losing-patience-with-elderly-chinese-who-assemble-in-store-to-find-love
  • http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/ikea-eatery-its-no-pay-no-stay
  • http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/ikea-bans-illegal-blind-dating-group-store-cafeteria-in-shanghai-china-a7359271.html


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. banned old people
  2. what they described as
  3. lonely, divorced
  4. gone to the cafeteria in
  5. they used seats for extended
  6. spat on the
  7. quarrels and
  8. for people who purchase
  1. fights
  2. search of love
  3. from dating at its store
  4. their food first
  5. floor
  6. 'illegal date clubs'
  7. or widowed
  8. periods

Paragraph 2

  1. The elderly people are angry
  2. They say they have
  3. We feel like
  4. surrounded
  5. Few people know just how
  6. I feel
  7. Customers have little
  8. They complain that there
  1. sympathy
  2. aliens there
  3. quite good
  4. is nowhere to sit
  5. nowhere to go
  6. lonely old people are
  7. about the ban
  8. by youngsters

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The furniture store IKEA has banned old people (1) ___________________ its store in Shanghai. Store managers (2) ___________________ what they described as 'illegal date clubs'. Since the store opened, hundreds of lonely, divorced (3) ___________________ elderly people have gone to the cafeteria in search of love and friendship. Many of (4) ___________________ buy anything. Management said they used seats for 'extended periods,' 'spoke loudly,' 'spat on the floor,' 'flirted' and (5) ___________________ fights'. The store said: "From today, the restaurant will only be for people who purchase (6) ___________________."

The elderly people are (7) ___________________ ban. They say they have nowhere to go. One regular said: "We've been to McDonald's and KFC, but there are (8) ___________________ our peers there. We feel like aliens there - surrounded by youngsters." Another (9) ___________________ said: "Few people know (10) ___________________ old people are. Our kids are not around, and some (11) ___________________ weekends. I feel quite good when I come here. I talk with friends, but some elderly do meet people who become lovers." Customers have (12) ___________________ for those in search of love. They complain that there is nowhere to sit.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ThefurniturestoreIKEAhasbannedoldpeoplefromdatingatitsstoreinS
hanghai.Storemanagersdecidedtostopwhattheydescribedas'illegal
dateclubs'.Sincethestoreopened,hundredsoflonely,divorcedorwido
wedelderlypeoplehavegonetothecafeteriainsearchofloveandfriends
hip.Manyofthemdidnotbuyanything.Managementsaidtheyusedseat
sfor'extendedperiods,''spokeloudly,''spatonthefloor,''flirted'andhad
'quarrelsandfights'.Thestoresaid:"Fromtoday,therestaurantwillonly
beforpeoplewhopurchasetheirfoodfirst."Theelderlypeopleareangry
abouttheban.Theysaytheyhavenowheretogo.Oneregularsaid:"We'v
ebeentoMcDonald'sandKFC,buttherearebarelyanyofourpeersthere.
Wefeellikealiensthere-surroundedbyyoungsters."Anotherfrequ
entvisitorsaid:"Fewpeopleknowjusthowlonelyoldpeopleare.Ourkids
arenotaround,andsomevisitonlyonweekends.IfeelquitegoodwhenIc
omehere.Italkwithfriends,butsomeelderlydomeetpeoplewhobecom
elovers."Customershavelittlesympathyforthoseinsearchoflove.The
ycomplainthatthereisnowheretosit.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

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

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Free writing

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Answers

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